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The Partridge Family - The Complete First Season (1970)

Shirley Jones , David Cassidy , Alan Rafkin , Bob Claver  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Bob Claver, Claudio Guzmán, E.W. Swackhamer, Earl Bellamy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 655 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007V6IWQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Partridge Family - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurettes: Boarding the Bus; The Sound of the Partridge
  • Jump to the musical performances
  • Audio commentaries: Shirley Jones and Danny Bonaduce
  • Includes a 4-song music sampler CD

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Like a groovy Family von Trapp, The Partridge Family arrived in 1970 with matching velvet outfits and wholesomeness bursting from every pore. Watching it now, you expect little more than kitsch--but the show, though certainly a sitcom representation of the world, is curiously fresh and appealing. This sheer likeability comes partly from the cast--Shirley Jones (The Music Man) looks foxy in miniskirts while still being the cool mom everyone wishes they had; teen idol David Cassidy is unexpectedly engaging as an actor (his charisma is all the more apparent when another teen idol, Bobby Sherman, makes a wooden appearance); and Danny Bonaduce's child-star rise sprang not from cuteness but his genuine comic timing. It doesn't hurt that many of the troubles the characters faced--swelled heads, rivalry, groupies (!)--were undoubtedly problems the actors were facing as their show became a hit.

Sure, there are utterly ridiculous episodes, such as when Danny is tutoring a mob boss's girlfriend about the stock market and the gangster, not knowing Danny is only 10 years old, gets jealous--but most episodes feature ordinary show business conflicts or straightforward family issues, like how the kids cope when their mother starts dating or how teenager Laurie (Susan Dey, who later went on to L.A. Law) feels ugly when she gets braces. This simplicity, combined with some classic vaudeville-style humor, proves surprisingly durable. Plus, the list of guest stars ranges from Ray Bolger (best known as the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) to a young Richard Pryor, as well as other soon-to-be-famous folk like Charlie's Angels' Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith and a pre-Star Wars Mark Hamill. The first season collection includes a bonus CD with four of the Partridge Family's actual radio hits; their sound, a fusion of the Monkees and the Mamas and the Papas, is pure pop sugar (created by a host of Brill Building songwriters like Neil Sedaka). If the Mondrian-inspired paint job on the Partridge Family bus gives you childhood flashbacks, you'll happily regress when you watch this box set. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

It's TV's favorite family of rock ' 'rollers, who hit the road in their groovy bus and turn the world on to the catchy pop songs such as "I Think I Love You," "I Woke Up In Love This Morning," and "Somebody Wants to Love You." The Partridge Family's six members feature mom Shirley (Shirley Jones) and her five kids: Keith (David Cassidy, who is also Jones' real-life stepson), Laurie (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce), Tracy (Suzanne Crough), and Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks). And who can forget the Partridge's frequently exasperated manager, Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden), who would become an important member of their family whether he liked it or not? The show debuted in September of 1970 and made a teen idol of David Cassidy, selling millions of records along the way. They may have parked that bus a long time ago but The Partridge Family is still making fans happy.

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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not perfect release May 13, 2005
Format:DVD
The first thing that must be said after watching these shows (in full for the first time)is that I was impressed with the writing. Keeping in mind that it was a sitcom, the writing is pretty sharp, much sharper than The Brady Bunch.

Look fast, not only for the "Before they were famous" pop ups of people like Farrah Fawcett, Louis Gossitt Junior(with hair!), Richard Pryor and others but for the houses. The Partridge family lives on the "street" with the houses from "Bewitched", "I Dream Of Jeannie", "Hazel" and others.

You even see Keith Partridge drop off a date of his in front of the "Bewitched" house. Reusing these house facades was done over and over again in Screen Gems shows. It's fun to pick them out.

The shows are nicely cleaned up and sharp but fall short when it comes to the color.

On most shows, the color is not as rich as I'd expect from other releases of late 60's, early 70's color shows (which were made to showcase color TV which was newer and more expensive). Most properly done DVD releases of color shows of this era have a rich technicolor sheen (like The Brady Bunch, Star Trek and Here's Lucy).

Here, it looks like the color was dialed back a bit. While this doesn't make it an inferior transfer, it makes it less reflective of the time it was shown. The biggest effect of this is the lack of color in the skin tones. Where most shows of this period show skin tones looking pretty rich and colorful, on this DVD they are subdued.

The mono sound is fine and represents the soundtrack well.

The set loses a bit on the restoring of ephemeral bits that probabaly weren't seen since the original airings. Both Hogan's Heroes and Brady Bunch releases restored the opening "In Color" bumpers to beginnings of all the shows.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Climb Back on the Bus For the Ride Of Your Life! May 10, 2005
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It only took until their 35th anniversary for Sony to loosen the locks on their vault to finally present one of the best TV sitcoms to come out of the seventies! The Partridge Family was a money making phenomenon and it makes me wonder why the Sony execs have taken so long to bring this show out of seclusion. Due to extremely high syndication rights, this show has only seen limited airplay on classic television, much to the dismay of its fans. Well, now the time is here to "C'mon Get Happy!" once again. This set features 25 episodes of the first season, including the series pilot which captured the nation by storm!

Starring Oscar nominated actress/singer Shirley Jones and her real life stepson, 70s pop icon David Cassidy, the show focuses on the exploits of a single widowed mom and her five children who tour the country in a Mondrian painted school bus and play their hearts out for audiences from Caesars Palace to local night clubs. Rounding out the cast is fifteen year old activist/feminist, Laurie (played wonderfully by NY model Susan Dey), 10 year old finanacial mogel, Danny (played to the tee by comedic genius Danny Bonaduce) and seven year old Chris (them played by Jeremy Gelbwaks later replaced by Brian Forster) and tamborene banging, five year old Tracy (played by Suzanne Crough). As a kid, I loved this group and was disappointed to learn they didn't really sing. But the songs and stories were quite good and funny and they won me over! Despite comments by ney-sayers, the stories were fun, solid and actually quite well written. The family was not perfect by the standards of their fore-runners and actually fought and argued and played pranks on each other, but in the end, there was a solid family foundation of love and togetherness sadly lacking in today's television.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT! THE BEST SEASON! April 17, 2007
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This is my favorite season of the Partridge Family. The show was very different the first year with the band on the road and the shows' centered around young Danny and Mr. Kincades' antics more.

The show became a big hit and because David Cassidy was a huge part of that, they started to write more lines for Keith. Keith and Danny were very funny together, but unfortunately the show became a "living room" comedy in the following years. The DVD transfer is not bad, but there is some room for improvement.

The extras are cool with a featurette on the casting and one on the sound and music of the group. There is an episode of the short lived cartoon 'The Partridge Family 2200 A.D.' which is hilarious to see now! A 4 song hits CD of the group and some more stuff round out the extras.

The best thing about this release is that they were able to obtain the rights to two of my favorite songs which were never released on record or any form from the first episode "Together" and "Let the Good Times in" I hope they will be able to obtain the rights from future seasons so they can release the rest of the series intact. Come on! Make us happy!

***Review Update***

As fans probably already know, the remaining seasons have been released with all music intact!

***End of Update***
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, colorful, and yes, I got happy! August 22, 2005
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The Partridge Family's entry into the DVD format was exciting for me! I was 5 when the show debuted, and excited then too because I already loved pop music, thanks to the Monkees. And coincidentally enough, my name's Tracy and my little sister's name is Laurie. The shows are still a lot of fun to watch, and I was struck by how much "Danny and the Mob" is like a Monkees episode, particularly the romp-style chase during "That'll Be the Day."

The shows are fun, and I'm glad they included episodes of the awful cartoons. The extras leave a bit to be desired, however, with no scene selections, and no on-screen descriptions of the episodes. I'm also always disappointed with Susan Dey's decision not to participate in any PF projects. She really has nothing to be ashamed of, and the Partridge Family certainly trumps much of her adult work. And I, like many others, would like the Screen Gems closer reinstated. At least the Season 1 theme song was returned, unlike in syndication.

It's great to see these episodes looking so good again. I'm going to loan my set to my sister so my 5-year-old niece can get a glimpse of what her mom and Aunt Tracy enjoyed over 30 years ago!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Loved it when I was a teenager and love it now! Takes me back, It was nice to watch it again. Love listening to the songs and David Cassidy.
Published 2 months ago by Melinda Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for children today
So many TV shows for young kids today have a sassy, snarky tone. I was looking for something a little more wholesome. Read more
Published 3 months ago by deidre sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Partridge Family Season 1
I think movies and TV shows pretty much speak for themselves. If you are searching for this movie/show, you must be considering buying it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by irish eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars great 70's show
I grew up with this show what kid didn't have a crush on Susan Dey the stories were great and stand the test of time the only drawback I have is the end music plays twice
Published 7 months ago by Dave Childress
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch. Fun to remember.
I watched the Partridge Family show when it first began. I loved it then. I had to get David Cassidy's single when it came out. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jo Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I haven't seen these shows since they were on TV in the early 70's.
The quality of video and audio is excellent-just as if it were a show on the air now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Annabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Funny, a comedy, tough love and more are all wrapped up in this dvd as a family being a new career and life style.
Published 9 months ago by sweetlady1012
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in the good times of the 70s
Delicious. Fun. Impossible not to like. Wonderful cast. Mainly David Cassidy .... amazing and absolutely gorgeous. I'll buy all seasons.
Published 10 months ago by Claudia G. Conforto
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the show, but someone needs to edit the synopses of each episode
Love the show, and it's great to travel down memory lane (some of these episodes I haven't seen in forever), but in reading the synopses of each episode, someone on Amazon needs to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janalyn Robnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought As A Gift
My wife grew up a fan of this show, so I got her the whole series as a gift. It brought back a lot of memories for both of us!
Published 11 months ago by T. Murphy
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Why the Partridges were WAY COOLER than the Bradys
I have said on other boards, that PF is way cooler because they handled topical issues of the day. Such as the Women's Movement, saving the whales, inter-religious dating, Indians living on reservations....to name a few?

The Brady's went no where NEAR anything like that.
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