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The Partridge Family: Season 4

4.5 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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More musical adventures with TV's favorite rock 'n roll family! The family tries (unsuccessfully) to conserve energy. Laurie poses as Keith's date to make other girls jealous, but the plan backfires. Danny wants to impress a girl by telling her rabbi father that the Partridges are Jewish - and the whole family is invited to dinner. Shirley tries to hire a maid, but it's all in the family when her mother shows up to apply.

Danny Bonaduce was always The Partridge Family's not-so-secret weapon. His cheerful money-grubbing ways provided an antidote to the smug homilies and treacly heartwarmingness that afflicted so many sitcoms of the early 1970s. His prepubescent cynicism was never more needed than in The Partridge Family's fourth and final season, when recycled plots and forced gaiety began to seep in. The biggest red flag was, of course, the addition of an adorable precocious tot: Ricky Segall, a four-year-old neighbor who brought too many episodes to a screeching halt with his cloying children's songs. The rest of the cast had to sit and beam adoringly at this festering harbinger of a Partridge apocalypse. Fortunately, Segall was soon reduced to appearing at the tail end of episodes and the show's dependable virtues rallied: David Cassidy's teen idol charisma, Shirley Jones' improbably wholesome sex appeal, Susan Dey's feisty feminism, the goofy mix of bubblegum music and borscht belt comedy, and Bonaduce's froggy sarcasm. Odd patterns dominate the fashion trends, Jones wears maxi-dresses and some bizarre brightly-colored wimples--and everyone's hair has become startlingly ornate (Keith's puffy mullet is a force to be reckoned with). Guest stars include an abundance of future TV stars--like Pat Harrington (One Day at a Time), Robert Mulligan (Soap), and Cheryl Ladd (Charlie's Angels)--as well as movie stars old (Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz) and new (Jackie Earle Haley, a few years away from stardom with The Bad News Bears). So despite some signs of age and impending cancellation, the fourth season still holds many pleasures and should not be missed by fans. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Shirley Jones, Danny Bonaduce, Brian Forester, Dave Madden, David Cassidy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 559 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRTT3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,077 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Partridge Family: Season 4" on IMDb

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I waited a few years for the release of seasons three and four of the Partridge Family and had completely forgotten about the introduction of Ricky Segall in final season. For some dumb reason, Screen Gems decided to add this little pain in the neck to "perk things up". My question is, what on earth were they thinking? For many fans of the Brady Bunch, the addition of cousin Oliver was a thorn in the side but at least his character was added near the end of the season and he never sang. From the first episode of Partridge season four, Icky Ricky is all over the place. You remember that kid who sat next to you on the airplane and wouldn't stop screaming for nine hours? Same thing. It's fine when he is simply sitting around throwing out his doinky one liners but when he launches into one of his supposed-to-be-cute-off-kilter-tone-deaf-hokey-songs, I find myself wanting to shove quick drying cement in my ears. What makes it worse is- as the kid screeches through these throwaway numbers- everyone's got a cornball smile on their face (as if?). Thank goodness for DVD remotes.

That aside, the shows look fantastic, the colors are vibrant and the songs are groovy as, that's the Partridge tunes thank you.

UPDATE: Just finished watching the entire set and lucky for us, the little brat disappears half-way through the season. Good for us.
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The Partridge Family finally came to an end in 1974, in their fourth and last season. The writers knew the show was coming to an end, as they introduced child actor Ricky Segall in the first episode of this fourth season. The Brady Bunch had the exact same ending, when their writers ran out of things to build a show around, they added a child actor to the show, cousin Oliver. Of course adding these cute little children did not save either of the shows, but it did keep the shows going for one more season. ABC television network also moved The Partridge Family to Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. opposite CBS' All In The Family. All In The Family was a show that no one wanted to be up against, as it was always in the number one ratings, so this move just added to this fourth season definitely being the final of The Partridge Family.

The Partridge Family was based loosely on The Cowsills, a real life pop music family in the late 60's. The Cowsill's children were actively approached by the producers of The Partridge Family to be in the show, but the Cowsill children rejected the offer when their real life mother Barbara would not be included in the cast. The casting for The Partridge Family was then put together in the same style The Monkees were, "created" by the studio. Although the studio wanted professional singers and musicians used for The Partridge Family's songs, David Cassidy proved to the studio heads that he and his step-mother Shirley Jones really could sing the pop tunes. The studio did allow them to do their own singing, and the songs always made it to the pop charts, many in the top ten, propelling David Cassidy to being an instant pop idol.

In this last and fourth season the following were The Partridge Family regulars:
Shirley Partridge (mother)......
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I was 12 when the Partridge Family first came out and immediately fell in love with David Cassidy! At age 50 now, when I watch these DVDs, it just brings me back to that nostalgic time. It allows me to remember the times when my 5 older brothers and sisters all lived in the same house, both my parents were alive, we had a dog and a bird, and I had no responsibilities other than household chores and doing my homework. PF was just a great, wholesome show. When Rueben Kincaid started getting more and more face time with the family, I thought it added a good boost to the show! And as other reviewers have mentioned, it is fun now to pick out some of the stars like Farrah Fawcett, Arte Johnson, Maryann Mobley, Rob Reiner, etc.

A few years ago, I found David Cassidy's book in a bookstore for about $5.00 so naturally, I bought it. The first thing I thought of as I thumbed through it to first check out the pictures, was that scandal that he had gone through when he had posed nude for Rolling Stone! I will never forget my girlfriends and I going from store to store to see if we could find that issue. We were too shy to ask the store clerk if they had it, so in the end, we never were able to obtain one! I was in for many surprises when I sat down and read his book. Back when you are such a young, innocent age, you obviously don't think of your idols as being anything but "pure", for lack of a better term. So years later, I am all grown up and reading the things that went on not only in David's life back then, but the rest of PF cast! I was horrified to find out that Susan Dey was suffering from anorexia and for days on end would eat nothing but carrots.
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The Partridge Family is from an era before cable TV, when just about everyone in school watched the same shows (and talked about them the next day).

In the current age, with the internet, tons of satellite channels (not to mention metal detectors in schools), it is so refreshing to watch shows like the Partridge Family - when a timely song by David Cassidy can make things all right in the world.

For me, the best part of the fourth season is the abundance of songs from the PF's "Bulletin Board" album. 10 of its 11 tracks appear during this season (only "Where Do We Go From Here" doesn't turn up). "Bulletin Board" is a great LP and that's one big reason why I was looking forward to getting this season on DVD.

Unfortunately, season four also saw the addition of precocious little Ricky Segall as Ricky Stevens... His appearances are shoe-horned in, and they are just as grating as you remember..! He turns up in 10 episodes, and the only positive thing I can write about that is it's still less than half of the 22 episodes included...

As far as technical details go, the transfers look and sound great. There are no special features, but there is one tiny thing that Sony included on this set (but not on any of the first three season sets) that surprised me due to the fact I didn't expect it - the original Screen Gems logo! This logo used to be at the end of all the classic Screen Gems-produced shows of the era (Partridge Family, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, etc.), so I was happy to see it back in action. (The way I look at it, if you're going to relive your youth, small details like that swirling "S" with its eerie electronic music are just icing on the cake!)

All in all, the fourth season of the Partridge Family is well worth buying for its fun stories and great pop songs - just remember to keep your finger on the mute button when little Ricky comes a-calling...
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