Debuting in 1970, The Partridge Family ran for four seasons and 96 episodes. The series follows single mom Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones) and her five children Keith (David Cassidy), Lori (Susan Dey), Danny (Danny Bonaduce), Chris (Jeremy Gelbwaks, later Brian Forster), and Tracy (Suzanne Crough) who form a rock band to support themselves. The band is booked by flustered manager Reuben Kincaid (Dave Madden).
Several songs from the show became big hits with “I Think I Love You” reaching the top spot on the Billboard charts. Cassidy and Jones were the only two members on the cast to actually perform the songs.
After the show ended in 1974, the entire cast took part in a strange reunion special a few years later called Thanksgiving Reunion with the Partridge Family and My Three Sons. The casts of both shows came together to discuss their shows and look back at clips. Dey appeared via a taped message but the rest of the Partridge cast were together in studio.
Several of the Partridge Family castmembers got back together this morning. Cassidy, Bonaduce, Forster and Crough appeared on NBC’s Today Show to reminisce about the series. Jones is in the midst of a 17 symphony concert tour and couldn’t make it. Dey hasn’t taken part in any reunions since the Thanksgiving one.
Unfortunately, 78-year-old Madden has essentially been retired since 2004. He was asked to take part in the reunion but lives in Florida and doesn’t like to fly.
What do you think? Do you think Dey will ever take part in a Partridge reunion? Would you like to see a reunion where the cast reprise their characters?
NOTE: Though the 227 reunion had been scheduled for Thursday, the Today hosts said today that it would take place on Wednesday.
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