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10 Facts About The Partridge Family That Will Bring A Whole Lot Of Lovin'

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From 1970 to 1974, The Partridge Family was one of, if not the most popular shows on television. The story was unique, which is probably made us all love it. Shirley Partridge was a widowed working mother who was left to take care of five kids. She decided, obviously, to form a band with all the children and travel the country in a decked out school bus.

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Even if you didn't watch this show on its first run, you were almost guaranteed to have seen it during syndication. Chances are, the late David Cassidy was on a poster somewhere in your room, being the heartthrob he was.

Now, c'mon get happy, and see if you knew these things about The Partridge Family!

1. Mrs. Brady

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Before she took the role of Shirley Partridge, Shirley Jones was offered the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch.

“While the idea of playing the mother in The Brady Bunch was initially attractive to me, I turned it down because I didn’t want to be the mother taking the roast out of the oven and no doing much else," Jones said. "I had no doubts at all about playing Shirley Partridge. First, because she was destined to become the first working mother on TV and I loved the script. Second, because working on the series would let me be an almost full-time mom and raise my kids.”

2. Got Milk?

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Danny Bonaduce, who played Danny Partidge, was a lot like his character. He was a trouble maker on and off the screen, and at one point the rest of the cast had had enough.

“We couldn’t deny that he was snotty at times," Jones said in a memoir. "Once, when he was getting too big for his boots, we all ganged up on him and convinced Susan to pour a pitcher of milk over his head, just to put him in his place.”

3. Trouble At Home

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Shirley Jones was married to David Cassidy's father, Jack. But she says they were far from a happy family, especially once the show got big.

“The stratospheric success of the show took its toll on my marriage to Jack. His overriding sense of inferiority in the face of my success drove him into the arms of other women even more often than before.”

4. Show Me The Money

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Even though the show was a massive success, the cast was not being properly compensated. David Cassidy was making just $600 a week, while Sony kept all the money made from chart-topping records. Cassidy became somewhat of an icon and his face could be found everywhere, but he wasn't seeing any of that cash. When his manager began to catch on, he told Cassidy he could re-negotiate since he was a minor when the contract was signed.

5. Chris 2.0

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Anyone who watched the show from the beginning will have noticed the re-casting of Chris Partridge. Originally, Jeremy Gelbwaks held the position, but he was so misbehaved that the cast and crew would complain about him non-stop. Gelbwaks was replaced with Brian Forster, and not a single person complained to the studio about the decision.

6. He Said, She Said

Susan Dey, who played Laurie Partidge, apparently had a massive crush on David Cassidy (who didn't?), but he didn't return the feelings. Cassidy said he saw her more as a sister, but that didn't mean Dey's feelings went away. Once the show ended. Dey and Cassidy briefly dated, and according to Cassidy's autobiography, they slept together one time. Dey was so mad at Cassidy, she stopped speaking to him up until his death. She also refuses to attend any reunions with the cast.

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