The Partridge Family combined the manufactured music of The Monkees with a traditional family show to become one of the biggest hit shows of the '70s. While heartthrob David Cassidy reached the highest heights of stardom both onscreen and off, the series managed to balance stories about show biz with timeless tales of family drama -- with plenty of groovy tunes thrown in along the way. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about this classic series!
Who played the role of Shirley Partridge?
Shirley Jones turned down the role of Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch" to star on "The Partridge Family." She was also the real-life stepmother to oldest partridge David Cassidy, who played Keith.
Family band The Cowsills inspired the show, and the band's members were almost signed to star in the series. It wasn't until Shirley Jones was chosen to play the lead that producers decided to hire actors instead of the Cowsill family.
Who was the only Partridge to be recast during the show's run?
Jeremy Gelbwaks played young Chris Partridge during Season 1, but quit the show soon after when his family decided to move out of California. Brian Forster took over the role for the remainder of the series.
How much was David Cassidy earning per week to play Keith Partridge when the show debuted?
Teen idol David Cassidy earned just $600 per week for his role on the show, while producers got rich plastering his face on all kinds of merchandise. When his agent discovered that he was only 17 when he signed his contract, he was able to negotiate a much sweeter deal. Cassidy went on to earn $8 million between 1970 and 1974.
Who introduced the band at their first on-screen gig?
Singing legend Johnny Cash made a cameo in the pilot episode to introduce the band when they played their very first gig -- at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. The kids were so nervous that they promptly forgot to sing when the music started.
What was the name of the club owned by Richard Pryor's character in a Season 1 episode of the show?
Pryor played the owner of the Fire House, a Detroit club struggling to keep its doors open. The Partridge Family helped to raise money for the club thanks to a performance of "Bandala," featuring a rag-tag orchestra led by Danny Partridge.
Laurie is devastated when she has to get braces in Season 1. Things get even worse when she discovers that her metal mouth picks up random radio stations, which interferes with her ability to perform with the band.
Rock Springfield was picked to replace David Cassidy as Keith after Season 4.
Producers pegged Rick Springfield to take over the role of Keith after Cassidy quit in 1974. Unfortunately, the show was not renewed, so Springfield never got a chance to sing with The Partridge Family.
Reuben set his nephew Alan up for a role as an entertainment manager, but the planned story arc fell flat with fans. Reuben also had a girlfriend named Bonnie who was occasionally mentioned on the series.
What military branch did Capt. Chuck Corwin belong to?
Shirley's old friend, Navy Capt. Chuck Corwin, came to town during the final episode of the show. While Shirley insisted that the pair were just friends, her children insisted he was a dastardly ladies man and did their best to drive him away.
What actress played Jenny in the episode "Where Do Mermaids Go?"
Meredith Baxter played the young traveler Jenny, who wreaked havoc on the Partridges when she casually left them a million dollars after staying at their home. Baxter went on to briefly date David Cassidy.
Which cast member routinely skips out on "Partridge Family" reunions?
Susan Dey often opts out of reunions, including a much-lauded get-together on "The Today Show" in 2011. She did take part in a 1977 Thanksgiving reunion that brought together members of "The Partridge Family" and "My Three Sons."
What year did the animated "Partridge Family" series premiere?
TV producers were willing to animate almost anything in the '70s, and the 1974 "Partridge Family 2200 AD" was no exception. The series lasted only a single season and featured a glimpse into the family if they lived a few hundred years in the future. Both Shirley Jones and David Cassidy avoided the show completely.