"''The Partridge Family"'' was an American television sitcom about a widowed mother and her five children who, in addition to living their typical suburban family life, traveled around in a very colorful bus to different venues to perform songs. The series originally ran from September 25, 1970 until August 31, 1974 on the ABC television network, with many subsequent runs in syndication.
The show starred Shirley Jones as mother Shirley Partridge and David Cassidy (Jones' real life stepson) as Keith Partridge. Susan Dey played Laurie, Danny Bonaduce played Danny, Jeremy Gelbwaks (later replaced by Brian Forster) played Chris, and Suzanne Crough played Tracy Partridge. Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and booked all their tours. The story was loosely based on The Cowsills, who were a real singing family; in fact, the Cowsill children were originally approached to play the Partridge children. The show was produced for ABC by Screen Gems television, which had also made ''The Monkees'', another show about a fictional music group.