1974: ABC Presents the Final Episode of ‘The Partridge Family’
On this day in 1974, The Partridge Family’s four-season run came to an end.
It’s hard to imagine a seventies family worse than The Brady Bunch, but this was it. Yet like Gilligan’s Island in the sixties, its unwavering awfulness somehow made it popular with some, and unforgettable to the rest, with a theme song to match. Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce and Susan Dey played the most prominent members of a rock ‘n’ roll family act, although only Jones and Cassidy sang, and the rest of them made the Monkees look like Mozarts.
—Excerpted from Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television’s 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events