The Partridge Family

1970, TV Show

Full Episodes(74)

Latest Episode: Diary of a Mad Millionaire

Mar 23, 1973 Season 3 Episode 25 watch on (Paid)

Reuben books the Partridges in what they all believe to be a mountain resort called Rose Mansion. At the family's first performance, they realize that there is only one person seated in the audience, named Sidney Rose. A multimillionaire who has become a recluse for the sake of privacy, Sidney must bring all entertainment to his own estate. On the rare occasions that he does go out, he does so in disguise. The lonely man develops an affection for the Partridge family and tries to persuade them to stay at Rose Mansion for a few weeks, but they are unable to do this and so invite him to come to their house. Sidney says he is afraid of crowds that would attack him if he did this, thus politely refusing the invitation. A few days later, a policeman comes to the door, who turns out to be Sidney, planning to spend a few days with the family. Unfortunately, a news reporter comes in for an interview, and although Sidney is now disguised as a TV repairman, the reporter recognizes the millionaire and broadcasts his presence on TV. To everyone's surprise, mobs of people do not immediately gather at the Partridges' doorstep, and in fact, Sidney is rather crushed by the lack of response. But by now, he is ready to come out of seclusion in order to lead a normal life.

The Selling of the Partridge

Mar 16, 1973 Season 3 Episode 24

Laurie is chosen to be campaign manager for Phyllis Goldberg, who is a candidate for the school presidency. Unfortunately, Phyllis, an intelligent but very timid girl, will have to compete for this chosen position with Keith, who is without a doubt the more popular of the two. Overly assured that he will win because of his personal charm and magnetism, Keith is rather surprised to learn from Danny, the official pollster, that although he is far ahead, his strongest support comes from the students to whom he spoke during music and woodshop. This is significant, for these students could not really hear his speech, and judged him solely on his popularity. Keith's lack of awareness of school problems becomes quite evident when Phyllis challenges him to a debate, after which Danny informs him that the school is equally divided between the two candidates. Keith seriously considers dropping out of the race because he is afraid of losing. Instead, he throws his support to the Goldberg camp by telling students that Phyllis' qualifications are far superior to his, which he sincerely believes. But Keith has far underestimated his own popularity, for he still manages to win the election. Phyllis is a good sport about losing, and is satisfied with having made so many new friends during the campaign.
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The Partridge Connection

Mar 09, 1973 Season 3 Episode 23

The yo-yos in Mr. Phelps' store look great to Danny and his friend Punky Lazaar, but they've spent their money on ice cream. Punky figures where there's a will there's a way, and when Mr. Phelps isn't looking, he puts a yo-yo in his pocket. Danny is shocked, but when Punky calls him chicken, he, too, steals a yo-yo. Danny has a very guilty conscience and finally can bear no more and confesses to the family. Shirley goes with Danny to see Mr. Phelps and returns the yo-yo. After this, Danny is so relieved and proud of his act that he goes about preaching integrity to anyone and everyone. When Shirley sends Danny for some shampoo, he meets Punky. When Mr. Phelps sees Punky steal a bottle of perfume, he puts part of the blame on Danny who he believes acted as decoy for Punky. He writes their names on a card for his "records." Danny promptly turns himself over to the police and confesses everything he has ever done or thought of doing. Danny feels he is a disgrace to the family, a criminal. Anything they say or do to change his feelings only makes things worse. The Partridges are to receive the annual award for good citizenship at an award dinner. Danny refuses to go; he feels he doesn't deserve to be there. Reuben convinces Danny to at least sit inconspicuously in the audience if not on stage with the family. Shirley goes on stage and announces that they cannot accept the award since the family voted that Danny would accept it, and he isn't there. Danny quickly goes up to receive the award and is thrilled.
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Forgive Us Our Debits

Mar 02, 1973 Season 3 Episode 22

All havoc breaks loose when Shirley bays a cuckoo clock for $29 at Bartlet's Department Store. It seems Bartlet's has recently installed a computer to handle all their accounts. When Shirley receives her computerized bill for the clock, it reads $290 instead of $29. She goes down to the store to straighten things out with Mr. Atwater. Atwater apologizes and instructs the computer operator, Tom, to program the 1984-Z to move the decimal point and correct the bill to read $29. (Tom is quite impressed with Laurie.) The decimal point is moved -- the wrong way! Shirley's bill is now $2,900. The computer has sent bad-risk notices to other companies, ruining the Partridge's credit rating. It has also had a collection agency pick up the check from the family's last engagement. Shirley again goes to Bartlet's; things are quite out of hand, While she's seeing the manager, Laurie leads a picket line outside the store. When they arrive home, the collection agency has repossessed all their furniture. More promises from Atwater don't satisfy the kids. They form a conspiracy. While Laurie flirts with Tom and gets him to desert his post at the computer, Danny distracts Atwater and Keith tinkers with the computer. Shirley soon receives a check for $50,000! When Atwater rushes over to get the check back, the Partridges tease him a little but finally return it. When everything is straightened out, Shirley realizes that the cuckoo clock does not work.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex...But Couldn't Prono...

Feb 23, 1973 Season 3 Episode 21

America's "heartthrob," Keith Partridge, is failing his sex education course at school. When the family hears about this they find it hard to stifle their laughter, until they realize that if he does fail, he won't graduate. He can make it up in summer school, but that would mean canceling the Partridge Family summer tour, their biggest yet. When Shirley tries to find out why Keith is failing, Keith tells her it must be because Mr. Grisbee, his teacher, doesn't like him. He feels his work is better than that of others in his class, but he gets lower grades. Shirley goes to the school to talk to Mr. Grisbee and learn if he really is being unfair to Keith, but Mr. Grisbee is in a rush and curtly dismisses her. Keith decides that he will get an 'A' on the final exam and make it impossible for Grisbee to fail him. He studies night and day, getting very little sleep. The day of the test he goes to school early to get in every minute of studying possible. He falls asleep under a tree and misses the test. After convincing Mr. Grisbee to let him make up the test and taking it, Keith is sure he failed it when the teacher asks him and Shirley to come up to school. Grisbee announces that Keith got an 'A' on the exam, and the reason he had been so hard on Keith was because he did not feel Keith was doing as well as he could. He had done just enough work to get by with, but had proved by passing the final that if he really tried he could be an excellent student.
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Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex...But Couldn't Prono...

Feb 16, 1973 Season 3 Episode 20

America's "heartthrob," Keith Partridge, is failing his sex education course at school. When the family hears about this they find it hard to stifle their laughter, until they realize that if he does fail, he won't graduate. He can make it up in summer school, but that would mean canceling the Partridge Family summer tour, their biggest yet. When Shirley tries to find out why Keith is failing, Keith tells her it must be because Mr. Grisbee, his teacher, doesn't like him. He feels his work is better than that of others in his class, but he gets lower grades. Shirley goes to the school to talk to Mr. Grisbee and learn if he really is being unfair to Keith, but Mr. Grisbee is in a rush and curtly dismisses her.
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Bedknobs and Drumsticks

Feb 09, 1973 Season 3 Episode 19

Reuben arranges for the Partridge family to make a TV commercial for Erwin Tully, owner of a large take-out chicken outfit. Up until now, "Uncle Erwin" has been making all his own commercials, very corny ones complete with chicken costumes. His sales have dropped, and he feels he needs a new image. The family films the commercial; the setting is a picnic: all the kids are playing and enjoying Uncle Erwin's chicken. Everyone is very pleased with the ad, everyone but Erwin! He feels something is missing -- chicken suits! The Partridges are 100% against it, but are forced by contract to make another commercial. They try to make it as bad as possible, hoping Erwin won't like it and use the first one. He ends up loving it. Erwin is going to preview his new commercial at a convention for all his franchise owners. Shirley realizes everyone there will hate the ad. So, when the conventioneers assume the commercial is a joke and ask for the "real one," Shirley saves the day by having the first ad ready to be shown.
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The Eleven-Year Itch

Feb 02, 1973 Season 3 Episode 18

When an old friend and romantic interest of Shirley's, Richard Lawrence, comes to town, he brings his 11-year old daughter, Julie. Julie is a Partridge fan, and everyone teases Keith that Julie will be groveling at his feet during the visit. When the Lawrences arrive, however, it seems that Julie's affections are not lavished on Keith, but on Danny! Julie spends all her time following Danny, while Danny spends all his time trying to hide from her. When Shirley tries to tell Richard that Julie is a bit too aggressive and Danny is not ready for this, Richard reacts like a wounded father. Laurie and Keith ask Danny to be nice to Julie for just a few days, in order not to ruin Shirley and Richard's relationship. Danny reluctantly agrees, and when he tries it, he finds he really does like Julie. When he gives in to a sudden urge to kiss her, she reacts by giving him a black eye! This doesn't make any sense at all to Danny, so he goes to the "older folks" for an explanation. When Keith and Laurie try to give him advice, they end up arguing with each other, so Danny goes to Shirley and Richard. They tell him they honestly can't explain it, but since it's between Danny and Julie, he should try talking to her. Julie and Danny go to the ice cream parlor for a chat. They end up the best of friends and promise to write to each other when Julie leaves.
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I Left My Heart In Cincinnati

Jan 26, 1973 Season 3 Episode 17

The Partridge Family does a show at a large amusement park in Cincinnati, after which they spend the day as visitors in the park, enjoying all the rides. That is, everyone but Keith who is afraid of heights and gets sick on every ride, including the merry-go-round. When they are informed that a public relations man is coming to show them around, Keith bows out, feeling sick. When the PR "man" turns out to be very attractive, 30-year old Audrey Parsons, Keith makes a miraculous recovery. Keith then falls madly in love with Audrey, trying his best to impress her, but succeeding only in making a fool of himself. When Shirley tries to tell Keith that he is too young for Audrey, he won't listen. Danny decides to "help" Keith by making him realize that he hasn't got a chance, which he will do by making Audrey fall in love with him. When Keith tries to get a date with Audrey he finds she already has a date -- with Danny! The three of them spend the day going on rides. The day ends with Keith getting sick and Danny falling in love with Miss Parsons. Keith thinks Danny is behaving foolishly because he is too young and then realizes that he had behaved the same way. When Audrey turns down Danny's request for a date, he is finished with women. The show ends with Reuben trying to get a date with Audrey.
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Trial of Partridge One

Jan 19, 1973 Season 3 Episode 16

At school, Cindy Brown, the principal's daughter, is in a rush and asks Laurie to drop an envelope into the math teacher's mailbox for her. Just as Laurie is depositing the envelope, the math teacher grabs her arm -- the envelope contains a stolen copy of the math test. Laurie refuses to tell her where she got the test from; she is sure Cindy will tell her herself. The school is divided -- half of the kids carry signs reading "Expel Laurie;" others have signs to "Free Laurie." Laurie is ordered to appear for trial before a student court. Keith and Danny play "Perry Mason," acting as Laurie's defense. Laurie has confided to her mother that Cindy is the culprit -- being the principal's daughter, she is under too much pressure to get good grades. Shirley waits, but finally, right before the trial, she goes to see Cindy's father. He realizes that Cindy is the guilty one and Shirley convinces him not to stop the trial, but to give Cindy a chance to confess on her own, which she does at the student trial.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls...and Tolls...and Tolls

Jan 12, 1973 Season 3 Episode 15

The Partridge family discovers that during the night, someone has entered their house and burglarized their TV, radio, and stereo. As a gift, Reuben has a burglar alarm installed in the Partridge home. It has sensor pads in various places under the carpeting -- one step on a sensor and the house is filled with a heart-stopping, loud, clanging bell. While the Partridges are trying to adjust to the alarm and remember to turn it off when they are in the house, the neighbors are getting more furious each time it is set off accidentally. Petitions are being signed asking that the alarm be removed. When Shirley goes to the garage to shut off another "false alarm," she finds Morris Dinkler, an escaped con who holds the Partridge family and Reuben hostage. He purposely chose their house because of the alarm, knowing that new alarms are frequently set off by accident, and after a while, the police don't bother to come. Everyone assumes the bulge in Morris's pocket, which he refers to as "Big Bertha", is a gun; it turns out to be a harmonica! Morris is really quite a nice guy who had a bad break. He only had four months until his parole when he was taken along as a hostage by escaping prisoners. He is convinced the police won't believe him. In order to set a good example for the younger kids, Morris turns himself in to the police with the promise of help from the Partridges. When he surrenders, Morris learns that the police know he was innocent as far as the breakout was concerned.
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Aspirin At Seven, Dinner At Eight

Jan 05, 1973 Season 3 Episode 14

By coincidence, Shirley meets a doctor whom she once dated named Bernie Applebaum. Trapped into accepting a date with him for the following evening, they go to a fine French restaurant. But Bernie allows her to eat only plain lamb chops, carrots, and buttermilk -- the rest is too high in cholesterol. The doctor is evidently very wrapped up in his vocation, for the following night, he takes Shirley to the hospital cafeteria for an after-concert dinner. Shirley finds herself in the embarrassing position of having to tell Bernie that she's really not interested in him without hurting his feelings. Her plans to do this are complicated when the doctor brings his mother to visit the Partridge household. However, the enthusiasm of the two members of the Applebaum family does not diminish even when the kids try to help out their mother by misbehaving. Later, Bernie approaches Shirley with what he feels will be terribly upsetting news -- that he can't marry her because he enjoys the swinging bachelor life too much, and because he's too involved in being a doctor! Shirley hides her delight and tells Bernie that she'll try to get over it...somehow.
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For Sale By Owner

Dec 29, 1972 Season 3 Episode 13

The Partridge house just doesn't seem big enough -- they need more bathrooms and just more room in general! Reuben takes Shirley to look at a new, larger house. The Partridge house is home to her, so Shirley doesn't really want to move, but all the kids are very anxious too. They put their house up for sale, with Reuben acting as real estate agent. After a week without even one "looker," Reuben and Danny cook up a scheme for "open house" with the Partridge Family. The open house is like a carnival -- hundreds of people show up. As the family overhears various disparaging remarks about their home from the visitors, they begin to realize just how much the house means to them. Just as the kids tell Shirley that they don't want to move either, Reuben arrives with the news that he's sold the house. When the buyers, Mr. & Mrs. Sharp, come to look the house over, the kids sabotage the plumbing, the doors and the windows to make it seem like the house is falling apart. They confess that they did it because they don't want to move, but the Sharps still want the house and they've signed the papers. With two weeks to move, they learn that someone else bought the new house, so if Reuben can't manage to get it, they have nowhere to go. The Sharps arrive with the news that they don't want the house -- everyone sees through their reasons and realizes that they'd feel bad if the kids had to move against their will. Reuben ruins the happy moment with the news that he has managed to buy the other house. He makes a deal with the owner to release them from the contract if the Partridge family will entertain at his son's birthday party; so, the Partridges get to keep their home after all.
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Nag, Nag, Nag

Dec 08, 1972 Season 3 Episode 12

Danny wins a raffle. First prize is an expensive Italian racecar, but Danny isn't that lucky: he wins second prize -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, a racehorse! Will Fowler has trained the horse since birth and tells the Partridges that he would like to continue working with F. Scott. Shirley is finally convinced to give racing a try. F. Scott will be entered in the race at the San Pueblo County Fair where the Partridge Family will be performing anyway. The horse is working out well and a young Latin jockey is hired to ride him in the race. A few days before the race, Will calls with the bad news that F. Scott has insomnia -- he hasn't slept in four days. If this continues, he will never make the race. Danny tries hypnotism, Keith tries singing the horse to sleep -- neither works, though. It is learned that F. Scott's groom, Homer Peck, usually sleeps in the barn and plays Glenn Miller songs on his tape recorder. About the same time that F. Scott had stopped sleeping, Homer's tape recorder had broken and he had won enough money to stay elsewhere. Keith manages to fix the tape recorder and as soon as "Moonlight Serenade" begins to play, the horse falls asleep. Before the race Danny gives the horse a pep talk, threatening him with a picture of a plow horse. At the start of the race, F. Scott falls back to last position, but he manages to gain and wins by a length. Danny's dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby are dashed when he learns that at four years of age, F. Scott is too old for the Derby -- a horse must be under three to enter.
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Whatever Happened to Keith Partridge?

Nov 24, 1972 Season 3 Episode 11

After a show, the Partridge Family is approached by a talent scout who informs them that Keith would be perfect for a part in a new movie; he wants Keith to take a screen test. Reuben and Shirley coach Keith and the family all act out the characters in the script to help him learn his lines. He will play a baby-faced gangster. A week later, the whole family goes off to Hollywood for the test. A very nervous Keith manages the part well and is notified a few days later that he got the part. Keith is being treated like a great Hollywood star by everyone in town. The family has planned a surprise party for him the night before he leaves to make the movie. That afternoon Reuben tells Keith that World Pictures has decided against starring an "unknown," so he has lost the part. When Keith finally brings himself to tell Shirley the news, he is unknowingly walking into the surprise party. When everyone cries for a speech, Keith explains what has happened. The party is a good one despite the bad news and afterwards the family presents Keith with the "Partridge Award" for the best performance by an actor in an embarrassing situation.
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