Let’s enjoy a day-after-Thanksgiving repeat for Funshine Friday. (I’m too full to get up off the couch).
Hey, it’s kinda sorta The Partridge Family…in space! (‘Partridge Family 2200 A.D.,’ 1974)
Hanna-Barbera’s Partridge Family 2200 A.D. originally ran in the fall of 1974. 16 episodes were produced, airing on CBS. This animated, futuristic take on the Partridges generally focused on Danny Partridge and his robot dog, Orbit. Most episodes followed Danny as he created problems that needed correcting while a loud laugh track insured us that the hijinks going on were funny.
Let’s go in for a closer look. Hmmm, it’s the Partridges all right. 225 years later and poor Chris and Danny never got to grow up.
Danny Bonaduce played himself and Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough voiced Chris and Tracy, but that was about it for the original cast. Susan Dey only voiced herself in the first two episodes and Shirley Jones, Dave Madden and David Cassidy were not involved. Here’s the cartoon Partridge Family 2200 A.D. band singing ‘”Gypsy Girl.” Have a happy Funshine Friday!
Happy Thanksgiving, Bionic friends! Here’s some Thanksgiving holiday favorites from years past. 70s’ style reruns, if you will. May your celebrations be bountiful!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (And Appreciating Our Pop Culture)
Time to dress up as pilgrims and go door-to-door caroling again! ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ November, 1973
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow USA-dwellers! It’s time to butter the toast, pop the corn, pass out the jelly beans and get to feasting! And what better way to celebrate the day than to enjoy a few memorable moments from 1973’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!
I grew up with this CBS special helping to define the holiday and I’m willing to bet most of you did too.
I’ll be recreating this meal today. Hope my guests are appreciative. ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ November, 1973
Today, as you sit at your ping pong tables and munch on your pretzel sticks don’t forget to give thanks (yes, for family and friends, but also) to Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Opening/Football Kick-Off
“On Nov. 20, 1973, CBS slotted ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ — sponsored by Interstate Brands, the parent of Dolly Madison cakes and pies — at 8 p.m. Eastern to kick off its Tuesday night lineup. The Peanuts cartoons had become such ratings blockbusters by this time that the network had no problem preempting ‘Maude,’ the ‘All In The Family’ spinoff that would finish as the sixth most-watched show of the 1973-74 season.
Against the short-lived NBC crime drama ‘Chase’ and the medical sitcom ‘The New Temperatures Rising Show,’ ABC’s second attempt to find a starring vehicle for comedian Paul Lynde, ‘Thanksgiving’ easily won the time period, averaging a 27.8 rating and 43 share of the television audience.”
‘Our Pilgrim Fathers’ aka ‘Through Hardship To Freedom’ written, produced and directed by Gregory Brady. Music direction and narration by Gregory Brady ‘The Brady Bunch,’ 1970
And now, we turn to our favorite family and their seasonally-relevant episode. In season two‘s “The Un-Underground Movie,” which originally aired October 16, 1970, we watch Greg’s homemade film entitled Our Pilgrim Fathers.
Capt. Jones of The Mayflower takes an imaginary arrow to the hambone ‘The Brady Bunch,’ 1970
Watch Greg’s cinematic masterpiece in its entirety below. You’ll especially enjoy the dramatic slo-mo “Special Effects” just “like in those real ‘arty’ movies.”
And as an added holiday treat – here’s another BBM from a few months back that’s been getting a ton of search-engine hits the past two weeks: Alice’s Thanksgiving Moustache
David Cassidy on ‘The Partridge Family,’ circa 1973
The sad news we were hoping not to hear so soon has come in. Musician, actor, and pop idol David Cassidy has died at the age of 67.
This one really depresses me as, like many of you, I’ve been a fan since childhood. I’ve also felt that The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch have been the pop culture pillars propping up Bionic Disco.
That said, I’d prefer not to dwell on the loss of the man, but instead to celebrate David Cassidy’s talent and charisma. The things that helped make him one of the most popular personalities of the Seventies. Let’s enjoy a few Partridge Pop installments from days past. Thank you for the music and entertainment, David!
Partridge Pop: ‘I Can Feel Your Heartbeat’ (1970)
(Originally appeared on Bionic Disco June 5, 2014)
“I’m a man of my word…” (David Cassidy, ‘The Partridge Family,’ 1970)
“I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” appeared on The Partridge Family Album, the fictional pop rockers’ debut disc. The tune is a funky, wah-wah pedal-flavored number written by Wes Farrell, Jim Cretecos and Mike Appel.
“Love. Love. Can’t you feel your heartbeat..?” (Susan Dey, ‘The Partridge Family,’ 1970)
“I Can Feel Your Heartbeat” has always been a favorite of mine. And at a brief two minutes in length – it’s over much too soon. Feel the heart…beat.
The Partridge Family: ‘I Can Feel Your Heartbeat,’ 1970
Partridge Pop: ‘Walking In The Rain’ (1973)
(Originally appeared on Bionic Disco November 14, 2012)
David Cassidy sculpted his hair into some really interesting shapes in the 70s ‘The Partridge Family,’ 1973
In our second installment of Partridge Pop we feature The Partridge Family singing the Phil Spector-Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil classic, “Walking in the Rain.”
This short and sweet tune comes from season three of The Partridge Family and the episode entitled, “The Eleven-Year Itch.” It originally aired February 2, 1973. Bert Convy and Jodie Foster were featured co-stars and can be seen in the clip.
Emmy Award-winner, Bert Convy and Academy Award-winner, Jodie Foster together again – for the very first time. ‘The Partridge Family,’ 1973
With the Thanksgiving holiday almost upon us, it’s time to bring out a few commercials appropriate to the season. Today, enjoy a spot for Mrs. Cubbison’s Dressing and Stuffin’ Mix from November of 1979. More Thanksgiving goodness tomorrow.