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Eight Is Enough 

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This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

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William Blinn
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5   4   3   2   1  
1981   1980   1979   1978   1977  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dick Van Patten ...  Tom Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Lani O'Grady ...  Mary Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Connie Needham ...  Elizabeth Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Susan Richardson ...  Susan Bradford / ... 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Adam Rich ...  Nicholas Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Laurie Walters ...  Joannie Bradford 112 episodes, 1977-1981
Grant Goodeve ...  David Bradford 111 episodes, 1977-1981
Dianne Kay ...  Nancy Bradford 111 episodes, 1977-1981
Willie Aames ...  Tommy Bradford 109 episodes, 1977-1981
Betty Buckley ...  Abby Bradford / ... 102 episodes, 1977-1981
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The sometimes-comic, sometimes-dramatic exploits of the Bradford family, father Tom (a columnist for a Sacramento, California newspaper), mother Joan and their eight children: Mary, David, Joanie, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, Tommy, and Nicholas. After Joan's death, Tom met teacher Abby, and they were married to make the family feel complete again. The kids all had friends and relationships as well, turning the Bradford Bunch into a free-for-all of loved ones and family members. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Warm New Family Comedy! From the Producers of "The Waltons"

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Based on the 1975 autobiographical account of newspaper editor and columnist Thomas Braden, who also served as co-host, with Pat Buchanan, of CNN's "Crossfire.". They changed the name from Braden to Bradford because they thought Bradford sounded more likeable, more all-American, less ethnic. But the first name of the book's hero, Tom, stayed the same. (It's Tom on Crossfire and Tom on Eight is Enough! It's hard to imagine that super serious news anchor Tom Braden from Crossfire, is the source of inspiration for all the buffoonish antics on that show; Tom struggling with their new pet Dog, Tom getting caught in the rain and Abby having to dry him off; Tom tripping and falling down the stairs; Tom playing touch football and falling buffoonishly in the mud while he pulls a muscle and groans! That's the guy from Crossfire!). See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally, Diana Hyland was credited for appearing in ALL 9 shows from season 1. She missed half of them, due to her illness, which eventually claimed her life. In half of those shows, there were originally scenes where they explained her absence, and even voice-overs from Hyland as Joan on the phone with Tom Bradford. During the summer reruns, Lorimar aired only the shows she did not appear in. Lorimar decided to go back and reedit the shows she did not appear in, remove her credit, and all scenes featuring said phone calls and voice-overs. These are the versions of those season 1 shows that have been in use ever since. See more »

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A Dramatic Brady Bunch
29 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This show pretty much picks up where the "Brady Bunch" left off, but on a more serious tone. This show was definitely one of the first "dramadies", but it still managed to have its lighter moments. Most of them were provided by Willie Aames as the entrepreneur Tommy and Adam Rich as the cute Nicholas. These two young actors helped make this show one of the most loved of the 1970's. I do think that the major flaw in shows of this type though is the conflict of whether or not it was to be a serious drama or whether it was to be a cute domestic comedy along the lines of the aforementioned "Brady Bunch" and another show of that era "The Partridge Family".


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1977 (USA) See more »

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Lorimar Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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