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.
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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
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