It isn’t typically that reel life is reflective of actual life, however it’s an important feeling when it’s. And that’s definitely true of Eight is Enough, which provided up the adventures of the Bradford household from 1977 to 1981 on ABC. Week after week, we went together with them on all their highs and lows, the drama and the laughs.
It’s reassuring to know that the solid actually did bond behind the scenes as nicely. That definitely turned apparent a couple of years in the past when a lot of them obtained collectively in help of their onscreen mother, actress Betty Buckley, for her starring position in Hello Dolly!‘s nationwide touring firm.
Gathered collectively on the Pantages Theatre for Hello Dolly!‘s Los Angeles premiere had been (from left to proper within the picture beneath), James Van Patten — the real-life son of the collection’ star, the late Dick Van Patten) — Connie Needham, Dianne Kay, Laurie Walters and Adam Rich. Betty, who performed their stepmother, Abby Bradford, was clearly genuinely touched by their help and reportedly waved at them in acknowledgment all through the present. It marked an extremely uncommon look for the solid, most of whom have continued their performing careers after the collection.
Eight Is Enough is predicated on the e book of the identical title by Thomas Braden, a syndicated newspaper columnist who raised eight youngsters in actual life. IMDB properly sums up the present this manner: “The sometimes-comic, sometimes-dramatic exploits of the Bradford household, father Tom (a columnist for a Sacramento, California newspaper), mom Joan and their eight youngsters: Mary, David, Joanie, Nancy, Elizabeth, Susan, Tommy and Nicholas.
After Joan’s loss of life, Tom met instructor Abby, and so they had been married to make the household really feel full once more. The youngsters all had buddies and relationships as nicely, turning the Bradford Bunch right into a free-for-all of family members and members of the family.” Betty joined the present in Season 2 following the real-life loss of life of Diana Hyland on March 27, 1977. There had been additionally a pair of spinoff TV films, Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (1987) and An Eight is Enough Wedding (1989).
Scroll all the way down to see the Eight Is Enough solid then and now.