Sitcoms: The 101 Greatest TV Comedies of All Time
by Ken Bloom
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers November 1, 2007
The Partridge Family
ABC | 1970-1974 | 96 episodes
The show was inspired by the success of the real-life family pop group the Cowsills, who were actually set to play the family on the show until Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones was approached ... and then it was throw Momma Cowsill from the train, along with the rest of her clan.