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It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication.The family was loosely based on the real-life musical family The Cowsills, a popular band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.Subsequent episodes usually feature the band performing in various venues or in their garage.
The first session for the pilot was produced by Monkees' producer Shorty Rogers, but later, led by music producer Wes Farrell, a group of hired studio musicians (informally referred to as the Wrecking Crew) actually created the Partridge Family's sound.
In the unaired pilot, Shirley's name is "Connie" and she has a boyfriend played by Jones' real-life husband at the time, Jack Cassidy, father of David Cassidy.
Laurie mentions her late father once getting drunk at a Christmas party, and the family has a different address and live in Ohio. The show proved popular, but the fame took its toll on several, if not most, of the starring cast, particularly David Cassidy.
Future Charlie's Angels stars Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett and Cheryl Ladd all made guest appearances on separate episodes.
Bobby Sherman appeared in the last episode of the first season (Episode 25) as struggling songwriter Bobby Conway.