The show starred Shirley Jones as mother Shirley Partridge and David Cassidy as Keith Partridge along with Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks (later replaced by Brian Forster) and Suzanne Crough as the rest of the Partridge siblings. Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and booked all their tours. The story was loosely based around The Cowsills, who were a real singing family. The show was produced for ABC by Screen Gems television, which had also made The Monkees, another show about a fictional music group.
As it had with the Monkees, the production company capitalized on the success of the show by releasing a series of albums featuring the music of the "group". Even though the only singers were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, and none of the television characters actually played their instruments, people did buy the albums and the Partridge Family became a phenomenon.
The Partridge Family's biggest recorded hit came in 1970 with the number one hit song "I Think I Love You" (lyrics). The album which followed reached number four on the Billboard magazine album chart.
The Partridge Family television show lasted for four years until David Cassidy, a reluctant teen idol who was actively pursuing a solo career, decided he did not want play the role of Keith Partridge any more. The show was cancelled after 96 episodes; during the four years of the television run ten Partridge Family albums were released.