It’s been exactly 43 years since The Partridge Family drove their colorfully painted tour bus to the top of both the TV ratings and the music charts. On September 25, 1970, the TV-to-pop-chart smash premiered in the Friday 8:30 p.m. time slot immediately following The Brady Bunch on ABC.
The story of five children of a widowed mother, Shirley Jones, who convinced their mom to join them in the formation of a musical group became wildly popular. Both the show -- as well as the group's first song "I Think I Love You" -- were instant hits.
The TV production company Screen Gems cast Jones as Shirley Partridge, the future teen heartthrob David Cassidy as Keith, and four non-singing child actors for the roles of Laurie, Danny, Tracy and Chris Partridge, played by Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce, and Suzanne Crough. Chris was played first by Jeremy Gelbwaks and then Brian Forster.
The show's final episode aired March 23, 1974, although the cast has been reunited on various occasions. And many have remained in the spotlight. Dey went on to star as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law, and although Cassidy has had some troubles with the law (he was arrested for driving while intoxicated in August), he's continued his singing career and has performed in concerts around the world.
Jones also made headlines this summer with her new tell-all autobiography, "Shirley Jones," which recounts the 79-year-old actor's sex life in explicit detail.
Below, take a look at the cast four decades later. Do you still have a crush on Cassidy?
David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce, Brian Forster and Suzanne Crough on the "Today" show in 2010.
Shirley Jones at her home in Los Angeles in 2013.
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Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady
"Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" As played by Maureen McCormick, oldest sis Marcia Brady was popular, perky, loved The Monkees -- and famously took a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k04Wv0fydvU" target="_hplink">stray football to her nose</a>. Ouch!
Maureen McCormick today
After the "Brady Bunch," McCormick appeared in a handful of low-budget movies and TV guests spots. She also recorded a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/When-You-Get-Little-Lonely/dp/B000008P0B" target="_hplink" target="_hplink">country album called "When You Get A Little Lonely" </a>in 1995. In her 2008 memoir, <a href="http://www.accesshollywood.com/maureen-mccormick-talks-past-drug-use-and-dating-michael-jackson_article_11682" target="_hplink">"Here's the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice,"</a> the actress admitted to dealing with drug and depression issues.
Barry Williams as Greg Brady
Barry Williams played older brother Greg, the self-confident spokesman of the kids and an aspiring singer.
Barry Williams today
Besides running his blog,<a href="http://www.barrywilliams.com/" target="_hplink">"The Greg Brady Project," </a>Williams has starred in a number of made-for-television films, including "Big Foot," where he and fellow '70s teen star <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1876261/" target="_hplink">Danny Bonaduce hunt down the legendary creature</a>. In late 2011, the actor launched a variety show at the Yakov Smirnoff theater in Branson, Missouri, which showcases him <a href="http://gawker.com/barry-williams/" target="_hplink">singing along with clips, videos, and anecdotes</a> from his time on "The Brady Bunch."
Eve Plumb as Jan Brady
Eva Plum played Jan, the middle sister who was perpetually jealous of older sister Marcia.
Eve Plumb today
After "The Brady Bunch," Plumb continued to act, but she also tried her hand at oil painting. She's painted now for over two decades and her work has appeared <a href="http://eveplumb.tv/news.html" target="_hplink">in a number of galleries</a>.
Christopher Knight as Peter Brady
Christopher Knight played the clumsy, self-doubting middle brother, Peter.
Christopher Knight today
After "The Brady Bunch," Knight worked in the computer industry. He co-founded and supervised various companies, including Eskape Labs. Knight found himself back in the television spotlight in 2005 when he <a href="http://www.vh1.com/shows/my_fair_brady/season_1/series.jhtml" target="_hplink">married and starred in a reality show with Adrianne Curry,</a> an "America's Next Top Model" winner. The pair split in May 2011 on the fifth anniversary of their wedding.
Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady
Susan Olsen played pingtailed youngest sister Cindy, a little girl who just couldn't keep a secret.
Susan Olsen today
When "The Brady Bunch" ended, <a href="http://susanolsen.tv/Susan_Olsen_Bio.html" target="_hplink">Olsen continued acting -- but <em>not</em> in porn films, even if a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/story?id=92919&page=1#.UDwA0hrLyRk" target="_hplink">persistent urban legend</a> suggests otherwise. She also worked as a radio host</a> and dabbled in graphic design. In September 2010, Olsen took a <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2010/07/23/susan-olsen-to-appear-on-the-young-and-the-restless/" target="_hplink">guest spot on the soap "The Young and the Restless,"</a> playing a pre-school owner. The next year, she told her tale of dealing with a <a href="http://www.biography.com/tv/celebrity-ghost-stories/episodes/43-susan-olsen-rita-coolidge-fairuza-balk-enrico-colantoni" target="_hplink">jealous spirit on an episode of "Celebrity Ghost Stories."</a>
Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady
Mike Lookinland played the youngest Brady brother, Bobby, a school safety monitor with football-playing dreams.
Mike Lookinland today
Lookinland has acted in a handful of films since the show wrapped and worked <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0519654/bio" target="_hplink">as a cameraman on a number of TV and film productions</a>, including the WB series "Everwood."
Florence Henderson as Carol
Florence Henderson played family matriarch Carol Brady, a stay-at-home mother who gained three stepsons when she married quintessential family man, Mike Brady (played by actor Robert Reed, who<a href="http://www.biography.com/people/robert-reed-9542422" target="_hplink"> died of colon cancer in 1992</a>).
Florence Henderson now
Perhaps the cast member to enjoy the most post-"Brady Bunch" success, Henderson has recently appeared on <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001341/" target="_hplink">"The Cleveland Show" and "Dancing with the Stars"</a>. In 2011, she released an autobiography,