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Eight is Enough

Eight is Enough

Eight is Enough

When this series started, the Bradford family consisted of Tom, the father, a respected columnist for the Sacramento Register, Joan, his wife for about 25 years, and the eight children of the couple, all of them were very normal but quite independent. Unexpectedly, actress Diana Hyland died of cancer and was written off the series after 5 episodes. In the next season Tom meets Abby, the tutor of his younger children. Their romance would blossom rapidly and the couple married that same season, in a special two-hour episode.

This successful series ran for 112 episodes and a number of made-for-TV films shown over the years.

Episode Info

Final: 5x22 -- Father Knows Best (May/23/1981)

Dick Van PattenDick Van Patten
As Tom Bradford
Diana HylandDiana Hyland
As Joan Bradford (S01)
Betty BuckleyBetty Buckley
As Sandra Sue "Abby" Abbott Bradford (S02-S05)
Grant GoodeveGrant Goodeve
As David Bradford
Lani OLani O'Grady
As Mary Bradford
Laurie WaltersLaurie Walters
As Joanie Bradford
Susan RichardsonSusan Richardson
As Susan Bradford
Dianne KayDianne Kay
As Nancy Bradford
Connie NeedhamConnie Needham
As Elizabeth Bradford
Willie AamesWillie Aames
As Tommy Bradford

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Recurring Guests

Michael Thoma as Dr. Greg Maxwell (27 eps)
Joan Prather as Janet McArthur Bradford (22 eps)
Brian Patrick Clarke as Merle "The Pearl" Stockwell (17 eps)
Jennifer Darling as Donna (15 eps)
Virginia Vincent as Daisy Maxwell (15 eps)
Ralph Macchio as Jeremy Andretti (12 eps)
Michael Goodrow as Ernie Fields (11 eps)
James Karen as Elliot Randolph (8 eps)
Larry Gelman as Officer Bernstein (5 eps)
Janis Paige as Vivian (5 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Family
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 15, 1977
Ended: August 29, 1981
• Con 8 Basta (Used In Spain)
• La famiglia Bradford (Used In Italy)
• Ocho Son Suficientes (Used In Colombia)
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