Wednesday, August 8, 2007

TV Goes To Kings Island (Back In The Seventies, That Is!)

Original Air Date: January 26, 1973

The Partridge Family do a show at a large amusement park in Cincinnati, after which they spend a day as visitors in the park, enjoying all the rides. That is everyone but Keith who is afraid of heights and gets sick on every ride, including the merry-go-round. When they are informed that a public relations man is coming to show them around, Keith bows out, feeling sick. When the PR "man" turns out to be a very attractive 30-year old Audrey Parsons, Keith makes a miraculous recovery.

Keith then falls madly in love with Audrey, trying his best to impress her, but succeeding only in making a fool of himself. When Shirley tries to tell Keith that he is too young for Audrey, he won't listen. Danny decides to "help" Keith by making him realize that he hasn't got a chance, which he will do by making Audrey fall in love with him. When Keith tries to get a date with Audrey he finds she already has a date -- with Danny! The three of them spend the day going on rides. The day ends with Keith getting sick and Danny falling in love with Miss Parsons.

Keith thinks Danny is behaving foolishly because he is too young and then realizes that he has behaved the same way. When Audrey turns down Danny's request for a date, he is finished with women.

The show ends with Reuben trying to get a date with Audrey.

"Girl You Make My Day," music and lyrics by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (on Shopping Bag)
"Together We're Better," music and lyrics by Tony Romeo and Ken Jacobson (on Notebook)

Guest Cast:
Audrey Parsons ----------------------------------- Mary Ann Mobley
Waiter ---------------------------------------------- Johnny Bench

Tube Trivia:
- Mary Ann Mobley was Miss America 1959, and is married to actor Gary Collins.
- Johnny Bench was a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds for 17 years.
- This episode was filmed on location at Cincinnati's King's Island Amusement Park during the summer of 1972, although it didn't air until January, 1973.
- The December 23-29 1972 issue of TV Guide featured a two-page pictorial on the filming of this episode!
- Dale McRaven was the Story Editor for "The Partridge Family." He wrote 16 episodes for The Partridge Family. He went on to produce and co-create such shows as "Mork & Mindy," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Perfect Strangers."
- This is one of 7 episodes directed by Executive Producer Bob Claver. He also directed episodes 6, 46, 54, 63, 66, 69, and 96.
"Looking Through The Eyes Of Love," The Partridge Family's eighth single, peaks at #39 on the US Top 40 charts the week this episode aired. It is the last single to break into the Top 40.

Besides The Partridge Family, another television family took a trip to King's Island. Here is video of The Brady Bunch at King's Island. Whoever posted these on YouTube either had part two deleted or never posted it.

Original airdate: November 23, 1973
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Written by Al Schwartz and Larry Rhine

The Bradys mix business with pleasure at Kings Island amusement park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Paramount Television's "The Brady Bunch."

In "The Cincinnati Kids," the Brady kids accompany Mike to Cincinnati where he is to present plans for an addition to the Kings Island amusement park. While the kids enjoy the many rides, Mike is aghast to learn his plans have been lost in the park, and a frantic search ensues.

Bob Hoffman (Attendant)
Hilary Thompson (Marge)
L. Jeffrey Schwartz (The Bear/Man)

1 comment:

Clyde said...

Barry Williams devotes a whole chapter to this episode in his book and tells of how they all barely escaped injury from a camera that worked itself loose on the roller coaster. These episodes were filmed about a year after the park opened I beleive.


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