When I broke out Seasons 1-4 of The Partridge Family, I expected to compile a bunch of screen captures of Laurie Partridge and quickly put together a Miniskirt Monday post. But it was not meant to be. Laurie (Susan Dey) rarely wore a mini, despite the fact that 1970-72 was prime-time for TV miniskirts. For whatever reason, Laurie appeared primarily in slacks and long, long dresses. The Diane Keaton of family television.
This wasn't just disappointing, it was surprising. Susan was a model before she was a Partridge; it just doesn't add up. Thankfully, there were enough mini skirts beyond Laurie that I was still able to put together this post.
Keith's groupies were always a fine source of miniskirts; however, a bit on the young side..... okay, a lot on the young side. Let's move on...
The first season saw Mama Partridge in a mini (barely above the knee) every so often, but nothing to write home about.
Looks like the same boots as the previous pic, but different dress. Almost a Ms. Partridge upskirt - a prospect that for some reason troubles me. Same goes for any Ms. Brady upskirts - too much of a childhood maternal figure. No thanks.
Keith and girlfriend. The director obviously had a man's eye, because the camera dwells on her backside (quite lecherously) as she walks off...
Gratuitous mini shot.
A scene set at the high school dance yields one miniskirt after another. A brief scene, but one of the most densely packed with minis in TV history. And speaking of lecherous direction...
The camera spends a bit too long on a rather sheer miniskirt before panning out to the dance floor. Hey - it was the seventies. TV shows back then were quite commonly guilty of leering. Nowadays, shows are so polished that it would be edited out.
Laurie Partridge wears an extremely short pleated mini whilst playing tennis. And again the director demonstrates his fondness for the back side of a miniskirt...
The director(s) of The Partridge Family was definitely an ass man. You can almost hear the heavy breathing behind the lens.
One of the few bittersweet moments of Laurie in a miniskirt. This was the first season - sadly, it was not a sign of good things to come. The bell-bottomed slacks would soon make a permanent return. Here's a few more miniskirt moments courtesy Laurie Partridge...
In the episode "A Day of Honesty", Danny enters Laurie's room and, for a brief moment, it looks as if she's got her feet propped against a wall with miniskirt pulled up... but it was not meant to be.
No, if you want to see miniskirts on this show, you'll have to look beyond Laurie Partridge. Laurie is just going to let you down. The Partridge Family has the distinction of having two of three Charlie's Angels on the show before they were famous. Here's Jaclyn Smith.
And who can forget Farrah's brief appearance. Reuben and Danny want to trick Col. Potter from M*A*S*H* to expose him for insurance fraud. They enlist the help of a young Farrah coming out of a grocery store.
Danny Bonaducci can't keep his eyes off of Farrah's goods. The conversation goes on a bit, but Bonaducci's gaze never wavers.
Whoops. I'm as guilty as Danny. I forget to show the actual miniskirt. Here it is (above). Sorry, I was, a bit distracted. Apologies.
A particularly nice miniskirt moment on The Partridge Family is in the episode "They Shoot Managers Don't They?" where Reuben falls for a chick in a dynamite yellow mini. She's played by Nancy Malone who would become the vice president of 20th Century Fox just six years after this episode.
The scene where Reuben and Nancy twirl in an open field (the most generic seventies love scene ever) provides a pervert's eye view of Nancy's undergarments. A devilish eyeful for family programming.
Yes, Reuben was a sly devil, and as fond of the mini as you and I. His flight attendant girlfriend provided some much needed miniskirt action. You may recognize this gal as the same young lass as Jerry's girl in a Bob Newhart episode covered a few years back. She obviously has a thing for goofy but successful guys.
Reuben was quite the playboy. Check out his bachelor pad.
One peculiarity of almost every show from this period was that the female extras were almost without exception wearing miniskirts. Perhaps to the untrained eye, this isn't self evident. However, to a globally recognized expert on the subject, this is a statement of fact. Whether it was Columbo, The Bob Newhart Show, Adam-12 or The Partridge Family, the anonymous female passers-by are ALWAYS in a mini.
Are you paying attention?
Like bird watching, you have to always be on the lookout when watching a show from the early seventies. You never know when an unexpected miniskirt may pop up. It could be lurking in the background (above), or it could be right in your face as in this next scene.... one for the Ages...
Indeed, I've saved the best for last. One of the greatest miniskirt moments ever - not just on The Partridge Family, but any TV show. Not just for its inherent awesomeness, but also for its unexpectedness, this scene wins a plaque in the Miniskirt Hall of Fame.
Keith is getting tired of the groupies always on his jock at school, so he decides to go incognito. While at the school library, Keith literally runs into a miniskirt (with a garter?). It's totally insane, but I'm not complaining.