The Partridge Family didn't have near the interesting home as The Brady's, but then their dad wasn't an architect. Plus, they didn't have the money like the Brady's either - no stay-at-home-mom or live-in-maid. It was more of an average home, and perhaps that's what got me to take another look at the Partridge abode.
Because the house didn't have the size or flair of the Brady residence, the scenes nearly always took place in either the kitchen or the living room (in front of the stairs). Sometimes, the camera would venture into the boys' crummy little upstairs room or Mom's elegant boudoir, but it wasn't common.
Of course, this is typical of any sitcom, whether it's Married with Children or All in the Family, there's just one or two main settings and that's it. So, what makes the Partridge residence of San Pueblo so interesting? The decor, of course.
When reading this post, I recommend you use the floor plan I created above. It's not particularly accurate nor is it to scale; however, even I have my limits on how much time I'm going to spend on something like this. I just used a quickie online floor plan creator, but I think it captures the layout pretty well.
Each episode would have the family giving a musical performance at a variety of locales - on top of their bus, in a hotel lounge, or in their garage. The rest of the show was basically the kitchen or the living room. We'll start with the kitchen.
Check the nice seventies palette. Lots of avocado and olive green mixed with brown. I especially enjoy their table setting.
A wider shot. Note the dining room in the back - this led to the adjacent living room. Above Laurie's head are two red things that I thought were fire extinguishers, but are actually hanging oven mits. The mits are in front of the fridge. Let's have a look behind Laurie and Keith...
A big ass school bell (a tad distracting for a TV show, don't you think?).
Another view of the inexplicable school bell.
A season earlier and not much is different. There's one less oven mit and no phone on the wall. Plus we have a different actor for Chris Partridge. According to Danny Bonaducci, the original Chris was a freaking nutcase and actually bit David Cassidy. His mom was also an unprofessional bitch.... but I digress.
Seasons 1-3 all had the olive dishes. Very little change from seasons 2-3. If you look close, you'll see the phone is different, but otherwise it remains pretty constant.
But what's that wooden square in front of the oven? Some sort of low cutting board island?
Pretty odd looking piece of furniture.
The final season (season 4) we see a new kitchen table and wicker chairs. Plus new wallpaper. You'll also note that the kitchen counter has been extended in a "U" shape with the stove top moved to the new extension. Thus, ends the olive green stove top vent. May it rest in piece.
A closer look at their new oven... try to ignore the new hair styles if you can.
THE LIVING ROOM
A look into the kitchen - a nice segue to the living area.
That shag stairway was a character unto itself.
If you can avert your eyes from the shagadelic staircase, please take note of the foliage to the left...
This is beyond just a nook with houseplants - this is a veritable jungle habitat. Somewhere inside the flora is a native with a blowgun.
A look to the left, we see a fireplace and nice big window with stereo beneath. Observation after watching all four seasons: Laurie sure spends a lot of time on the couch.
To try to increase ratings (and glom on to the Jackson 5 gravy train) the Partridges brought on little Ricky. God he was horrible. They also brought in a new sofa, which wasn't nearly as offensive.
If you were curious whether the Partridges kept a TV in their living room - here's your answer.
THE DINING ROOM
The Partridges + Jodie Foster settle down for dinner.
That's the front door and the jungle area mentioned earlier.
Mama Partridge has a nice little fake bedside vineyard.
KEITH, DANNY & CHRIS' ROOM
The boys' room is marked by a slanted ceiling, plus the generic "boy" decor around Chris' bed.
TRACY & LAURIE'S ROOM
On the one hand, it's more realistic, but on the other, it's not near as interesting as most TV bedrooms. The Brady girls definitely have this one beat.
THE PSYCHEDELIC BUS
The Brady's might've had a cooler and bigger place of residence, but one thing they didn't have was a psychedelic bus. Check mate Brady Bunch.