Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
SoapDope

Eight Is Enough

Recommended Posts

SoapDope   

I recently bought picked up season 4 and plan on getting season 5 to complete the series. Anyone else here a fan or like the show ? It's one of those shows that takes me back to my childhood. I posted a recent interview with Brian Patrick Clarke where he talks about the series and playing Merle.

 

The sad thing is most of the cast has had a lot of troubles much like the cast of Diff'rent Strokes. Willie Aames (Tommy), Adam Rich (Nicholas), Lani O'Grady (Mary), have had substance abuse problems. Susan Richardson has had a lot of problems as well and was living in a rotting trailer in recent years. Lani died in the early 2000's of a drug overdose. I think Grant Goodeve (David) admitted to being a recovering alcoholic and Joan Prather (who played David's wife Janet) hit a cop with her car.

 

The cast reunited with the passing of Dick Van Patten last year.

 

RTNFMTVGREYxNTg4NUY1MUFCMjY6YzhjNTVkNjU1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I loved this show.  Lani was the sister of one of the guys from My Three Sons.  I remember the sordid details of all of their messy lives.  Too bad. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think Lani was on Days for a short time. Loved the show. Still sad about DVP.

I recently bought picked up season 4 and plan on getting season 5 to complete the series. Anyone else here a fan or like the show ? It's one of those shows that takes me back to my childhood. I posted a recent interview with Brian Patrick Clarke where he talks about the series and playing Merle.

 

The sad thing is most of the cast has had a lot of troubles much like the cast of Diff'rent Strokes. Willie Aames (Tommy), Adam Rich (Nicholas), Lani O'Grady (Mary), have had substance abuse problems. Susan Richardson has had a lot of problems as well and was living in a rotting trailer in recent years. Lani died in the early 2000's of a drug overdose. I think Grant Goodeve (David) admitted to being a recovering alcoholic and Joan Prather (who played David's wife Janet) hit a cop with her car.

 

The cast reunited with the passing of Dick Van Patten last year.

 

RTNFMTVGREYxNTg4NUY1MUFCMjY6YzhjNTVkNjU1

Thanks for posting this photo!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SoapDope   

Who is the guy next to Adam Rich? 

I don't recognize that guy next Adam either. Someone posted it was Brian Patrick Clarke, but it doesn't look like him to me. Susan Richardson is not in the pic. I guess do to her health. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the first two seasons on DVD and plan to buy more as I work my way through the series. I love all of the 70s family dramas. They were sorta like precursors to the 80s nighttime soaps but with an earnestness that actually worked. People often pit EiE against Family, but I think they're really two very different shows with two different purposes. While Family thrived on being quiet and understated, EiE was all about the raucousness of a house full of people who didn't always get along, and it was just a very busy show. And it worked!

I had not seen the picture from DVP's funeral. Susan's absence really does make me worry for her...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SoapDope   

I have the first two seasons on DVD and plan to buy more as I work my way through the series. I love all of the 70s family dramas. They were sorta like precursors to the 80s nighttime soaps but with an earnestness that actually worked. People often pit EiE against Family, but I think they're really two very different shows with two different purposes. While Family thrived on being quiet and understated, EiE was all about the raucousness of a house full of people who didn't always get along, and it was just a very busy show. And it worked!

I had not seen the picture from DVP's funeral. Susan's absence really does make me worry for her...

I agree, Family and Eight Is Enough are 2 very different shows. Family was strictly more dramatic and EiE mixed in comedy. Susan was in pretty rough shape a while back.

 

I noticed Adam Rich is holding a glass in his hand. I know he had substance abuse problems in the past, so maybe he was drinking something non alcoholic. I remember reading by the time he was 10 that some of the backstage crew and people that traveled with him on personal appearances etc... had turned him on to pot and alcohol and let him watch hardcore porn. One person said at a cast party Adam was walking around with a mixed drink. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×