Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV series)

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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Genre Drama/Musical
Created by Based on the motion picture musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Starring Richard Dean Anderson
Drake Hogestyn
Peter Horton
Theme music composer Jimmy Webb
Gary S. Scott
Opening theme "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" performed by Phil Silas
Composer(s) Larry Cansler
Fred Werner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) David Gerber
Producer(s) James H. Brown
Stephen Cragg
Richard Fielder
Running time 60 mins.
Production company(s) David Gerber Productions
MGM Television
Distributor MGM Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 19, 1982 – March 23, 1983

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an American musical television series loosely based on the film, which ran on CBS from September 19, 1982 to March 23, 1983.[1]


The series told the adventures of a parentless family of rowdy brothers trying to run the family ranch in northern California. Into the chaos came feisty Hannah, who married Adam and took on the task of bringing order to the household, the series contained about one musical number per episode, written by notable songwriter Jimmy Webb. Despite a small but dedicated fan following, the series was cancelled after one season, it was created after the 1954 Hollywood film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Cast list[edit]

US TV Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982-83 22 September 19, 1982 March 23, 1983 65[2] N/A N/A

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Air date[1]
1 "Pilot" Gary Nelson Sue Grafton & Steven Humphrey September 19, 1982 (1982-09-19)
2 "The Man in the White Hat" James Sheldon Marshall Herskovitz September 22, 1982 (1982-09-22)
3 "Challenges" Harvey S. Laidman Mitzie Marvin September 29, 1982 (1982-09-29)
4 "I Love You Molly McGraw" Vincent McEveety Teleplay by: Sue Grafton & Steven Humphrey
Story by: Tim Maschler
October 6, 1982 (1982-10-06)
5 "Gold Fever" Burt Kennedy Josef Anderson October 13, 1982 (1982-10-13)
6 "Daniel's Song" Bernard L. Kowalski C.E. Lewis October 20, 1982 (1982-10-20)
7 "A House Divided" Vincent McEveety Sue Grafton & Steven Humphrey October 27, 1982 (1982-10-27)
8 "Rodeo" John Patterson Preston Ransone November 3, 1982 (1982-11-03)
9 "Catch a Falling Star" Peter Levin Paul L. Ehrmann November 10, 1982 (1982-11-10)
10 "The Election" Michael O'Herlihy Ira Steven Behr November 24, 1982 (1982-11-24)
11 "Neighbors" Bernard L. Kowalski Elizabeth Clark December 8, 1982 (1982-12-08)
12 "Dreams" John Florea Marshall Herskovitz December 15, 1982 (1982-12-15)
13 "Christmas Song" Robert C. Thompson Richard Fielder December 22, 1982 (1982-12-22)
14 "Heritage" John Patterson Richard Fielder December 29, 1982 (1982-12-29)
15 "Promised Land" John Patterson Paul L. Ehrmann January 5, 1983 (1983-01-05)
16 "The Killer" Barry Crane Jud Scott January 12, 1983 (1983-01-12)
17 "Deadly High" John Florea Steve Hayes January 26, 1983 (1983-01-26)
18 "The Rescue" Barry Crane Jud Scott February 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)
19 "Winter Roses" John Florea Michael Petryni February 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)
20 "Winner" James Sheldon Teleplay by: Joel Steiger
Story by: Michael Brentwood
March 2, 1983 (1983-03-02)
21 "A Ring for Hannah" James Sheldon Joe Viola March 9, 1983 (1983-03-09)
22 "Roundup" John Patterson Earl W. Wallace March 23, 1983 (1983-03-23)

Production notes[edit]

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was executive produced by David Gerber for MGM Television and filmed on location at Murphys, California. The series' theme, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", was written by Jimmy Webb and performed by Phil Silas, the musical numbers were choreographed by Carl Jablonski. Michael J. Fox auditioned for this show, before auditioning successfully for Family Ties.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1983 Emmy Awards Nominated Outstanding Art Direction for a Series Hub Braden and Donald J. Remacle (For episode "The Rescue")[3]
1983 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Young Actor in a New Television Series River Phoenix [4]
Nominated Best New Family Television Series [4]
1984 Won Best Young Actor in a Drama Series River Phoenix[5]


  1. ^ a b Brooks, Tim and Marsh, Earl, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 - Present, Balantine, New York, 2003.
  2. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Awards". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "4th Youth In Film Awards". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "5th Youth In Film Awards". Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 

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