Snakkle Looks Back at the Cast of Eight Is Enough, Over 30 Years LaterEight Is Enough (1977-1981), was a full hour-long and with a laugh track, making it a tough show to categorize. While often quite funny, almost every episode was "very special," one of TV's first "dramedies." For five seasonsâ€”not enoughâ€”audiences watched the Bradford family "fill their lives with love." But which Bradford found fame on Broadway? Who struggled with drugs after the show? Let's find out. By Brett Singer
Then: Young Dickie Van Patten started out on the stage, and did indeed call himself Dickie. Eventually he wisely shortened his name to Dick, making his small-screen debut on the long-running series Mama (1949). Many roles followed, but to this day he is still best known as columnist/patriarch Tom Bradford.