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Old 12-28-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Confused I Didn't Realize That The Partridge Family Had Their Own Version Of "Cousin Oliver?!"

Ricky Segall.

If you blinked during the Partridge Family's run in the 1970's you may have missed him, but child actor Ricky Segall appeared in 10 episodes of the series back in 1973. He played the role of next door neighbor Ricky, a child singer who the Partridge's took under their wing (most likely in an attempt to up the show's "cute" factor, as the youngest Partridge kids were getting a little long in the tooth).

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Ricky Segall was cast at the beginning of the 4th and final season as Ricky Stevens a neighbor boy who would drop by to sing with or for the Partridges. I think even the producers realized that he was an unnecessary character as his appearances were reduced and he was hardly ever seen (if at all) in the second half of the season.
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Oh, yeah I remember little Ricky. He was grating to me even when I was a kid. It was so obvious they were trying to introduce a younger kid to address the aging of the youngsters, as you mentioned.

I think of the two, I might actually prefer Cousin Oliver!
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Ricky's main function on the show was to sing a cute little song to cheer one of the Partridges up while the rest of the family sat around with goofy grins on their faces.
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I think of the two, I might actually prefer Cousin Oliver!

Me too. I fastforward through his parts when I watch the DVDs.
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He really drags down Season 4, which rebounds once he is gone!
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We've just begun the Ricky Segall era on Antenna TV I'm sad to report. It is nice seeing Season Four though as I have not purchased it on dvd. The show was clearly dragging by Season Four as is apparent by the addition of Ricky.
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Oh, yeah I remember little Ricky. He was grating to me even when I was a kid. It was so obvious they were trying to introduce a younger kid to address the aging of the youngsters, as you mentioned.

I think of the two, I might actually prefer Cousin Oliver!

Yes, The Partridge Family did have its Cousin Oliver.
He has always gotten on my nerves to. He is not a very good singer. I was happy they took him out. I always fast forward over his part every time I watch an episode with him in it.
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The worst Ricky Segall episode was the Beethoven one where the high-brow girlfriend sits there with a big grin on her face listening to Ricky sing his worst song ever, very incongruous. I just stop the DVD when he arrives since it was at the end of an episode after the plot had resolved.
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I just finished watching the first episode of season 4 (Rickys introductory episode). Did they think Ricky would take the show all the way to the top of the ratings? yeesh!! I can't get that awful YOU CAN DO IT song out of my head.
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Oh, yeah I remember little Ricky. He was grating to me even when I was a kid. It was so obvious they were trying to introduce a younger kid to address the aging of the youngsters, as you mentioned.

I think of the two, I might actually prefer Cousin Oliver!


I think that I stopped regularly watching The Brady Bunch sometime before Cousin Oliver was introduced to the series. I could see that The Brady Bunch had already been going downhill largely because the Brady kids were growing up and it seemed Greg was close to 20 years of age, and Peter was about 16 and the rest of the young cast were now older than when the series started and as happens with a series that has child characters, when the child actors grow older, it is hard for writers to write up good character development and good plots instead of just silly goofy overdone comedy stuff.
So it was decades after the Brady Bunch went off the air did I hear about the fact that a young cast member was brought into the Brady household because the other young cast members were no younger than about 15.

I definitely heard that Ricky Seagull was going to be the newest "Member of the Partridge Family" before the first episode featuring him ever aired, and likewise, by this time I did not watch each Partridge Family episode as commonly as when the series first began.

I don't take it out of context. They area all only TV shows that are meant to entertain and eventually go off the air and just remain in our memories and re-runs.
A lot of people who comment here on sitcomsonline.com as well as any other similar websites regarding how Ricky Seagull did not really do anything for the music or plots of The Partridge Family, seem to be written by mental cases who take it all personally.

I actually don't think Ricky's singing was "annoying" rather than silly. The whole idea of bringing in a child no older than about 5 to attract "music fans" when the music in The Partridge Family was no longer as good as it was at the beginning, couldn't have been serious.

But heck, The Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch had both been on the air approximately the same length of time and none of the TV shows could
merely continue.

I actually did not see any episode of the Brady Bunch with Cousin Oliver so as to know if his being in the Brady Bunch was as insipid as Ricky Seagull being in The Partridge Family or worse.
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I actually don't think Ricky's singing was "annoying" rather than silly. The whole idea of bringing in a child no older than about 5 to attract "music fans" when the music in The Partridge Family was no longer as good as it was at the beginning, couldn't have been serious.

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There was a little epidemic of precociousness at this time that included Mason Reese, Rodney Allen Rippy, and Moosie Dryer. I'm guessing they would have brought someone in even if they couldn't dig up a singer.
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I liked Cousin Oliver better than Ricky. At least Oliver was a relative.
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