Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV series)

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]

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Created byBased on the motion picture musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
StarringRichard Dean Anderson
Drake Hogestyn
Peter Horton
Theme music composerJimmy Webb
Gary S. Scott
Opening theme"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" performed by Phil Silas
Composer(s)Larry Cansler
Fred Werner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producer(s)David Gerber
Producer(s)James H. Brown
Stephen Cragg
Richard Fielder
Running time60 mins.
Production company(s)David Gerber Productions
MGM Television
DistributorMGM Television (current)
Turner Entertainment Co. (copyright holder)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1982 
March 23, 1983


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

US TV Ratings

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

Title Directed by Written by Air date[1]
1"Pilot"Gary NelsonSue Grafton & Steven HumphreySeptember 19, 1982 (1982-09-19)
2"The Man in the White Hat"James SheldonMarshall HerskovitzSeptember 22, 1982 (1982-09-22)
3"Challenges"Harvey S. LaidmanMitzie MarvinSeptember 29, 1982 (1982-09-29)
4"I Love You Molly McGraw"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay by: Sue Grafton & Steven Humphrey
Story by: Tim Maschler
October 6, 1982 (1982-10-06)
5"Gold Fever"Burt KennedyJosef AndersonOctober 13, 1982 (1982-10-13)
6"Daniel's Song"Bernard L. KowalskiC.E. LewisOctober 20, 1982 (1982-10-20)
7"A House Divided"Vincent McEveetySue Grafton & Steven HumphreyOctober 27, 1982 (1982-10-27)
8"Rodeo"John PattersonPreston RansoneNovember 3, 1982 (1982-11-03)
9"Catch a Falling Star"Peter LevinPaul L. EhrmannNovember 10, 1982 (1982-11-10)
10"The Election"Michael O'HerlihyIra Steven BehrNovember 24, 1982 (1982-11-24)
11"Neighbors"Bernard L. KowalskiElizabeth ClarkDecember 8, 1982 (1982-12-08)
12"Dreams"John FloreaMarshall HerskovitzDecember 15, 1982 (1982-12-15)
13"Christmas Song"Robert C. ThompsonRichard FielderDecember 22, 1982 (1982-12-22)
14"Heritage"John PattersonRichard FielderDecember 29, 1982 (1982-12-29)
15"Promised Land"John PattersonPaul L. EhrmannJanuary 5, 1983 (1983-01-05)
16"The Killer"Barry CraneJud ScottJanuary 12, 1983 (1983-01-12)
17"Deadly High"John FloreaSteve HayesJanuary 26, 1983 (1983-01-26)
18"The Rescue"Barry CraneJud ScottFebruary 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)
19"Winter Roses"John FloreaMichael PetryniFebruary 9, 1983 (1983-02-09)
20"Winner"James SheldonTeleplay by: Joel Steiger
Story by: Michael Brentwood
March 2, 1983 (1983-03-02)
21"A Ring for Hannah"James SheldonJoe ViolaMarch 9, 1983 (1983-03-09)
22"Roundup"John PattersonEarl W. WallaceMarch 23, 1983 (1983-03-23)

Production notes

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

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1983Emmy AwardsNominatedOutstanding Art Direction for a SeriesHub Braden and Donald J. Remacle (For episode "The Rescue")[3]
1983Young Artist AwardsNominatedBest Young Actor in a New Television SeriesRiver Phoenix [4]
NominatedBest New Family Television Series [4]
1984WonBest Young Actor in a Drama SeriesRiver Phoenix[5]


  1. 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. "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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