1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 3 (USA)
23 x 60 minute episodes
There was a lot of singin’, dancin’, whoopin’, hollerin’ and stompin’ in this series, loosely based on the 1954 MGM musical.
That’s what you get when you take a spirited filly like Hannah Moss (Terri Treas) and marry her off to Adam McFadden (Richard Dean Anderson) who lives in a big ranch house with six rambunctious brothers: 25-year-old Brian (Drake Hogestyn), 21-year-old Crane (Peter Horton); 18-year-old Daniel (Roger Wilson); 16-year-old Evan (Tim Topper); 15-year-old Ford (Bryan Utman); and 12-year-old Guthrie (River Phoenix in his tv series debut and first acting role).
While the movie was set on the frontier, this series took place in contemporary times, as the parentless family of boys tried to go it alone on a ranch in northern California.
Fortunately, Hannah was high-spirited herself and got their attention the first day by dumping an entire table full of food in their laps.
Besides hijinks around the house, stories revolved around struggles to keep the ranch solvent, personal squabbles, and romances. Despite all the singing, dancing, and romancing, none of the other six McFadden brothers found a bride during the one season Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was on the air.
Richard Dean Anderson
Hannah McFadden (Moss)