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7th Heaven is a American family drama television series was created by Brenda Hampton, also produced by Spelling Television and Paramount Television, and also distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

The show first aired from The WB on August 26, 1996 to May 6, 2006, also for The CW aired from September 25, 2006 and ended on May 13, 2007, lasting eleven seasons and 243 episodes.

Plot Edit

The series tells the story of the Reverend Eric Camden, a Protestant minister living in the fictional town of Glenoak, California. The other eight central characters are Eric's wife Annie and their seven children. Except for Lucy, the children are all named after key biblical figures. Originally, there are five children (making it a family of seven). The twins are born in season three, in the episode "In Praise of Women". Four of the children, Matt, Mary, Lucy, and Simon, at different times, move away from home during the show's run. Simon goes to college, Mary goes to live with her grandparents and Matt marries and pursues his career as a doctor, far away from the family. Despite these three being absent from the Camden home, the house is always full. When Lucy marries, they moved into the garage apartment. Their daughter is born while they are there. Later, they move into a home next door. Ruthie leaves for a short while in the final season to go to Scotland. The Camdens offer shelter to various house guests at different points in the show.

Cast Edit

  • Stephen Collins as Eric Camden
  • Catherine Hicks as Annie Camden
  • Barry Watson as Matt Camden (seasons 1–6 and 9, recurring 7–8)
  • David Gallagher as Simon Camden (seasons 1–7 and 9–10, recurring season 8)
  • Jessica Biel as Mary Camden (seasons 1–6, recurring season 7)
  • Beverley Mitchell as Lucy Camden
  • Mackenzie Rosman as Ruthie Camden

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Production Edit

Although originally produced for Fox in 1996, the show aired on the WB. It was produced by Spelling Television and distributed for syndication by CBS Television Distribution. Its producers, including Aaron Spelling, considered it wholesome family viewing, incorporating public service announcements into the show. The final season of 7th Heaven was shown on the inaugural season of The CW. The show wrapped production on the final episode March 8, 2007, about one month before most shows film their last episodes of the season. This was due largely to the fact that after ten years of working together, the actors, producers and crew had gotten production down to a steady pace, slashing costs repeatedly and routinely coming in well under budget. This resulted in 7th Heaven filming episodes in shorter time during the final seasons.

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Critical reception Edit

The Parents Television Council often cited 7th Heaven among the top ten most family-friendly shows. The show was praised for its positive portrayal of a cleric and for promoting honesty, respect for parental authority, and the importance of a strong family and a good education through its storylines. It was proclaimed the best show in 1998-1999 by the Parents Television Council. The council also explained "7th Heaven manages to provide moral solutions to tough issues facing teenagers without seeming preachy or heavy-handed. Additionally, unlike most TV series, 7th Heaven shows the consequences of reckless and irresponsible behavior." It was also noted that "While addressing topics such as premarital sex and peer pressure, these parents [Annie and Eric] are eager to provide wise counsel along with love and understanding."

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