Continuing the FamilyCarGuide list of most memorable TV family cars, we include some that are a little bit of a stretch. Remember, we said that it didn’t have to be a car, or ever have been a real production car. But it did have to be used by family members – including extended family, police duos, and so on.
Here, then, is part two of FCG’s list of most memorable TV family cars.
A-Team van via Wikimedia
The A-Team, a good-guy vigilante band working for hire around the U.S. and the world, got their jobs done utilizing a much-modified GMC Vandura G-1500 series. A-Team members included George Peppard as John “Hannibal” Smith, the leader of the group and an expert at disguises, Dwight Schultz as “Howling Mad” Murdock, an expert pilot and really looney (they broke him out of a mental hospital when they required his talents), the gold-chain-clad Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, the group’s mechanic, and Dirk Benedict as Templeton “Faceman” Peck, a con artist and ladies' man. The action/adventure/crime show ran from 1983 to 1987.
Partridge Family bus via Wikimedia
Shirley Jones played suburban widow Shirley Renfrew Partridge in The Partridge Family TV series that ran from 1970 to 1974. Shirley and her four kids toured the country in a psychedelic bus to perform music as a family. David Cassidy was son Keith, while Danny Bonaduce played son Danny. Daughters Laurie and Tracy were portrayed by Susan Dey and Suzanne Crough, respectively. Their agent, Reuben Kincaid, played by Dave Madden, hated kids… so, naturally, Danny gave him a rough go of it. But that bus made a memorable impression upon viewers, equally as much a castmember as the rest of the Partridge family.
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A regular staple for families watching TV in the ‘60s, The Beverly Hillbillies series portrayed a nouveau riche family of hillbillies, the Clampetts, who moved to Beverly Hills, California and proceed to shake things up. Refusing to change their countrified ways, the Clampetts played out many cornball antics each week. Of course, to get around Beverly Hills, the hillbillies, including Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Irene Ryan as Granny Daisy Moses, Donna Douglas as Ellie Mae Clampett, and Max Baer Jr. as Jed’s nephew, Jethro Bodine, used a 1921 Oldsmobile Roadster customized by custom-car guru, George Barris. The hillbilly truck was actually a combination of the Olds touring car body and the frame of a flatbed truck. The series ran for 274 episodes, from 1962 to 1971.
The Jetsons CarThe Jetsons: Flying Car
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The animated comic sci-fi sitcom, The Jetsons, appeared from 1962 to 1963 and again from 1985 to 1987. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera, who also produced The Flintstones, another popular animated comic TV sitcom. The animated cast included George Jetson, his wife Jane, teenage daughter Judy, adolescent Elroy, the family dog Astro, and Rosie, the family robot. When not tooling about in his own personal flying car, George conveys the family in a flying sedan, of sorts.
The Flintstones carEnlarge Photo
The Flintstones TV show was an animated sitcom from Hanna-Barbera about a “modern” stoneage family called the Flintstones, along with their neighbors, the Rubbles. The show ran from 1960 to 1966. Cast included Fred and Wilma Flintstone, daughter Pebbles, and pets Dino (dinosaur), Baby Puss (saber-tooth cat), and Doozy (dodo bird). Next-door neighbors, the Rubbles, included Barney and Betty Rubble, daughter Bamm-Bamm, and pet Hoppy (combination kangaroo/dinosaur). The family “car” was made out of stone, wood and animal skins, and powered by the feet of the “driver” and “passengers.”
The Simpsons car
Doh, who can forget Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa Simpson, the long-lasting (20+ years) animated – and totally dysfunctional -- TV family? Created by Matt Groening and featuring many famous guest voices since its 1989 debut, The Simpsons is still going strong. When Homie needs to get out and about, with or without the family, he’s in his pink sedan – which frequently gets banged up due to Homie’s propensity to find objects to hit.
Missed Part One? Check it out now. Think of others missing from this two-part list of most memorable TV family cars? Let us know and we’ll consider doing an update.