- This article is about the TV program. For other uses, see Seventh Heaven (disambiguation)
|7th Heaven |
||Family Drama |
||60 minutes |
||Brenda Hampton |
||Brenda Hampton |
E. Duke Vincent
||See Cast and Characters below |
|Country of origin
||The WB (1996-2006) |
The CW (2006-)
||August 26, 1996 â Present |
|No. of episodes
||221 (At least another 13 episodes ordered) |
|IMDb profile |
7th Heaven is an American television series about a Protestant minister's family living in the fictional town of Glenoak, California. It was created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The show's original series finale aired on May 8th, 2006, but in a very rare occurrence the program was renewed by the new CW Television Network after that episode experienced large ratings.
The series premiered on Monday, August 26, 1996 on The WB (now The CW). It was the first time that the WB aired Monday night programming, and is argued to be the only reason that the WB has the success that it has today. The series lasted from 1996-2006 on The WB, and will be one of the charter shows of The CW. Remarkably, the series remained in that timeslot ever since, holding its own against the 92 other series that have aired against its 10 seasons. It has also been the WB Network's most watched series since 1998 - eight straight years. 19 of the WB's 20 top rated hours of prime-time television have been 7th Heaven episodes. 7th Heaven also holds the record for the WB's most watched hour - 12.5 million viewers - set on February 8, 1999 when the series welcomed the birth of twins Sam and David Camden. Despite buzz from critics among sister series such as Felicity, Dawson's Creek, Smallville, Gilmore Girls, and Everwood, no WB show carries anywhere near the amount of success that 7th Heaven has generated over its 10 year run.
On November 11, 2005 it was announced that, after ten seasons, 7th Heaven would end in May 2006.  Shortly thereafter, a massive online "Save 7th Heaven Campaign" was begun in order to keep the series going, with the belief that the WB cancelled its core series simply to cut expenses. A January 17, 2006 report in the Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the WB was cancelling the series in response to the $16 million loss it was taking on the program. But, on May 18, 2006, it was announced, that the series, will be renewed, for an 11th, season and will be seen, on the new CW network. 7th Heaven will be the oldest program on either The WB or UPN to move to The CW when it replaces both networks in September 2006.
- 1 Cast and Characters
- 2 Premise
- 2.1 Denomination
- 2.2 Clerical family
- 3 Themes
- 4 Jessica Biel's departure
- 5 Production
- 6 Product Placements
- 7 Future on CW
- 8 Recurring Cast
- 9 Trivia
- 10 International
- 11 DVD Releases
- 12 Episodes
- 13 External links
Cast and Characters
Due to 7th Heaven's recent 11th season renewal, characters status may be unknown
- Stephen Collins as Eric Camden (core cast member)
- Catherine Hicks as Annie Jackson-Camden (core cast member)
- Barry Watson as Matt Camden (1996-2002; 2004-2005)(now recurring; core cast member before)
- Sarah Danielle Madison as Sarah Glass-Camden (2004-2005) now recurring
- David Gallagher as Simon Camden (1996-2003; 2004-core cast member)
- Jessica Biel as Mary Camden-Rivera (1996-2002; recurring afterwards)(now recurring; used to be core cast member)
- Beverley Mitchell as Lucy Camden-Kinkirk (core cast member)
- Mackenzie Rosman as Ruthie Camden (core cast member)
- Chaz Lamar Shephard as John Hamilton (1999-2001)
- Maureen Flannigan as Shauna Sullivan (1999-2000; recurring otherwise)
- Adam LaVorgna as Robbie Palmer (2000-2002; recurring previously)
- Lorenzo Brino as Sam Camden (1999-core cast member)
- Nikolas Brino as David Camden (1999-core cast member)
- Geoff Stults as Ben Kinkirk (2002-2003; recurring otherwise)
- George Stults as Kevin Kinkirk (2002-core cast member)
- Ashlee Simpson as Cecilia Smith (2002-2004)
- Rachel Blanchard as Roxanne Richardson (2002-2004)
- Jeremy London as Chandler Hampton (2002-2004)
- Scotty Leavenworth as Peter Petrowski (2003-2004; reccurring otherwise)
- Tyler Hoechlin as Martin Brewer (2003-2006)(unknown status)
- Haylie Duff as Sandy Jameson (2005-unknown status)
- Sarah Thompson as Rose (2005-unknown status)
- Megan Henning as Meredith Davies (2005; recurring previously)
- Happy as Happy the Dog (1998-unknown status)
The only true core cast members as of now are:
- Stephen Collins as Eric Camden
- Catherine Hicks as Annie Jackson-Camden
- David Gallagher as Simon Camden (1996-2003; 2004-present)
- Beverley Mitchell as Lucy Camden-Kinkirk
- Mackenzie Rosman as Ruthie Camden
- Lorenzo Brino as Sam Camden (1999-present)
- Nikolas Brino as David Camden (1999-present)
- George Stults as Kevin Kinkirk (2002-present)
The central characters are "Reverend Eric Camden," his wife Annie, and their seven children. "Reverend Camden" is minister to the Glenoak Community Church. The denomination of the church is never exactly stated; however, it is known to be some version of something like "Protestant", as disclosed by Matt in the episode in which he gets married to Sarah, a Jewish woman. However, in most episodes this fact remains ostentatiously unstated, and indeed the actual word "Jesus" is only mentioned once or twice each show. One can however rule out many denominations based on the fact Lucy has joined the church as a reverend, as some denominations do not believe that a woman should lead a church in such a manner.
In at least one episode, the Disciples of Christ denominational logo (St. Andrew cross and chalice) was displayed prominently on the front of the church's pulpit. Many of the church scenes were filmed at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of North Hollywood (Studio City). Though the logo display was likely not intentional, there appears to be nothing about the Camden's brand of Christianity that would be negated if they were indeed a part of the Disciples of Christ.
The family originally consisted of five children (Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon and Ruthie), but in the third season, Annie gave birth to twins, Sam and David. Three of the children, Matt, Simon, and Mary, moved away from home and appeared irregularly throughout the rest of the show's run. Mary, the show's "prodigal daughter", moved away to solve problems she was having in Glenoak more than once, and also married and divorced. Unlike the others, which appeared again throughout the show, she was the only Camden that really got "kicked off" the show by the producers (see Jessica Biel's departure). Simon went to college, and Matt married and pursued his career as a doctor. Nevertheless, the house is always full; Lucy, her husband Kevin, and their daughter Savannah all live near the Camdens, and they are now expecting twin boys. Daughter Ruthie and son Simon also are in the final seasons regularly. Frequent house guests also find the Camden house a home of their own. Due to dissatisfaction with the show and her image, Jessica Biel was slowly written out of the show from 2000 and, after an appearance in September 2003, she did not appear again until the tenth season finale on May 8th, 2006. On the other hand, Matt and Simon have regularly found themselves involved with the family since they moved out and Simon (David Gallagher) returned regularly in the tenth season.
Each episode deals with a moral lesson or controversial theme that the family deals with either directly or indirectly. Some range from the traumatic (e.g., Eric's sister came to visit and the children found out that she had a drinking problem) to the somewhat trivial (e.g., in one episode, every child acquired an addiction, with even Ruthie being addicted to gum). Beyond the moral lesson in each show, there are also longer-running story arcs. In the later seasons, Eric had to deal with his wife entering menopause and his youngest daughter Ruthie needing a training bra. The topics are usually approached from a socially conservative Protestant Christian point of view, although the series avoids touching "hot button" issues. An episode about the importance of voting on election day seemed to suggest that men in the family are Republicans, while the women appear to be Democrats. (However, in the same episode in which Matt discloses that the family is Protestant, he also discloses to Sarah that his father, the Reverend Camden, is a Democrat.) Along with the show's family-oriented storylines, this conservative nature has been responsible, in part, for the show's longevity - appealing to an audience who are rarely targeted. This appears to extend even to the question of the denomination of Mr. Camden's church ("Reverend Camden," in the vocabulary of the program's producers and writers).
In the later seasons (starting with Season 3, but most consistently after Season 5) the show's focus has been on condemning premarital sex. The issue is hashed out in nearly every episode, with many of the Camden family's children and de-facto members (such as Robbie) either having sex, getting pregnant, being afraid of having gotten someone pregnant or being afraid they've caught "an STD" (they never name any specific one). A typical discussion goes like this: "Reverend Camden" and Annie are discussing Simon's obnoxious girlfriend, Rose, whom they are afraid their son Simon is going to marry. "Reverend Camden" says that there's no way Simon wants to get married, as he (Simon) believes that the only reason his siblings got married was to have sex and he (Simon) thinks they made a mistake, and since he (Simon) is already having sex, there's no reason for him to get married at all. To which Annie replies: "You know, before I met Rose, I couldn't think of one good reason for Simon to have premarital sex."
The show is reliant on the very special episode concept, attempting to introduce contemporary social issues to lend greater emotional resonance to episodes. These episodes do in fact lead to high ratings for the show. The January 24, 2005 episode, which featured the birth of Lucy's daughter Savannah, garnered 7.99 million viewers - the highest WB rating since 2003. Another example included the would-be series finale, now simply known as the Season 10 finale, which scored 7.56 million viewers on May 8, 2006.
Jessica Biel's departure
The Original cast of 7th Heaven
Jessica Biel played eldest daughter Mary from the show's beginning. However, gradually dissatisfied with her "goody goody" image, Biel eventually posed for semi-nude photographs for Gear magazine which the producers of the show did not approve of. During the fifth (2000-2001) season, her character had gone through a rebellious phase, and this storyline was used to write Biel out of the show, sending Mary to her grandparents' house in Buffalo, New York for some tough love to counter her rebellious behaviour. During the sixth season (2001 - 2002), Mary returned home but the differences between Biel and the producers led to Mary leaving home full time and becoming a flight attendant.
Biel returned for five episodes during the seventh season (2002 - 2003), including Lucy's wedding episode, and the season finale. She then appeared in the second episode of the eighth season, which aired on September 22, 2003, when she revealed to the family that she had married Carlos Rivera (Carlos Ponce) whom the Camdens assisted in returning home to his family in the Christmas episode "Here Comes Santa Claus" of the third season, and was pregnant with his child. Following that appearance, fans hoped for years that she would return at some point. After a nearly three-year absence, it was announced on April 3, 2006 that Jessica would make a triumphant return for the season finale "And Thank You", reuniting all nine Camdens for the first time since the seventh season finale "Life and Death" in April 2003.
While she was away, from 2003-2006, Mary has had major storylines off-camera, including giving birth to son Charles Miguel in 2004, and then subsequently divorcing her husband and signing away custody of her child in the May 2005 ninth season finale "Mi Familia." Her on-screen ex-husband Carlos Ponce, made several appearances during her absence to deliver these stories. Minor stories or tid-bits include Mary taking a political stance in Season 9 by sending her husband to the voting booth and attending rallies, sending Lucy a baby shower gift, going through job training in London, relocating to Chicago following her divorce, and most recently, helping Simon in the 10th season with financial difficulties. However, she has clearly maintained a connection with Carlos and son, and up until the divorce was made known, kept in contact with her siblings semi-regularly at least.
Her appearance in the 10th season finale, though limited, shed light on events taking place during the last few months. Mary graduated college the same weekend as Matt and Sarah, reunited with husband Carlos, and is pregnant with twin girls. Although she was not with the family, her conversation with her husband during the episode revealed that their reunion took place during Matt and Sarah's graduation ceremony, the first time they had all been together in almost three years, also suggesting some final resolution to the estrangement that had been present since Season 5.
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 Paramount Television (the ABC Family network has off-network syndication rights and airs daily reruns of the program). Its producers, including Aaron Spelling, consider it wholesome family viewing, incorporating public service announcements into the show. 7th Heaven will now be shown on the CW.
In the 7th episode of the 10th season, "Soup's On", Campbell's Soup received a great deal of obvious product placement, with the all of the words "Campbell's Labels for Education" said aloud multiple times. This product placement actually lasted for a few episodes. In the 4th to last episode of the series, "Secrets", Nabisco Oreo Cookies got a product placement - serving as a major plot device. Since the production costs of 7th Heaven are so high now, TPTB most likely had to resort to such product placements just to break even on the production budget.
Future on CW
The WB announced in November 2005 that the 10th season would be the last for the show due to high costs, despite strong ratings. However, possibly in March 2006, the core cast were approached about the possibility of returning for another year on the show.
Sources close to the production of the show have said that 7th Heaven will be picked up for an 11th season on The CW (as of May 12, 2006) .
"7th Heaven, the longest-running family drama in television history, in a surprising move, will return for its 11th season on the new CW network this fall. .
7th Heaven's pick up in the 11th hour caused a stir in the Everwood Community, as CW's President had to pick either Everwood or 7th Heaven. 7th Heaven was chosen while Everwood was not.
- Christopher Michael - Sgt./Det./Capt. Michaels
- Andrew Keegan - Wilson West
- Matthew Linville - Jimmy Moon
- Andrea Ferrell - Heather Cain
- Alan Fudge - Lou Dalton
- Eileen Brennan - Mrs. Gladys Bink
- Edie McClurg - Mrs. Beeker
- Graham Jarvis - Charles Jackson
- Laraine Newman - Rosina Glass
- Sarah Danielle Madison - Sarah Glass-Camden
- Richard Lewis - Richard Glass
- Deborah Raffin - Julie Camden-Hastings
- Ed Begley Jr. - Dr. Hank Hastings
- Peter Graves - John "The Colonel" Camden
- Barbara Rush - Ruth Camden
- Beverly Garland - Ginger Jackson
- Brad Maule - George Smith
- Dorian Harewood - Rev. Morgan Hamilton
- Olivia Brown - Patricia Hamilton
- David Netter - Nigel Hamilton
- Gabrielle Union - Keesha Hamilton
- Camille Winbush - Lynn Hamilton
- Andrea Pearson - Priscilla Carter-Hamilton
- Barret Swatek - Cheryl
- Nicole Cherie - Deena Stewart
- Alicia Leigh Willis - Corey Conway-West
- Meg Wittner - Donna Cain
- Carlos Ponce -Carlos Rivera
- Wade Carpenter - Jordan Johansen
- Kyle Searles - Mac
- Joy Enriquez - Joy Reyes
- Brothers Kevin Kinkirk and Ben Kinkirk are portrayed by real life brothers George Stults and Geoff Stults.
- Brothers Chandler Hampton and Sid Hampton (who appeared in one episode) are portrayed by real life identical twin brothers Jeremy London and Jason London.
- Both the Camden parents have appeared as central characters in Star Trek films. Stephen Collins (Rev. Camden) played Commander Willard Decker in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Catherine Hicks (Annie Camden) appeared in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home as a cetacean biologist named Dr. Gillian Taylor.
- Jessica Biel and Adam LaVorgna once dated in real life.
- Jessica Biel is actually younger than Beverley Mitchell, despite playing the older sister on the show.
- Nikolas Brino and Lorenzo Brino are two members of a quadruplet, and all four have appeared on the show. They were chosen to always play the twins in 2001, when producers started to notice that all of the quads had begun to look different and thus could not be interchanged.
- 7th Heaven has aired in the same time slot (Monday 8 P.M.) for its entire run on the WB. It will have that same time slot on the CW.
- Beginning with its tenth season, 7th Heaven became the longest running family drama in TV history.
- 7th Heaven has been the WB network's most watched show since the 1998-1999 television season. At one point it averaged nearly eight million viewers per "all new" episode - which is a high number for that network.
- Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Beverley Mitchell, and Mackenzie Rosman are the only cast members that have appeared in every episode of the series.
- Similarly, David Gallagher has been with the show all along, except for the majority of the eighth season. He has appeared in all but twenty-four episodes of the series.
- Jessica Biel was absent from 7th Heaven for nearly three years, before an appearance in the tenth season finale.
- Alan Thicke, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lance Bass, Usher, Kirsten Storms, Jenna Von Oy, Marla Sokoloff, Allison Mack, Ashley Tisdale, Brenda Song, Taran Noah Smith, Mila Kunis, Keri Russell, Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Tara Lipinski and among others have all guest starred on the show.
- 7th Heaven was the longest running series ever on the WB network.
- It was originally called 7th Heaven because 5 kids + 2 parents = 7th Heaven. Later the kids totaled 7 children: Matt, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie, Sam, and David.
- All of the Camden children were given Biblical names with the exception of Lucy (Beverly Mitchell), who was likely named for Christian martyr Lucy of Syracuse.
- Savannah was named after the place where Lucy and Kevin went on their honeymoon.
- In Austria, the show screens on ORF1.
- In Canada, the show screens on A-Channel, CTS and VisionTV.
- In Estonia, the show screens on TV1.
- In France, the show, named Sept Ã la maison, screens on TF1.
- In Germany, the show screens on Vox under the title "Eine himmlische Familie".
- In Hungary, the show screens on TV2 under the title Hetedik mennyorszÃ¡g, a literal translation of 7th Heaven.
- In Ireland, the show screens on RTÃ 1.
- In Norway, the show screens on TV 2 under the title Den syvende himmel, a literal translation of 7th Heaven.
- In South Africa, the show has always been screened on SABC2 on Tuesday evenings.
- In Sweden, the show screens on kanal5, but was first aired on tv4.
- In the Philippines, the show has aired since 1997 on Studio 23, and every Christian (Catholic) "Black Saturday" or Holy Saturday celebration during Lent, it airs a 7th Heaven marathon for a whole day without commercials.
- In Slovakia,on screens of Markiza TV
- In Mexico, the show has aired since 1996 on Sony Entertainment Television.
||Episode # |
|The Complete First Season
||September 14, 2004
|The Complete Second Season
||February 8, 2005
- Main article: List of 7th Heaven episodes
- 7thheaven High, french fan site (FR)
- 7thheaven Memorial Site
- Save 7th Heaven Petition
- 7th Heaven at the Internet Movie Database
- WB site
- Fan Site
- 7th Heaven Haven
- 7th Heaven at TV.com
- Television Without Pity reviews of seasons 1-9 and season 10 finale
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