Trivia / 7th Heaven

  • Absentee Actor: Most of them. Stephen Collins and Beverley Mitchell are the only cast members to appear in every single episode, while Catherine Hicks and Mackenzie Rosman are both only absent for a handful of episodes, and these were only in the final season. Jessica Biel appears very rarely after season 6 as well as missing almost half of season 5, David Gallagher started making only occasional appearances in seasons 8, and 9, returning full time for season 10, and not appearing at all in season 11, and Barry Watson only appeared in a handful of episodes from seasons 7-10, while joining Jessica and David in not appearing at all in the final season.
  • The Cast Show Off: In season 6, Robbie (Adam LaVorgna)'s love interest, Joy Reyes (played by singer Joy Enriquez) sings her own single "Tell Me How You Feel" at a bar owned by her father, supposedly as a way of rebelling and impressing Robbie, but obviously as a way to promote her singing career.
  • Casting Gag: Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks both starred in a Star Trek: TOS movie (Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, respectively), and each had ample screentime with James Kirk himself, William Shatner.
  • Contractual Purity: Jessica Biel, who rebelled by posing topless (but non-nude) for Gear magazine... at the age of seventeen.
  • Dawson Casting: Barry Watson was 22 when he started playing high school junior Matt Camden, though the rest of the actors playing the Camden kids were of the right age. A more egregious example being Gabrielle Union was 24 when began portraying recurring character Keisha Hamilton, who was apparently around the same age as Lucy and Mary (who were 13 and 14, respectively, around the time Union joined the show). Plus, Beverley Mitchell was a year older than Jessica Biel, who portrayed the on-screen older sister (Mary) of Mitchell's character (Lucy).
    • Also, Megan Henning, who portrayed Martin's girlfriend and Ruthie's friend Meredith, was 26 portraying a high school student, presumably Ruthie's age (14). Though however, since she wasn't that much of a character, this is somewhat justified.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Stephen Collins and Barry Watson (the latter also penned an episode).
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: Stephen Collins, who played Eric, had made a name for himself beginning with his critically-praised role in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the cult series Tales of the Gold Monkey, but he wouldn't hit the big time until seventeen years later when he was cast in 7th Heaven. The show became the highest-rated program on The WB for more or less the network's entire existence and caused studios left and right to offer Collins roles in various films and shows. However, none of these roles offered Collins the star power he had with 7th Heaven, and thus the spotlight began turning away from him, especially following the serie' cancellation. Since then, Collins tried to find suitable roles and avoid being cast as Eric Camden again, to little success. He made several appearances in the ABC series Private Practice and Scandal, but all that became overshadowed by his highly-publicized divorce with Faye Grant and the nasty proceedings that followed. And then came TMZ leaking an audio tape of Collins admitting to Grant during a private therapy session that he had molested several children decades prior, and the Hype Backlash came. Role-Ending Misdemeanor doesn't even begin to describe the immediate fallout from the scandal, such as his character in Scandal getting McLeaned, Collins resigning from his position at the Screen Actors Guild board, getting fired from production of the sequel to Seth MacFarlane's Ted, and multiple stations and networks yanking reruns of 7th Heaven from their schedules. With all these events, it's safe to say Collins may never be able to repair his career.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Subversion. The show has been released on DVD and digitally, but televised reruns may be obsolete: In October 2014, after TMZ released an audiotape in which Stephen Collins admitted to now-estranged wife Faye Grant about past sexual misconduct with three underage girls, Up (a family-oriented cable network founded by Rev. Rex Humbard) immediately stopped airing reruns of the series (TVGN also pulled episodes it had scheduled to air). The network quietly brought the show back to its schedule that November when the story died down, after receiving viewer mail asking for 7th Heaven to return (claiming that they could separate Collins from his Eric Camden character); this obviously turned out to be a bad idea, as backlash from some viewers led Up to drop it again a few weeks later. Especially with Collins officially admitting to the acts in a series of interviews in December 2014, it's quite certain that the series will not air on TV in the foreseeable future, if ever again, especially not on any family-oriented cable networks.
    • As of summer 2015, it has quietly reappeared on the channel.
  • Making Use of the Twin: Jeremy Landon (Chandler)'s twin brother Jason is used in an episode.
  • Older Than They Look: Beverley Mitchell, who portrayed middle daughter Lucy, was a year older than Jessica Biel, who played oldest daughter Mary.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • George and Geoff Stults (Kevin and Ben Kinkirk, respectively) were brothers.
    • Mackenzie Rosman's stepsister Katelyn Salmont portrayed Ruthie's friend Katelyn, who, like her actress, had cystic fibrosis.
  • Retroactive Recognition: To the point where many of the guest stars were more famous than the stars of the show.
  • Special Guest: Lance Bass of Nsync and Usher. Coincidentally, Jessica Biel would later marry Bass' ex-bandmate Justin Timberlake.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Beverley Mitchell originally auditioned for the role of Mary.
    • Mary's character could've gone a different direction had Jessica Biel not gone through with her Gear magazine spread.
  • Write What You Know: Brenda Hampton wrote in the twins because her own sister had twins, and she later added adopted and foster kids into the show, because she herself had two adoptive children.


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