Aug. 26, 1996
60 min.
The CW TV Network

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7th Heaven

7th Heaven is an American drama television series about a Protestant minister's family living in the fictional town of Glenoak, California originally broadcast from 1996-2007. It was created and produced by Brenda Hampton. The series premiered on Monday August 26, 1996, on the WB Television Network, the first time that the WB aired Monday night pro

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Matthew Eric "Matt" Camden (born circa 1980), the eldest son and child of the Camden family, on the WB Television Network show 7th Heaven from 1996-2002 (seasons 1-6). Barry Watson returned as Matt in three episodes of season 7, five episodes of season 8, ten episodes of season 9 (was considered a semi-regular cast member that year), and two episodes of season 10. Watson left the show when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, although he made the decision to leave in late 2001 - months prior to the diagnosis.

Matt is known in the early seasons for not being able to hold a job. He is relatively protective of his younger siblings, but moves out of the house as soon as he can. Matt is the first Camden child to marry. He went to Columbia University along with his wife, Sarah, with the intent of becoming an OB/GYN, like his uncle, Hank Hastings. He and Sarah graduated in May 2006.

Matt's Role
When the show was introduced, Matt was oldest of five and a junior in high school, but later became the eldest of seven when the twins, Sam and David, were born. Matt was seen as the family flirt, having numerous serious and casual relationships. These have included Heather, a deaf woman he dated from time to time, and Shana.

For some time, Matt bounced to and from various jobs. These included being a delivery man for the Dairy Shack, and being a tutor; he was fired from both jobs after being wrongfully accused of drunk driving (the beer belonged to his passenger, who got off scott-free) and, respectively, making a pass at his charge (it was the other way around, and she got off scott-free as well). He got into trouble every now and then, once while helping a young boy in the hospital spend a day playing baseball. Matt has always been a good big brother, close to Simon and Ruthie, most of all.

Pulling his grades up, he graduated top of his class, and was accepted for a White House internship in Washington, D.C., with First Lady Hillary Clinton. He went to college in town and, for a while, roomed with friend John Hamilton, a fellow reverend's son, his father a long time friend of the Camden family. His uncle, Hank Hastings, helped get him a job in the cafeteria at the hospital and, during his work there, he decided to become a doctor. He later ended up working at a women's clinic where, after helping save the life of a woman with ectopic pregnancy, he began working with Hank.

He met Sarah Glass, a fellow medical student. They went out and married on their first date, Ruthie finding out when she called them at the honeymoon suite. Their marriage was kept secret and they had a large family wedding presided over by Matt's father, a Christian, and Sarah's father, a Rabbi. The wedding almost did not take place as their fathers feuded over Matt planning when he decided to convert to Judaism. The couple moved to New York to attend med school and, while there have been problems, they have remained married. At the end of the 10th season they graduated medical school and it was announced that Sarah was pregnant with twin boys.

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09x20 - Leaps of Faith
Season 9, Episode 20
11x14 - Deacon Blues
Season 11, Episode 14
11x09 - Thanks and Giving
Season 11, Episode 09
09x01 - Dropping Trou (1)
Season 9, Episode 01
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