The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

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The misadventures of a large family united when two widowed people married.

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 Mike Brady / ... (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Carol Brady / ... (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Alice Nelson / ... (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Marcia Brady (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Jan Brady (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Cindy Brady / ... (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Greg Brady (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Peter Brady / ... (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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 Bobby Brady (117 episodes, 1969-1974)
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The marriage of architect Mike Brady and homemaker Carol Martin née Tyler will be the second for both. They have the issue of blending their two already large families, Mike who has three children and Carol who has three children. One additional issue is that the Brady household was testosterone laden with Mike's children being three boys - Greg, Peter and Bobby - and the Martin household was estrogen laden with Carol's children being three girls - Marcia, Jan and Cindy. The six children not only have their usual issues in growing from children to teenagers, and in this situation in getting used to a new parent and new siblings, but also interacting with new siblings whose mentality generally reflects their specific gender, which more often than not is totally foreign to them. Mike and Carol also have the new roles of parent to daughters and sons respectively. Add to the mix the girls' cat Fluffy, the boys' dog Tiger, and Mike's longtime housekeeper Alice, and the collective new Brady... Written by Huggo

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The theme song (written by show creator & producer, Sherwood Schwartz was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company for the show's first season. The last four seasons, it was sang by the Brady kids, and re-recorded yearly. During the first season, a Brady Bunch writer, director, or producer, overheard and discovered Peter Brady, Christopher Knight rehearsing the theme song, alone and suggested them to sing it together. This led to all six siblings singing the show's introductory song for the last four seasons and 92 episodes. See more »

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In episode, The Brady Bunch: What Goes Up..., where the family attempts to cure Bobby's fear of heights by getting a trampoline, Mrs. Brady first spoke to Christopher Knight, (Peter Brady) "Go get 'em, Chris!." Later on, Greg spoke to Jan, acted by Eve Plumb, saying "Why don't you give it a try, Eve?." See more »

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Bobby Brady: Mom always says not to play ball in the house!
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Theme from 'The Brady Bunch'
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This Group Would Somehow Form A Family
8 April 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I think it's ironic as all get out that just when the anti-war movement was at its height and kids all over the nation were doing all kinds of experimentation with drugs that on television we managed to find solace in the gentle G-rated adventures of a blended family that was called The Brady Bunch.

In true paternal style the man with the three boys named Brady wed the woman whose name I can't recall, but Florence Henderson and her girls became Bradys just like Robert Reed's boys. In fact it was hard to remember that they weren't biological Bradys.

The anti-war movement, Civil Rights, gay rights (Stonewall happened the year of The Brady Bunch Debut) was something that was never mentioned on the show. Sports got into things occasionally, Joe Namath from football and Don Drysdale from baseball got some guest starring roles as themselves.

The Bradys did dress in the latest fashion though. I do remember those bell bottoms that I wish I could get into now. Barry Williams as Greg Brady wore them with style. He was quite the teen heartthrob during the run of the show.

The shows hearkened back to Leave It To Beaver with Robert Reed as the all knowing dad. You did get the feeling unlike Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley, Reed and Henderson did have a sex life. Some concession to the times.

The shows were positively antiseptic. Barry Williams chasing after this that or the other girl, Cindy not being a tattle tale, Peter's voice changing, and the tag line that the show got known for, middle girl Jan's jealousy of older sister Marcia, with that cry of 'Marcia Marcia Marcia'.

Later on it came out that all American dad Robert Reed was gay after of course he died of AIDS. In the community that was pretty well known, a friend of mine recalls meeting Reed at a gay bar in New York City during the Seventies. The cast and crew of The Brady Bunch knew it too, but as Barry Williams points out in his memoirs, they didn't care, he was accepted as an artist and a human being. That was a concession to Stonewall that we didn't know about until later.

Blended families are still fodder for situation comedies like Step By Step and Life With Derek. Those have a bit more bite to them than the ever loving Bradys. Still those kids still looked real good and I did so like Barry Williams back in the day.


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