The dog, called "Tiger" was killed by a car between seasons two & three on the show. A replacement dog proved to be unworkable. Tiger's doghouse remained on the set, especially because one of the studio lights fell and burned a hole through the astroturf, and the doghouse was then used to cover up and hide the burned spot.
Sherwood Schwartz's technique for auditioning child actors was to set out a bunch of toys on his desk, then during the interview see if the child paid attention to him or was distracted by the toys. If the toys went unheeded, Schwartz knew the child had the concentration needed to work on a television series.
Robert Reed was actually a closeted homosexual. Florence Henderson noticed early on that he appeared uncomfortable acting romantically with her, and he admitted the truth to her privately. They worked around it, rehearsing kissing and hugging scenes off-camera, so they would look more natural when it came time to film them. The entire cast kept Reed's homosexuality fact a secret until after his death.
We saw the Brady bathroom many times, but not once did we see a toilet. The popular joke was that the Bradys were so good, clean and wholesome that didn't even go to the bathroom. The truth was, the network censors wouldn't allow a toilet to be shown, at that time.
A scene in the pilot The Brady Bunch: The Honeymoon (1969) makes it clear Mike's first wife had died, making him a widower, but the status of Carol's first marriage was kept a secret. Creator, Sherwood Schwartz maintains Carol was divorced from her first husband, but nothing about it was mentioned on the series. At that time, divorce was a subject matter that was still considered largely taboo for television, particularly a series aimed at family audiences.
Robert Reed was written out of the show's final episode, The Brady Bunch: The Hair-Brained Scheme (1974), after an argument with producer Sherwood Schwartz over what Reed considered a ridiculous storyline (with Greg's hair turning orange from hair tonic), but he remained on set for its filming. Studio security offered to remove Reed, but Schwartz declined to have this done in front of the kids.
Robert Reed, strongly disliked his role as Mike Brady. He claimed he only took the part because producer Sherwood Schwartz told him the show would be a serious, boundary-pushing look at modern day family life. Schwartz considered the possibility of either hiring a new actor to play Mike Brady or killing off the character altogether, if the series were renewed for a sixth season. Reed stayed with the series (and subsequent reunion spin offs) out of loyalty to the kids.
During the series run Florence Henderson lobbied the producers constantly to allow Carol Brady to get out in the workforce. Henderson thought this would be more in line with how she was in real life. The producers kept the character of Carol Brady unemployed, though she frequently did volunteer work and fundraising for charity.
The house used for exterior shots, which was normally seen at the beginning of every episode as well as various points throughout the show's run, is at 11222 Dilling St., Studio City, California. Since the series ended, the owners of the home have erected an iron fence, let heavy shrubbery grow to cover much of the front, and have suffered numerous trespassers. They also refused to let producers use the home for exterior shots in the subsequent films in the 1990s.
Barry Williams (Greg Brady) did his own surfing in season four's three-part opening episode in Hawaii. In one scene Greg wiped out near some exposed rocks, injured himself and was briefly lost. Filming had to be postponed until he had fully recovered.
When Florence Henderson arrived to do her screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up, so she went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek (1966) was filmed and she found herself seated in a make-up chair between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, being made up for their day's work on one of the very last episodes of Star Trek. Henderson recalls that both actors completely ignored her.
The Brady kids didn't always like the wardrobe they were expected to wear, and asked for more fashionable clothes. Producer Sherwood Schwartz declined the request, because he (correctly) expected the show to be syndicated at the end of its network run, and didn't want the fashions (and thus the show) to look dated.
Due to its marginal ratings (only reaching #34 in the Nielsen Ratings at its peak), the show was never renewed for a whole season until its last season on the air (1973-74). During its first four seasons, it was only renewed for thirteen episodes at a time. Several members of the cast have admitted that when they finished filming thirteen episodes, there was always an air of apprehension while they waited to see if ABC would renew the program or not. The program stayed on the air because of its popularity among children.
The show is sometimes believed to be the first to show a married couple (Mike and Carol) sleeping in the same bed, together. It is at least sixth. Five known earlier series are/were 1st:.Mary Kay and Johnny (1947) Second: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952). Third: The Flintstones (1960) [+ first in animation]. Fourth: "The Munsters" (1964)_. Fifth: _"Green. Acres" (1965)_.
The producers of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) threatened to sue Sherwood Schwartz, accusing him of taking their idea & plot summary. Sherwood showed them the notes and plus an outline of series, The Brady Bunch (1969), that was written a year or two before their movie was even written.
The theme song, written by show creator & producer Sherwood Schwartz, was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company for the show's first season. During filming, Christopher Knight was overheard singing the theme on set, and the show's producers hit on the idea of the Brady kids performing the show's introduction. From season two on, the kids sang the theme, which was re-arranged and re-recorded each year.
The names of Mike's and Carol's previous spouses were never mentioned & kept top secret to watchers, of the five season run, throughout this shows five season run. In fact, the only time a picture was shown of Mike's previous wife was in the pilot The Brady Bunch: The Honeymoon (1969) when one was held by Bobby.
The Brady's home address was 4222 Clinton Way. Their telephone number was 762-0799 - mentioned just once by Jan in The Brady Bunch: The Not-So-Ugly Duckling (1970). Even though it was widely known that the show was set in the Los Angeles suburbs, the name of the specific town they lived in was never mentioned.
It's a common misconception that the show was inspired by the Lucille Ball & Henry Fonda movie, Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). But, Sherwood Schwartz personally stated in Barry Williams's autobiographical book, "Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg," that was not the case. In fact, he says that the producers of the movie threatened action over the show. So, Schwartz pointed out to them that his idea for the show was registered with the Writer's Guild before their movie was made. So, if anything, their movie was inspired by the show. He was never bothered from or heard from the film's producers anymore.
Two of the growing child or early adults, from the movie, The Sound Of Music (1965) went to appear on The Brady Bunch television show. Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich, played character, Doug Simpson on The Brady Bunch: The Subject Was Noses (1973). Kym Karath, who played Gretel, played Kerry Hathaway on "The Brady Bunch" (1969) Cyrano de Brady (#4.5).
Robert Reed refused to be in the pie throwing segment of The Brady Bunch: Welcome Aboard (1974), for there was no speaking dialogues. He called it "dumb" as if it were still silent movies of Keystone Cops' era.
The Brady kids attended Westdale High School, Fillmore Junior High and Clinton Elementary School. However, in The Brady Bunch: Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy (1969), the name of Cindy's school was Dixie Canyon Elementary School (an elementary school in Studio City, California) in reality.
This was the first television series to be created and produced by Paramount Studios, which up until that time had been a movie studio exclusively. Earlier TV shows, such as Star Trek (1966) and Bonanza (1959), were acquired by Paramount when the studio purchased Desilu.
The show received lots of viewer fan mail, including a few letters from children asking if they could come live with the Bradys, since their own families were troubled or imperfect. Show creator Sherwood Schwartz answered those letters with a reminder that "The Brady Bunch" was only a television show, and the children would do best to make the most of their own home situations.
Shortly before the episode The Brady Bunch (1969) The Subject of Noses (#4.18) aired for the first time (Friday, February 9th, 1973), actress Maureen McCormick injured her nose in an automobile accident which led to the creation & writing of the episode.
The Bradys all drove Chrysler Corporation vehicles (until the final season). Mike Brady drove a 1968 blue Dodge Polara convertible in the pilot; a 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible also blue; second season a 1970 Plymouth Fury III convertible in blue; a 1970 blue Plymouth Barracuda convertible in year three; a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible in year three (in one episode it has a rear clip from the '72 Barracuda; Plymouth dropped the Barracuda convertible in 1971); also there was a 1972 blue Chevrolet Impala convertible; a red 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible; and a dark red 1974 Chevrolet Caprice convertible in year five (the one Greg and Marcia used for their "driving test"). The "Bradys" 1974 dark red Caprice was also used in an episode of The Odd Couple in 1975. Carol, on the other hand, drove five different Plymouth Satellite station wagons, one representing each year from 1969 through '73. The '69 took the Bunch on an overnight camping trip in season one; the '71 took them to the Grand Canyon in season three; and the '72 was involved in a fender bender in the later part of that same season. The vehicles were loaned to Paramount by the Chrysler Corporation and The Chevrolet motor Division for filming. Incidentally, the 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible that "Mike Brady" drove was recently restored to showroom condition.
When Sherwood Schwartz pitched the pilot episode of The Brady Bunch: The Honeymoon (1969) to NBC, they thought the story of the parents taking their blended family along on their honeymoon was an unbelievable story line. They offered to do the pilot if he changed the ending. ABC liked it so much they wanted to stretch the story to be a TV movie, 90 minutes long. Sherwood balked at that also, certain that such a pilot would be so dull the series would not get picked up.
Allan Melvin, who played the recurring role of Sam Franklin and Sam the Butcher, concurrently played a recurring role on All in the Family (1971), which is often viewed as an antithesis, (opposite genre and personality) to The Brady Bunch, Melvin also was comical, Sergeant Hacker, on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), that starred Jim Nabors. Allan Melvin also acted as a criminal occasionally on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) earlier in his career. Nabors and Melvin work acted on Andy Griffith's show.
Sherwood Schwartz claimed that Robert Reed worked on this show solely to fulfill a contractual obligation with Paramount. Initially, he was to star in a sitcom based on "Barefoot in the Park" (which he had done on Broadway) which never got off the ground. Reed was also considered for a TV adaptation of the movie Houseboat (1958), which was also canned. With both sitcoms no longer going forward, it opened the opportunity for Reed to accept the role of Mike Brady.
Creator, Sherwood Schwartz and star, Robert Reed often feuded over the quality of the scripts throughout the run of the series. Schwartz has stated that if the show had been renewed for a sixth season, Reed's character of Mike Brady would have been written out of the show, because he had become too difficult to work with.
The Brady Bunch is famous for it's squeaky clean image and it's goody-two-shoes characters. But there is an episode, "Goodbye, Alice, Hello", that is considered too racy to be shown in its entirety in syndication. In one scene in the episode Bobby and Cindy, both wearing bathrobes, standing in the kitchen and talking to Alice, plead with her for permission to go to a skinny dipping party at their friend's house. (Mike and Carol are preoccupied with other issues for some reason and are not part of the conversation). Alice refuses, saying no Brady kid will go to "some x-rated party in their birthday suit" if she can help it. The scene routinely gets edited out when it's shown in syndication due to the suggestive subject matter.
All 117 The Brady Bunch (1969) episodes originally televised on ABC TV stations, on very early Friday evenings, to be exact, during the 7:00 hour. Either 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM half hour, or 7:30 PM to 8:00 half hour.
One actress that was offered the role of Carol Brady was Shirley Jones. However, she refused it because, as she put it, she refused to do a role where all she did was "take a pot roast out of the oven". Of course, a year after this show premiered, Jones would play another iconic mother in the character of Shirley Partridge on The Partridge Family (1970), which aired immediately after this show on Friday nights.
The Love Theme from Franco Zeferelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1969) is used several times in Brady Bunch episodes. It is used in "Love and the Older Man", " Never Too Young", "Cyrano de Brady" and other places.
Due to constant squabbling with the producers Robert Reed was in fact fired at the end of the fifth season. Had the show been renewed for the sixth season he would have been killed off or replaced, according to Sherwood Schwartz.
After "The Brady Bunch" wrapped both Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick starred in TV movies about promiscuous teenage girls. Eve Plumb won rave reviews for playing a teenaged prostitute in the 1976 TV movie "Dawn Portrait of a Runaway". She reprised the role in the 1977 sequel "The Other Side of Dawn". Following in her TV sister's footsteps, Maureen McCormick then starred in the 1979 telefilm "When Jenny, When?" about a high school girl who engages in promiscuous sex so that she can avoid intimacy.
Sherwood Schwartz has said that a lot of the storylines come from real things that have happened to the cast, and likewise the character traits of the kids were used to develop their characters. So when we see Jan and Marcia fighting, in fact Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick did fight in real life; likewise when Barry (Greg) plays music all the time in various episodes, he did do that in real life.
Most of the cast had braces on the show at one point or another. Susan Oleson, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb and Mike Lookinland all had braces on the show. (There was even episode called Brace Yourself about Marcia getting braces.)
When Marcia gets her driver's license, it shows Maureen McCormick's actual birthdate (8-5-56) and the same address used to send Jan's locket (4222 Clinton Way, City) - awkwardly avoiding the name of an actual city in the same way.