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The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 

The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.
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Complete series cast summary:
Florence Henderson ...  Carol Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Robert Reed ...  Mike Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Ann B. Davis ...  Alice Nelson 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Maureen McCormick ...  Marcia Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Barry Williams ...  Greg Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Geri Reischl ...  Jan Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Christopher Knight ...  Peter Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Susan Olsen ...  Cindy Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Mike Lookinland ...  Bobby Brady 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Robyn Blythe ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Susan Buckner ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Darine Klega Darine Klega ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Lynn Latham Lynn Latham ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Charkie Phillips Charkie Phillips ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Judy Susman Judy Susman ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Chris Wallace Chris Wallace ...  Krofftette 9 episodes, 1976-1977
Rip Taylor ...  Jack Merrill 8 episodes, 1977
Linda Hoxit Linda Hoxit ...  Krofftette 8 episodes, 1977
The Krofft Puppets ...  Cher Crow / ... 5 episodes, 1977
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The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.

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Have the time of your life tonight as Florence Henderson, Robert Reed and The Brady Bunch bring you fresh new comedy, music and variety See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Most of the cast was prepared for weekly song-and-dance routines. The kids had practiced choreography on-set during the original show's run, and put on concerts between seasons. Florence Henderson had sung professionally. Robert Reed tried hard, but according to Henderson, "Bob had two left feet!" His choreography was kept to a minimum. See more »

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Spoofed in The Simpsons: The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase (1997) See more »

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Maybe the worst TV show EVER!!!
24 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's a really tough call--is THIS the absolute worst TV show ever created or was another Sid and Marty Kroft show, PINK LADY AND JEFF? It's really hard to tell--they are BOTH that bad! And, they actually share some things in common other than the same producers. Both are variety shows that feature people acting way outside their ranges! While Florence Henderson could sing, the rest of the cast couldn't and there was a strong effort to peddle the Brady kids as a pop group (you've got to hear their albums--they are unintentionally hilarious). So what you have, apart from Ms. Henderson, are some well-meaning but not very talented kids (and this is not just my opinion, but that of the cast when they were interviewed years later) and Robert Reed who just seems totally lost.

Okay, so the songs are a problem (sort of like WWII was a "bit of a tiff")--and that's bad because about half the show is singing and bizarrely choreographed dancing in lots of orange, pink and purple sequined jumpsuits. The rest of the show is "comedy"--something that the Brady family was really not known for--yes, they did a bland little family show, but this was far from the demands they placed on them in The Brady Bunch Hour. Here they were expected to be true comedians at times and do skits that invariably bombed.

And, if all this isn't bad enough, Eve Plumb ("Jan") refused to do the show, so they just picked another person who only had a vague resemblance to her and did it anyways! Despite the fact that almost everyone was totally outside of their element and the show featured a "faux Jan", it only got worse. The Krofts, while described by some as "geniuses", simply couldn't cut it and the show was pure 70s tackiness. It was so loud, so "in your face" and so gaudy, the show literally attacked instead of entertained. It actually reminded me of a high school talent show combined with a Vegas review! Now, you might just assume that I don't want you to ever see this show. Not exactly,...I say see it and see how unintentionally funny and awful it was. I guess I can't blame the cast, as I am sure they got very well paid and they didn't have a lot of other options for acting.

UPDATE--Well, perhaps I spoke too soon. Tonight I saw something from TV from the same time period that was worse, though it was a TV special. The "STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL" is amazingly bad--so bad that it's a train-wreck bad.


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28 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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