The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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Her Sister's Shadow 

Jan is tired of being compared to Marcia and constantly being told how great her older sister is, so she tries to do something that Marcia never accomplished--make the pom-pom team.

Director:

Russ Mayberry

Writers:

Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Al Schwartz (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Reed ... Mike Brady
Florence Henderson ... Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis ... Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick ... Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb ... Jan Brady
Susan Olsen ... Cindy Brady
Barry Williams ... Greg Brady
Christopher Knight ... Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland ... Bobby Brady
C. Lindsay Workman ... Principal (as Lindsay Workman)
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Watson
Peggy Doyle Peggy Doyle ... Teacher
Julie Reese Julie Reese ... Katy
Nancy Gillette Nancy Gillette ... Pom-Pom Girl
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Storyline

The gushing that Jan's teacher, Mrs. Watson, does over former pupil Marcia is the last straw for Jan in always being compared to her older, seemingly perfect sister. The plethora of Marcia's awards and trophies in their bedroom does not help matters. To get out of Marcia's shadow, Carol and Mike encourage Jan to find out what she's good at and develop that talent. Jan wants to find something specifically that Marcia has never done. However, an unexpected talent emerges as an essay Jan wrote for Mrs. Watson's class wins first prize in the honor society essay contest with the highest mark they ever awarded. Jan is excited by the fact that the award will be presented at a school assembly with her parents present. However, Jan notices that there is an error in the grading and that she didn't actually win. She has to decide to accept the award or tell the truth and continue to be in the shadows. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although it is one of the series' best known quotes, this is the only episode of the entire series in which Jan says, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" and she only says it once. Jan's feelings of inferiority when compared to Marcia were heavily parodied in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), which used the line much more extensively. See more »

Quotes

Jan Brady: Well all I hear all day long at school is how great Marcia is at this or how wonderful Marcia did that, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
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Connections

Spoofed in A Very Brady Sequel (1996) See more »

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