The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
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The Voice of Christmas 

Carol has laryngitis and will not be able to sing at church on Christmas Day, but a department store Santa Claus promises Cindy that she will get her voice back in time.

Director:

Oscar Rudolph

Writers:

Sherwood Schwartz (created by), John Fenton Murray
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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
Hal Smith ... Santa Claus
Carl Albert Carl Albert ... The Little Boy
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The Bradys are excited about spending their first Christmas together as a combined family. Carol has been chosen to sing the solo at the Christmas morning church service, so Mike decides to buy her a tape recorder for Christmas so that she can keep a recording of herself singing. But Carol's practicing and the tape recorder may all be for naught as days before Christmas, Carol loses her voice. Luckily, she finds out that she is afflicted with nothing more serious than vocal strain induced laryngitis, but that still does not provide any comfort in that if it does clear by Christmas, she won't be able to sing at the church service. Regardless, all the Christmas chores still have to get done, and Alice does her part by mixing up a Nelson home remedy, however intolerable, to help Carol get past her laryngitis. But Carol's laryngitis places a pall over the entire family, so much so that the older kids contemplate postponing Christmas altogether until their mother is feeling all right. Six ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This takes place in December 1969. See more »

Goofs

When in the department store to visit Santa with his daughter Cindy, Mr. Brady tells her that he has to excuse himself to return a Christmas gift, the neatly wrapped package under his arm. There is no logic to returning a package that is still neatly wrapped....you wouldn't know what it is and why you needed to return it. It is evident that the department store would not accept the return of a wrapped piece of merchandise. Finally since Cindy came to visit Santa, it is apparent Christmas has not even arrived yet. See more »

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Edited into A Very Brady Christmas (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Carol of the Bells
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Music by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
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My how Christmas-themed episodes have changed
14 May 2012 | by tschammelSee all my reviews

Just finished watching "The Voice of Christmas" Brady Bunch episode from the first season. It's amazing, and also somewhat sad, that Christmas- themed episodes have changed so much over the years. This episode finds us following Mr. Brady and Cindy to the department store to visit Santa. Cindy's only wish is that her mom get her voice back (Carol has laryngitis) in time to sing her solo at their local church. All through the episode the background contains Christian-themed music (Silent Night, Away in a Manger, etc). The last scene finds the Bunch in a church, with the family watching Carol sing Oh Come All Ye Faithful from the pews.

Can you imagine seeing this on network television in 2012? Sure, almost EVERY show (even dramas) capitalizes on Christmas themes, but it's always with non-Christian themes involving lost or hidden presents, food, helping a poor person out, etc. I'm not disparaging those efforts, just pointing out that anything to do with the Christian faith is removed from most if not all of network television holiday programming. All I am attempting to do is point out a trend. (And speaking as a "former" Catholic - I don't practice the faith). I find this sad for many reasons, however.

One of my favorite shows from the past was ThirtySomething. The lead character, Michael Steadman, was Jewish. There were a handful of episodes that revolved around Michael's faith and how he dealt with his religious holidays. I found them to be great episodes and also a learning experience on Jewish culture (to the degree you can get cultured from a TV program).

Point is, in the resolve to attempt not to "offend" all people, we have homogenized holiday-themed programming to the point that the holiday is nothing more than a backdrop - product placement if you will.

I digress - I give this episode an 8-10 as it's funny and touching. If you're a child of the late-60's and early 70's, it's also very nostalgic.


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