The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

Jan, the Only Child 

Jan feels disrespected and ignored by her brothers and sisters, so she tells everyone that she wishes she was an only child. Meanwhile, Carol and Alice have a competition over who can cook the best strawberry preserves.


Roger Duchowny


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Al Schwartz | 1 more credit »

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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


Jan feels that her siblings don't treat her with respect, almost like she is invisible, that she has to line up after all five of her siblings have finished using something first, or that she has no privacy to be able to do what she really wants to do. She makes a rash comment that she wished she was an only child. After thinking about it, she admits that she truly does wish it was true. She even doesn't want to attend the upcoming charity hoedown as a member of the family, where the eight were going to be a square for the square dancing. Her parents won't force her to go, and they also want Jan's brothers and sisters to treat her a little more kindly as she works through what they hope is just a phase. After that tactic ends up being a miserable failure, the other five kids decide to give Jan exactly what she wants: the feeling of being an only child. Meanwhile, Carol and Alice embark on a competition of the homemade strawberry preserves for the charity hoedown, each using a secret ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

10 November 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Cindy is doing the sack race for the second time in the first race, her feet are seen going through holes in the bottom of the sack. In the next shot, there are no longer holes in the bottom of her sack. See more »


Jan Brady: How come everybody is so nice to me all of a sudden?
Cindy Brady: Cause we're supposed to be.
Jan Brady: What do you mean 'supposed to be'?
Cindy Brady: We're supposed to be nice to you until you get over your problem. Then we can forget about you again.
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