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A Brief History of “The Brady Bunch,” which Debuted 50 Years Ago Today
If you grew up in Flushing, Queens, in the 1970s like I did (my neighbor was Fran Dresher pre-“The Nanny” and the typical style in one of those cramped apartments was plastic over the furniture), you will remember your reaction to classic family sitcom “The Brady Bunch.”
You probably wondered why your bickering parents were not like Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson). You craved a groovy house like the one this blended gang lived in — complete with that orange and avocado colored kitchen. And, of course, you also wanted a jovial housekeeper like Alice (Ann B. Davis).
While not a hit by the traditional Nielsen standards (“The Brady Bunch”) never finished any of its five seasons ranked in the Top 30), it was nonetheless a magnet for kids and teens. For any pre-adult not living in the idyllic Brady environment — and, let’s face it, that was most of us — the show was an escape.
It was a world where any typical problem among the Brady siblings — Greg (Barry Williams), Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Peter (Christopher Knight), Jan (Eve Plumb), Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and Cindy (Susan Olsen) — was always resolved with love and tenderness and a goofy laugh track by the end of each episode.
To be honest, I wanted to be a Brady. And I bet some of you did too. For more, click here
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