The Brady Bunch
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The Brady Bunch is a live-action television comedy family sitcom TV series that aired from 1969 to 1974.
The misadventures of a large family along their wise-cracking maid that’s united after a widower and a divorcee marry.
Why It Rocks
- It has many wonderful and unforgettable takes on comedy, such as the famous well-known scene where Marcia gets hit in the face with a football and her nose swells.
- The idea of a large step-family coming together to form a whole new family while living under one roof (with a housekeeper) is pretty original for the late 60s and early to mid 70s.
- The acting is magnificent, especially from the actors who play the members of the Brady family and their housekeeper, Alice.
- It immediately became one of the most popular live-action television shows during the late 1960s and early 1970s era.
- The show’s theme song is very catchy, upbeat and memorable, telling us how the Brady's came together as a one big, happy (step)family.
- Likable, relatable and interesting characters, such as Mike and Carol Brady along with all their children/step-children, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby & Cindy, and their housemaid, Alice.
- A great use of a laugh track.
- Groovy songs, like “Time to Change” and “Sunshine Day”.
- Some of the episodes in the show have some pretty good morals for the viewers.
- The relationship between the (step)siblings is very heartwarming.
- It gained several spin-offs, such as “The Brady’s”, “The Brady Brides” and the animated-fantasy sequence, “The Brady Kids”.
- Each of the Brady kids have very diverse personalities.
- Many memorable lines, like "Mom always said don’t play ball in the house", “Something suddenly came up.”, "(in a Humphrey Bogaert voice) Pork chops and apple sauce. Ain't that swell??” and Jan’s famous line "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!".
- It would later receive a film adaptation in 1995, The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by two sequels, 1996's A Very Brady Sequel and 2002's The Brady Bunch in the White House.
- The show was considered to have "jumped the shark" with the addition of Cousin Oliver in its final few episodes, who was meant to be the aging Bobby's replacement.
- It can be incredibly and noticeably hammy from time to time.
- Cindy could often be bratty and antagonistic, often seeming to snitch on her siblings on purpose.