Brady Bunch was one of the last of the old-style, fun-around-the-house
situation comedies, full of
well-scrubbed children, trivial adventures, and relentlessly middle-class parents. The
premise here was a kind of conglomerate family, formed by a widow with three
daughters who married a widower with three sons; a nutty housekeeper, Alice,
thrown into the act as referee; plus, of course, a shaggy dog named Tiger.
All of these
smiling faces lived in a four-bedroom, two-bath house in the Los Angeles
suburbs, from which Dad pursued his nice, clean profession as a designer and architect. Typical
stories revolved around the children
going steady, family camping trips, competition for the family telephone (at one
point, Dad installed a pay phone!), and, of course, war in the bathroom.
children ranged in age from 7 to 14 at the series' start, and the oldest son,
Greg, played by Barry Williams, soon became something of a teenage idol; he was receiving
6,500 fan letters per week during 1971. Barry and several of the others tried to
parlay their TV success into recording careers
in the early 1970's, but without notable success.
of The Brady Bunch were aired as part of ABC's weekday daytime lineup
from July 1973 to August 1975, and an animated spin-off titled The Brady
Kids ran Saturday mornings on ABC from September 1972 until August
1974. It has continued to be a classic on TV and has spawned two movies: The
Brady Bunch and A Very Brady Sequel, starring Shelley Long.