The Brady Bunch is supposed to be Thursday, but since Hell’s Kitchen already crashed the block party, let’s talk about this show now.
Like Gilligan’s Island, this show was created by Sherwood Schwartz. Like both Gilligan’s Island and The Beverly Hillbillies, the entire premise of the show is reveal via theme song. It’s a story of Carol and her three daughters: Marsha, Jan, and Cindy. It’s a story of Mike Brady and his three sons: Greg, Peter, and Bobby. They marry, and that’s the way this family of 8 came to be.
Now really, The Brady Bunch stikes me as quite modern for 1960s television, albeit late 1969 when the series began it’s 5 season run. It’s a blended family! I also heard a rumor once that Mike and Carol were the first TV couple shown sharing a bed. Ooh la la! Though the mother of the Brady boys is known to be deceased, Carol’s previous marital status is left ambiguous. Schwartz wanted her to be divorced, but it’s never quite clear if the lovely ladies had a daddy around.
The Brady Bunch is still popular among kids and teens, which to me is a great little piece of pop culture. We couldn’t live without Marsha, Marsha, Marsha, or, even better, that episode when Marsha takes a football to the face– Oh my nose! I always thought their ultra mod house was cool too.
With the recent passing of Ann B. Davis, we were reminded of our favorite housekeeper who completed the grid of faces that started each episode. When I was growing up, the movies starring my girl Shelley Long as Carol were popular, but I always felt like they were fake. I liked the show and I was a snob about it. Luckily for me, my friends were watching the show too. I can start in on I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s calling my name and get an “I hear ya now!” back from any of them, even today!
Speaking of which, get out there and enjoy the summer sun this fourth of July weekend! I can’t think of more quintessential American sitcom for today, America’s birthday!