If I say the words Groovy and 1970s, what television show comes to mind? The Brady Bunch of course. I was born in the early 70s and this was one of my favorite shows growing up.
The Brady Bunch was created by Sherwood Schwartz, known for creating shows like Gilligan’s Island. So how’d he come up with the idea for The Brady Bunch? A New York Post article lets us in on the story. They say, “In 1966, he happened across a newspaper article stating that 29 percent of families now included a child from a previous marriage. The stat got Schwartz, who had created 1964’s ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ thinking. He began crafting a show about a blended family that would serve as a parable for his personal belief that different people could always learn to live together.” When he shopped the idea around, networks weren’t really crazy about it and it was shelved. Then, in 1968 along came a Lucille Ball film called Yours, Mine and Ours, a film about a blended family. The ABC network called Sherwood Schwartz and gave him the go ahead for The Brady Bunch and the rest is history.
The Brady Bunch premiered on the ABC network on September 26, 1969. The show could be seen on Fridays during its five season run. It may be hard to believe but when the show was in its first run, it didn’t get the greatest reviews and it wasn’t even nominated for any awards. The series ended on March 4, 1974 after 117 episodes. In September of 1975, the series went into syndication and that propelled it into a new found popularity. Between 2003 and 2007, the show was both nominated for and won several TV Land Awards in various categories.
One thing that makes The Brady Bunch so iconic is that opening theme song. Who could forget all the character’s faces in a checkerboard grid looking around at each other. That was called a Multi-Dynamic Image Technique, a technique created by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Chapman. Some have referred to this as the “Brady Bunch Effect”. This opening was so popular that in a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show’s opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TV’s Top-10 Credits Sequences, as selected by readers. The theme song lyrics were written by show creator Sherwood Schwartz. The opening musical sequence for the pilot was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company. Then, a trio of session singers sang the theme for the rest of the first season. When the second season rolled around, the Brady kids took on the theme for the rest of the show’s run.
Another recognized part of the show was the house seen in exterior shots. The house was built in 1959 and is located in Studio City, California. One reason show creator Sherwood Schartz chose this house was he thought it looked like the kind of home an architect would live in. (Remember, Mike Brady was an architect)
In 2018, the Brady house hit the market and HGTV purchased the home for what would become their original series A Very Brady Renovation. The HGTV show aired in September of 2019 coinciding with The Brady Bunch’s 50th anniversary.
When The Brady Bunch was made, the interior shots were not filmed in that house we see in the exterior photos. (As a kid, I never liked hearing that. I wanted to believe that house really was where they were filming the show.) Interior shots were filmed on a soundstage. When HGTV bought the home, they did a complete renovation on it to make the interior look like what we all pictured it to look like based on what we saw on the show. All six of the Brady kids were part of this HGTV series and it was really quite cool to watch. It really made for a special reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.
So were you a fan of the Brady Bunch? In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 15 trivia questions for you that span the five seasons of the series. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and give you the answers plus some fun facts about the stars of the show.
Find out which actor was about to be written out of the show because he couldn’t get along with the producers. Find out which child star’s parents hated The Brady Bunch. Plus, find out about some hair drama that took place with more than one of the stars!
During the episode, I mention some things that I send you here to find. Those items are:
- Maureen McCormick in one of the commercials she did
- Christopher Knight’s Furniture Products
- The Brady Kids singing “Sunshine Day”
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Trivia Rewind Episode 40 – The Brady Bunch
[00:00:00] Debi Jenkins: [00:00:00] Hello Trivia Rewind listeners. I’m Debi Jenkins, your host. If I say the words groovy and 1970s, what television show comes to mind? The Brady Bunch of course. That’s the topic of this episode of Trivia Rewind. The Brady Bunch was created by Sherwood Schwartz known for creating shows like Gilligan’s Island.
[00:00:40] So how’d he come up with the idea for the Brady Bunch? A New York Post article lets us in on the story. They say, “In 1966, he happened across a newspaper article stating that 29% of families now included a child from a previous marriage. That stat [00:01:00] got Schwartz who had created 1964’s Gilligan’s Island thinking. He began crafting a show about a blended family that would serve as a parable for his personal belief that different people would always learn to live together.”
[00:01:15] When he shopped the idea around, networks weren’t really crazy about it and it was shelved. Then in 1968 along came a Lucille Ball film called Yours, Mine and Ours, a film about a blended family. The ABC network called Sherwood Schwartz and gave him the go-ahead for the Brady Bunch and the rest is history. The Brady Bunch premiered on the ABC network on September 26th, 1969. The show could be seen on Fridays during its five season run. It may be hard to believe, but when the show was in its first run, it didn’t get the greatest reviews and it wasn’t even nominated for [00:02:00] any awards.
[00:02:01] The series ended on March 4th, 1974 after 117 episodes. In September of 1975, the series went into syndication and that propelled it into a new found popularity. Between 2003 in 2007, the show was both nominated for and won several TV Land Awards in various categories. One thing that makes the Brady Bunch so iconic is that opening theme song. Who could forget all the characters faces in a checkerboard grid, looking around at each other?
[00:02:38] That was called a Multi Dynamic Image Technique, a technique created by Canadian filmmaker, Christopher Chapman. Some have referred to this as The Brady Bunch Effect. This opening was so popular that in a 2010 issue of TV Guide the show’s opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of [00:03:00] TV’s Top 10 Credit Sequences as Selected by Readers.
[00:03:04] The theme song lyrics were written by show creator Sherwood Schwartz. The version for the pilot was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company. A trio of session singers sang the theme song for the rest of the first season. When the second season rolled around the Brady kids took on the theme for the rest of the show’s run.
[00:03:26] Another recognized part of the show was the house seen in exterior shots. The house was built in 1959 and is located in Studio City, California. One reason show creator Sherwood Schwartz chose this house was he thought it looked like the kind of home an architect would live in. Remember, Mike Brady was an architect.
[00:03:48] In 2018, The Brady Bunch house hit the market and HGTV purchased the home for what would become their original series, A Very Brady Renovation. The [00:04:00] show aired in September of 2019 coinciding with The Brady Bunch’s 50th anniversary. When The Brady Bunch was made, the interior shots were not filmed in that house we see in the exterior photos, they were filmed on a soundstage. When HDTV bought the home, they did a complete renovation on it to make the interior look like what we all pictured it to look like based on what we saw on the show. All six of the Brady kids were part of this HDTV series and it was really quite cool to watch.
[00:04:33] It really made a special reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. So were you a fan of The Brady Bunch? In this week’s episode of Trivia Rewind, I have 15 trivia questions for you that span the five seasons of the series. After I ask you the questions, I’ll go back and review and give you the answers plus some fun facts. Are you ready to get started?
[00:04:59] Here’s [00:05:00] question one. In season one, which Brady kid nominated their father for the Father of the Year Award?
[00:05:10] Question two. In season one, Cindy’s doll Kitty Karry-All goes missing. Who does she discover the culprit is that took her doll?
[00:05:22] Question three. In season two, what does Alice win after entering a contest?
[00:05:31] Question four. In season two, which Brady breaks Carol’s vase?
[00:05:40] Question five. In season two, which Brady sister wore a wig to a party only to be laughed at?
[00:05:51] Question six. In season two, which Brady is upset because they are the only person in the family to have [00:06:00] never won a first place trophy?
[00:06:04] Question seven. In season three, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for what musician?
[00:06:14] Question eight. In season three, what character said the line “pork chops and apple sauce?”
[00:06:24] Question nine. In season four, what happens that causes Marsha’s nose to get bruised and swollen?
[00:06:34] Question 10. In season five, Bobby tells his friends that he knows which football star?
[00:06:43] Question 11. In season five what does Bobby save Peter from in their backyard?
[00:06:52] Question 12. In season four, the Brady kids enter a talent contest. [00:07:00] What do they call their group?
[00:07:03] Question 13. In season five after thinking she has no talents, what does Jan find that she’s actually good at?
[00:07:14] Question 14. In season five, what is the high school mascot that Greg helps steal and then hide in his bedroom?
[00:07:26] Question 15. In the series finale, Bobby sells Neat and Natural Hair Tonic to Greg and it turns Greg’s hair what color?
[00:07:38] Well, those were our 15 questions. Let’s go back. I’ll review them, give you the answers and a whole lot of fun facts. Question one. In season one, which Brady kid nominated their father for the Father of the Year Award?
[00:07:55] Well, that was Marsha. Actress Maureen McCormick played Marcia on the [00:08:00] show and actor Robert Reed played her step-father, Mike Brady. Maureen McCormick got her television start in TV commercials in the 1960s where she appeared in Barbie commercials and Chatty Cathy commercials, just to name a few. I’ll post one of the commercials on triviarewind.com if you want to take a look.
[00:08:20] Before being cast as Marcia, Sherwood Schwartz considered casting her in the role of Jan Brady. However, he ended up changing his mind and giving her the Marsha role on The Brady Bunch. The Father of the Year episode was one of Maureen McCormick’s favorite episodes. In a New York Post article, she said, “I always looked up to Bob as a father figure and my father was just such an important part of my life. So that meant a lot to me.”
[00:08:48] Actor Robert Reed was not happy in his Mike Brady role. In the book, Brady Brady Brady, the Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as Told by the Father Son Team Who Really Know, written [00:09:00] by Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd Schwartz,
[00:09:02] it was mentioned that Robert Reed was reluctant to even be in the series. In the book, Sherwood Schwartz said, “He objected to just about everything. Bob saved his anger and resentment for me and my son Lloyd, who was the Producer of the series. We both shared the brunt of Bob’s constant anger and resentment for as long as we worked with him.” While Robert Reed didn’t get along so great with Sherwood and Lloyd Schwartz, he did love the kids and they loved him, according to Sherwood Schwartz.
[00:09:34] When I hear stories like this, I often wonder why actors take roles like this in the first place. Surely he had read the script before agreeing to be Mike Brady. Well, I’ve read that he only expected the show to last half a season and I’m sure in his mind, he thought he could stick it out for a small amount of time.
[00:09:52] However, it went well past half a season. Things got so bad that he was written out of the script for the [00:10:00] season five finale. If the show had been renewed for a sixth season, Lloyd Schwartz said that they would have written Robert Reed out of the show. The kids have nothing but good things to say about their TV dad though.
[00:10:14] Robert Reed died in 1992 after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Robert Reed’s biographer, Ted Nicholson said that in 1991, Robert Reed was diagnosed with colon cancer and being HIV positive, attributed to his early death.
[00:10:32] Question Two. In season one, Cindy’s doll, Kitty Karry-All goes missing. Who does she discover the culprit is that took her doll? Their dog Tiger took the doll. Actress Susan Olsen played the role of Cindy on the show. Who could forget that cute little curly haired blonde girl. She was one of the very first actors to be cast for the show. A New York Post article says “Susan Olsen was [00:11:00] chosen out of 454 hopefuls Schwartz personally interviewed to play youngest daughter, Cindy.
[00:11:07] She won the part because of her charming lisp that had her pronouncing “horse” as “horth” in her audition.” In a different New York Post article, Susan Olsen talks about how the show influenced her career. She said, “The whole attitude was, Oh, you were on that show? Like, as if I had written it. It just wasn’t taken seriously. It was totally disrespected and as a result, we were disrespected.” In an interview for “Oprah: Where are They Now” Susan credits her good parents and her strong family foundation for getting her through the child star phase. Like many child stars, she had her ups and downs with drug addiction, but she came out on top.
[00:11:51] After her time in acting, Susan Olsen went on to become a graphic designer. She’s also an artist and at one point around [00:12:00] 2011, had a curated collection of art designed with Marshmallow Fluff. That sounds like a pretty cool thing to see. In 2005, VH1 released their list of the 100 Greatest Kid Stars of Television and Film and Susan Olsen ranked number 34.
[00:12:20] If you’re interested in hearing the backstory on the Brady’s dog Tiger, check out my recent Trivia Rewind episode, titled Famous TV Pets. You’ll find out about Tiger’s tragic death on the studio back lot.
[00:12:36] Question three. In season two, what does Alice win after entering a contest? Well, Alice wins a stereo system.
[00:12:47] The character Alice is portrayed by actress Ann B. Davis. Ann grew up in the Northeast and had a twin sister. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann first majored in pre-med [00:13:00] with aspirations of being a doctor. But after seeing her brother perform in the musical Oklahoma! She switched her major to drama.
[00:13:09] She had rolls and film, television, and on stage. She even had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame years before The Brady Bunch. While we may know her most for her role as Alice, Ann B. Davis had previously won two Emmy Awards for her role on The Bob Cummings Show. Did you know that Ann B. Davis was only one of three to appear on every single episode of The Brady Bunch?
[00:13:35] After The Brady Bunch was over, Ann moved from Los Angeles to Denver. Once in Denver, she joined an Episcopal community and devoted much of her time to her religion. Ann B. Davis died on June 1st, 2014 and received a standing ovation at her own funeral. A Morning Call article talks about her Memorial service, where Lloyd Schwartz says, [00:14:00] “Dad didn’t create Alice. She was Ann B’s own creation,” he said. “He just wanted a funny housekeeper, but he got a whole lot more. America got a whole lot more. I got a lot more. I got a lifetime friend.” In the article, William Frey, retired Episcopal Bishop and friend of Ann B. Davis talked about Ann’s faith and how her pastor in Hollywood expanded her faith and she started paying more attention to the Bible.
[00:14:29] The article said “She accompanied Frey for a few years on his visitations to do ministry in hospitals and other settings, including churches, where members stopped her for autographs. Her rule was she’d only sign her name on church bulletins. If people wanted to show the autograph off, they had to admit they’d been to church.”
[00:14:52] Davis was never married because she never found a man who was more interesting than her career. She told the Chicago Sun [00:15:00] Times, “By the time I started to get interested in finding someone, all the good ones were taken.”
[00:15:07] Question four. In season two, which Brady breaks Carol’s vase? Well, that person was Peter. Actor Christopher Knight played Peter Brady. In an interview for Oprah: Where Are They Now? Knight revealed that his family hated The Brady Bunch. He said his parents believed that real actors didn’t do television and that television was just a place you had to go to earn money because real actors worked on stage.
[00:15:37] He said his family was financially unstable and when he took on the role of Peter Brady at the age of 10, he became the breadwinner for the family.
[00:15:47] Florence Henderson played Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch. Florence Henderson was the youngest of 10 children so being mom to six on The Brady Bunch probably looked like a piece of cake.
[00:15:59] Florence [00:16:00] Henderson’s father was a tobacco sharecropper and by the age of eight, she was helping her father in the fields. At two years old, she could sing. The Brady Bunch came along and soon Florence Henderson would be known as everyone’s favorite TV mom. According to deardoctor.com “When Henderson took the role in 1969, she wanted to make Carol a bit more realistic, begging the studio to let the character have a job. But her request was refused.” Yes, that was probably very unrealistic in the seventies to expect normal moms to have a live-in maid. Moms everywhere probably wondered what they had to do to get a live-in maid like Carol Brady had. Florence Henderson was only one of three people to appear on every single episode of The Brady Bunch.
[00:16:50] In an article with Fox, Susan Olsen discusses Florence Henderson and says, “She not only got along well with the cast members, but everyone on the [00:17:00] set- electricians, makeup, everyone was a respected team member and one of her goals was to get everyone home to their families as soon as possible.” Over her career, Florence Henderson not only shined on television, she had a successful Broadway career and had some film roles as well.
[00:17:19] She was also widely recognized as the spokeswoman for Wesson Cooking Oil between the years of 1974 to 1996. The article in deardoctor.com says “Florence attributes much of her success to hard work and lessons from her childhood. From her mother, she learned how to be a survivor and from her father, well, the faith he instilled in her, plus his words of wisdom that still guide her today. Joseph Henderson taught all of his children that a person’s character and reputation can never be taken away but rather you give that away.”
[00:17:55] On Thanksgiving day in 2016, Florence Henderson died of a heart [00:18:00] attack. The death was completely unexpected and a shock to everyone as she had not been sick. Just a few days prior, she was at a Dancing With the Stars taping, where she cheered on her TV daughter Maureen McCormick, a contestant on the show.
[00:18:16] Question five. In season two, which Brady sister wore a wig to a party only to be laughed at? That person was Jan. The role of Jan was played by actress Eve Plumb. Actress Eve Plumb started her career at age six, acting in commercials and on television. In The Brady Bunch, she played the character that will be forever known as the sister that said Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
[00:18:44] Sound Clip: [00:18:44] All I hear all day long at school is how great Marsha is at this or how wonderful Marsha did that. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
[00:18:52] Debi Jenkins: [00:18:52] In an interview with The New York Post, Eve Plumb credit’s a Saturday Night Live skit for making that line become a viral [00:19:00] catchphrase for the show. While that line from The Brady Bunch is so iconic, did you know that it was only said one time during the series run? That line was said in season three, episode 10 in the episode titled My Sister’s Shadow.
[00:19:17] And here’s something you don’t hear every day. At the age of 11 Eve Plumb, with the help of her parents, bought her first home, an ocean front property in Malibu, California. And talk about a good investment. When she purchased the house in 1969, it was just over $55,000. In 2016, she sold it for $3.9 million.
[00:19:44] Question six. In season two, which Brady is upset because they are the only person in the family to have never won a first place trophy? That person was Bobby. Actor Mike Lookinland had [00:20:00] the role of Bobby Brady on the series. Before landing his role on The Brady Bunch, Mike appeared in various television commercials. Lookinland as a huge fan of The Grateful Dead and has been to over 100 of their concerts. In an interview with Convention Junkies, Lookinland said that the very Brady renovation on HGTV was by far his favorite reunion show that he’s ever done. He commented that way back in the day, they were worked hard and not paid well, but with HGTV, it was the opposite. He said they were treated like royalty.
[00:20:38] So what’s he up to now? Well, Mike Lookinland runs a company that makes decorative concrete. Thanks to all the publicity from his appearance on HGTV, he said business is booming.
[00:20:51] Question seven. In season three, Marsha is the president of her school’s fan club for what musician? [00:21:00] That was Davy Jones. In 1997, this episode titled Getting Davy Jones was ranked number 37 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. Over the years, Maureen McCormick had roles on many television shows. She even made her Broadway debut in Grease in 1994. In 2008, she released an autobiography titled Here’s The Story, Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. The book made it to the number four spot on the New York Times Bestseller List.
[00:21:39] In the book, she revealed her addiction to drugs and how she turned her life around. In a Us Weekly article, she credits her parents and her now husband Michael Cummings for helping her get clean. In the article, she also gives advice to those suffering with addiction and says, “I recommend anyone who’s struggling is to throw [00:22:00] that phone book out and do not, do not hang out with anyone who’s using”, she said. “I had to literally say goodbye to so many people that I was hanging out with.” Her addiction even interfered with one audition that could have resulted in a role in one of Steven Spielberg’s films.
[00:22:18] A Fox article mentions how she reportedly turned up to an audition for Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, completely messed up after being awake for several days on drugs. “If there was coke, I had to stay up and do every last flake even if it meant going without sleep for days,” she wrote. “Nothing else mattered.” It is so great to see the Maureen McCormick has turned her life around and can offer a message of hope to people suffering with addictions.
[00:22:47] In March of 2021, McCormick will have been married to her husband Michael Cummings for 36 years.
[00:22:55] Question eight. In season three, what character said “Pork chops and apple sauce?” . Well, [00:23:00] that was Peter Brady. Actor Christopher Knight had the role of Peter Brady. In addition to Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, this is one of the most remembered lines said by the one of the kids in The Brady Bunch. In an article with Forbes Magazine, Christopher Knight says, “I’m asked to say it once a month or twice a month,”
[00:23:19] he admits. “As I’ve gotten older, I think it’s become a little less comfortable for individuals to ask a 60 year old man to say pork chops and apple sauce. But when I was younger, it would be requested of me quite frequently.”
[00:23:33] Question nine. In season four, what happens that causes Marcia’s nose to get bruised swollen? Well, Peter’s football accidentally gets thrown at Marsha’s nose. That sounds pretty painful. According to MeTV, “When Christopher Knight couldn’t throw the football at the target, producer Lloyd Schwartz said he stepped in and threw a perfect spiral, right at Maureen McCormick’s [00:24:00] nose.” So, what has Maureen McCormick been up to in recent years?
[00:24:04] In 2016, it was announced that she would be one of the celebrity dancers on the 23rd season of Dancing With the Stars. She and her dance partner came in eighth place. Just this year, McCormick has a new show on Discovery+. Designer Dan Vickery and Maureen McCormick overhaul homes stuck in a time warp.
[00:24:24] According to HGTV, “Dan brings the structure up to date while Maureen decorates with decade specific pieces to give the homes a refreshed, look with a nod to their original era.”
[00:24:38] Question 10. In season five, Bobby tells his friends that he knows which football star? Well, that football star was Joe Namath.
[00:24:50] If you can remember that episode, it was titled Mail Order Hero. In one scene, we see Bobby in bed dreaming of playing football in his backyard with Joe [00:25:00] Namath. Joe Namath throws him a strong pass, one that he catches for a touchdown. Well, back in the seventies, Joe Namath was quite famous and episode director Bruce Billson knew he couldn’t pull one over on football fans.
[00:25:15] So he had to make the throw look realistic. But how was he going to do that on a stage that was way too small for a Joe Namath pass? In an interview with The Archive of American Television, Bruce Billson said “There was not enough room. So I sent the prop man way up in the rafters and I said, throw it to him. Namath did as directed, chucking the football with full force skyward.” In an article with Fox, Susan Olsen shared a funny story that took place when filming this particular episode. She said, “When Joe Namath was our guest star, we were filming the scene where he says goodbye to the Brady family. In one take, Florence threw her arms around him [00:26:00] and shouted, Joe, please take me away. I’m so sick of these kids. Joe didn’t miss a beat. He picked her up and carried her off screen.”
[00:26:10] Question 11. In season five, what does Bobby saved Peter from in their back yard? Well, he saved him from a falling ladder. So what is Christopher Knight, the actor that played Peter up to nowadays? Well, he is the successful business owner of Christopher Knight Home.
[00:26:31] According to his business website, “Christopher stays closely connected to his brands by converging his interests in business with his life as an actor and celebrity. In November of 2012, this purposeful effort took shape as Christopher Knight Home, Christopher’s introduction to the world of his online furniture brand. Over the past eight years, Christopher Knight Home has grown into a leader in online sales of indoor and [00:27:00] outdoor home furnishings.” You can find his products at places like Target and Amazon. Visit triviarewind.com for a link to his website, where you can find out more about his products.
[00:27:12] Question 12. In season four, the Brady kids enter a talent contest. What name do they call their group? They call their group the Silver Platters. How’d they come up with that name? Well, for several months, the kids had saved up to buy their parents, a silver platter for their parents as an anniversary gift. Jan, without telling her siblings takes the silver platter to get it engraved and misreads the price. In order to pay for it, she enters them into a talent contest, hoping they can win the $100 prize. So the Silver Platters turns out to be the perfect name for this little scenario they’re dealing with.
[00:27:56] When they auditioned for the talent show the kids sang [00:28:00] Sunshine Day. I mean, who didn’t love that song? If you want to hear it over again, I’ll post a link to it on triviarewind.com. And yes, those Brady kids did sing.
[00:28:11] Over the years, a few different albums were made by the Brady kids. Their debut album came out in 1970 and was called Merry Christmas from The Brady Bunch. Their second album was released in the spring of 1972 and titled Meet the Brady Bunch. Album number three was called Kids From The Brady Bunch and it came out in the winter of 1972.
[00:28:35] A compilation album came out in 1993 and was called It’s a Sunshine Day, The Best of The Brady Bunch. Their fourth and final album came out in 1973 and was titled The Brady Bunch Phonographic Album. Eve Plumb, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams all dabbled in music without the group.
[00:28:59] Currently [00:29:00] Barry Williams, AKA Greg Brady lives in Branson, Missouri, and has his own musical group, Barry Williams and the Traveliers. Previously, he produced and wrote a live variety musical show called Seventies Music celebration, starring Barry Williams, which ran for six years in Branson, Missouri.
[00:29:21] Question 13. In season five, after thinking she has no talents, what does Jan find that she’s actually good at? Well, she found out she was good at painting. And how ironic, because in real life, Eve Plumb is an accomplished artist. Her work can be found at various galleries across the United States.
[00:29:44] According to her website, eveplumb.tv, she works out of her home and studio in New York City. For the HGTV special, A Very Brady Renovation, Eve Plumb painted a replica of one of the pieces of art found on the wall in the [00:30:00] girl’s bedroom on The Brady Bunch. When finished, she signed the painting Jan B.
[00:30:06] And Eve Plumb should also be flattered that Eve’s Plumb, a New York grunge band named their band after her. According to bandnamesexplained.com, “The actual source of inspiration is from tame television series The Brady Bunch. In this series, the role of Jan is played by Eve Plumb. One of the band members is said to have been in Eve’s circle of friends.”
[00:30:33] Question 14. In season five, what is the high school mascot that Greg helped steal and then hide in his bedroom? Well, that was a goat named Raquel. Actor Barry Williams had the role of Greg Brady. In a New York Post article, he discusses what his favorite episode is. He said, “When we went to Hawaii for the trilogy episode, Hawaii bound. [00:31:00] The only thing I’ve been longer than a Brady is a surfer. I had to talk them into letting me do my own surfing. That was an extraordinary teenage experience, which has become a lifetime memory.”
[00:31:13] It’s also probably well-known that Barry Williams was romantically interested in co-star Maureen McCormick. TV brother Christopher Knight addressed this topic in a Forbes Magazine article. The article says, “The middle brother also found himself caught in the middle of a budding romance between Williams and McCormick. Knight would spend another hour or two a day with McCormick in the car since his mom drove them both to the set. Most of those conversations were about what Barry had said that he wanted Maureen to hear or she was telling me that I needed to tell Barry, Knight reminisces. Barry was doing whatever he could to get Maureen’s attention.”
[00:31:53] In his memoir Growing Up Brady, Barry Williams admits to also having a crush on his TV [00:32:00] mom, Florence Henderson. They even went on a little date with Barry’s brother driving the two. However, the rumors that they were romantically involved were completely fabricated. An Outsider article says, “The whole thing with Barry got blown way out of proportion. Henderson wrote on her website, I guess, in a sense it was a date because Barry thought it was, but of course I had no idea that his intentions were to date me. It has made for a good story though.”
[00:32:31] In 1989, Barry Williams was honored with The former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th Youth in Film Awards.
[00:32:41] And question 15. In the series finale, Bobby sells Neat and Natural Hair Tonic to Greg and it turns Greg’s hair what color? Well, it turned Greg’s hair bright orange. How ironic that in this episode they have Bobby [00:33:00] be the one to sell the hair tonic. Mike Lookinland, the actor that played Bobby had a hair color that didn’t match the hair of his TV brothers. So the production team died and straightened his hair for the show. It wasn’t until the last two seasons of the show that they allowed his natural hair color to show.
[00:33:19] Interestingly enough, Susan Olsen also had her hair colored. According to mentalfloss.com, “they ordered eight year old Olsen’s hair to be bleached regularly to give her that adorable toe head look. When her hair began falling out in clumps during the second season, a tearful Susan complained to Sherwood Schwartz who immediately ordered the staff to leave Cindy’s hair alone.” And more hair drama. According to mentalfloss.com Florence Henderson “was forced to wear a wig during the first season because her own hair had been cropped short when she co-starred in an off-Broadway revival of South Pacific.”
[00:34:00] [00:33:59] Well, that’s it for this week’s episode. That was a lot of Brady. I hope you enjoyed it. If you’re interested in keeping up with the actors that played the kids on the show, most have a strong social media presence. Just yesterday, I saw a Maureen McCormick post an Instagram photo where she was having dinner with a few of her Brady’s siblings.
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