I don’t know what got them started, or why they’re so curious, but my mom and her co-workers keep calling me to ask me Brady Bunch trivia. For the record, I’m just about the one stop shop for Brady trivia. I’m a huge fan. I miss the Bradys!
Anyway, first she called to ask if I knew the words to the theme song. Um . . . DUH!
Here’s the story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls. All of them had hair of gold, like their mother, the youngest one in curls. Here’s the story, of a man named Brady, who was busy with three boys of his own. They were four men, living all together, but they were all alone. ‘Till the one day when the lady met this fellow, and they knew that it was much more than a hunch. That this group should somehow form a family. That the way we all became the Brady Bunch. The Brady Bunch. The Brady Bunch. That’s the way–we became the Brady Bunch.
Then, she called to ask me if they ever replaced the dad. NO! They replaced Jan in “The Brady Bunch Hour,” because Eve Plumb was ready to separate herself from the Brady image, however, she did come back for “The Brady Girls Get Married” and the series that followed, “The Brady Brides,” and several other of the subsequent sequels. They replaced Cindy in “A Very Brady Christmas” because Susan Olsen had other commitments at the time. Susan did return for the short lived (too short, in my opinion) series “The Bradys,” in which they replaced Maureen McCormick because she had other commitments. Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland were not replaced by any other actors throughout the history of the Bradys. Only in the movies A Very Brady Movie, A Very Brady Sequel, and the made-for-TV movie “Growing Up Brady,” were all of the characters played by an entirely new cast.
Incidentally, I believe that the television special “The Brady Bunch 35th Anniversary Reunion Special: Still Brady After All These Years” marked the first complete Brady reunion since the TV movie “The Brady Girls Get Married” in 1981, with the exception, of course, of Robert Reed, who died in 1992.
Oh, and for the record, I DO NOT count Cousin Oliver as an official Brady. As far as I’m concerned, he doesn’t even exist.