Sep. 26, 1969
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was first seen in September 1969, Friday nights on ABC. The series was created by Sherwood Schwartz the same person who had created Gilligan's Island, 5 year earlier. In this series, Michael Paul Brady marries Carol Ann Tyler Martin and they combine their families.

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  • 464 girls and boys were interviewed by producer Sherwood Schwartz to find out who would act best, as the 6 Brady kids.
  • In addition to the albums recorded by the Brady kids, there was an album featuring only Maureen McCormick and Christopher Knight. It was a commercial failure.
  • The sliding glass door in the back of the Brady house actually never had a glass screen in it. It was simply put on the sliders with no glass so as to prevent glares from lighting while filming.
  • When Florence Henderson arrived to do her screen test, there was no one on staff to do her make-up, so she went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek: The Original Series was filmed and she found herself seated in a make-up chair between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, being made up for their day's work on one of the very last episodes of Star Trek. Henderson recalls that both actors completely ignored her.
  • There are many references to a fictional place called "Mount Claymore". This is where the Brady family went camping in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {A-Camping We Will Go (#1.8)}.
  • The theme song, written by show creator & producer Sherwood Schwartz, was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company for the show's first season. During filming, Christopher Knight was overheard singing the theme on set, and the show's producers hit on the idea of the Brady kids performing the show's introduction. From season two on, the kids sang the theme, which was re-arranged and re-recorded each year.
  • We saw the Brady bathroom many times, but not once did we see a toilet. The popular joke was that the Bradys were so good, clean and wholesome that didn't even go to the bathroom. The truth was, the network censors wouldn't allow a toilet to be shown, at that time.
  • Sherwood Schwartz originally wanted Gene Hackman for the role of Mike Brady, but Hackman wasn't considered well-known enough at the time.
  • The dog, called "Tiger" was killed by a car in season 1 of the show before the filming of episode 5 was completed. The replacement dog proved to be unworkable. Tiger's doghouse remained on the set, especially because one of the studio lights fell and burned a hole through the astroturf, and the doghouse was then used to cover up and hide the burned spot.
  • The Brady kids attended Westdale High School, Fillmore Junior High and Clinton Elementary School. However, in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy (#1.3)}, the name of Cindy's school was Dixie Canyon Elementary School (an elementary school in Studio City, California) in reality.
  • The Bradys' next-door neighbors, the Ditmeyers, were mentioned frequently, but only Mister Ditmeyer was seen only once, in a 5 to 10-second cameo, in the closing scene of, "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {Coming Out Party (#2.17)}. It strongly appears to be the same actor, Paul Sorenson. He guest-starred in the role of Ralph Hinton, father of Buddy Hinton, in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {A Fistful of Reasons (#2.8)}.
  • The girls originally had a cat named Fluffy, it was only seen in the pilot episode, "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {The Honeymoon (#1.1)}.
  • Carol's last name from her previous marriage was Martin. Her maiden name was Tyler.
  • Even though Greg dated a lot, we never actually see him kiss anyone of the dates he went out with. The only Brady kid that had a kissing scene is Bobby, kissing starlet actress, Melissa Sue Anderson in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {Never Too Young (#5.4)}.Melissa Sue Anderson, is best known as the oldest sister on series, Little House on the Prairie (1974).
  • The house used for exterior shots, which was normally seen at the beginning of every episode as well as various points throughout the show's run, is at 11222 Dilling St., Studio City, California. Since the series ended, the owners of the home have erected an iron fence, let heavy shrubbery grow to cover much of the front, and have suffered numerous trespassers. They also refused to let producers use the home for exterior shots in the subsequent films in the 1990s.
  • The name of the Brady kids' singing group, normally, was the Brady Six. However, in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {Amateur Nite (#4.16)}, they were temporarily known as "The Silver Platters".
  • Due to its marginal ratings (only reaching #34 in the Nielsen Ratings at its peak), the show was never renewed for a whole season until its last season on the air (1973-74). During its first four seasons, it was only renewed for thirteen episodes at a time. Several members of the cast have admitted that when they finished filming thirteen episodes, there was always an air of apprehension while they waited to see if ABC would renew the program or not. The program stayed on the air because of its popularity among children.
  • Robert Reed, strongly disliked his role as Mike Brady. He claimed he only took the part because producer Sherwood Schwartz told him the show would be a serious, boundary-pushing look at modern day family life. Schwartz considered the possibility of either hiring a new actor to play Mike Brady or killing off the character altogether, if the series were renewed for a sixth season. Reed stayed with the series (and subsequent reunion spin offs) out of loyalty to the kids.
  • The names of Mike's and Carol's previous spouses were never mentioned & kept top secret to watchers, of the five season run, throughout this shows five season run. In fact, the only time a picture was shown of Mike's previous wife was in the pilot "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {The Honeymoon (#1.1)} when one was held by Bobby.
  • The Brady's home address was 4222 Clinton Way. Their telephone number was 762-0799 - mentioned just once by Jan in "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {The Not-So-Ugly Duckling (#2.9)}. Bobby also mentions their phone number in the Joe Namath episode. Even though it was widely known that the show was set in the Los Angeles suburbs, the name of the specific town they lived in was never mentioned.
  • The character 'Mike Brady' was ranked #14 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (Sunday, June 20th, 2004 issue).
  • Sherwood Schwartz's technique for auditioning child actors was to set out a bunch of toys on his desk, then during the interview see if the child paid attention to him or was distracted by the toys. If the toys went unheeded, Schwartz knew the child had the concentration needed to work on a television series.
  • The name of Cindy's favorite doll was Kitty Karry-All.
  • This was the first television series to be created and produced by Paramount Studios, which up until that time had been a movie studio exclusively. Earlier TV shows, such as Star Trek: The Original Series and Bonanza, were acquired by Paramount when the studio purchased Desilu.
  • The producers of Yours, Mine and Ours threatened to sue Sherwood Schwartz, accusing him of taking their idea & plot summary. Sherwood showed them the notes and plus an outline of series, The Brady Bunch, that was written a year or two before their movie was even written.
  • Jeffrey Hunter lobbied Sherwood Schwartz for the role of Mike Brady, but the network thought Hunter was "too handsome" for the role and rejected him.
  • The major sponsors during the earlier episodes were Cheerios cereal and Mattel Toys.
  • Robert Reed was written out of the show's final episode, "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {The Hair-Brained Scheme (#5.22)}, after an argument with producer Sherwood Schwartz over what Reed considered a ridiculous storyline (with Greg's hair turning orange from hair tonic), but he remained on set for its filming. Studio security offered to remove Reed, but Schwartz declined to have this done in front of the kids.
  • The word sex was mentioned three times throughout the entire series. Once by Greg during the first season episode, by Mike in the episode, "The Grass is Always Greener "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {Is There a Doctor in the House? (#1.13)} but not again until the final season by Cousin Oliver, during the final episode "The Brady Bunch" (1969) {The Hair-Brained Scheme (#5.22)}.
  • Comedienne Joyce Bulifant was originally cast as Carol Brady in the series. Character actress Kathleen Freeman was first picked to be Alice. However, when Florence Henderson was cast as Carol, comedienne Ann B. Davis was given the part of Alice, to keep things "evenly balanced".

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