The Brady Bunch - August 30, 2014

“Here’s the story of a lovely lady…” On this day 40 years ago, America heard the famous “Brady Bunch” theme song for the last time. Well, not really. After five seasons, the last episode aired in 1974…for the first time. The show has lived on forever since its syndication in 1975 and hasn't been off the air since. 

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Producer Sherwood Schwartz wanted someone other than Robert Reed for the role of Mike Brady, but the actor wasn't well-known enough at the time. Who was it?

a) Dabney Coleman

b) Gene Hackman

c) Burt Reynolds

d) Jack Lord

 

Answer below!

CLIP OF THE DAY

Every Brady moment is gold, but we've chosen a two-for-one musical extravaganza starring the Silver Platters! 

QUOTES OF THE DAY

“Caveat emptor. It’s Latin for ‘let the buyer beware.’”

~Mike Brady

Robert Reed as Mike Brady, the dad. Architect, disciplinarian, dispenser of long-winded advice. 

Robert Reed as Mike Brady, the dad. Architect, disciplinarian, dispenser of long-winded advice. 

“Well, Jan, sometimes when we lose, we win.”

~Carol Brady

Florence Henderson as Carol Brady, the mom. Funky outfits, crazy hair.

Florence Henderson as Carol Brady, the mom. Funky outfits, crazy hair.

“Adios, Johnny Bravo.”
~Greg Brady

Barry Williams, as oldest son Greg. Stud.

Barry Williams, as oldest son Greg. Stud.

“Jan, if boys don’t find you attractive, don’t blame me.”

~Marcia Brady

Maureen McCormick, as oldest daughter Marcia. Everyone loved Marcia.  

Maureen McCormick, as oldest daughter Marcia. Everyone loved Marcia.

 

“Pork chops and applesauce.”

~Peter Brady

Christopher Knight as middle son, Peter. The practical joker.

Christopher Knight as middle son, Peter. The practical joker.

“All day long at school I hear how great Marcia is at this or how wonderful Marcia did that. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”

~Jan Brady

Eve Plumb, as middle daughter Jan. The middle child; jealous of Marcia.

Eve Plumb, as middle daughter Jan. The middle child; jealous of Marcia.

“Mom always says ‘Don’t play ball in the house.’”

~Bobby Brady

Mike Lookinland as youngest son, Bobby. Had more dream sequences than anybody else.

Mike Lookinland as youngest son, Bobby. Had more dream sequences than anybody else.

“I am a lady. If you say I’m not, I’ll bop you!”

~Cindy Brady

Susan Olsen as youngest daughter, Cindy. Lisp, pigtails.

Susan Olsen as youngest daughter, Cindy. Lisp, pigtails.

“Well, the part where Romeo dies is sad. But where Juliet died is sad too. But I think the saddest part of all is when Jan said ‘Who goes there’ before Peter said ‘Hark.’”

~Alice

And Ann. B. Davis as Alice. The nutty housekeeper who was part of the family...but still forced to wear a uniform.

And Ann. B. Davis as Alice. The nutty housekeeper who was part of the family...but still forced to wear a uniform.

DID YOU KNOW…

There was some serious nepotism on the set of “The Brady Bunch.” Among family members who appeared on the show are: Hope Sherwood, daughter of producer Sherwood Schwartz; Barbara Henderson, Florence Henderson’s daughter; Carolyn Reed, Robert Reed’s daughter; Todd Lookinland, Mike Lookinland’s brother; and Edward Knight, Christopher Knight’s father.

TRIVIA ANSWER

b) Gene Hackman