The Brady Bunch

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The Brady Bunch is a classic television family sitcom. It ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. The show was about a suburban Los Angeles blended family where a formerly-married housewife named Carol Martin (Florence Henderson) with three daughters married architect widower Mike Brady (Robert Reed) who had three sons and a live-in housekeeper Alice (Ann B. Davis).

While the show was never a major ratings hit during its network run, it became a cult classic once it went into syndication, and as a result of the new found popularity, several reunion spinoffs were produced, such as The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976–77), The Brady Brides (1981), and The Bradys (1990).

Several movies were also made featuring the Brady family, such as the made for TV Very Brady Christmas (1988 - featuring most of the original cast), the theatrical Brady Bunch Movie (1995 - produced as a hybrid homage/parody featuring a new cast), the theatrical Very Brady Sequel (1996), and the made for TV Brady Bunch Goes to Washington (2002 - made in the style of the 90s movies)

The show is considered to be the last of the old style classic family sitcoms, as soon after it debuted, the networks started switching away from family based programming to more adult oriented fare aimed at a younger, more urban demographic believed to be more appealing to advertisers (the biggest example of this programming philosophy was the CBS "Rural Purge" of 1971). In spite of this, The Brady Bunch stayed true to its family oriented style throughout its entire run, with most episodes often featuring stories revolving around family life, dealing with people, and learning life lessons/morals.

Cast

Main cast

Actor Role
Robert Reed Mike Brady
Florence Henderson Carol Brady
Ann B. Davis Alice Nelson
Maureen McCormick Marcia Brady
Eve Plumb Jan Brady
Susan Olsen Cindy Brady
Barry Williams Greg Brady
Christopher Knight Peter Brady
Mike Lookinland Bobby Brady

Supporting/recurring cast

Actor Role Notes
Allan Melvin Sam Franklin Alice's boyfriend
Appears in eight episodes spanning all five seasons
Robbie Rist Cousin Oliver Carol's nephew who moved in with the family
Appears in the final six episodes of the series

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