And the family changed, as all American Families do...children grow up, get married, host variety shows and turn into cartoons.
—Narrator, Brady - An American Cronicle
Next to fellow Paramount Production Star Trek: The Original Series
, The Brady Bunch
most likely holds the title for Most Attempted Spinoffs
. Here then is (as TV Land
once put it) ... The Wonder of Brady.
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The Brady Kids
The Brady Bunch Hour
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour
(also known as The Brady Bunch Hour
) was an ABC show from 1976-1977 that had the family move to New York and produce their own Variety Show
. It might be the most infamous spin off. It lasted nine episodes.
"The Brady Bunch Hour" contains examples of:
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ann B. Davis, when it came to having to work with Rip Taylor. In a later memoir by Susan Olsen, it was contended that Davis absolutely did not like Taylor (due to the very adult content of his stand-up comedy act) and refused to even so much as acknowledge him other than what was needed for the show. Taylor, who was a fan of Davis beforehand, was puzzled at her attitude toward him and to this day, still is, since Davis has refused to talk about working on the show.
- Canon Discontinuity: This series was never mentioned in later spin offs.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: As a group. That said, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen, Geri Reischl and Robert Reed had some semblance of musical talent, while Florence Henderson, Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick all had genuine singing talent, and even Ann B. Davis (in her few solos) did a laudable job. Chris Knight, however, did a laughably bad cover (with Collette, one of the Krofft puppets) of "Sing" (yes, the Sesame Street song that also was done by The Carpenters); by his own admission, he is not a singer.
- The Other Darrin: Eve Plumb, the original Jan Brady, was unable to make a commitment to the show, and was replaced by Geri Reischl.
- Puppet Show: Of the Sid & Marty Krofft variety.
- Rearrange the Song: By playing it with kazoos.
- '70s Hair: See photo at top of the page to see latter-1970s hairstyles in spades.
The Brady Brides
The series about what happened after Marcia and Jan became adults, which ran for 10 episodes. It began with a 1981 Made-for-TV Movie
titled The Brady Girls Get Married
. Jan falls in love with a college professor named Phillip Covington III, while Marcia falls for a toy salesman named Wally Logan.
"The Brady Girls Get Married" contains examples of:
- Five-Episode Pilot: The movie got divided up into the first three episodes of The Brady Brides.
- Reunion Show: The only project to successfully reunite the whole "Bunch".
The sitcom The Brady Brides
picked up where The Brady Girls Get Married
left off. Marcia and Jan have married their respective boyfriends, and the four of them must now share a house. The husbands don't get along.
"The Brady Brides" contains examples of:
A Very Brady Christmas
The 1988 Made-for-TV Movie A Very Brady Christmas
saw the now-adult Brady Kids reunite with their parents, and stands out as one of the most somber Brady Bunch
"A Very Brady Christmas" contains examples of:
Capitalizing on the success of A Very Brady Christmas
, the characters received another TV series, The Bradys
, in 1990. It also stands out as one of their most somber works. It lasted nine episodes.
"The Bradys" contains examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Marsha.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The original show was a sitcom, this was a full-out melodrama.
- Follow the Leader: Many reviewers felt that the creators were trying to create a 1990s Eight Is Enough.
- Rearrange the Song: "Here's the story of the family Brady/A man and wife whose kids are all now grown."
- Even with only nine episodes, the show managed to produce two versions of the theme ... one instrumental, the other sung by Florence Henderson.
- Screwed by the Network: The first episode was a two-hour, and gained a significantly larger audience in the second hour, winning the time slot. CBS decided to go keep the earlier start time.
Brady-An American Cronicle
To help promote the 1995 movie, cable channel Tv Land created this special in the style of Ken Burns Baseball
and Civil War
documentaries, complete with grainy black and white photos, white letter on black background title cards, and experts in the social importance of all things Brady. Featured cameos of Davy Jones and Susan Olsen in character.
"Brady:An American Cronicle" contains examples of:
- Abraham Lincoln: At one point Lincoln's "A house divided" speech is contrasted with a simillar speech by Mike.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Ken Burns "Civil War" miniseries.
Narrator: "Tonight Tv Land presents this 18 part miniseries...each chapter condensed into the following half hour presentation."
- Book Ends: Quotes by Abraham Lincoln begin and end the special.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The segment Jan Verses Marsha allows everyone to explain why they prefer Marsha or Jan. Well...except for Guns 'N Roses's Slash...
Slash: "Cindy...young Cindy. I wish she was that age now... (Laughs)"
- Rearrange the Song: With a slow and reverent instrumental version.
- Shout-Out: The last credit is a picture of Robert Reed with the caption "Dedicated to The Man Named Brady"
- Also references to earlier spin offs.
Narrator: "And the family changed, as all American Families do...children grow up, get married, host variety shows and turn into cartoons."
- Significant Reference Date: Brady events are documented as happening on their original broadcast dates.
- This Is My Side: A show example is contrasted with the Mason/Dixon Line.
The Brady Bunch Movies
Growing Up Brady
The Made-for-TV Movie Growing Up Brady
aired on NBC in 2000, and depicts some backstage dramas experienced by the original cast and crew of The Brady Bunch
"Growing Up Brady" contains examples of: