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Series: The Brady Bunch
The Brady family in an iconic arrangement. Counterclockwise from top center: Carol Ann, Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Michael, Bobby, Peter, Greg. Center: Alice Nelson.
"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
Until the one day when the lady met this fellow, and they knew it was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a family...
And that's the way they all became the Brady Bunch!
The Brady Bunch, the Brady Bunch, that's the way they became the Brady Bunch!"

A 1969-1974 Dom Com about an unattached woman named Carol with three daughters marrying widower Mike Brady with three sons, and the conflict which results. The blended family includes the star-studded athlete Greg, the popular and beautiful Marcia, the slightly clumsy Peter, the insecure Jan, the day-dreaming Bobby, and the snooping Cindy. The family is overseen by Alice, their housekeeper who makes self-depreciating jokes.

Sherwood Schwartz (previously of Gilligan's Island fame) developed and produced the series. He was shopping the show around to networks for a year or so before it was picked up to capitalize on the success of Yours Mine And Ours, a 1968 feature film about another large blended family. (This was obliquely acknowledged by the makers of A Very Brady Sequel when they selected one of the stars of Yours Mine And Ours, Tim Matheson, to play Carol Brady's long-lost first husband...sorta).

Never a huge hit in its initial network run on ABC, the show became popular once it went to daily syndication in the late '70s, and a cultural icon (and eventual subject of vast quantities of nostalgia and derision in equal measure) for Gen-Xers. Over the years, the show gained two made-for-TV reunion movies and a couple of spin-offs. Moreover, the actors of the children have appeared in specials and game shows numerous times.

In the years since the show's cancellation, various tidbits have come to light regarding the show and its cast: like its sister series Gilligan's Island, the concept grated on several of the cast members (Robert Reed was busy most of the time sending angry memos to the producers about the scripts he had to work with). Also, there were behind-the-scenes romance stories between almost every member of the cast. Oh, and Tiger (the dog) was actually two dogs; the 'original' Tiger wandered off the set one day looking for a place to "do his business" and was promptly hit by a truck.

(For the 1990s version, see Step by Step.) The manga Little House with an Orange Roof has a very similar premise.

The show has had several continuations and spin offs. Tropes can be found on these pages:


This show provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Robert Reed refused to appear in the original show's final episode, finding its plot (Bobby selling Greg a shampoo that turns his hair orange) to be too ridiculous.
  • An Aesop
  • Alliterative Title
  • Animated Adaptation: The Brady Kids
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Most episodes saw the siblings get along with Bobby and Cindy. There were a few exceptions, and several episodes dealt with the youngest siblings being pure brats, including:
    • "The Tattletale," where an attention-seeking Cindy rats out her siblings. Mike and Carol counsel her on her behavior and warn her to stop ... and Cindy takes the advice too seriously when the very (even for 1970) G-rated "something important" situation arises: the by-now nearly forgotten family dog, Tiger, swiping out a claim voucher that would allow Alice to pick up a stereo won in a jingle contest.
    • "The Teeter-Totter Caper," where Bobby and Cindy – after annoying their siblings by wanting to help them on various projects, and then complaining about not getting invited to Aunt Gertrude's wedding – set out to set a world's teeter-tottering record.
    • "The Big Bet," where Bobby wins a bet with Greg and, as part of the bargain, demands to tag along on a big date with Greg's sweetie, Rachel. Bobby (of course) makes sure there's no hot and heavy lip action at the drive-in movie ("Hey, I can't see!" complains Bobby when the two try to snuggle up), but he also makes asinine demands such as constant trips to the concession stand, annoying Rachel with stupid questions ... and tearing the convertible roof when he leaves his umbrella up as a frustrated Greg is raising the top (after Bobby remarks that it might rain).
    • "Law and Disorder": Similar to "The Tattletale" episode, only with Bobby finking on his older siblings when he decides to carry over his school Safety Monitor duties to home. (For example, Jan doesn't do her chores because she's studying for a tough test; Greg comes home after curfew because his date's parents hadn't arrived home after a night of their own on the town; and Alice setting out aerosol cans with the rest of the garbage because of new trash collection policies. Each of them try to tell Bobby to go away, but Bobby can't be reasoned with.) Mike and Carol get wind of Bobby's report and set him straight very quickly about his behavior and that he has zero such authority at home.
    • "You Can't Win Them All," after Cindy wins her way on a local "College Bowl" game show called "Quiz the Kids." She gets a huge ego and takes every opportunity she can to remind her older siblings that she's a star in the making ... that is, until she suffers stage fright during the live show.
    • "Never Too Young," where Cindy (again!) sings "I've got a secret! It's for me to know, and you to find out!" to each one of her siblings. The secret: She had witnessed Bobby's first kiss ... actually, a classmate named Millicent (Melissa Sue Anderson, of Little House on the Prairie fame) kiss him on the cheek.
  • As Himself: Barry Williams and creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz in present day sequences of the TV Movie version of "Growing Up Brady".
    • Davy Jones and Desi Arnaz Jr. as Marcia's crushes.
    • Joe Namath.
    • Don Drysdale
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ann B. Davis, when Robert Reed got her pissed off enough, or when she was forced to work with Rip Taylor in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. In the latter instance, no explanation has been offered by Davis, as she has refused to talk about her experiences on the program ... even to longtime friend and co-star Susan Olsen (who wrote a book about the series); it has been speculated that she viewed Taylor's act as profane and contrary to her Christian beliefs. With Reed, Davis let him know her feelings whenever she finally had enough of his complaining about a script he believed was poorly written, that a given scene was unrealistic, and so forth.
    • As far as the original series, Peter, in "A Fistful of Reasons." Peter was generally even-tempered and willing to get others to reason with him, but when he is pushed to the breaking point – as he is when bully Buddy Hinton continually eggs him on for his refusal to fight (and defend Cindy's honor) – he can make others regret it.
  • Bizarrchitecture:
    • In Season 1's "Mike's Horrorscope," requested by Beebee Gallini (she wanted Mike to design a cosmetics factory that looked like a perfume bottle, poo-poohing Mike's advice that such buildings would structurally fail).
    • Fast-forwarding to Season 4's "Career Fever," where Greg drafts a comically bad structure as his way of "breaking the news" that he didn't want to follow in his father's footsteps to become an architect. (He had said that he wanted to be one in a paper he wrote for a composition class.)
    • And let's not overlook the fact that the exterior of the Brady house (which spreads out side-to-side) doesn't jibe with the interior (which spreads out from front to back).
  • Brand X: Several examples, most famously with the brand of laundry soap the family uses – Safe, as viewers learn in "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor." This was the episode where a "hip" movie producer hires the Bradys to act in a TV commercial for Safe, but Mike – speaking for the family – will agree to do so only if Safe can beat their current laundry detergent. Before testing Safe against the family's current detergent, Best, Carol rattles off the names of the other soaps she and Alice have used: Champ the Dirt Fighter, Clear & Bright and Help.
    • In a Truth in Television moment, Mike rolls his eyes as Carol explains the family's laundry detergent history. Indeed, Robert Reed, in his scathing memo about the episode, reprinted in Barry Williams' book "I Was a Teenaged Greg", said he was annoyed at the scriptwriter's use of one-syllable words for laundry detergent names (an "obvious writer's technique" that was clichéd and made Carol sound like a ninny, Reed contended).
  • Calling Your Shots: In one episode, Mike's boss gives the Bradys a pool table and Bobby becomes a pool hustler, even having an Imagine Spot where he pulls off trick shots on TV, calling each one before he does it.
  • Canon Discontinuity: In The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas, and The Bradys, nobody ever acknowledges the year the family spent as Variety Show stars in The Brady Bunch Hour.
  • The Cast Showoff: Eve Plumb was one hell of an artist, which made its way into a few episodes and eventually became Jan's major talent. Florence Henderson was also known for her beautiful voice, which led to two episodes revolving around Carol singing.
    • Florence Henderson also sang the theme to The Bradys.
    • The kids, with their singing talents, although in real life, only Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick had geniune singing talent. (Mike Looklinland and Susan Olsen also had decent voices, and Eve Plumb was OK, but Chris Knight was — by his own admission — a terrible singer.)
  • Celebrity Star
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Reversed with Greg, who has on more than one occasion shown his integrity and desire for honesty in tough situations. For instance, in Season 1's "Vote for Brady," class president hopeful Greg breaks off his friendship with a boy named Rusty after the latter makes a suggestion that they spread an unflattering rumor about Greg's opponent – stepsister Marcia – being seen in the balcony of a movie theater with a seedy boy.
    • Played straight in "Quarterback Sneak," from Season 5, where dishonest quarterback Jerry Rogers tries to steal Greg's playbook by lying to Marcia about his romantic interest in her, then actually stealing the playbook. (Check that, a fake playbook that Greg had created when he learned that his rival is resorting to stealing playbooks.) Greg – who admittedly sometimes twists the rules to suit his own situation – admits what he did to his father, after Mike counsels him that by stooping to Jerry's level, he's actually harming the players of the opposing team who chose to play by the rules. In the end, Jerry is thrown off the opponent's team, and Greg quarterbacks his team to a big win.
  • Classically Trained Main Actor: Robert Reed, no doubt fueling many of the squabbles between him and Sherwood Schwartz.
  • Cooking Duel: Several, between the boys and the girls.
  • Cool Car: Mike's various convertibles, a different one each season.
  • Cousin Oliver: The Trope Namer.
  • Cowboy Episode: The Brady Bunch had a dude ranch episode.
  • Crack Defeat
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: An episode had Peter being mistaken for a lookalike kissing bandit at his school.
  • Dark Horse Victory: See article for details.
  • Deconstruction: The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.
    • Also The Real Live Brady Bunch, an early '90s stage show in which original episode scripts were performed word-for-word, but with a self-consciously camp sensibility that anticipated the tone of the films.
  • D.I.Y. Disaster: Greg bought a used car and tried to fix it up, part of the result of which was faulty wiring. The horn made the windshield wipers work, for example.
  • Dropped After the Pilot: In the first episode the girls have a pet cat named Fluffy, who Tiger (the boys' dog) runs after and ruins the wedding reception. Fluffy is never seen again.
  • Drunk with Power: Supposedly what happens to Bobby when he becomes hall monitor.
  • Enforced Plug: One of the earlier examples of this trope was the Cincinnati Kids episode filmed at Kings Island Amusement Park (which had been open about a year at that time and already featured a visit at that point for The Partridge Family). Paramount was a major shareholder in Kings Island's then-parent company, Taft Entertainment.
  • Election Day Episode: The episode "Vote for Brady", where Greg and Marcia compete for class president.
  • Everybody Owns A Ford: Or, in this case, a Chrysler; the end credits even included the notation "Chrysler vehicles furnished by Chrysler Corporation".
  • Exact Words: To circumvent a severe punishment for insubordination, Greg gets his parents to agree to go by the letter of house rules and pre-stated agreements.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "And that's the way we all became the Brady Bunch!"
  • Fashion Dissonance: The fifties? Over? Fah! Not in Mike's house!
  • Five-Temperament Ensemble: There are numerous examples of each.
    • Sanguine: Marcia (half the time), Cindy, Bobby, and Sam
    • Choleric: Marcia (half the time) and Greg
    • Melancholic: Carol and Jan (especially the latter)
    • Phlegmatic: Mike and Peter
    • Leukine: Alice and Oliver
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Greg and Marcia in A Very Brady Sequel (playing off real-life attraction between Barry Williams and Maureen Mc Cormick). Averted on the actual show.
    • Teased in "Two Petes in a Pod," where Peter's exact double, Arthur (Christopher Knight in a dual role) helps Jan study. Nobody seems to notice "Peter" sitting unusually close to his stepsister at the kitchen table during said study date, as everyone is completely fooled.
  • Forced Prize Fight: The siblings build a house of cards to determine who gets to use a large collection of trading stamp books to buy their desired prize (after they are unable to compromise on an item everyone can enjoy).
  • Framed Face Opening
  • Friends Rent Control: A stay-at-home wife, six kids, and a full-time housekeeper, all being supported by one staff architect's salary. Yet the kids all have their own bikes, they take their family along on a business trip to Hawaii, and nobody complains about wearing hand-me-downs except when it serves the plot for money to be tight.
    • This was lampshaded in a comic book version of the show. All six kids, and Carol, required new shoes at the same time. Carol is able to get a discount from the shoe store owner by having each of the family members carry a large bag with the store's name on it, effectively giving the store free advertising.
  • Friendship Song: during one of the show's many Talent Show episodes, Marcia & her mother sing "Together" from Gypsy as a pair of hobos who stick together through thick and thin.
  • Full House Music: Years before the trope namer was so much a twinkle in the eyes of Miller-Boyett, The Brady Bunch made liberal use of mellow or dramatic music cues, often at a dramatic point or (even more often) as Mike or Carol offered the moral for that particular episode.
  • Game Show Appearance: Cindy (on a College Bowl-type game).
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Not counting the housekeeper, the titular family consists of one father with three boys and one mother with three daughters.
    • Arguably the female housekeeper could be balanced by the male dog.
    • Alternatively the male dog was originally balanced by the girl's female cat before it disappeared
  • Gilligan Cut: Despite Mike, Tiger comes to the Brady wedding. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Cindy
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!"
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The Brady women, each one of them wholesome and pretty.
  • Happily Adopted: Mike evidently legally adopted the girls, since they go by the name of Brady for the entire series.
  • Happily Married: Mike and Carol
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: The Dittmeyers, who lived next door to the Bradys. They were eventually shown in - and played a major role in the plot of - The Brady Bunch Movie.
    • We DO see Mr. Dittmeyer in one episode (probably in the one where Carol and Cindy have their tonsils taken out postponing the famil's trip on Mr. Phillips boat) where Alice is practicing casting a fishing line into a bucket and she overshoots it over the fence and hooks Mr. Dittmeyer. But it was a throwaway gag in the last segment of an episode.
  • Holiday Episodes: The series had all three:
    • Christmas Episode: Season 1's "The Voice of Christmas" — the classic episode where Carol loses her voice just in time for Christmas, and the Cindy asks Santa for her mother's voice back. A frequent staple of classic TV network rerun packages on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    • Thanksgiving Episode: Season 2's "The Un-Underground Movie," where Greg makes a movie about the First Thanksgiving for a class project. Note that even though the original air date was mid-October 1970, the episode's Thanksgiving theme is clearly evident and as such frequently is shown in reruns on Thanksgiving Day (or thereabouts).
    • Halloween Episode: Season 4's "Fright Night," where the kids scare each other, and then team up to pull an ultimate prank job on Alice. Often re-aired on or about Halloween.
  • Homage: The subject of many.
  • I Owe You My Life: "My Brother's Keeper"
  • Identical Stranger: "Two Petes in a Pod"
  • It's Always Sunny In Miami: There was never once a rainy day depicted on the show. Somewhat justified in that the Bradys live in Southern California, but a more practical Real Life reason is probably that they had a huge backyard set that would be a bitch to dry out.
  • Jerkass: The Bunch ran into quite a few of these throughout the course of the series:
    • Jerry Rogers, the rival school's quarterback who used Marcia to try to get the Westdale playbook
    • Mr. Randolph, Marcia's junior high school principal who falsely accused her of mischief she didn't commit and punished her for a whole week.
    • Harry Duggan, who cried victim in order to sue Carol for thousands of dollars.
    • The infamous Buddy "Baby Talk" Hinton.
  • Large Ham: Pretty much any time the kids do a play or a homemade movie.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Jan's invented boyfriend, George Glass. He is proven to exist in A Very Brady Sequel.
  • Locked in a Freezer: Greg and Bobby in "Big Little Man"
  • Lovely Assistant: Peter has magic as a Fleeting Passionate Hobby and does the Disappearing Girl trick with Jan as his lovely assistant, which freaks Cindy out. Even when they try to explain the trick to her she is still terrified. Then on the day of the Talent Show Jan twists her ankle and can't perform with Peter, so Cindy steps up and takes her place. Once she's been in the cabinet and sees how it's done she gets very enthusiastic, even wanting to do the trick again.
  • Meganekko: Whether or not Jan became an example or an aversion of this trope once she started wearing glasses is possibly in the eye of the beholder.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: While Marcia got all the teen drama and coming-of-age stories, and Cindy got the cute child plots, Jan was the middle child out of the girls. But whereas the other two were rather flat characters, Jan's insecure, neurotic personality lent itself to the most relatable storylines on the show. Who doesn't remember being afraid their glasses make them look geeky, or being jealous of an older sibling?
  • Missing Mom / Disappeared Dad: Which is how Mike and Carol are single in the show's Back Story.
    • Despite the fact that the boys' birth mother and the girls' birth father are both deceased (the description of the pilot specifically notes that Mike and Carol were both widowed), no reference is ever made to the deceased parents, except in the pilot. Bobby offers to put away his framed picture of his real mother so he doesn't hurt Carol's feelings, but Mike tells him it's not necessary.
    • For years, it had been claimed that Sherwood Schwartz had intended for Carol to be a divorcee (with her ex-husband and the girls' father apparently no longer having any involvement in their lives), but network executives with ABC were uncomfortable with the idea and requested a script change. Although the pilot supposedly stated that Carol was widowed, the fate of her first husband was never explicitly mentioned, leaving his absence ambiguous.
      • In fact, in A Very Brady Sequel he seems to show up, after seemingly swept overboard in a boating mishap, although he's really an imposter, and the "first Mr.Brady"'s fate never is resolved.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Bobby gets some mail-order hair tonic to sell, which turns Greg's hair orange.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction:
    • "The Winner," from the second season, where Bobby is all bent out of shape that he's the only one in the family without a trophy. He tries selling magazine subscriptions, since there's a trophy for the one who sells the most, and seems to be doing quite well. But Cindy accidentally comments that their parents put their friends up to buying most of the subscriptions, so Bobby cancels those orders, tearfully pouting that a trophy not won from his own efforts isn't worth anything to him.
    • "Try, Try Again," from Season 5. When Jan is let go from a dance recital and continues to dance with two left feet in other classes at the dance school, she falls into a "woe as me, I have no talent at anything" depression. Her well-meaning siblings go along with Greg's idea to throw games of skill and chance to help boost her self confidence (e.g., Greg throws games of pingpong, Marcia and Cindy lose at successive games of Monopoly, and Peter and Bobby lose at darts. Cindy accidentally spills the beans to their parents though, and Mike pulls Greg aside to tell him that losing on purpose serves doesn't really help Jan. Greg realizes his mistake and apologizes to her on behalf of the group and of course they're Easily Forgiven.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: They had Cindy toting curly pigtails, wearing gingham dresses, and lisping cute phrases until she was older than Marcia was at the beginning of the show. Looking back at the series, Susan Olsen stated in interviews that she found the "Shirley Temple" episode, made when she was 12, particularly embarrassing to film as she was way too old to be dressing and acting like a six-year-old Shirley Temple.
    • In A Very Brady Christmas Cindy complains that she's a college student and still seated at the children's table for Christmas dinner.
  • Not Blood Siblings: Not just averted but rigorously, completely avoided. Naturally parodies are full of it...
    • Reality Subtext: ...especially considering the UST between the actors playing Greg and Marcia behind the scenes on the original show.
    • A Very Brady Sequel explores this...
  • Nuclear Family: Of the blended variety.
    • Although after the first few episodes the fact that they're step siblings becomes rarely mentioned, if at all, to the point where the opening credits become the only indicator that they're not related.
  • Obfuscating Disability: One episode had a plot where a man claimed to have been grievously injured after only a minor car accident with Carol. Mike proved the man was lying by throwing his briefcase on the floor while the man's back was turned; after the sudden slamming noise, the man rapidly turned in fright, and the judge immediately ruled in favor of the Bradys.
  • Oh, Cisco!
  • Only Barely Renewed: According to Ann B. Davis, only once was the series renewed for a full season(for the rest of the run, it was half-season renewals).
  • Panty Shot: Cindy in a couple of first season episodes; a cheerleader in "Her Sister's Shadow."
  • Pay Phone: Mike gets one to try and stop the kids running up the bill, then can't find a dime when he's making a business deal.
  • Perplexing Plurals: The B-plot of the episode "The Personality Kid" concerns Bobby and Cindy going ape-shit over safety. The following concerns some electrical outlets in the kitchen, which have so many extensions & multi-prongs plugged in that one is referred to as an "octopus."
    Bobby hands Carol a new plug.
    Carol: Now I hope these are the right plugs.
    Bobby: Just the kind the teacher said to get instead of that old octopus.
    Alice: Do you know that all last night I dreamed about octopuses?...Octopussys?...Octopi?
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: In one episode, Mr. Brady gets fed up with his kids hogging the phone and running up a huge bill, so he has a payphone installed for them to use.
  • Pie in the Face: the first Cousin Oliver episode, "Welcome Aboard".
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: "Kelly's Kids", a season 5 episode which featured Ken Berry as a friend of Mike and Carol's with three adopted sons of different races.
    • The show, oddly enough, would be picked up...in 1986, as the short-lived CBS sitcom Together We Stand (a.k.a. Nothing is Easy) with Ellott Gould in the Ken Berry role.
  • The Primadonna: Marcia, when playing Juliet in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, is such a diva that she actually gets kicked out of the show.
  • Reunion Show: The made-for-TV movies The Brady Girls Get Married (1981) and A Very Brady Christmas (1988).
  • Revival: The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), a Variety Show produced by Sid & Marty Krofft Productions; The Brady Brides (1981), a sitcom following Marcia and Jan in their post-marital lives; and The Bradys (1990), which rather drastically reworked the show's premise as a heavy drama.
    • Making the variety show variant funnier is that it was reportedly the ONLY version Robert Reed actually liked, probably because creator and frequent sparring partner Sherwood Schwartz had no part of that version whatsoever.
  • Rewind, Replay, Repeat: Greg has become the photographer for the high school football team (after his injury makes him ineligible to play). During a crucial, contested touchdown he was taking pictures of his girlfriend, a cheerleader. But he manages to catch the foot of the player as he was making the catch in the endzone, so he and his father spend the day blowing the frame up and up and up until they can see whether his foot was inbounds or not. (It was.)
  • Running Gag: Alice throwing her back out while doing tasks.
  • The Seventies
  • Shaped Like What It Sells: A client, Beebee Gallini, freaks Mike out when she asks him to design her makeup factory first in the shape of a powder puff, then a lipstick, and finally a compact, complete with hinged roof.
  • Shoot the Money: Episodes took the Bradys on location to Grand Canyon and Hawaii.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Frequently.
  • Sleeping Single: Although not the first, one of the earliest complete aversions, as Mike and Carol were always depicted sleeping together.
    • They are considered the Trope Codifier, however; the Ur Example was an earlier show called Mary Kay and Johnny, but since almost no footage of that show survives, for most people, Mike and Carol are the earliest couple who avert Sleeping Single they remember (others are debated in odd says with various versions of the Weirdness Coupon, such as Fred and Wilma Flintstone being animated, Samantha Stephens being a witch, and Herman and Lily Munster technically not being considered human.)
  • Stereo Fibbing
  • The Stool Pigeon: The theme for this trope is in the season two episode "The Tattle-Tale".
  • Sudden Humility: A bully is teasing Cindy for having a lisp, so Peter knocks his front teeth out. Now he has a lisp.
  • Superstition Episode:
    • When the Brady Bunch went to Hawaii, they found this cursed tiki necklace that caused things to go wrong.
    • In one of the last episodes all the kids suddenly think that Cousin Oliver is a jinx — bad stuff happens when he's around. They get de-convinced of that when they take a tour of a movie studio and Oliver is the Umpteenth Customer, so they get to make a real movie.
  • Teen Idol: Barry Williams was one throughout the entire series, but especially from the second season onward. Maureen McCormick and Chris Knight later became ones as their characters entered high school in the fourth and fifth seasons, respectively.
    • The fifth season episode, "Adios, Johnny Bravo," briefly pokes fun at the teen pop star phenomenon — ironic, as the kids were all (occasionally) performers from the third season onward, and had a real-life touring act during off-production times.
  • This Is My Side
  • Treehouse of Fun: The kids briefly had a treehouse, just long enough for Bobby to sprain his ankle climbing up, developing a fear of heights.
    • The entire series of The Brady Kids took place in the treehouse, since that conveniently kept them from having to show Mike, Carol, and Alice (although Superman did show up once.)(Most likely a Filmation-verse cross-over).
  • Two-Timer Date
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance:
    • Alice's cousin Emma in "Sergeant Emma"
    • Connie Hutchins and Judge Hank Brady, Carol's grandmother and Mike's grandfather in "You're Never Too Old"
    • Cleaning out the attic they discover an old photograph of a great-aunt who looked exactly like Jan when she was her age. They invite the aunt for a visit to see what Jan will look like in 60 years - it's Imogene Coca.
  • Unexpected Positive: Carol lets the doctor check her tonsils to show Cindy that it won't hurt. Turns out Carol and Cindy both need their tonsils out.
  • Vacation Episode: Season 3 started with a three-episode trip to the Grand Canyon, while season 4 had a similar arc in Hawaii. A season 5 episode takes them to King's Island in Cincinnati.
  • Very Special Episode: There was an aesop in every episode to be sure. But the episodes involving Peter's one week long voice change, and Greg's one day long smoking habit were both treated fairly seriously.
  • Wedlock Block: In one of the movies, the parents are reluctant to officially approve Jan's marriage plans because Marcia is single. Marcia explains this problem to a random male stranger she meets...resulting in a Fourth Date Double Marriage with Jan and her beau.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: A double example. The pilot introduced the boys' dog Tiger and the girls' cat Fluffy. Fluffy disappeared immediately afterward, but Tiger stuck around for a few more episodes; it was later revealed that the canine performer who played Tiger was hit by a car and killed, and they elected not to replace him. They did, however, keep the doghouse in the Bradys' yard for the rest of the series.
    • Because a stage light fell down and damaged the astroturf at that point in the yard and the producers had to cover it up.
    • The family literally wonders what happened to the mouse in an episode about practical joking.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Humorously played in "Bobby's Hero," where Bobby realizes — through a dream sequence where Jesse James shoots and kills his entire family, including his 11-year-old sister Cindy — that the famed outlaw he was trying to worship as a hero was nothing but a "mean, dirty killer."
    • The Nightmare Fuel was because he had just met a man, who was clearly in his 70s or 80s, whose father was actually killed by Jesse James.
  • You Look Familiar: Chris Beaumont, a teen actor of the late 1960s and early 1970s, plays four different characters – always, opposite Barry Williams' Greg – during the final four seasons. Chris first appeared in Season 2's "Our Son, the Man" as a high school senior Greg tries to emulate (none too well). In Season 3, he was slick-talking Eddie in "The Wheeler Dealer," who tries to sell him a wreck of a used car. Season 4's season finale was "A Room at the Top," where Chris' Hank is a college sophomore and one of Greg's buddies (no indication if he's the same kid that Greg encountered a couple of years earlier, but still ... ). But perhaps Chris' most prominent, best-received role was that as the unethical quarterback Jerry Rogers in "Quarterback Sneak."

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