Trivia / The Brady Bunch

Trivia for the TV show

  • Actor Allusion: In part 2 of the Grand Canyon arc, Alice says the Native American word for "hi" will come in handy if she ever runs into Tonto. In part 3, they meet a native boy whose father is played by Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto.
  • Bad "Bad Acting" / Lost in Character: In And Now a Word From Our Sponsor; how the Bradys perform on the day of shooting, disgusting Farnum and leading him to fire them.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!!" is said more times on this page (twice) than it was on the actual show (once). As with many other so-called catchphrases, it entered the popular consciousness through parodies: first Saturday Night Livenote , and then The Brady Bunch Movie.
    • Confessions; Confessions: As with the even-more famous "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!", the lines "Mom's favorite vase!" and "Mom always said don't play ball in the house" are uttered once. (They are repeated, yes, but through Peter's nightmare.)
  • Cast Incest: Barry Williams (Greg) went out to dinner once with Florence Henderson (his TV-(step)mom) and the media made a bigger deal out of it than it actually was. A full-fledged relationship did not come of it, but came to a head at one of the many reunions when Barry straight-up made out with her, as "something I've been meaning to do for a long time". Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick also got hot and heavy, as did Chris Knight and Eve Plumb. Finally, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen had a fake marriage as little kids, which ended when Mike developed a crush on Eve.
    • Mike and Susan dissolved their fake marriage with a fake divorce, which they figured was doing the marriage ceremony backwards.
  • 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 Mc Cormick had genuine singing talent.(Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen also had decent voices, and Eve Plumb was OK, but Chris Knight was—by his own admission—a terrible singer.)
  • The Danza: Linda Gibboney plays Sandy's cousin Linda in Peter and the Wolf.
  • Defictionalization: Gilligan’s penultimate episode of The X-Files, "Sunshine Days". In that episode, the production team had lovingly recreated the house from The Brady Bunch in L.A., which briefly became a tourist attraction for all the geeks in the television industry.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Robert Reed directed four episodes.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Mike Lookinland (Bobby) is a natural blond.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Averted in "The Cincinnati Kids". Had Robert Reed not suggested that a test run be done first before filming the scene where the family rides the Racer roller coaster, one of his fellow cast members would have had their head smashed (and likely have gotten killed) by a camera that wasn't properly mounted on the train car.
  • First Appearance: Of Sam Franklin, the owner of Sam's Butcher Shop where the Bradys get all their meat and Alice finds her boyfriend and future husband. Veteran character actor Allan Melvin took on what became one of his two signature roles (the other being Barney Hefner in All in the Family).
  • Method Acting: And Now a Word From Our Sponsor displays this to the extreme, particularly by Mike and Carol after they take lessons from acting coach Myrna Carter, who is a bad, bad actress and couldn't teach a pencil how to draw.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The only reason Robert Reed signed on.
    • This is not true. This may be the only reason he stayed with the show, but he said before he died that the show was pitched to him as being more adult and less like Gilligan's Island, which was why he agreed to do it.
    • Another reason he stayed with the show was that he had grown fond of the cast and treated the children like they were his own.
    • Also, as a Paramount contract player during the waning days of the studio system, he was obligated to do the pilot.
  • 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).
  • Real-Life Relative: Robert Reed's daughter in an episode centering on the girls having a sleepover.
    • Sherwood Schwartz's daughter, in the same episode.
  • Shoot the Money: Episodes took the Bradys on location to Grand Canyon and Hawaii.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Of the film Yours, Mine, and Ours.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • The Underground Movie: Super 8 movie cameras were the "in" thing in 1970, and the fact that this is a camera that also records sound made it even cooler. Of course, 8-mm films and the projectors used to play the films have long since bit the dust, replaced by video cameras and eventually camera phones. Additionally, until the advent of today's iPads (including those with movie-making applications) being issued to students, movies and videos as school projects was relatively novel.
  • The Other Darrin: Most famously, Geri Reischl as "Fake Jan" in The Brady Bunch Hour
    • As well as Cindy in A Very Brady Christmas and Marcia in The Bradys. The Brady Girls Get Married was the only project which reunited the entire original cast.
    • The Mexican Spanish dub of the TV series suffered one of the biggest casting shifts ever: Only the first three seasons were dubbed in Spanish in the 70s, since the series was canceled possibly due to low ratings in Mexico. The last two seasons weren't dubbed until the 2000s (about 26 years after the TV series ended both in the U.S. and when the series was canceled in Mexico) and when they dubbed the last seasons, they have to replace the entire cast, since almost all the original voice cast are retired from voice acting or dead.
    • Starting with midway through the first episode (due to the real Tiger's death before the essential scenes were taped), and continuing through to his final appearance in late 1970, a number of dogs played "Tiger." None of them worked out, and since the focus was more on the human members of the family, Tiger was ultimately retired.
  • What Could Have Been: Schwartz originally wanted Gene Hackman to play Mike but the network turned him down because he was too familiar.
    • Actually, Hackman was mostly unknown when the Brady Bunch was first cast; with Paramount more or less pushing Reed (still under contract to the studio) to be castnote . At one point, Jeffrey Hunter (best known for his roles as Jesus in 1961's King of Kings and as Captain Christopher Pike in the original Star Trek: The Original Series pilot The Cage) was also considered for the Mike Brady role before his death in May 1969.
  • Word of God: While the pilot episode makes it clear that Mike's first wife had passed away, Sherwood Schwartz has said that Carol was divorced. It was never brought up on the show since divorce was taboo at the time.
  • Write Who You Know: In And Now a Word From Our Sponsor; this is how Skip Farnum envisioned the Bradys when he hired them, expecting natural performances.
  • 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."

Trivia for the movies

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Dr. Whiteman offers Trevor a macadamia nut, in reference to when actor John Hillerman was the spokesperson for Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts. In addition, it's not the first time Hillerman has been seen hanging around a Hawaiian mansion.
    • Tim Matheson played another adventurer in Jonny Quest.
  • Casting Gag: Tim Matheson, who played Roy/Trevor, previously played one of the children in Yours Mine and Ours, the movie that inspired The Brady Bunch.
  • Dawson Casting: Christine Taylor (Marcia), Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan), and Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg) were all in their twenties when cast. Interestingly, Cox is actually older than Taylor in real life.
  • Edited for Syndication: Some "family friendly" networks remove the Mushroom Samba, cutting directly to disheveled Roy waking up the next day, late for the auction.
  • Follow the Leader: Although the Dragnet movie did it first, it was the success of this film that inspired other big screen remakes to lampoon their source material rather than play it straight. Films such as Starsky & Hutch, I Spy, The Green Hornet, and 21 Jump Street, to name a few.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Christine Taylor has admitted to feeling so bad for being mean to Jennifer Elise Cox in-character as Marcia that she kept repeatedly apologizing to her in between takes.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The trailer for the first movie showed Peter delivering his Humphrey Bogart impression ("Porkshops and appleschause") to one of the girls at school. The original trailer for the second movie featured two gags involving the Brady Bunch grid: one in which the clan breaks the fourth wall to exclaim, "We're back!", and one in which Trevor walks into Mike's square.
  • The Other Darrin: Since The Brady Bunch in the White House came six years after A Very Brady Sequel, all of the kids received new actors. Alice received one as well.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Now that The '90s are as far in the past as The '70s were when the movies were made.
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