In the small frontier town of Seattle, lonely lumberjacks threaten to leave the area due to the lack of women. To save his business, logging company boss Jason Bolt (Robert Brown) promises to bring 100 marriageable women to the town and get them to stay for a year. Sawmill owner Aaron Stempel (Mark Lenard) pays for the women's journey as a wager - if the women leave Seattle within the year, Stempel wins Bridal Veil Mountain, home of the Bolt logging company. Jason and his brothers Joshua (David Soul) and Jeremy (Bobby Sherman) recruit the women from Massachusetts and work to keep them in Seattle, despite Stempel's efforts to sabotage the deal.
Here Come the Brides contains examples of:
- Alliterative Family: Jason, Joshua, and Jeremy.
- And Starring: Starring Robert Brown, co-starring Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Bridget Hanley, Mark Lenard, and Joan Blondell as Lottie.
- Blind Date: In "A Jew named Sullivan," the women find out that one of them is Jewish, so they try to set her up with the only Jewish man in town.
- Casino Episode: "A Hard Card to Play," in which a professional gambler and his wife come to Seattle. The town charter forbids gambling, so the two set up shop on Captain Clancey's ship, and all the loggers come to gamble. Clancey ends up betting the ship and losing, and the Bolts have to put themselves even deeper in debt to Stempel to borrow the money to win it back. It turns out Stempel invited the gamblers to Seattle as part of a ploy to win the mountain. Joshua manages to win enough at poker to pay off their new debt to Stempel.
- Christmas Episode: "A Christmas Place," in which a woman gives birth to a son on Christmas Day. Two young girls think that the baby will be killed on Easter, like Jesus, so they kidnap the baby, planning to smuggle him to San Francisco, where no one will know he's a Christmas baby.
- Death by Childbirth:
- A dog dies this way shortly after the women arrive. This causes them to worry that the same thing will happen to them, so Jason travels to San Francisco to find a doctor.
- The two girls from "A Christmas Place" lost their mother and their baby brother this way a year before the episode takes place.
- Dramatic Slip: In "A Crying Need," Jeremy clears a log jam with dynamite, but trips as he's running away. He makes it far enough that he only gets a concussion.
- The Drunken Sailor: Recurring character Captain Clancey, who transported the women to Seattle.
- Karma Houdini: The girls from "A Christmas Place" cause the town an enormous amount of grief and heartache, with even Jason wondering if the baby's disappearance is a sign to give up on Seattle, and Stempel urging calm despite his stake in seeing the protagonists fail. Yet for all of this, there is no scene or mention of their being punished or chastised or even corrected on their unique interpretation of the Gospels. When the epilogue comes, the girls are standing smiling by the baby's crib, and the mother even asks them to teach her husband how to change a diaper.
- Lysistrata Gambit: In "The Stand Off," Stempel buys a large plot of land that includes a road the loggers regularly use, complete with hired goons to beat up trespassers. The men keep trying to sneak through the area, and keep getting themselves beaten up. After a few days the women get sick of seeing them injured, so they agree to withhold all affection, from sex to hand-holding.
- The Mutiny: The women briefly mutiny early in the voyage because they didn't realize they would be stuck on a mule ship for six months. The Bolts talk them out of it.
- No-Sell: In "The Stand Off," the hired goon Ox agrees to let Jason strike the first blow. Jason punches him in the stomach, but Ox barely reacts. Cue Oh, Crap! from Jason as he realizes what's about to happen.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Big Swede's real name, Olaf Gustavson, is rarely used by anyone except Miss Essie.
- Only One Name: Former slave Ox from "The Stand Off."Jason: I didn't catch your name.
Jason: Ox. Is that like Joe Ox, or Ox Jones, or-
Ox: It's like Ox. Just Ox.
- Operation: Jealousy: After Big Swede and his girlfriend Miss Essie have an argument in "Lovers and Wanderers," Big Swede tries to win her back by flirting with some of the brides. His plan backfires, and Miss Essie stops talking to him. Heartbroken, Big Swede leaves town, and Miss Essie starts flirting with Jason in the hopes of making Big Swede jealous when he returns. This backfires even worse - the other lumberjacks think Jason fired Big Swede to steal his woman, and they all protest by going on strike.
- Snake Oil Salesman: A traveling salesman named Merlin comes to Seattle in "A Man and His Magic." He tricks the townspeople into thinking that he stopped the rain and prevented a flood, then swindles them out of their money by selling things like lust-inducing perfume and Elixir Vitae. He flees town as soon as it starts raining again.
- Speech Impediment: Jeremy's stutter.
- Stutter Stop: Merlin from "A Man and His Magic" is able to cure Jeremy's stutter because Jeremy believes in his powers more than anyone else. When Merlin is exposed as a fraud, Jeremy's faith is shattered, and his stutter returns in full force.
- Team Hand-Stack: The brothers do this after making plans in some episodes.
- Teen Idol: All three of the brothers, although Robert Brown was way up at the top end of the teen idol age range. Most teenage girls were enamored of Bobby Sherman, but some preferred David Soul (which turned out to be a wise choice). Bridget Hanley, as Jeremy's love interest and the unofficial leader of the Brides, was the show's female teen idol.
- Through His Stomach: One woman woos one of the lumberjacks by describing all the dishes she knows how to make.
- Title Drop: After Jason says grace aboard the ship, he says, "Gangway, Lord, here come the brides!"
- Title Theme Drop: The theme song, "Seattle," is occasionally worked into the soundtrack.
- Wedding Day:
- Ethan and Betty try to get married in "Letter of the Law," but their marriage is interrupted by the overly-strict new sheriff, who arrests Ethan for theft committed years ago.
- Big Swede and Essie get married in "Lovers and Wanderers."
- Sully and Rachel have a Jewish wedding in "A Jew Named Sullivan." Clancey can't pronounce Hebrew, so he just gives a summary of what he's supposed to say in English.
- Whole Episode Flashback: In "After a Dream, Comes Mourning," Biddie interviews Clancey about the events of the days after the brides arrived in Seattle. Clancey describes how the men had forgotten to prepare housing for the women and had to build a dormitory in a few days.