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The Brady Bunch Hour

  • Disowned Adaptation: Sherwood Schwartz had no involvement with the show and let it be known how much he loathed it. Ironically, this is the only Brady project Robert Reed actually enjoyed doing, specifically because the Schwartzes weren't involved.
  • The Other Darrin: Eve Plumb, the original Jan Brady, initially agreed to take part, but balked at ABC's contract demand requiring her to commit to 13 episodes, with a possible 5-year deal beyond that. Unable to work out a compromise, Plumb left. Geri Reischl was chosen out of 1,500 auditionees to take over as Jan.note  Since the show only lasted nine episodes, Plumb was ultimately vindicated. Reischl is "fondly" remembered to this day as Fake Jan, even referring to herself as such on her own website!
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  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Rights issues with Sid & Marty Krofft Productions and several musicians prohibited CBS/Paramount from including the Variety Hour in the Brady Bunch franchise's 50th Anniversary DVD boxset.
  • Troubled Production: To the extent that there was a book written about it. Besides the usual struggles in mounting a variety show, and the questionable quality of the material, there was also Hostility on the Set. Florence Henderson, with her Broadway background, viewed the show as an important showcase for her talents, and created some tension when she accused the others of not taking things seriously enough. Deeply religious Ann B. Davis resented working with flamboyantly gay Rip Taylor. And Maureen McCormick began behaving erratically, leading to rumors of drug problems (which she later confirmed in her autobiography). After an incident where McCormick just didn't even bother showing up for a taping, Marty Krofft gave a her long "The Reason You Suck" Speech in front of the rest of the cast and crew.

The Brady Brides

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: From 2007 to 2018, this show remained the only Brady Bunch spin-off completely unavailable on DVD; subverted when CBS put it in the franchise's 50th Anniversary boxset.
  • Old Shame: The intro has Mike's face blurred because Robert Reed didn't enjoy this show.
  • The Original Darrin: Eve Plumb takes the role of Jan back from Geri Reischl, helping turn Brady Brides into the only spinoff to reunite all of the original nine cast members.


A Very Brady Christmas

  • The Other Darrin: Fake Cindy (Susan Olsen was off on her honeymoon) and Fake Sam the Butcher (Allan Melvin had retired from live acting after Archie Bunker's Place ended, though he continued to voice act).

The Bradys

  • Follow the Leader: Many reviewers felt that the creators were trying to create a 1990s Eight is Enough. Others thought it was trying to capitalize on the success of thirtysomething, leading it to be nicknamed Bradysomething by the press.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: After 2007's The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series DVD included "The Brady 500" on the last disc, it took 12 more years for CBS to release the other episodes on DVD.
  • The Original Darrin: Susan Olsen takes back the role of Cindy.
  • The Other Darrin: Fake Marcia. Even in the opening credits, which pays homage to the classic square intro from the parent series; the young Maureen McCormick is replaced in her square by a young child who is a very obvious stand-in.
  • 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 Chronicle

  • In Memoriam: The last credit is a picture of Robert Reed with the caption "Dedicated to the Man Named Brady".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Paramount's general tendency not to include bonus features on Brady Bunch DVDs leaves this special, aired before DVD even existed, in limbo.

Growing Up Brady

  • Real-Life Relative: Mike Lookinland (Bobby) himself participated in the making of Growing Up Brady, albeit on the other side of the camera. In the movie, he was played by his son Scott.

A Very Brady Renovation

  • Milestone Celebration: Premiered a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Brady Bunch's ABC debut.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: HGTV encouraged viewers to send some of their '70s knick-knacks to the house, especially ones that happened to come from the Paramount sets.
  • The Original Darrin: Maureen McCormick returns, though technically as herself, not as Marcia. This is the first time since 1981 that all six Brady kids have appeared onscreen together.
  • Promoted Fanboy: The renovators constantly express their love of The Brady Bunch and their excitement to work alongside the former Brady Kids.
  • Prop Recycling: Paramount furnishes the house with props from the original show and the movies.

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