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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.
  • 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 9 episodes, Plumb was ultimately vindicated.
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  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Rights issues with Sid and Marty Kroft 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. Ann B. Davis resented working with 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 she 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.
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The Brady Brides

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: From 2007-2019, 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.

A Very Brady Christmas

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 another 12 years for CBS to release the other episodes on DVD.
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  • 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 by 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: CBS/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.
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