The Brady Bunch

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The Brady Bunch
Season five opening (1973–74)
Genre Sitcom
Created by Sherwood Schwartz
Theme music composer
Opening theme
Composer(s) Frank De Vol
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 117 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sherwood Schwartz
  • Howard Leeds
  • Sherwood Schwartz
  • Lloyd Schwartz
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25–26 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 26, 1969 (1969-09-26) – March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
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The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975.[1] While the series was never a critical or ratings success during its original run, it has since become a popular staple in syndication, especially among children and teenaged viewers.

The Brady Bunch's success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour (1976–77), The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), The Brady Brides (1981), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Bradys (1990). In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film. In 1997, "Getting Davy Jones" (season three, episode 12) was ranked number 37 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time.[2]


In 1966, following the success of his TV series Gilligan's Island, Sherwood Schwartz conceived the idea for The Brady Bunch after reading in The Los Angeles Times that "30% of marriages [in the United States] have a child or children from a previous marriage." He set to work on a pilot script for a series tentatively titled Mine and Yours.[3] Schwartz then developed the script to include three children for each parent. While Mike Brady is depicted as being a widower, Schwartz originally wanted the character of Carol Brady to have been a divorcée, but the network objected to this. A compromise was reached whereby Carol's marital status (whether she was divorced or widowed) was never directly revealed.

Schwartz shopped the series to the "big three" television networks of the era. ABC, CBS, and NBC all liked the script, but each network wanted changes before they would commit to filming, so Schwartz shelved the project.[4] Although similarities exist between the series and two 1968 theatrical release films, United Artists' Yours, Mine and Ours (starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball) and CBS's With Six You Get Eggroll (starring Brian Keith and Doris Day), the original script for The Brady Bunch predated the scripts for both of these films. Nonetheless, the outstanding success of the United Artists film (the 11th-highest grossing film of 1968) was a factor in ABC's decision to order episodes for the series.[3]

After receiving a commitment for 13 weeks of television shows from ABC in 1968, Schwartz hired film and television director John Rich to direct the pilot, cast the six children from 264 interviews during that summer, and hired the actors to play the mother role (whose maiden name was Tyler and first married name was Martin), the father role, and the housekeeper role.[5] As the sets were built on Paramount Television stage 5, adjacent to the stage where H.R. Pufnstuf was filmed by Sid and Marty Krofft, who later produced The Brady Bunch Hour,[6] the production crew prepared the back yard of a home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, as the Tyler home's exterior location to shoot the chaotic backyard wedding scene. Filming of the pilot began on Friday, October 4, 1968, and lasted eight days.


Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with three sons, Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight), and Bobby (Mike Lookinland), marries Carol Martin (Florence Henderson), who herself has three daughters: Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb), and Cindy (Susan Olsen). The wife and daughters take the Brady surname. Included in the blended family are Mike's live-in housekeeper, Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis), and the boys' dog, Tiger. The setting is a large, suburban, two-story house designed by Mike, in a Los Angeles suburb.[7]

In the first season, awkward adjustments, accommodations, gender rivalries, and resentments inherent in blended families dominate the stories. In an early episode, Carol tells Bobby that the only "steps" in their household lead to the second floor (in other words, that the family contains no "stepchildren", only "children"). Thereafter, the episodes focus on typical preteen and teenaged adjustments such as sibling rivalry, puppy love, self image, character building, and responsibility.

Cast and characters


The regular cast appeared in an opening title sequence in which video head shots were arranged in a three-by-three grid, with each cast member appearing to look at the other cast members. The sequence used the then-new "multi-dynamic image technique" created by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Chapman; as a result of the popular attention it garnered in this sequence, it has been referred to in the press as "the Brady Bunch effect".[8][9] In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show's opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TV's top-10 credits sequences, as selected by readers.[10]

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Recurring characters

  • Sam Franklin (Allan Melvin) is Alice's boyfriend. He is the owner of a local butcher shop. Sam appears in only eight episodes, but they span all five seasons. He is also frequently mentioned in dialogue, and Alice occasionally goes on dates with him off-screen. By the time of the 1981 made-for-TV movie The Brady Girls Get Married, Alice and Sam are married.
  • Tiger the dog – the original dog that played Tiger was hit by a florist truck and killed early in the first season.[11] A replacement dog proved problematic, so the producers decided the dog would only appear when essential to the plot. Tiger appeared in about half the episodes in the first season and about half a dozen episodes in the second season. Tiger seemingly vanished without an explanation and was not shown again after "The Impractical Joker" (last episode shown with Tiger) and "What Goes Up" (last episode made with Tiger).
  • Mr. Phillips (Jack Collins) is Mike's boss at the architectural firm. He appears in only three episodes, all during season two, but is often mentioned in other episodes when issues occur around Mike's work.
  • Cousin Oliver (Robbie Rist) – in the middle of season five, producers added a new character named Oliver, Carol Brady's young nephew, who was sent to live with the Bradys while his parents were living in South America. The character was added in an attempt to fill the age gap left by the maturing Brady children – the youngest (Susan Olsen) was 12 years old during the show's final season. Lloyd Schwartz, son of creator and executive producer Sherwood Schwartz, later admitted that the character threw off the balance of the show and said that fans regarded the character as an interloper. Oliver appeared in the final six episodes of season five, which proved to be the final season, as ABC cancelled the series in 1974. The addition of the character has been cited as the moment the series "jumped the shark".[12] The term "Cousin Oliver" has been used to describe the addition of a young character to a series in an attempt to save a series from cancellation.[13]

Notable guest stars

Davy Jones with Maureen McCormick in the 1971 The Brady Bunch episode "Getting Davy Jones".
  • Herbert Anderson (known for playing Dennis's father in the 1960s sitcom Dennis the Menace) as a doctor who comes to treat the boys' measles in "Is There a Doctor in the House?" (season one)
  • Melissa Sue Anderson, who later rose to fame playing Mary Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, played Millicent, a girl who gives Bobby his first kiss ("Never Too Young", season five)
  • Desi Arnaz, Jr. (teen heartthrob son of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball) meets Marcia, who had written about him in her diary in "The Possible Dream" (season one)
  • Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island) appears three times in the series, twice in two of the three Grand Canyon episodes, "Ghost Town U.S.A." and "Grand Canyon or Bust", playing Zaccariah T. Brown, who mistakenly thinks the Bradys are jumping his gold claim and locks them in a ghost-town jail, and in "The Hustler" (season five) playing Mike's second boss, Mr. Harry Matthews
  • Ken Berry (known for F Troop, Mayberry RFD and Mama's Family). In 1973 Sherwood Schwartz wrote a Brady Bunch spin-off called Kelly's Kids, which featured Berry as the adoptive father of three diverse boys (black, white, and Asian). The pilot failed to interest ABC.
  • Imogene Coca (known for Your Show of Shows and one of the cast members of Sherwood Schwartz's It's About Time TV series) plays the Brady girls' great-aunt Jenny, whom Jan fears she will grow up to resemble after seeing a childhood photo of her in "Jan's Aunt Jenny" (season three)
  • Don Drysdale (Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher) tries to inject reality into Greg's dreams of being a professional baseball player in "The Dropout" (season two)
  • Don Ho (Hawaiian singer) meets Cindy and Bobby and serenaded Cindy in Honolulu in "Hawaii Bound" (part one of a three-part season-four episode, filmed on location in Hawaii)
  • Davy Jones (of The Monkees) performs at a music studio and then takes Marcia to her school dance in "Getting Davy Jones" (season three) (he also satirized his cameo decades later in The Brady Bunch Movie).
  • Deacon Jones (Los Angeles Rams defensive end) encourages Peter's singing in "The Drummer Boy" (season two).
  • E. G. Marshall as Mr. J.P. Randolph, Marcia's school principal in "The Slumber Caper" (season two) (Marshall and Robert Reed co-starred in The Defenders in 1961–65 – making this a reunion of the two).
  • Bart La Rue, immortalized in Star Trek history as the iconic voice of the Guardian of Forever, played a sports coach in the (season two) episodes "Click" and "The Drummer Boy".
  • Brigadier General James McDivitt (NASA astronaut) signs autographs for Peter and Bobby after appearing on a talk show in "Out of This World" (season five).
  • Joe Namath (New York Jets quarterback) visits Bobby because he thought that Bobby had a terminal illness in "Mail Order Hero" (season five).
  • Wes Parker (Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman) meets Mike and Greg in Greg's math classroom, thus curing Greg of the crush he had on his teacher Miss Linda O'Hara (played by Gigi Perreau), Parker's fiancée in "The Undergraduate" (season one).
  • Vincent Price (horror film actor) appears twice in the series in two of the three Hawaii episodes, "Pass the Tabu", and "The Tiki Caves" from season four, playing the villainous Professor Hubert Whitehead, who holds the Brady boys hostage.
  • Marion Ross (later known as Mrs. Cunningham in Happy Days) appears as a doctor who comes to treat the girls' measles in "Is There a Doctor in the House?" (season one).
  • Natalie Schafer (Lovey Howell in Gilligan's Island) is Mike's fussy client, Penelope Fletcher, who is charmed by Cindy's impromptu 'Shirley Temple' routine in "The Snooperstar" (season five).
  • Marcia Wallace played a salesclerk in "Would the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up" (season two) and "Mrs. Robbins" in "Getting Davy Jones" (season three).
  • Rita Wilson (actress and wife of Tom Hanks) Wilson's career began with a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch in the 1972 episode "Greg's Triangle," where she played one of the candidates running against Marcia for head cheerleader.
  • Paul Winchell (ventriloquist and actor; Winchell-Mahoney Time, voice of "Tigger" in Winnie-the-Pooh) appears as Skip Farnum, the TV commercial director in "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor" (season three).

Production notes

Theme song and credits sequence

The theme song, penned by Schwartz and Frank De Vol, and originally arranged, sung, and performed by Paul Parrish, Lois Fletcher, and John Beland[not in citation given] under the name the Peppermint Trolley Company,[14] quickly communicated to audiences that the Bradys were a blended family. The Brady family is shown in a tic-tac-toe board with Carol on the top center, Alice in the middle block, and Mike on bottom middle. To the right are three blocks with the boys from the oldest on top to the youngest. To the left are three blocks with the girls from the oldest to the youngest. In season two, the Brady kids took over singing the theme song. In season three, the boys sing the first verse, girls sing the second verse, and all sing together for the third and last verse. The sequence was created and filmed by Howard A. Anderson, Jr., a visual effects pioneer who worked on the title sequences for many popular television series.[15]

The end credits feature an instrumental version of the theme song's third verse. In season one, it was recorded by the Peppermint Trolley Company. From season two on, the theme was recorded in-house by Paramount musicians.

The Brady house

The house used in exterior shots, which bears little relation to the interior layout of the Bradys' home, is located in Studio City, within the city limits of Los Angeles. According to a 1994 article in the Los Angeles Times, the San Fernando Valley house was built in 1959 and selected as the Brady residence because series creator Schwartz felt it looked like a home where an architect would live.[16] A false window was attached to the front's A-frame section to give the illusion that it had two full stories.[17] Contemporary establishing shots of the house were filmed with the owner's permission for the 1990 TV series The Bradys. The owner refused to allow Paramount to restore the property to its 1969 look for The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995, so a facade resembling the original home was built around an existing house.

In the series, the address of the house was given as 4222 Clinton Way (as read aloud by Carol from an arriving package in the first-season episode entitled "Lost Locket, Found Locket").[18] Although no city was ever specified, it was presumed from references to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Rams, and a Hollywood movie studio, among many others, that the Bradys lived in Southern California, most likely Los Angeles or one of its suburbs.[19][20]

The interior of the Brady house was used at least three times for other Paramount shows, twice for Mannix and once for Mission: Impossible, while The Brady Bunch was in production. In the case of Mission: Impossible, the Brady furniture was also used.[21][22][23] A re-creation of the Brady house was constructed for the X-Files episode "Sunshine Days", which also revolved around The Brady Bunch.


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The Brady Bunch is a sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz.[24] The show follows Mike Brady (Robert Reed), a widowed architect with sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland). Mike marries Carol Martin (Florence Henderson), whose daughters from her previous marriage are Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen). They all move into the house designed by Mike in southern California.[24] Also living with them is the housekeeper, Alice (Ann B. Davis), and the dog, Tiger.

The series premiered on ABC on September 26, 1969. The series ran for five seasons, with all 117 episodes originally airing on Fridays. The series ran in the 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern time slot, with the exception of season two, which aired at 7:30 p.m.[24][25] Throughout its original run The Brady Bunch received mostly negative reviews and never broke into the Nielsen top thirty.[25] Ratings, however, were moderate enough to remain for five seasons. Ratings began to dip in season five, and in order to boost viewership of its much-needed younger audience, Schwartz introduced a new character: the Bradys' cousin Oliver (Robbie Rist) late in the season. Schwartz's plan failed, and the series was canceled before the start of the 1974 fall season.[24]

Of the nine main cast members, only Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis and Barry Williams appear in all 117 episodes. Robert Reed does not appear in two episodes ("Goodbye, Alice, Hello" in season 4, and the series finale). Each of the other five Brady kids is absent from one of five different episodes during season two. The show also featured a number of guest stars of that era, such as Davy Jones, Desi Arnaz Jr., Vincent Price, Joe Namath and Deacon Jones.

The episodes aired on ABC in an order different from when they were produced. When put into syndication, the episodes began airing in the order in which they were made. On DVD releases the episodes are in the order in which they originally aired.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 25 September 26, 1969 (1969-09-26) March 20, 1970 (1970-03-20)
2 24 September 25, 1970 (1970-09-25) March 20, 1971 (1971-03-20)
3 23 September 17, 1971 (1971-09-17) March 10, 1972 (1972-03-10)
4 23 September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22) March 23, 1973 (1973-03-23)
5 22 September 14, 1973 (1973-09-14) March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)


Season 1 (1969–70)

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1 1 "The Honeymoon" John Rich Sherwood Schwartz September 26, 1969 (1969-09-26) 000

Michael Brady, an architect and widower with three sons (Greg, Peter and Bobby) marries Carol Ann Martin, a mother with three daughters (Marcia, Jan and Cindy). Mike and Carol have a chaotic backyard wedding, in which the boys' dog, Tiger, chases the girls' cat, Fluffy. Mike and Carol admonish their children, yelling at them to go catch their pets. The newlywed couple goes on a honeymoon later that day, while the children sit at home thinking that their parents hate them. While on their honeymoon, Mike and Carol realize that they were too hard on their children, and they decide to bring them along on the honeymoon. They also bring along Alice (the housekeeper), Tiger and Fluffy.

Notes: This was the pilot episode for The Brady Bunch. This is the only episode where Christopher Knight is credited as "Chris Knight". It is Fluffy's only appearance in the series. Mike, Alice and the Brady boys live in a different house to that seen in the rest of the series. Also, this is the first out of two episodes not to have an epilogue/closing joke (the other being season 4's "Greg Gets Grounded").

Guest stars: J. Pat O'Malley as Henry Tyler, Joan Tompkins as Mrs. Tyler, and Dabbs Greer as The Minister
2 2 "Dear Libby" John Rich Lois Hire October 3, 1969 (1969-10-03) 002
The kids worry when a published letter to the "Dear Libby" advice column from "Harried and Hopeless" mirrors the Bradys' new living situation. Thinking one of their parents wrote the letter the kids stay on their best behavior to ensure a harmonious domestic situation. Elizabeth "Dear Libby" Carter (Jo De Winter) pays a visit to the Brady home explaining she received seven similar letters from the same address: they are from "Kitty Karry-All" (Cindy), "Feeling Awful" (Bobby), "Desperately Worried" (Marcia), "Down in the Mouth" (Peter), "Real Frantic" (Jan), "Guilt Complex" (Greg), and, "Innocent Bystander" (Alice). Libby explains that the "Harried and Hopeless" letter originated from someone else, 2,000 miles away. Mike admits he also wrote a letter to "Dear Libby", but never sent it. Carol admits she did the same.
3 3 "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy" John Rich Joanna Lee October 10, 1969 (1969-10-10) 005

Cindy is starring in the school play The Frog Prince as the fairy princess. She is very excited at the thought of her entire family watching her in the play, but later she is heartbroken when she discovers that she can only bring one parent, and she has much difficulty picking between Mike and Carol.

Guest stars: Marjorie Stamp as Mrs. Engstrom, Tracy Reed as Miss Sherry Marlowe, Brian Forster as the elf
4 4 "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" John Rich Paul West October 17, 1969 (1969-10-17) 006
Alice discovers that the children are going to Carol with their problems instead of her. Thinking the family does not need her anymore, Alice invents a story about a "sick aunt in Seattle". Marcia and Jan overhear a phone conversation between Alice and her friend and discover the ruse. They tell their parents and the family devises a plan to get Alice to stay and are successful.
5 5 "Katchoo" John Rich William Cowley October 24, 1969 (1969-10-24) 004
Jan's allergies are acting up, so Carol keeps her home from school. Alice and Carol are worried, and Alice fears it might be Mike or one of the boys. When it seems that Jan is allergic to Tiger, the family fear they might have to lose their pet dog, until it is learned that Jan is only allergic to his new flea powder.
6 6 "A Clubhouse Is Not a Home" John Rich Skip Webster October 31, 1969 (1969-10-31) 001

Interpersonal relations among the kids reach a low after the boys refuse the girls entry to their clubhouse. Mike tries to reason with Carol that men sometimes need a place of their own. In the name of gender equality, Carol and the girls attempt to build their own clubhouse. They do a shoddy construction job and Cindy is nearly injured. Mike and the boys rebuild the clubhouse but the boys' clubhouse suddenly collapses. Bobby had pulled out the nails from the boys' clubhouse to finish the girls' clubhouse.

Guest stars: June Foray as Sandra (voice only; uncredited), Hans Conried as Lance (voice only; uncredited)

Note: This was the second episode filmed.
7 7 "Kitty Karry-All Is Missing" John Rich Al Schwartz & Bill Freedman November 7, 1969 (1969-11-07) 003
After Cindy and Bobby get mad at each other, Cindy loses her doll. She accuses Bobby of "doll-napping", while Bobby promises that he did not take it, this is not enough for Cindy. It causes a rift between boys (who believe Bobby is innocent) and girls (who believe Bobby is guilty). A mock trial is held for Bobby, during which Jan suddenly votes Bobby as innocent (against Marcia's expectations) and Peter votes Bobby as guilty (against Greg's expectations), which also causes a rift between Marcia and Jan and between Greg and Peter. Next, Bobby's kazoo goes missing, and he retaliates by blaming Cindy for stealing it. Bobby realizes that Cindy is very sad, and he spends all of his money on a new doll for her, but she will not accept it. After it goes missing too, the clues then lead to the real culprit: Tiger.
8 8 "A-Camping We Will Go" Oscar Rudolph Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart November 14, 1969 (1969-11-14) 012
Mike and the boys have gone camping once a year for several years and Carol and Mike insist on a camping trip for all the family. The girls do not want to participate, and the boys do not want them along either. The family trip starts out a failure, but things then improve.
9 9 "Sorry, Right Number" George Cahan Ruth Brooks Flippen November 21, 1969 (1969-11-21) 009

A huge phone bill prompts Mike to have a pay telephone installed to teach the kids a lesson in financial responsibility. His plan nearly backfires when he is forced to use the payphone to close a deal.

Note: This is the first appearance of Allan Melvin as the recurring role of Sam Franklin.

Guest star: Howard Culver as Mr. Crawford
10 10 "Every Boy Does It Once" Oscar Rudolph Lois Peyser & Arnold Peyser December 5, 1969 (1969-12-05) 014

After Bobby watches a television adaptation of "Cinderella," older stepsisters Marcia and Jan tease him, then Carol asks for his help in sweeping the chimney. Bobby reasons that what he just saw on TV was correct: All stepmothers and stepsisters are evil. So, feeling unloved and unwanted, he decides to run away.

Guest stars: Michael Lerner as Johnny, Larry McCormick as the TV announcer (voice only)
11 11 "Vote for Brady" David Alexander Elroy Schwartz December 12, 1969 (1969-12-12) 013
Marcia and Greg compete for class president. Partisanship overtakes the household, prompting Mike to step in and lecture the kids about unity. It's a talk Greg takes very seriously, particularly when his campaign manager Rusty (Stephen Liss) suggests stirring up rumors about Marcia. Greg rejects Rusty's suggestion and fires him. Marcia overhears this and realizes Greg has integrity and a sense of fair play, and decides to concede to Greg. Also, by the end, Cindy wins the position of crossing guard for a week, upsetting Bobby.
12 12 "The Voice of Christmas" Oscar Rudolph John Fenton Murray December 19, 1969 (1969-12-19) 015

In the show's only Christmas episode, Carol comes down with laryngitis and may not be able to sing at the holiday service. Cindy asks a department store Santa Claus (Hal Smith) for a miracle. The older children are also depressed by Carol's illness, prompting Alice to remind them of the true meaning of the holiday.

Featured Song: O Come All Ye Faithful sung by Florence Henderson. It was later featured in 1988 TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, sung by the whole family.
13 13 "Is There a Doctor in the House?" Oscar Rudolph Ruth Brooks Flippen December 26, 1969 (1969-12-26) 010
All six children have the measles. Carol calls the girls' usual doctor, a woman (Marion Ross), while Mike has called the boys' doctor: a man (Herbert Anderson). The girls prefer their usual doctor, and the boys prefer their doctor. They come to the conclusion that they can use both doctors, and it turns out that both doctors have decided to combine their practices.
14 14 "Father of the Year" George Cahan Skip Webster January 2, 1970 (1970-01-02) 007
Marcia nominates Mike as "Father of the Year" in a newspaper contest, but her actions to keep this secret results in several misunderstandings. She is first asked to do a few extra chores for being caught in Mike's den (past bedtime) where she is writing her letter for the contest. After not doing them to continue writing the secret entry, she is grounded for a week. Then when she sees the deadline for entry for the contest was the next day, she sneaks out to mail the letter. When she is caught outside well past her bedtime she is grounded from going with the family on a ski trip which was being planned in the subplot. Things are resolved when Mike is presented with the "Father of the Year" plaque and informed of how he won.
15 15 "54-40 and Fight" Oscar Rudolph Burt Styler January 9, 1970 (1970-01-09) 011

The girls and boys fight over 94 books of trading stamps; the boys want to redeem them for a rowboat while the girls want a sewing machine. The stamps must be used quickly as the trading stamp company is going out of business, and attempts to reach a compromise fail. Carol and Mike allow a deciding competition to be held: the building of a house of cards, with the winner to decide. The girls win, but their sense of compromise wins out and they buy a portable color television set.

Guest star: Herb Vigran as Harry
16 16 "Mike's Horror-Scope" David Alexander Ruth Brooks Flippen January 16, 1970 (1970-01-16) 016

Carol reads Mike's horoscope, which tells of a strange woman entering his life. Mike is besieged by fussy client Beebe Gallini (Abbe Lane) who monopolizes his time disrupting family activities. Beebe visits the Brady home and dictates impossible design specifications, but Mike ultimately loses the deal after the children's interruptions anger Beebe. Mike realizes losing the deal has saved his firm from a nervous breakdown.

Guest star: Joe Ross as Duane Cartwright (uncredited)
17 17 "The Undergraduate" Oscar Rudolph David P. Harmon January 23, 1970 (1970-01-23) 018
Greg seems to be having trouble with math. Mike and Carol discover that Greg's "math trouble" is actually him having a crush on his math teacher, Miss Linda O'Hara (Gigi Perreau). The situation is resolved when Miss O'Hara's fiancée, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team's first base player Wes Parker, promises Greg two tickets to the next season's opener if Greg promises to get an A in math.
18 18 "Tiger! Tiger!" Herb Wallerstein Elroy Schwartz January 30, 1970 (1970-01-30) 020

Bobby becomes upset when Tiger runs away, and the family searches for him. The kids all chip in money for Bobby to buy an ad and offer a reward. After the Brady's scour the area, Tiger is found at a neighbor's house, having fathered a litter of puppies.

Guest stars: Maggie Malooly as Mrs. Simpson, Gary Grimes as the young man
19 19 "The Big Sprain" Russ Mayberry Tam Spiva February 6, 1970 (1970-02-06) 021
While Carol is away caring for her sick Aunt Mary, Alice sprains her ankle after slipping on some Chinese Checkers left out by the kids. As punishment, the kids are all pressed into service to perform all the household chores. Things do not go so well at first, but through learning how to cooperate things improve markedly.
20 20 "Brace Yourself" Oscar Rudolph Brad Radnitz February 13, 1970 (1970-02-13) 020

Marcia tearfully frets "I'm ugly, ugly, ugly!" over her new braces. Then her date Alan Anthony (Mike Robertson) cancels, claiming that he has to go out of town with his parents to visit a relative. Greg, Mike and Alice make attempts to arrange replacement dates, but a lack of coordination ruins the plan. Then just before the night of the dance, Alan arrives to resume the date ... before showing off his new braces (which he had fitted after an accident with his bicycle).

Guest stars: Jerry Levreau as Harold Reynolds, Brian Nash as Joey Michaelson, John Daniels as Eddie the delivery courier, Molly Dodd as the sales clerk
21 21 "The Hero" Oscar Rudolph Elroy Schwartz February 20, 1970 (1970-02-20) 022

Peter learns a lesson in heroism and humility after being written up as "Hero of the Month" in the local newspaper for saving a young girl's life during an accident at Driscoll's Toy Shop. Peter is so enamored with his heroics that throws himself a congratulatory party. He is humbled when no one shows up.

Guest stars: Dani Nolan as Mrs. Spencer, Melanie Baker as Tina Spencer, Dave Morick as Earl Hopkins, Randy Lane as Steve, Susan Joyce as Jennifer, Iler Rasmussen as Jason, Joe Conley as the delivery courier
22 22 "The Possible Dream" Oscar Rudolph Al Schwartz & Bill Freedman February 27, 1970 (1970-02-27) 024

No thanks to Cindy, Marcia's diary gets mixed in with books for a charity drive, leading the family on a search for her diary. The reason for the frantic search, is that Marcia's worried someone will find out she has a crush on Desi Arnaz, Jr. In order to cheer Marcia up, Alice contacts Lucille Ball's housekeeper, and requests that the young Arnaz pay Marcia a visit.

Guest stars: Gordon Jump as Mr. Collins, Jonathan Hole as Mr. Thackery, Pat Patterson as the collection courier
23 23 "To Move or Not to Move" Oscar Rudolph Paul West March 6, 1970 (1970-03-06) 018

Mike considers selling the Bradys' undersized house when the children complain about a lack of room. However, the kids have second thoughts and pretend to be ghosts in order to scare off would-be buyers. The kids' efforts succeed, while Mike realizes how much the kids like the current home, even with the lack of space.

Guest stars: Fran Ryan as Mrs. Hunsaker, C. Lindsay Workman as Mr. Bertram Grossman
24 24 "The Grass Is Always Greener" George Cahan David P. Harmon March 13, 1970 (1970-03-13) 008

Carol and Mike switch roles to see who is better at the other's household chores. Just as Carol tries teaching baseball to her sons, only to give new meaning to the word incompetence, Mike tries to help Marcia with her cooking project in order to earn a Girl Scouts cooking badge, only to be the victim of several accidents in the kitchen.

Note: During the filming of this episode, Robert Reed took issue with Sherwood Schwartz's direction to slip on an egg.[24]
25 25 "Lost Locket, Found Locket" Norman Abbott Charles Hoffman March 20, 1970 (1970-03-20) 023
When Jan becomes depressed from a lack of attention, her spirits are lifted when she receives a locket from a secret admirer, however Jan loses the locket. Jan uses her detective skills to find it, and can't discover who sent it. Alice later confides in Jan that she sent the locket; she was a middle child and often felt left out too

Season 2 (1970–71)

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26 1 "The Dropout" Peter Baldwin Ben Gershman September 25, 1970 (1970-09-25) 026
Greg's ego runs amok after a compliment from Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team pitcher Don Drysdale. When Greg decides to dedicate his whole life to the sport, Mike invites Drysdale over to talk about the drawbacks of life on the road, making sure Greg overhears. However, it only convinces Greg more that he is the next big thing. It takes a 12-run shelling in his Pony League game to knock Greg back to reality.
27 2 "The Babysitters" Oscar Rudolph Bruce Howard October 2, 1970 (1970-10-02) 027

Greg and Marcia convince Mike and Carol that they can babysit Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy. Carol and Mike go out to a fancy restaurant and eventually both of them agree they need to go check on the kids. Meanwhile, the kids are doing fine. Then when Carol and Mike get home, Mike trips on a bike in the backyard. Marcia and Greg hear it and call the police. When the police arrive, Carol and Mike explain what had happened, while the kids watch through the window. Later, Carol and Mike go out to a movie and leave Greg and Marcia in charge.

Guest stars: Gil Stuart as the maitre d', Jerry Jones as a police officer (a second officer is uncredited)
28 3 "The Slumber Caper" Oscar Rudolph Tam Spiva October 9, 1970 (1970-10-09) 030

Marcia is accused by the school principal J. P. Randolph (E.G. Marshall) of drawing an unflattering picture of her English teacher Mrs Denton. Mike and Carol believe Marcia's claim she merely copied a portrait of George Washington and never wrote Denton's name on the picture. They allow Marcia to have her planned slumber party, but she still has to serve a week's detention at school. Marcia becomes convinced her best friend Jenny was the guilty party and "uninvites" her. Greg and his brothers conspire to disrupt the party and place itching powder in the girls' sleeping bags. While the girls clean up, Paula (Chris Charney), another one of Marcia's friends, admits she took the drawing and added the insulting remark. Marcia re-invites Jenny to the party.

Guest stars: Hope Sherwood (daughter of Sherwood Schwartz) as Jenny Wilton, Barbara Bernstein (daughter of Florence Henderson) as Ruthie, Carolyn Reed (daughter of Robert Reed) as Karen, and as Paula Tardy

Note: This episode reunites E. G. Marshall (who played Lawrence Preston) with Robert Reed (who played Kenneth Preston) from their former television series The Defenders from 1961 to 1965.
29 4 "The Un-Underground Movie" Jack Arnold Albert E. Lewin October 16, 1970 (1970-10-16) 029
Greg plans to make a documentary film about the first Thanksgiving for a school project, starring the Bradys and Alice. The family becomes too much for Greg because of their constant complaining, but later they realize how hard they had been on Greg. They apologize and promise to do whatever Greg says, and the movie is finally made.
30 5 "Going, Going... Steady" Oscar Rudolph David P. Harmon October 23, 1970 (1970-10-23) 025
Marcia's new boyfriend Harvey Klinger is a nerdy insect collector. The family initially helps Marcia win Harvey's affection, including tutoring her on bugs. When Marcia succeeds, Carol and Mike feel uneasy about Marcia starting to "go steady".
31 6 "Call Me Irresponsible" Hal Cooper Bruce Howard October 30, 1970 (1970-10-30) 033

Greg wants money to buy a new car so Mike hires him as an office assistant at Mike's architectural firm. Greg is fired on the first day after losing important blueprints at a newsstand. Mike convinces Ed Phillips to give Greg another chance, and Greg is rehired. Greg, however, loses a second set of plans, but manages to find them.

Notes: Jack Collins begins a recurring role for season two, as Ed Phillips. Susan Olsen (Cindy) does not appear in this episode.

Guest stars: Annette Ferra as Randy Peterson, Bob Peoples as Mr. Peterson, William "Billy" Benedict as the newsstand vendor, Barbara Morrison as the drama coach, Gordon Jump as the mechanic
32 7 "The Treasure of Sierra Avenue" Oscar Rudolph Gwen Bagni & Paul Dubov November 6, 1970 (1970-11-06) 028

The boys discover a wallet containing $1,100 in a vacant lot. The girls want a share of the money but the boys refuse, causing tension between the groups. Mike and Carol tell the kids that they must turn the wallet in to the police. In the process, the boys learn that honesty and integrity are more important in life than "finders keepers".

Guest star: Victor Kilian as Mr. Stoner
33 8 "A Fistful of Reasons" Oscar Rudolph Tam Spiva November 13, 1970 (1970-11-13) 035

A bully named Buddy Hinton teases Cindy about her lisp ("Baby talk, baby talk. It's a wonder you can walk."). Peter tries to defend Cindy, but backs out of a fight with Buddy, and Buddy tells everyone at school that Peter is "chicken". Mike tells Peter to reason with Buddy, but instead Peter ends up with a black eye. Mike and Carol try to talk to Buddy's parents, but both realize that they're twice as bad as their son. Mike tells Peter that he can defend himself and Cindy if Buddy teases again. The next day, Peter and Cindy are again teased by Buddy, but this time Peter punches him, which knocks Buddy's tooth out. Cindy starts to tease Buddy, but Peter stops her. He tells her that the teasing hurt them, so it must hurt Buddy, too.

Guest stars: Russell Schulman as Buddy Hinton, Paul Sorensen as Ralph Hinton, Ceil Cabot as Mrs. Hinton

Note: Eve Plumb (Jan) does not appear in this episode.
34 9 "The Not-So-Ugly Duckling" Irving J. Moore Paul West November 20, 1970 (1970-11-20) 038
When her crush on classmate Clark Tyson is unrequited, Jan makes up a new boyfriend, "George Glass". Her parents' suspicions are confirmed when the family's efforts to locate "George Glass" for a surprise party for Jan are unsuccessful. Carol realizes that Jan's tomboyish clothing is the reason Clark is not really interested in her. Clark and Jan later hit it off, and "George" is a part of Jan's past.
35 10 "The Tattle-Tale" Russ Mayberry Sam Locke & Milton Pascal December 4, 1970 (1970-12-04) 032
Cindy's constant tattling is becoming a problem, and her siblings start to avoid her. Things reach a head after Cindy tells Sam that Alice was hugging the mailman (John Wheeler) and Sam misinterprets it, causing tension between Alice and Sam. (Alice was just very happy that a package came, which was part of the subplot where Alice was entering many contests and finally won one of them. She won a stereo system which was put in the family room and the first record the Bradys acquired was the best of Gilbert & Sullivan).
36 11 "What Goes Up..." Leslie H. Martinson William Raynor & Myles Wilder December 11, 1970 (1970-12-11) 036

Bobby convinces Peter to let him into the treehouse. After he falls from the treehouse, Bobby becomes scared of heights, which the family tries to help him overcome. Bobby's fear is cured when he is forced to rescue his pet parakeet.

Guest stars: Brian Tochi as Tommy, Sean Kelly as Tim, Jimmy Bracken as Jimmy

Notes: Maureen McCormick (Marcia) does not appear in this episode. In the trampoline scene Carol calls Peter by his portrayer's name 'Chris', and Greg calls Jan by her portrayer's name 'Eve'.[26]
37 12 "Confessions, Confessions" Russ Mayberry Brad Radnitz December 18, 1970 (1970-12-18) 031
Peter fears he will be grounded and will miss an upcoming camping trip after breaking Carol's vase while playing ball in the house. (In his dream sequence, the ball repeatedly breaks the vase with different visual effects, and Peter's and Bobby's voices are repeatedly heard, "Mom's favorite vase." "She always says, 'Don't play ball in the house.'")[27] All of the other kids conspire to cover up what Peter has done, and assist in gluing the vase together. The damage nevertheless comes to light when water trickles between the vase's glued cracks and onto the dinner table.[28] All of the Brady kids, except Peter, confess. The parents realize what has happened and decree that Peter must decide the kids' punishments, and take Peter shopping for a new lantern for his camping trip, hoping he will confess. Instead, Peter wants the lantern. His conscience finally catches up with him and he admits to breaking the vase, voluntarily decides not to go camping, and does all of the chores he had handed out to the others as punishment.
38 13 "The Impractical Joker" Oscar Rudolph Burt Styler January 1, 1971 (1971-01-01) 034

Jan starts playing practical jokes, one of which results in the escape of Greg's science project mouse, Myron.

Note: This episode sparked an argument between Reed and Schwartz over Mike's dialogue with the mouse.[26]
39 14 "Where There's Smoke" Oscar Rudolph David P. Harmon January 8, 1971 (1971-01-08) 041

Greg is coerced by friend Tommy to smoke. This is seen by Cindy and Jan, and the news gets back to Carol and Mike. They challenge Greg who insists he did not like it and will not smoke again. Later Carol sees a packet of cigarettes fall from Greg's jacket, though he can't understand how they got there. Tommy's mother who runs an anti-smoking committee, removes Carol from the committee due to Greg's smoking. Alice realizes that the jacket with the cigarettes was not Greg's; his has a repaired tear. It is Tommy's jacket, and they were Tommy's cigarettes. Tommy tries to switch the jackets. Greg forces Tommy to admit the truth to Mike and Carol, and Tommy's mother overhears.

Guest stars: Bobby Cramer as Johnny, Gary Marsh as Phil, Craig Hundley as Tommy Johnson, Marie Denn as Mrs. Johnson

Note: This is the first episode where Greg plays guitar and sings. The song is "Till I Met You", which Barry Williams co-wrote.[26]
40 15 "Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?" Peter Baldwin Bill Freedman & Al Schwartz January 15, 1971 (1971-01-15) 042

Peter and Jan are invited to a party. Peter is reluctant to attend. Jan decides she needs a new look and buys a dark wig to stand out at the party. The plan fails when party-goers believe the ridiculous new look is Jan playing a joke, and she runs home in tears. Jan's friends show up to explain no offense was intended: they thought it was a joke because Jan's real hair is so beautiful.

Guest stars: Marcia Wallace as wig store sales assistant, Pamelyn Ferdin as Lucy Winters, Karen Foulkes as Margie Whipple
41 16 "The Drummer Boy" Oscar Rudolph Tom & Helen August January 22, 1971 (1971-01-22) 040

Bobby is depressed after being rejected from joining the Glee Club, so Mike suggests a musical instrument. He chooses the drums, but his talentless efforts drive the family and the neighbors crazy. Peter is relentlessly teased because he plays football and sings for the Glee Club. Just as he is about to quit the Glee Club, he and the other football players learn a lesson from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Deacon Jones.

Guest stars: Bart LaRue as the coach, Jimmy Bracken as Larry, Pierre Williams as Jimmy, Dennis McDougal as Freddy
42 17 "Coming-Out Party" Oscar Rudolph Alfred Lewis Levitt & Helen Levitt January 29, 1971 (1971-01-29) 037

Just as Mike's boss Ed Phillips (Jack Collins) invites the Brady family for an outing on his boat, Cindy comes down with tonsillitis. Dr. Howard (John Howard) thinks Cindy's tonsillectomy could be performed after the trip, but then discovers that Carol also has tonsillitis. Mike decides to postpone the boat trip, but the trip gets canceled when Carol inadvertently insults Mr. Phillips. The confusion is later resolved and the family goes on the trip.

Note: Mike Lookinland (Bobby) does not appear in this episode.
43 18 "Our Son, the Man" Jack Arnold Albert E. Lewin February 5, 1971 (1971-02-05) 043

Greg tries too hard to act like an older teenager: he wants his own room and, in trying to pick up an older girl, tries acting too mature for his age at school. He gets Mike's den as a room since the attic is too small. Greg refuses to participate in family activities such as planning the annual family camping trip. Greg soon realizes that he has a lot of growing up to do.

Note: Carol suggests they make Greg's room in the attic but Mike says that would only work if Greg were only two and a half feet tall, meaning it was too small. A later episode shows the family cleaning the attic and it is large enough to become a bedroom.

Guest stars: Julie Cobb as the young lady, and Chris Beaumont as the young man
44 19 "The Liberation of Marcia Brady" Russ Mayberry Charles Hoffman February 12, 1971 (1971-02-12) 044
At school, Marcia is approached by a television news reporter Ken Jones (playing himself in a cameo) doing a story on the women's liberation movement. Greg watches the news report and tries to rebut his sister's comments. Marcia decides to make a point by declaring that she is joining the Frontier Scouts, an all-male Scouting organization to prove she is more than capable of completing the initiation tasks. Too old to be able to do the same in retaliation for Marcia's Sunflower Girls, Greg decides to enlist Peter to join in his stead. While Peter's attempt to sell cookies wilts under his gross embarrassment, Marcia proves she is well suited to join the Frontier Scouts by passing all the tests. Marcia ultimately does not join, she just wanted to make her point known.
45 20 "Lights Out" Oscar Rudolph Bruce Howard February 19, 1971 (1971-02-19) 045
Cindy develops a fear of the dark after seeing a magician's "disappearing lady" act at a party. Peter helps Cindy deal with her fear by asking her to be his assistant for a magic act at his school's upcoming talent show. The whole thing is nearly undermined when Bobby plays a cruel joke on his sister, but Cindy shows courage when she learns that Peter's new assistant, Jan, hurt herself in gym class.
46 21 "The Winner" Robert Reed Elroy Schwartz February 26, 1971 (1971-02-26) 046
When Cindy comes home with a first-place trophy best jacks player, Bobby realizes that he is the only Brady family member with no first place trophy. He first tries entering a magazine selling contest and seems to be successful, until Cindy unwittingly reveals that Mike and Carol have asked their friends to buy subscriptions from him, Bobby quits, as he wants to win a trophy on his own. He wins a place on the Kartoon King (Hal Smith) TV show, where he takes part in an ice cream eat-off. Bobby does not win the eat-off, but his siblings throw him a surprise party, giving him a first place award for trying the hardest.
47 22 "Double Parked" Jack Arnold Skip Webster March 5, 1971 (1971-03-05) 047

Carol leads the family in campaigning against city hall to save their neighborhood park. However, battle lines are drawn when the park may be the site of a new courthouse Mike is designing. The Bradys argue over the fate of the park. When Mike's boss Ed Phillips (Jack Collins) confronts him, he saves the day when his design moves the courthouse to a new site.

Guest stars: Carolyn Stellar as Greg's school teacher, Jackie Coogan as the man
48 23 "Alice's September Song" Oscar Rudolph Elroy Schwartz March 12, 1971 (1971-03-12) 048
Alice's dashing former sweetheart, Mark Millard (Stephen Dunne), shows up at the Brady doorstep wanting to rekindle their romance. However, Mark only wants to get back with Alice to lure her into a fraudulent scheme. The Bradys discover his ruse, and convince Alice of his true motivations.
49 24 "Tell it Like it Is" Terry Becker Charles Hoffman March 19, 1971 (1971-03-19) 039

Carol is invited to tell her family's story for Tomorrow's Woman Magazine, but the story is rejected for being too realistic. During a second interview, Carol exaggerates her "liberation" in the hopes of getting the article published. The truth about Carol's exaggeration is revealed when the editors visit the Brady home.

Guest star: Richard Simmons as Mr. Delafield.

Season 3 (1971–72)

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50 1 "Ghost Town U.S.A." Oscar Rudolph Howard Leeds September 17, 1971 (1971-09-17) 049

The family travel to the Grand Canyon for their third annual camping trip. On the way, they stop at a ghost town for the night. There they are confronted by an old prospector, Zachariah T. Brown (Jim Backus) who fears they plan to steal his gold, and lock them in an old jail cell. The family free themselves but Zachariah has taken their car. Peter and Mike go out to search for Zachariah and the car.

Note: Part 1 of a three-part episode, filmed entirely on set and in rural towns outside of Los Angeles.
51 2 "Grand Canyon or Bust" Oscar Rudolph Tam Spiva September 24, 1971 (1971-09-24) 050

The family, stranded in the ghost town, seeks help by starting a signal fire. Zachariah (Jim Backus) returns with Peter, Mike, and the car. Mike has convinced Zachariah they are not stealing his claim. The family heads to the Grand Canyon. There, they ride mules down into the canyon, and Cindy and Bobby notice a Native American boy. They follow him, but get lost. The others frantically search for Cindy and Bobby.

Note: Part 2 of a three-part episode, mostly filmed on location at the Grand Canyon.
52 3 "The Brady Braves" Oscar Rudolph Tam Spiva October 1, 1971 (1971-10-01) 051

Bobby and Cindy are found. Mike comes to Jimmy's aid; he had run away believing his grandfather Chief Eagle Cloud (Jay Silverheels) would scoff at his ambition to become an astronaut. Mike convinces him to talk to his grandfather. Chief Eagle Cloud turns out to be proud of his grandson's ambition, and he invites the Bradys to participate in a ceremony making them honorary members of his tribe, and they each receive titles: Big Eagle of Large Nest/Mike, Yellow Flower with Many Petals/Carol, Stalking Wolf/Greg, Middle Buffalo and Sleeping Lizard/Peter, Wandering Blossom/Cindy, Little Bear Who Loses Way/Bobby, Dove of Morning Light/Jan, Willow Dancing in Wind/Marcia, Squaw in Waiting/Alice.

Note: Part 3 of a three-part episode, filmed entirely on location at the Grand Canyon
53 4 "The Wheeler-Dealer" Jack Arnold Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman October 8, 1971 (1971-10-08) 053

Greg learns the principle of Caveat Emptor when he gets his driver's license and buys his first car, a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, from a slick-talking friend. But all the restoration in the world can't change the fact the car is a lemon. Greg plans on selling the car to a gullible friend, but has a change of heart and sells it for junk instead.

Guest stars: Chris Beaumont as Eddie, and Charles Martin Smith as Ronnie
54 5 "My Sister, Benedict Arnold" Hal Cooper Elroy Schwartz October 15, 1971 (1971-10-15) 058
Greg is furious that Marcia is dating his school rival, Warren Mulaney (Gary Rist). After a date with Warren, Marcia decides to not date him again. When Greg demands Marcia not see him again, she invites him home to spite Greg. However Greg has brought home Marcia's rival, Kathy Lawrence (Sheri Cowart). Marcia and Greg clash over this and Mike admonishes them for using Kathy and Warren to make a point. When they go to the other room to apologize they find that Warren and Kathy have befriended each other and left together. In the subplot, Alice, Peter, Cindy and Bobby work on the dunking machine for the school carnival, each one of them taking an intentional or accidental turn getting dunked.
55 6 "The Personality Kid" Oscar Rudolph Ben Starr October 22, 1971 (1971-10-22) 054
Peter is told he has no personality and takes it to heart. He tries to create a new personality, forcing different personae including an impersonation of Humphrey Bogart as Joe (repeating the family's dinner menu "pork chops and applesauce" in a Bogart like voice). None of the impersonations go over well so Peter buys a joke book. When he tries the jokes at his party everyone knows the punchlines. While trying to keep his party afloat, Bobby and Cindy—who in the subplot are on a safety drill campaign—call a surprise fire drill, forcing everyone to leave the house.
56 7 "Juliet is the Sun" Jack Arnold Brad Radnitz October 29, 1971 (1971-10-29) 052
Marcia wins the lead female role of Juliet Capulet in the school production of Romeo and Juliet opposite Harold Axelrod (Randy Caseas) as Romeo Montague. Peter and Jan are cast as palace guards, and rehearse their brief roles repeatedly. Marcia had auditioned for the part of the nurse and feels that she is not good enough for the lead female role. The family makes an effort to encourage Marcia, but her ego grows and she becomes unmanageable. Marcia is heartbroken when her diva-like behavior results in her dismissal from the play. At the last minute, when the girl cast as Juliet's mother Lady Capulet gets the mumps, a contrite Marcia asks to be given the role and promises she will act in a professional and courteous manner. Features the Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet.
57 8 "And Now a Word From Our Sponsor" Peter Baldwin Albert E. Lewin November 5, 1971 (1971-11-05) 059

The Bradys are hired by a hip director, Skip Farnum (Paul Winchell), to star in a television commercial for laundry detergent, due to their unaffected manner. The detergent is not the family's current brand, but a comparison test shows the new detergent as superior so the family agrees to do the commercial. They take advice from acting teacher Myrna Carter (Bonnie Boland), but as a result their acting is forced. Skip is appalled and fires the Bradys, remarking that the acting methods remind him of a "terrible" actress they worked with: Myrna Carter. As compensation the family receives 2,000 boxes of laundry detergent.

Note: Robert Reed wrote a four-page memo complaining about Sherwood Schwartz and the character of Skip Farnum, but he did like Paul Winchell's acting.[26]
58 9 "The Private Ear" Hal Cooper Michael Morris November 12, 1971 (1971-11-12) 058
Using Mike's tape recorder, Peter eavesdrops on his siblings' conversations. Mike counsels Peter on his behavior and considers the matter settled, but Greg and Marcia take things into their own hands for revenge, and discuss a surprise party for Peter ensuring he overhears. Mike and Carol learn of this and sabotage the revenge by throwing an actual surprise party for Peter.
59 10 "Her Sister's Shadow" Russ Mayberry Al Schwartz & Phil Leslie (teleplay), Al Schwartz & Ray Singer (story) November 19, 1971 (1971-11-19) 055
Jan is tired of her teachers constantly comparing her to the popular and successful Marcia. She dumps Marcia's awards in the closet and complains that all she hears is "Marcia this, Marcia that... Marcia, Marcia, Marcia." Jan is thrilled to establish her own successful identity by winning an Honor award for an essay she wrote. When she realizes there is a scoring error and she actually came second, Jan grapples with her conscience and considers keeping secret her discovery. At assembly with her parents in attendance and minutes before the presentation, Jan reveals her discovery to her teacher. The teacher's presentation depicts Jan as gracious and mature for revealing the error.
60 11 "Click" Oscar Rudolph Alfred Lewis Levitt & Helen Levitt
(as Tom & Helen August)
November 26, 1971 (1971-11-26) 060

Greg becomes a member of the Westdale High School football team. Mike supports the idea, but Carol fears Greg will get hurt. Greg is indeed injured in a scrimmage so he turns to photography. Greg realizes his importance when he snaps a photo of a bad call on the field. Bobby also takes up photography for the subplot.

Guest stars: Elvera Roussel as Linette Carter, Bart LaRue as the coach
61 12 "Getting Davy Jones" Oscar Rudolph Phil Leslie & Al Schwartz December 10, 1971 (1971-12-10) 063

Marcia, president of her school's Davy Jones fan club, hastily promises she can get him to sing at her school's upcoming dance on the strength of Jones' letter saying he would do her a favor. Marcia scrambles to contact Jones to ask him to appear. After unsuccessful attempts at the local TV station and at his hotel, Marcia's appeal to Davy's manager convinces him to make an appearance. Davy realizes he cannot go back on his word.

Guest stars: Marcia Wallace as Mrs. Robbins, Tina Andrews as Doreen, Whitney Rydbeck as Page, Kimberly Beck as Laura, and Britt Leach as the recordings manager. The actors who play the receptionist and the audio technician are uncredited

Notes: This was Davy Jones' first televised appearance after the end of The Monkees;[29] his song featured in this episode, "Girl", was also used as the theme to the Paramount picture Star Spangled Girl, which was released in theaters the same month as this episode's original broadcast. In 1997, TV Guide ranked the episode number 37 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.[30]
62 13 "The Not-So-Rose-Colored Glasses" Leslie H. Martinson Bruce Howard December 24, 1971 (1971-12-24) 061

Jan accidentally takes someone else's bicycle and her grades are falling. It is learned her eyesight is failing and she needs glasses – which she refuses to wear. She bicycles without her glasses, but crashes her bike destroying the portrait of the kids Mike intended as an anniversary present for Carol. Jan tells the kids the photographer lost the negative and they have to be photographed again for the replacement portrait. Mike realizes it is a new photograph – Jan wears her glasses in the new portrait. Jan says she was not wearing her glasses at the time of her accident and that she sold her bicycle to pay for the replacement portrait. In the subplot, Carol and Mike are trying to hide anniversary presents from one another.

Guest star: Robert Nadder as Gregory Gaylord
63 14 "The Teeter-Totter Caper" Russ Mayberry Joel Kane & Jack Lloyd December 31, 1971 (1971-12-31) 056
When they are not invited to Carol's cousin's wedding and asked to stay out of the way of their older siblings' activities, Bobby and Cindy decide to show how "important" they are by setting a world's record for most hours on a seesaw. They get newspaper coverage for their attempt, which ultimately fails when they fall asleep short of the record. The older siblings realize the attention-craving Bobby and Cindy indeed have their place in the family and are worthy of respect. In the subplot, the older Bradys are planning for Carol's cousin's marriage.
64 15 "Big Little Man" Robert Reed Skip Webster January 7, 1972 (1972-01-07) 062
Bobby is self-conscious about his diminutive height. Greg, in the subplot, gets a job at Sam's butcher shop to save for a surfboard. The girls' attempts to convince Bobby he is growing do not help, but Bobby learns the value of being small when he locks himself and Greg in Sam's meat locker.
65 16 "Dough Re Mi" Allen Baron Ben Starr January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14) 064
Greg needs $150 to cut a music record. To get the money Greg forms a singing group with his siblings, but Peter's voice begins to break. Greg comes up with a new song to accommodate the breaking voice. Two songs are featured: "We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter" and "Time to Change".
66 17 "Jan's Aunt Jenny" Hal Cooper Michael Morris January 21, 1972 (1972-01-21) 066
Jan discovers an old photograph of a child that looks just like her. Carol explains it is Aunt Jenny (Imogene Coca) and describes her to Jan. Jan is anxious to meet her great aunt, but changes her attitude on seeing a current photo of Jenny. Jan worries she will resemble the old and eccentric-looking Jenny at that age. Jan's doubt is placated when she meets Aunt Jenny, a fun-loving Auntie Mame-type, and realizes her beauty within. The subplot has the Bradys cleaning junk from the attic and Mike attempting to restore an old record player.
67 18 "The Big Bet" Earl Bellamy Elroy Schwartz January 28, 1972 (1972-01-28) 065
Greg comments to a pesky Bobby that he can do twice as many chin-ups as he can. Greg did not mean anything by it, but Bobby demands a contest, with the loser acting as the winner's servant for a week. Bobby wins and soon becomes a tyrant. He invites himself along on Greg's date with Rachel (Hope Sherwood). Bobby is annoying and disruptive through the date, and through his intentionally silly antics rips the soft top of Mike's convertible, leaving himself with a large debt to Mike for the repairs. In the subplot, Carol and Mike attend a high school reunion with a bet of their own.
68 19 "The Power of the Press" Jack Arnold Ben Gershman & Bill Freedman February 4, 1972 (1972-02-04) 068
Peter joins his school newspaper and becomes popular when his classmates see themselves mentioned in print. Peter writes a flattering piece on his officious science teacher Mr. Price (Milton Parsons), hoping it will help him gain a better grade. After the test Peter admits what he has done to Mr. Price, not realizing that he has read the piece – standard procedure when staff are mentioned in the paper. They both learn something from the discussion.
69 20 "Sergeant Emma" Jack Arnold Harry Winkler February 11, 1972 (1972-02-11) 069
When Alice goes on a week's vacation, she invites her identical cousin Emma (Ann B. Davis), a former Army WAC, to care for the household. Emma starts the Brady kids on a rigid schedule of exercise and work. When Mike and Carol approach Emma to commend her for teaching discipline to the kids, Emma decides that they too should join the sessions. Everyone can't wait until Alice returns from her vacation, and a "welcome home" party intended for Alice is misconstrued by Emma as the Bradys' show of appreciation.
70 21 "Cindy Brady, Lady" Hal Cooper Al Schwartz & Larry Rhine February 18, 1972 (1972-02-18) 067
When she can't do what her older sisters can, Cindy decides to act more mature than her age. Bobby tries to help by posing as a secret admirer; when Mike wants to expose him, Bobby asks his friend Tommy (Eric Shea) to reveal himself as the admirer. Cindy initially turns Tommy off with her mature airs, but then when she starts acting her age Tommy expresses true affection for her.
71 22 "My Fair Opponent" Peter Baldwin Bernie Kahn March 3, 1972 (1972-03-03) 071
Marcia's plain and awkward classmate Molly Webber (Debi Storm) is nominated for hostess of the school's Banquet Night as a cruel joke by other students. Marcia is angered by this, so decides to make over Molly to deflate the joke. Marcia is in a bind when a nominee drops out and Marcia becomes the other nominee. She considers dropping out herself until experiencing Molly's arrogant new behavior. Molly uses Marcia's campaign speech without acknowledging Marcia for her help, and with it, wins the contest. Molly has a change of heart and confesses.
72 23 "The Fender Benders" Allen Baron David P. Harmon March 10, 1972 (1972-03-10) 070

Carol is involved in a minor car accident with Marcia, Bobby, and Cindy as passengers. Carol and Harry Duggan (Jackie Coogan), the other driver involved, initially agree to pay for their own damage. Duggan later files a lawsuit against Carol, claiming the accident was due to her reckless driving and that he was injured as a result. Carol goes to court to dispute the exaggerated charges, and wins with a big assist from Mike.

Guest stars: Robert Emhardt as the judge

Season 4 (1972–73)

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73 1 "Hawaii Bound" Jack Arnold Tam Spiva September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22) 072

Mike is sent to Hawaii to check on a construction project, and his firm allows him to take the family and Alice along. The family takes an enjoyable tour of Hawaii. And when Bobby joins his father on the tour of the construction project, he finds an ancient tiki, which, according to an old Hawaiian legend, brings bad luck to anyone who touches it. The Brady boys laugh at the curse and blow it off as superstition, but then start to think differently when Greg has a surfing accident. During their sightseeing tour of Hawaii, the Bradys learn about the history and legend of Pearl Harbor, and Cindy is pleased to have legendary Hawaiian crooner Don Ho and Sam Kapu serenade her.

Note: This is Part 1 of three parts, filmed mostly on location in Hawaii

Guest Stars: David "Lippy" Espinda as Mr. Hanalei, Patrick Adiarte as David
74 2 "Pass the Tabu" Jack Arnold Tam Spiva September 29, 1972 (1972-09-29) 073

The tiki apparently brings continued bad luck to the family: Greg is reeling from his surfing crash, a wall ornament hanging in the boys' hotel room falls and almost hits Bobby, and a tarantula finds its way into their room and nearly bites Peter. Bobby tries to get rid of the tiki, but it is returned to him by an unknowing Jan. The boys learn that the idol must be discarded at an ancient burial ground in order for the curse to be removed.

Guest star: Vincent Price as Professor Hubert Whitehead
75 3 "The Tiki Caves" Jack Arnold Tam Spiva October 6, 1972 (1972-10-06) 074
An archaeologist, believing the boys have come to steal his latest "find", holds them captive on the burial grounds where they are directed to return the tiki. After the girls reveal their siblings' whereabouts, Mike rescues his sons, then convinces the professor that they have no intention of claiming credit for finding the burial grounds. A Hawaiian party wraps up the Bradys' latest vacation.
76 4 "Today, I Am a Freshman" Hal Cooper Myles Wilder October 13, 1972 (1972-10-13) 075
Marcia is anxious about her freshman year of high school, and Mike asks Greg to introduce his sister around. Marcia decides to join every club at school, including the Boosters, a club of conceited girls who administer strict social rules. When Marcia invites the Boosters over for her interview, Peter's previously malfunctioning science project model volcano, which is the subplot, finally erupts, spewing "lava" over Marcia and the outraged Boosters. Marcia breaks into laughter and realizes the humorless Boosters are not the types of girls she wants to socialize with.
77 5 "Cyrano de Brady" Hal Cooper Skip Webster October 20, 1972 (1972-10-20) 076
Peter is smitten when Jan brings home her pretty classmate Kerry Hathaway (Kym Karath). Peter is shy with Kerry, so he enlists Greg to help with what to say to Kerry. Kerry mistakenly concludes that Greg is the one interested in her, which causes friction between Greg and Peter. To make it up to Peter, Greg enlists Marcia's help in a play-act to convince Kerry that he is an aggressive, womanizing playboy so she will lose interest in him. Peter arrives home and, unaware of the plan, tells Kerry that "Debbie" (Marcia) is their sister, and that it was an act. Peter's honesty wins Kerry's love.
78 6 "Fright Night" Jerry London Brad Radnitz October 27, 1972 (1972-10-27) 077
After being spooked by the boys one night, the girls work on their own method of revenge. Once the score is evened, Mike calls for an end to the pranks. Regardless, the kids team up to scare Alice, after she claims to be afraid of nothing. Mike and Carol arrive home early and break up the scheme, but Alice arrives on the scene. Panicked, Alice smashes the bust of Mike that Carol made for an art contest, which was the subplot, thinking it is the head of a burglar. Carol and Mike come down hard on the kids and suspend the kids' allowances for two weeks, pointing out that their actions could have resulted in tragedy.
79 7 "The Show Must Go On??" Jack Donohue Harry Winkler November 3, 1972 (1972-11-03) 081

Greg and Marcia each enlist their parents to perform with them in the Westdale High School's talent revue, Family Night Frolics. Carol and Marcia perform the featured song "Together (Wherever We Go)" from the musical Gypsy, and Greg and Mike do a reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Day is Done. The reading is a unique interpretation complete with visual gags, bad puns, and a rubber chicken. In the subplot, Alice and Sam (Allan Melvin) break up, but solve their differences during the talent revue.

Guest star: Bonnie Ludeka as Muriel
80 8 "Jan, the Only Child" Roger Duchowny Ralph Goodman & Al Schwartz November 10, 1972 (1972-11-10) 080

Jan complains about the lack of privacy and personal space, and declares she wants to become an only child. Her angered siblings teach her a lesson; they grant her wish by ignoring her and staying out of her way. Meanwhile in the subplot, the family plans a square dance at a Hoedown party, and Alice and Carol compete by making strawberry preserves for the dance.

Note: This episode caused an argument on-set between Robert Reed and Sherwood Schwartz over lines in the script.[24]
81 9 "Career Fever" Jerry London Adele Styler & Burt Styler November 17, 1972 (1972-11-17) 078
Mike mistakenly believes Greg wants to follow in his father's footsteps to become an architect. Greg does not want to offend Mike by admitting he does not want to become an architect, he merely wrote that he did for a school assignment. Greg creates ridiculous designs to show he will never make it as an architect. In the subplot, Cindy wants to be a model, Bobby an astronaut, while Peter and Jan want go into the medical profession and borrow large medical encyclopedias from the library. Peter mistakenly concludes that he has contracted a rare disease, but he has misread the encyclopedia.
82 10 "Goodbye, Alice, Hello" George Tyne Milt Rosen November 24, 1972 (1972-11-24) 083

A series of misunderstandings leads Alice to believe she has irreparably breached the Brady kids' trust, prompting her resignation. Alice's temporary replacement is Kay (Mary Treen), Alice's friend who had a similar unpleasant experience with another family. Although Kay is very nice, she has no intentions of bonding with the family; instead she does her job. The kids, with help from Kay, track down Alice at a restaurant where she now works and convince her to return.

Note: Robert Reed does not appear in this episode.
83 11 "Greg's Triangle" Richard Michaels Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman December 8, 1972 (1972-12-08) 086

Greg dates classmate Jennifer Nichols (Tannis G. Montgomery). Carol and Mike suspect Jennifer may be dating Greg with an ulterior motive as Jennifer, along with Marcia, is trying out for head cheerleader, and Greg is on the judging committee. At the tryout, Greg is caught in a dilemma when he has to cast the deciding vote. Greg fears both Jennifer and Marcia will be angered if he does not favor them, but ultimately selects Pat Conway (Rita Wilson) as he judged her the best cheerleader. Greg is surprised that Marcia is happy; she knows Greg voted honestly. However, Jennifer dumps Greg, who realizes she was using him to win his vote. In the subplot, Carol takes up golf with Mike's help.

Note: Although Carol is learning how to play golf, it is revealed in the first season episode "Vote For Brady" that she has a set of clubs and used to play golf all the time.
84 12 "Everyone Can't Be George Washington" Richard Michaels Sam Locke & Milton Pascal December 22, 1972 (1972-12-22) 085

Peter auditions for the role of George Washington in the school play, but is cast as Benedict Arnold instead. When friends start teasing him as a "traitor", Peter feigns laryngitis to lose the role, but Mike convinces him his behavior in letting everyone down was the same as the real Benedict Arnold. Peter agrees to be in the play and is praised for his brilliant portrayal of Arnold.

Guest star: Sara Seegar as Miss Bailey
85 13 "Love and the Older Man" Richard Michaels Sam Locke & Milton Pascal January 5, 1973 (1973-01-05) 084
Marcia has a crush on the family's new dentist, Dr. Stanley Vogel (Don Brit Reid), and mistakenly concludes that a favor he plans to ask of her is to date him. He actually wants to ask Marcia to babysit his three-year-old child when he takes his wife out. In a subplot, the boys build a motorized go cart.
86 14 "Law and Disorder" Hal Cooper Elroy Schwartz January 12, 1973 (1973-01-12) 079

Bobby learns about power, discretion and responsibility when he is named safety monitor at school (involuntarily). His classmates avoid him, and when he writes up Cindy for running in the hallway and gets her a detention, she gets mad at him. Bobby still abuses his power and writes people up for minor infractions, including his older siblings. Bobby learns his lesson when he breaks the rules himself to save a classmate's cat from an abandoned house. In the subplot other family members restore an old sailboat.

Note: Barry Williams admitted to being stoned in the scene where he is pumping up the bike tire.[26]
87 15 "Greg Gets Grounded" Jack Arnold Elroy Schwartz January 19, 1973 (1973-01-19) 089

Mike prohibits Greg from driving the family car for a week after Bobby describes his near-accident on the freeway. Greg then borrows a car from his friend George Thompson to buy tickets to a rock concert before they sell out. When Greg's parents call him on it, he states that he was complying with the letter of the punishment, by not driving "the family car". Greg is grounded from leaving home for ten days, except for school. Greg convinces his parents to abolish the punishment on the condition he does everything by "his exact words". They make Greg fulfill all his commitments to the letter, to teach him a lesson. In the subplot, Peter and Bobby train their pet frogs for a frog jumping contest.

Note: This is the second of two episodes to not have an epilogue, after the pilot episode "The Honeymoon".
88 16 "Amateur Nite" Jack Arnold Sam Locke & Milton Pascal January 26, 1973 (1973-01-26) 092

Jan's misunderstanding of the price for the engraving of a silver platter they intend to give their parents as an anniversary gift leaves the kids scrambling for cash. To raise the funds they participate in television talent show as "The Silver Platters".

Guest stars: Steve Dunne as Pete Sterne, Robert Nadder as Alfred Baily, Harold Peary as Mr. Goodbody, Stephen Dunne's second appearance, having previously played Mark Millard on season two's "Alice's September Song"

Featured songs: "It's a Sunshine Day" and "Keep On", sung by the Brady Kids
89 17 "Bobby's Hero" Leslie H. Martinson Michael Morris February 2, 1973 (1973-02-02) 087

When the family learns that Bobby's hero is Jesse James, Mike and Carol set out to teach him the truth about the outlaw. When books and censored movies on TV suggest to Bobby that James was not a villain, Mike tracks down a relative of one of James' victims to share his story with Bobby. That, plus a nightmare in which Jesse James kills the Bradys during a train robbery, finally gets through to Bobby.

Guest stars: Burt Mustin as Jethroe Collins, Gordon DeVol as Jesse James
90 18 "The Subject Was Noses" Jack Arnold Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz February 9, 1973 (1973-02-09) 090

Marcia is asked out by school hunk Doug Simpson (Nicholas Hammond) so breaks her date with Charley (Stuart Getz), the nice but unspectacular son of a wallpaper salesman, using the excuse "something suddenly came up". When Peter's wildly thrown football hits Marcia's nose causing it to swell and bruise ("Oh, my nose!"), Doug breaks their date with the excuse "something suddenly came up". When Marcia's nose quickly heals, Doug asks her out again. Marcia rejects him, admits to Charley what she did, and goes on the date with him. Marcia reveals that during the date Doug showed up and, after some teasing, fights with Charley, resulting in a swollen nose for Doug. Mike and Carol redecorate and can't decide on a wallpaper pattern for their bedroom in the subplot.

Guest stars: Lisa Eilbacher as Vicki
91 19 "How to Succeed in Business?" Robert Reed Gene Thompson February 23, 1973 (1973-02-23) 091
Peter gets his first job as a bicycle mechanic. His painfully slow process repairing a bicycle irritates his boss, Mr. Martinelli (Jay Novello). Martinelli fires him for his plodding pace; he explains that Peter is "very nice" but just not "mechanically inclined". Peter keeps the truth from his family and takes refuge in the park until Carol and Mike visit the shop to purchase bicycles. They console Peter; Mike explains that he has lost jobs.
92 20 "The Great Earring Caper" Leslie H. Martinson Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz March 2, 1973 (1973-03-02) 088
Cindy takes a pair of earrings Carol loaned to Marcia, and loses them. Cindy enlists budding detective Peter to help find the jewelry before Marcia or Carol find out. The pressure is on when Carol wants to wear them to a costume party (the planning of which is the subplot) where she a Mike plan to dress as Antony and Cleopatra. When the truth comes out the family reconstructs the events before Cindy lost the earrings, and find them in the washing machine – damaged.
93 21 "You're Never Too Old" Bruce Bilson Ben Gershman & Bill Freedman March 9, 1973 (1973-03-09) 093
The kids try to set up the girls' matrilineal great-grandmother, Grandma Connie Hutchins (Florence Henderson), and the boys' patrilineal great-grandfather, Grandpa Hank Brady (Robert Reed), after the two come for a visit. While Grandma is a real "swinger", Grandpa is a real "stick in the mud". After some problems, Grandma Hutchins finally wins over Grandpa Brady, and the two elope in Las Vegas.
94 22 "You Can't Win Them All" Jack Donohue Lois Hire March 16, 1973 (1973-03-16) 082
Bobby and Cindy vie for a spot on a kids' television quiz show Question the Kids with host Monty Marshall (Edward Knight, Christopher Knight's father). Cindy earns her spot, and gains a huge ego as a result, but blanks when the cameras start rolling. In the subplot, Mike and Carol plan a dinner party which was originally going to be a barbecue, then Mexican food, then a smorgasbord, changing dates several times, without resolving a date for the party.
95 23 "A Room at the Top" Lloyd J. Schwartz William Raynor & Myles Wilder March 23, 1973 (1973-03-23) 094

Greg and Marcia each want to convert the newly cleared attic into their own room. Greg is ultimately given the room as the oldest of the children, but relinquishes it to Marcia after hearing her tearful pleas for privacy from her sisters. An annoyed Bobby and Peter— wanting to keep their room to themselves—conspire to frustrate Marcia enough to have her relinquish the room. Marcia initially accuses Greg of the shenanigans, but they soon realize what is happening. Marcia reasons she will have her opportunity to take the room when Greg leaves for college so gives him the room.

Guest star: Chris Beaumont as Hank Carter

Note: In "Our Son, the Man" in season two, Mike tells Carol that the attic would be suitable for Greg if only he were two and a half feet tall.

Season 5 (1973–74)

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96 1 "Adios, Johnny Bravo" Jerry London Joanna Lee September 14, 1973 (1973-09-14) 098

After the Brady kids perform a song together, slick-talking talent scout Tami Cutler (Claudia Jennings) wants to sign Greg to a solo recording contract and make him over into a singer named Johnny Bravo. Greg alienates his siblings in pursuing this, and upsets his parents when he announces plans to postpone college. Greg anticipates solo stardom, but when he discovers his recordings have been electronically "sweetened", confronts Tami. Tami and her associate admit they liked Greg only because he "fit the suit", prompting Greg to walk out.

Guest stars: Jeff Davis as Hal Barton, Paul Cavonis as Buddy Berkman

Featured songs: "You've Got To Be In Love To Love a Love Song", "Good Time Music"
97 2 "Mail Order Hero" Bruce Bilson Martin Ragaway September 21, 1973 (1973-09-21) 096
Discovering the New York Jets will be playing in town, Bobby boasts to his friends that he personally knows their quarterback Joe Namath. When Bobby's friends demand he back his words, Cindy secretly helps to arrange Namath's visit, by writing the star quarterback and claiming that Bobby is deathly ill. Bobby learns of Cindy's plan only when Namath comes to visit and plays along, but Mike and Carol catch on to the plan. Meanwhile, Jan is learning first aid in the subplot.
98 3 "Snow White and the Seven Bradys" Bruce Bilson Ben Starr September 28, 1973 (1973-09-28) 095

At Cindy's behest the family and Sam (Allan Melvin) put on a backyard theater production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to raise funds for a retirement gift for Cindy's popular teacher Mrs. Whitfield (Frances Whitfield). When it is discovered Alice has already eaten the "poisoned apple" while rehearsing, Sam and Mike rush to the store (in costume) to buy an apple. Sam receives a parking fine, and the policeman says they must have a permit to host the production. A permit is granted on short notice allowing the show to go on.

Note: The cast of the production is 'Snow White' played by Carol, 'Prince Charming' played by Mike, 'Dopey' played by Sam, 'Doc' played by Greg, 'Sneezy' played by Peter, 'Sleepy' played by Marcia, 'Happy' played by Jan, 'Bashful' played by Bobby, 'Grumpy' played by Cindy, and 'the wicked queen' played by Alice.
99 4 "Never Too Young" Richard Michaels Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz October 5, 1973 (1973-10-05) 099
After defending one of Cindy's friends at school, Bobby receives his first kiss. However, his new girlfriend Millicent (Melissa Sue Anderson) warns him that she may have the mumps. Bobby is worried he may jeopardize the Roaring Twenties party, which is the subplot, being organized by the family, by infecting everyone. However, it is a false alarm, and the party proceeds as planned.
100 5 "Peter and the Wolf" Leslie H. Martinson Tam Spiva October 12, 1973 (1973-10-12) 100
Greg's date Sandra (Cindi Crosby) cancels when her cousin Linda (Linda Gibboney) visits from out of town. Wanting to salvage the date, Greg plans a double date. When no one wants to pair up with Linda, he turns to Peter, passing him off as a "friend" in his high school class named "Phil Packer". Linda and Sandra discover Greg's ruse but do not let on, and hatch a plan of revenge at a pizza parlor. In the subplot, Carol and Mike – on Jan's and Marcia's recommendations for great pizza – are entertaining a conservative client Juan Calderon and his wife Maria there. Sandra and Linda's revenge almost jeopardizes Mike's deal.
101 6 "Getting Greg's Goat" Robert Reed Sam Locke & Milton Pascal October 19, 1973 (1973-10-19) 101

Greg is involved in the heist of a rival school's mascot (a goat named Raquel) in retaliation for the stealing of Westdale's mascot (a bear cub). Greg hides Raquel in his attic room, but this leads to a series of misunderstandings (most notably Mike thinking that Greg is keeping a girl in his room). Mike finds out about Raquel and suggests to Greg to set up a secret exchange of mascots with the other school. A last minute P.T.A. meeting at the Brady house ruins their plans, and they must hide Raquel from the group. They are eventually caught, and Greg's vice principal Mr. Binkley orders Greg to write a 5,000-word report on mascot stealing.

Guest stars: Sandra Gould as Mrs. Gould, Margarita Cordova as the PTA member, George D. Wallace as Mr. Binkley
102 7 "Marcia Gets Creamed" Peter Baldwin Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman October 26, 1973 (1973-10-26) 104

Marcia gets a job at a local ice cream shop. When her boss Mr. Haskell (Henry Corden) wants to start taking afternoons off, he puts Marcia in charge and hires Peter. Peter continually goofs off, so Marcia fires him and hires Jan as a replacement. Marcia is too busy for her boyfriend Jeff, who stops at the shop with another girl to make Marcia jealous. Marcia, angered by the stunt, squirts them with whipped cream. Mr. Haskell realizes that he is much happier running the shop than he is taking afternoons off, and lets Marcia go, keeping the harder working Jan. Marcia is at odds with Jan, but at least she now has plenty of time for Jeff. Peter surprises everyone by getting a new job at a pizza parlor. In the subplot, Alice is having a tough time sticking to her diet so she and Carol force Mike to go on one as well.

Guest stars: Michael Gray as Jeff, Kimberly Beck as the young lady
103 8 "My Brother's Keeper" Ross Bowman Michael Morris November 2, 1973 (1973-11-02) 105

Bobby saves Peter from being struck by a falling ladder in their backyard. Peter, grateful to Bobby for saving his life, offers to become Bobby's "servant for life". Bobby takes advantage of the situation, forcing Peter to do all Bobby's chores. Peter soon regrets his offer, and breaks the pledge. The feud between Peter and Bobby causes Peter to tape a line across the middle of their shared bedroom; Bobby emphasizes that the bathroom is on his side by going in and flushing the toilet. Bobby is later accidentally locked in their bedroom closet; Peter arrives and opens the door, rescuing him. To resolve the dispute, Bobby effusively praises Peter for this supposedly heroic, life saving rescue. In the subplot, the girls' room is being wallpapered.

Note: Although the toilet is never seen in the series, it is heard to be flushed for the only time in this episode.
104 9 "Quarterback Sneak" Peter Baldwin Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman November 9, 1973 (1973-11-09) 103
Greg's rival high school quarterback Jerry Rogers (Chris Beaumont) feigns interest in Marcia, but only to get the Westdale High School football team's playbook. Greg tries to warn Marcia about Jerry, and Bobby backs Greg's story when he sees Jerry try to steal the playbook. Greg devises a phony playbook and convinces Marcia to invite Jerry over. Marcia discovers his true intentions and dumps him. Mike tells Greg his deception was just as dishonest as Jerry stealing the playbook and tells him to correct things. Jerry's coach learns he stole the phony playbook and suspends him. In the subplot, Carol is visited by her egomaniacal high school sweetheart, Tank Gates (Denny Miller).
105 10 "Try, Try Again" George Tyne Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz November 16, 1973 (1973-11-16) 106
When she finds she simply has no talent as a ballet dancer, Jan tries to find something she is good at. She tries tap dancing and acting, but fails at both. However, while "acting" as a painter, one of Jan's teachers (Judy Landon) realizes her artistic talent, and Jan finds her niche as a painter. Meanwhile Mike cooks the family a gourmet dinner in the subplot.
106 11 "The Cincinnati Kids" Leslie H. Martinson Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz November 23, 1973 (1973-11-23) 102

The Bradys travel to Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati, where Mike's company hopes to win the contract to build an addition. The hopes are jeopardized when Jan unknowingly walks off with the plans, leaving Mike with her poster of Yogi Bear. The family furiously scrambles to retrace their steps. Jan finds the sketches and the family rushes the plans to Mike and the park's board of directors before the 1 p.m. deadline.

Guest stars: Hilary Thompson as Marge, Bob Hoffman as the attendant, L. Jeffery Schwartz as the bear

Note: This episode was filmed on location at the then-new Kings Island amusement park 25 miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio.
107 12 "The Elopement" Jerry London Harry Winkler December 7, 1973 (1973-12-07) 097

When Jan and Marcia overhear Alice and Sam discussing elopement, they mistakenly believe they plan to elope. The family prepares a wedding reception, while Carol begins interviewing a replacement housekeeper for Alice's honeymoon. Sam (Allan Melvin) and Alice were actually discussing a cousin's elopement, and reveal the misunderstanding at the reception. In the subplot, Bobby is trying to learn to play the organ on an old portable.

Note: At the end of the episode Alice announces to Carol and Mike that she and Sam are engaged. There is no subsequent mention of a wedding in the series.
108 13 "Miss Popularity" Jack Donohue Martin Ragaway December 21, 1973 (1973-12-21) 109

To win the title of her school's Most Popular Girl competition, Jan makes a host of promises to her friends. She wins the competition but fails to make good on the promises and becomes an insufferable snob. Realizing she is losing her friends, Jan sets out to right her wrongs. Meanwhile Carol and Mike try to plan a second honeymoon.

Guest stars: Jerelyn Fields as Shirley, Darryl Seman as Herman
109 14 "Kelly's Kids" Richard Michaels Sherwood Schwartz January 4, 1974 (1974-01-04) 107

Ken (Ken Berry) and Kathy Kelly (Brooke Bundy), friends of Carol and Mike, plan to adopt a boy named Matt (Todd Lookinland [Mike Lookinland's brother]) from a local orphanage. By chance they also adopt Matt's two best friends: Dwayne (William Attmore II), an African American and Steve (Carey Wong), who is Asian, much to the chagrin of the Kelly family's bigoted neighbor Mrs. Payne (Molly Dodd).

Notes: This is the only episode other than the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon", credited to Sherwood Schwartz. It is a backdoor pilot for a planned series that was never produced. Sherwood Schwartz used the concept for Together We Stand in 1986, which would later relaunch as Nothing Is Easy in 1987.[24]
110 15 "The Driver's Seat" Jack Arnold George Tibbles January 11, 1974 (1974-01-11) 108

After a nervous non-start at her first driver's examination, Marcia gets her license on her second try, and is soon engaged in a debate with Greg over which gender has the better driving abilities. To put their argument to rest, Mike creates a driving course for them both to run. Greg gets over-anxious and loses to Marcia. In the end, Bobby and Cindy attempt to make a similar contest in bike-riding, but after seeing Greg suffering, Bobby backs out of it. In the subplot, Jan is preparing for a crucial debate on her debate team. Nervous about presenting in front of people, Mike gives her the advice to picture them in their underwear.

Guest star: Herb Vigran as the examiner
111 16 "Out of This World" Peter Baldwin Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18) 110

After meeting astronaut Brigadier General James McDivitt, Bobby and Peter are convinced that they have seen a UFO hover above their backyard then disappear, but it is only Greg playing a practical joke on them. Bobby and Peter tell the family and everyone at school about the "UFO". No one at school believes them so they seek proof by camping in the yard with a camera. The "UFO" reappears as they both start taking photos. Bobby later dreams about a UFO landing in the backyard with space aliens Herlo (Frank Delfino) and Shim (Sadie Delfino) emerging and interacting with him. Mike shows the developed "UFO" photos to the Air Force who send Captain James McGregor (James Flavin) of the local police force to investigate. Greg is forced to admit to the truth and loses use of the car for the weekend as punishment.

Note: Frank Delfino had previously been Mike Lookinland's stunt double, Sadie Delfino had previously been Susan Olsen's stunt double, before the kids grew too big. The obvious cut on Greg's lip, explained as a shaving accident in this episode, was actually the result of a traffic accident Barry Williams was involved in.[24]
112 17 "Welcome Aboard" Richard Michaels Larry Rhine & Al Schwartz January 25, 1974 (1974-01-25) 112
Carol's nephew, Oliver (Robbie Rist), comes to live with the Bradys while his parents are in South America. He nearly wears out his welcome when he is involved in a series of minor accidents in his eagerness to help out. Oliver is convinced he is a jinx until his presence wins the family an award during a visit to a movie studio. Their prize is appearing in a 1920s-style slapstick movie.
113 18 "Two Petes in a Pod" Richard Michaels Sam Locke & Milton Pascal February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08) 111
Peter meets Arthur Owens (Christopher Knight), an exact "double" of his with glasses, at school after making a date with a girl named Michelle (Kathy O'Dare). When Arthur makes a date with Pamela (Denise Nickerson) (a niece of Mike's boss Ed Phillips) while masquerading as Peter as a gag, Peter must enlist Arthur's help to avoid breaking either date. Carol and Mike catch on, but Pamela is actually attracted to Arthur, and Michelle is finally attracted to Peter.
114 19 "Top Secret" Bernard Wiesen Howard Ostroff February 15, 1974 (1974-02-15) 115

Bobby and Oliver (Robbie Rist) jump to all sorts of conclusions when Mike is visited by Fred Sanders (Don Fenwick) an FBI agent (to get security clearances for a government project), and subsequently is asked to help Sam with a "top secret" project to expand his store. The boys believe Sam is passing information to the Russians when they see him conferring with his landlord, Mr. Gronsky (Lew Palter), about the project, and lock Sam and Gronsky in the meat locker. Mike is able to free the two and everything is cleared up. Meanwhile Sam's request of Mike to draw plans for a "top secret" project lead Alice, Carol, Marcia, Jan and Cindy to assume that he is about to ask Alice to marry him, and that Mike is designing a home for them.

Note: This is Allan Melvin's final appearance as Sam Franklin.
115 20 "The Snooperstar" Bruce Bilson Harry Winkler February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22) 113
To teach Cindy a lesson in reading her diary without permission, Marcia teases her by creating fake entries, with some help from Jan, about a Hollywood agent planning to discover Cindy and make her into the next Shirley Temple. Cindy becomes convinced that Mike's fussy client Penelope Fletcher (Natalie Schafer) is the talent scout, and Marcia can't talk Cindy out of this notion. Cindy shocks Mike with her impromptu Shirley Temple performance for Penelope, but Penelope is charmed by the act, ensuring that he will get the contract.
116 21 "The Hustler" Michael Kane Bill Freedman & Ben Gershman March 1, 1974 (1974-03-01) 114

The Bradys receive a pool table as a thank you gift from Mike's boss, and Bobby quickly becomes a billiards expert. Bobby shows off his skills during Mike and Carol's cocktail party, soundly beating Mike's boss. The Bradys decide that, as nice as the gift is, they have no room for the pool table and give it to charity.

Guest star: Jim Backus as Harry Matthews
117 22 "The Hair-Brained Scheme" Jack Arnold Charles Stewart March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08) 116

In the final episode of the series, Bobby is convinced he can get rich by selling Neat & Natural Hair Tonic. Bobby sells Greg a container which turns Greg's hair bright orange on the eve of his high school commencement. Greg is forced to go to the beauty parlor and dye his hair back before going to graduation.

Guest stars: Hope Sherwood (Sherwood Schwartz's daughter) as Gretchen, Barbara Bernstein (Florence Henderson's daughter) as Suzanne

Note: Robert Reed (Mike Brady) does not appear in this episode, due to dispute over the story involving the non-FDA approved bottle of hair tonic, which he thought was inane slapstick. After Reed wrote a large memo to the staff and Paramount, Sherwood Schwartz wrote him out of the episode.[24][26]


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U.S. television ratings

The Brady Bunch never achieved high ratings during its primetime run (never placing in the top 30 during the five years it aired) and was cancelled in 1974 after five seasons and 117 episodes; it was cancelled shortly after the series crossed the minimum threshold for syndication. At that point in the story, Greg graduated from high school and was about to enroll in college.[1]

Popular reception

When the episodes were repeated in syndication, they usually appeared every weekday in late-afternoon or early-evening slots on local stations. This enabled children to watch the episodes when they came home from school, making the program widely popular and giving it iconic status among those who were too young to have seen the series during its primetime run.

According to Schwartz, the reason the show has become a part of Americana, despite the fact other shows have run longer, were rated higher, and were critically acclaimed, is that the episodes were written from the standpoint of the children and addressed situations that children could understand (such as boy trouble, sibling rivalry, and meeting famous people such as a rock star or baseball players). The Bradys are also portrayed as a harmonious family, though they do have times when one of the children does not cooperate with his or her parents or the other children.

Awards and honors

Award Year Category Result Recipient
Young Artist Award 1989 Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award Honored Barry Williams
TV Land Awards 2003 Hippest Fashion Plate – Male Nominated
Favorite Dual-Role Character Nominated Christopher Knight
as Peter Brady and Arthur
Funniest Food Fight
The Brady Pie Fight on the Paramount Lot.
Favorite Guest Performance by a Musician on a TV Show Won Davy Jones
Most Memorable Male Guest Star in a Comedy as Himself Won Joe Namath
2004 Favorite Fashion Plate – Male Nominated Barry Williams
Most Memorable Mane Nominated Susan Olsen
Favorite Made-for-TV Maid Won Ann B. Davis
2005 Theme Song You Just Cannot Get out of Your Head Nominated
Best Dream Sequence
For episode "Love and the Older Man," in which Marcia has a crush on her dentist.
Favorite Two-Parter/Cliffhanger
For the Greg Brady surfboard accident.
Favorite Singing Siblings Nominated Williams, McCormick, Knight, Plumb, Lookinland, Olsen
2006 Best Dream Sequence
For episode "Love and the Older Man"
Favorite Made-for-TV Maid Won Ann B. Davis
Favorite TV Food
Pork chops and applesauce
2007 Most Beautiful Braces Nominated Maureen McCormick
Pop Culture Award Won Williams, McCormick, Knight, Plumb, Lookinland, Olsen, Davis, Henderson, Lloyd J. Schwartz (producer)

Syndication and distribution

Since its first airing in syndication in September 1975, an episode of the show has been broadcast somewhere in the United States and abroad every day of the year.[2] Episodes were also shown on ABC daytime from July 9, 1973 to April 18, 1975 and from June 30-August 29, 1975, at 11:30 a.m. EST/10:30 CST.

The show was aired on TBS starting in the 1980s until 1997, Nick at Nite in 1995 (for a special event), and again from 1998 to 2003 (and briefly during the spring of 2012), TeenNick (under the channel's former name The N) from March to April 2004, on TV Land on and off from 2002 to 2015, Nick Jr. (as part of the NickMom block from 2012 to 2013), and Hallmark Channel from January to June 2013 and again starting September 5, 2016, until September 30, 2016.

Episodes in the syndicated version have been edited for time to allow for commercial breaks, down from the original version of 25–26 minutes.

Current airings

As of 2015, the series is being shown on some local stations around the country, while airing nationally on Me-TV weekday mornings at 7 am ET, and Sundays from noon–2 pm ET (in a block promoted as "The Brady Brunch").[3]


During the series' original run, the Brady kids recorded several albums on Paramount's record label.



Also includes solo recordings as indicated

Year Single (A-side, B-side) Label & number Album
1970 "Frosty The Snowman"
b/w "Silver Bells"
Paramount 0062 Merry Christmas From The Brady Bunch
1971 "Sweet Sweetheart"
b/w "Sunny"
Barry Williams solo single
Paramount 0122 Non-album tracks
"How Will It Be?"
b/w "The Fortune Cookie Song"
Eve Plumb solo single
RCA 0409
1972 "Time To Change"
b/w "We Can Make The World A Whole Lot Brighter"
Paramount 0141 Meet The Brady Bunch
"We'll Always Be Friends"
b/w "Time To Change"
Paramount 0167
"Over and Over"
b/w "Good For Each Other"
Chris Knight solo single
Paramount 0177 Non-album tracks
"Candy (Sugar Shoppe)"
b/w "Drummer Man"
Paramount 0180 The Kids From The Brady Bunch
1973 "Zuckerman's Famous Pig"
b/w "Charlotte's Web"
Paramount 0205 Phonographic Album
"Truckin' Back To You"
b/w "Teeny Weeny Bit (Too Long)"
Maureen McCormick solo single
Paramount 0217 Non-album tracks
"I'd Love You To Want Me"
b/w "Everything I Do"
Paramount 0229 Phonographic Album
"Little Bird"
b/w "Just A Singin' Alone"
Maureen McCormick solo single
Paramount 0246 Non-album tracks
1974 "Harmonize"
b/w "Love's In The Roses"
Maureen McCormick solo single
Paramount 0292
"Love Doesn't Care Who's In It"
b/w "Gum Drop"
Mike Lookinland solo single
Capitol 3914

Spin-offs, sequels, and reunions

Several spin-offs and sequels to the original series have been made, featuring all or most of the original cast. These include another sitcom, an animated series, a variety show, television movies, a dramatic series, a stage play, and theatrical movies:

Kelly's Kids

A final-season Brady Bunch episode, "Kelly's Kids", was intended as a pilot for a prospective spin-off series of the same name. Ken Berry starred as Ken Kelly, a friend and neighbor of the Bradys, who with his wife Kathy (Brooke Bundy) adopted three orphaned boys of different racial backgrounds. One of the adopted sons was played by Todd Lookinland, the younger brother of Mike Lookinland. While Kelly's Kids was not subsequently picked up as a full series, producer Sherwood Schwartz reworked the basic premise for the short-lived 1980s sitcom Together We Stand starring Elliott Gould and Dee Wallace.[4]

The Brady Kids

A 22-episode animated Saturday morning cartoon series, produced by Filmation and airing on ABC from September 1972 to August 1974, is about the Brady kids having various adventures.[5] The family's adults were never seen or mentioned, and the "home" scenes were in a very large, well-appointed tree house. Several animals were regular characters, including two non-English-speaking pandas (Ping and Pong), a talking bird (Marlon) which could do magic, and an ordinary pet dog (Mop Top, not Tiger). The first 17 episodes featured the voices of all six of the original child actors from the show, but Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, and Christopher Knight were replaced for the last five episodes due to a contract dispute.

The Brady Bunch Variety Hour

On November 28, 1976, a two-hour television special entitled The Brady Bunch Variety Hour aired on ABC. Eve Plumb was the only regular cast member from the original show who declined to be in the series and the role of Jan was recast with Geri Reischl.[6] Produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, the sibling team behind H.R. Pufnstuf, Donny and Marie, and other variety shows and children's series of the era, the show was intended to air every fifth week in the same slot as The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, but ended up being scheduled sporadically throughout the season, leading to inconsistent ratings and its inevitable cancellation.

In 2009, Brady Bunch cast member Susan Olsen, with Lisa Sutton, published a book, Love to Love You Bradys, which dissects and celebrates the Variety Hour as a cult classic.[7]

The Brady Girls Get Married / The Brady Brides

The Brady Brides
File:The Brady Brides.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Sherwood Schwartz
Lloyd J. Schwartz
Directed by Peter Baldwin
Starring Maureen McCormick
Eve Plumb
Jerry Houser
Ron Kuhlman
Florence Henderson
Ann B. Davis
Keland Love
Theme music composer Frank De Vol
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Sherwood Schwartz
Lloyd J. Schwartz
Producer(s) John Thomas Lenox
Production location(s) Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Cinematography Lester Shorr
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Redwood Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release February 6 (1981-02-06) – April 17, 1981 (1981-04-17)
Preceded by The Brady Bunch Hour
Followed by A Very Brady Christmas
Related shows The Brady Bunch
External links
[{{#property:P856}} Website]

A TV reunion movie called The Brady Girls Get Married was produced in 1981. Although scheduled to be shown in its original full-length movie format, NBC at the last minute divided it into half-hour segments and showed one part a week for three weeks, and the fourth week debuted a spin-off sitcom titled The Brady Brides. The reunion movie featured the entire original cast; this proved to be the only time the entire cast worked together on a single project following the cancellation of the original series. The movie's opening credits featured the season-one "Grid" and theme song, with the addition of The Brady Girls Get Married title.[8] The movie shows what the characters had been doing since the original series ended: Mike is still an architect, Carol is a real-estate agent, Marcia is a fashion designer, Jan is also an architect, Greg is a doctor, Peter is in the Air Force, Bobby and Cindy are in college, and Alice has married Sam. Eventually, they all reunite for Marcia and Jan's double wedding.

The Brady Brides features Maureen McCormick (Marcia) and Eve Plumb (Jan) in regular roles. The series begins with Marcia and Jan and their new husbands buying a house and living together. The clashes between Jan's uptight and conservative husband, Philip Covington III (a college professor in science who is several years older than Jan, played by Ron Kuhlman) and Marcia's slovenly and more bohemian husband, Wally Logan (a fun-loving salesman for a large toy company, played by Jerry Houser), were the pivot on which many of the stories were based, not unlike The Odd Couple. Florence Henderson and Ann B. Davis also appeared regularly. Ten episodes were aired before the sitcom was cancelled. This was the only Brady show in sitcom form to be filmed in front of a live studio audience. Bob Eubanks guest-starred as himself in an episode where the two couples appear on The Newlywed Game.

Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, The Brady Girls Get Married was rerun on various networks in its original full-length movie format.


No. Title Original air date
1 "The Brady Girls Get Married (Part 1)" February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06)
Marcia and Jan announce that they are both getting married and plans soon begin for a double wedding.
2 "The Brady Girls Get Married (Part 2)" February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)
Jan and Philip want a traditional wedding, and Marcia and Wally want a modern wedding.
3 "The Brady Girls Get Married (Part 3)" February 20, 1981 ( February 20, 1981)
The weather spells disaster for an outdoor wedding, so they end up having the ceremony inside the Brady house.
4 "Living Together" March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06)
After all the houses they see are too expensive, Marcia, Jan and their husbands decide to share a house.
5 "Gorilla of My Dreams" March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
Marcia and Jan get some self-defense lessons from their mother, while a thief attempts to burglarize their home.
6 "The Newlywed Game" March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20)
Game-show host Bob Eubanks asks Marcia and Jan to appear on The Newlywed Game with their new husbands.
7 "The Mom Who Came to Dinner" March 27, 1981 (1981-03-27)
Mrs. Brady temporarily moves in with her newly wedded daughters and their husbands.
8 "The Siege" April 3, 1981 (1981-04-03)
Wally's guilt over parking tickets causes him to panic when a policeman visits the house, so he decides to impersonate Philip.
9 "Cool Hand Phil" April 10, 1981 (1981-04-10)
Philip tries to change his image by dressing and acting "hip."
10 "A Pretty Boy is Like a Melody" April 17, 1981 (1981-04-17)
Marcia is forced to use Wally and Philip in her fashion show after her models go on strike.

A Very Brady Christmas

A second TV reunion movie, A Very Brady Christmas, aired in December 1988 on CBS and featured all the regular cast (except Susan Olsen, who was on her honeymoon at the time of filming; the role of Cindy was played by Jennifer Runyon), as well as three grandchildren, Peter's girlfriend, Valerie, and the spouses of Greg, Marcia, and Jan (Nora, Wally, and Phillip, respectively).[9] The Nielsen ratings for A Very Brady Christmas were the highest of any television movie that season for CBS.[10]

The Bradys

Due to the success of A Very Brady Christmas, CBS asked Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd to create a new series for the network. According to Lloyd Schwartz, his father and he initially balked at the idea because they felt a new series would harm the Brady franchise. They finally relented because CBS was "desperate for programming". A new series featuring the Brady clan was created entitled The Bradys. All the original Brady Bunch cast members returned for the series, except for McCormick (Marcia), who was replaced with Leah Ayres.

As with A Very Brady Christmas, The Bradys also featured elements of comedy and drama and featured storylines that were of a more serious nature than that of the original series and its subsequent spin-offs. Lloyd Schwartz later said he compared The Bradys to another dramedy of the time, thirtysomething. The two-hour series premiere episode aired on February 9, 1990, at 9 pm on CBS and initially drew respectable ratings. Subsequent episodes were moved to 8 pm, where ratings quickly declined. Due to the decline, CBS cancelled the series after six episodes.[11]

Day by Day: "A Very Brady Episode"

The Day by Day episode, titled "A Very Brady Episode" (February 5, 1989), on NBC, reunited six of the original The Brady Bunch cast members: Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, and Robert Reed.[12][13]

Film adaptations

Twenty years following the conclusion of the original series, a film adaptation, The Brady Bunch Movie went into production and was released in 1995 from Paramount Pictures. The film is set in the present day (1990s) and the Bradys, still living their lives as if it were the 1970s, are unfamiliar with their surroundings. It stars Gary Cole and Shelley Long as Mike and Carol Brady, with Christopher Daniel Barnes (Greg), Christine Taylor (Marcia), Paul Sutera (Peter), Jennifer Elise Cox (Jan), Jesse Lee (Bobby), Olivia Hack (Cindy), Henriette Mantel (Alice), and cameo appearances from Ann B. Davis as a long-haul truck driver and Florence Henderson as Carol's mother.

A sequel, A Very Brady Sequel, was released in 1996. The cast of the first film returned for the sequel. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House was made-for-television and was aired on Fox in 2002. Shelley Long and Gary Cole returned for the third film, while the Brady kids and Alice were recast.

DVD releases

Paramount Home Entertainment released all five seasons on DVD in Region 1 from 2005 to 2006, before CBS DVD took over DVD rights to the Paramount Television library (though CBS DVD releases are still distributed by Paramount). Paramount/CBS has released the series on DVD in other countries as well.

A Complete Series box set was released in 2007 by CBS and Paramount, which includes the TV movies A Very Brady Christmas and "The Brady 500" (an episode of The Bradys), as well as two episodes of The Brady Kids animated series. The box art for the set features green shag carpeting and 1970s-style wood paneling.

The first two seasons are also available on Region 2 DVD for the Nordic countries, with audio in English and subtitle choices in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, or Finnish.[14][15] The series has also been released on VHS, but the VHS tapes have gone out of print.

On April 7, 2015, CBS Home Entertainment released a repackaged version of the complete series set, at a lower price, but it does not include the bonus disc that was part of the original complete series release.[16]

Seasons one and two have also been released in the UK.

DVD name Episodes Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 25 March 1, 2005 August 27, 2007 September 19, 2007
The Complete Second Season 24 July 26, 2005 March 24, 2008 March 6, 2008
The Complete Third Season 23 September 13, 2005 N/A September 4, 2008
The Complete Fourth Season 23 November 1, 2005 N/A April 2, 2009
The Complete Fifth Season 22 March 7, 2006 N/A June 18, 2009
The Complete Series 117 (with extras) April 3, 2007 N/A N/A

See also


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