The Brady Bunch - The Complete First Season
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In a brief bonus featurette we get more innocuously entertaining interview comments from Schwartz, Williams, Olson, Knight, and Mike Lookinland (Bobby). It's interesting that all the subjects make note of how seriously the classically trained (now-deceased) Robert Reed took his role as patriarch, Mike Brady. His reputation as being "difficult" followed the long run of the show, but if Schwartz's first choice had gotten the role it could have been a lot worse. (Schwartz is delighted to reveal the famous name and career path that followed, so the mystery shouldn't be spoiled here.) As it was during its TV run, The Brady Bunch on DVD is clearly meant for a specific generation--yours. --Ted Fry
- Audio Commentary by Creator Sherwood Schwartz and 3 of the Brady Kids over select episodes!
- Coming Together Under One Roof Bonus Featurette
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The Honeymoon (original air date: Sept. 26, 1969)
Description: In the series pilot, Mike Brady, a widower with three boys, marries Carol Martin, a single mother (it was never fully stated if Carol was a widow or a divorcee) with three girls. Mike and Carol decide to bring their 6 kids, Alice their maid with the can-do attitude, tiger the dog, fluffy the cat (who is never seen after the pilot), and Cindy's rag doll along on their honeymoon.
Dear Libby (original air date: Oct. 3, 1969)
Description: Advice columnist Dear Libby, draws Marcia's attention with a letter from someone of similar circumstances as her parents. This leads Marcia to draw the conclusion that Mike or Carol wrote the letter. Hurt feelings and misunderstanding encompass the entire family -- including Alice - that is until Dear Libby drops everything and makes a personal appearance to the entire bunch; just to clear everything up!
Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy (original air date: Oct. 10, 1969)
Description: Cindy has been cast as the fairy princess in the school play. She's excited that her mom and new dad will be able to see her in the production until she learns she can only invite one parent. If it were my kid, I would have pulled them from the play Mike decides to put Cindy's mind at ease. A private play is done just for the Brady family and Alice.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (original air date: Oct.Read more ›
The unrealness continues with, for instance, shows where the whole family comes to a halt to search for Cindy's missing doll.
Unrealness, is not a bad word, by the way. On the contrary, I think today's TV's obsession with "reality" only makes for a more pessimistic unreality as now they strive to make every TV family more dysfunctional than most will ever be.
For example, In retribution for the wise, selfless and caring dads of the sitcoms of old we now have a pack of moronic, weak and selfish dads who are constantly inferior to the kids and/or the wife.
While this sort of thing is funny when the show is done right (like The Simpsons and occasionally Malcolm In The Middle) it grows tired real quick and one starts preferring the other side of unreality.
That's where The Brady Bunch comes in.
The Brady Bunch was never a great show, but it was a sweet and enjoyable one. Where the writing of the show was weak, at least you had good chemistry between the kids and kids and the adults.
For a show that seems firmly a part of the 1970's, this first season certainly looks more like the sitcoms of the late 60's to be sure. The look of color shows back then were made to take advantage of color TV that while it was not exactly new, was finally starting to go mainstream.
That means most color shows were really IN COLOR, bright primary colors. Almost any color show of that time was a feast for those who loved color.
The plots for the first season are pretty much standard issue sitcom plots.Read more ›
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This is such a classic I haven't seen it in so long but it is a wholesome show compared to the junk they put on now. Read morePublished 5 days ago by LOVETHEBEACH21
I did not watch the Brady Bunch, I bought it for my kids to watch on a recent road trip. Judging from the laughs in the backseat, they loved it!Published 3 months ago by burkysbest