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The Brady Bunch - The Complete First Season

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THE BRADY BUNCH – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON tells the story of Carol, a single mother of three girls – Marcia, Jan and Cindy and architect Mike Brady, a single father of three boys – Greg, Peter and Bobby who get married and blend the two families into one. Added to the mix are housekeeper Alice and dog Tiger. The Bradys’ experience the same obstacles as any family, from adjusting to their new extended family, to sibling rivalry. The comedy series famous for its catchy theme song truly has become a pop culture icon and is still enjoyed by viewers of all ages.

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Because of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, writer-producer Sherwood Schwartz will forever be a TV hall-of-famer. They were his only real hits, but they were both grand slams in their prime times and have remained syndicated favorites ever since. Following closely on the Gilligan's Island season 2 release, The Brady Bunch is ready for home theaters with a nicely designed, 4-disc set of 25 first-season episodes. The pilot episode, "The Honeymoon" sets up the story we all know from the theme song (lyrics by Schwartz) by giving us the marriage of Mike and Carol and the coming together of the six kids. Schwartz provides commentary for just this first show, but he fondly recalls his intention of sweet, subdued, and often corny gags the pre-fab family encountered as a precise format each week. Two other episodes include commentary by Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), and Susan Olson (Cindy), and their reminiscences are equally affectionate about time on the show and everyone's surprise at its enormous success. Every Brady episode is a classic in some sense, and this first of five seasons (those kids did grow up fast) includes some real charmers when the six Brady kids still seemed impossibly young. It's hard to say the show was ever hip, even though it became slightly more attuned to a pop sensibility as the Bradys moved into the '70s. But man, is this 1969 everyfamily ever square. Even so, it's hard to resist the way each one gets their own screen time with shows devoted to simple childhood joys and traumas--Jan's missing locket, Cindy's missing baby doll, Greg's crush on his math teacher, Peter's swelled head when he gets his picture in the paper, etc.

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


Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Creator Sherwood Schwartz and 3 of the Brady Kids over select episodes!
  • Coming Together Under One Roof Bonus Featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb
  • Directors: David Alexander, George Cahan, Herb Wallerstein, John Rich, Norman Abbott
  • Writers: Al Schwartz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
  • Run Time: 652 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006Z2L4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,640 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brady Bunch - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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By JGC on February 15, 2005
Format: DVD
I grew up watching the Brady Bunch in repeats (every day @ 4:35 on TBS), now I watch it on TV Land. This is the best example of classic TV. Below is a description of every episode from season one that are on this DVD:

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.
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The Pilot episode of The Brady Bunch aptly sets up the way of the show with an ending that's almost totally out of reality.

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.
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Who has never heard of the BRADY BUNCH?! The Brady Bunch ran from 1969 to 1974. From the beginning the show was a hit to audiences and became a classic altogether. When I got my copy of the first season I was amazed of the effort they put into it. Usually, Paramount has plain, ordinary DVD sets. Not this time though, they added a lendicular cover and a few extras. This set is also a space saver too. Instead of making 4 cases for the 4 discs, they put two discs in each case cutting the size of the set in half. The picture to me was very clear and crisp, with the occasional flicker of dust and debris. The sound was pretty good too, considering that all shows back then were in mono. All in all, this set is a great selection for all you Brady fans out there!
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The Brady Bunch is a show that has certainly held up over the years. Although some aspects of the show are dated, it is a show that you would definately have no problem letting your kids watch. A bit unrealistic at times (Mike and Carol not having any arguements, one bathroom for nine people and no toilet in that bathroom, etc.), but a refreshing change of pace from a lot of today's shows. When this show orginally aired on ABC on Friday nights, it was immediately followed by the Partridge Family, another show that defined the 70s. The Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch were two shows that seemed to go hand in hand. However, the Partridge Family has not been seen in syndication as much as the Brady Bunch has, and is even more dated than the Brady Bunch. The Partridge Family should be released on DVD soon, so keep an eye out for that. Also, another reviewer here stated that the Brady Bunch spin-off movie "The Brady Girls Get Married" aired on ABC in 1981. That is incorrect. It aired on NBC in 1981, followed by a short lived series called "The Brady Brides". And in 1988, CBS aired "A Very Brady Christmas" and followed that with another short lived series called "The Bradys", a drama about the grown up Brady kids. These were the only times (except for "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" program aired in 1976-1977 by ABC) that the Bradys reunited to play their charcters in reunion shows.
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