The family dog "Tiger" was killed by a car in season one of the show before the filming of episode five was completed. A replacement dog proved to be unworkable. Tiger's doghouse remained on the set, though, because one of the studio lights fell and burned a hole through the astroturf, and the doghouse was used to hide the burned spot.
Sherwood Schwartz's technique for auditioning child actors and actresses was to set out a bunch of toys on his desk, then during the interview see if the child paid attention to him or was distracted by the toys. If the toys went unheeded, Schwartz knew the child had the concentration needed to work on a television series.
Robert Reed was a closeted homosexual. Florence Henderson noticed early on that he appeared uncomfortable acting romantically with her, and he admitted the truth to her privately. They worked around it, rehearsing kissing and hugging scenes off-camera, so they would look more natural when it came time to film them. The entire cast kept Reed's homosexuality a secret until after his death.
We saw the Brady bathroom many times, but not once did we see a toilet. The popular joke was that the Bradys were so good, clean, and wholesome that didn't even go to the bathroom. The truth was, the network censors wouldn't allow a toilet to be shown, at that time.
Robert Reed was written out of the show's final episode, "The Hair-Brained Scheme", after an argument with Producer Sherwood Schwartz over what Reed considered a ridiculous storyline (with Greg's hair turning orange from hair tonic), but he remained on-set for its filming. Studio security offered to remove Reed, but Schwartz declined to have this done in front of the kids.
A scene in the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon", makes it clear Mike's first wife had died, making him a widower, but the status of Carol's first marriage was kept a secret. Creator Sherwood Schwartz maintained Carol was divorced from her first husband, but nothing about it was mentioned on the series. At that time, divorce was a subject matter that was still considered largely taboo for television, particularly a series aimed at family audiences.
Robert Reed, strongly disliked his role as Mike Brady. He claimed he only took the part because Sherwood Schwartz told him the show would be a serious, boundary-pushing look at modern day family life. Schwartz considered the possibility of either hiring a new actor to play Mike or killing off the character altogether, if the series were renewed for a sixth season. Reed stayed with the series (and subsequent reunion spin-offs) out of loyalty to the kids.
The sliding glass door in the back of the Brady house actually never had glass in it. It was simply put on the sliders with no glass so as to prevent glares from lighting while filming.
During the series run, Florence Henderson lobbied the producers constantly to allow Carol Brady to get out into the workforce. Henderson thought this would be more in line with how she was in real-life. The producers kept the character of Carol Brady unemployed, though she frequently did volunteer work and fundraising for charity.
Mike Lookinland's (Bobby's) hair was actually strawberry blond and had to be dyed dark brown to match the other male cast members. Bobby was seen with strawberry blond hair in the reunion projects.
Barry Williams (Greg Brady) did his own surfing in season four's three-part opening episode in Hawaii. In one scene, Barry wiped out near some exposed rocks, injured himself, and was briefly lost. Filming had to be postponed until he had fully recovered.
When Florence Henderson arrived to do her screentest, there was no one on staff to do her make-up, so she went over to the adjoining studio where Star Trek (1966) was filmed, and she found herself seated in a make-up chair between William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, being made up for their day's work on one of the last episodes of Star Trek (1966). Henderson recalls that both actors completely ignored her.
The Brady kids didn't always like the wardrobe they were expected to wear, and asked for more fashionable clothes. Producer Sherwood Schwartz declined the request, because he (correctly) expected the show to be syndicated at the end of its network run, and didn't want the fashions (and thus the show) to look dated.
The show is sometimes believed to be the first to show a married couple (Mike and Carol) sleeping in the same bed together. It is at least sixth. Five known earlier series were First: Mary Kay and Johnny (1947) Second: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952). Third: The Flintstones (1960) (plus first in animation). Fourth: The Munsters (1964). Fifth: Green Acres (1965).
The house used for exterior shots, which was normally seen at the beginning of every episode as well as various points throughout the show's run, is at 11222 Dilling Street, Studio City, California. Since the series ended, the owners of the house have erected an iron fence, let heavy shrubbery grow to cover much of the front, and have suffered numerous trespassers. They also refused to let producers use the house for exterior shots in the subsequent films in the 1990s.
Due to its marginal ratings (only reaching number thirty-four in the Nielsen Ratings at its peak), the show was never renewed for a whole season until its last season on the air (1973-74). During its first four seasons, it was only renewed for thirteen episodes at a time. Several members of the cast have admitted that when they finished filming thirteen episodes, there was always an air of apprehension while they waited to see if ABC would renew the program or not. The program stayed on the air because of its popularity among children.
Everyday since 1975 (the start of its syndication), an episode has aired somewhere in the world.
The producers of Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) threatened to sue Sherwood Schwartz, accusing him of taking their idea and plot summary. Sherwood showed them the notes, plus an outline of this show that was written a year or two before their movie was even written.
In a case of life imitating art, Susan Olsen has said many times in interviews that Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb didn't get along in real-life, which is why they rarely appeared together.
The theme song, written by Sherwood Schwartz, was performed by The Peppermint Trolley Company for the show's first season. During filming, Christopher Knight was overheard singing the theme on-set, and the show's producers hit on the idea of the Brady kids performing the show's introduction. From season two on, the kids sang the theme, which was re-arranged and re-recorded each year.
The names of Mike's and Carol's previous spouses were never mentioned and kept top secret to watchers, of the five season run, throughout this show's five season run. The only time a picture was shown of Mike's previous wife was in the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon", when one was held by Bobby.
Carol's last name from her previous marriage was Martin. Her maiden name was Tyler.
Ann B. Davis played her own twin cousin in "Sergeant Emma". Ironically, Ann B. Davis did have a twin sister, but the producers did not use her for this episode.
The Brady's home address was 4222 Clinton Way. Their telephone number was 762-0799, mentioned just once by Jan (Eve Plumb) in season two, episode nine, "The Not-So-Ugly Duckling". Bobby also mentioned their phone number in season five, episode two, "Mail Order Hero" (the Joe Namath episode). Even though it was widely known that the show was set in the Los Angeles suburbs, the name of the specific town, in which they lived, was never mentioned.
This show is famous for its squeaky clean image and it's goody-two-shoes characters. But there is season four, episode ten, "Goodbye, Alice, Hello", that is considered too racy to be shown in its entirety in syndication. In one scene in the episode, Bobby and Cindy, both wearing bathrobes, standing in the kitchen and talking to Alice, plead with her for permission to go to a skinny dipping party at their friend's house. (Mike and Carol are preoccupied with other issues for some reason, and are not part of the conversation). Alice refuses, saying no Brady kid will go to "some x-rated party in their birthday suit" if she can help it. The scene routinely gets edited out when it's shown in syndication, due to the suggestive subject matter.
Even though Greg dated a lot, we never actually see him kiss anyone of the dates he went out with. The only Brady kid that had a kissing scene was Bobby, kissing Melissa Sue Anderson in season five, episode four, "Never Too Young". Anderson is best known as Mary on Little House on the Prairie (1974).
Sherwood Schwartz's daughter Hope Juber (credited as Hope Sherwood) made four guest appearances on the series. First, season two, episode three, "The Slumber Caper", as a school classmate of Marcia, named Jenny. Second, season three, episode eighteen, "The Big Bet", as Greg's date, Rachel. Third, season four, episode fifteen, "Greg Gets Grounded", as Greg's date, Rachel again, and the series' finale, "The Hair-Brained Scheme", as Gretchen, a graduate-to-be along with Greg. In addition, some of the show's storylines were based on her real-life experiences growing up. She admitted later it was slightly embarrassing to see events from her life played out on television.
Two cast members from The Sound of Music (1965) appeared on this show. Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich, played Doug Simpson on season four, episode eighteen, "The Subject Was Noses". Kym Karath, who played Gretel, played Kerry Hathaway on season four, episode five, "Cyrano De Brady".
The girls originally had a cat named Fluffy, it was only seen in the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon".
Carol Brady is the only main character never to have her name in the title of an episode.
Four hundred sixty-four boys and girls were interviewed by Sherwood Schwartz to find out who would act best, as the six Brady kids.
Jeffrey Hunter lobbied Sherwood Schwartz for the role of Mike Brady, but the network thought Hunter was "too handsome" for the role and rejected him.
Sherwood Schwartz originally wanted Gene Hackman for the role of Mike Brady, but Hackman wasn't considered well-known enough at the time.
The word "sex" was mentioned three times throughout the entire series. Once by Greg during season one, episode twenty-four, "The Grass Is Always Greener", by Mike in season one, episode thirteen, "Is There a Doctor in the House?", but not again until the final season by Cousin Oliver, during the final episode, "The Hair-Brained Scheme".
The 1960s saw a trend in television series depicting widowed parents raising young children. At the time of the series premiere, some critics noted that the show had taken that trend to an extreme.
Sherwood Schwartz and Robert Reed often feuded over the quality of the scripts throughout the run of the series. Schwartz has stated that if the show had been renewed for a sixth season, Reed's character of Mike Brady would have been written out of the show, because he had become too difficult, with whom to work.
The show received a lot of viewer fan mail, including a few letters from children asking if they could come live with the Bradys, since their own families were troubled or imperfect. Sherwood Schwartz answered those letters with a reminder that this was only a television show, and the children would do best to make the most of their own home situations.
This was the first television series created and produced by Paramount Studios, which, up until that time, had been a movie studio exclusively. Earlier shows, such as Star Trek (1966) and Bonanza (1959), were acquired by Paramount when the studio purchased Desilu Productions.
The Brady kids attended Westdale High School, Fillmore Junior High, and Clinton Elementary School. However, in season one, episode three, "Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy", the name of Cindy's school was Dixie Canyon Elementary School (an elementary school in Studio City, California) in reality.
Robert Reed refused to be in the pie throwing segment of season five, episode seventeen, "Welcome Aboard", for there was no dialogue. He called it "dumb", as if it were a silent movie of the Keystone Cops' era.
In addition to the albums recorded by the Brady kids, there was an album featuring only Maureen McCormick and Christopher Knight. It was a commercial failure.
Joyce Bulifant was originally cast as Carol. Kathleen Freeman was first picked to be Alice. However, when Florence Henderson was cast as Carol, Ann B. Davis was given the part of Alice, to keep things "evenly balanced".
Shortly before season four, episode eighteen, "The Subject Was Noses", aired for the first time (Friday, February 9, 1973), Maureen McCormick injured her nose in an automobile accident, which led to the creation and writing of the episode.
When Sherwood Schwartz pitched the pilot episode, "The Honeymoon", to NBC, they thought the story of the parents taking their blended family along on their honeymoon was an unbelievable storyline. They offered to do the pilot if he changed the ending. ABC liked it so much, they wanted to stretch the story to be a television movie, ninety minutes long. Sherwood balked at that also, certain that such a pilot would be so dull, the series would not get picked up.
Shirley Jones was offered the role of Carol. However, she refused it because, as she put it, she refused to do a role where all she did was "take a pot roast out of the oven". Of course, a year after this show premiered, Jones played another iconic mother, on The Partridge Family (1970), which aired immediately after this show.
Melissa Sue Anderson became Mike Lookinland's love interest in season five, episode four, "Never Too Young". They teamed up again as potential love interests on Little House on the Prairie (1974) season four, episode two, "Times of Change".
The Love Theme from Franco Zeferelli's "Romeo and Juliet" (1969) is used several times in Brady Bunch episodes. It is used in "Love and the Older Man", " Never Too Young", "Cyrano de Brady" and other places.
Several episodes of the series contained similar plots from the earlier series My Three Sons (1960). The Brady Bunch: Katchoo (1969), was from My Three Sons: Tramp or Ernie (1966). The Brady Bunch: The Winner (1971) was from My Three Sons: A Hunk of Hardware (1966). And The Brady Bunch: Two Petes in a Pod (1974) was from My Three Sons: The Wrong Robbie (1966).
The Bradys all drove Chrysler Corporation vehicles (until the final season). Mike Brady drove a 1968 blue Dodge Polara convertible in the pilot; a 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible also blue; second season a 1970 Plymouth Fury III convertible in blue; a 1970 blue Plymouth Barracuda convertible in year three; a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible in year three (in one episode it has a rear clip from the '72 Barracuda; Plymouth dropped the Barracuda convertible in 1971); also there was a 1972 blue Chevrolet Impala convertible; a red 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible; and a dark red 1974 Chevrolet Caprice convertible in year five (the one Greg and Marcia used for their "driving test"). The "Bradys" 1974 dark red Caprice was also used in an episode of The Odd Couple in 1975. Carol, on the other hand, drove five different Plymouth Satellite station wagons, one representing each year from 1969 through '73. The '69 took the Bunch on an overnight camping trip in season one; the '71 took them to the Grand Canyon in season three; and the '72 was involved in a fender bender in the later part of that same season. The vehicles were loaned to Paramount by the Chrysler Corporation and The Chevrolet motor Division for filming. Incidentally, the 1969 Plymouth Fury III convertible that "Mike Brady" drove was recently restored to showroom condition.
Sherwood Schwartz claimed that Robert Reed worked on this show solely to fulfill a contractual obligation with Paramount. Initially, he was to star in a sitcom based on "Barefoot in the Park" (which he had done on Broadway) which never got off the ground. Reed was also considered for a TV adaptation of the movie Houseboat (1958), which was also canned. With both sitcoms no longer going forward, it opened the opportunity for Reed to accept the role of Mike Brady.
Dabbs Greer, who played the Reverend Alden on Little House on the Prairie, also played the reverend who marries Mike Brady and Carol Martin in the pilot.
After "The Brady Bunch" wrapped both Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick starred in TV movies about promiscuous teenage girls. Eve Plumb won rave reviews for playing a teenaged prostitute in the 1976 TV movie "Dawn Portrait of a Runaway". She reprised the role in the 1977 sequel "The Other Side of Dawn". Following in her TV sister's footsteps, Maureen McCormick then starred in the 1979 telefilm "When Jenny, When?" about a high school girl who engages in promiscuous sex so that she can avoid intimacy.
In the episode "Where There's Smoke" Tommy reassures Greg by saying "Hey! They're just regular cigarettes man!" when he imploringly hands him the open cigarette carton. The implication when Tommy says "just regular cigarettes" is that they're not marijuana cigarettes! This is ironic because Barry Williams admitted in his autobiography "Growing Up Brady" that he was, in fact, stoned from marijuana in one episode.
The Bradys' next-door neighbors, the Ditmeyers, were mentioned frequently, but only Mister Ditmeyer was seen only once, in a 5 to 10-second cameo, in the closing scene of, The Brady Bunch: Coming Out Party (1971). It strongly appears to be the same actor, Paul Sorenson. He guest-starred in the role of Ralph Hinton, father of Buddy Hinton, in The Brady Bunch: A Fistful of Reasons (1970).
The show's third and fourth seasons opened with three-part specials. Season three started with a family trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. They were The Brady Bunch: Ghost Town, U.S.A. (1971), The Brady Bunch: Grand Canyon or Bust (1971), The Brady Bunch: The Brady Braves (1971). Season four started with a family trip to Hawaii The Brady Bunch: Hawaii Bound (1972), The Brady Bunch: Pass the Tabu (1972) and The Brady Bunch: The Tiki Caves (1972).
Florence Henderson (Carol Brady), Ann B. Davis (Alice Nelson) and Barry Williams (Greg Brady) are the only actors to appear in all 117 episodes of the series.
Allan Melvin, who played the recurring role of Sam Franklin the Butcher, concurrently played a recurring role on All in the Family (1971), which is often viewed as an antithesis, (opposite genre and personality) to The Brady Bunch. Melvin also was comical Sergeant Hacker, on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), that starred Jim Nabors. Allan Melvin also acted as a criminal occasionally on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) earlier in his career. Nabors and Melvin both acted on The Andy Griffith show.
The character 'Mike Brady' was ranked #14 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (Sunday, June 20th, 2004 issue).
Four members did a double role in this series. Ann B. Davis was the first in The Brady Bunch: Sergeant Emma (1972). Second were Florence Henderson and Robert Reed, acted together in The Brady Bunch: You're Never Too Old (1973). Third and last was Christopher Knight in The Brady Bunch: Two Petes in a Pod (1974).
The major sponsors during the earlier episodes were Cheerios cereal and Mattel Toys.
Due to constant squabbling with the producers, Robert Reed would likely have been fired prior to the start of the sixth season. According to Sherwood Schwartz, the role of Mike Brady would have been recast, or simply killed off.
Allegedly Eve Plumb was very jealous Maureen McCormick got to act with and got kissed by Desi Arnaz Jr., and she didn't. Life imitates art -("Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!").
It was never clearly stated in what town or city the Bradys lived in, but was generally indicated to be suburban Los Angeles.
The name of the Brady kids' singing group, normally, was the Brady Six. However, in The Brady Bunch: Amateur Nite (1973), they were temporarily known as "The Silver Platters".
In a Brady Bunch crossover moment Hank Thackeray from "Petticoat Junction" appears in the 1970 episode "The Possible Dream".
Most of the cast had braces on the show at one point or another. Susan Olsen, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb and Mike Lookinland all had braces on the show. (There was even episode called Brace Yourself about Marcia getting braces.)
"The Brady Kids" was an animated spinoff which ran while "The Brady Bunch" was still on the air from 1972 to 1974, and starred the six Brady kids from the original series.
Gilligan' s Island alumni Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer both make appearances on The Brady Bunch.
Sherwood Schwartz has said that a lot of the storylines come from real things that have happened to the cast, and likewise the character traits of the kids were used to develop their characters. So when we see Jan and Marcia fighting, in fact Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick did fight in real life; likewise when Barry (Greg) plays music all the time in various episodes, he did do that in real life.
Patrick Adriarte, who plays David in 1972's episode "Hawaii Bound", also played Ho John on "M*A*S*H during this period.
There are many references to a fictional place called "Mount Claymore". This is where the Brady family went camping in The Brady Bunch: A-Camping We Will Go (1969).
Mike Lookinland would star in The Towering Inferno (1974) in 1974, the same year The Brady Bunch wrapped.
Allan Melvin played Alice's boyfriend Sam on the Brady Bunch and Archie Bunker's best friend Barney Hefner on All in the Family.
All 117 The Brady Bunch (1969) episodes originally televised on ABC TV stations, on very early Friday evenings, to be exact, during the 7:00 hour. Either 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM half hour, or 7:30 PM to 8:00 half hour.
Denise Nickerson, who played one of Peter's dates in the Two Pete's in a Pod episode, also played Violet in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1970) and Amy Jennings in Dark Shadows (1966).
Eve Plumb auditioned for and was considered for the part of Regan in The Exorcist (1973) while she was still on The Brady Bunch.
Sherwood Schwartz, creator of Gilligan's Island (1964) and The Brady Bunch (1969) tentatively titled Mine and Yours, began a lengthy friendship with Melvin Shavelson while working for Bob Hope in 1938. Shavelson wrote & directed Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). Plot: Frank 10 children, Helen 8, created the 1969 James Grover Thurber based television series, My World and Welcome to It (1969) and "The War Between Men and Women" (1972)_). Thurber grew up in a three boy family.
Some differences between the first season and the remaining seasons: the theme song is sung by the Peppermint Trolley Company (by the Brady kids thereafter); some background/scene music is different and only heard in the first season; Florence Henderson (Carol) wears a wig; Marcia wears pigtails.
When Marcia gets her driver's license, it shows Maureen McCormick's actual birthdate (8-5-56) and the same address used to send Jan's locket (4222 Clinton Way, City) - awkwardly avoiding the name of an actual city in the same way.
In season 1 episode 10 "Every Boy Does It Once" Bobby and Cindy talk about the mean stepmother in Cinderella. Cindy tells Bobby "You're lucky! You have a nice stepmother". This is the only time in the series (besides the pilot) when Mike and Carol are referred to as stepparents. The rest of the time the kids all just call them Mom and Dad and seem to act like they are their original biological parents.
The Brady Brides returned Marcia and Jan to TV IN 1981. They both are grown up and moved out. The series starts with Marcia and Jan meeting the men of their dreams, falling in love and getting married in a joint ceremony held in their parent's backyard. The sisters have to convince their husbands that it's a good idea to move in together. While some of the other Brady offspring make brief appearances, the series focuses mainly on the two daughters, their husbands, and the Brady parents.
On the "Possible Dream" episode where Marcia gets to meet Desi Arnaz junior Alice says that he watches him (Desi Arznaz Junior) on "The Lucy Show". Desi Arnaz Junior was not a recurring character on The Lucy Show though, so she couldn't "watch him every week" on that show; he was a regular character on "Here's Lucy".
Robert Reed (Mike Brady) wears a suit and tie for the opening and closing title sequences of all five seasons.
There are two Brady Bunch/Here's Lucy crossover events. Brady Bunch's Eve Plumb makes an appearance on Here's Lucy in the "Lucy and Donny Osmond" episode. And Desi Arnaz Junior appears on The Brady Bunch in the "Possible Dream" episode.
The Brady Bunch was originally called "The Bradley Brood" in the script while the show was in development.
Eve Plumb plays a terminal cancer patient friend of Buffy's on Family Affair in the "Christmas Comes Early" episode.
The Brady Bunch: Her Sister's Shadow (1971) is the 59th & middle episode, of the series. There were 58 series episodes before & there were 58 series episodes after.
In the show Robert Reed's name was Mike Brady, and Mike Lookinland's name was Robert Brady. Their names were flip flopped.
Eve Plumb starred as two girls with a fatal disease who wind up dying in her career. Before she was on the Brady Bunch she played Eve, a friend of Buffy's, on A Family Affair, in the Christmas Came a Little Early episode. Eve is a girl with a terminal illness who winds up dying by the end of the episode. Later, years after the Brady Bunch wrapped, Eve would play Beth March in the 1978 TV movie version of Little Women. Beth March also dies during the course of the story.
Every Season The Bradys have to go trip due Mike's work (Except For Season 1) Season 1: Ep. 08 A- Camping We All Go Season 2: Ep. 17 Coming Out Party Season 3: Ep. 1-3 Ghost Town USA, Grand Canyon Or Bust, The Brady Braves Season 4: Ep. 1-3 Hawii Bound, Pass The Tabu, The Tiki Caves Season 5: Ep. 11 The Cincinnati Kids