The Kids from the Brady Bunch.

Who needs the Partridge Family? These kids do it all — they even cover the Beatles!

This is the best of the several Brady Bunch albums that were produced in the early 70’s. This one doesn’t contain the popular Time To Change tune that Peter Brady sang on the show. The recording of Sunshine Day from this album was used verbatim in the Brady Bunch movie, a testament to the contribution that vinyl makes even in today’s digital world.

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz and starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, and Ann B. Davis. The series revolved around a large blended family. The show originally aired from September 26, 1969 to March 8, 1974 on ABC and was subsequently syndicated internationally.

In 1997, “Getting Davy Jones” (the 12th episode in the third season) was ranked No. 37 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

Mike Brady (Robert Reed), widowed architect with sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland), marries Carol Ann Martin (née Tyler) (Florence Henderson), whose daughters are Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen). The wife and daughters take the Brady surname. Producer Schwartz wanted Carol to have been a divorcée but the network objected to this. A compromise was reached whereby no mention was made of the circumstances in which Carol’s first marriage ended. The blended family, Mike’s live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis) and the boys’ dog Tiger settle into a large, suburban, two-story house designed by Mike. Their specific location is not explicitly stated in the series, though numerous indications suggest they reside in Southern California.

The theme song penned by Schwartz quickly communicated to audiences that the Bradys were a blended family. In the first season this blending figured prominently in stories. These episodes chronicled the family learning to adjust to its new circumstances and become a unit, as well as typical childhood problems such as rivalries and family squabbles. Over time the episodes focused more on issues related to the kids growing up, such as dating, self-image, responsibility, and puberty.

From the second season the blending and its particular tensions were less intrinsic to stories but would sometimes be casually mentioned in dialogue, often as part of a joke. Two episodes from the third season, “Not So Rose Colored Glasses” and “Jan’s Aunt Jenny”, mention that Mike and Carol had been married for just three years. “Kelly’s Kids” in the final season explicitly recalled Mike and Carol’s adoptions (“Either way, you adopted three boys and you adopted three girls, right?”) when their neighbors, the Kellys, adopted three boys of different races.

It was not the first series to show a “blended” family (two series which debuted in the 1950s, Make Room For Daddy and Bonanza, had stepsiblings and half-siblings respectively), but came at a time when divorce and remarriage in America was seeing a surge.

Contemporary issues were sometimes explored. Season two’s “The Liberation of Marcia Brady” explored the equality of women, as Marcia sets out to prove a girl can do anything a boy can. The boys challenge the idea and coerce Peter into joining Marcia’s club, the Sunflower Girls, to make a point.

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One response »

  1. arthur says:

    Hello,

    Another one missing

    Thanks

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