Happy 50th Anniversary to the debut of The Brady Bunch! It’s groovy and out of sight!

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Here is the cast of The Brady Bunch on the cover of The Chicago Daily News TV Magazine dated September 9-October 6, 1973.

Hello everyone! Today I am writing about one of my favorite shows, The Brady Bunch. It premiered on September 26, 1969, and ended on March 8, 1974, on ABC. I didn’t really watch all the episodes during its network run. I watched the reruns during the summer months and sometimes in the morning on ABC Daytime. When the show started airing on WFLD-TV Channel 32 in September 1975, I watched it every single day.

The reruns of the show were extremely popular that the show kept coming back in different variations. There was the cartoon series, The Brady Kids, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides and The Bradys. The TV-movies that led to the last two series that were previously mentioned were The Brady Girls Get Married and A Very Brady Christmas. They all guest-starred in other sitcoms, talk shows, morning shows and so on and so on.

I love all the episodes and each one was a classic, just like I Love Lucy. Almost every episode featured a TV character as the main plot. Mostly it was the kids and few episodes showcasing Alice. What made the show special and memorable were a lot of things. The theme song, dialogue, clothes, and hairstyles. The plots involved something going on in the house, at Mike Brady’s office, and at the kids’ school. Everyone had other relatives, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, neighbors, and complete strangers, which were also memorable characters.

Everyone who has seen the show remembers the house. It was cool house and very big. The den, the kitchen, the family room, Alice’s room, the bedrooms, the attic, and the bathroom. They had two pets, Fluffy the cat and Tiger the dog. Fluffy only appeared in the first episode and Tiger was in the first and second season.

The Brady Kids starting singing in season 3. They sang some classic songs that are very catchy and memorable today. Their vacation episodes were pure classics. Going to The Grand Canyon, Hawaii and even Cincinnati, OH where everyone rode the roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park.

I love all the characters, but my favorite one was not the parents or kids, it was Alice.  Every time she shows up on the screen, she makes me laugh. Some episodes that featured Alice when she was serious, were very believable, and I was always waiting for her to say something funny just to break the ice. The lines from the show were pure classics, that every die-hard fan remembers every word they said. It just likes the TV show, The Honeymooners. The most famous one is when Jan said, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”!

I still watch the show but rarely on regular TV. I have the show on DVD and starting watching it recently. There were a lot of scenes on the DVDs that were not shown on the reruns. First, they looked and felt peculiar, but as time went on, I settled on them comfortably. That’s how they were shown when they first aired on ABC.

Recently, on the cable network, HGTV the house that they used on the show was renovated. It from the exterior shots that filmed from the show. I have seen the show yet, it on my DVR right now.  I will post my story on my social media accounts and you can comment on your favorite episode or episodes, Thank you. Pete Kastanes, Admin for Vanished Chicagoland Facebook Page.

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