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The Brady Bunch : Common Sense & Nostalgia Combined
They Way They Became The Brady Bunch
We've been watching the Brady Bunch in our house lately with my 10 year old and it's a big hit. As I sit and watch the shows with her, I still like it too.
The Brady Bunch originally aired from 1969 to 1974. There were 5 seasons and the number of episodes ranging from 22 to 25 per season.
It was created by Sherwood Schwartz and starred 9 main cast members.
- Robert Reed plays the dad or "Mike Brady"
- Greg the oldest boy is played by Barry Williams
- Peter is the middle boy played by Christopher Knight
- Bobby the youngest son is played by Mike Lookinland
- Florence Henderson plays the mom or "Carol"
- Marcia the oldest girl is played by Maureen McCormick,
- Jan the middle girl is played by Eve Plumb
- Cindy the youngest girl is played by Susan Olsen.
- Ann Davis plays Alice, the lovable live in housekeeper/nanny who adds a ton of humour to the show.
The story plot is about the merging of these 2 families and evolves as the 2 families become one.
The subjects of the story lines are simple life problems. Relationships with friends and family, and the communication that is needed to make it through life on a daily basis. The language is simple. It makes it very easy to understand.
It's interesting to watch and listen to the types of issues that get dealt with. I love the fact that nothing goes unresolved. That makes it a learning tool.
The challenges kids and parents face are basically still the same today.
Today maybe there maybe a few more issues and more problems, but the basic consequences are the same, and the learning opportunities are still there.
Brady Bunch Pilot Episode
Life in a Family
Not too simple for today's youth, the show has engaged my 10 yr old child. One of the points of interest for her is that she is an only child, so it gives her a peek at life with siblings.
It has definitely helped her curiosity about having brothers and sisters. It is something she has always wondered about.
Since the age group of the children is spread out, it has helped with understanding pecking order according to age, as well as the life experiences that come with the process of growing up.
The scene sets are simple and not full of distractions, it makes the show easier to watch. The show has lots of fun with crazy antics and with regular, household and life props, (ie in season 4 Bobby tried to watch his clothes himself and flood the laundry room with suds: it's hilarious - yet so simple!).
They don't need the complicated toys. The scripts are easy to watch and well written - even if it is corny. That's just a sign of the times.
It's the Story ...
The stories all revolve around the family, living life with integrity, honesty and learning from mistakes that happen. It's done with a sense of humor.
Mom and dad Brady are always laughing, so it helps to see that resolutions to problems don't have to come with anger, but they do have to happen.
The messaging is clear, treat one and other the way you want to be treated, and the show always explains why.
It discusses consequences for actions and encourages thinking from the perspective of the person who has been wronged. It's a good old fashion television series that impacted a whole generation with some good morals.
Worth watching, it's a good family show.
Brady Bunch World
- BRADY WORLD - HOME OF THE BRADY BUNCH
Complete guide to The Brady Bunch, - Episode Guide, Collectibles, Trivia, and news past, present and future on the cast
I don't believe the messaging in current television programming is the same anymore.
It's more about how to deal with divorced parents. Plots are about getting ahead, being a part of the "in" crowd. The focus has shifted to getting all the "cool stuff" you can and making money.
A show like the Brady Bunch is a reminder to take the opportunities that life throws at us in the form of our mistakes, and discuss them.
We need to face and resolve things in life that don't make us proud, correct them and move on, respectfully.
The Brady Bunch taught us how to do that. Not many do any more.
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