‘Brady Bunch’ Creator Sherwood Schwartz Opened Up About His Problems With ‘Brady Kids’ Spin-Off

by Madison Miller

On March 8, 1974, the final episode of the popular, heartwarming family show “The Brady Bunch” aired on TV.

While it may have been the last time that program came out with a new episode, it certainly wasn’t truly the end of “The Brady Bunch.” There were several spin-off and reunion films over the years, including “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Brady Girls Get Married,” and “The Brady Brides.”

‘The Brady Bunch’ Creator Talks Problems with Spin-Off

One of the spin-off series was “The Brady Kids.” This was an animated series based on “The Brady Kids” that aired starting in 1972 before wrapping up not long after in 1973. It featured the voices of some of the popular characters, including Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, and Mike Lookinland.

The creator was Sherwood Schwartz, who also made “The Brady Bunch.” He opened up during a Television Academy interview from 1997 about some of his reservations with the animated show. It seemed like there was a lack of communication between him and the network.

“They said they would do as I say, but they didn’t … They did some stories about school and the principal and this and that. I said, ‘That’s not what we agreed to, I agreed to something else entirely,'” Schwartz said during the interview.

That wasn’t his only problem with the animated project, however. He also didn’t love that the parents, played by Robert Reed and Florence Henderson, were not in the series. Also not present was the popular housekeeper character Alice Nelson, played by Ann B. Davis.

“I also had a problem because Ann B.’s agent said how come Ann B. in this animated [project], there’s money there in animation voiceovers. I’m not sure, I suppose that Florence might have been slighted too, I don’t know. She never mentioned it to me and Bob Reed and I didn’t talk about things like that anyways,” Schwartz said.

It makes sense that all of the parental figures were cut from the series, however. Given the title of the show, the entire premise is that only the kids would get the spotlight.

Dark Gilligan’s Island Movie

Not only did Sherwood Schwartz create “The Brady Bunch,” but he was also the mastermind behind the very popular “Gilligan’s Island” series.

If he had issues with “The Brady Kids,” he likely would not have approved of a version of “Gilligan’s Island” popular director James Gunn pitched. According to Comicbook.com, Gunn once pitched a version of “Gilligan’s Island” in which all the survivors grow desperate, violent, and even cannibalistic. Seems like something Sherwood Schwartz would find a bit alarming.

As it turns out, he did find it alarming. Apparently, Schwartz objected and the project stalled. Gunn tried again years later and this time Schwartz’s estate passed on the idea. “The Brady Bunch” creator passed away in 2011.