‘Brady Bunch’ Star Maureen McCormick Described Show as a Place to Escape

by Chase Thomas
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The Brady Bunch was an iconic show for the time that it was released. So many folks tuned in for the program that featured such an exemplary cast, like Maureen McCormick as Marsha Brady. The show is still watched and enjoyed by many today because of that cast. Also because of how they all worked with one another. However, it is easy to forget that the show featured mostly a cast of children. They all grew up on the show like McCormick. What was it like to both be a kid and thrive as a child star?

McCormick and Barry Williams, who played Greg, talked about all of that in an interview. McCormick said, “When we were doing it, we were having so much fun.” The cast cared about one another as she pointed out.

However, she also talks about why the show worked for people. She said, “I think we are all actually looking for a place to escape.” She cites the simpler times of the show and the values that still hold true today. That’s why so many folks still catch reruns of the program and love it today.

The Hawaii Episode on ‘The Brady Bunch’

Remember that trilogy of episodes of The Brady Bunch when the Brady family went to Hawaii? Well, that was the favorite for Barry and Susan Olsen. The two siblings on the show told the New York Post that was their favorite episode.

Williams said, “When we went to Hawaii [for the trilogy episode ‘Hawaii Bound’]. The only thing I’ve been longer than a Brady is a surfer. I had to talk them into letting me do my own surfing, and the amazing thing, for the two days we filmed that [episode], the beach was rented by our company from the state, so everyone that was out there surfing with me was a paid extra, which gave me a lot of juice and priority on the waves. I was like, “Hey, guys, I’ll grab this one, the cameras are rolling.” That was an extraordinary teenage experience which has become a lifetime memory.”

He got to surf and get paid for it, which made it all the more fun for Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch.

A Family Affair

Susan Olsen added, “Going to Hawaii. Robert Reed actually showed up at the airport when we arrived and when we got to the hotel I said, “Oh no, it’s raining” — I wanted to go swimming — and he said, “Don’t worry about it, Susan, everybody here swims in the rain.” I didn’t swim very well and my mom was fine letting Bob take care of me and I’m on his shoulders in the ocean and all rest of the Bradys are there and we’re watching people go, “Is that Bobby? Is that Cindy? It’s Mike and Carol!” Soon we had all these people around us going, “They must be a real family” and I felt very proud that they thought that.”

It was quite a family experience and clearly had a big impact on all the Brady kids from the program.