‘The Brady Bunch’: Barry Williams Explains How Show Is ‘Always Alive’ 50 Years Later

by Allison Hambrick
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Barry Williams attends the premiere of HGTV's "A Very Brady Renovation" at The Garland Hotel on September 05, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

The Brady Bunch icon Barry Williams discussed the show’s legacy and how it remains relevant 50 years later. Williams, best known for playing oldest brother Greg Brady, is proud of his part in the show and its success.

The Brady Bunch has been successful, but the reality is its success is compounded by the years that it grows in success,” the actor told Fox News. “It’s still on 50 years later. It’s more esteemed than it was at the time we were doing it. For whatever reason, it was blessed with this evergreen sensibility that we have ridden along with this thing.”

Additionally, Williams is aware of the role nostalgia has in his success. Part of why The Brady Bunch holds universal appeal is that many viewers can associate it with a simpler time. Williams said the same of those who worked on the show.

“It might not be absolutely in the foremost of your mind, but it’s out there,” he added. “It’s always alive. There’s a sparkle in anyone who has done the show. They are remembered for it. Perhaps because the show continues to touch people. And those childhood memories are the deepest. For all these years, people continue to remember us and the show through all these different phases in life.”

The Brady Bunch Appeals Beyond Generations

Now, 50 years later, Williams revealed he has all kinds of fan interactions. Because of The Brady Bunch‘s continuous success, its fanbase reaches far beyond the viewers who were children when it aired.

“I always hear, ‘Hey man, I grew up with you. I grew up with your show,’” he said. “We have three generations of people that grew up with us at different times. There are a lot of people our age, some a little younger than that and the grandkids. There has always been a sense of curiosity about us. Now that we’ve grown up, what are our lives like? What’s that world like when the Brady kids are moms, dad, grandmas and grandpas?”

Because of the continual interest in The Brady Bunch, every few years, someone revives the show in some form. Whether it was for The Brady Bunch movies of the 1990s or an HGTV special, audiences have tuned in. This Christmas, they’ll have another chance, thanks to Lifetime.

A Very Brady Christmas, Again?

While it is not an official reunion The Brady Bunch, Lifetime’s Blending Christmas reunites several of its cast members to celebrate the holidays in a new movie. Williams is joined by television siblings Susan Olsen, Mike Lookinland, and Christopher McKnight. It will follow protagonist Emma as she discovers the resort where her family vacations each Christmas is being redeveloped.

Williams felt the film promotes “the kind of message that is sorely needed and much appreciated in these times.” The film will be the third Christmas film the stars make together and the first in which they will not be playing the Bradys. For Williams, “that kind of combination was very hard to pass up.”

The former Greg Brady appreciates how fans have kept The Brady Bunch alive. Williams said that because of them, “it been an interesting, magical ride.”