‘The Brady Bunch’: Besides the Bathroom Not Having a Toilet, House Set Had One Other Oddity

by Anna Dunn

While the set of The Brady Bunch looked like a real house, it had a few on-set oddities. Aside from the fact that the bathroom didn’t have a toilet, the back door didn’t actually have any glass. This was in order to keep light from reflecting off the door. It’s an incredibly light door frame. Therefore, every time you get a sneak peek of a character opening that door, they’re looking like they’re doing more than they are.

That glass door was important in a variety of scenes. From Florence Henderson’s Carol Brady opening it to call the kids in for dinner to a scene where the open glass door results in Marcia getting hit in the nose with a stray football, the doors played a key part on the set. But it was all movie magic. And while it seems you’d quickly notice glass missing from those doors, it looks like most fans didn’t notice a thing.

The lack of a toilet was also an interesting tidbit. According to MeTV, the network didn’t want to have a toilet on camera. It was 1969 and they found it too unsightly.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Cast Also Looked Different Behind the Scenes

On top of the set having some interesting behind-the-scenes oddities, a lot of the cast had to undergo some physical changes to look the part.

Hair seemed to be incredibly important to Sherwood Schwartz, the show creator. Florence Henderson wore a wig for the first season. She had to crop her hair short for her role on an off-broadway production of South Pacific before coming on the show. Schwartz and the creative department wanted it a bit longer, so they had her don a wig.

But that’s mild compared two what two of the kids had to do to look the part. While Cindy actress Susan Olsen was a natural blonde, she apparently wasn’t “blonde enough” to match her sisters. This lead to production repeatedly bleaching Olsen’s hair until it started falling out when they began shooting season 2.  

Mike Lookinland also had to dye his hair to match that of his on-screen brothers. Hair was so important to Sherwood Schwartz that he actually had multiple kids on standby until the parents were cast, then sent home the kids whose hair didn’t match. Lookinland, who played the young Bobby Brady, was the only exception to this rule. Schwartz wrote all about it in his book, Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch from the Father/Son Team Who Really Know.

The Brady Bunch spoke to so many people because it followed what appeared to be an idyllic and “normal” family in an idyllic and “normal” home. But as with any Hollywood Production, things weren’t always as they seemed.