‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Christopher Knight Gets to the Bottom of Christmas Tree Debate with Photo from Classic Episode

by Joe Rutland
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What is it about a Christmas tree? This is an issue that The Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight took upon himself Tuesday.

Knight, who played Peter Brady on the iconic ABC family sitcom, happened to find an old-school photo from his TV show.

In the caption, he addresses one of the most important Christmas tree debates known to man.

OK, Outsiders, take a look for yourself.

In the photo, from left to right, are Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Knight, and Robert Reed.

So, what is your answer? A real or fake tree?

One fan writes, “Real tree! But not this year. Just not in the mood.”

Another one replies, “Fake, but it still looks nice”.

Then this fan shares, “Fake, mostly because of allergies, but I think they make less of a mess too.”

Finally, we get this response, “I have done both and prefer the smell of a real tree, but not the mess!!”

The Brady Bunch provided holiday fun for fans when the show ran on ABC between 1969-74. It also continues to do so through the magic of syndication.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Was Afraid That He Would Be ‘Tethered to the Show’

While Christopher Knight knows that The Brady Bunch was and is a phenomenon of pop culture, he had mixed feelings about The Brady Bunch effect.

Nowadays, he’s beyond having the Peter role define him. He “owes everything” to the show.

During a Brady family reunion for the New York Post, Knight shared about his ups and downs.

“I was a young leading man and wanted to get beyond that,” he said. “But at the same time, I had the feeling I was being tethered to the show and it was going to create a burden in being considered a serious adult.”

Knight said it became this “thing that I owe everything to…What it really has provided is this wholeness with this community that’s huge. I’m a member of everyone’s family and that engenders this great outpouring of brotherhood and love.”

The actor, though, moved away from the TV work. Knight launched a career in the computer industry, according to IMDb. He would eventually become a co-founder of Visual Software, a company that was a trailblazer in consumer 3D graphics. Knight also co-founded Kidwise Learningware, an interactive edutainment company.

Knight continued to hop from one corporate venture to the next over the following years, also co-founding another company, Eskape Labs, until a project with the late John Ritter got him back into show business. Stints on “Body Challenge,” “The Surreal Life,” “Blue Collar TV” and “Less Than Perfect” followed.