‘The Brady Bunch’: Why Barry Williams Called The Show ‘Unique’

by Samantha Whidden

He was a star on The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974, so Barry Williams definitely knows why the well-known family sitcom is so attention-catching even decades later.

During his 2019 interview with The New York Post, Williams revealed one reason why the show is so unique. “What is unique about The Brady Bunch is that it came along at a time when the entire complexion of TV was changing with entry of cable.”

Williams then stated The Brady Bunch went into strip syndication on the local and major networks before he and co-stars actually finished filming. “And since then it’s never been off the air. Ever. And that’s unique. The Andy Griffith Show and I Love Lucy are really the only two shows that have had this kind of consistent run.”

Williams also spoke about the nostalgia of HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation. “It’s extraordinary what they did. It went from kind of being this silly idea. We’re gonna have this house with this family facade but you can’t tour there. It’s zoned residentially so you can’t make a museum [out] of it. You can’t sell tickets. It’s not a ride.”

The Brady Bunch star went on to add that HGTV didn’t know exactly what it was going with at first. “So they consulted with all of us. And what emerged is emotionally packed and relatable to the series. You can sense the presence of Alice cooking dinner.”

Barry Williams Reveals Which Episode Had the Most Cringe-Worthy Moments 

Also during his interview with the New York Post, Barry Williams declared which episode has the most cringe-worthy moments. “That stupid episode [The Driver’s Seat]. I told the writers at the time that no one would ever believe it.”

Williams reveals that during the episode, Marcia and Greg competed in a driving contest with an egg on top of a cone. Greg was supposed to lose. “Well, c’mon. You mean I’m gonna knock the cone off for real?” The Brady Bunch star said. “I just hit the accelerator and closed my eyes and cringed.”

Williams also admits that he never apologizes for any of the clothing. “I felt cool at the time and felt we weren’t the most extreme in teams of fashion.”

In regards to how The Brady Bunch affected his acting career, Williams said he realized some people would or would not cat him because he was Greg Brady. “The good news for me was that Greg could conceivably grow up to become anything.”

Following the end of the series, Williams revealed that he moved to New York City immediately and audition for Bob Fosse for the title role in Pippin. He concluded that with The Brady Bunch Variety House he thought he’d have a better opportunity to launch a music career on a TV than he did on Broadway. “And that’s been the story ever since. I’ve had a thriving career over the last 54 years.”