‘The Brady Bunch’: Greg Actor Barry Williams Opens Up on the Show’s Current Popularity

by Josh Lanier

Barry Williams said no one could have imagined The Brady Bunch would still be popular today. The show premiered 52 years ago, yet the show still picks up new fans as networks rerun the old episodes.

The Greg Brady actor recently took part in a MeTV live Q&A where he theorized why the show has remained relevant.

“I covered my bases,” Williams said. “I didn’t think — nobody, nobody thought — it would kind of … live on for 50 years. … Because we didn’t have the technology for that. But I took the work very seriously. I had fun doing it, but I worked very hard to make sure that it was good as it could be because I knew would be on film. So somebody might see it.”

And they have. Mostly because once The Brady Bunch went into syndication, it has remained on the air ever since. That constant stream of plays acts as a time capsule and entry point for people unfamiliar with early television.

“It’s playing somewhere every day,” he said. “MeTv has a block of four shows every Sunday. I think they’re calling it ‘A Brady Brunch’ because it comes on around that noontime area. But there was no way to predict this. We had no cable. We had no internet.”

He elaborated during an interview with WFMZ-TV. In the end, The Brady Bunch was available at the right time and place.

“Like in life, everything has to do with the timing of things,” Williams said. “Syndication just came into its own right around that period of time, and that’s what has kept it on all these years. And it’s found a new generation of viewers.”

Things Were Less Wholesome on Brady Bunch Set

Fans remember The Brady Bunch for its wholesome themes and family-oriented programming. But behind the scenes were a handful of hormonal teenagers who do what hormonal teens do.

Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, wrote about it in “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.” She and Williams would make out in his dressing room on The Brady Bunch set during downtime.

“Of course, Barry turned (the dressing room) into a bachelor’s pad,” McCormick wrote. “We rolled around on the sofa and the floor, fumbling with each other’s clothes, but every time we got to a crucial point, we seemed to be interrupted by a knock on the door.”

Though, nothing ever came of this. It was just a fling between TV brother and sister.

“But at our ages … and given our unique situation, our relationship turned out to be more of an on-again-off-again game,” McCormick wrote.