‘The Brady Bunch’ Actors Explained Why More Drama Didn’t Happen Between Cast on Set

by Joe Rutland

“The Brady Bunch” has proven to be a classic TV favorite for many years. Drama is one thing, though, that didn’t hamper the cast.

Why not? A lot of TV shows have been known to have so much drama on the set that it’s hurt them. Three of “The Brady Bunch” actors talked about the lack of it during an interview with the Australian TV’s Studio 10.

Susan Olsen, who played the youngest sister Cindy, said “only Maureen (McCormick) and Eve (Plumb)” had the drama between them.

“We didn’t have to share a bathroom,” Olsen said, referencing the classic critique of the show for only having one bathroom in the home.

‘The Brady Bunch’ Stars Say There Was Lot Of Adult Supervision On Set

“We got along well,” Mike Lookinland, who played the youngest brother Bobby on “The Brady Bunch,” said. “If there had been conflict, it would have been nipped in the bud.”

“We had a lot of adults around us,” Christopher Knight, who played middle brother Peter, said. “We had a lot of supervision,” Lookinland said. Olsen added, “We were good kids.”

Knight’s reference to adults might be a sign of respect toward “The Brady Bunch” adult stars. Robert Reed played Mike Brady, Florence Henderson played Carol Brady, and Ann B. Davis played Alice the housekeeper. All three, sadly, have died. Further, Barry Williams, who played older brother Greg, is now the oldest-living original cast member at 66 years old.

Show Creator Took Fatherly Attitude Toward Young Cast

Sherwood Schwartz, who created “The Brady Bunch,” wanted there to be a true family feel to the show. It was intentional on his part, Henderson said in an interview before she died in 2016.

“Well Sherwood Schwartz could tell you because I think he saw them all,” Henderson said in an interview with the Archive of American Television. “But he was very, I guess, fatherly to these kids. He really felt so close to them that he had such definite ideas about what they should do or shouldn’t do.

“I think as they grew and developed very definite ideas of their own, I think that was sometimes very hard for Sherwood,” she said.

Schwartz also created another TV sitcom that’s remained a favorite for decades in “Gilligan’s Island.” He spent time before creating both shows as a writer for other television shows, too.

Henderson died on Nov. 24, 2016, at 82 years old. Schwartz died on July 12, 2011, at 94 years old.

Their contributions to the medium of television, though, are never forgotten.