‘The Brady Bunch’: Ann B. Davis Hilariously Describes How the Opening Sequence Was Filmed in 1994 Interview

by Keeli Parkey

“The Brady Bunch” is remembered for many things. There’s the episode where Marcia’s nose was broken with a football. There was also the time Davy Jones made an appearance on the show. And who can forget the family’s trip to Hawaii?

Maybe one of the most iconic images from the show was its opening sequence. You can picture it in your head, can’t you? Mike and Carol Brady, along with their six children, appear in blocks on the screen. They are smiling and looking at one another. The girls are highlighted first, then the boys. Finally, they all appear on screen together as “The Brady Bunch” logo and the names of its cast appear on the screen.

During an interview with Conan O’Brien in 1994, Ann B. Davis talked about the show’s opening sequence. Davis famously played the Brady’s housekeeper, Alice Nelson, on the hit family sitcom. She was included in the credits at the end in the center square. And what she had to say about the opening sequence was pretty funny.

O’Brien brought up the topic of the opening sequence during their interview. He wanted to know what it was like to film that on “The Brady Bunch.”

“They’d set up a stool in a blue or something background. They put little dots you know on whatever they call those things that you put things on. And they’d say, ‘Alright Ann, look over there, now look down, okay. Now look front, now look that way, now look up.'”

Alice Actress Said She Had to Focus On Being ‘A Personality’ While Filming Sequence of ‘The Brady Bunch’

It wasn’t the most interesting thing to do on set, but she had to stay focused while filming the sequence on “The Brady Bunch.”

“But, you got to be a personality while you’re doing it,” she also told O’Brien.

O’Brien then referred to the show’s opening sequence as “such a strange thing.” So, he also asked Davis, “Why are you so happy to be in this weird box? You know, you’re like, ‘Hey, check you out. Hey, good.'”

“The Brady Bunch” actress then said she “couldn’t figure it out then.”

“And 25 years later, I can’t figure it out now, except it meant I was working,” Ann B. Davis also said. “That’s why it was always good.”

Davis appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show in 1994 to promote her cookbook. It was titled, “Alice’s Brady Bunch Cookbook.” Of course, O’Brien wanted to know if she was a big cook.

Her answer: “No. I’m an actress. I play cooks.” She then praised Ron Newcomer and Diane Smolen. They were responsible for the majority of the recipes in the book.

Ann B. Davis passed away on June 1, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, according to IMDb.com. She was 88 years old at the time of her death. You can watch her talk about “The Brady Bunch” with Conan O’Brien below. Her comments about the show’s opening sequence can be found near the beginning of the video.