‘The Brady Bunch’: Barry Williams Called Returning to the Brady House ‘Nostalgic, but Sentimental’

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)

Fifty years after The Brady Bunch first aired, the Bradys reunited with a member of the cast they hadn’t seen in decades: the Brady house. Producers filmed the exterior of a house in Studio City, Calif. But the interior was a set on a sound stage. Those iconic stairs went nowhere. Though in 2019, HGTV renovated that house in Studio City with the help of the surviving cast. The Bradys were home again.

“It’s nostalgic but sentimental,” Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, told the New York Post. “It’s extraordinary what (HGTV) did. … HGTV didn’t know exactly where they going with it 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.”

HGTV bought the house at 11222 Dilling St. for $3.5 million in 2018, reports said. The network outbid former NSYNC member Lance Bass. Producers spent months retrofitting and reassembling the interior to match The Brady Bunch house for the A Very Brady Renovation special. The reality show went to great lengths to recreate the home as close to the original as possible, which was difficult. The interior of the house looked nothing like the Brady abode. Along with a major overhaul, the show also needed to find period-accurate furniture and decor. So, they turned to fans to help them source those items.

The cast said it didn’t just get the look right, the reality show renovation recreated the intangibles as well.

“It looks and feels exactly familiar in the best way,” Maureen McCormick, Marcia Brady, told the post. “It really is amazing.”

Only A Few Shows Match Longevity of ‘The Brady Bunch’

Thanks to syndication deals, The Brady Bunch never went off the air. After ABC canceled the show in 1974, the show lived on in repeats. And it continues to pick up new fans as younger audiences watch the reruns.

Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady, said older fans show The Brady Bunch to their kids, who grow up and show their kids.

“I think it’s now a nostalgia thing, but initially it was a child’s show for children to tap into. And then it became nostalgia as soon as people got old enough to look on what they consumed as a child,” Knight told the New York Post. “We’re doing that right now. Regardless of whatever generation you are… it’s the same loop for everyone, regardless of their era. The Brady Bunch has never not been around [it seems].”

That regenerative nature puts The Brady Bunch in rare company. Only a handful of shows have the same longevity and legacy.

“This is Monday-morning quarterbacking, but what is unique about The Brady Bunch is that it came along at a time when the entire complexion of TV was changing with the entry of cable,” Barry Williams.
Our show went into strip syndication on the local and major networks before we 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.