In the 1970s, “The Brady Bunch” absolutely dominated the screen. Viewers had gotten hooked on the lovable family and the catchy tune that plays at the beginning of each episode.
The original sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz was on from 1969 to 1974. Even then, America was obsessed with the blended family of six children and their hilarious antics.
The show got a number of spin-off series and television reunion films. That includes “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Brady Brides,” and “A Very Brady Christmas,” amongst many others. Most recently, the cast reunited on HGTV’s “A Very Brady Renovation” where they restored the original “The Brady Bunch” house.
‘The Brady Bunch’ Animated Series
On September 9, 1972, ABC aired “The Brady Kids.” This is a spin-off series based on “The Brady Bunch.” However, instead of real-life people, the show relies on animation.
Moreover, while the kids from the show didn’t have to do any physical acting, they did get their first shot at voice acting. Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen all lent their voices to the show. It aired for only a year and wrapped up on October 6, 1973.
Barry Williams, or Greg Brady on the series, spoke briefly about the animated show in a recent interview with media personality Mike Deeson.
“Those bodies, they didn’t want to spend a lot of money reanimating, so they used … the bodies from ‘The Archies’ and then redrew our heads on them,” Williams said.
The show Williams is referring to is “The Archie Show.” This was a musical animation sitcom. Filmation produced the show for CBS. The show brought beloved comic characters like Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones to the screen.
Younger folks may recognize the names from the show as they now appear on The CW’s gritty reinterpretation, “Riverdale.”
The Classic Show Intro
In terms of sitcoms, animated or not, “The Brady Bunch” has one of the most iconic introductions to ever appear on television.
For those interested in the Marvel Universe, “WandaVision” on Disney+ had a colorful shoutout to some classic TV sitcoms.
During the third episode, “Now in Color,” the opening credits are a beautiful mix of “The Brady Bunch” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The logo spreads out just like it did on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Meanwhile, there are also those stacked picture boxes with characters in them like “The Brady Bunch.” Although “WandaVision” instead uses hexagon shapes.
It’s an interesting homage to some of the 1970s most influential shows.
Schwartz and Frank de Vol joined forces to write the classic theme song. The Peppermint Trolley Company originally performed the song. Then the Brady kids took over as the singers in season two and onward.