‘The Brady Bunch’: One Actor Explained Why Filming Show’s Iconic Intro Was Harder Than it Looked

by Joe Rutland

Start humming “The Brady Bunch” theme song and that show’s intro probably comes to your mind. It wasn’t easy to do, one actor said.

During a 2019 interview with Forbes, Christopher Knight, who played Peter Brady, recalls the work it took on his and the other actors’ behalf to get that done right.

“When you’re watching it, you’re hearing the theme song, but we weren’t,” Knight said. “We were literally sitting in front of the camera and being told to look up, look down, look right, look down diagonally and it wasn’t that easy to do especially since you’d have to smile the whole time and it could be one contiguous five-minute shot.”

‘The Brady Bunch’ Cast Helped Speed Up Shooting Process

Actually, “The Brady Bunch” cast members helped make the process a lot easier over the years. The show would have to re-do the intro because the kids on the show were growing up.

“Realizing that no one had ever done this before, we were the most experienced ones,” Knight said. “So we’d ask, ‘Can I set a pointer?’

“I could stare at that because the sightline was the part that was most critical,” he said. “When you don’t have anything to focus on, your eyes can get cross-eyed or oddly dead. It made it better for us, which made it better for them as well. But we had to invent that for ourselves.”

Knight Understands Other Costars’ Struggles After Show Ends

Knight freely admits that he got tired of being looked at as simply Peter Brady of “The Brady Bunch” after the ABC sitcom ended. Yet he has a kindred heart for two other costars, Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen, and their struggles.

“(Eve) has had a much harder time than some of us in trying to relive that role, for whatever reason, we’re all different and she approaches it her way and she has a right to,” Knight told the Sydney Morning Herald in 2019. “I know Susan has a difficult time with her character (but) I have never felt the need to back away.”

“Things go in cycles,” Plumb, who played Jan, told The Washington Post in 2000. “You have downtimes, up times, busy times, not-so-busy times. I’m having to fight against that stigma of being an ex-child star.”

“I’ll always be Jan Brady to so many people,” she said to Closer. “I can’t escape it, but I can do other things. Isn’t (Jan) dead yet?”

Meanwhile, Olsen understands that her experience as a child star on “The Brady Bunch” helped her become the person she is today.

“I think that being an actress helped me to grow,” she told Fox News. “I don’t really think that the show helped me to grow so much as people that watched the show learned to grow.”