‘The Brady Bunch’ Star Maureen McCormick Spoke Out on the Weirdness of Greg and Marcia’s Tension

by Suzanne Halliburton

The ageless Maureen McCormick really did have a fling with her The Brady Bunch co-star. She still giggles about having chemistry with her on-set brother, Greg. And that really, if they did have a relationship, it still would be OK.

This was one of the topics when McCormick made an appearance on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts Show, Feb. 20, 2017. It’s a radio show based in New York that’s on Sirius/XM.

The hosts were teasing each other about how one of them sang a song with his sister during a show. It was A Whole New World from Aladdin. And that’s a love song. Mike Cannon, a comedian who was on the show, said: “The singing wasn’t the weird part. It was the fact we were posed in a prom picture pose.”

McCormick said: “I love that. I want to be in your family.”

And from there, the topic was more about McCormick and whether it’s cool to be involved with your step brother or sister. During it’s run from 1969-74, The Brady Bunch never broached that sort of taboo subject. There were six children in the blended, modern kind of family. The boys all had dark hair, like their dad, Mike. The girls were blondes, like their mom, Carol. The parents were widowed before they met and married.

Each brother-sister pairing on The Brady Bunch was roughly the same age. Marcia and Greg Brady were the oldest of the children. And Marcia always had dates each Friday night. Teen-aged girls wanted to be Marcia and teen-aged boys wanted to date her. But there were no thoughts about dating each other, on screen, because that would indeed be weird.

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But times have changed.

Jim Norton told McCormick: “There was weird on-screen chemistry with you guys doing The Bradys. But you know what? That’s because the girls came from one side and the boys came from the other. Even as characters … you were brothers and sisters by marriage. You were half brothers and sisters.”

McCormick then corrected him. Everyone should know their Brady Bunch history.

“Right, but not really,” McCormick told Norton. “We weren’t, not blood.”

Mike Cannon offered an example. “I’ve known several cases for that to happen,” he said. “I have a buddy who grew up with his mom dating this other guy for like 15 years. So they became friends with his kids. And it became this inter thing. But she’s a hot woman now and like 15 years of living together, their parents have since split.”

Marcia and Greg Really Did Have a Fling

And here’s a fun fact. In real life, Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, did have several flings. They were two of the hottest teen heart throbs in the country. So why not? Barry Williams acknowledged it. And McCormick wrote about it in her memoir, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice. The book was released in 2008 and reached No. 4 on the New York Times best seller list.

McCormick and Williams made out in Williams’ dressing room on the set of The Brady Bunch.

“Of course, Barry turned (the dressing room) into a bachelor’s pad,” McCormick wrote. “We rolled around on the sofa and the floor, fumbling with each other’s clothes, but every time we got to a crucial point, we seemed to be interrupted by a knock on the door.”

The two really felt a connection. However, the timing was wrong.

“But at our ages … and given our unique situation, our relationship turned out to be more of an on-again-off-again game,” McCormick wrote.