‘A Very Brady Christmas’ Posted Massive Numbers When It First Aired

by Lauren Boisvert
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“A Very Brady Christmas” was a wild success when it aired in 1988. The TV movie gained a massive 25.1 Nielsen rating at the time, which is practically unheard of now. According to MeTV, a third of people watching TV that night were watching “A Very Brady Christmas.” It’s so hard to pull those kinds of numbers now.

“A Very Brady Christmas” followed Mike and Carol Brady as they tried to get together for the holidays with their six adult children and Alice. Various issues plague them as they try to get everyone together. Including Mike getting trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building. Mike designed a building while cutting costs when constructing it, and the building collapsed, trapping two security guards inside.

Mike rescues the security guards but then gets trapped himself. The family sings “O Come All Ye Faithful” at him until he gets out, and then they go home.

Alice also has a storyline, in that her husband Sam left her for another woman. When the family gets back to the house, there’s a surprise for Alice: Sam dressed up as Santa Claus, waiting for her. He confesses that he made a mistake, and she takes him back. The family ends the movie with a rendition of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Because of the success of “A Very Brady Christmas,” the series “The Bradys” aired from February to March 1990. It continued the stories of Mike and Carol and their grown-up children, but didn’t perform well. The subsequent films, “The Brady Bunch Movie” in 1995 and “A Very Brady Sequel” in 1996 featured a younger cast taking on the roles of the Bradys.

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Weirdly, Bobby was blond in the film, and fans were left wondering what was up with that. Apparently, Mike Lookinland was naturally blond, but the producers wanted him to look like the rest of the Brady boys. So, they dyed his hair brown.

According to MeTV, Lookinland hated the hair dye because the hot studio lights would cause it to melt and run down his face. So, for “A Very Brady Christmas,” he passed on the dye job and went with his natural hair color.

Additionally, the Brady house got a makeover for the 80s as well. Gone were the days of orange Formica, brown cabinets, and pea-green chairs. The kitchen was redone in a light wood look, with pastels and glass-front cabinets.

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