‘The Brady Bunch’ Actor Details How Growing Up on Show Was ‘Intense’ and ‘Awkward’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Your teen-aged years are awkward enough. So imagine you’re in The Brady Bunch, suffering all that angst and puberty on prime-time TV.

Barry Williams played oldest child Greg on The Brady Bunch. He was 14 when he landed the life-defining role. He was handsome and talented — remember his singing — and never wanted for a date. Williams’ life also was detailed in a number of magazines geared to teen-aged girls. So in any week, he could be featured in 16 or Tiger Beat.

The Brady Bunch amplified every klutzy moment and bad hair style. Remember yourself at 14. Horrors, right?

Williams now is 66. And in an interview with People magazine posted Thursday, he talked about spending his high school years on The Brady Bunch.

“The years were very intense years for me,” The Brady Bunch star said. “All my teen years, 14 to 20, were on The Brady Bunch.”

“There were a lot of changes,” he said. “You could hear the voice changing, you could see the hair changing, you could see the growth spurts going on with all of us.

“So, it was sometimes awkward and sometimes fun, but I’ve always enjoyed people watching the show,” Williams added.

The Brady Bunch writers even addressed all that change with an episode called Dough Re Me, which ran in January, 1972. In this season three episode, Greg wrote a song called We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter. When Greg found out it would cost $150 to book time at a recording studio, Peter (Christopher Knight) suggested that all the kids formed a group. Because kid groups, Peter said, are big. So the Brady siblings dubbed themselves The Brady Six.

But there was a problem. Peter woke up one day and his voice was changing. Hello, puberty. The kids already paid the money for the studio — Dad even advanced them their allowances to cover the expense. So what to do?

Since this is The Brady Bunch, the writers made it into a life lesson. They created a whole new song. They called it Time to Change. And Peter contributed with his wonky voice. As an aside, Barry Williams said that Christopher Knight really hated to sing. When the kids sang on the show, some of the microphones weren’t on.

The Brady Bunch kids really did record their music. You could be a fan of the show on TV, then listen to their songs in the comfort of your own bedroom.

The album “It’s a Sunshine Day, the Best of the Brady Bunch” features Time to Change. And, the kids also recorded the We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter.

So even with the teen-aged angst and puberty, The Brady Bunch siblings got to be famous for acting and singing. Sounds like a win.

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