‘The Brady Bunch’: Why Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams’ Offscreen Relationship Never Took Off

by Madison Miller
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Romantic relationships that start on the screen and transfer to real-life are really common. There’s only so much acting that can happen without some real feelings being involved.

For example, Jared Padalecki and Genevieve Padalecki met on the set of “Supernatural.” Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens had a long relationship after “High School Musical.” Also, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher started dating after being a couple on “That 70s Show.”

When it comes to “The Brady Bunch,” two actors on the show had a strong attraction to each other, but it never quite worked out.

The two characters didn’t play a romantic coupling on the show. In fact, they were actually brother and sister, so it wasn’t quite the romantic set-up for viewers.

However, Barry Williams (who played Greg) and Maureen McCormick (who played Marcia) had a bit of a thing going on behind-the-scenes of “The Brady Bunch.”

Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick Attraction

For TV show producers, what their actors do when they’re not on-screen is just as important as what they do on-screen. The actions and behaviors can be a huge factor in viewership.

This is why producers of “The Brady Bunch” kept a close eye on Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick.

“An unspoken responsibility that became part of my job was hormone patrol. The Brady kids were attractive to America – and attractive to each other. Each of them had an opposite-sex counterpart with whom they were spending an inordinate amount of time. It is only natural that relationships would begin to develop,” Producer Lloyd Schwartz wrote in his book, “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch.”

According to Schwartz, it was always a concern. However, it seemed as though the two could never get their timing right anyways so there ended up being nothing to worry about.

On-Again, Off-Again Romance

“The Brady Bunch” went to Hawaii for part of season 4. Here the couple shared a sweet first kiss on the white sandy beach near the crystal clear water of Hawaii. Then, the two were a bit of an on-and-off fling, again never really being able to commit at the same time.

In fact, when Barry Williams got his own dressing room, it was the go-to hang out spot.

“Of course, Barry turned it into a bachelor’s pad. 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,” McCormick wrote in her book, “Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice.”

The two had real feelings, but she knew that sustaining a romantic relationship would be hard considering their careers.

“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 in her book.

Williams and His On-Screen Mom

William’s interest in his co-stars went beyond his on-screen sister. He had a crush on his on-screen mother, as well.

Florence Henderson, who played Carol Martin, got “involved” with Williams.

According to Biography.com, it was something that would haunt her for the rest of her life. At the time, he was 16 and she was 36. Florence was a married woman and a mother of four children.

However, Henderson has confirmed that the two did go out to dinner, but it was not a date. They were driven by Williams’ older brother since Barry Williams still didn’t have his license. It was one-sided because he thought it was a date, but Henderson just thought it made for a funny story.

“When those little things called hormones start kicking in, you get excited by even inanimate objects. It wasn’t that I sought to bed her. I just wanted to spend time with her,” Barry Williams said in his memoir, “Growing Up Brady.”

It was common for the actors on the show to get together. As Susan Olsen said, who played Cindy on the show, “We led a sheltered life for part of the year so if there was anybody to crush on or try to date, it would be our counterparts.”

For her, it was Robert Reed that she often would “make out in the doghouse” with.

H/T: Showbiz CheatSheet

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