Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, died today at age 94. Not only is Schwartz responsible for bringing Carol, Mike, and the six Brady kids into our lives, as well as their housekeeper Alice, but he also wrote the iconic theme song. The Brady Bunch aired for less than five years, but generations of TV watchers got to know the wholesome bunch thanks to decades of reruns. And sometimes the goody-goody family brought out their sassy side, especially the women. Take a look back at some of the best quotes now from Carol, Alice, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy — the youngest one in curls.
Remember fake Darrin (Bewitched) and fake Jan (Brady Bunch)? The Onion's AV Club reminded me of what they called "jarring cases of recast roles" in sitcoms. So I dug up this gem of a video — "fake Jan" on a short-lived (and ill-conceived) Brady Bunch variety hour. Poor fake Jan! And I thought the original Jan (Eve Plumb) had it bad.
At first glance this is really unappealing. Upon closer inspection though, it seems like the producers have come up with a clever twist, calling this the Brady Bunch for grown-ups:
Through a misunderstanding, the Brady kids overhear a loud argument between their usually perfectly-in-love parents. The kids think their parents might be heading for a divorce and dig in to raise money to obtain marriage counseling for their woe-stricken parents. Greg operates a car service; Marcia dates for money; Peter and Jan put on magic shows; and Bobby and Cindy look for money in couches. Did you ever imagine what the Bradys might look like in a holding cell at the local police station? Somehow even Alice gets in some legal trouble for fraud.
So, that sounds hilarious, and maybe this will be like Avenue Q for the Bradys. What do you think? Is a Very Brady Musical something you'd pay to see?
Noooooo! I know that the behind-the-scenes Brady's weren't as perfect and cute as they seemed on television. (Greg smoked pot, Mr. Brady was a closeted-gay man, and Greg — you, again! — and Mrs. Brady may have gone on a date.) Still, people, a Brady porno, with Ron Jeremy as Sam the Butcher?! Groooooss.
Just complete the phrase, "He was a(n) ____."
I remember it well. An interminable summer during my childhood made bearable by retro-television shows. "The Carol Burnett Show." "The Monkees." "The Brady Bunch." So imagine how thrilled I was when Davy Jones of The Monkees (a manufactured boy-band phenomenon of their time) guest starred on TBB. Man, I had such a crush on this fey little Brit! What an innocent time. (What do you know, just by chance our friend at Copyranter tells us that Davy Jones' career has sunk to "Davy Jones' locker level. Ouch!)
Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie and the winner gets a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
Here I was thinking "The Brady Bunch" would be the hardest Recast of all, given the large cast, but once again you all surprised and delighted me with your lists. I especially enjoyed catstarr's mega-celebrity cast list — while Paris Hilton doesn't seem to adopt the, uh, Brady value system there is something intrinsically Marcia-like about her.
I also think legaleagle's pick of John Krasinski as Greg Brady is adorable. And I must say Yoshi Unique's idea of Jackie Chan and Salma Hayek heading up the Brady clan would be perfect for a 21st century "Brady Bunch."
Overall, however, my favorite cast list comes from celebrity_soup! Congrats, celebrity_soup!
To see celebrity_soup's recast list and the new cast photo, read more
Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
This week's Recast challenge needs no introduction: I want you to re-envision the deliciously retro sitcom "The Brady Bunch." Yes, this huge cast is a major undertaking, but it should be a highly entertaining one.
What modern actors would you choose to form this beloved TV family today? Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, May 1, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt, read more