My Kids Are Bonkers for The Bradys

My Kids Are Bonkers for The Bradys

I was not a latchkey kid in the 1970’s, but for some reason, my brothers and sisters and I watched A LOT of after school television. Gilligan’s Island, Brady Bunch, Hogan’s Heroes, Bewitched, 321 Contact. The list goes on and on.

I am not sure why Mom let us just zone out watching TV … she was home after all and she was also known for making us play outside from dawn till dusk.

My kids don’t watch much TV and most everything we get is on-demand via Netflix or recorded on TiVo. They are starting to transition out of “all-cartoons-all-the-time” phase of their younger years and enjoying more live action, real human entertainment.

What’s their latest fascination? Much to my delight, it is “The Brady Bunch!”

All these years later, the Brady Bunch is a hit with the next generation! -

We watched the first couple episodes on Youtube. The quality was terrible, so I invested in the complete box set (about $51, and includes the movies!) YOU MUST KNOW: It comes in a green shag “carpeting” cover!! It’s awesome! My daughter keeps rubbing it on her face.

If you don’t want to buy the set, all seasons of “The Brady Bunch” are available on Vudu. We didn’t have Vudu, and I couldn’t see paying for it just to get the Bradys.

Why We (Still) Love the Bradys

Do you remember the first episode of the “The Brady Bunch”, which is Carol and Mike’s wedding? In which Tiger the dog chases Fluffy the cat, and Mike ends up under the wedding cake?

Why do we remember this show so well?

As I was watching the show (we watched on thru the second episode “Dear Libby”), I kept thinking “Why is this show so memorable?” “Why are my kids responding to it so excitedly?”

I think that first of all, the acting in the show — particularly by the children — is very natural. Also, their characters are generally kind to each other, but not fakey. They are siblings and act that way, barging into each other’s room, ripping holes in their clothes, and calling each other names (like ‘dummy’ or ‘stupid’).

All these years later, the Brady Bunch is still a hit. -

Modeling the World as It Is(-ish)

The thing I do NOT miss with the Bradys is “The kids are in charge” feeling of new youth television shows. The parents are highly visible in shows like The Brady Bunch, Leave it to Beaver, Family Ties, Eight is Enough and other 1970’s and 80’s television.

In older programs, parents and other adults are the ones kids turn to for guidance to solve problems.

My kids have a lot of new shows they like — The Elephant Princess, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Phineas & Ferb. The one consistent thing in all of them is absentee parents or “bad guy” adults. Storylines that follow kids doing things OUTSIDE the confines of family and parental boundaries and facing off with adult bad guys.

With the Bradys, kids experience the chance to observe a real sense of LOVE underpinning tribulations of family life. Mike and Carol as happy newlyweds, and the stability they provide — along with their third arm, Alice — allows for problems to come up and to be handled. The stories are funny and unexpected, but also just center around regular family life in sunny California.

The Bradys may be a sort of family fantasy world, but it is always being hit with anxiety, arguing, trouble, upset and worry. At the end of the day, however, they are a family. And that is what holds and binds them together.

One of the things my kids and I really enjoy is the chaos of the six kids. We have four kids, so the Bradys’ comings and goings are familiar!

I know I’m always looking for quality entertainment for my kids, and especially something I can enjoy with them! I am on the edge of my seat to see Marcia swoon over Davey Jones again, to see Jan ride her bike into the family photo, to hear the Silver Platters sing “It’s Time Change” again, with my kids.

If you’re looking for a wholesome family show to watch with your kids, you can pick up the complete series Brady Bunch box set on Amazon or eBay.


About Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a journalist, blogger & Demand Poet. Her articles have appeared in the Kansas City Star, Review Magazine, Boston Review, the American City Business Journals, All Green Magazine and more. She writes from her Connecticut home while fending off four kids and a dog. You can read more of her writing at "Letters from a Small State."

25 comments on «My Kids Are Bonkers for The Bradys»

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I used to watch The Brady Bunch religiously every day after school, I loved that show and still do!

  2. Allie D. says:

    I love the Brady Bunch! Grew up watching that show with my mom. Wish that were on Netflix streaming so I can watch it with my daughter.

  3. We LOVE the Brady Bunch! My girls pick it over so many other tv shows. We will look at buying the box set. That is easier than trying to catch it on t.v.

  4. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Oh my gosh, seriously..THANK YOU! I have been letting my kids watch Full House, and Punky, but was looking for another wholesome show. I totally forgot about the Bradys…super excited now!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Amy, I’ve also heard some glowing reports from another Mom friend of mine that The Waltons is a hit with her 9 yo daughter.

  5. Kathy says:

    I love The Brady Bunch! I use to watch this show when I was younger all the time. I miss being able to watch it all the time. It was a great show.

  6. Meagan says:

    I grew up hooked on Brady Bunch! We have that same DVD set at my house!

  7. Aww, how fun! I used to watch the Brady Bunch FAITHFULLY growing up! I haven’t seen it in forever!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Sarah, it is just a good this time around! I love watching it with the kids. There are a lot of “thats a GIRL thing” which is really interesting.

  8. Liz Mays says:

    I don’t think my kids ever saw an episode of The Brady Bunch. I know I watched a ton of family sitcoms growing up.

  9. Yes! We used to watch The Brady Bunch all the time when I was a kid. I wish I could get my daughter to watch it with me!

  10. Danielle H says:

    Oh my goodness – I used to love watching The Brady Bunch. I bet my girls would really enjoy it.

  11. Dawn says:

    I love the Brady Bunch. I used to watch it all the time!

  12. I didn’t realize they had released a box set. I’ll have to get one!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      And with green shag carpeting, how can it miss???

  13. Oh my goodness, it has been ages since I saw the Brady Bunch!! Oh I loved that show! We always watched it as a family when I was growing up! I need to introduce it to my kids!

  14. When we watch television it is almost always Netflix. The kids have never watched the Brady Bunch and I didn’t growing up either but I think we’d all really like it! Thanks for sharing so much!

  15. That box for the DVD’s is hysterical! My kids like the older shows as well. One of their favorites is Bewitched.

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Mine too! They love Bewitched!

  16. Debi says:

    My kids are just as much nuts for the Brady’s as they are for any of todays shows. I have to record the episodes for them to watch.

  17. John Howard says:

    You need a man commenting here. I also loved the BB growing up, and can still get hooked into an episode today. I think we need to buy the boxed set for my public library. Great article!

  18. Meagan says:

    This is great! I’m so glad they love the Brady Bunch and some of the other old shows. My absolute favorite to this day is Hogan’s Heroes. I love watching old episodes. I’ll have to check out the box set for these. They are so hard to come by now I need to start collecting them so I can show them to my kids some day!

  19. This so so great! I wish my kid loved something with good values! They just don’t make things like that for kids these days.

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