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Here’s the Story… of the Shows Named ‘Brady’ — And There Have Been Plenty

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How is it even possible that The Brady Bunch is turning 50 this year? The classic series that premiered on ABC back on September 26, 1969, ran for five seasons, turned the original cast of The Brady Bunch into pop culture icons, and spawned only one less spin-off than Star Trek — that is, unless you count the upcoming new series based on renovating the family’s original home (well, the one used for exterior shots), which started making headlines in late 2018. The HGTV series, appropriately titled A Very Brady Renovation, is set to transform the interior of the home to match what we all remember seeing on the TV show. You can also expect to see at least a couple of the original cast members pop up during the construction process.

On the surface, there is no reason the original show should have had the afterlife that it did — but it always defied expectations. The premise is one we all know: Widower Mike Brady falls in love with Carol Ann Tyler Martin (we’re never told what happened to her first husband: Divorce? Death? Murder? Careful, Mike!), and they marry, bringing their six kids (his three boys, her three girls) into the mix. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also Alice the maid and Tiger the dog. Obviously, this group had to somehow form a family, and that’s the way they all became the Brady Bunch — and now that song is going to be stuck in our head forever.

Join us as we take a look back at the television (and movie!) history of the Bradys, and all of the many versions we’ve seen over the years.

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