How is it even possible that The Brady Bunch is closing in on its 50th anniversary? Seriously, it's been more than 48 years since the show first premiered on ABC, ran for five seasons, spawned only one less spin-off than Star Trek (how's that for longevity?), and turned the cast of The Brady Bunch into pop culture icons. On the surface, there is no reason that this 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 wasn't enough, there's also Alice the maid and Tiger the dog (who mysteriously disappears, even though his doghouse remains in the astroturf backyard... hmmm). Obviously, this group must somehow form a family, and that’s the way they all became the Brady Bunch. And you know that song is going to be stuck in our heads forever now.
Join us as we take a look back at the television (and movie!) history of the Bradys, and all their many versions we've seen over the years.