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The Bradys
Genre Drama
Written by Ed Scharlach
Lloyd J. Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz
Sandra Kay Siegel
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Nancy Malone
Dick Martin
Bob Sweeney
Starring Florence Henderson
Robert Reed
Theme music composer Frank De Vol
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Production
Producer(s) Barry M. Berg
Cinematography King Baggot
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run February 9 – March 9, 1990
Chronology
Preceded by The Brady Bunch
The Brady Girls Get Married
The Brady Brides
A Very Brady Christmas
Related shows The Brady Kids
The Brady Bunch Hour

The Bradys is a six-episode American television drama that aired on CBS in 1990. It was a revival of the early 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch (1969–1974), and was about the trials and tribulations of the extended Brady family some 15 years after the end of the earlier series. It followed two earlier short-lived spin-off/continuation series: the 1977 effort The Brady Bunch Hour and 1981's The Brady Brides.

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Influence and casting

The Bradys series came about as the result of the ratings and critical success of the 1988 television movie A Very Brady Christmas. All of the original cast members of the 1969-1974 series returned except for Maureen McCormick, who declined to reprise the role of Marcia Brady due to her real-life pregnancy and was replaced by Leah Ayres. The show also incorporated cast members from The Brady Brides who reprised their roles from the earlier series.

Style

Produced at the height of the dramedy trend in American television, epitomized by such shows as Frank's Place and Hooperman, The Bradys aimed to change direction towards more dramatic storytelling than viewers had been used to in the previous Brady series. This led to the series being nicknamed Bradysomething, a reference to the introspective thirtysomething, a water-cooler show at the time.

Failure

The show was actually never officially canceled but put on hiatus with plans to continue sometime later in the year. Poor reviews and low ratings led to the hiatus and quiet cancellation of the series after six episodes. At the time, it was thought that the audience was simply unwilling to accept the sitcom characters in a more dramatic setting. In his book Growing Up Brady, Barry Williams stated that when the initial two-hour episode aired, ratings were poor for the first hour, but when the second hour aired, the show won its time slot. Attempts to convince CBS to move the show to the 9:00 p.m. time slot were to no avail.

Episodes

Episode Title Airdate
01 Start Your Engines February 9, 1990
02 Here We Grow Again February 9, 1990
03 A Moving Experience February 16, 1990
04 Hat in the Ring February 23, 1990
05 Bottoms Up March 2, 1990
06 The Party Girls March 9, 1990
  • Note: In syndication on channels such as ABC Family (formerly FOX Family), episodes are bundled into two-hour blocks and retitled.
    • Episodes 1 and 2 sometimes are known as The Brady 500
    • Episodes 3 and 4 sometimes are known as Bradys on the Move
    • Episodes 5 and 6 sometimes are known as Big Kids, Big Problems

Cast

Format

Unlike the original thirty-minute sitcom, The Bradys was an hour long and featured far more serious plotlines. Among them:

  • Bobby's budding car-racing career ends abruptly in the first episode after an accident leaves him a paraplegic. As he recovers, he marries his college girlfriend.
  • Peter breaks up with his fiancée, to whom he became engaged in A Very Brady Christmas.
  • Jan and Phillip, unable to conceive children of their own, adopt a Korean girl.
  • Stay-at-home mother Marcia battles alcoholism while Wally loses yet another in a series of jobs, the latest being Mike's campaign manager. Wally and Marcia, who along with their two children have been forced to move in with Mike and Carol, eventually decide to open their own catering business to support their family.
  • Radio host Cindy begins a romantic interest with her boss, a widower more than 10 years her senior who has two children.

Despite the more downbeat tone, the show did feature a laugh track at certain moments.

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