Weekend Viewing: The Brady Brides on The Newlywed Game


This falls into the category of “yes, this show really existed.” After ABC did a successful made-for-TV movie where Jan and Marcia Brady both got married (not to each other), the network greenlit a spinoff where Marcia, Jan and their wussy husbands all have to share one house to save money. Shot before a live audience and full of cutesy innuendo, it was like a bad late ’60s sitcom had a bastard child with a bad early ’80s sitcom. Eve Plumb and Maureen McCormick looked good, though. In this episode, creator/showrunner Sherwood Schwartz goes back to that old sitcom standby, “characters appear on a popular gameshow,” with disastrous results! Oh, and with special guest star Bob Eubanks, host of The Newlywed Game.

If you want to just skip to the part where they appear on the actual Newlywed Game, that section is in parts 2 and 3 (below the “more”), but at least watch the opening, where Schwartz rewrites the Brady theme song to get in even more exposition than you’d have believed possible.

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Weekend Viewing: The Brady Brides on The Newlywed Game

  1. Wasn’t there some ridiculously random DRAMA based on the Bradys in the early ’90s?

    IMDB and Wikipedia both confirm there was, actually, but neither has a whole lot of information on it.

  2. Yep, it was called The Bradys, and it ran for all of six episodes in 1990. It was an hour-long drama (although towards the end of the six episodes they tried adding more comedy elements into it, and even added canned laughter at times). Bobby was in a wheelchair, having become paralyzed in an auto racing accident, and there was even an episode that dealt with Marcia having a drinking problem. (And the Marcia, BTW, was a recast. Maureen McCormick — who’s still pretty hot even today — either couldn’t do the show or didn’t want to, so they recast her.)

    I believe The Brady Brides aired on NBC, by the way, not ABC.

  3. This show must have been cited as Exhibit A as to why the sitcom was “dead” in the early 1980s.

    It was like Sherwood Schwartz studied all of the 1970s Gary Marshall shows and all of the Norman Lear shows and used only the worst elements of each approach. Yikes!

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