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And the family changed, as all American Families do...children grow up, get married, host variety shows and turn into cartoons.—Narrator, Brady - An American Cronicle
Next to fellow Paramount Production Star Trek the Original Series, The Brady Bunch most likely holds the title for Most Attempted Spinoffs. Here then is (as TV Land once put it) ... The Wonder of Brady.
The Brady Kids
"The Brady Kids" contains examples of:
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The Brady Bunch Hour
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (also known as The Brady Bunch Hour) was an ABC show from 1976-1977 that had the family move to New York and produce their own Variety Show. It might be the most infamous spin off. It lasted nine episodes.
"The Brady Bunch Hour" contains examples of:
- Beware the Nice Ones: Ann B. Davis, when it came to having to work with Rip Taylor. In a later memoir by Susan Olsen, it was contended that Davis absolutely did not like Taylor (due to the very adult content of his stand-up comedy act) and refused to even so much as acknowledge him other than what was needed for the show. Taylor, who was a fan of Davis beforehand, was puzzled at her attitude toward him and to this day, still is, since Davis has refused to talk about working on the show.
- Canon Dis Continuity: This series was never mentioned in later spin offs.
- Puppet Shows: Of the Sid & Marty Krofft variety.
- Rearrange the Song: By playing it with kazoos.
The Brady Brides
The series about what happened after Marcia and Jan became adults, which ran for 10 episodes. It began with a 1981 Made for TV Movie titled The Brady Girls Get Married. Jan falls in love with a college professor named Phillip Covington III, while Marcia falls for a toy salesman named Wally Logan.
"The Brady Girls Get Married" contains examples of:
- Five Episode Pilot: The movie got divided up into the first three episodes of The Brady Brides.
- Reunion Show: The only project to successfully reunite the whole "Bunch".
The sitcom The Brady Brides picked up where The Brady Girls Get Married left off. Marcia and Jan have married their respective boyfriends, and the four of them must now share a house. The husbands don't get along.
"The Brady Brides" contains examples of:
- Expository Theme Tune: A rearranged version of the Brady Bunch theme song. "It's a new life for two girls named Brady/who have left the Bunch to make it on their own."
- Also wedding bells sound with "That's the way they both became The Brady Brides."
- Game Show Appearance: The Newlywed Game, naturally.
- Slobs Versus Snobs: A large amount of the show's conflict came from the very laid-back Wally trying to coexist with the incredibly tight-assed Philip, with Marcia and Jan each taking their husband's respective side. In one episode, their mom is trying to play peacemaker:
Marcia: "Have you ever met a man... who rinses off the garbage before he throws it away?"
Jan: "At least my husband throws it away. Yours keeps it around for old times sake!"
- This Is My Side
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Wally and Marcia, though Wally is less ugly than he is homely. Averted with Jan and Philip, who are both reasonably attractive but neither one is a knockout.
A Very Brady Christmas
The 1988 Made for TV Movie A Very Brady Christmas saw the now-adult Brady Kids reunite with their parents, and stands out as one of the most somber Brady Bunch works.
"A Very Brady Christmas" contains examples of:
- Cerebus Syndrome: A mild example compared to the show that would follow, but it dives into more adult issues such as adultery and failing marriages, and Mike's life is endangered by collapsed building.
- Christmas Special
- The Dreaded Kids' Table: Cindy is sitting with her nieces and nephews during Christmas dinner, which she resents, but only due to her parents just placing her there without asking. She doesn't actually dislike being around the kids.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Bobby fears Mike and Carol will both be this if he admits to dropping out of his college major to become a racer. To his relief, they avert the trope by supporting him.
- Just a Kid: Cindy feels her family treats her like this. They tell her to come home for Christmas rather than asking if she'd like to, Greg asks where her curls are, and Alice offers to let her lick the spoon and stir the egg nog like she did when she was little.
Capitalizing on the success of A Very Brady Christmas, the characters received another TV series, The Bradys, in 1990. It also stands out as one of their most somber works. It lasted nine episodes.
"The Bradys" contains examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Marcia, for one episode.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The original show was a sitcom, this was a full-out melodrama.
- Follow the Leader: Many reviewers felt that the creators were trying to create a 1990s Eight Is Enough.
- Infertility Angst: Jan is unable to bear children. She and Philip start a family via adopting a young Korean girl instead.
- Rearrange the Song: "Here's the story of the family Brady/A man and wife whose kids are all now grown."
- Even with only nine episodes, the show managed to produce two versions of the theme ... one instrumental, the other sung by Florence Henderson.
- Screwed by the Network: The first episode was a two-hour, and gained a significantly larger audience in the second hour, winning the time slot. CBS decided to go keep the earlier start time.
Brady-An American Cronicle
To help promote the 1995 movie, cable channel Tv Land created this special in the style of Ken Burns Baseball and Civil War documentaries, complete with grainy black and white photos, white letter on black background title cards, and experts in the social importance of all things Brady. Featured cameos of Davy Jones and Susan Olsen in character.
"Brady:An American Cronicle" contains examples of:
- Abraham Lincoln: At one point Lincoln's "A house divided" speech is contrasted with a simillar speech by Mike.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Ken Burns "Civil War" miniseries.
Narrator: "Tonight Tv Land presents this 18 part miniseries...each chapter condensed into the following half hour presentation."
- Book Ends: Quotes by Abraham Lincoln begin and end the special.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The segment Jan Verses Marcia allows everyone to explain why they prefer Marcia or Jan. Well...except for Guns 'N Roses's Slash...
Slash: "Cindy...young Cindy. I wish she was that age now... (Laughs)"
- Rearrange the Song: With a slow and reverent instrumental version.
- Shout-Out: The last credit is a picture of Robert Reed with the caption "Dedicated to The Man Named Brady"
- Also references to earlier spin offs.
Narrator: "And the family changed, as all American Families do...children grow up, get married, host variety shows and turn into cartoons."
- Significant Reference Date: Brady events are documented as happening on their original broadcast dates.
- This Is My Side: A show example is contrasted with the Mason/Dixon Line.
The Brady Bunch Movies
Growing Up Brady
The Made for TV Movie Growing Up Brady aired on NBC in 2000, and depicts some backstage dramas experienced by the original cast and crew of The Brady Bunch.
"Growing Up Brady" contains examples of:
- As Himself: Barry Williams and Brady Bunch creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz in the film's bookend sequences.
- Based on a True Story: Barry Williams' book about the production of The Brady Bunch.