May 30, 2019
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment will mark the 50th anniversary of “The Brady Bunch” with a new DVD boxed set containing almost every “Brady” TV show and movie spinoff.
The Brady Bunch: 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection arrives June 4 as a 31-disc set and includes The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series, The Brady Kids: The Complete Animated Series, the complete runs of spinoffs “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys,” the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, the 1995 theatrical remake The Brady Bunch Movie and its two sequels, and the behind-the-scenes docudrama Growing Up Brady.
Created by Sherwood Schwartz, “The Brady Bunch” told the story of a family brought together when a woman with three daughters married a man with three sons. The sitcom premiered on ABC on Sept. 26, 1969 and ran for five seasons, comprising 117 episodes.
The animated spinoff “The Brady Kids” ran for 22 episodes on ABC in 1972 and 1973. Produced by Filmation, the series unsurprisingly featured the whacky adventures of the Brady children.
“The Brady Brides” was a spinoff that ran on NBC in 1981, featuring the lives of newlyweds Jan and Marcia and their husbands, who agreed to live together to save money. The series began with a reunion movie, The Brady Girls Get Married, which is presented on disc in its TV movie format (it was broken up into four sitcom episodes in its initial airing), and was followed by six additional episodes. Incidentally, this TV movie is the only time the original cast reunited in its entirety after the original series ended (subsequent reunions featured at least one of the Brady daughters replaced with a different actress).
The Bradys next reunited in the 1988 CBS reunion TV movie A Very Brady Christmas, which proved popular enough to warrant a spinoff called “The Bradys,” which ran for six episodes in 1990 in an hourlong drama format.
The 50th anniversary collection represents the first DVD releases for “The Brady Brides” and “The Bradys.” The “Brady Brides” disc includes a “Move It” sales presentation.
The 1995 theatrical adaptation The Brady Bunch Movie, featuring a new cast with cameos by original cast members, spoofed the show by transplanting the family into the 1990s, though they acted as if it were still the 1970s. It was followed by the theatrically released A Very Brady Sequel in 1996 and the TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House in 2002.
Finally, the collection includes Growing Up Brady, a 2000 NBC TV movie based on the book of the same name by Barry Williams, who played Greg on the show. The movie chronicles some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show and its run. It featured Adam Brody as Williams, and future “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco as Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia.
The collection does not include the infamous “The Brady Bunch Hour,” a nine-episode ABC series that ran in 1976 and 1977 and starred most of the original cast in character hosting a variety show (needless to say, it is not considered part of the “Brady” canon). The replacement of Eve Plumb as Jan with a different actress was famously spoofed in the “Spin-Off Showcase” episode of “The Simpsons.”