The Brady Bunch: The Complete First Season

DVD Reviews | Mar 29th, 2005

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Starring Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen, Eve Plumb, Robert Reed, Barry Williams
Written By: Sherwood Schwartz
Directed By: Sherwood Schwartz
Studio: Paramount
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Here’s a story…ok I’m gonna stop myself before I finish writing that totally clich intro. You all know the Brady Bunch, and gee golly, it’s finally on DVD for the first time. For sure!

This groovy show is about 2 sets of families coming together. Carol’s family consists of 3 girls, Cindy, Jan and Marcia…Marcia Marcia Marcia! Then Mike’s family consists of all boys: Greg, Peter and Bobby. The family also has a housekeeper Alice, and some pets too. Mike and Carol get married, move into suburbia and both large families have to deal with each other on a daily basis. As you can tell, there were a lot of chaotic moments among the household. I’d probably kill them all if I had to live with that many people in one house haha. This is what the Brady Bunch is about, parents having to control and deal with their large family, but in a funny one!

I used to watch the Brady Bunch a lot when it aired on the local stations, TBS, channel 11, etc. I wasn’t old enough to see the show air originally though. After all these years, I still manage to giggle at the episodes of the Brady Bunch. There are some cringy, lame episodes in the mix as well. There are some episodes I could relate to as well. I remember in a later episode, where Greg makes his room into a big hippie make-out room. My older brother did that too haha. I’m sure he’s gonna be pissed at me for telling people that though. Another episode that I liked, but in a later year was when Peter was singing and his voice was crackling. That’s a classic episode! The first season has a 25 episodes on it, and the quality of the video is awesome. Usually older shows look kind of crappy but not this one.

One thing that always struck me funny with the show was the different type of Brady music in the episodes. You know, the fast fun version, the regular theme song version, or when something sad happens, the slow depressing Brady theme song version. When I got the DVD, I was singing the different versions around work and annoying people haha.

There’s some audio commentary on selective episodes with the creator Sherwood Schwartz, and 3 of the Brady kids: Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter) and Susan Olsen (Cindy). I heard the Brady kid commentary was funny & interesting but I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to them yet. I’m sure they had plenty to talk about. There’s 3 commentaries overall though. The other extra featured on this was an 18 minute Featurette called “The Brady Bunch- Coming Together Under One Roof.” There are interviews with the creator Sherwood Schwartz, and various cast members. They talked about how they got on the show and just talked about the sitcom overall. The creator said he hired Susan Olsen because she was talking about special effects in movies, with a lisp and spitting all over the place. He probably wished he worn goggles. That Featurette was pretty good and summed up the series well.

Overall, if you are a Brady fan and can’t find the time to catch them on regular TV, than the DVD is your best option. The episodes look great and, believe it or not, are still somewhat funny. Far out man!

– Exclusive Audio Commentary by Creator Sherwood Schwartz and 3 of the Brady kids over select episodes!
– Featurette: “The Brady Bunch – Coming Together Under One Roof”

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono CC

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: The Honeymoon, A Clubhouse is not a Home, The Undergraduate, Grass Is Always Greener
Rating: NR
Running Time: 652 minutes
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