April 4, 2013


I love stuff, primarily pop culture stuff, that most people think is just jive. An awesome day for me would consist of a Love Boat marathon followed by an evening of Zima and yacht rock. (And if you don't understand any element of that last sentence, I really don't want to hear about it.) My love of all things jive is what led me to introduce my kids to The Brady Bunch.

With the possible exception of the short-lived sitcom Small Wonder and the unexplainable phenomenon that was Bananarama, The Brady Bunch is perhaps the jivest thing ever. It's silly, it's hopelessly optimistic, and it's unrealistically nice. Which is why I love it, and why my kids fell in love with it instantly. As soon as the theme song came on - the ubiquitous piece of music the lyrics to which I'm positive 95% of you can sing for me right now, about the lovely lady, the very lovely girls, the man named Brady, the three men, the hunch and the bunch - they were entranced. And so was I.

Thing is, it was kind of brave for it's time. Here was a television show founded on the premise of a blended family, with grown ups who slept in the same bed (eat your hearts out, Lucy and Ricky), who invited African Americans to their wedding in the late sixties. Sure, every episode was founded on some sort of life lesson - it doesn't matter what color your hair is, tattling is bad, don't blame innocent siblings for your own mistakes, Davy Jones is dreamy - but they weren't exactly bad lessons to remind kids (and adults) of back then. Or now.

After that experiment, I now find myself owning all five seasons of the Brady Bunch. Despite the fact that they're jive, I'm looking forward to watching all of them with my kids. Even the ones with Cousin Oliver. As I recall that kid was kind of a douchebag.

Posted by Chris at April 4, 2013 7:40 AM

We own Alf on DVD. So I really can't mock you on this.

Posted by: COD at April 4, 2013 8:41 AM

I would LOVE to have both Alf and BB on DVD!

Posted by: bacioni at April 4, 2013 11:09 AM


Posted by: natalie at April 4, 2013 11:56 AM

Were there really only 5 seasons of The Brady Bunch? t seems there were hundreds of episodes!

Posted by: Lisa at April 4, 2013 12:02 PM

I haven't thought about Zima in years - that was my go-to in college!

Posted by: akofaolain at April 8, 2013 10:02 AM