A Bunch of Facts
The Brady Bunch was a hit show in the ’70s. A story about a huge family and their everyday lives was way more entertaining than anyone had imagined, and The Brady Bunch ran for five great seasons. Fans of the show probably know most of the ins and outs, but even super-fans might be surprised to learn some of these unknown facts…
The concept for the show actually all came from a newspaper statistic. According to the creator (via BradyWorld):
“It’s very rare that a writer knows exactly where his ideas come from. However, in the case of The Brady Bunch, I know exactly what inspired that show. It was just a four-line filler piece in the Los Angeles Times. Just a statistic. It said that year, 1965, 31% of all marriages involved people who had a child or children from a previous marriage. It was just a statistic, but to me, it indicated a remarkable sociological change in our country. Thirty-one percent is approximately one-third of all marriages. That’s a huge statistic.”
Hair Color Played a Factor
As you would expect, hair color played a pretty big factor when it came to casting the Brady children. When he cast the six Brady kids, creator Sherwood Schwartz made sure he had 12 kids in reserve. The kids on standby consisted of three blonde boys, three blonde girls, three dark-haired boys, and three dark-haired girls. Because of the fact that he wasn’t sure who would play the parents yet, he had to make sure he had plenty of options for the children.
Mike Lookinland, the actor who ended up playing Bobby, is actually naturally a blonde. When they decided the boys were all going to have dark hair, Schwartz liked Lookinland so much that he made him dye his hair to keep the part.
Gene Hackman — star from Unforgiven and Enemy of the State — actually almost ended up playing Mike Brady, the father on the show.
“There were a number of men I wanted to interview, including Gene Hackman,” Schwartz said. Apparently, Paramount wouldn’t even okay him for an interview. They finally ended up choosing Reed because he was actually already under contract with Paramount for co-starring in The Defenders. We’re glad they ended up choosing him.