Sunday Special: Brady Faces in Other Places

In today’s Sunday Special, we take a look at the roles the stars of the Brady Bunch took on after the show’s initial run ended. Excluded from this review are those roles where the actors continued playing their Brady Bunch roles in another incarnation of the show or appeared in some sort of parody or spoof of their signature role. This review notes only the things I have seen myself and is not all inclusive. If you remember any cast member in a post Brady role and would like to share your thoughts, please do so! Either share your memories in the comments section for this blog or on the original post in the Facebook group Here’s The Story: Every Episode of the Brady Bunch Reviewed.

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Robert Reed – We might as well start with the actor who found the most work onscreen in his post-Brady years, Robert Reed. He was the ideal choice to play the father of a diseased John Travolta in “The Boy In The Plastic Bubble”. He seemed really out of place in the epic 1970s mini-series “Roots”. It’s hard to imagine Mike Brady as a slave owner, but that’s the role he played in Roots. He continued working through the 1980s and per IMDB.com has a television credit the year he passed away. The last thing I remember seeing him in was a commercial where he was endorsing some product. He even had to deliver the line, “On the Brady Bunch, we had all our problems solved in half an hour.” Despite years of work after the series ended, he would always be Mike Brady to the masses.

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Florence Henderson – I swear this woman ages at half the speed of the rest of the population. Every time I see her in a guest appearance of some sort, she looks fantastic. In my own viewing experience though, I’ve never seen her in another acting role post-Brady Bunch. I recall her appearing as herself on The Weakest Link (along with all the other surviving Bradys) and on Dancing With the Stars. There was also a time in the 1980s when she appeared in commercials for Wesson Cooking Oil. She’s stayed active and young the past 40 years, but not acted in anything that I found worth remembering.

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Ann B. Davis – Apparently, her busy career was pre-Brady Bunch. She was a regular on a 1950s television program titled “The Bob Cummings Show”. Her post Brady Bunch acting career appears to have been mostly playing “Alice” in spinoffs and spoofs. She passed away in 2014.

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Barry Williams – The post-Brady years have seen Barry Williams’ write a book about his time on the Brady Bunch and play Greg Brady again many times. His most memorable post Brady role for me is when he played, well, Barry Williams. In a half acting/half appearing as himself role, he returned to his singing roots on Full House. Jesse had been booted from his own band and it became Barry and The Rippers. The band finally found success with their new front man. I can’t recall if there were any Brady references on this episode. It would be fitting as it was the original Full House Reviewed blog that helped inspire the current Brady Bunch blog you are reading today!

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Maureen McCormick– Maureen has also written a book about her experiences during her Brady Bunch career and post Brady life. She’s also had at least one country music album post-Brady Bunch. The only thing I remember seeing her in was an episode of “Insight” where she was smoking pot in a van. She also had a short hairdo that looked nice on her. “Insight” was a show that espoused Catholic values. I know very little about it. Per IMDB, Ann B. Davis appeared in an episode. Readers, if you know more about “Insight”, please share some details with us!

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Christopher Knight – All I have here is an episode of “CHiPs”. He was John Baker’s never before seen or never seen again nephew. Apparently, despite having an uncle in law enforcement, Chris’s character still found himself heading down the wrong path. Per IMDB, he’s done plenty of other non-Brady things, but I can’t recall seeing any of them.

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Eve Plumb – While winning praise and critical acclaim for her role in Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway, which I’ve never seen, this did not set her on a new path to stardom. Readers, if any of you have seen this, please share your thoughts. The only post Brady appearances I am familiar with are her appearance as Fudge’s mom on the series “Fudge”. The Fudge series by Judy Blume was a favorite as a kid, but by the time this show was on, I’d outgrown my interest in them. Her other appearance I am familiar with is the only one on this entire list that was a feature film. She played the wife of a black revolutionary in the 1980s comedy “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka”. The entire movie is very funny, her scenes included. In a backdoor reference to her past, her scene in the movie has an off screen television playing The Brady Bunch theme.

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Mike Lookinland – I got nothing here. I’ve only seen him as Bobby Brady on the small screen.

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Susan Olsen – She has suffered the same fate as Mike Lookinland. I never saw her in another show, movie or even a commercial, unless it was as Cindy Brady.

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Allan Melvin – I never saw him exclusively as Sam the Butcher. He’d appeared on The Andy Griffith Show in a variety of different roles. He was a regular on Gomer Pyle, USMC as Sargent Hacker. In his post Brady life, he was a semi-regular on All In The Family and Archie Bunker’s Place. He died in 2008.

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Robbie Rist – You will find when we reach those last five episodes, that unlike so many of my fellow fans, I don’t hate Cousin Oliver. I am not necessarily a fan of him, but I don’t loathe the episodes that include him. I remember seeing him in the years that followed as a kid auditioning for a role on What’s Happening! Like fellow Brady Bunch alumni, Christopher Knight, he was on an episode of “CHiPs”. Actually, he was on three of them. The one I remember seeing him on involved him having a pet snake. Of all the Brady Bunch alumni, he is the only one who had a role on a series I watched regularly after the Brady Bunch ended. He was Wizz on the 1980s cartoon “Kidd Video”. While not very memorable itself, I do remember watching it. I thought his double guitar was really cool.

Well friends, fans and readers, this concludes my own post-Brady viewing history. Please share with us some roles you remember our beloved Bradys and their cohorts taking on after the show ended.

 

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Author: bradybunchreviewed

I am a lifelong fan of the Brady Bunch. I love it for it's wholesomeness, it's absurdity and how it serves as a time capsule for a time that really never existed, but so many of us wish it did. The show was off the air by the time I was born, but I enjoyed it daily at 4:35 PM for years on Atlanta's Superstation 17, TBS. Through the years I've enjoyed the Brady Bunch spinoffs (however short lived), revivals in pop culture, books, reunions, movies and spoofs. Now, I am excited to be revisiting the show after nearly a decade's hiatus from viewing. I am a parent now, so there may be some new perspectives never before experienced. I hope my fellow fans, lovers and haters alike of the Brady Bunch will join me on this blogging adventure and share your own thoughts and observations.

15 thoughts on “Sunday Special: Brady Faces in Other Places”

  1. As I just mentioned on Comfort TV, I recall seeing Robert Reed once on HARRY O, and he also appeared as a regular on NURSE. I’ve also seen him on a week of SUPER PASSWORD from 1986, at which time he was the last actor to play a character named Lloyd on SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, as that soap opera was cancelled at the end of 1986.
    I remember seeing Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick, and Eve Plumb all at least once and some multiple times on THE LOVE BOAT, and McCormick and Plumb appeared on FANTASY ISLAND as well. Chris Knight was a regular on ANOTHER WORLD, and Mike Lookinland appeared on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

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    1. Thanks Jon H for sharing that! The blog was limited to my own viewing experience, so your additional input is most welcome. Per IMDB, Christopher Knight had a busy career, but somehow his appearances elduded all my TV watching through the decades.

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  2. Robbie Rist was “Little” John in the Saturday Morning sitcom BIG JOHN LITTLE JOHN that costarred Herb Edelman, and was created by Sherwood Schwartz himself.

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  3. I did recall seeing Florence Henderson in an episode of The Muppet Show and her appearance on the July 20, 1966 broadcast of The Mike Douglas Show with the Muppets.

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      1. Well, in fact, the Muppets have been around for a long time since “The Junior Morning Show” in 1954 and “Sam and Friends” in 1955. They did a lot of commercials and guest appearances in various classic variety TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s before “Sesame Street” came out in the exact same year as “The Brady Bunch” (that would be 1969) and before “The Muppet Show” premiered in 1976, two years after the cancellation of “The Brady Bunch”.

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  4. McCormick played a teen prostitute on an episode of The Streets of San Francisco. She recounted her episode in her book. She and Reed were again father and daughter in an episode of Vega$, which he appeared on twice.

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  5. Fans of MANNIX, who can now watch the show on Me-TV, can enjoy Robert Reed several times before, during, and even after THE BRADY BUNCH, as Police Lt. Adam Tobias. According to IMDB, he appeared 22 times in this role, 1st time on 2/1/1969 (before anyone had seen him as Mike Brady) and last time on 3/24/1974, 23 days after his last network appearance as Mike in the penultimate episode “The Hustler” (since he skipped out on the finale a week later).

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  6. My favorite non-Brady appearance of any of these actors was the aforementioned Mike Lookinland in “The Towering Inferno,” my favorite of the disaster films of the Seventies. My least favorite would be Robert Reed in one of the silliest episodes of “Fantasy Island,” in which he played Shakespeare himself. Knowing how he disliked the Brady scripts getting too silly, I have to wonder how he ended up playing this Fantasy Island role. I do recall a short-lived sitcom in which Christopher Knight co-starred called “Joe’s World,” but it only lasted for a few episodes.
    Also worth mentioning is that before The Brady Bunch, Maureen McCormick appeared in two episodes of “Bewitched.” She played a different character in each, but they were both named Endora! In the first of these, Darrin considers for the first time what his and Sam’s kids are going to be like, and he dreams of a whole hoard of children with witchcraft, and Maureen plays one of them, clearly named for her grandmother Endora. The other episode is a Halloween episode, and as part of the plot, Endora transforms herself into a child–played by Maureen.

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  7. I don’t know if this counts since he appeared as himself, but Christopher Knight appeared on a season of a reality show on VH1 called “The Surreal Life”. He ended up marrying one of his cast mates, Adrianne Curry. They were spun off into their own series, “My Fair Brady” about their romance and subsequent marriage. The show lasted few seasons; the marriage not much longer.

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