Interesting Facts About 'The Brady Bunch' That Could Have Changed Everything

TV classic, "The Brady Bunch," captured the hearts of fans everywhere. Even obsessed fans might not have noticed a few things and maybe surprised at some behind the scenes secrets. One of the original cast members disappeared, somebody's hair fell out, and there was a feud that's still going on today... Here are 40 facts fans might not know about "The Brady Bunch" and a new, upcoming Brady holiday show ...

The cast in a hotel lobby from the TV series "The Brady Bunch" | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

The cast in a hotel lobby from the TV series "The Brady Bunch" | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


1. Six Kids Shared One Bathroom with No Toilet

If you watched and rewatched the show like we did, at some point, you noticed that the bathroom the Brady kids used was missing the toilet. At the time the show was filmed, television networks were forced to follow strict rules which prohibited showing toilet bowls onscreen. To reduce costs and avoid needing tricky camera angles, the producers simply left the toilet out of the bathroom.

"The Brady Bunch" goes jogging | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

"The Brady Bunch" goes jogging | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


2. Carol Brady Was Supposed to be Single

Fans were often perplexed about Carol's marriage status before she married Mike Brady. However, Sherwood Schwartz revealed in several interviews that he intended for Carol to be single, but since divorce was a taboo for primetime television at the time, he left it unsaid. Sadly, Florence Henderson passed away in 2016.

Florence Henderson. Image Credit: Getty Images

Florence Henderson. Image Credit: Getty Images

3. Schwartz Developed The Concept with a Newspaper Statistic

“It's very rare that a writer knows exactly where his ideas come from,” producer Sherwood Schwartz revealed. “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. "

The statistic reportedly claimed that in "1965, 31 percent of all marriages involved people who had a child or children from a previous marriage." His initial scripts were turned down, but after the film "Yours, Mine and Ours," did well at the box office, ABC took an interest in Schwartz's script. 

Sherwood Schwartz being honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

Sherwood Schwartz being honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


4. Hair Color Played a Factor in Casting the Brady Kids

Since they cast the six Brady children first and did not know what the parents would look like, Schwartz came up with a plan. He gathered a group of 12 child actors, separated into groups of three.

He cast three blonde girls, three blonde boys, three brunette girls, and three dark-haired boys and decided the parents would have contrasting hair colors.

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Image Credit: Getty Images


"As a consequence, to this day, there are three dark-haired girls and three blonde boys about 45 to 50 years old somewhere in the world who might have been the Brady kids," Schwartz said in Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch As Told by the Father/Son Team Who Really Know. "And they are just finding that out if they're reading this book."

Maureen McCormick may have been the exception, though. She had small roles in popular shows like 'Bewitched' and 'I Dream of Jeannie' before becoming a Brady.

One of the books on display at the book signing for Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as told by the Father/Son Team Who Really Know | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

One of the books on display at the book signing for Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of The Brady Bunch as told by the Father/Son Team Who Really Know | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


5. "The Brady Bunch" never experienced rainy days 

Looking back, fans might be shocked to realize that in the entire time the show ran, there was never a single rainy day. The weather in the show was always sunny to mirror the perfect atmosphere of the Brady home.

Costumes worn by "The Brady Bunch" cast members  | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

Costumes worn by "The Brady Bunch" cast members | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


6. The Attic expanded magically

During the season four finale called "A Room at the Top," Greg (Barry Williams) and Marcia (Maureen McCormick) decided that they want to move into the full-sized attic in the Brady home. However, fans will recall that in season two, "Our son, the Man" episode, Mike claimed the attic was a mere two and a half feet tall. 

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7. The actress playing Carol Brady wanted her to have a job

Florence Henderson wanted Carol Brady to get out of the house. In the show, her character spent her time handing out the brown-bag lunches, supporting her husband, and doing needlepoint. However, Florence revealed in various interviews that she wanted the matriarch to have a job.  Unfortunately, the producers did not agree with her vision.

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Image Credit: Getty Images


8. Cindy's lisp was real

Actress Susan Olsen played Cindy, and fans often wondered if Cindy's lisp was authentic or just for the show. In truth, Susan has an endearing real-life lisp. The show incorporated it into the episode“A Fistful of Reasons," as the reason why Buddy Hinton teased her. Olsen attended speech therapy until the age of 19 and ultimately had surgery to correct her lisp.

Knight and Olsen. Image Credit: Getty Images

Knight and Olsen. Image Credit: Getty Images


9. Cindy's hair was a problem

Since the hair color of the children was of utmost importance during casting, when Susan Olsen was cast as Cindy, she was chosen for her naturally blonde tresses. However, producers decided that under the studio lights, it was not blonde enough, and she was forced to bleach her hair regularly.

Unfortunately, it was a damaging process that weakened her hair, and it began falling out. She pleaded with Schwartz, who immediately told producers to leave the hair alone


10. Gene Hackman was considered to play Mike Brady

Schwartz revealed that when casting Mike Brady, he considered many options. They eventually settled on Reed because he had a contract with Paramount.

“There were a number of men I wanted to interview, including Gene Hackman,” recalled Schwartz in Brady, Brady, Brady. “Paramount wouldn’t even okay Gene Hackman for an interview because he had a very low TVQ.”

Gene Hackman. Image Credit: Getty Images

Gene Hackman. Image Credit: Getty Images


11. Florence Henderson wasn't their first choice

Actress Joyce Bulifant was seriously preparing to take the role and appeared in most of the screen tests with the various child actors for their auditions. Schwartz especially envisioned Mrs. Brady as a wacky mom-type, but when Emmy Award-winning Ann B. Davis signed on to play housekeeper Alice, the dynamic of the family changed. To keep the balance, they cast Florence Henderson.

Florence Henderson of "Ladies of the House" speaks for the Hallmark Channel | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine

Florence Henderson of "Ladies of the House" speaks for the Hallmark Channel | Getty Images / Global Images Ukraine


12. Henderson missed the first six episodes of the show

Florence Henderson had just finished filming "Song of Norway" in Denmark when she landed the role on 'The Brady Bunch.' Since she was still in Denmark, they were forced to film without her at first.

 “And so they started the show without me,” Henderson told NPR in 2014. “They did six episodes without me and then I filled in when I got back to the States.”

Florence Henderson. Image Credit: Getty Images

Florence Henderson. Image Credit: Getty Images


13. Barry Williams Experimented With Various Substances

Barry Williams played the eldest Brady brother. During an episode in the first season, Greg gave in to peer pressure and tried to smoke a cigarette. The on-camera choking and coughing of a novice smoker were those of a genuine actor. Williams had been inhaling a pack of cigarettes a day since he was 12-years-old.

Williams' experience was not limited to tobacco. Like many teens in the 70s, Williams occasionally "experimented" with friends. He'd been experimenting one afternoon when he received a call from the studio that a scene needed to be re-shot.

Barry Williams. Image Credit: Getty Images

Barry Williams. Image Credit: Getty Images


Barry reported to the set, but it was obvious to everyone that something was not quite right. He stumbled over nothing, his eyes were glazed, and the delivery of his few lines was stilted. It caused furious re-writes to reduce Greg's part in the episode.

"I went through a stage of experimentation as a kid," Williams wrote on his blog. "I certainly never went to the set high again, but I don't like weed. It makes me feel dumb, paranoid, and hungry."

Barry Williams throws the first pitch at an Orioles game. Image Credit: Getty Images

Barry Williams throws the first pitch at an Orioles game. Image Credit: Getty Images


14. There was love in the air on set

In his book, "Growing Up Brady" Williams revealed that he and Maureen McCormick had their first kiss together during the show's fourth season, and were madly in love by the time they filmed the final episode of that season.  Lloyd Schwartzeven mentions trying to dissuade the growing relationship between the two because on-the-job romances rarely worked. 

Williams and McCormick. Image Credit: Getty Images

Williams and McCormick. Image Credit: Getty Images


15. Marcia really was hit in the face

According to Schwartz, Christopher Knight could not hit the right target while they were filming the crucial football-tossing scene in "The Subject Was Noses." Eventually, Schwartz was required to step in off-screen. He threw a perfect spiral and smacked Maureen in the nose.

Image Credits: YouTube/The Brady Bunch

Image Credits: YouTube/The Brady Bunch


16. Was Alice on a hunger strike?

Alice spent all her time in the kitchen feeding the Bradys, but she never ate anything herself. No wonder she never needed a private bathroom.

Ann B. Davis. Image Source: ABC. YouTube/Movieclips

Ann B. Davis. Image Source: ABC. YouTube/Movieclips


17. Robert Reed was acting on another show

While performing on 'The Brady Bunch,' Robert Reed was also acting on a recurring role as Lt. Adam Tobias on CBS detective drama 'Mannix.' 

Robert Reed in Mannix, 1969. Image Source: CBS. YouTube/Movieclips

Robert Reed in Mannix, 1969. Image Source: CBS. YouTube/Movieclips


18. There was Brady car mix-up

In Season two, fans realized that in the episode "The Winner" that when Mike and Carol compete in an ice cream eating competition, they arrived at the shop in a brown station wagon and left in a blue convertible.

The Brady 1969 Plymouth wagon. Image Source: CBS. YouTube/Movieclips

The Brady 1969 Plymouth wagon. Image Source: CBS. YouTube/Movieclips


19. Once a Brady, always a Brady

In 1977, Eve Plumb had been too busy to participate in the spinoff of the show called "The Brady Bunch Hour." However, when "The Brady Bunch" debuted in the off-network syndication, she reprised her role as Jan.

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20. Tiger tragically passed

After filming wrapped on the episode entitled "Katchoo," Tiger's trainer let the famous puppy out on the Paramount lot for his daily exercise. Unfortunately, while out, a careless driver hit Tiger, and he passed away. 

The replacement pooch resembled Tiger so well even the cast and production staff were fooled, but when he would not follow directions, they realized the difference. The directors were forced to link his collar to the floor to keep him still enough to film the emotional scene where the boys bid their pup farewell.

Tiger Brady. Image Source: YouTube/Movieclips

Tiger Brady. Image Source: YouTube/Movieclips


21. A Brady Couldn't Sing?

Who would have ever thought or believed that one of the Brady Bunch couldn't sing? Unbelievable, right? Christopher Knight can't sing and pulled off all his singing parts by lip-syncing. Knight was so embarrassed by this that when he was asked to mention what he deemed most embarrassing thing he did on the show, Knight said: "Singing, by far. It was traumatic."

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Image Credits: Getty Images


22. Real-life Buddies

Apart from having a working relationship, Barry Williams (Greg) and Christopher Knight (Peter) are close friends in reality. They even made appearances at one another's wedding ceremonies. They also appeared in an episode of 'That '70s Show,' filmed in 2006, in which they portrayed a gay couple.

Knight and Williams, TV Land Awards, 2003. Image Credit: Getty Images

Knight and Williams, TV Land Awards, 2003. Image Credit: Getty Images


23. Fashion Mishap

Even though they were little, the 'Brady Bunch' kids knew they didn't want to be wearing the clothes from the wardrobe department. If you remember well, the fashion sense of the 'Brady Bunch' needed a complete makeover. Despite the children asking for a change of wardrobe multiple times, it was turned down.

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