A New Beginning for the Brady’s

Michel & His Dolls

Ava H., Off Campus

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“Ohh! My nose!” 

“That doesn’t sound very quiet. Or very peace.” 

“Pork Chops and Applesauce.” 

“The Light in the Oven is blinking something in Morse Code: I’ll bet the word is trouble.” 

These quotes from the TV show, The Brady Bunch, have been springing back into people’s minds lately. The new HGTV show, A Brady Bunch Renovation, features the six Brady kids now as adults. Due to this, many adults find themselves revisiting this timeless TV show.

The original show, which aired from the years 1969 to 1974, featured six children actors – Maureen McCormick (Marsha), Eve Plumb (Jan), Susan Olsen (Cindy), Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), and Mike Lookinland (Bobby). Also, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, and Ann B. Davis were a huge part of the show as they played the adults in the TV series. The Brady Bunch was a show about a female widow named Carol (Florence Henderson) and a male widow named Mike Brady (Robert Reed) who each had three children. On the show, the two get married, and the girls all move into Mike’s house. Over the years, the kids face problems, get into trouble, and have iconic talks with Mike and Carol. This show served as a staple for many families.

In this new show, the six actors who played the children in the original series bought the house they had “grown up” in and renovated it to replicate the TV home as exact as they could. The house sits in Los Angeles, California. On the original show, they showed the exterior of a real home as the Brady house. Everything that was shown on the inside of the home was just a set, not the real house. A while ago, the owner of the house used for the exterior shot on the show passed away, and the Brady Bunch adults bought it. Then the actors teamed up with HGTV stars on various TV shows, like Property Brothers, Good Bones, Restored by the Fords, Flea Market Flip, Hidden Potential and Flea Market Flip. With all of them working together, they renovated the home to look exactly like the original sets on TV. 

In each episode, the point is to show the progress of one floor. The actors all are getting closer and closer to finishing the recreation of the Brady House as the episodes air. Each HGTV host is assigned to a different room in the house. Then, the hosts demolish the room and create the original room that was showcased on The Brady Bunch. Every little detail is expected to look like its original in the original TV house. Furniture and other items throughout the house were collected from auctions, antique stores, custom or the original piece itself. Some key rooms in the house are the olive green and orange kitchen, the girls’ and boys’ bedrooms, and Mike’s den. 

Since the show has already aired, there are many records and outstanding ratings. The Monday night premiere of The Brady Bunch Renovation holds the record for the highest rated premiere ever for HGTV. It is the highest rated telecast in two and a half years and the ratings increased by 160 percent! Additionally, there was a 211 percent raise of viewership in the six-week period, and lastly, The Brady Bunch Renovation premiere was the show with the most views on television, not counting sports related stories and games. 

The Brady Bunch was one of the most iconic TV shows from the 70s. The newly renovated house will be a huge tourist attraction for all of the Brady Bunch fans. The house has great features and qualities. The HGTV hosts worked so hard to complete this project, and all of that hard work paid off!

References

Thomas, Dino-Ray. “A Very Brady Renovation’ Scores Highest-Rated Season Premiere At HGTV; L+3 Numbers Revealed – Update” Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC, 16 September 2019. deadline.com/2019/09/a-very-brady-renovation-tv-ratings-season-premiere-hgtv-1202730840/

Huver, Scott. “How a Very Brady Renovation turned a house into a TV home.” CNN. CNN, 10 September 2019. www.cnn.com/2019/09/10/entertainment/brady-renovation/index.html

 

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