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Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Think you know everything about Greg, Peter, Bobby, Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Mike, Carol, Alice and the people who played them? Think again! From drunken golf-cart races across the Paramount lot to make-out sessions in Tiger's doghouse and Cindy's near-drowning in Hawaii, Barry WiIliams tells the real Brady story, previously hidden behind the carefully groomed facade of TV's fa ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 25th 2015 by Good Guy Entertainment (first published 1990)
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Aug 08, 2011 Joanna rated it liked it
I hate myself for
a) paying for this;
b) reading it; and
c) kinda enjoying it.
Erin the Avid Reader ★Currently Resides in Sleepy Hollow★
While this book is very entertaining and may be interesting to those who are huge fans of the show, it is also heard to break away from the constant narcissism and "I'm the best" attitude of Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady, one of the most annoying kids in tv show history).

I feel like Barry Williams was constantly overshadowing the other members of the cast with himself. Listen, teenagers are usually narcissistic and think they rule and know everything about the world, but it seems that Williams
Adam Bugaj
Aug 28, 2014 Adam Bugaj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the late nineties, i was working at my local library shelving books. Many times i would peruse the carts for something to pass the time, and one afternoon I flipped through this book. By then the Brady Bunch was something I was over with, but to be honest I was obsessed with the show as a kid. Despite this obsession, Growing up Brady was not to be that afternoon at work; I probably just shelved it and went on reading a book about the Beach Boys.
Fast forward to 2014, and I am now reunite
In the early 90’s, I like so many others of my generation, went on a huge 70’s pop culture nostalgia fest, the centerpiece of which was The Brady Bunch, a ridiculously idealized and out of touch family sitcom even in its heyday, which also happened to be hugely entertaining (well, I thought so). The squeaky-clean adventures of the Bradys bore absolutely no relation to reality whatsoever but that was part of its charm. Of late I have become nostalgic for my early 90’s version of early 70’s nostal ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Maureen rated it liked it
I can't believe I actually read this book. Funny and more light hearted than the Maureen McCormick book "Here's the story" that I recently read. However, "Growing up Brady" is now was written in 1992. Lots of pictures and even a commentary about each and every 116 episodes.
Mar 29, 2014 Heidi rated it liked it
Interesting if not very insightful book about what went on behind the scenes on The Brady Bunch. Which Bradys hooked up? Who didn't get along? And whatever happened to that dog Tiger?

The book is short anyway, but a full 50% of the book is dedicated to describing every single Brady Bunch episode in detail. And several of the remaining chapters talk about Barry Williams' life before he got the part of Greg Brady. Perhaps there are people out there who are interested in how many made-for-TV movies
Mar 06, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
I liked this book when I read it. I have to admit I hadn't read a lot of inside stories at the time so I didn't know a lot of what he was saying. He did spend a lot of time on Reed's unhappiness which was sad and a downer but then again that was reality for the show!
Jan 21, 2009 Brenda rated it really liked it
What can I say? I was a huge Brady fan. Watched it the first time around and then in re-runs for the next 30+ years as did my own kids and everyone else. It's always interesting to get the real scoop. And besides Greg was always so cool and mature.
Jan 14, 2009 Marsha rated it liked it
I met Barry Williams when he came through town many years ago promoting this book. The book is a must-read for any child of the seventies who grew up watching "The Brady Bunch"--myelf included!
Jul 27, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
I wasn't interested in the episode-by-episode recap that took up the last 50% of the book. I skipped this part. It made me sorry I wasted the $$ I spent on this book. The "Behind the Scenes" memoir was surprisingly entertaining though. I'd put it in the same category as gossip magazine entertainment.

I was kind of amused by the page at the end hawking merchandise with Barry Williams face plastered all over it. Might have been more worthwhile spending than what I paid for this book. I'm sure a (lo
Melissa Edeburn
Jul 23, 2013 Melissa Edeburn rated it liked it
This is one of those fun reads you stumble across and wonder why you haven't read it sooner. The Brady Bunch is the first television program I remember watching. I was three. (Coming in second is The Mickey Mouse Club, the third Romper Room, and from there it becomes a mash-up of Captian Kangaroo and Saturday morning cartoons, complete with Time for Timer PSAs.) Did I identify with Marcia, the super teen? I was a contemplative, buck-toothed, red-headed, only-child to two full-time professionals ...more
Jan 15, 2008 Frederick rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Students of Television
I was the target audience when the first episode aired. I was ten. I was ashamed of myself for watching it then. In adult life I was ashamed to be reading Barry Williams's (really pretty good) account of his times on the set of a show about a horribly clean family brought together by the union of two previously divorced adults. No mistaking this: Mrs. Brady was no widow. Mr. Brady dumped that first Mrs. Brady. No back story was needed beyond the theme song. The second Mrs. Brady's daughters and ...more
Joseph Crowe
Dec 21, 2014 Joseph Crowe rated it it was amazing
I grew up watching reruns of the Bunch in the 90s, so I saw this book and decided to give it a read.

Its well written and keeps you reading, which is always a plus. Of course, you have to wonder how many of the stories in this are just celebrity over-exaggeration, but I can well believe most of it.

If you want backstage details and cast member flings, this book is good.

I will say that were I ever to watch the show again, I'll never be able to watch it exactly the same way, though that isn't a bad
Chris Dean
Found this book at a church book sale and threw it in on the "fill a bag" day. The version that I read was the paperback prior to Robert Reed's death. Had seen it over the years and figured it was worth a shot

By in large, I did not enjoy it. Half the book was dedicated to episode summaries that sometimes were incorrect and often filled with double entendres. Even Robert Reed's memos seems more silly than the episodes he is complaining about

While Barry Williams is obviously the keeper of the Bra
Apr 01, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I actually read this book, but I am a HUGE Brady Bunch fan. Even though I am a 90′s child, I watched re-runs of the show on Nick at Nite and TV Land growing up. I did not read this book to be entertained and put into a story, rather, I wanted to find out some tidbits about one of my favorite shows.

The book was ok. It kept me entertained and I laughed at a few parts, but it was nothing mind blowing. I did find Chapter 17 (entitled “One Toke Over The Line”…I
Sep 27, 2007 Bethany rated it it was ok
So, I met Barry Williams at a UVSC rally. My friend Kim and I were invited up on stage to learn a far-out Brady dance and afterwards, he remembered my name when he signed our books and posed for a picture with us. He reeked of cigarette smoke and an overinflated ego... sad. Anyway, I read the book and it is kind of fun if you were a Brady Bunch fan. He dishes about all the kids making out with each other and Mr. Brady arguing about the scripts being to corny and ruining the credibility of the sh ...more
Amanda R
Nov 04, 2015 Amanda R rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
Hi. I'm Amanda and I like to read memoirs of washed-up TV stars. And even though I've never been a particular fan of the Brady Bunch and Barry Williams comes off as a sexist jackass, I sort of enjoyed this book. Even the descriptions of every single episode of the show, which were at least sufficiently snarky to be mildly amusing. I've lost a considerable amount of respect for myself.
Oct 16, 2014 Jason rated it liked it
I grew up watching the Brady Bunch and have seen every single episode. Probably know most of them line for line and great with Brady Trivia. So I have been wanting to read this book for quite some time now and finally came across a copy. It was really a fantastic read with some great insight from behind the scenes AND perspective of each episode from Barry Williams.
Jan 17, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it really liked it
Good book. Very open and honest and has others from the shows stories,nice touch. In the back of the book there is a synopsis of all the episodes and a few have a story behind the story. Quick read and if you are a big Brady fan it is a must read.
Summer Lane
Jul 17, 2014 Summer Lane rated it it was amazing
A really fun book about the Brady Bunch! I found it very informative about the behind the scenes workings of the show and the truth about Robert Reed! :)
Oct 12, 2009 Sull rated it did not like it
Typical "airplane book", picked up at a second-hand shop in the States, this book was readable. Barry Williams is a pleasant guy & is interestingly unembarrassed about his time on the all-American 60's sit-com, though he does wax pretty sarcastic--but then again, who wouldn't? Another surprise is the serious fighting that went on behind the scenes between producer-creator Sherwood Schwartz & Robert Reed aka 'Dad' Brady. Who knew that Reed wanted the show to be "real", while Schwartz was ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Not literature, by any means, but a happy little trip down memory lane.
Kate SouthernBelleSimple
for this book, i wish there was the option of half a star. i would say it was more than ok, but maybe not three stars. i did like it though and since i love all things brady, it was a pretty fun read. i admit i skimmed more than actually read some parts because he seemed to spend a lot of time talking about robert reed's unhappiness on the show. that brought me down a little. prior to reading this, i had just finished here's the story by maureen mccormick and it was really good. so maybe that's ...more
Andrew Nossol
This book was really good. Full of things i never knew.
Oct 06, 2015 Marie rated it really liked it
If I had to compare Maureen McCormick's book to this one, I would say this one is a lot more fun to read. In Growing up Brady, Barry gives us story after story of behind the scenes of The Brady Bunch. Fun stuff!! Lots of good pictures and an episode by episode description and fun facts about them. Great little read.
Dec 12, 2007 L rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children of the '70s and those who wish they were
I admit it... I have problems. There was one thing my sister and I agreed on as kids and that was our love of all things Brady. This book gives an interesting glimpse "behind the scenes" of the show, the numerous variety shows/attempted spin-offs (we all remember "The Brady Brides), and the too horrible for words TV movies. The world may never know if Barry Williams was really telling the truth about him and Florence Henderson, but don't worry about the authenticity of the stories and simply enj ...more
I'll admit it up front, I skipped a couple of sections. I wasn't as excited about Barry William's introduction to acting as I was about him and Marcia making out! That being said, my all-time favorite part about the book: reading Robert Reed's opinion of the show! I'm glad I read this later in life, I think I would have not liked hearing that the Brady dad didn't like the show when I was younger, but as an adult I totally loved reading that he thought it was going to be a show with deep sociolog ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Gillian rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic book and a must for all Brady Bunch Fans. I read this straight after Maureen McCormick's book which did not offer a great deal of Brady Bunch news. However, this is a guide to everything Brady from start to finish as well as an entire Episode Guide. The book's extremely easy to read and humorous. Barry gives so many details on this great TV show and lots of backstage details, and there are lots of lovely photos too. Wish there were more Brady Books to read!!!
Dec 08, 2009 Kitt-e-kat rated it really liked it
Jul 24, 2008 Natasha rated it it was amazing
A must read for any Brady Bunch fan - a behind the scenes look. Learn about the relationship between Maureen and Barry aka(Greg and Marcia) - cute/ also Peter and Jan; and the Brady's traveling - i remember a cute story on the airplane/ i believe when they were going to film the Hawaii episode (on the way to hawaii)- which happens to be my favorite episode/ & the book has lots of great photos. From Barry's perspective on what it is like to be a 70's pop tv star.
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