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Brady, Brady, Brady by Sherwood Schwartz
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Sep 07, 10

bookshelves: memoirs, pop-culture, television, donated
Read in September, 2010

If you're a Brady Bunch junkie, you're not going to be able to resist this one, regardless of whatever you might read here. And a book written by the man who created the series probably seems like it should be filled with lots of juicy gossip and inside information not available anywhere else, right?

Wrong.

There actually isn't much that's new here, unless you're a Brady novice. You probably know the stories of the Bradys being rejected by every major network, of Robert Reed's annoying work habits, of Barry Williams' horniness for both his TV mom and TV sister, and the demise of Tiger. In fact, much of what you'll read here you've likely seen in lots other places, and sometimes told a bit better. The Schwartz's mutual dislike of Robert Reed is a common theme in here, for instance, but Barry Williams makes the stories funnier and more interesting in his book GROWING UP BRADY. Lloyd Schwartz is careful to remind you that just because Williams says something in HIS book doesn't make it true, but on the other hand, just because Schwartz says so doesn't make it that way, either.

That said, both Schwartzes seem to want to use this book as an opportunity to set the record straight -- whatever that means -- but it mostly becomes an opportunity to take credit for pretty much anything about the series that you may have liked, while disavowing (and saying they had NOTHING to do with) anything you didn't. Peter's "pork chops and applesauce" Bogart impression? Lloyd taught him that. "Oh my nose!"? Lloyd threw the football. The horrible variety show? They had nothing to do with that. All those funny moments in the Brady Bunch movie? All Sherwood and Lloyd's ideas from the opening draft of their first script, don'tchaknow.

I don't think I've ever heard it said that the Schwartzes weren't creative, thoughtful writers or producers, so I'm not sure why they're trying to stop anyone from grinding an axe with all this pre-emptive braggadacio. It makes what should be a entertaining memoir a real eyeroller.

If you're a Brady fan like me, you've probably already got this. In that case, read it and enjoy it for what it is -- and consider it merely another point of view in the familiar stories.
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