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The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch: How the Canceled Sitcom Became the Beloved Pop Culture Icon We Are Still Talking About Today

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In celebration of the Brady Bunch's 50th anniversary, TV writer Kimberly Potts writes a Seinfeldia-like definitive history of the show that changed the family sitcom and made an indelible impact on pop culture.

There isn't a person in this country who hasn't heard of The Brady Bunch. Whether it's the show they watched growing up, or the one their parents did--whether
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an easy, entertaining read offering insight into the show we all loved, including all its cast members. I had fun with it.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serious disclaimer here: I am a serious Bradyphile. Honestly. I know it's not totally groovy to admit that - - or maybe it is now, 50 years after the iconic sitcom debuted to lukewarm (or flat out vicious) reviews -- but there it is. One of my warmest and strongest memories of childhood (and yes, even into and through adolescence) was coming home from school to watch the syndicated episodes of the perfect blended family. No matter how stressed or upset or tired I was from school, catching up ...more
Shannon Rochester
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

I will admit that I grew up a Brady Bunch fan so when I saw this as available on Netgalley, I automatically requested it. Don't get me wrong, I was never the obsessed fan that many many people are ( I haven't even watched an episode in too many years to count) but back when I was youngish, I watched every single episode and I did watch the variety show and the movies and anything else that came out. This
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Author Kimberly Potts provides insight into one of television's most beloved programs of all time. The Brady Bunch never garnered top ratings during its five seasons, but it remains popular 50 years after the first show aired in syndication. Several other programs featuring the Brady Bunch cast appeared throughout the years, sometimes with a "fake Jan" or "fake Marcia." We learn about the show's casting, about Robert Reed's hatred for the program, and more in the pages. Comparisons to other ...more
Sue Seligman
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting history of the iconic TV show which premiered 50 years ago, in 1969. Recommend this book to fans of the show. Kimberly Potts describes all the stories from the show’s birth through its final episodes and its reincarnations as variety show, cartoon, movies and live theatre shows. The conflicts behind the scenes and the portrayals of the famous cast members make this book a must read for anyone who watched the show during its five year run or later through syndication. An ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Three and a half stars.

I appreciate it when a book makes me think about things in a broader sense than the book likely intended. For that, I'm giving this book an extra star.

Did I watch The Brady Bunch in its original run when I was growing up? Yes. Did I like the show? Yes, lots. Did I continue to watch it in later years in syndication? Sure. Have I seen more than one episode in the past year? Yes. Am I a fan of the show? Yes. Does the show have a fandom? Uh... I'm not so sure about that one.

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I remember watching The Brady Bunch with my sisters and loving the show. I wasn't a huge fan of the show but I do know that I watched most of the important episodes. When I read the blurb for this book, I thought it would be a cool look into the history behind the show and it sure was.

Kimberly Potts did a good job and being informative about the history of the show. I did learn a lot about the creation of the show, the actors, and more about their personal lives.

It is a good and entertaining
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng, culture
I'm not the biggest Brady fan in the world, but I was totally won over by the author's enthusiasm for the topic. You feel like you have a really excited friend telling you all these details, some of which you might have heard before but not remembered: "Marcia Brady almost played Jan Brady! Mama Partridge almost played Mama Brady!" The author tells more of Sherwood Schwartz's viewpoint, which makes many of the show's stylistic choices make more sense: he believed that any group of people, ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of you love the Brady's, and honestly who doesn't, you will love this book. Comprehensive book on EVERYTHING Brady Bunch. Spans 50 years, and it's worth a trip down memory lane. Loved it

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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If this is your first foray into Brady biographies, it is an entertaining read. The book is easy-to-follow, a fairly quick read, and provides a lot of background information and tidbits. With so many books out there on the subject (including tell-alls by the actors and producers), there really isn't much more to say on the subject. With this book, author Potts decides to give perspective and thoughts on why the Brady
Diane Hernandez
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Baby boomers loved the original show and Gen Xers loved the reruns as children and teens. Adults not so much. For a relatively low-rated show, how does everyone still remember every characters’ name? The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch attempts to explain the show’s enduring popularity.

Every American has perfected the middle girl Jan’s jealous whine of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.” Who doesn’t remember Marcia’s football to the nose, Bobby’s experience with laundry soap, and Peter’s cracking voice?
Teena in Toronto
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Hard to believe but The Brady Bunch recently their 50th anniversary!

I was seven to eleven years old when the original The Brady Bunch aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, and I can't remember watching it. Maybe we didn't get it on our local stations (there was no cable back then) or maybe my parents didn't like it so we didn't know about it. I do remember watching The Partridge Family when it was originally on, though (it originally aired from September 25, 1970, until March 23,
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch: How the Canceled Sitcom Became the Beloved Pop Culture Icon We Are Still Talking About Today by Kimberly Potts was a deep-dive into all things Brady. This isn't the first time I've read a book about the Bradys, and they will always be a love of mine. I mean, y'all, have I told you about the time I MET GREG BRADY!?!? (See my blog for photographic proof.)

Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
If you love The Brady Bunch, you will love this book. If you love trivia, you will love this book. If you think you know just about everything there is to know about the Bradys. you will love how much more this book will show to prove you wrong. Everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING possible to discover about the Bradys can be found here. What was Robert Reed's problems that kept his tirades going? Which US nationally known politician was such an obsessed fan that he asked his parents to refer to ...more
Steven Kettering
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An engaging read on the specific and enduring cultural impacts had, by a show that was viewed as a schedule-filler at the time it aired. Potts provides significant insights into the why of this show's continuing influence, over a nearly 5 decade period, when other top 10 shows of the time (Marcus Welby, MD., The Doris Day Show) have been reduced to simply names on a list. The book is well-researched, with significant new content from first person interviews, and leavened by the occasional ...more
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Guilty. Viewing. Pleasure. The Brady's were uncool back then and still are, yet I manage to get sucked into an episode whenever I'm channeling on a lay-z Sunday afternoon. Book was terrible as it rehashed episodes, tried to be clever and when it ran out of material attempted to compare it to other family shows (Partridge Family, Modern Family, Full House...).

Altho I might have wanted to be a Brady in the early 70's, I would resent being one today. Due to law changes in 1973, earning residuals
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Definitely written by a fangirl, but still an enjoyable read. I recently started rewatching Brady Bunch with my kids after we saw the HGTV Very Brady Renovation, and my kids (10 and 7) love it. And I still enjoy it. Then I saw this book and thought it would provide great perspective on why it is that different generations relate to this show. That’s what I thought the book would examine, but it focused much more on historical narrative than sociological explanation. To be fair, she did impart ...more
Daniel Ford
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch is a fun, well researched ode to a slice of Americana that defied all odds to remain a cultural touchstone fifty years after the show premiered. Packed with Brady trivia and cast reminiscences, the book also features a complete accounting of the iconic blended family’s many reincarnations and revivals (both praised and ill-fated). Kimberly’s Potts’ exuberant writing style and the sugary, but tender, subject matter will intensify your longing for shag ...more
Jennifer Schultz
Read if you: Want a behind-the-scenes look at an iconic sitcom.

Here's a story....about a sitcom that never broke the top 30 but has achieved immortality through endless reruns. Dismissed by critics but loved by its young audience who identified with one of the "three very lovely girls" or the three Brady boys. Kimberly Potts has created an affectionate and intriguing look at the sitcom that has spawned numerous reunions, parodies, and even Internet memes. She also paints a sensitive portrayal of
Bonnie Kernene
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must first admit that I love the Brady Bunch! I have watched all of the shows, spin-offs, etc. including the house renovation season on HGTV. But this is the first book I have read about the show. I found this book to be fun to read, giving inside scoops on the show and behind the scenes. Now some of it I already knew, but not everything. I really did like reading this book. I found it was well written and easy to read. It did not take me long to read it. If you love the Brady Bunch, I do ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Growing up in the seventies, I was obsessed with the Brady Bunch and could hardly wait to get off the school bus to watch it in the afternoons. So this book was like a revisit to a lost part of my childhood. It was interesting to read about how the show got it's start and lots of behind the scenes trivia. It inspired me to spend a weekend watching old episodes...boy, they sure don't make tv shows like that anymore. My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a galley of this book and ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Growing up The Brady Bunch was one of my favorite TV Shows, I was a latch key child, and Iloved the togetherness of the show. As dilliusioned with the roleto ,e Robert Reed was the perfect father as my father was cold, distant and moody. Now enough of my angst, the book has trivia and tidbits in the book. The show is one of Spike Lee and Michelle Obama's favorite shows. I even got fashion tips from Maureen McCormick's wardrobe. A love letter to a show that may not have been high in the ratings ...more
Michael Ritchie
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Some interesting stories are told here, but oddly there is very little about the original shows themselves. This is more focused on the ways in which the Brady Bunch has remained in pop culture consciousness for 50 years. Unfortunately, much of the last third of the book amounts to simply rattling off TV shows that have made references to the Brady Bunch. Read this book for the more interesting first half; the rest is either skippable or skimable. (I do give the author points for treating the ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-me, non-fiction
3.5 stars If you have read anything about the Bradys in the past, I am not sure you would learn anything new when reading this book. But it sure was fun spending some time behind the scenes with a series that was such a big part of my childhood. The Brady Bunch is timeless in so many ways, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with my own daughters when they were young. The book is a wonderful reminder of why it was so important in the lives of so many kids.
Janilyn Kocher
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, nostalgic look at the tv show that became more popular once it was off the air. It reveals what a jerk Reed was during the seasons about inane things and how some of the female cast members were prima donnas about showing up for later year events. The author does tend to extrapolate too much into areas of Brady-esque influence that didn't hold my interest. The funniest thing I learned was how Ann Davis was a lover of fast cars.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, fast read - just right for any fan of the show. Although I loved the show, I didn't know how it came into being, and I'd never heard some of the behind-the-scenes information the author shares. At times, the writing was a little convoluted (and the author apparently loves the word "titular," since she uses it at least a dozen times throughout the book), but it was easy to follow, and the book was fun to read.
Sue Fernandez
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. I grew up with The Brady Bunch, and I haven't always loved the books that have been written. This one was very good, and I definitely recommend it.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful look at everything Brady Bunch. If you loved the series then you will love this book.

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy free of charge. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
Exapno Mapcase
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It always helps when a writer is a fan of the product being written about. Potts writes with unabashed enthusiasm for this beloved sitcom, but isn’t afraid to write about the troubles, like Robert Reed series long disagreements with producer Sherwood Schwartz.

Free review copy.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
No real new information, no real dirt. However, it was written by an enthusiastic fan of the Brady Bunch, you can't help but get caught up into her love for the show and family. It was a nice read, nothing exciting but I did enjoy
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