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Throwback Thursday: When “The Brady Bunch” took over an episode of late 80s sitcom “Day By Day”

They say the only things that would survive a nuclear holocaust would be cockroaches … and Cher.

I think we could add The Brady Bunch to that short list.

The six original Brady kids, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormack, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Trump fan Susan Olsen have reunited for HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation, a show that pairs them with HGTV designers to help renovate the house that served as the famous facade of their TV home on the series from 1969 to 1974. (All the interior scenes were filmed on a separate soundstage.)

The Bradys, despite the deaths of the show’s grown-ups Florence Henderson, Robert Reed and Ann B. Davis, have always found a way to come back since the original 1969-74 sitcom was canceled. There was The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas, The Bradys which all involved a majority of the original cast.

What I had never seen until it popped up on my Youtube feed the other day was the A Very Brady Episode of the old NBC sitcom Day by Day.

Day by Day aired on NBC from February 29, 1988 to June 25, 1989 and starred Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Thora Birch in her television debut role. The show centered on a married couple with two successful careers and a teenage son named Ross. After the couple had a second child, their daughter, Emily, they decided to quit their jobs and open a daycare center in their home.

The episode titled “A Very Brady Episode” aired on February 5, 1989, and reunited six cast members from The Brady Bunch – Ann B. Davis, Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, and Robert Reed.

In this episode, Ross is lectured by Brian and Kate about his poor study habits. Ross’s explanation that he was watching a Brady Bunch marathon only angers his parents more, and he is warned to shape up. Ross bemoans his predicament, noting Mike Brady would never yell at him because he had flagging grades.

Ross falls asleep, and finds himself in the opening credits of The Brady Bunch. Ross learns that he is the Bradys’ long-lost son, Chuck. After he gets his hair permed at Mike’s suggestion, he visits with the various family members (except Greg, Jan, and Cindy), who reprise some of the scenes in the Bradys’ most famous episodes (“Chuck” and Marcia running against each other for class president, “Chuck” being bullied by Buddy Hinton episode, etc.)

After “Chuck” gets some advice about his poor grades from Mike, the family begins to repeat their dialogue. “Chuck” wonders what’s amiss, and Mike explains what he’s seeing is a rerun. Everything becomes chaotic and Ross wakes up, vowing to improve his study habits.

Christopher Daniel Barnes, who plays Ross/Chuck, would later portray Greg Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel.


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  1. January 3rd, 2019 at 5:37 pm
    Scott Kjeer says:

    That was quite a treat! Thanks for sharing it, Greg. My husband is from Chicago and ran into Robert Reed at a bar on Blue Island. He was doing theater in town.

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