Pilot – Television Special

Air Date:November 28, 1976
Taped:November 22-24, 1976 at KTLA Studios
Guests:Tony Randall, Donny & Marie Osmond
Also appearing:Ann B. Davis, The Krofftettes and Water Follies

Opening number, “Baby Face” (Davis/Akst) and “Love to Love You Baby” (Summer) (all)

Greeting sketch in which the Bradys can’t decide who will talk first, so they take a number. Each member of the family is introduced to the audience. Mike is extremely nervous and falls into the pool during the encore.

(Commercial break)

Interior livingroom of a new house never seen in the original Brady Bunch. The Brady kids decide to dump their father from the show because, according to Bobby, “he’s stinking up the act”. Carol becomes angry and accuses them of being “miserable, ungrateful kids”. Tony Randall rings the doorbell seeking his script for this week’s show, Bobby suggests he replace Mike as their father. Mike overhears from upstairs, and agrees Tony Randall would be a terrific Mike Brady. Mr. Randall declines the part, and the kids begin to feel guilty. Bobby proclaims that only Mike Brady can play their father on the show.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “One” from A Chorus Line (Kleban/Hamlish) (all)

(Commercial break)

Greg and Marcia discuss what life must have been like in the 1950’s.

Dissolve to:

1950’s parody/sketch involving the Bradys at the roller rink- “Ratsie’s Rollerama.” Ricky (Mike) and Ditsy (Carol) decide to go steady. The Bradys can’t decide what should be their song, Donny & Marie come in to help them decide. Donny insists on “Splish Splash”.

Musical number, “Splish Splash” (Darin/Murray) (Greg, Marcia, Donny, Marie)

(Commercial Break)

Greg welcomes everyone back to the second half of the show. Peter comes by and pushes him into the pool, Greg yanks him in seconds later (Note: This was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

Dissolve to:

Sketch involving the Bradys dressed up as clowns boating/swimming around the pool. Carol is propelled flying through air from some kind of mock explosion.

Dissolve to:

Peter and Marcia fight over using the phone. Peter makes a phone call and uses a phony story to break a date to go out with another girl. Mike and Carol do not approve of his lying. Peter ends up losing his date with the new girl who, by coincidence, uses the same phony story to break their date.

Dissolve to:

Cindy and Bobby make an extended comparison between the Brady Bunch and a bunch of bananas. (Note: This sketch was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

They then introduce Greg.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “Corner of the Sky” (Schwartz) (Greg)

(Commercial Break)

Mike is embarrassed to be dressed as a rabbit and expresses his displeasure to the audience in an extended dialoge. Peter shows up in a chicken suit and is equally unhappy. They expected to be in a sketch with Tony Randall, but Tony has no idea what they are talking about. Greg shows up in a bear suit. Tony makes sarcastic remarks about the Brady men. (Note: The beginning portion of this sketch was cut from the version of this episode which aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite). The Brady men reluctantly introduce Tony Randall.

Dissolve to:

Dressed as Dr. Doolittle, Tony Randall recites poetry while music plays and forest animals dance around everywhere.

Poetry: “Façade” (Walton)

Dissolve to:

Alice makes a special guest appearance. She talks about the special love amongst the Bradys.

Dissolve to:

Musical number, “What I Did for Love” (Kleban/Hamlish) and “The Way We Were” (Bergman/Hamlisch)(Carol)

The Bradys embrace each other.

(Commercial Break)

The Bradys can’t decide what to sing for their Finale. Alice arrives to hold the Bunch together and says “Sing something dummy!” (Note: Alice then says “These kids are so out of it!”, a line which was cut from the version of this episode which aired on Nick-At-Nite and TV Land)

Check out the dancer kicking the wrong direction in this image! Idiot.

Finale: “Young and Old”

“Attitude Dancing” (Brackman/Simon) (Greg) (Note: This number was cut from the version that aired on TV Land and Nick-At-Nite)

“Cheek to Cheek” (Berlin) (Mike & Carol)
“Dance With Me” (Hall/Hall) (all)
“I Could Have Danced All Night” (Lerner/Lowe) (Carol)
“The Hustle” (McCoy) (all)
“Shake Your Booty” (Case/Finch) (Jan, Alice, and the Bradys)

(Commercial break)

Mike is happy to have made it through the show, Bobby acknowledges that he did okay. Carol thanks the audience for making The Brady Bunch possible.

The Bradys say goodnight.

Carol reprises the opening melody of “The Way We Were” (Bergman/Hamlisch)


by Richard Hack

JUST AS WE ARE SOUNDING the death knell for variety shows, doesn’t someone come along with still another variation on the theme by Milton Berle. Actually, there are several new looks in the area, on ebbing “3 Girls 3” for NBC from Kenny Solms and Gail Parent, and the other “The Brady Bunch Special” pilot from Sid and Marty Krofft for ABC. The former mask news by taking three unknowns and starring them in musical-comedy. The “Brady” project is unique in several arenas. “The show will star the original cast from the Paramount series — Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, and the Brady kids.” says executive producer Marty Krofft. “The unique thing here is that they will never come out of character. They won’t be Florence and Robert. They’ll be Carol and Mike Brady, plus six. And what we do is the old Jack Benny thing, a show within a show. The Bradys have moved to a new house and they are putting on a variety show. The father, of course, is an architect. He goes along with the idea, but is never overjoyed.” And small wonder. The show’s big feature is dancers-swimmer who cavort in a 400,000 gallon pool. (“The biggest thing since Ester Williams.”) And like Mike Brady says, “At $10.00 a five-gallon bottle, I should be smiling?”

TO PUT THE FAMILY in its proper perspective, lest you get confused with the current reruns of the series, the oldest Brady daughter, Maureen McCormick, is now 20, which should make us all feel the neuritis. The single hold-out from the video reunion is Eve Plumb, who you’ll recall played Jan Brady — the one in the middle. Eve, of course, was just triumphant in “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.” According to Marty, who insists that he should go down in the Guinness Book of World Records for reassembling the troupe, “Eve was willing to do the special, but no the entire series, because she feels her career is in films now. I feel for Eve because I know she wanted to do the show. Finally it came down to the fact that she agreed to do five of the initial 13 series episodes should it go that far, but then that would have caused contractual problems with all the rest. So, we looked at 300 kids and came up with a new Jan.” The newest Brady is Geri Reischl, a name that trips of the lip. “She’s a great little singer and dancer.” says Marty. And of course, blonde. It runs in the family.

GUESTS ON THE SPECIAL-PILOT, which has a Nov. 28 airdate on ABC, are Donny and Marie Osmond (from another Kroffts show) and Tony Randall, who knows from ABC series. Directing the show will be Art Fisher, who’s never directed a pilot that didn’t sell. The Kroffts don’t fool around with fate. Adding to the punch is head writer Carl Kleinschmitt, who knows from situation comedy, plus Ronny Graham, who’s on the writing team. Lee Miller and Jerry McPhie are coproducing. “It’s all very elaborate,” says Marty. “We open very high energy — with a big kick line. It looks like you’re at the Roxy Theatre. The dancers turn into the swimmers and then the Bradys come over the swimming pool and then the whole thing ends on a disco beat. It’s easier to watch than explain.” No doubt.

SID AND MARTY KROFFT, of course, have the “Wonder World,” which includes a multimillion-dollar exclusive deal with ABC. In addition to the Bradys, the Kroffts have two films in development for the network — on entitled “Steelheel,” a Zorroesque telefeature that has this male secretary in a police department turn into a super crimefighter at night. You know the type. The other is a two-hour survival epic about an Olympic team that crashes in the Himalayas. Both, of course, may well turn into series themselves. The Kroffts do have that knack. “Our only key to success is the idea that you’ve got to lead your audience by the hand. The only times we failed is when we got too artsy-crafty,” according to Marty. “When you come right down to it, you’re dealing with a medium that’s 3 by 2. We’re not dealing with CinemaScope.” Something about the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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