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

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


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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 adored, or great to poke fun at—The Brady Bunch is unarguably one of the most enduring and inspiring TV shows of our time. It's lived a dozen lives, from its original comedy debut and big-screen movies, to the Emmy-winning TV auteurs it has inspired—everyone from Vince Gilligan to Jill Soloway—and promises to live many more.

In The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch, TV and pop culture writer Kimberly Potts will draw upon her deep knowledge of and appreciation for The Brady Bunch and television and pop culture history, as well as her contacts, connections, and experience, to provide an industry insider narrative of The Brady Bunch. With fresh interviews, The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch will examine the show's lasting effects on its audience and take readers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of our most beloved characters, all to document why The Brady Bunch was one of the most groundbreaking shows of its time—and why it remains to this day, unforgettable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538716618
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 289,959
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kimberly Potts is a television and pop culture writer with a prolific career spanning more than 20 years, with features written for The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture, TV Guide,, Los Angeles Times, The Wrap, and so on.

She currently covers the number one sitcom on TV, The Big Bang Theory, for, and recently spent several seasons covering the number one cable drama on TV, The Walking Dead, for Yahoo TV. She's written oral histories of Deadwood and BreakingBad, think pieces defending the polarizing series finales of Seinfeld and TheSopranos, and created weekly beat coverage, features, interviews, and recaps of TV comedies, dramas, and reality series, including OrangeIstheNewBlack, BatesMotel, GilmoreGirls, BetterCallSaul, TheAmericans, Gossip Girl, and DancingwiththeStars.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 A Hunch About The Bunch 1

Chapter 2 The Way They Became The Brady Bunch 17

Chapter 3 Here's How to Tell the Story 37

Chapter 4 Here's the Story 47

Chapter 5 This Group Must Somehow Form a Family 55

Chapter 6 What About Bob? 83

Chapter 7 Keep on Groovin' 109

Chapter 8 Bradys vs. Partridges 145

Chapter 9 Something Suddenly Came Up 159

Chapter 10 When It's Time to Change, You've Got to Rearrange 185

Chapter 11 Sunshine Days 203

Chapter 12 Still Groovy After All These Years 223

Appendix Fifty Years of The Brady Bunch in Pop Culture 241

Acknowledgments 253

Source Notes 255

About the Author 269

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