The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. While the series was never a critical success or hit series during its original run, it has since become a popular staple in syndication among children and teenaged viewers; the Brady Bunch's success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas, The Bradys. In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film.
In 1997, "Getting Davy Jones" was ranked number 37 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All-Time. The enduring popularity of the show has resulted in it becoming recognized as an American cultural icon. In 1966, following the success of his TV series Gilligan's Island, Sherwood Schwartz conceived the idea for The Brady Bunch after reading in The Los Angeles Times that "30% of marriages have a child or children from a previous marriage." He set to work on a pilot script for a series tentatively titled Yours. Schwartz developed the script to include three children for each parent. While Mike Brady is depicted as being a widower, Schwartz wanted the character of Carol Brady to have been a divorcée, but the network objected to this. A compromise was reached. Schwartz shopped the series to the "big three" television networks of the era. ABC, CBS, NBC all liked the script, but each network wanted changes before they would commit to filming, so Schwartz shelved the project. Although similarities exist between the series and two 1968 theatrical release films, United Artists' Yours and Ours and CBS's With Six You Get Eggroll, the original script for The Brady Bunch predated the scripts for both of these films.
Nonetheless, the outstanding success of Yours and Ours was a factor in ABC's decision to order episodes for the series. After receiving a commitment for 13 weeks of television shows from ABC in 1968, Schwartz hired film and television director John Rich to direct the pilot called "The Brady Brood," cast the six children from 264 interviews during that summer, hired the actors to play the mother role, the father role, the housekeeper role; as the sets were built on Paramount Television stage 5, adjacent to the stage where H. R. Pufnstuf was filmed by Sid and Marty Krofft, who produced The Brady Bunch Hour, the production crew prepared the back yard of a home in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, as the exterior location for the chaotic backyard wedding scene. Filming of the pilot began on Friday, October 4, 1968, lasted eight days. Mike Brady, a widowed architect with three sons, Greg and Bobby, marries Carol Martin, who herself has three daughters: Marcia and Cindy; the wife and daughters take the Brady surname.
Included in the blended family are Mike's live-in housekeeper, Alice Nelson, the boys' dog, Tiger. The setting is a large, two-story house designed by Mike, in a Los Angeles suburb. In the first season, awkward adjustments, gender rivalries, resentments inherent in blended families dominate the stories. In an early episode, Carol tells Bobby that the only "steps" in their household lead to the second floor. Thereafter, the episodes focus on typical preteen and teenaged adjustments such as sibling rivalry, puppy love, self-image, character building, responsibility. Noticeably absent was any political commentary regarding the Vietnam War, being waged at its largest extent during the height of the series; the regular cast appeared in an opening title sequence in which video head shots were arranged in a three-by-three grid, with each cast member appearing to look at the other cast members. The sequence used the then-new "multi-dynamic image technique" created by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Chapman.
In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, the show's opening title sequence ranked number eight on a list of TV's top-10 credits sequences, as selected by readers. Robert Reed as Mike Brady Florence Henderson as Carol Brady Ann B. Davis as Alice Nelson Maureen McCormick as Marcia Brady Eve Plumb as Jan Brady Susan Olsen as Cindy Brady Barry Williams as Greg Brady Christopher Knight as Peter Brady Mike Lookinland as Bobby Brady Sam Franklin is Alice's boyfriend, he is the owner of a local butcher shop. Sam appears in only eight episodes, he is frequently mentioned in dialogue, Alice goes on dates with him off-screen. By the time of the 1981 made-for-TV movie The Brady Girls Get Married and Sam are married
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Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost is a fictional character that appeared in titles published by Harvey Comics. Spooky first appeared in Casper the Friendly Ghost #10, he is Casper's cousin. He resembles Casper except he has freckles, a derby hat, a large, black nose. Spooky is written with a Brooklyn accent, for example calling his girlfriend and fellow ghost Pearl, "Poil." His iconic derby hat is, therefore, a "doiby." Although he shares traits with The Ghostly Trio as far as loving to scare the living and being somewhat of a tough guy, he is not as cruel to his cousin as the Trio is, though he makes fun of Casper for being friendly, Spooky has his moments of goodwill. Pearl, who fell in love with Spooky when he rescued her from captivity by abusive witches who were enslaving her in her own house in one comic-book issue, is always trying to stop him from scaring, by reprimanding him, keeping an eagle-eye on him, staying with him all day, threatening to break up with him, or dating other ghost-guys.
So Spooky is always finding ways to keep his scaring secret from Pearl, sometimes by making it appear that someone else did it. After several appearances in Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky moved to several spin-off titles, including Spooky Spooktown, Spooky Haunted House and Tuff Ghosts Starring Spooky; the original ran until #161 in September, 1980. Spooky made four theatrical films with Casper, Hide & Shriek, Hooky Spooky, Which Is Witch, & Doing What's Fright. Spooky is part of the 1963 animated television series The New Casper Cartoon Show, which ran from 1963 to 1969. In 1996, after the success of the 1995 Casper feature film, a new animated show, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper, premiered on Fox Kids, with Spooky as one of the regular characters, voiced by Rob Paulsen. In the 2000 computer-animated movie Casper's Haunted Christmas, Spooky's voice was provided by Samuel Vincent. Spooky made an appearance in "Scare Bud", a fourth season episode of Harvey Girls Forever! He was voiced by Mike Carlsen.