The famed producer behind The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island passed away yesterday at the age of 94, leaving behind an unlikely legacy.
While The Brady Bunch may not have had the social significance or ratings success of some other “classic” half hour comedies, its impact is unmistakable. From first lady Michelle Obama (who was outed as a major fan during the Democratic National Convention) to Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (who actually named himself after the youngest Brady boy), the faithful can be found in the most unlikely of places. But why The Brady Bunch? Why, with the possible exception of Seinfeld, are you probably familiar with more episodes of this show than any other in TV history?
“It was about growing up and about, you know, getting along and being a big brother or a little sister or a middle person or whatever,” reasoned actor Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady, on Just My Show back in 2009. “And so I think that the relationship is maybe stronger than with some other types of shows that were more groundbreaking.”
Share your memories of Sherwood and his classic shows by leaving a comment below.