Sunday, September 25, 2011

This Day in History September 26, 1969

Does this bring back memories?  I would say the vast majority of people in the United States have spent some time in their lives watching this show.  I grew up on it.  I probably all the shows made more than once, and I just didn't get tired of them.

On this day in 1969, The Brady Bunch premiered.  Indeed the show has become an American icon, and it is considered one of the most important shows of the 1970's.  This show portrayed wholesome family life during a time of political and social unrest.  Generally, controversial topics were avoided, and the blended family got along quite well.

The show ran for 177 episodes, and its last original episode aired August 30, 1974.  As I mentioned, reruns are what has continued to keep this show a hit.  There have been all sorts of spin-offs and movies from this show.  According to Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady), she and the cast receive no revenue from syndication.  Pretty sad, eh?  I won't go into all the "garbage" that came out concerning the show.  I know there were all kinds of affairs between cast members and more, but I really don't care.

What I care about is that even now, this show is a retreat to a simpler, kinder time in history when you didn't have to worry about your children seeing sex, violence, and profanity on TV.  I don't think my daughter has seen this show yet, but I know that when she does, she will enjoy it.  I get so upset with TV nowadays.  In fact, I was just saying to my mom tonight that a few of the shows coming out this season sound good or cute, but they are ruined with sex and profanity.  Will we ever return to a time when TV was clean and wholesome?  Probably not, but I can dream.

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  1. Ugh, my husband and I were just discussing this very thing. While a lot of what we watch (or what we don't watch, but it's still on TV well before bedtime) isn't offensive to me personally, it's not something I want my daughter seeing. I guess before I had kids, it really didn't occur to me how much inappropriate content has creeped in during after-school hours!

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