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Prove You're a Marcia, Not a Jan, with the Brady Bunch Quiz!
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Remember the name of the Brady family's housekeeper? Or that family dog that mysteriously disappeared after just a few seasons? Think you can name all six Brady kids in order? Prove your "Brady Bunch" IQ with this quiz inspired by the classic show!
Show creator Sherwood Schwartz got the idea for "The Brady Bunch" from a 1965 "L.A. Times" article. As he was skimming the paper one day, he noted a statistic suggesting that around a third of all marriages in the '60s involved people who had at least one child from a previous marriage. Of course, at the time, the happy nuclear family dominated TV, but Schwartz saw an opportunity to reflect changing social and cultural norms—and thus "The Brady Bunch" was born.
The series ran for five seasons from 1969 to 1974 and lives on in syndication decades after the final episode aired. No one knows if the show would have been as popular if Schwartz's original picks for Mike and Carol Brady—Gene Hackman and Joyce Bulifant—played the lead roles, but it's clear that Robert Reed and Florence Henderson were a hit.
Think you know all there is to know about the story of the Bradys? Take our quiz to find out!
What happened to Greg, Peter and Bobby's biological mother?
It doesn't come up very much, but in the very first episode, Bobby is worried that if his dad marries Carol, they all might lose the memory of their mother who had died. Apparently they did forget her because they don't ever mention her again.
What was Mike Brady's occupation?
Mike Brady was an architect and often times worked in his home office.
What happened to Marcia, Jan and Cindy's biological dad?
No one knows. No one ever talks about it.
In Season 1 Episode 12, why might Carol Brady not be able to sing at church on Christmas Day?
Carol Brady has laryngitis and everyone is worried she won't be able to sing at church. But don't worry! Cindy asks Santa for a Christmas miracle, and Carol's voice comes back just in time! This was the only Christmas episode in the series.
Which of the Bradys famously complains, "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"?
Middle sister Jan, frustrated that her older sister is always perfect, says the famous line.
Why does Marcia exclaim, "Oh, my nose"?
Peter throws a football and it hits her, causing her nose to swell. The school hunk, Doug, cancels his date after seeing her nose, claiming that "something suddenly came up."
Which teen heartthrob does Marcia promise will perform at the school prom?
Marcia was the president of her school's Davy Jones fan club. When she writes him a letter and he responds saying he will do her a favor, she tells everyone that he will play at the prom. Marcia does everything she can to get Davy Jones to appear, and he eventually shows up.
Name the Brady kids from oldest to youngest:
Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy—pretty convenient that their ages were so perfectly aligned!
Why did Jan steal someone's bicycle from the park?
In the episode called "The Not-so-Rose-Colored Glasses," Jan mistakenly takes a bike that looks like hers because her eyesight is going bad and she needs glasses.
Finish this sentence, "Mom always says…."
In the episode called "Confessions, Confessions," Peter tosses a basketball in the house and it breaks Carol's favorite vase. Bobby says the famous line.
What illness do all six of the Brady kids have at the same time?
Hijinks ensue when Carol Brady calls the girls' pediatrician to treat all of the kids. Mike and Carol come to the decision that just because they are all in one family, they don't all need to see the same doctor.
Which famous actor played the paranoid archeologist convinced that the Brady boys were trying to steal the rights to the burial grounds to which they were trying to return the tiki idol?
Known for starring in many horror movies, Vincent Price appeared in two epidoses of season 3, when the family vacationed in Hawaii. Desi Arnaz Jr. appeared in one episode as Marica's secret celebrity crush, but he wasn't in the Hawaii episodes.
What was Alice's boyfriend's occupation?
Alice's boyfriend was Sam, the Butcher.
What is Carol Brady's last name before becoming a Brady?
She was Carol Ann Martin before becoming Carol Brady. And although she is a housewife with a live-in maid, she is very busy taking care of her blended family.
When Peter tries to create a new personality for himself modeled off of Humphrey Bogart, what does he adopt as his new catchphrase?
Peter is so boring, so he channels Humphrey Bogart by saying "pork chops and applesauce" as his new personality. His parents tell him that he isn't creating his own, just stealing someone else's.
What does Mike's boss send him as a gift?
For some reason, Mike's boss thinks that a pool table is a great gift, so he sends one to the Bradys. Bobby becomes quite the pool shark, even beating Mike's boss after dreaming of becoming a famous pool champion.
Which famous football player does Bobby brag to his friends that he knows?
Cindy writes a letter to Joe Nameth telling him that Bobby is deathly ill and asking Joe to come for a visit. Joe, being the good guy that he is, decides to visit sick Bobby, who plays along until Mike and Carol catch wind of the whole thing.
What is the name of Cindy Brady's favorite doll that she wrongfully accuses Bobby of stealing?
The family dog, Tiger, is the one who stole Kitty Karry-All, along with Bobby's kazoo.
Jan, tired of always being in Marcia's shadow, does what to change her appearance when getting ready to go to Lucy Winter's birthday party?
When Jan shows up at the party with her new black hair, her friends laugh, causing Jan to run home crying. Her friends later tell her they laughed because they thought it was a joke since Jan's real hair is so pretty.
What were two of Cindy Brady's signature features?
Susan Olsen really did have a lisp when she was little, and apparently the pigtails pulled her hair so tight that she lost some hair because of them!
Which of the Brady boys went on to marry the season 1 winner of America's Next Top Model in real life?
Christopher Knight met Adrianne Curry when they both appeared on The Surreal Life. The two then documented their life and marriage on a reality TV show on VH1 called "My Fair Brady."
What does cosmetics giant Beebe Gallini want Mike Brady to design her new factory to look like?
Carol reads Mike's horoscope saying that a strange woman will come into his life. They laugh about it until Beebe Gallini shows up making ridiculous demands of Mike and his architecture firm.
The most well-known Brady pet is Tiger, the family dog. But what other pet does the Brady family have?
Herman the turtle appears in one episode and is Bobby's pet. The Bradys have several other pets that appear in only one episode including Fluffy the cat and a pet parakeet.
When the family travels to Honolulu, what does Bobby find at Mike Brady's construction site?
Mike Brady has to go to Honolulu for work, and his company agrees to pay for the entire family to go too! Bobby finds the tiki idol and all kinds of bad luck follow the family.
What world record do Bobby and Cindy set out to break?
When the youngest Bradys are left out of their aunt's wedding, they decided to try to break a world record to show they are important. They ultimately fall asleep trying to break the 124-hour record, but they do get coverage in the newspaper and everyone is impressed by their effort.
Which of the original Brady cast chose to not appear in The Brady Bunch Hour variety show that aired in 1976-1977?
Eve Plumb opted out of the show, citing that she couldn't commit to potential future seasons and was replaced with what fans called "fake Jan."
Why do the Brady kids build a giant house of cards?
The kids are fighting over a huge stash of trading stamps. The boys want to trade them in for a rowboat, and the girls want a sewing machine. The girls ultimately win but decide on getting a color TV for the whole family to enjoy. Of course they do because they are The Brady Bunch.
Who was Oliver?
Cousin Oliver came to live with the Brady's for six episodes during the last season. Carol's brother and his wife are going to an archaeological dig in South America and couldn't take Oliver with them, so they dumped him off with the family with the astroturf lawn.
How many Brady Bunch movies were made?
There were two theatrical releases, "The Brady Bunch Movie" and "A Very Brady Sequel," and one made-for-TV movie, "The Brady Bunch in the White House."
Which of the original Brady Bunch cast did not appear in the 1990 TV series "The Brady's"?
Maureen McCormick was not in The Brady's TV show which aired for one season in 1990. The show was about the grown-up Brady kids and their families.
Which of the original Brady Bunch cast did not appear in the 1995 Brady Bunch movie?
Neither Maureen McCormick who played Marcia or Eve Plumb who played Jan were in the 1995 movie. Robert Reed, who played Mike, had passed away in 1992 so was also not in the movie.
What year did the first episode of The Brady Bunch run?
The Brady Bunch first aired on September 26th, 1969 to March 8, 1974. It has run for many years since in syndication.
What is the "Cousin Oliver" syndrome in Hollywood?
When a TV show starts to get stale, what is the best way to bring it back to life? Add a new kid! Wrong! But many sitcoms have done it, including Sam on "Diff'rent Strokes," Chrissy on "Growing Pains," Alex & Nicky on "Full House" and Olivia on "The Cosby Show."
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