I came across this on YouTube yesterday. I’m not really a fan of either Happy Days or The Brady Bunch but put them together and you have …. well, you have this performance from The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.
This is somehow so bad that it actually becomes brilliant. And what a great way to begin the week! These days are ours!
A few things that I noticed about this video:
Supposedly, of all the Bradys, Robert Reed was the most enthusiastic about doing the Variety Show because he always wanted to be on Broadway and this was his chance to sing and dance. Unfortunately, Reed had no experience with either singing or dancing and it’s kind of obvious. But, at the same time, it’s kind of sweet how much he throws himself into it. Plus, he keeps looking at Florence Henderson for encouragement. It makes for a nice moment.
Speaking of trying really hard, Barry Williams was apparently told that he would be the star of the show and that it would help him launch his musical career. It didn’t work, of course. That said, he and Maureen McCormick always seem to really throw themselves into the song. They’re trying really hard. Maybe a little too hard, to be honest. Fake Jan, on the other hand, could really sing and dance.
Finally, Alice appears to be a little …. off. Supposedly, Ann B. Davis was pretty much retired and spending all of her time working as a church secretary when she was contacted about the show. She wasn’t particularly enthused about it but she did it as a favor to “the kids.” My first reaction, when I saw this video, was to assume that she was drugged up before going on stage but, on second viewing, it just seems like she’s trying to get it over with as quickly as possible.
Happy days indeed, I guess.