The Brady Bunch cast have reunited ahead of the iconic sitcom’s 50th Anniversary, as they promoted the TV special A Very Brady Renovation on Thursday.
The six actors who played the children of the blended family took to the stage at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour for a panel to promote the series which sees them renovate the Studio City home that appeared heavily in the show.
Barry Williams (who played Greg Brady), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), and Susan Olsen (Cindy) seemed delighted to be brought back together, five decades after making their debut in the series.
Back together: The Brady Bunch cast have reunited ahead of the iconic sitcom’s 50th Anniversary, as they promoted the TV special A Very Brady Renovation on Thursday
Flashback: (L-R) Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby), and Susan Olsen (Cindy) (above in 1969)
This past November, the six on-screen siblings teamed up with HGTV to restore the $3.5 million split-level ranch to took centre stage in the sitcom, recreating each room to be an exact replica of how it looked in the series.
While the California home was only used for the exterior and never for the interior scenes of the show, the group gutted the structure to turn it into what would have been the real Brady abode.
Each Brady actor was responsible for recreating one or two rooms from the original show with the help of a professional crew.
The home famously sparked a bidding war when it went up for sale in 2018, with stars including Miley Cyrus and singer Lance Bass lobbying to buy the $1.8 million property before HGTV swooped in with the winning offer.
Famous: The special sees the cast come together to restore the original home that was used for exterior scenes of the house in the show, after being bought by HGTV for $1.8 million
Old times: The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC on September 26, 1974, and the series proved to be groundbreaking for the time as it saw a blended family take centre stage
Back in the day: Barry Williams, now 64, played the oldest son Greg, who was 13 when the sitcom began (right). He is now the oldest surviving cast member from the series
Old school: Christopher Knight, 61, played the second son Peter, who was around 9 or 10 at the sitcoms’ start (right)
Suave: Mike Lookinland, 58, played the youngest son Bobby, who was seven when the comedy about the unlikely family started
Blonde beauty: Maureen McCormick, 62, took on the role of the oldest child Marcia, who was 12 when the series started, and is the subject of the ‘Marcia Marcia Marcia’ catchphrase
Icon: Eve Plumb, 61, played the middle daughter Jan Brady, who was around 11 at the start of the series almost 50 years ago
Baby: Susan Olsen, 57, played the youngest daughter Cindy, who was believed to be six in the first season
According to the HGTV, the ranch-style house in the series is the second most photographed home in all of America after the White House.
Last year it also earned the title as one of the most expensive houses in sitcom houses, just beating out Mary Tyler Moore’s famous Minnesota apartment, which sold in 2017 for $1.5 million.
The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC on September 26, 1974, and the series proved to be groundbreaking for the time as it saw a blended family take centre stage.
It saw Mike (played by Robert Reed) and his three sons Greg, Peter and Bobby move in with new wife Carol (Florence Henderson) and her three daughters Marcia, Jan and Cindy, along with live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson (played by Ann B. Davis).
Gone: Robert Reed, who played the legendary Mike Brady (right) died in 1992 at the age of 59 (pictured left in 1991)
RIP: Florence Henderson, who played the family matriarch Carol Brady (right) passed away in November 2016 aged 82 (left in September 2016)
Veteran: Ann B. Davis, who played the Brady’s live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson (right), died in 2014 aged 88 (left in 2007)
We’re back! 15 years after their last reunion, the cast seemed delighted to have been brought back together for the TV special
Chatty: As they spoke about restoring the house, the cast also reminisced about their time filming the show ahead of the golden anniversary
Beaming: The cast spoke passionately about restoring the house, as they transformed the rooms to mimic exactly how the show would have looked in the 1970s
The series was also opted against providing any political commentary of the time, a surprise given the USA was in the midst of the controversial Vietnam War.
While it only performed moderately during its five season run, The Brady Bunch has become an icon in TV history, thanks to huge success in syndication, numerous spin-offs and reunion TV movies.
Of course the six Brady children are now the only surviving cast members on the show. Lead actor Robert Reed – who played father Mike – passed away in 1992 at the age of 59.
In 2014 Ann – who played the Brady’s housekeeper Alice Nelson – died at the age of 88, and Florence (Carol Brady) died in 2016 aged 82.
From old to young: Susan who played the youngest Brady (left) and Barry, who played the oldest (right) joined the cast at the panel to promote the special
Back to the future: It had been more than 15 years since the Brady actors last reunited, so this special will prove a delight for die-hard fans
Of course for many die-hard fans, it will be a delight to see the stars of the show back together, 15 years after they last reunited.
Even though it’s been more than 15 years since they last reunited, the chemistry between the actors was more than apparent when they hit the stage together to reveal why they decided this would be the project to bring them all together.
‘There are so many elements that had to come together to make this thing work,’ Barry, now 64, revealed as reported by Deadline.
‘We’ve had great relationships our entire lives but not all together at the same time. It was crucial to have every single person on this stage in that show.’
Walk down memory lane: The group talked about all the fun and good times they had together during filming, as the series continues to be a staple in syndication (Maureen pictured above)
Exciting: The special will see the famous house brought back to the 70s, as the original sets are restored in the property
At last! Of course this is not the first time that cast have reunited since The Brady Bunch came to an end in 1974
Eve, 61, added: ‘What resonated with me the most was that it was a different take on Brady. They weren’t asking us to come back and play Brady Bunch characters again.’
As the youngest of the crew, Susan, 57, couldn’t have been happier with the results, saying: ‘This is the first time that the magic is back.’
When asked about their favourite renovation room, the group consensus was Alice’s maid suite near the kitchen.
A Very Brady Renovation premieres on Monday September 9 on HGTV.
Important: The Brady Bunch has become an icon in TV history, thanks to huge success in syndication, numerous spin-offs and reunion TV movies