Thursday, September 24, 2020

Show Notes Episode 8-1: The Brady Bunch "The Big Bet"

*Welcome back to BOTNS! We have a lot planned for this new season, and we thank you for supporting us.  With many people listening to podcasts less then ever due to current circumstances, we are even more grateful for our listeners.

*The Brady Bunch premiered in 1969 and lasted 5 seasons and 117 total episodes before ending its original run in 1974.  Of course it has lived on in reruns and spinoffs ever since!

*Leave it to Beaver ran 6 seasons and a whopping 234 episodes on ABC.

*"The Big Bet" first aired at 8:00 on ABC on Friday, January 28, 1972, followed by The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, and Love, American Style. NBC had Sanford and Son and Chronolog, while CBS' lineup was O'Hara United States Treasury, She Waits (a Patty Duke TV movie), and The Don Rickles Show.

*The Brady Bunch came to Nick at Nite in 1998 and lasted till 2002 in that initial run.

*The house used for the show's exteriors was built in 1959 and is located by the Los Angeles River. This is the house purchased by HGTV for a reported $3.5 million.

*Elroy Schwartz, credited writer of this episode, is credited on IMDB with writing 12 episode of Gilligan's Island and 9 episodes of Bunch. A later episode he scripted, Greg Gets Grounded, covers vaguely similar ground to this one with its exact words emphasis Greg uses to get around extra punishment for breaking punishment (as we mention on the show).

*As we mention, the series never got Paul Williams, but it did get this guy.

Close enough?

*This guy was not one of the kids with colorful on-point nicknames in Mike's dad's crew growing up:

*The book we mention on the podcast is Kimberly Potts' The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch highly recommended. As I said, she does a particularly good job at analyzing the complicated relationship Robert Reed had with the series. Click here for more info!

*Sam Franklin, AKA Sam the Butcher as played by Allan Melvin, was only in 8 episodes (though mentioned in many more)!

*The trampoline episode with Carol's overprotective fretting is season 2's "What Goes Up..."

*Hope Juber was in 4 episodes of Bunch as 3 different characters, credited each time as Hope Sherwood. She later was in The Bradys as another character and wrote scripts for several later brady projects as well as two episodes of The Munsters Today.

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