Saturday, June 8, 2013

Robert Reed, the Brady Bunch

Something I didn't know before. Robert Reed agreed to be on The Brady Bunch because he was told it would be more adult than Gilligan's Island.

Gilligan's Island was the more sophisticated show. One episode was based on "The Most Dangerous Game", it had an Alcatraz-like bird man in another. The Skipper was a traumatized war veteran tormented by nightmares.

They should have done what they did with Gilligan's Island. Brought in some literary references. Imogene Cocoa appeared as an Auntie Mame-like bohemian in one episode, but they should have done a couple of shows based loosely on, say, the work of Tennessee Williams. Greg should have brought home a gentleman caller for Jan who helps her overcome her middle-child syndrome.

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