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The 60s sitcom The Brady Branch has managed to stand the test of time and is still widely watched on millions of TV sets around the globe. While the plots and characters might have appeared largely angelic, there were pretty dark secrets being held on set. Here’s a look:

30. Mr. Brady’s Big Secret

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Robert Reed, who played Mike Brady, was a closeted homosexual. His co-star Florence Henderson caught on to his secret pretty early on when she noticed how uncomfortable he was with acting romantically towards her. After admitting the truth to her privately, the two rehearsed kissing and hugging scenes off-camera to look more natural. The entire cast and crew kept Reed’s secret until after his death from HIV in 1992.

29. Robert Reed Wasn’t In The Final Episode

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Robert Reed and the show’s producer Sherwood Schwartz had frequent disputes about the show’s script quality. So much tension built up between the two that eventually Schwartz wrote Reed out of the show’s final episode, “The Brady Bunch: The Hair-Brained Scheme,” after an argument over what Reed thought to be a ridiculous storyline. To be fair, that final episode was a bit sillyGreg used hair tonic and accidentally turned his orange.

28. Maureen McCormick and Barry William’s Had a Romance

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Barry Williams who played Greg on the show wrote a book called Growing Up Brady where he detailed the offset romance between he and his costar Maureen McCormick who played Marcia. While filming the episode “A Room at the Top” where Greg and Marcia argue over the attic space, the crew had to stop the actors several times from getting a bit too “familiar.”

27. Robert Reed Hated The Show

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Robert Reed seemed to have had a pretty miserable time on set. He expressed strong contempt for his role as Mike Brady and claimed he only took the part after producers told him the show would be a serious look at modern American family life. Despite his misery, Reed stuffed it out for the sake of the kids.

26. Florence Henderson Hated Carol’s Role

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Throughout production, Florence Henderson lobbied pretty hard to get the show’s producers to take Carol Brady’s role in a direction that changed with the times. She wanted Carol Brady to get out in the workforce. Still, Carol stuck to her duties as a homemaker.

25. Accusations of Plagiarism

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The show’s similarities to the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours” (1968) brought on quite a bit of raised eyebrows. The producers of the film were so incredulous by the sameness that they threatened to sue Brady Brunch producer Sherwood Schwartz for taking their idea as well as plot summary. Sherwood revealed that the notes and outline for the series had been written a year or two before their idea.

24. Marcia Marcia Marcia Had Some Truth To It

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Susan Olsen, who played Cindy, has confessed in several interviews that her co-star big sisters Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb (Jane) didn’t get along very well in real life.

23. Tiger the Dog and The Unsolved Mystery

The boy’s dog, Tiger, made appearances only in season 1 before mysteriously disappearing. The dog who played the character was actually killed by a car before the filming of episode 5 was completed. The dog’s replacement was so difficult that producers scratched his role out completely. Fans of the show would notice that Tiger’s doghouse would stay on set mostly because one of the studio lights had burned a hole through a spot that it covered.

22.  Hair Color Was Super Important When It Came To Casting

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From the start of the show’s conception, producers knew they wanted the parents’ hair colors contrasting and the children’s hair colors corresponding. Schwartz didn’t have an idea what the parents would look like but his goal was to have twelve child actors on standby (three blonde girls, three blonde boys, three brunette girls, and three brunette boys).

21. Cindy Started Balding

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To give Cindy the very blonde look that matched her mother’s, producers had her hair bleached. By season 2, the young actress had lost so much hair that she turned up at Schwartz’s office in tears to present her case against bleaching any further. Fortunately, Schwartz allowed the process to stop.

20. Cindy’s Lisp Was Real

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Susan Olsen had a lisp in real life that producers that were cute enough to incorporate into the show. The child actress worked tirelessly to fix her lisp until the age of 19 when she underwent surgery to help correct it.

19. Barry Williams Showed Up Stoned To Set

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The Brady Bunch was filmed in the 60s, i.e., the peak era of drug experimentation. Barry often showed up to set stoned so much that producers would have the writers re-work the script so he wouldn’t have to appear on television.

18. Henderson Wasn’t Around for Filming The First Six Episodes

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When The Brady Brunch finally got the green light, Henderson had actually been wrapping up on filming in Denmark. The show kickstarted production without her and filmed the first six episodes. Production went back and filmed her scenes later.

17. Marcia Was Jealous Of Jan

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Maureen McCormick confessed in interviews that filming beside Eve Plumb had been difficult for her because she thought her co-star was prettier. When Eve developed curves before Maureen, the actress took a particular blow to her self-esteem.

16. Maureen Had Dark Times After The Show Ended

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When production for the show stopped, Maureen found herself struggling and turned to drugs. At her lowest point, the actress admitted to doing cocaine and traded sex for drugs.

15. Christopher Knight Was a Bad Singer

Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, and Maureen McCormick proved to have significant singing chops while Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen could at the very least carry a tune. Meanwhile, Christopher Knight struggled to deal with his voice. In an interview, the former child-star admitted that singing was “traumatic” for him and that he was instructed to lip-synch while the other kids sang.

14. The Six Kids Shared A Bathroom With No Toilet

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Fans of the show might have noticed that the kids’ shared bathroom was missing a toilet. At the time television networks had strict rules about showing toilet bowls onscreen. To avoid difficult camera angles, producers ditched using a toilet altogether.

13. Carol Brady Was Divorced

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Having an ex-husband would have been super taboo for women at the time but Schwartz has said in many interviews that he intended to have Carol come from a divorced relationship.

12. Marcia Really Did Get Pegged In The Nose

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Fans will remember the famous football toss scene from the episode “The Subject Was Noses” when Pen pegs Marcia on the nose with a football. Christopher Knight couldn’t quite hit the target, so Schwartz stepped in to throw the spiral. Ultimately he pegged Maureen right on the nose..

11. Barry Williams Had a Thing For Florence Henderson

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The crush was pretty innocent at the age of 15, when Barry first asked Henderson out, but years after the show’s production the actor called Henderson a “white hot babe.” Florence has gone on to admit that she was attracted to Barry as well. Er… gross.

10. The Show Wasn’t Much of A Hit

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The show wasn’t so big during it’s initial run and never managed to join the ranks of the Top 30 shows. Every season, when filming wrapped, the actors were completely uncertain if they’d be called back to set the next time.

9. There’s Quite a Few Flubs

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Because the show was unpopular, not everyone was certain that the show would keep airing regularly for over 40 years post-cancelation. In order to keep an episode on schedule, many minor mistakes were left in post-production. Various flubs can be detected, such as the kids calling their co-stars by their actual names, Susan Olsen sticking her tongue out, and multiple wardrobe discrepancies.

8. The Show Was Going To Use a Backdoor Pilot

During the show’s final season, the Brady family introduce their neighbors, Ken and Kathy Kelly (Ken Berry and Brooke Bundy) who have adopted three boys.  The twist was that one of the boys was white, one was Black, and the other was Asian. Schwartz hoped that this backdoor pilot would be picked up as a series, but Kelly’s Kids never happened.

7. Not Everyone Was A Fan Of The Concept

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During the late 60s and 70s when the show first aired, widowed parents became a common trope. When The Brady Bunch aired it was widely criticized for taking the concept a step too far.

6. The House Had Bad Architecture

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Mike Brady might have been an architect but a close eye will notice that the show had quite a bit of wear to it including missing titles and wood panels.

5.  The Concept Came From A Newspaper Statistic

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Sherwood Schwartz was reading the LA Times and came a cross a four-line filler piece stating, that year (1965), 31% of all marriages involved people who had a child or children from a previous marriage. It was just a statistic, but for Schwartz it hinted at a fascinating and dramatic family dynamic.

4. Gene Hackman Was Up For Mike Brady

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Gene Hackman had initially been considered for the role but his low familiarity with TV audiences kept him out. Perhaps there would have been less tension on set if he had.

3. Florence Henderson Wasn’t Going To Be Ms Brady

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Joyce Bulifant had basically signed a contract for the role and she was used in most of the screen tests with the child actors and their auditions. In fact, Eve Plumb landed the role of Jan mostly because of her resemblance to Bulifant.

2. Eve Plumb Almost Got Herself Possessed

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Eve Plumb had auditioned for the part of Regan in The Exorcist (1973) and was strongly considered for the position while she was still on the show.

1. Cindy And Bobby Also Had a Thing

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Cindy and Bobby played step brother and sister, but they had crushed on each other as co-stars. According to Susan Olsen, she and Mike Lookinland engaged in kissing sessions during various times on set including in Tiger’s doghouse.

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