Trip Down Memory Lane: '60s & '70s TV

In the days before DVDs, before videotape -- heck, even before many of us had color TV -- plain ol' live television was a big deal. Here's a look at a few videos from some of the most memorable (if not truly the best) TV shows from the Gen Xers' childhood years.

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The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch - all doing... stitchery?

No list of anything related to kids' culture in the '60s and '70s could possibly be complete without a mention of "The Brady Bunch."

You know: the widowed (...or possibly divorced...) mom with three girls, the widowed dad with three boys -- the group "that somehow formed a family." A family that -- despite being able to afford a live-in maid -- had a house with only four bedrooms and two apparently toilet-free bathrooms.

The original "Brady Bunch" series ran for 76 episodes, from 1969-1974 -- but it was the show's life in reruns that made it truly iconic.

Brady Bunch boxed setRemarkably, the large cast remained the same for the entire series: Florence Henderson (Carol Brady), Robert Reed (Mike Brady), Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady), Eve Plumb (Jan Brady), Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady), Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady), Christopher Knight (Peter Brady), Barry Williams (Greg Brady) and Ann B Davis (Alice Nelson).

In the later movies and subsequent short-lived series, most of the cast even reunited. And apart from Robert Reed, who died of intestinal cancer and complications of AIDS in 1992, the rest of the Bunch are still going strong.

The entire Brady Bunch series is out now in a green shag carpet-covered boxed set, which will certainly be a one-of-a-kind addition to your collection.

"The Brady Bunch" theme song: Lyrics

Here's the story
of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up three very lovely girls
All of them had hair of gold
Like their mother - the youngest one in curls

Here's the story
of a man named Brady
Who was busy with three boys of his own
They were four men,
Living all together - but they were all alone

'til the one day when the lady met this fellow
and they knew they was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a family
That's the way we all became the Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch, the Brady Bunch
That's the way we became the Brady Bunch

"The Brady Bunch" season 4 opening credits:

See how the theme song and credits changed over the years:


The Brady Bunch kids sing "Time To Change"


More Brady musical shenanigans:

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Comments on "Retro TV shows: Memories of the '60s and '70s"

Mia January 20, 2014 | 9:58 AM

KIRK, the show your talking about was "Wait till your father gets home."

kirk January 06, 2014 | 9:20 PM

I need the name of the show in the early 70s with the talking house. it was part live action & part animation.

pete May 27, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Need help remembering name of show, as a kid i use to watch a show about sailing and cruising the caribean, if anyone can recall the name please post it here THANKS!!!!

Billy March 15, 2013 | 2:39 PM

i was born in 55; i loved helicopters,could b from a show called 'whirly bird' n how bout bj n the bear. loved them. but i liked the green hornet back then 2,now looking back on reruns its kind of silly.still that was good tv.

300 Lbs Parakeet June 29, 2009 | 12:07 AM

Can anyone remeber the episode of THE PARTIRIDGE FAMILY when the skunk gets loose in the bus and cuts loose or when the guy with her father and the girls with her mother try to live speratly and the old man played by RAY(SACRECOW)BOLGER floods the house with soap suds when he puts too much soap in the washing machine

Flu-Bird June 29, 2009 | 12:01 AM

Dose anyone remeber the 60s war series COMBAT with the late VIC MARROW and RICK JASON or VOAYGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA i now have it on DVD as well as all three seasons of GILLIGANS ISLAND and can anyone ever remember CAPTIAN KANGAROO? with MR GREENJEANS,MR BAINTER,MR MOOSE,BUNNY RABBIT,GRANDFATHER CLOCK,DANCING BEAR and TOWN CLOWN

Public Animal #9 May 29, 2009 | 7:54 PM

Is it wrong to admit that I had a crush on the youngest of the Brady girls? LOL!

lewis england May 06, 2009 | 12:15 AM

iremember watching wallace and ladmo show before going to school.thank you for the memories. your friend lewis

Jackie Willingham January 09, 2009 | 9:50 PM

Talking about the late 60`s and 70`s I had a huge crush on Micky Dolenz Bobby Sherman,Tom Jones.I also had a huge crush on Mr.Spock,Dr.Mcoy from Star Trek and Captian Crane from The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Amanda December 23, 2008 | 10:06 AM

I was born in the middle of the '80's so I never saw any of these shows. However, I LOVE "Daydream Believer", it is such a song! I sing along every time I hear it!! I think I may buy the Monkee's Season 1 to check it out, it looks funny.

June October 31, 2008 | 5:19 PM

The Monkees, I use to have such a crush on Davey Jones. That was many years ago.

June October 31, 2008 | 5:13 PM

I got one of my childhood nicknames from this old show, that my older brothers gave to me.( Witchy-Poo) They still to this day call me that! But only once in awile.

djgroz October 29, 2008 | 5:08 PM

Brady Bunch was a great show.

June October 06, 2008 | 1:06 PM

The land of the lost- My teenager now were watching this one day with me awhile back and they could'nt believe that I use to watch something so corney, (their word's-not mine) I loved this show too!

June October 06, 2008 | 12:59 PM

I really liked the Brady-Bunch back in the day. I even still catch it on at 3;30 in the morning on cable some times. Those were the days of great T.V. shows!

June October 06, 2008 | 12:53 PM

The Electric Company was a really good show! I remember watching it all the time! Thank's for the memories! To me T.V. was just much better back then.

Terra September 04, 2008 | 5:58 PM

OMG I LOVED THIS! I haven't seen the BANANA SPLITS for like 100 years it seems like! SOOOO WEIRD! As soon as I heard that "One banana two banana" song I got shivers because I instantly remembered watching it with my brothers! Going to send them this link now! LOL! THANK YOU FOR THIS REMINDER OF MY CHILDHOOD!

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