Three of the cast members of The Brady Bunch showed up over the weekend to perform in the same place where they filmed an episode in their last season. But a lot has changed in 40 years.
It’s been 40 years since the Brady Bunch filmed an episode at King’s Island, and May 19, three of the former Brady Bunch kids returned to celebrate the anniversary (although, “maybe you are never a ‘former’ when it comes to the bunch”, USA Today pointed out).
“Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) were all there to tell some funny stories and show some classic clips,” said USA Today. “Remember ‘Mom always said: Don’t play ball in the house,’ ‘Oh, my nose!” and ‘Pork chops and apple sauce?'”
All four shows were packed, filled with fans who had grown up with The Brady Bunch, and many who were now raising children, or grandchildren, of their own.
“Knight, 55, was kind of the bad boy of the gig. He told the crowd that he has few memories of his time as a Brady and that it was fun to be able to recall these events through his fans,” USA Today said. “But the show was really Williams’. He came out first and introduced the others. He talked about the clips, and he did a little Johnny Bravo. And in truth, Williams remains quite groovy. His skin is tan, his hair is dark, and his pants still fit just right.”
The King’s Island episode aired during the last season of The Brady Bunch, and fans came from all over the area to see the reunion on Sunday.
“I think everybody, at some point in their life, wanted to be a Brady,” Kim Williamson, who drove from West Virginia, told USA Today. “Their whole family seemed so perfect. They were so nice. I think it resonates with the child in all of us to want to be Brady.”
Williams told a story about attempting to tell his son how popular he was in the good ol’ days, but his son didn’t understand. So he decided to write a song to explain, called “The Real Greg Brady.” Yes, it is a parody of Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” and yes, it is what you might expect. And then he started singing.
But for fans of The Brady Bunch, the day was perfect, and a good way to reminisce about the popular show that went off the air almost four decades ago.