Brady Bunch stars Barry Williams (Greg), Christopher Knight (Peter), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) recently reunited on the Today Show to talk about their late TV mom, Florence Henderson, as well as the lasting legacy of their 1970s ABC sitcom. Several of The Brady Bunch stars, most of whom weren’t even in their teens when the comedy debuted in 1969, are now in their 60s, but the cast told host Matt Lauer they are referred to as “kids” no matter where they go.
“Everyone always refers to us as kids,” Brady Bunch star Barry Williams, 62, said.
“It doesn’t matter how we mature, we’re still the kids.”
Williams revealed that he did get a wake-up call when a fan came up to him and asked for his autograph—for her mother.
Christopher Knight, who played middle son Peter Brady on the classic sitcom, said it’s hard to believe nearly 50 years have passed since the show was originally broadcast.
“You know how you don’t grow old for yourself ’till you see yourself in a photo? Somehow, you just don’t see it,” Knight, 59, said.
“Somehow, it’s as though the show keeps us young in everyone’s mind, but we’re really this old!”
Lookinland, 56, noted that the original fans of The Brady Bunch now have grandchildren.
The Brady Bunch ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974 and spawned a musical variety show, a Saturday morning cartoon, multiple TV movies, and a few short-lived spinoffs like The Brady Brides and a drama reboot of the sitcom. The former child stars admitted that nearly 50 years later, it’s impossible to escape the shadow of the Brady Bunch.
“I had to reach peace with it in my 20s, because I tried to get away from it, thinking it would die,” Knight said. “Then I had an epiphany that it was always going to be in the room before me. It was always going to be in the room after me.”
Susan Olsen, who played the youngest sibling, Cindy Brady, on the show, added, “You spend a little while trying to run away from it, but you can’t. It’s like having a hunchback. You can’t hide it so you might as well dress it up.”
The cast also reflected on the throwback theme of the Brady Bunch. Olsen, 55, said they don’t make shows like the Brady Bunch anymore.
“What you have on the Brady Bunch is something you’re not going to see these days, which is a family where the parents and the kids respect each other,” the actress said. “Today the formula is get the parents out of the show for the kids’ shows.”
Notably missing from the reunion were older Brady sisters Maureen McCormick (Marcia) and Jan (Eve Plumb). The former co-stars have long been rumored to be on the outs; a rumor that was previously confirmed by Olsen in an Australian news interview posted by News.com.au in 2015.
“They do not [get along],” Olsen confirmed. “I think it’s kind of petty. From day one with these two, I have always been in the middle and now it’s at the point where there isn’t even a desire to communicate through me.”
During the Today Show broadcast, Brady Bunch fans took to social media to ask what happened to Jan and Marcia.
@MoMcCormick7 how come you weren't on today show this morning ?— Marlon Jefferson (@sepasco) May 30, 2017
@TODAYshow It was great to see " BRADY BUNCH "— John Keller (@Janbrady22) May 30, 2017
Greg - Peter - Bobby - & Cindy
Would of loved to see Marcia & Jan.
@TODAYshow Eve Plumb did an episode on "Blue Bloods" this season & Maureen McCormick doing the "Hallmark" channel stuff. Not the same w/o them.— HookTwine&Thinker (@Crochethookfan) May 30, 2017
Although the two Brady sisters were missing from the reunion, sadly, the three original adult stars of the Brady Bunch have passed away. Brady patriarch Robert Reed died in 1992 at age 59. Ann B. Davis, who played the clan’s loyal housekeeper, Alice, died in 2014 at 88. And Brady Bunch matriarch Florence Henderson, 82, died in November, just days after supporting McCormick in the audience during her stint on Dancing with the Stars.
You can see the reunion of the Brady Bunch cast on the Today Show in the video below.
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