"The Brady Bunch Hour" began as a 60 minute special titled "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" produced by Sid and Marty Krofft which aired on ABC on November 28, 1976. The success of this special led to a semi-regular series of which eight additional 60 minute episodes were produced and aired from January to May 1977. None of the installments, known herein as "The Brady Bunch Hour" were ever repeated on network television. It was not until twenty years later in 1997 that all nine episodes were rerun (in their entirety and commercial-free) on the Australian cable network "TV1, Television's Greatest Hits". The American based cable networks Nick-at-Nite and TV Land also aired a handful of episodes during the 1990's, but with large portions edited out. Overall, "The Brady Bunch Hour" is by far the most rarely seen Brady series.
The premise of "The Brady Bunch Hour" is hard to understand. The Brady family was chosen to star in a variety show on ABC. They left their familiar two
Opening number, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Cohan) (all)
Greeting sketch welcoming everyone to the new show, new year (1977), and new President (Jimmy Carter). Bobby and Cindy bicker while Peter wishes he had two new girlfriends. Carol is excited about moving into the family's new house, and then explains that the show is on just once a month.
The Bradys arrive at their new house but find the furniture missing. Alice surprises the family with sleeping bags for everyone. Mr.Merrill, of "Merrill's Movers", shows up with some furniture, but it does not belong to the Bradys. Mr. Merrill discovers he has moved himself out of his own house. He promises to have their furniture delivered the next day.
Musical number, "Razzle Dazzle" (Ebb/Kander) (all)
Marcia sits in the living room playing with her dolls, but insists to Alice that she is a grown up. All Marcia needs is her Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Toto. Alice says she can only keep one of them
Opening number, "Hooray for Hollywood" (Mercer/Whiting) (all)
Greeting sketch in which Bobby complains that the show's comedy stinks.
Musical Number, "Make 'Em Laugh" (Brown/Freed) (Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter)
Alice & Merrill tell some very bad jokes.
Musical number, Reprise of "Make 'Em Laugh" (Brown/Freed) (Alice, Merrill)
Musical number, "Sing" (Raposo) (Colette the Puppet, Peter)
Bobby laments Peter's singing and the family's lack of comedy. He then mashes a cream pie into his own face and introduces the following sketch:
Alice and Merrill play with the CB radio. Bobby complains that the show isn't funny. Alice has reservations about the show's humor. Mike and Carol and Alice step out to the beach. Bobby hears Milton Berle hamming it up on the CB radio. Merrill talks to Berle using the handle "Blond Bombshell" and warns Bobby he'll smack him if he tells anyone (is this a hint at Merrill's veiled sexuality?). Bobby asks
Opening number, "Sunny Side Up" (DeSylva/Brown/Henderson) (all) (Note: The traditional high dive during the water follies segment was cut from the version of this episode airing on TV Land)
Greeting sketch in which Greg tries to take the lead but is rebuffed; Greg announces he shaves more than anyone in the whole family. NOTE: WE ALL KNEW THAT ALREADY!
Musical number, "It's Not Where You Start" (Fields/Coleman) (all)
Carol and some of the kids introduce a sketch which contains a crisis which confronted the family: Marcia, Bobby, Cindy & Peter annoy Greg while the latter tries to compose a song. Carol & Alice return home with take-out food, "corn and cluck for twenty-two bucks." Greg announces he's moving out. Carol is less than happy. Merrill, acting as Greg's broker, shows up to tell Greg about an apartment. Mike is furious with Merrill. Greg agrees to rent the apartment sight unseen.
Marcia introduces the next sketch:
Opening number, "Toot Toot Tootsie" (Kahn/Erdman/Russo/Fiorito) (all)
The Bradys discuss whether they're any better than average and whether Mike can even sing.
Merrill introduces a mystery guest. It's Charo. Merrill tells her he had Spanish ancestors, but they were travel agents. Charo is soon infuriated.
Charo plays "Malaguena" (Banks/Lecuona) on the guitar.
Marcia protests the treatment of Mike in the opening. She introduces this sketch:
Carol rehearses singing while the kids rehearse a dance number. Mike comes home. They discuss their various talents. Merrill shows up singing. Carol tells him to butt out. Mike says he hired Merrill to help him with his singing. No one in the family will help Mike.
Mike is on the soundstage practicing guitar. Charo enters and complains about being misunderstood by English speakers. Mike shows her his guitar work. She thinks it's a joke. She offers to help. They try "I've
Musical number (without Marcia), "I've Got the Music in Me" (Boshell) Note: Maureen McCormick does not appear in this scene, but her voice is on the soundtrack. If you listen closely, you will hear Maureen's solos coming out of Susan Olsen's mouth.
Greg suggests the family make a movie. The others suggest possible titles. The Bradys then fight over who will play what part.
The Bradys (without Marcia), dressed as scarecrows, sing "Consider Yourself" (Bart), assisted by a bird of the Krofft family.
Jan, Bobby, and Cindy move in front as the curtain closes to do a sketch introducing Edgar Bergen. Jan and Cindy can't pronounce "ventriloquist". Bergen teaches the kids how to say things without moving their lips. Bergen then uses Bobby as a dummy. Finally, Bergen does a sketch with Mortimer Snerd.
Merrill introduces this sketch: The Bunch rehearses Rich Little's introduction. The kids are in the pool. Merrill introduces Rich Little. He dives into th
Opening number, "Celebrate" (Gordon/Bonner) (all)
Greeting sketch in which the Bradys celebrate the start of Spring. Redd Foxx shows up and explains he'll be observing the show to get ideas for his own variety program on the ABC network.
Musical number, "If My Friends Could See Me Now" (Coleman/Fields) (all)
Alice and Merrill discuss Spring, and how Marcia met a new "young dude". Redd Foxx comes in and tells them to let the audience see what happened.
Cindy and Bobby are coming home from roller skating, Cindy is furious with Bobby for screwing up her date with a boy at school and when Bobby says ""It was nothing!"" Cindy yells "YOU'RE NOTHING!" (Note: Have we ever seen Cindy be this angry before in the original series or in any of the other reunion specials?) Bobby thinks the guy is a creep. Cindy calls Bobby a dumbo for ruining things. Mike explains to Bobby that Cindy is upset because she's turning into a woman. Carol reflects that only yest
Opening number, "Get Ready" (Robinson) (all)
Greeting sketch in which the Bradys describe the Water Follies and Krofftettes- who they are and what they do. The guests are introduced.
Musical number, "Walk Right In" (Cannon/Woods) (Mike, Carol, Greg, Peter, Marcia)
Curtain closes. Mike and Carol look through her old high school year book. The two wonder how it is different for the Brady kids going to school at the ABC television studio.
The Brady kids lament on how much they hate school, especially at the studio. Merrill enters ringing a school bell, he is their substitute teacher. Bobby teases him. The What's Happenin' kids show up because their classroom is closed for the week. They join the Brady kids. A studio guard enters carrying a very angry woman he believes to be a Brady child, instead it turns out to be a little person (midget) and the mother of four children. Cindy assures the guard she is not a child but an actress by the name of Patty Maloney.
Opening number, "I Got Love" (Geld/Udell) (all)
The Bradys discuss the impact of love.
Musical number, "We Got Us" (Marks) (all)
Merrill engages in banter with Peter, covering some seriously corny jokes.
Musical number, "Me and My Shadow" (Jolson/Rose/Dreyer) (Peter and Merrill)
Jan gives a glowing, raving, personally ambitious introduction of Lynn Anderson. Greg warns her she's probably making Lynn nervous. Jan says "here's a singer who's not too bad."
Musical number, "Right Time of the Night" (McCann) (Lynn Anderson)
Jan and Greg introduce the following sketch.
Merrill begs Alice for a date. She acquiesces. Alice is upset because she dusted the top of the mantle because she thought Esther Williams, not Paul, was coming over. Greg wants to pitch songs to Paul much to Marcia's consternation. Paul shows up. He's struck by Carol and says she's even prettier in person than on TV. He declares his love for her. The kids are agitated.