June 11, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Brady Bunch

TV Show
Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight, Mike Lookinland, Maureen McCormick, Susan Olsen, Eve Plumb, Robert Reed, Barry Williams
Current Status
Off Air

We saved up all our Checker Trading Stamps, and, unable to decide between a sewing machine and a rowboat, we got ourselves a brand-new color TV set! (Groovy!) But what do we have to play on it? Not DVDs of ”The Brady Bunch,” it turns out. A Paramount spokesman says a release ”is under consideration for next year,” but we’re not sure we can wait. Especially now that we’re tantalized by the sly behind-the-scenes TV movie ”Growing Up Brady” (PG-13, 88 mins., 2000, Paramount). Sure enough, we feel a certain unspeakable bliss watching Adam Brody and Kaley Cuoco (pre-”The O.C.” and ”8 Simple Rules…”) reenact the blossoming of Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick’s pseudo-incestuous love affair when Greg and Marcia fight over the attic bedroom. And we weep as Robert Reed (Daniel Hugh Kelly) struggles with the show’s fabulously anti-Shakespearean scripts. But, really, like all those Kitty Karry-All dolls, this just isn’t as good as the original. Come on, Paramount! As the song goes, ”when it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange” — and put out on DVD the most beloved dopey sitcom ever. Only then will it truly be a sunshine day.

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