''The Brady Bunch'' versus ''The Wild Bunch''
''The Brady Bunch'' versus ''The Wild Bunch'' -- The differences between the two shows that debuted in 1969
Coincidence or cosmic plan? When the Bradys debuted on TV back in 1969, they weren’t the only new bunch in America. That same year a posse of Western outlaws called the Wild Bunch crowded big screens across the country. Now, 26 years later, both bunches have received makeovers — a restored wide-screen Wild Bunch hits video stores Aug. 15. How can you tell them apart?
Brady Bunch: Eight family members.
Wild Bunch: Eight posse members.
BB: Neighborhood meat man known as Sam the Butcher.
WB: Director Sam Peckinpah known as Bloody Sam.
BB: Mike Brady (Gary Cole) is bravely bringing up ”three boys of his own.”
WB: Actor Ernest Borgnine previously starred in 1957’s Three Brave Men.
BB: Peter (Paul Sutera) touts virtues of ”pork chops and applesauce.”
WB: Dutch Engstrom (Borgnine) sports muttonchops and is on the sauce.
BB: Marcia (Christine Taylor) obsesses about having two dates to school dance.
WB: Lyle Gorch (Warren Oates) brags about having sex with two women at once.
BB: In previous role, star Shelley Long was famous barmaid.
WB: In real life, director Peckinpah was infamous barfly.
BB: Critic’s reaction: ”We will see it again…with large groups of friends” (The Washington Post).
WB: Critic’s reaction: ”If you want to see The Wild Bunch, be sure and take along a barf bag” (New York magazine).