The Brady Bunch: Not So Picture-Perfect Facts

A Newspaper Statistic Started it All

Inspiration can be found in the least expected places, and The Brady Bunch is no exception. Reportedly, the idea for the show came from a newspaper statistic. Producer Sherwood Schwartz came across an article in the Los Angeles Times, which claimed that in 1965, “30 percent of marriages have a child or children from a previous marriage.”

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Sherwood Schwartz. Photo By Peter Brooker/Shutterstock

That’s when he came up with the idea to target that demographic and write a pilot for a show about a blended family. At the time, Sherwood was enjoying the success of creating and producing Gilligan’s Island. That’s when a lightbulb went off for another successful show, which eventually became known as The Brady Bunch.

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