Don't Bother, They're Here


Yes, darlings, this really happened.

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  1. clowns....during a debate...PERFECT!

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  2. I have long been puzzled by the ontology of this peculiar show. Here, for example, are we supposed to be admiring in a kind of abstract way the adequate song stylings of a onetime second-string Broadway leading lady/inexplicably popular television sitcom actress (i.e., it's a variety show) or - and what a picture into the mid-seventies zeitgeist it is - is she meant to be portraying the existential crisis of a suburban housewife trapped in a hellish blended family, with the terrifying clown costumes on her benighted children a glimpse into their twisted private family rituals (God only knows what happened in that brown-paneled rec room on Alice's night out)? Is, in fact, Mrs. Brady the unhappy Little Girl Blue?

    Or am I overthinking it all, and it's just crap, pumped out in hopes of selling more Duz and Irish Spring to the masses?

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    1. Don't you know Flo was thinking back to her Broadway nights during this number and wondering "What the fuck happened?"

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    2. Robert Reed was asking what the Fuck happened to his career as a Shakespearian actor...

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  3. I hereby make a Citizen's Arrest ("Citizen's A-RAY-est") to Sid & Marty Krofft for dropping a nuclear bomb of bad on the variety show format... RIP

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  4. Being a kid in the 70s, I did watch this show when it aired, and I'm grateful for it. I think it was the first time I understood what 'camp' was (though I may not have known the term at the time) - I just knew that it was ridiculously bad -and I loved it.
    And I nominate Florence as Queen of the Diphthong.

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  5. I just want to say that you guys rule! Thanks for making me laugh just when I needed to! xoxo

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    1. Honey, if you haven't read Susan Olsen's fantastic book on the making of this show, you owe it to yourself to get it. The gossip on the circa 1978 Brady kids and those wacky Krofft brothers is priceless.

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    2. I completely agree! The book is a both a fantastic homage to camp, and cautionary tale of just how tragic comedy can really be.

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  6. I've never seen this show until NOW.

    But anything involving slo-mo clown collisions on tricycles just HAS to be good!

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    1. MJ, check out these other Brady Bunch clips to see what you've been missing. They just might change your life!

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  7. The Brady Bunch Hour single handedly killed the television variety hour show as a viable form of entertainment. Had it been a show with the cast as themselves, that would have been one thing. But to ask the American public to pretend that pretend people had a show (when the show was never a part of the sitcom) was like introducing matter and anti-matter.

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    1. You're right, right right! I never watched this, but read online that it wasn't the ACTORS Robert Reed, Florence et al. on the show; the audience was really supposed to believe that the 8 Bradys (wasn't the dad an architect, for Chrissakes?) got a sitcom show. Eve Plumb was smart to opt out on this fiasco.

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  8. Ann B. Davis would've had this unholy mess cleaned up faster than you could say Marshamarshamarsha.

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  9. I'm not sure which is scarier; the clowns or the Sondheim/Rogers & Hart mash-up

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  10. So this is what the little girl saw on the TV in Poltergeist!

    Say it out loud, "Don't bother......"

    BrianB

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    1. Florence Henderson is scarier than Poltergeist. Jx

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