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    The Odd Couple

    The Odd Couple

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    If comedy thrives on contrasts, The Odd Couple offered a perfect situation. Felix was a prim, fastidious photographer, a compulsive cleaner; Oscar was a gruff, sloppy sportswriter for the fictional New York Herald, to whom a floor was a place to toss things. The conflicts were obvious and endless, as each upset the other's way of life. Frequently seen early in the series were Oscar's poker partners, notably Murray the cop, Speed the compulsive gambler, and meek Vinnie. Later supporting characters included Dr. Nancy Cunningham, who would treat Felix and date Oscar, Miriam Welby, a girlfriend for Felix and Myrna Turner, Oscar's secretary. Introduced in the second half of the first season, the memorable opening narration (intoned by William Woodson) went: "On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife. Deep down he knew she was right. But he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his childhood friend, Oscar Madison. Sometime earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?" By the second season, the "childhood" reference was deleted and the narration was eliminated entirely in the fourth and fifth seasons in favor of clips from earlier episodes. 114 color episodes were filmed at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. This show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings, even though it went as high as #36 in the 1972-73 season. Primetime time slots that The Odd Couple held during its 5 year run: September 24, 1970 to January 14, 1971: Thursdays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. January 22, 1971 to September 7, 1973: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 14, 1973 to January 11, 1974: Fridays from 8:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. January 18, 1974 to September 6, 1974: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. September 12, 1974 to January 23, 1975: Thursdays from 8:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. January 31, 1975 to July 1975: Fridays from 9:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. The Odd Couple was based on the Neil Simon stage play and the 1968 movie of the same name. Simon has said Felix was based on the life of his own brother. Time-Life released the first season on DVD on August 18, 2006.moreless
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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    Kolchak was originally two made-for-TV movies that aired in the early 70s, and featured the adventures of Carl Kolchak, a down-on-the heels reporter who ran afoul of a vampire in Las Vegas and an alchemist in Seattle. These movies proved popular enough that they were spun off into a series, which placed Kolchak in Chicago with the Independent News Service. Each week for 20 weeks he investigated various supernatural and supranatural creatures, ranging from aliens to vampires to Aztec sacrificial cults. Although it only lasted one season on ABC, Kolchak has remained a cult favorite and been kept alive through the efforts of creator Jeffrey Grant Rice, Mark Dawidziak, and the folks at Moonstone Comics, who produced two Kolchak comic books and a series of novels and anthologies. The show also spawned a brief and very loose remake in 2005, Night Stalker.moreless
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    The Mod Squad

    The Mod Squad

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    ABC (ended 1973)
    The Mod Squad involved three hipper-than-hip undercover cops with a touch of menace and plenty of attitude. Younger looking than they were, these three police officers were able to earn the confidence of the bad guys, infiltrate their domain, and then bust their backsides while still looking good. Miami Vice was still a decade away. The Mod Squad paved the way for hip and happening PO-lice on TV!moreless
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    Mork & Mindy

    Mork & Mindy

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Mork & Mindy was a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1978 until 1982. The series starred a relative newcomer Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who came to Earth in a large egg-shaped space ship from the planet Ork, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, the human woman who he lives with. The series was a originally a spin-off of Happy Days where Mork first appeared in the season 5 episode, "My Favorite Orkan". In that episode he threatened to kidnap Richie Cunningham and take him to the planet Ork, however his plan is foiled by Fonzie. In the spin-off series Mindy discovers Mork after he lands near Boulder Colorado. When she finds out he is an alien she vows to keep his identity a secret and allows Mork to move into the attic. Afterwards, many hilarious situations arise. Story-lines centered on Mork's attempts to understand American culture and human interaction. At the end of each episode Mork reported to his boss back on Ork (Orson) and said what he had learned on earth in that episode.moreless
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    The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show

    The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show

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    ABC (ended 1980)
    A Ruby Spears animation production The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show was based on the adventures of the DC Comics superhero Plastic Man. The show also featured various other character segments, such as: Baby Plas, Plastic Family, Mighty Man & Yukk, Fangface And Fangpuss, and Rickety Rocket. "Plastic Man" was about the stretchy superhero himself. "Baby Plas" was about Plastic Man and Penny's baby son. "Plastic Family" focused on the adventures of all three of the Plastic Family. "Mighty Man & Yukk" was about a tiny Superhero and his dog that could talk and wears a doghouse because he is so ugly that he could practically kill with his ugliness. "Fangface And Fangpuss" was about a werewolf and his cousin's (who is also a werewolf) adventures. "Rickety Rocket" was about an artificially inteligent space ship that was created by a group of African-American kid geniuses who solve mysteries in the future. This show can occasionally be seen on Cartoon Network and maybe even Boomerang, however, it's only the "Mighty Man & Yukk," and "Fangface" segments. "Rickety Rocket" might have been shown on Cartoon Network.moreless
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    Firehouse

    Firehouse

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    James Drury plays the father figure for the firemen of Engine Co. 23. They encounter various disasters and performed rescues every week.
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    The ABC Afterschool Special

    The ABC Afterschool Special

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    ABC (ended 1996)
    The ABC After School special was geared towards teenagers and meant to be educational.
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    What's Happening!!

    What's Happening!!

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    What's Happening!! was first seen in August of 1976 and was yet another urban situation comedy that came out in the 1970's and joined the ranks of Chico and the Man and Good Times. The series was loosely based on the 1975 movie Cooley High. The series centered around three black teens, Roger "Raj" Thomas, Dwayne Clemens, and Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs. Rerun had gotten his nickname because he kept on having to repeat high school courses that he had flunked. Also, by the end of the first season, Dwayne's last name had been changed to Nelson. The stories revolved around them struggling to grow up in a lower-middle class neighborhood. Others in the cast include, Raj's divorced mother, Mabel "Mama" Thomas who had her hands full with working full time and handling Raj and his bratty little sister Dee Thomas. Shirley Wilson was the sassy waitress who worked at the local hangout, Rob's Place. Raj and Dee's dad, Bill Thomas, was seen occasionally during the first two seasons. In the third and final season, Raj and Rerun had graduated high school and they moved in together and shared an apartment. By that time, the character of Mama had been dropped and Shirley was now living in the Thomas household. In 1985, the series returned in syndication under a new name, What's Happening Now!!. The revamped series had almost all the original stars returning to their roles and ran until 1988. First Telecast: August 5, 1976 Last Telecast: April 28, 1979 Episodes: 65 Color Episodes Theme Song: "What's Happening!!" Written by: Henry Mancini Performed by: Henry Mancini (Instrumental) Spin-offs: What's Happening Now!! ABC Broadcast History August 1976----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. November 1976-December 1976----Saturdays----8:30 p.m. December 1976-January 1978----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. January 1978-April 1978----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. April 1978-January 1979----Thursdays----8:30 p.m. February-March 1979----Fridays----8:30 p.m. March-April 1979----Saturdays----8:00 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 30 or Better) #25 in the 1976-1977 Season #29 in the 1978-1979 Seasonmoreless
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    Vegas

    Vegas

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    ABC (ended 1981)
    Vega$ was about Las Vegas and Dan Tanna. His sports car was a vintage red Thunderbird, he had sexy assistants, there were glamorous settings and his charismatic and wisecracking personality were just a part of this entertaining show. This show premiered on September 20, 1978 and the last episode aired on June 10, 1981. 68 episodes and a pilot episode were filmed. This show never ranked above #25 in the Nielsen Ratings. Vega$ originally aired on Wednesday nights from 10:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.moreless
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    Benson

    Benson

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    ABC (ended 1986)
    Benson, a spin-off of the controversial series, Soap, first aired in September of 1979 on ABC and would run for seven years, outlasting it's parent series. Created by Susan Harris, who would later create The Golden Girls and Empty Nest, Benson centered on Benson DuBois. In Soap, Benson was the butler for the Tate household. Jessica Tate sent Benson to help her widowed cousin, Governor James Gatling. Benson in essence soon began running the household of the Gatling mansion. Other constant characters included, Katie Gatling, the governor's daughter and Gretchen Kraus, the German housekeeper. Marcy Hill was the governor's secretary who was later married. John Taylor was the political aide who was later replaced by Clayton Endicott III. Pete Downey was the press assistant. Later, Benson was appointed state budget director and gained a secretary of his own, Denise who would later marry Pete. In 1986, ABC cancelled the series leaving the series ending on a cliffhanger, who won the election for governor, Benson or Gov Gatling?moreless
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    Ryan's Hope

    Ryan's Hope

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    ABC (ended 1989)
    Ryan's Hope was a soap opera which aired on ABC from 1975 through 1989. It focused on the Ryans, a Irish Catholic fnamily in New York City who owned a taver. The serial was about their struggles through life, along with the struggles of their friends and enemies. It is a fondly remembered, and has been airing on SoapNet since its launch in January 2000. Ryan's Hope airs on SOAPnet weekdays at 12:30PM and 4:30AM. They are currently airing episodes from May 1979.moreless
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    The Dating Game

    The Dating Game

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    ABC (ended 2000)
    THE DATING GAME was and still is by all accounts, the premiere game show for singles. It was the forerunner for many imitators such as "Love Connection", MTV's "Singled Out" and numerous others. But they all have the same influence: Chuck Barris, the creator of the one that started it all! "THE DATING GAME" first premiered on December 20-24, 1965 on abc-TV and remained a fixture on the network in both daytime and nighttime incarnations through the rest of the 1960s and well into the 1970s. Jim Lange, fresh from his announcing duties with Tennessee Ernie Ford stepped through the flower-speckled rotating partitions for the first of many, many times shortly before Christmas 1965. The game play was simple. On one side you had 3 bachelors answering questions from a girl on the other side of the partition (each not being able to see the other). The girl was given a certain amount of time to ask as many questions as she could to the 3 bachelors. More often than not the questions would be of a quirky nature. (E.G.: "If we were marooned on a desert island, what would be the first thing you'd do and why?"). During a commercial break, the girl would think about which bachelor she'd select. When the show returned, Jim would have her announce her choice. After meeting the 2 boys she didn't select, she's meet her date at which point Jim would tell them where they were going for their dream date. On less frequent occasions, the roles were reversed. To wit, the game would feature a boy selecting 1 from the 3 Bachelorettes. The show became an enormous hit with young viewers. (In fact, in light of its success, Baskin-Robbins named an ice cream flavor in honor of the show.) And over the years, the show featured many stars of the day (Burt Reynolds, Paul Petersen and even Dick Clark showed up) as well as newcomers who would in later years become big stars in their own right (John Ritter, Teri Garr, Tom Selleck and Farrah Fawcett were among these.) The show left abc-TV on July 2-6, 1973, but stayed in syndication for another year (1973-1974) before leaving the airwaves altogether. Creator Chuck Barris brought the show back again 4 years later with Lange as host from 1978 to 1980. Along with an updated version of "The Newlywed Game" and 2 new shows, ("The Gong Show" and "The $1.98 Beauty Show") "The Dating Game" returned to syndicated in 1978, only this time with a more adult-oriented borderline dialogue format--perhaps in an effort to recapture the same audience that had grown up watching THE DATING GAME in the 1960s. The newer version- along with Jim Lange's gaudy red tuxedo- lasted for 2 years until local stations finally got tired of the protesting phone calls. Once again, the show featured both present-day and future stars such as Jaye P. Morgan, Bob Saget and Murray "The Unknown Comic" Langston. THE DATING GAME was all but forgotten until the mid-80s, when Barris decided to do it yet again. An all new 80s update of "The Dating Game (The All-New DATING GAME)" premiered on syndicated on September 8-12, 1986, but this time the hosting duties were handled by Elaine Joyce (Lange was busy at the time hosting "The $1,000,000 Chance Of A Lifetime"). This version lasted for three years with Joyce hosting the 1st season and Jeff McGregor hosting the last 2 Seasons and again as in the previous 2 incarnations, the show featured present and future stars. (Among the future stars was Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.!) The Program Demised on September 8, 1989. Now... as for the NINETIES update? Well... I don't know terribly much about it except for the following: By the time the 90s rolled around, Chuck Barris sold the rights to all his shows to Columbia-Tristar Television. A newer, corporate-whitewashed version of the DATING GAME was released on September 9-13, 1996 and packaged with another updated version of "The Newlywed Game", this time with Chuck ("Love Connection") Woolery (1st Host is Whose Line is it Anyway (US) Brad Sherwood for the 1st Season for the difference) and outside of the quizzer and the respective suitors & suitorettes not being able to see one another, the rules were almost completely overhauled and all ended the show on September 15, 2000. But if you're a game show retrophile like me, you would have to agree that there's just no Dating Game without Jim Lange with or without the awful tux. And now you don't have to suffer from Lange withdrawal because Game Show Network has some episodes to show you... And HEEEEEEEE-RE THEY ARRRRRRRR-RE! Now you can see the classic Jim Lange episodes of the original DATING GAME on The Game Show Network- in particular, the ones that featured present-day and future superstars. You can see them Saturday and Sunday nights at 11:30pm on GSN. Enjoy them if you can... and if you can't stay up that late, TAPE THEM... LIKE ME!! (Dates with celebrities are always subject to their availability.) THE BROADCAST HISTORY of THE DATING GAME: December 20, 1965-March 31, 1967 at 11:30am-12Noon on ABC-TV April 3, 1967-July 12, 1968 at 4:00-4:30pm on ABC-TV July 15, 1968-July 6, 1973 at 2:30-3:00pm on ABC-TV. On 1st Run Syndicated from September 10, 1973-September 15, 2000.moreless
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    The Johnny Cash Show

    The Johnny Cash Show

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    ABC (ended 1971)
    Country music legend Johnny Cash hosted this one hour musical variety show on ABC. He was backed up by the regular members of his road show, and his guests spanned the spectrum of popular music. The Tennessee Three were: Marshall Grant, bass; W.S. Holland, drums; Bob Wooten, guitar. The Musical Director was Billy Walker. June 1969--September 1969, ABC Saturday 9:30--10:30 PM. January 1970--March 1971 ABC Wednesday 9:00--10:00 PM.moreless
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    The Texas Wheelers

    The Texas Wheelers

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    ABC (ended 1975)
    The Texas Wheelers was an earthy comedy about the four motherless Wheeler children and their no-account, cantankerous father Zack. With Zack spending most of his time thinking of ways to avoid work, eldest son Truckle, 24, led the clan, which consisted of Doobie (16), Boo (12), and T.J. (10). Their adventures living in rural Texas, without much money but with a lot of spirit, provided the stories for this short-lived series.moreless
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    Rich Man, Poor Man Book II

    Rich Man, Poor Man Book II

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    ABC (ended 1977)
    Nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II was the sequel to the hit mini-series. The story begins with Rudy Jordache arresting Falconetti, the man who killed Rudy's brother. Later in the series, Falconetti is released from prison and seeks revenge on Rudy, who takes in his nephew Wesley and his stepson Willy.moreless
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    Carter Country

    Carter Country

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    ABC (ended 1979)
    In Clinton Corners, Georgia, Chief Roy Mobey commands a group of bungling deputies while dealing with the down-home Mayor Teddy Burnside and accepting newly appointed Sergeant Curtis Baker.
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    The New Land

    The New Land

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    The New Land was the saga of Scandinavian immigrants who struggle to survive and make a life in 1850's Minnesota.
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    The Everly Brothers Show

    The Everly Brothers Show

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    ABC (ended 1970)
    Summer variety show hosted by rock legend the Everly Brothers; also titled "Johnny Cash presents the Everly Brothers Show"
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    Temperatures Rising

    Temperatures Rising

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    ABC (ended 1974)
    Temperatures Rising was a medical sitcom set in Washington, D.C. During its first season, the staff was headed by Dr. Vincent Campanelli. In its second season, the show was retitled The New Temperatures Rising with a different cast. This time the staff was headed by Dr. Paul Mercy, who bought the hospital and cut costs. ABC cut the show after just two seasons.moreless
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    The Brady Bunch Hour

    The Brady Bunch Hour

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    ABC (ended 1977)
    "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 story home somewhere in southern California for a place on the beach. (The first installment had a completely different livingroom set from both the rest of the installments and the original series.) The series includes not only "the variety show on ABC," but also the behind-the-scenes doings of the Bradys as they go about making their variety series. There were also some sketches which were more or less a continuation of the original "Brady Bunch" episodes and which had nothing to do with the "ABC variety series." Unfortunately, the seams between the two modes are not clear, and this results in continuity errors such as Rip Taylor playing a character named Jack Merrill on the variety show, but the Bradys also know him as Mr. Merrill when they're not on TV, and the Bradys announce him as "our own Rip Taylor" in the opening and closing. It is not always clear what the Bradys are doing or what audience they are playing to. The writing of this series was not in sync with the character development of the original series. The most glaring example of this is that Bobby seems to have been transformed into an ultra-capitalist, super-precocious, insensitive jerk. Fans of the original show will instantly recognize this error. The other Brady children, noteworthy in television history for being three-dimensional, have largely become one-dimensional parodies of themselves as well. Marcia's lines relate solely to being an overbearing, bossy twit. Greg's thoughts usually revolve around music, Peter's around girls. Cindy says little except to fight with Bobby. Ironically, the character who is most one-dimensional in the original series, Jan, takes on a completely new life here, perhaps inspired by the new actor who plays her in this series. Specifically, Jan is featured as a singer here more than any of the other Brady children except Greg. Her interest in music here is a notable change. In the original series, as well as most of the sequel shows produced by the Schwartzes, and especially the theatrical features, Jan is stereotyped as the "emotional middle daughter," whose main activity is being jealous of Marcia. The adult characters are also off-balance. Mike, who is usually very sober, even somber, but always professional, in the original Bunch, has become a complete wimp and loser here. Carol has become the true head of the family, as opposed to her "we'll have to wait to see what Mike thinks" demeanor in the original Bunch. (Strangely, both Robert Reed and Florence Henderson said that this series was their favorite Brady experience. The actors who played the Brady kids generally hated "The Brady Bunch Hour.") The main feature of the set of the variety show is a swimming pool, populated by the Kroffette Dancers and Water Follies (the same women fulfilled both roles), who did synchronized swimming routines while the Bradys sang and danced on stage. The evolution of the show's creation is an interesting story. On October 8, 1976, Florence Henderson, Maureen McCormick, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen appeared on an episode of "The Donny and Marie Show" which included a skit parodying the soap-opera "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Carol and the kids are seeking a replacement for Greg who moved to Milwaukee while trying to get a date with Laverne & Shirley (Donny is suggested for the role by Marie). The episode scored blockbuster Nielsen ratings and then-president of ABC Television Fred Silverman decided to showcase the Bradys in their very own variety show. Without the knowledge or consent of Paramount Pictures or Sherwood Schwartz, who owned the rights to the"The Brady Bunch", Silverman contacted "Donny and Marie" producers Sid and Marty Krofft who agreed to create a pilot for the new show. "The Brady Bunch Hour" was reluctantly authorized by Paramount at the last minute and in part as a means to maintain/create audience interest in syndicated reruns of the original show. (Ostensibly, Brady creator and principal copyright holder Sherwood Schwartz did not want to deprive the Brady cast of their new jobs and so went along with the Kroffts.) As a result, nothing that happened in these episodes is considered canonical. That is, none of the events that transpired here affect the continuity of the original cast of "The Brady Bunch" in their further revivals, namely "The Brady Girls Get Married," "The Brady Brides," "A Very Brady Christmas," and "The Bradys." (Or for that matter, any dramatizations of the original cast that are to come.) At no point in any of those productions did anyone say, "Remember the time we starred in that variety TV show and moved to the beach?" The books written about "The Brady Bunch" provide only minuscule information about this series. The most complete guide, contained in "The Brady Bunch Book" by Edelstein & Lovece, omits three of the nine installments entirely. This guide written for the Internet is the most complete reference ever produced about this series. The cast of "The Brady Bunch" returned intact for "The Brady Bunch Hour" with the exception of Eve Plumb, who was replaced as Jan by Geri Reischl. The only new character in the series was that of Mr. Jack Merrill, a jack-of-all-trades played by Rip Taylor. Ann B. Davis reprised her role as Alice in each installment as a "special guest star."moreless
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