Picks and Pans Review: A Very Brady Christmas

updated 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Dec. 18, 9 P.M. ET)


Before long, TV will run out of old shows worthy of reunions and we'll be stuck with Super-train Rides Again. But things are not yet that desperate—not quite. No, first we have The Brady Bunch to bring back together 19 years after they began. Mom (Florence Henderson), Dad (Robert Reed), Alice the maid (Ann B. Davis) and all the kids except young Cindy (who has been replaced with a new actress) return home for the holidays and a few flashbacks: "Remember our camping trip?" "How could I forget?" Oh, but there's trouble in paradise: One marriage is breaking up, one son-in-law is out of a job, one son dropped out of business school, Alice has been deserted by Sam the butcher, and Dad has to deal with a greedy developer. Yes, it looks like the ugly '80s. But it's not. It's still The Brady Bunch, where every ending is happy—ludicrously happy.

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