Picks and Pans Review: Growing Up Brady
NBC (Sun., May 21, 9 p.m. ET)
It boils down to this: If you care whether Barry Williams (Greg) and Maureen McCormick (Marcia) had sex during their years playing brother and sister on The Brady Bunch, you will find this TV movie worthwhile. Growing Up Brady, based on Williams's memoir of the same title, starts teasing from the first scene, when a cabdriver asks the present-day Williams (playing himself) whether he and McCormick "ever like, you know, off-camera." Flashbacks recount the series' 1969-74 run on ABC (subsequent spinoffs and movies not included) from the viewpoint of the teenage Williams (Adam Brody).
Barry and Maureen (Kaley Cuoco) steal some makeout moments, but adults keep interrupting. Finally, Barry climbs into bed with Maureen and...like, you know, you'll just have to watch. Meanwhile, Robert Reed (Daniel Hugh Kelly) struggles to reconcile his homosexuality with his straight image as head of the Brady household. This aspect could be interesting if it weren't handled with laughable superficiality. "I think Bob is battling his own personal demons," says Brady mom Florence Henderson (Rebeccah Bush). "It's 'cause he likes men more than women, right?" Barry responds. Every time Reed complains to creator Sherwood Schwartz (Michael Tucker) about the Brady Bunch scripts, we're reminded that Growing Up Brady needs a rewrite too.
Bottom Line: Bunch of ado about nothing
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