The Greg Brady Project

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My friends call me Barry. From time to time I also hear the name Greg. Yeah, as in Greg Brady. The Brady Bunch represents a fun time in my life. But it’s only part of the story. There’s more to say and that’s what The Greg Brady Project is all about – a place to say it. So, I’ve invited some friends to join me and share their perspectives on the Brady’s, the 70′s and just about everything else. Now, I’m inviting you…

30 Dec
Eric Greenberg

50 Ways to Snub an Icon

written by Eric Greenberg in Blog, The Brady Bunch | No comments

I’m not one for kissing up to a new boss, but I’m laying it on thick for my first ever Brady blog. Some of you may have seen TV Land/Entertainment Weekly’s recent list of the “50 Greatest TV Icons”. If not, let me break the cold hard facts to you. There’s not a Brady kid in the bunch. This, in the very same week that Barry was edged out by Matt Damon for People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”. With the launch of The Greg Brady Project, the timing could not be worse for morale. Bottom line, this stinks worse than the Dittmayer’s grill.

Let me soften my tone a bit by saying that TV Land/EW did a reasonably good job with the top 50 names they included. While you can certainly debate the order (#11 Roseanne), most of your legends (Johnny, Lucy, Mary, Gleason) are accounted for. This is a tough playing field and there’s no way to make everyone happy. After all, we’re talking about a list where Henry Winkler, one of the faces of pop culture, can’t crack the top 30. (I’ll pick that fight in The Arthur Fonzarelli Project.)

Here’s where they went off the tracks. Just as TV Land did in last year’s “100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases,” there’s an apparent need to keep it current by including some contemporary figures. Here’s how I see it. Jon Stewart is incredibly talented and possibly already an icon to a certain generation, but not quite ready for the Hall of Fame just yet. Love him or hate him, Simon Cowell is very good at what he does, but is just not ready to be listed alongside Dick Clark. And Ellen DeGeneres? Yes, I know a few million people rearrange their schedules to watch her dance everyday, but it’s time for someone who can really groove to cut in.

The iconic status of “The Brady Bunch” speaks for itself. Should it be represented in the top ten with Jerry Seinfeld, Mary Tyler Moore and Bill Cosby? Maybe not. Clearly, though, there were some missed opportunities to represent one or more of the kids a few generations have grown up with. Whether the nod was given to our very own Barry Williams or given to the Brady kids as a group (like the “Not Ready for Primetime Players”), it just should have been given.

There were other surprising choices (Calista Flockhart, Jimmy Smits) and oversights (John Travolta, Carl Reiner). Make your way through the un-televised second 50 and you’ll find even more oddities (Judge Judy, Delta Burke, Neil Patrick Harris), some solid picks (Florence Henderson, Jerry Mathers, the cast of “In Living Color”) and a few that could have easily made the top tier (Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Fred Rogers). All in all, more missed opportunities.

Maybe someone will do the right thing and turn over their number to Barry like Ving Rhames did for Jack Lemmon at the Golden Globes. Either way, don’t expect any complaints out of the boss. He’s a gentleman. Besides, you know what they say: don’t bite the hand that signs the residual checks. On behalf of the fans though, I demand an apology from TV Land/EW…and I want it engraved on a silver platter.

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