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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…

22 Jun
Mary Jo and John Tenuto

That 70s Show Meets THE 70s Show

written by Mary Jo and John Tenuto in Blog | 6 comments

American culture is often 20 years nostalgic, and one of the better examples of this is the 1990s and 2000s television sitcom That 70s Show. Many of the themes and characters of That 70s Show are reminiscent mostly of Happy Days (both shows takes place in Wisconsin, both shows were set 20 years prior, both shows were about the experiences of adolescents, and both shows had “bad boy” characters move in with the respectable family (the Happy Days episode was called “Fonzie Moves In” and That 70s Show was called “Hyde Moves In”) to name a few examples). The adventures of Eric Forman were much the same adventures of Ritchie Cunningham.

However, The Brady Bunch, the real 70s show, was given its proper respect with a few episodes. In the episode “Red Sees Red” the character Kitty dreams that her family stars in The Forman Bunch Variety Hour in a fun parody of The Brady Bunch Hour. In the episode “The Keg,” Brady star Eve Plumb starred as Jackie’s mother Pam Burkhart in a role that would eventually go to Brooke Shields the next few years.

Yet, the ultimate Brady Bunch moment goes to Christopher Knight and Barry Williams who played Josh and Jeff, a same sex couple that move into the neighborhood. The 2006 episode “We Will Rock You” discusses the issue of prejudice using humor. The very conservative Red eventually realizes he likes the duo despite his initial prejudices and learns to treat Josh and Jeff as individuals. The real treat of the episode is when Josh and Jeff talk about how no one would ever believe they could be brothers.

Considering that next year is the 40th anniversary of The Brady Bunch, it is truly amazing how the show is a popular culture legend.



    on Jun. 23rd, 2008

    Wow, I used to watch That 70′s Show all the time, but missed that one, I will have to remember to try and catch it on the repeats on Fox.

    on Jul. 4th, 2008

    It is probably on, thats where i seen it…just search barry williams greg peter brady that 70s show…or something like that.

    on Jul. 4th, 2008

    THANK YOU BRANDON! I will have to check that out! I appreciate you telling me this! Have a safe and blessed 4th! You too, all the others involved with, and posting on thegregbradyproject! :)

    Allen Kephart
    on Aug. 2nd, 2009

    I saw a clip of the episode that Barry and Chris were on. It was hillarious! I think the show is a classic because a lot of people grew up watching it. As for me, I was an only child when it was originally on and wished I could be a part of the Bunch so that I had some brothers and sisters. Three years after the show went off the air and the Brady Bunch Variety Show had just ended, I was joined by my new brother Clint. As a matter of fact, I remember I was watching the Six Million Dollar Man (another classic 70s show) when I got the call that I had a new brother. As the years went by I watched every Brady reunion show that came up while I watched Clint grow up. He is now 32 years old and living in Texas. Ah the memories!

    on Aug. 16th, 2010

    When I figured out you and Chris were on That 70′s Show I had to see it, but couldn’t figure out what episode it was. Then one day I had the bright idea to look on your website and found it! My mouth fell open then I started cracking up laughing when you and Chris kissed. One of the best That 70′s Show episodes there is!!!

    on Jan. 2nd, 2011

    Saw “According to Jim” the other day – “Answer the phone – Puberty’s calling” – CLASSIC!!

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