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Pork Chops and Applesauce

Jul 6, 2000
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Great for the Whole Family

Cons:Can be Rather Boring

It seems fitting that my 100th review should be about a television program, since thanks to all the faithful epinion readers, I notice that I have attained the status of "Most Popular Reviewers of Television." Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

The Brady Bunch was a thirty minute family sitcom that aired on television from 1969 to 1974. The story line was very simple. Take one widowed male, Mike Brady and his three sons, Greg, Peter, and Bobby. Then add one widowed female, Carol and her three daughters, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy. Throw in a housekeeper named Alice and a dog named Tiger and there you have it - The Brady Bunch.

The Brady Bunch can be currently viewed on Nick at Nite's Block Party Summer Thursdays. Six exciting Brady episodes are available for your viewing pleasure from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

The Brady Bunch episodes are rather dull by today's standard of sitcom. Not much exciting happens in the Brady household. The Brady kids are much to cooperative with one and other and even manage to share one bathroom for six kids with a minimal amount of fuss. The Brady family is really clean cut. There is no issues of sex, drugs, or delinquency in this family. The worse thing any of these kids do is things like play ball in the house and break mom's favorite vase.

Mike and Carol are your basic all American neighbors. Life evolves around the kids. There are a few episodes where Mike and Carol go out on the town without the kids, but these are few and far between. Even on their honeymoon, Mike and Carol so missed the kids, that they went back to the Brady house to get them (Alice included) to have a "family honeymoon."

Okay, for all you television trivia buffs, here are The Brady Bunch questions. Remember, the answers are available below this epinion, but remember, no peeking!

1. Can you remember the name of Cindy's favorite doll?
2. In one episode, it is discovered that Jan is allergic to Tiger, the family's dog. Later, it is discovered that she is allergic to something else. Do you know what Jan was allergic too?
3. Here is a tough one, who knows Sam the Butcher's last name (Sam was Alice's boyfriend).
4. Last but not least, who knows which Brady said the words quoted in the title of this epinion, Pork Chops and Applesauce?

I have a few favorite Brady episodes. One time Marcia tells her whole school that she can get Davy Jones from the Monkees to perform at the prom. Her reasoning? Because she is one of Davy's number one fans and the President of the local Davy Jones Fan Club. Of course her attempt to speak with Davy Jones fail. Then she shows up at the recording studio where he is working on his new album, and he over hears her conversation with his manager - who promptly throws her out. Davy later shows up at her house and not only agrees to perform at the prom, but asks Marcia to be his date!

Another one of my favorite Brady episodes is when Cindy and Jan see Greg on the school grounds with his friends and he is smoking a cigarette! Oh for shame! He tells his brat sisters that he only tried a puff and that's all. Later, Carol finds a pack of smokes in his letterman jacket, and of course Mike and Carol are really upset. Greg denies the cigs are his. It is soon discovered that Greg has the wrong jacket. This one belongs to Tommy, his high school chum. Of course, Tommy doesn't want to confess to the cigs being his, because his father is the head of the local anti-smoking foundation. Greg is forgiven and when Tommy finally tells his father the smokes are his, he is never seen on any Brady episodes again... hmmmm...

The Brady Bunch is a fun sitcom for the whole family. It is wholesome and clean. A bit boring at times, perhaps. But a sure and safe bet for the kids!

Enjoy and happy television viewing.

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Trivia Answers:

1. Cindy's favorite doll is Kitty Karryall.
2. Jan is not allergic to Tiger, but to his new flea powder!
3. Sam's last name is Franklin.
4. Peter said Pork Chops and Applesauce where he was trying to find a new and exciting identity. He had asked Alice what was for supper and when she said "Pork Chops and Applesauce", he repeated it in a poor imitation of Humphrey Bogart.



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