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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's A Story....,
Forget what you think you know, especially if all you have seen or heard about the Brady Bunch are the film parodies. This is the pure, unadulterated family TV show aimed at families. Actually, it is aimed at the CHILDREN in families, and is told from the children's point of view. It's the iconic show that was so well beloved, it just HAD to be parodied, all in good fun of course!
The premise of the show was quite simple. In 1965, divorce levels were rising to previously unprecedented levels, and more and more families were being blended. TV producer Sherwood Schwartz had a current comedy hit with American broadcaster CBS, Gilligan's Island, and previous experience writing for Ozzie and Harriet, so he was a hot property. Seeing a newspaper article about the rising levels of divorce and how now nearly 30% of families had at least 1 child in it from a previous relationship, he conceived the idea of a sitcom about a blended family and all the issues that came with it.As one might expect, the blending of a family led to conflicts between the parents as well as the siblings, some because of the very blending, and others over normal family issues, like someone hogging the bathroom. Personal insecurities, first crushes, new glasses, bullies and more were all explored, with gentle humour and sensitivity. Clean, wholesome, funny, it was and is yet relevant to the everyday issues facing kids trying to grow up, get along with their family, and get on with school and friends. The Brady children and their friends who appeared from time to time were three dimensional and played realistically enough that children even today recognise themselves, which is a rare feat.
Compared with TV today aimed at children, it is definitely much higher calibre, and with a daughter row not quite 7 now going from CBeebies and Nick Jr to more "big kid" TV, I found we were having trouble finding something she wanted to actually watch as the quality of most shows for her age group are simply too dire for words, or her age group is lumped in with preteens, and the shows actually unsuitable for her age and development, being rather "old" for her. She absolutely loves this and her younger brother even stops playing to sit and watch.
The transfer from film to digital media was done with great care. Master prints were used, so all the episodes appear here completely unedited, as they would have first appeared. Colour has been restored to correct any fading and the mono soundtrack cleaned up so its free of any distortions. Paramount also exercised some sensibility by not cutting up the prefacing studio logo by removing their old style logo, instead keeping it completely authentic with its original one. It's a little thing, but authenticity is much appreciated! The episodes are also presented in their correct broadcast order, which seems logical to most people, unless you work at certain DVD crank it out outfits who often release things out of order and seemingly at random. So we get 25 episodes across 4 discs, and no extras. With all the enjoyment the kids and myself have had from it, its been money well spent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrreat!,
I loved them as a child, my children love them now. We see the same episodes over and over and still enjoy them. They also teach good values, manners and everyday lessons which make kids reflect. I love anything clean-cut for kids just wish the real world was so clean cut too, which would be the only downfall as sometimes you find yourself explaining that people used to do this and that. But then again it can't hurt for them to view something positive and give it a try.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bradybunch,
We love this set.I enjoyed as a child and now I am enjoying watching with my 4 children who are also great fans.They never get tired of watching .The quality and service offered by Amazon is the best.We now want the rest of the series!
5.0 out of 5 stars An old TV series.,
I love to watch the old TV shows, reminds me of my childhood. You can catch up on all the bits you missed as a kid. We live in an age where we are very lucky to have access to goods like this on Amazon. Excellent for Amazon, and the customer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's the story,
No prizes for originality in my headline choice, but the 1st season of The Brady Bunch is rightly seen as an all-time classic in the history of American comedy. Small wonder the series ran from 1969 to 1974, capturing innocence in the era when many say innocence was lost in America.
I'm ashamed to say I had never watched many of these episodes as opposed to the likes of Bewitched etc. up until when I happened to chance upon a few clips of Brady Bunch on YT and opted to purchase this to see for myself what I had missed.
Excellent sleeve notes and information regarding each episode, in addition to an overriding sense of family unity which sadly isn't there on many of today's comedies...
For the all-time fan, the curious or just the comedy lover, buy it - you won't be disappointed. Be buying the remaining series in time and know I will not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect,
It was a gift for my husband. He simply loved it. It was in perfect condition and dispatched dast as expected
5.0 out of 5 stars family favourite,
Bought on a recommendation. Great family viewing without any of the modern day sarcasm or attitude! We call it the Disney Channel antidote!
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Brady Bunch: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] by Russ Mayberry (DVD - 2005)