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3.0 out of 5 stars The Brady Bunch or the Lloyd Schwartz Show ?, 13 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch (Hardcover)
I really was going to let loose on this review.....and then I read Abby's review on Amazon.com and it was almost word-for-word what I was going to write. So I won't repeat it (I'll paste it below instead).

All I can say in addition is Lloyd Schwartz you should have worked on the Muppets. You would have blended in seamlessly.

Abby's review:
"Overall, the book was a fun, quick read - it only took me about one night to complete. I've read almost every book on the Brady Bunch and was less than impressed with this one. The book is set up like this: The first half, which really ends up being the first third, is written by Sherwood Schwartz and then the other half, which ends up being the last two thirds is written by his son Lloyd Schwartz. Sherwood Schwartz is professional, talented, and humble and his third of the book comes off that way. His ancedotes about writing the pilot, getting rejected by major networks, casting, production, Robert Reed, etc. are all interesting and fun to read. While most of his stories won't be new to Brady fans (i.e. Robert Reed being difficult, dyeing Mike Lookinland's hair brown) they are at least easy to read, fun, and a reminder of why we love the show so much.

However, while Sherwood's third is professional and humble, Lloyd's Schwartz's portion of the book is everything but. Lloyd comes off as egotistical, arrogant, unprofessional, and untalented. Basically, he seems to spend more time proving to the reader that every memorable line, moment, backstage anecdote, and plot development associated with the series was his idea and less time telling us interesting new stories about the production of the show. He takes credit for everything - including helping Maureen (Marcia) off cocaine. The book advertises as the real in depth look at the show, but apprently that means listening to Lloyd pontificate about he was the youngest asoociate producer to work in television etc. etc. It all ends up being more of a testimonial to himself than the beloved show he worked on. Also, his thoughts on Robert Reed are awful. While I'm sure he was a difficult person to deal with Sherwood at least comments on Reed in a professional manor by exposing his flaws but also pointing out his talents. Lloyd speaks of Reed as if he's a piece of dirt under his finger nail and it comes off as disgusting and unprofessional.

The last part of Lloyd's section covers all the reunion and spinoffs including the motion pictures and the stage musical. These are so brief they're hardly worth a read - with a page or less on each production he barely skims the surface telling us brady fanatics no new information.

I recommend the book with an asterisk. Only because I enjoyed Sherwood's section and also found some of the anecdotes in Lloyd's amusing. But if you're a real Brady fanactic it won't offer up much new information. Except maybe that Lloyd Schwartz has an enormous head. Having said that, most Brady fanactis (like myself) are completeist when it comes to the show and will go ahead and buy the book anyway. But if you're a semi-brady fan do yourself a favor and pick up "Growing Up Brady" by Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick's newer biography, or one of the many fan-written books on the show. They are much more interesting reads all around. "
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