The series “The Brady Bunch,” consisting of girls, three adults and a dog, is still seen around the world more than 50 years after its television debut and has captured the hearts of Americans.
According to his co-star Ann B, Robert Reed.
Davis, also referred to as
Alice, the audience housekeeper, admitted that Reed was not as enthusiastic as the fans were about the series.
She opened up about Reed’s underlying struggles with the series and the sadness that permeated his personality at the Archive of American Television.
For a new career direction, Robert Reed had hoped
Reed deemed himself to be a serious actor.
He was seen in television series such as The Defenders, Love, American Style and Dr. Kildare before his role as Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch.
A situation comedy was the last thing Reed wanted to work on. Reed made no secret of his lack of respect for the Schwartz producers and his son, Lloyd, after signing on.
“From the beginning of filming, Bob Reed was standoffish toward the series,” wrote series creator Sherwood Schwartz in the 2010 book Brady, Brady, Brady: The Brady Bunch’s Complete Story. “He disagreed with pretty much everything.”
He was ‘a sad person,’
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In a discussion with the Academy of American Television in 2004, Davis reflected on the undertone of sorrow she saw in Reed while she was working on a series about a mixed family with him.
She said, “Robert was a very sad man,” “He was a good actor, I knew. He had been educated classically. He had done classical things.
And he wasn’t pleased. The Brady Bunch was the last one he decided to do out of the series that Paramount did, the pilots they were making.
He was a very good actor and he was very good at doing it.
He was never really pleased with it, though, and that rubbed off on the set.
Reed helped create a timeless series, despite his disappointment,
As Kimberly Potts, author of The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch: How the Cancelled Sitcom Became the Icon of Beloved Pop Culture We Are All Talking About Today, told the New York Post in 2019 about Reed’s dual feelings of hate for the show and loyalty to the child actors.
“He took his responsibilities as a TV father seriously,” Potts said. “He famously took the kids on a trip to England because he wanted to expose them to the culture and Shakespeare. He also gave them Super 8 cameras for Christmas. He wanted to help them the way a father would.”
Series star Susan Olsen, who played Brady’s youngest daughter, Cindy, reiterated the sentiment, saying to ABC News in 2006, “Bob to this day is my shining example of how an adult should treat children,” she said. “There was this unconditional, fatherly love that he had for us that we were always aware of.”