The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch premiered on Sept. 26, 1969 and has aired in reruns ever since. It started as a popular Friday night family show that grew into a pop-culture phenomenon. The Brady Bunch was always a hit with pre-teen audiences, who simply never stopped watching the show even after it completed its five-year run. The Brady Bunch was daring for its time: A mother with three daughters by one marriage marries a widower with three boys, a maid and a dog. Despite these eyebrow-raising characters, the show had universal plotlines that were familiar to anyone growing up in Astroturf-covered, suburban middle-class America. What helped The Brady Bunch endure is that it focused on topics that were significant to any generation (self-esteem issues, relationships, careers, family vacations). The original Brady Bunch will forever remain a favorite -- as will the endless fascination with Brady reunions.