The Brady Bunch cast won the hearts of America with their poignant family relationships, ’70s style and timeless life lessons. They are the TV equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread, chased with a glass of milk. Has there ever been a show as wholesome, as precious and as widely loved?
The Brady family certainly may be timeless – we’ve all caught the reruns on TV Land nearly 50 years after the fact – but it turns out, the real-life Bradys arent’ so wholesome at all. In fact, they’re straight up Jersey Shore wild, but sadly, it’s not reality TV, it’s real life (unless you’re Peter Brady, and in that case, thank your lucky stars for VH1).
Behind the scenes of The Brady Bunch, Brady brothers and sisters found themselves embroiled in high school love triangles or traded sex for cocaine; the father hid his sexuality; and became alcoholics. Some of the kids reported adolescences so challenging that it’s a wonder the show even lasted five seasons. Not everyone turned out so disastrously, but the behind-the-scenes stories paint quite a different portrait than the wholesome happy family you remember.