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A Very Brady Christmas
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Film/Series type/genre: Comedy/Melodrama/Holiday (CBS-TV)
Based upon: Characters created by Sherwood Schwartz
Starring: Robert Reed
Florence Henderson
Ann B. Davis
Barry Williams
Maureen McCormick
Christopher Knight
Eve Plumb
Mike Lookinland
Jennifer Runyon
Production Information
Preceded by: The Brady Brides (NBC, 1981)
Followed by: The Bradys
Produced by: Barry M. Berg
Lloyd J. Schwartz
Written by: Sherwood Schwartz
Lloyd J. Schwartz
Distributed by: CBS
Film.series length: 100 min.
Date(s) premiered/released: aired 18 December 1988

A Very Brady Christmas is a 1988 movie based on the television series The Brady Bunch, featuring all of the original actors who appeared in the series except Susan Olsen who was on her honeymoon when the film was being made; Jennifer Runyon took her place as Cindy. Also missing from the original cast was Allan Melvin who was the original Sam the butcher as veteran actor Lewis Arquette assumed the role for the film.


Mike and Carol Brady have a savings account, which both spouses planned to use to bankroll a vacation for the other; Carol wanted to take Mike to Greece, while Mike wanted to treat Carol to a trip to Japan. When they realize their ideas collide, they use the money to try to reunite the entire family for Christmas by paying for airline tickets for their children, grandchildren and their children's spouses.

However, all of the Brady kids are facing personal obstacles that might keep them from enjoying the festivities: Greg's wife Nora is spending Christmas with her family. Peter is sexually involved with his boss Valerie and his inferior position and salary is affecting his self-confidence. Bobby has dropped out of college to become a race car driver but has not revealed this to his parents. Marcia's husband Wally was fired from his job at a toy company, Jan is separating from her husband Phillip and Cindy is fighting for her independence since she is the youngest and still gets treated like the baby of the family. Cindy is currently a college undergraduate and in an issue similar to Bobby's, Cindy lies to her parents about overwhelming college student issues, when in actuality she plans to go skiing in Aspen with her roommates.

Even their former housekeeper Alice is dealing with a serious issue: her husband Sam has recently left her for another woman. Through each child deciding to spend the holiday and eventually opening up about their issues, Mike and Carol are able to help them out. However, the family's Christmas dinner is disrupted when Mike learns that a ruthless businessman he designed a building for has cut corners, resulting in the building collapsing and trapping two security guards inside. Mike manages to free the trapped employees, but an aftershock results in Mike getting trapped in rubble himself.

In the end, Mike gets out of the debris after Carol and the entire family sings "O Come All Ye Faithful". After returning home, the family's dinner is again interrupted, this time by a man at the door dressed as Santa Claus. The kids ask where his bag of presents is, but he tells them that he only has one present, for Alice; it turns out to be Sam, in disguise, who has seen the error of his ways and pleads for Alice's forgiveness. After she takes Sam back, the family invites him to stay for dinner, and the film ends with everyone singing a chorus of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas".



When the movie first aired, it was the highest rated TV movie of the season with a 25.1 rating and a 39 share[1] but ultimately finished as the second highest rated tv movie of the season.[2] Thanks in large part to the movie's success,[3][4] CBS and Sherwood Schwartz created a new television series in 1990, The Bradys, based on the characters' adult lives; only six episodes were produced.[2] However, since the tone of the new series dealt with adult issues the former Brady kids had to deal with, it was nicknamed "Brady-something", after the TV show Thirtysomething which dealt with similar issues.[5]

After The Bradys was cancelled, three theatrical films were made later in the 1990s: The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995, and A Very Brady Sequel in 1996 and The Brady Bunch in the White House in 2002.


The film was released on VHS by Paramount Home Video in 1993 and was included as a bonus feature on The Brady Bunch: The Complete Series DVD box set in 2006.


  1. "Brady reunion a ratings gift for CBS". Toronto Star: p. C.3. December 21, 1988. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burlingame, Jon (December 22, 1989). "'Brady' movie rerun promotes new movie". Times-News: p. C.3.,5721502&dq=very-brady-christmas&hl=en. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  3. Zuckerman, Faye (February 9, 1990). "Feel-good family returns". Star-News: p. 5D.,3940002&dq=very-brady-christmas&hl=en. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  4. "'BRADYS' ARE BACK WITH A BIGGER BUNCH". Philadelphia Inquirer: p. D01. February 9, 1990. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  5. "A VERY BRADY BUNCH `BRADYSOMETHING'". Deseret News. February 9, 1990. Retrieved 2011-11-30.