To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic family sitcom, The Brady Bunch, the original six actors from the show have reunited to renovate the Los Angeles home which served as the backdrop for the series.
Natalie Morales and Today stopped by the job site to catch up with the Brady kids, who are all now grown adults, to get a look at the project which is being filmed for HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation.
Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) got together for the first time in over a decade to tackle the project.
The group is restoring the split-level ranch located in Studio City back to what it looked like in their iconic series.
While the home was only used for the exterior and never for the interior scenes of the show, the group is gutting the structure and turning into what would have been the real Brady abode.
Mike Lookinland who played Bobby told Today that he ‘literally didn’t know where this place was until 1990.’
Each Brady is responsible for recreating one or two rooms from the original show for the HGTV special.
Mike said there was a ‘rush of nostalgia’ upon seeing the home.
HGTV purchased the home in August and announced that they would be restoring the property ‘it to its full, resplendent, unabashedly ’70s grandeur’ with the help of the original cast.
‘What’s so exciting about this project is that we are creating one of the most iconic homes from many of our viewers’ childhoods,’ said Loren Ruch, senior vice president, HGTVprogramming and partnerships at a kick off event.
Adding: ‘It will be the first time in history that the house from all of our memories will be created in a real brick-and-mortar location. It is certain to be a trip down memory lane.’
The show – about a blended family of three boys and three girls – ultimately became a pop culture phenomenon, spawning The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995, and A Very Brady Sequel in 1996.
The series also starred Florence Henderson and Robert Reed as the parents, Mike and Carol Brady, with Ann B. Lewis playing the maid Alice.
The Brady Bunch aired for five seasons from 1969-1974 and cemented itself into the cultural zeitgeist.
The group told Natalie Morales that the renovation was trudging up many nostalgic memories.
‘I was so in love with Barry on and off throughout the years,’ Maureen McCormick said.
Adding that off-camera Marcia and Greg did have a tryst or two.
The original Brady cast has gotten together to put in some elbow grease to retool the ‘spaces and adding 2,000 square feet to the home’s original footprint — all without compromising that instantly recognizable street view.’
HGTV said that their ‘home renovation stars will reimagine the show’s set designs within the context of the real-life interior spaces, working to ensure that the final renovation and décor stays true to the spirit of the Brady family home that everyone loves and remembers.’
According to the network, it’s the second most photographed home in all of America after the White House.
A Very Brady Renovation is schedule to air on HGTV in September of 2019.