The Best Episodes of The Brady Bunch

Last Updated: May 26, 2019

The Brady Bunch featured a novel concept: a new family formed by the marriage of a divorcee with three daughters and a widower with three sons. Throw in nutty housekeeper Alice, and some formulaic sitcom shenanigans, and you've got one of the essential pop-culture touchstones of the 1970s.

Her Sister's Shadow

#1 - Her Sister's Shadow

Season 3 - Episode 10

Tired of being in Marcia's shadow, Jan is determined to do something that Marcia never did. But Jan becomes more depressed when she fails to make the cheer squad. Then she wins first prize in an essay contest only to discover that her teacher had made a mistake in scoring.

star 8.60
10 votes
Writers: Al Schwartz, Phil Leslie, Ray Singer
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Greg's Triangle

#2 - Greg's Triangle

Season 4 - Episode 11

Greg is crazy for his latest girlfriend, Jennifer, but things get difficult for him when he learns that both Jennifer and Marcia are competing for head cheerleader -- and he just happens to be one of the judges.

star 8.44
9 votes
Writers: Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman
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My Fair Opponent

#3 - My Fair Opponent

Season 3 - Episode 22

As a joke, Marcia's plain-looking friend Molly Webber is nominated to be hostess on Banquet Night. Marcia's mission to transform Molly into a knockout succeeds, only to discover that she is running against her friend.

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Bernie Kahn
Lights Out

#4 - Lights Out

Season 2 - Episode 20

After witnessing a magician performing a disappearing act, Cindy refuses to sleep with the lights off. Meanwhile, Peter begins to develop a magic act and a reluctant Cindy agrees to be his assistant.

star 8.42
12 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Bruce Howard
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Marcia Gets Creamed

#5 - Marcia Gets Creamed

Season 5 - Episode 7

Marcia loves her new job at the ice cream parlor -- until the shiftless Peter fouls things up and Jan outperforms her.

star 8.38
13 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman
My Sister, Benedict Arnold

#6 - My Sister, Benedict Arnold

Season 3 - Episode 5

Greg is furious when he discovers Marcia is dating a rival who had beaten him out of a spot on the basketball team. Seeking revenge, Greg begins seeing the girl who had bested Marcia in cheerleading.

star 8.38
16 votes
Directors: Hal Cooper
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
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Greg Gets Grounded

#7 - Greg Gets Grounded

Season 4 - Episode 15

Bobby tells his parents that Greg nearly got into a freeway accident because he was reading the cover of a new record. Mike and Carol suspend Greg's car privileges for a week, but Greg has plans to take out his girlfriend Rachel. When Greg decides that his father's directive has a "loophole" and takes a buddy's car to procure rock concert tickets for the date, Mike really hits the roof and grounds him. Greg talks his way out of the severe punishment but is bound by "exact words" ... and it leads to a drive-in movie date that neither Greg nor Rachel will ever forget.

star 8.33
12 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
To Move or Not to Move

#8 - To Move or Not to Move

Season 1 - Episode 23

With constant complaints about the size of the house bombarding Mike and Carol, Mike puts the house up for sale and looks into buying a new one. Immediately after this, the Brady house seems to be haunted.

star 8.27
22 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Paul West
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The Big Sprain

#9 - The Big Sprain

Season 1 - Episode 19

Carol is out of town visiting her sick Aunt Mary and Alice is all prepared to take care of the Brady home. However, she sprains her ankle, after tripping on Chinese checkers, putting Mike and the kids in charge of the household duties. Meanwhile, her boyfriend Sam finds himself in a dilemma over whether or not to take someone else to the upcoming Meatcutters Ball.

star 8.22
23 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Tam Spiva
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The Grass is Always Greener

#10 - The Grass is Always Greener

Season 1 - Episode 24

Mike and Carol switch roles for a day in order to prove a day with the opposite sex involves much less work. Their duties: Carol must help the boys with baseball practice and Mike must help Marcia with a cooking badge.

star 8.21
19 votes
Directors: George Cahan
Writers: David P. Harmon
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Jan, the Only Child

#11 - Jan, the Only Child

Season 4 - Episode 8

Fed up with the number of people in the household, Jan voices her desire to be an only child. The other kids oblige and treat her that way, but Jan changes her tune when she's excluded from the other kids' activities.

star 8.18
11 votes
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Quarterback Sneak

#12 - Quarterback Sneak

Season 5 - Episode 9

Marcia's new beau, the quarterback of the rival Fairview team, uses her to get to Greg's Westdale playbook.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman
54-40 and Fight

#13 - 54-40 and Fight

Season 1 - Episode 15

The Brady family learns that a trading stamp company is going out of business. A fight breaks out over who should get all of the saved stamps, the boys or the girls. If the girls get them, they'll buy a sewing machine and if the boys get them, they'll by a rowboat.

star 8.17
30 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Burt Styler
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How to Succeed in Business?

#14 - How to Succeed in Business?

Season 4 - Episode 19

Peter is ecstatic when he gets a job at Martinelli's bike shop. However, his wanting to do a thorough job inhibits his speed and work begins piling up as well as customers begin to demand their bikes. This leads Mr. Martinelli to give Peter the axe.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Robert Reed
Writers: Gene Thompson
And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

#15 - And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor

Season 3 - Episode 8

A commercial producer discovers the Brady family while they are grocery shopping and wants them to be in a laundry soap commercial. But the family doesn't use the product, leading to a classic Brady dilemma.

star 8.13
15 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Albert E. Lewin
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Katchoo

#16 - Katchoo

Season 1 - Episode 5

Jan comes down with a mysterious allergy and Carol and Alice try to determine just what is causing it. They deduce that the cause is Tiger, the family dog. Or is it?

star 8.13
46 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: William Cowley
The Undergraduate

#17 - The Undergraduate

Season 1 - Episode 17

When Greg begins constant daydreaming and his grades start to drop the Brady's quickly think something is wrong. They soon deduce he has puppy love, for a certain girl named Linda. However, they are having an incredibly hard time finding the right Linda but soon the Bradys quickly learn just who this Linda is.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: David P. Harmon
The Dropout

#18 - The Dropout

Season 2 - Episode 1

Don Drysdale's tips for Greg on his baseball playing go to his head. Which leads to Greg deciding to not go to college and he even starts to think about dropping out of high school.

star 8.13
23 votes
Directors: Peter Baldwin
Writers: Ben Gershman, Bill Freedman
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Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy

#19 - Eenie, Meenie, Mommy, Daddy

Season 1 - Episode 3

Cindy has been cast as the fairy princess in the school play. She's excited that her mom and new dad will be able to see her in the production until she learns she can only invite one parent. Torn between who she should choose, Cindy fakes an injury to get out of being in the play.

star 8.13
63 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Joanna Lee
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Going, Going...Steady

#20 - Going, Going...Steady

Season 2 - Episode 5

Marcia has a crush on a boy who doesn't even know she's alive, at least not until she studies up on his favorite hobby, insect collecting.

star 8.13
16 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: David P. Harmon
You Can't Win 'Em All

#21 - You Can't Win 'Em All

Season 4 - Episode 22

Both Bobby and Cindy have to opportunity to try out to be on a televised children's quiz show if they get a certain score on a written test. However, an overconfident Bobby doesn't study at all and fails while Cindy is chosen and her ego alienates the rest of the Brady kids.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Jack Donohue
Writers: Lois Hire
The Hero

#22 - The Hero

Season 1 - Episode 21

While shopping at Driscoll's Toy Store, Peter looks up to see a wall about to fall on a little girl. He quickly pushes her out of the way. This leads to immediate media attention and Peter is named a hero. However, Peter lets all the attention go to his head, annoying his friends and his brothers and sisters.

star 8.12
26 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
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Love and the Older Man

#23 - Love and the Older Man

Season 4 - Episode 13

When the family dentist, Dr. Vogel, asks Mike if Marcia would be interested in babysitting his kids, Marcia misinterprets the request as a date.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Martin Ragaway
The Hair-Brained Scheme

#24 - The Hair-Brained Scheme

Season 5 - Episode 22

Wanting to get rich quick, Bobby begins selling bottles of hair tonic. But the tonic turns Greg's hair orange just days before his high-school graduation. In what happened to be the final episode of the series, series star Robert Reed got himself written out of the episode when he objected to the episode's plotline and writing and neither he nor the Schwartzes would budge.

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Charles Stewart, Jr.
The Voice of Christmas

#25 - The Voice of Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 12

Carol is to sing in church on Christmas, but days before the event, she loses her voice. Later at the mall, a hopeful Cindy asks a Santa Claus to bring Carol's voice back by Christmas. Meanwhile, Alice and the kids find it a difficult task hiding Christmas gifts in the house.

star 8.10
40 votes
Directors: Oscar Rudolph
Writers: John Fenton Murray
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