The Best Episodes of The Brady Bunch
Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018
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.
#1 - 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.
#2 - Two Petes in a Pod
Season 5 - Episode 18
Peter meets a schoolmate who looks and sounds exactly like him. When Peter finds he has two dates for the same night, he hatches a plan to use his doppelganger to stand in for him.
#3 - Top Secret
Season 5 - Episode 19
When an FBI agent visits to check Mike's security clearance, Bobby and Oliver become convinced that Mike is working on plans for a top-secret project. They also suspect Sam of being an international spy scheming to steal the plans.
#4 - The Big Bet
Season 3 - Episode 18
Bobby and Greg make a bet on how many chin-ups each can do. Confident Greg relaxes while Bobby practices, and when the two finally compete, Bobby ends up on top, with Greg doomed to be his servant.
#5 - Big Little Man
Season 3 - Episode 15
Bobby becomes self-conscious about his height and tries different ways to make himself "big." First he tries stretching himself, and then he decides to improve his mind by memorizing a bunch of worthless facts.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - The Hustler
Season 5 - Episode 21
When Mike's boss, Mr. Matthews, sends the family a pool table, Bobby becomes obsessed with pool, challenging all comers including Mr. Matthews himself.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - Law and Disorder
Season 4 - Episode 14
Bobby is crestfallen when he is picked to be safety monitor at school. But with Mike's and Carol's encouragement, Bobby becomes determined to do the job well but goes overboard, becoming the most unwelcome person both at school and at home.
#17 - 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.
#18 - Everyone Can't Be George Washington
Season 4 - Episode 12
Peter is determined to get the part of George Washington in the school play, but the teacher thinks Peter would be better in the role of Benedict Arnold. When his friends start making snide comments about it, Peter decides to get himself kicked out of the play.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - You're Never Too Old
Season 4 - Episode 21
Both Robert Reed puts in double duty as Grandpa Brady as does Florence Henderson when she portrays Grandma Hutchins in an episode where the Brady kids play matchmakers and try to get Grandpa Brady and Grandma Hutchins together. However, their efforts may all be for naught when an argument erupts between Grandma and Grandpa during a romantic dinner.
#25 - Mike's Horror-Scope
Season 1 - Episode 16
The day after Carol reads Mike's horoscope, which states "a strange woman will enter your life tomorrow," Beebe Gallini enters Mike's office and proves to be a most difficult client. Soon, Mike finds himself spending more time at the office than at home with Carol and the kids.