8 other shows Sherwood Schwartz wrote and produced
In honor of the TV legend's birthday.
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It's hard enough to create one beloved television show, but Sherwood Schwartz managed to do the impossible. The legend created two beloved series, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, that have continuously been on the air since they originally wrapped nearly half a century ago.
With such massive success, it's easy to let his legacy be defined by those two programs. But being the creative soul that he was, Schwartz created, produced and wrote for several other TV series that often go overlooked.
Today would have been Schwartz's 101st birthday. To honor the occasion, here are eight other shows you might not have known the legend was a part of.
Do you remember any of these?
1. I Married Joan (1953)
Schwartz wrote a few episodes of the situation comedy I Married Joan in 1953. The sitcom featured Jim Backus, who would go on to portray "The Millionaire" on Gilligan's Island.
2. The Red Skelton Hour (1956-1962)
Schwartz won his only Primetime Emmy Award in 1961 as the head writer for The Red Skelton Hour. The series won the award for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, an award Schwartz earned with his brother, Al.
3. It's About Time (1966)
Coming off the success of Gilligan's Island, Schwartz created this time-traveling sitcom about two astronauts who accidentally travel back in time.
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4. Dusty's Trail (1973-1974)
Critics called it "the Western Gilligan's Island." Schwartz reunited with Bob Denver to create Dusty's Trail, a sitcom about a group of seven travelers in the late 19th century — a wagon master, his little buddy, a rich banker and his wife, an intellectual, a dance-hall girl, and a farm girl — who are separated from their wagon train while heading west. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it?
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5. Big John, Little John (1976)
Schwartz jumped from primetime to Saturday mornings with Big John, Little John, a situation comedy about a man who accidentally turns into a 12-year-old boy after drinking from the fountain of youth. After a short run on The Brady Bunch, Robbie Rist returned to portray the role of Little John.
6. Harper Valley PTA (1981-1982)
First it was a song, then it was a movie. Finally, in 1981, Schwartz turned Harper Valley PTA into a sitcom featuring television legend Barbara Eden.
7. Together We Stand (1986-1987)
This series, about a married couple who adopts three kids from different walks of life, was a do-over of an intended spin-off from The Brady Bunch. The season five episode "Kelly's Kids," featuring Ken Berry in the lead, served as a backdoor pilot for a new comedy, but the show was never picked up. More than a decade later, Schwartz launched same concept with Elliott Gould. It lasted one season.
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8. The Bradys (1990)
Although Schwartz created, produced and wrote for several TV shows beyond than The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, he never strayed too far from the characters most familiar to audiences. Schwartz brought back a grown Brady gang with the new series The Bradys in the early 1990s, but the show only lasted six episodes.
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