A Brady reunion at Kings Island

Life in show biz is, after all, a rollercoaster.

Just northeast of Cincinnati, in a town called Mason, there's an amusement park called Kings Island. Opened in 1972, Kings Island has boasted some of the best and most iconic roller coasters in the United States. The Racer, a wooden coaster that opened with the park, is widely regarded as fundamental to the rollercoaster renaissance in the 1970s. While Kings Island may not have the national profile of Busch Gardens or even Six Flags, the park is still in operation today, mainly due to its popularity, as seen in many different sitcoms and shows.

One such show, The Brady Bunch, featured an episode wherein the Brady family visits the amusement park for a day of merriment while the Brady patriarch, Mike, presents some architectural designs for a new park expansion. The designs, though, are misplaced. Hilarity, predictably, ensues. The episode, titled "The Cincinnati Kids," aired barely a year after the park opened. Not only was it an excellent entry into the continued adventures of the Brady clan, but the episode also did a great job of showcasing what made Kings Island such an incredible family destination.

Forty years after that memorable episode aired on TV, three of the original Brady Bunch cast members returned to Kings Island. In 2013, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen returned to Mason to hop aboard The Racer once again. The visit was part of a radio contest, wherein listeners were encouraged to call in and participate for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to recreate "The Cincinnati Kids" episode. 

"It's been an unbelievable ride," said Barry Williams, TV's Greg Brady. "After all these years, it's still very rewarding. It's family."

Younger siblings Peter and Cindy — er, Christopher Knight and Susan Olsen — shared the sentiment. 

"We're still loved," said Susan Olsen, amidst a barrage of autograph — and selfie-seekers. "And it feels good."

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28 Comments

Bapa1 8 months ago
I wish All In The Family had done an episode there.
bradyguy Bapa1 2 months ago
As long as they had a turlet...and mostly white people???
Bonbon63 8 months ago
I was there when the Brady bunch filmed at kings island.
IndianaRockz Bonbon63 7 months ago
That had to be exciting! Did you see yourself in the background in the episode?
LoveMETV22 8 months ago
The Partridge Family at "Kings Island."
JDWJDW2 8 months ago
I remember when the Brady Bunch came to Cincinnati to make the episode. It was on the local news media. The Partridge Family also came to Kings Island and did an episode as well. I grew up in Cincinnati, so I spent many hours at Kings Island when Procter and Gamble would have a party for employees and their families by buying out the park. My father, and later my stepfather, worked for P & G. Going to Kings Island was a lot of fun. For me, seeing this episode is a trip down memory lane. The park has changed immensely since 1972. The skyride is no longer there. It was taken out in 1979. I think that the Racer has also been removed. What a fun family place.
Mblack JDWJDW2 8 months ago
Which Partridge Family episode? The one with the whales?
K Mblack 7 months ago
"I Left My Heart in Cincinnati"-Episode aired Jan 26, 1973; Season 3, Episode 17

K JDWJDW2 7 months ago
The Racer is still there.
dazeofwine 8 months ago
Of Ben's three wives, Inga was my favorite. Her character had a genuine sweetness to her and she was very loyal. She may not be as pretty as the other two, but she was the catch of the bunch and still very attractive.
Lillyrose 8 months ago
The Cincinnati Kids is one of my favorite Brady Bunch episodes. So sweet and heartwarming and funny.
bradyguy Lillyrose 2 months ago
Also...Jan RUNS!! 😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮😮
Andybandit 8 months ago
It would be fun if all the Brady Kids could go on that Roller Coaster again.
PernellDH Andybandit 8 months ago
I agree and to visit some other attractions that still exist today.
And the fans can join them.
daDoctah 8 months ago
And over the next few years, they can have additional reunions in the Grand Canyon and Hawaii (just this time, leave that tiki where you found it).
Runeshaper 8 months ago
Having them return to the scene together is very cool (-:
cperrynaples 8 months ago
Well, I suspect MeTV know that Inga Swenson died at age 90! Bonanza fans remember her as Hoss' mother! According to an earlier article, Lorne Greene was so enchanted by her that she did a second flashback! Thus, Swenson was one of the few women who did multiple episodes despite being dead in the original storyline! Of course, I'll always remember her from Soap & Benson which are on "another network"...LOL!
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cperrynaples tmac1951 8 months ago
PWP might be a good Sunday morning show! I'd prefer it to Saved By The Bores...LOL!
tmac1951 cperrynaples 8 months ago
Saved by the idiots has been on way too long, PWP would be a good fit.
CoreyC cperrynaples 8 months ago
One of Inga's final role was Betty White's sister on The Golden Girls. Before any one start Rose Nylund had two sisters one played by Polly Holliday as her other sister who went blind.
cperrynaples CoreyC 8 months ago
Yep, a lot of relatives on GG! Dorothy had a lesbian sister as I recall!
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