Christopher Knight did not want to do the Brady Bunch variety show

Singing and dancing were a distant second to acting for Peter Brady.

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What were you like at 19? It's a time when most of us feel invincible; you're old enough to be an adult but young enough that maybe nothing terrible has happened to you yet. Our brains haven't fully developed by 19, but at the same time, it's the oldest we've ever been up to that point. You're either the oldest kid or the youngest adult when you're 19. It's a fun and tricky time, no matter what era it happened for you.

Christopher Knight, though, had an experience that most of the public cannot relate to. By 19, Knight had already wrapped production on The Brady Bunch, where he starred as middle son Peter Brady. If he wasn't a household name, he was close; the Bradys were nearly inescapable, having conquered the sitcom world and released some popular records. So, logically, Christopher Knight was a hot commodity. His face and voice were in high demand in 1977. He lent his voice acting skills to The Brady Kids, an animated followup to the show that made him famous. He was also part of the variety show born in the wake of The Brady Bunch. Knight reunited (reuKnighted?) with the rest of his television family (except, notably, for Eve Plumb). This time, the Bradys weren't just domestic dwellers. They'd abandoned their suburban domicile to host a variety program in Hollywood. The problem, though, was a lack of enthusiasm from the cast.

The Price, Utah Sun-Advocate caught up with Christopher Knight, 19, on vacation in Carbon and Emery Counties in August of 1977. Knight was taking a much-needed vacation from the tribulations of LA living. By then, he'd been acting professionally for over a decade, and the struggles were stacking up. He had, though, navigated through the social difficulties presented by his work. Knight was bullied for his job throughout elementary and middle school. "But in high school," said Knight, "the kids realized its a way of life since they needed to find a job, too."

But by now, in '77, Knight was through school. His problems, though, didn't end there. Instead, he found himself reflecting back on his role and his audience. The shift in scenery helped Knight shift his perspective and really think about how he'd like to spend his time. It was a crucial time for this kind of introspection. The week following this interview, the Brady actors reconvened to decide whether they wanted to continue filming The Brady Bunch Hour. They'd choose either to continue or, as Knight put it, "go their separate ways."

As for TV's Peter Brady, the vote was obvious.

"I really didn't want to do them," said Knight of the variety programs. Instead, with a clear mind and some fresh Carbon County air, Knight reflected on better ways he could spend his time. "I want to act," the actor said pointedly. For him, being free from being a Brady would open his schedule to comedy and action movies, where he really wanted to be.

He did not, however, regret his time as Peter Brady. "I'm growing up enough to know that [The Brady Bunch] was for a specific audience. It was the way a lot of people wished their family was. It appealed to middle America—those people in the South and Middle West. But it was too idealistic for people in big cities." Christopher Knight, it seems, was firmly in the "big cities" camp.

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BenSobeleone 8 months ago
They should make The Walking Dead Variety Hour. After the commercial break, stupid zombie tricks.
dougandandyfan 10 months ago
The Ted McGinley And Randolph Roberts Comedy Hour would have brought
Happy Days to ABC if the ABC network had had this Variety Show on their network schedule. Ted McGinley played
Roger Phillips on Happy Days and
Randolph Roberts played Chuck Cunningham 2 on Happy Days.
The Ted McGinley And Randolph Roberts Comedy Hour would have been a hit
Variety Show and just as popular as
The Smothers Brothers COMEDY HOUR
Pacificsun dougandandyfan 10 months ago
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LoveMETV22 Pacificsun 10 months ago
" But a conclusion"
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How kind of you to make the effort, and with a current article too for something that the history books should have closed on years ago.
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LoveMETV22 Pacificsun 10 months ago
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CoreyC 11 months ago
Eve Plumb had the brains in not doing this disaster.
ncadams27 11 months ago
Could you imagine the Leave it to Beaver Variety Hour?
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ncadams27 daDoctah 11 months ago
Or a Brady Bunch animated series with cute animals… oh, they did that!
Bapa1 daDoctah 11 months ago
Gilligan: "Zoinks!"
dougandandyfan daDoctah 10 months ago
I want to see In Search Of Chuck Cunningham as a new TV show.
BenSobeleone ncadams27 8 months ago
Yep, Lumpy Rutherford would be spinning the plates on the sticks and Eddies Haskell would come out on stage and mess it up on purpose and do that laugh that he does.
Andybandit 11 months ago
Peter was my favorite character on TBB. He was cute.
Charleshorse Andybandit 10 months ago
And he grew into one handsome man.
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LoveMETV22 11 months ago
*Seems* Maureen McCormick and Susan Olsen liked the variety show idea as well. However the other cast were leery or had skepticism for various reasons.
Peter_Falk_Fan 11 months ago
Yes. According to Barry Williams' book "Growing Up Brady", Robert Reed 'really enjoyed being on it'. Barry asked him why.

"I really did want to do it," he confessed. "I mean, I've studied voice and dancing. I'm terrible at both, and proved it to be true, but when Sid and Marty met with me, they described the whole thing in very positive terms, and I thought 'What fun. This will be a hoot.'

But Reed's enthusiasm couldn't save what Barry described in his book as 'perhaps the single worst television program in the history of the medium.'
Runeshaper 11 months ago
It's good that he knew what he liked and what he didn't. Always helps!
JeffPaul76 Runeshaper 11 months ago
Hello. What does your screen name "Runeshaper" mean? I've never heard of a Rune.
Runeshaper JeffPaul76 11 months ago
Rune = a mark or letter of mysterious or magic significance. Look up Jorund Runeshaper. That should clear it up.
Moose played by Barry Greenberg dances with a girl played by Carey Williams in the Happy Days episode called Guess Who's Coming To Visit from season 4.
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