Florence Henderson ''had a lot of compassion'' for Robert Reed on set

Henderson had a very understanding view of the ongoing difficulties.

Here's the story behind the story of a man named Brady who was busy with three boys of his own. After all, despite its strengths, The Brady Bunch was just a glimpse at what a family could be. Not every problem can be tied up in a 30-minute episode. Even a 3-part vacation special isn't enough time to right some of the ways our family members are wronged.

Much has been speculated regarding Robert Reed's conduct on the set of The Brady Bunch. Because of the ways the show has grown since its time airing on ABC, the details of The Brady Bunch and its production have been heavily reported and critically examined. One of the key points that keeps reappearing is Reed's supposed explosive personality inside the wood-paneled Brady household.

Florence Henderson, Reed's on-air wife, Carol, provided some further context for all the rumors and innuendo. In a 2000 ABC News interview, Henderson spoke candidly of her experience while filming The Brady Bunch. She explained her feelings toward Reed and the way he acted on the set.

"Here he was, the perfect father of this wonderful little family, a perfect husband," said Henderson. "Off camera, he was an unhappy person — I think had Bob not been forced to live this double life, I think it would have dissipated a lot of that anger and frustration. I never asked him. I never challenged him. I had a lot of compassion for him because I knew how he was suffering with keeping this secret."

Reed, for his part, made sure the Brady kids didn't experience any of this friction while they were around. In her book The Way We All Became the Brady Bunch, expert and author Kimberly Potts explained that the kids, from Susan Olsen on up to Barry Williams, were shielded from any of these on set difficulties by Reed. In fact, she states that Reed had a close, father-like relationship with all the Brady kids.

"He took his responsibility as the TV dad seriously," Potts wrote. "He famously took the kids on a trip to England because he wanted to expose them to culture and Shakespeare. He also famously gave them Super 8 cameras for Christmas. he wanted to help them the same as a father would."

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IndianaRockz 12 days ago
Prolly angry at himself for getting that perm......
Runeshaper 15 days ago
Definitely give him a lot of credit for taking care of the kids and for shielding them from the rest.
justjeff 15 days ago
"Henderson spoke candidly of her experience while filing The Brady Bunch." ... File that sentence under "lack of proofreading once again"...

On a serious note, it must have been miserable for anyone who was closeted in the 50s and 60s to have to live a sham existence, but in some respect I think Reed should have somehow found some professional help in order to deal with his anger issues.

He had every right to be angry; not being able to live his life as who he really was - but he was a victim of the times, and blowing up at people who did not necessarily cause his problems only compunded them...
KJExpress justjeff 15 days ago
"...only compunded them."
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justjeff KJExpress 15 days ago
Guilty as charged... Yes, I occasionally miss a typo of mine before posting... but I *do* try to be more diligent in my efforts that the MeTV writers for catching such errors...
bradyguy justjeff 14 days ago
"than"??

Now we're just messing with ya, Jeff. We all make mistakes. And hey...we are not "professional" writers with "professional" editors. Although often I think that the internet actually has NO editors whatsoever...and they're relying solely on their content providers to edit/proofread their own work. (and it appears they often do not...)
justjeff bradyguy 14 days ago
I know you're having a fun moment with me, but fair is fair... If I'm going to 'edit' the MeTV articles for their errors, I need to re-proof my own proofreading... but sometimes these old eyes play tricks on me... and even after two or three rounds of editing, I still get caught in my own trap...🙄
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