Watch Mike Brady recite some Longfellow on National Poetry Day
When we think fine arts, we think The Brady Bunch. See Mike read "The Day Is Done" — with rubber chicken.
In 1882, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died of peritonitis. The aged writer had been working on translating the poetry of Michelangelo. Chances are, he never envisioned his work being read on a television show about a large family of step-siblings. Likewise, the cast of The Brady Bunch likely never figured they'd get to recite 19th-century American poetry as part of their gig. Yet in the Season Four episode "The Show Must Go On??" Greg and Mike are participating in a talent show at the high school. Mike reads, while Greg plucks a guitar. Both are dresses in tuxedos. It's a classy moment. Until the rubber chicken and feathers fall from the rafters. Betcha Longfellow never had stage props in mind when he penned "The Day Is Done."
As today is National Poetry Day, we thought it was only apt to share.