It’s no surprise that people who work with one another on the set of a film or television show would develop complex relationships. After all, they’re in close quarters for long periods of time, and some demanding film schedules mean there is little time for socialization off the set.
This makes workplace friendships and feuds inevitable. It also means that many celebrities who find themselves working on the same set also see romantic sparks flying. Sometimes, these crushes lead to long-term relationships. Other times, they lead to brief flings before fizzling out.
These days, we’ve got social media accounts and many celebrity reporting sources to decode possible clues for an on-set relationship taking off, but back in the 1970s when The Brady Bunch was filming, it was a little easier to keep the flings secret. Of course, secrets don’t stay secret forever — especially in Hollywood — and several behind-the-scenes reports and memoirs from the actors have revealed that hookups were frequent.
‘The Brady Bunch’ was groundbreaking at its time
The Brady Bunch | Getty Images
RELATED: ‘The Brady Bunch’: 1 Story Line Was Scratched for Being Too Taboo at the Time
When The Brady Bunch premiered in 1969, it really pushed the envelope of on-screen family portrayals. While divorce and step-parents were certainly major parts of American life by that time, it was rarely portrayed on TV.
The series showcased an architect named Mike Brady who had three sons. When he married a woman with three daughters, their blended family of eight was groundbreaking for network television.
Portraying an alternative family dynamic might have been scandalous for some, but it was hard to take issue with The Brady Bunch when it came to family values. The show was so wholesome and over-the-top with its family-friendly lessons that some viewers wishing they could join the fictional family in order to have love and stability.
Not everyone was thrilled with the sticky sweet lessons embedded in the show, and Maureen McCormick — who portrayed the oldest daughter Marcia — found ways to rebel on and off the set when she deemed the plot lines repetitive and stale. From sneaking drinks with her underage “siblings” and convincing the girls on the set to go braless, McCormick challenged the saccharine dynamics of the show, but the audience was largely none the wiser.
A dark sex scandal haunts ‘The Brady …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet