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The Brady Bunch – The Complete Second Season


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B



The Brady Bunch – The Complete Second Season continues the fun packaging and quality playback of the first seasons set.  The episodes this time are:


1)     The Dropout

2)     The Babysitter

3)     The Slumber Caper

4)     The Un-Underground Movie

5)     Going, Going… Steady

6)     Call Me Irresponsible

7)     The Treasure Of Sierra Avenue

8)     A Fistful Of Reasons

9)     The Not-So-Ugly Duckling

10)  The Tattle-Tale

11)  What Goes Up…

12)  Confessions, Confessions

13)  The Impractical Joker

14)  Where There’s Smoke

15)  Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?

16)  The Drummer Boy

17)  Coming-Out Party

18)  Our Son, The Man

19)  The Liberation Of Marcia Brady

20)  Lights Out

21)  The Winner

22)  Double Parked

23)  Alice’s September Song

24)  Tell It Like It Is



E.G. Marshall, who co-starred with Robert Reed on The Defenders, surfaces in show #3.  Future Bob Newhart Show & That’s My Bush star Marcia Wallace shows up in #15.  The 1970-71 season retained the spirit of the first, though the famous conflicts that made the show legend began to heat up between the children, now that they (and the writers and producers) knew the marriage was no fluke.  The cast was still very appealing and the teleplays were smart.  Shows where Marcia decides to be a Feminist, Greg tries to make a film and a wacky show about Carol writing for a magazine are also highlights, but the season is a strong one overall.


The 1.33 X 1 image is still looking good for its age, but detail is lacking on too many of the early shows, despite some really good color.  This is still better than any previous presentation of the show to date.  Some slight smearing is seen in places on the episodes, while the prints still look to be on the pristine side, featuring the usual distinct colors that made the show a TV classic.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is once again better than usual from Paramount, especially for an older show, with Frank DeVol score still amusing as ever.  Sadly, there are no extras this time, but a new version of the lenticular flicker cover everyone got a kick out of from the first box is here.  ABC & Paramount have to have some more extra materials to dig up for fans.  To find out more about the show, check out my review for the first season elsewhere on this site.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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