The Brady Bunch
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The Brady Bunch is an American TV sitcom about a large step-family consisting of three girls and three boys that originally aired from September 1969 to March 1974 on ABC. While the series is typically remembered by older generations as one of the last old-style family sitcoms from the early 1970s, The Brady Bunch gained much of its online traction through a sudden and large-scale influx of animated GIFs from the show on Tumblr in January 2015.
The Brady Bunch premiered on September 26th, 1969 on the ABC television network, which starred Mike Brady (played by Robert Reed) and Carol Ann Martin (played by Florence Henderson), a remarried couple who live with their children from previous marriages. Brady's three sons include Greg (played by Barry Williams), Peter (played by Christopher Knight) and Bobby (played by Mike Lookinland), while Martin's three daughters include Marcia (played by Maureen McCormick), Jan (played by Eve Plumb) and Cindy (played by Susan Olsen). The family lives in Los Angeles, California in a two-story home, which they share with their live-in housekeeper Alice Nelson (played by Ann B. Davis).
Satirical Comedy Films
On February 17th, 1995, the comedy film The Brady Bunch Movie was released, in which the 1970s Brady family is placed in a 1990s setting, unaware that their style and behavior is anachronistic (shown below, left). On August 23rd, 1996, a sequel titled A Very Brady Sequel was released, in which a man claiming to be Carol's long lost husband returns in an attempt to con the family out of a rare statue (shown below, right).
On October 26th, 1996, The Brady Bunch fansite BradyWorld was launched, featuring trivia, news and video dedicated to the show. On May 1st, 1997, the fansite BradyBunchShrine was released online. On May 27th, 2008, the Brady Bunch Wiki was created, gathering upwards of 240 pages over the next seven years. On January 19th, 2011, a Facebook page titled "The Brady Bunch" was launched, which received more than 295,000 likes in the following four years.
In A Very Brady Movie, the character Jan lies about having a boyfriend named George Glass, to which her sister Marcia replies "I've never heard of a George Glass at our school" (shown below). The scene is an homage to The Brady Bunch episode "The Not-So-Ugly Duckling," originally aired on November 20th, 1970.
Jan: "No I mean Glass, George Glass."
Marcia: "That's funny. I've never heard of a George Glass at our school.
Jan: "That's because he's a transfer student. He came in the last week of school. He's really good looking and he thinks I'm super cool."
Marcia: "Sure, Jan."
On January 15th, 2015, Tumblr users began mocking Marcia's pronunciation of "school" with image macros of the character captioned with the phonetic spelling "sküle" (shown below, left). Additionally, other screencaptures from A Very Brady Movie began circulating on the microblogging site (shown below, right).
The same day, Tumblr user benstben uploaded the music video for the 2014 electropop song "Break the Rules" by Charli XCX with Marcia's "school" clip edited into the chorus (shown below).
Meanwhile, Tumblr user homoluluhawaii posted an It's More Likely Than You Think image macro with Marcia along with the caption "George Glass? In our skule?" (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the post gained over 45,200 notes.
 BradyWorld – BradyWorld
 Brady Bunch Wiki – The Brady Bunch
 Tumblr – awkward cameron
 Facebook – The Brady Bunch
 Brady Bunch Shrine – Brady Bunch Shrine
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