The Songs of Summer Day 9: ‘It’s a Sunshine Day!’ by The Brady Bunch
Growing up as a kid in the 70’s and 80’s, I was subjected to a shocking amount of not-so-good TV programming. We all were. It was like a nationwide psychological experiment to see what all of this mindless television would do to the brains of an entire generation of children.
For the most part, the experiment showed that hours of mindless TV every day basically turned our brains to mush. All of this TV was absorbed deep into our developing brains, way down into the part of the brain where terrible pop culture goes, burrowed in, never to be forgotten. The worst offender? It’s gotta be The Brady Bunch. Have you watched an episode of The Brady Bunch lately? It’s damn near unwatchable. But we know all the storylines. And because we were bombarded with them daily at a young age, we don’t hate them. I don’t, anyway. I can’t watch it anymore, but I don’t need to. It’s all there buried in my brain, taking up space where much more useful knowledge should be. And that’s OK. Our generation will always look back and fondly remember The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, Patridge Family, Emergency, and on and on, not because they’re good, but simply because they were the backdrop to our childhoods.
It’s a bright sunny summer day, and The Brady Bunch kids, in all their sickly-sweet glory, are here to make sure you never ever forget it.