The Brady Bunch premiered on Sept. 26, 1969 and has aired in reruns ever since. It started as a popular Friday night family show that grew into a pop-culture phenomenon. The Brady Bunch was always a hit with pre-teen audiences, who simply never stopped watching the show even after it completed its five-year run. The Brady Bunch was daring for its time: A mother with three daughters by one marriage marries a widower with three boys, a maid and a dog. Despite these eyebrow-raising characters, the show had universal plotlines that were familiar to anyone growing up in Astroturf-covered, suburban middle-class America. What helped The Brady Bunch endure is that it focused on topics that were significant to any generation (self-esteem issues, relationships, careers, family vacations). The original Brady Bunch will forever remain a favorite -- as will the endless fascination with Brady reunions. In addition to the Brady cartoon on Saturday mornings (The Brady Kids), there was The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys. There were two successful feature films (The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel) and a stage show called "The Real Live Brady Bunch." The Brady Bunch is a touchstone of American pop culture and a pure example of classic TV.