10. The Brady Bunch
Air Dates: September 26, 1969-March 8, 1974
Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen
Regardless of what decade you were born in, you know this story. It's the story of a huge family composed of two families. A widower with three sons meets a woman with three daughters, they get married, and everybody winds up living happily in the house that he built? Yeah, right. With all of those kids and all of that teen angst in that house, there was bound to be far more drama than what we really saw from The Brady Bunch.
One of the biggest sources of "drama," was middle daughter Jan's feelings of inferiority to her older sister, Marcia. Her "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" outburst might be one of television's earliest documented cases of #whitegirlproblems. Still, the show was interesting at the time for viewing issues through the eyes of the children (especially since they outnumbered adults), its opening title sequence, and for that damn Davy Jones episode.
The Brady Bunch was meant to represent the ideal, big, happy white family. Despite its iconic status, it never came across as convincing in its attempts to pull that off. What does that say about the so-called ideal?