'Brady Bunch,' 'Gilligan's Island' Creator Dies

Sherwood Schwartz, who created The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, was veteran comedy writer. He was 94.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

Let's hear another take now on women's rights. This one from 1970.

(Soundbite of television show, "The Brady Bunch")

Unidentified Man: How about you young lady? What's your name?

Ms. MAUREEN MCCORMICK (Actress): (As Marcia) Marcia Brady.

Unidentified Man: Marcia, do you feel girls are the equal of boys?

Ms. MCCORMICK: (As Marcia) Well, if we're all supposed to be created equal, I guess that means girls as well as boys.

KELLY: Marcia Brady from the sitcom "The Brady Bunch." The show's creator Sherwood Schwartz died yesterday at 94.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Schwartz created Mr. and Mrs. Brady and their six kids.

KELLY: And Alice, don't forget.

INSKEEP: OK, and wrote the show's catchy theme.

(Soundbite of music, "The Brady Bunch Theme")

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Here's a story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls.

KELLY: OK, now you're worried, right, that that song is going to be stuck in your head all morning, which it probably would be except we have the theme from another Sherwood Schwartz program to take care of that.

(Soundbite of music, "Theme to Gilligan's Island")

Unidentified Group #2: (Singing) Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...

INSKEEP: Sherwood Schwartz saw parallels between "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch."

Mr. SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ (Sitcom Creator): In both cases, there's a need for people to learn to live together. I don't even say people are aware of that, consciously, but it's there. It's underneath.

INSKEEP: And Sherwood Schwartz left behind a view of the people he lived with. He wrote a letter for posthumous publication. It's now been given to the Hollywood Reporter.

KELLY: In that letter, Schwartz imagines himself at the gates of heaven wondering if he'll get in. And then as he reviews his life and his family, he concludes he's been in heaven all along.

(Soundbite of music, "Theme to Gilligan's Island")

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Here on Gilligan's Island.

KELLY: This is NPR News.

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