If you know the story of a man named Brady, or if you’ve ever sat right back and heard the tale, the tale of a fateful trip, then take a moment today to mourn the passing of Sherwood Schwartz, who not only created classic family sitcoms The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, but also wrote their famous theme songs. Schwartz, who also won a comedy-writing Emmy in 1961 for his work on The Red Skelton Hour, died in Los Angeles early this morning at the age of 94, his great niece told The Associated Press.
The Brady Bunch, a squeaky clean sitcom about a blended family created by the marriage of a widowed man and woman, ran for five seasons, from 1969 to 1974, and spawned a pair of hit big-screen comedies in the mid 1990s. Gilligan’s Island, about a wacky band of people shipwrecked on a deserted isle, ran from 1964-1967. Both shows lived on in popularity — and won legions of new fans — via syndicated reruns over the next several decades. Check out a Brady episode and some clips embedded below, then share your own memories of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island in the comments.