Florence Henderson: TV Has Strayed from 'Brady Bunch' Values

By Nicholas Ballasy | November 3, 2008 | 6:58 PM EST

(CNSNews.com) - Prime-time television has drifted away from the values of “The Brady Bunch,” television and film actress Florence Henderson told CNSNews.com on Oct. 29 at the National Press Club. Henderson was there to speak at the CableFAX awards, in which she was honored with a Hall of Fame award for her achievement in cable television.
“I think you’d be hard pressed to find a show today, as a matter of fact,” with those traditional values, said Henderson, adding, “I think that’s why ‘The Brady Bunch’ has never been off the air in this country since it began and it’s in over 122 countries around the world. I think there must be some reason for that.”

“But I talked to so many young parents who tell me that there are very few things they will let their children watch on television,” said Henderson. “But they will let them watch ‘The Brady Bunch,’ so they go to TV Land and Nick at Night and, you know, you’d think the networks would pay attention to that.”

When asked what specific values cannot be found in prime-time television, Henderson said young children are losing their innocence faster today than the past.

“I think there’s just so much information out there today – too much information for young kids,” she said. “You know there’s so much over-stimulation with the Internet, with television. You know they just lose their innocence so quickly today. I would also like to see the networks address some of the issues seniors are interested in.
“You know they have that demographic 18-35 and 18-49, and they forget that the fastest growing segment of the population were the baby boomers, and I think we are the ones that have the most money,” she added.

Henderson recommended programs on the Hallmark channel for families but said it’s generally difficult to find appropriate shows for family viewing today.

“For family viewing, I don’t watch a whole lot of the sitcoms and shows like that,” said Henderson. 
“I seem to watch a lot of news. I just appeared in a wonderful movie on Hallmark, the Hallmark Channel, which is very geared to family and values and all of that, and I must say, you are hard pressed to find shows that have morals and teach values to kids. I’m sure they are out there, and if I had young children, I’d be seeking them out – I assure you.”