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Song Parodies -> "That Wreck of a Seventies Sitcom"

Original Song Title:

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

Original Performer:

Gordon Lightfoot

Parody Song Title:

"That Wreck of a Seventies Sitcom"

Parody Written by:

Chris Frederick

The Lyrics

Ok, so I had to make a few guesses regarding the "behind the scenes" history and the backstory...
The show will live on till TV Land is gone
'Bout a family that we call the Bradys.
The adults, it is said, some are old and some dead,
And the children, they're grown men and ladies.
Sherwood Schwartz was the guy who back in '69
Talked the network into the idea.
The acting was poor, and the premise a bore,
But it's still watched from Greece to Korea.

The story was this, of a widowed blonde miss
Who was raising three quite lovely girlies.
Their hair was of gold like their mother's, I'm told,
And the youngest had locks that were curly.
The story proceeds with a guy who smoked weed
And was busy with three boys he'd sired.
The four shared a house that was missing a spouse;
All agreed a new mom was required.

Then one fateful day when the man, who's not gay,
Quite unlike the bad actor who played 'im,
Met the thirty-ish miss, who soon gave him a kiss,
And by seven P.M. she had laid 'im.
Like rabbits they were, and it caused quite a stir
When her daughters decided to bust in.
The door wasn't locked and the girls screamed in shock,
"Hey now, come on Mom, that's just disgustin'!"

The next day at lunch, they had more than a hunch
That this group would start living together.
A family they'd form, with more kids than the norm,
And they'd last for what seemed like forever.
The fellow proposed, which the children opposed,
But both parents completely ignored 'em.
The lady agreed with incredible speed
And assured the guy that she adored 'im.

So now do you know why I bought a Tivo?
'Cause this show turns the minutes to hours.
I'll fast forward through and find something to do,
Watch Kim Possible or Austin Powers.
But still I'll come back, like a junkie on crack,
To the episode that runs tomorrow.
I know all its lines; seen it twenty-nine times,
Which explains my self-loathing and sorrow.

The show's final year, it became very clear
That the ratings too quickly were waning.
The network execs, who liked violence and sex,
Ordered writers, "Be more entertaining!"
Soon Greg screwed Jan, and Pete joined the Klan
And Bobby and Marcia killed Cindy.
The writers were told, "That's a little too bold,"
So they quit and dreamed up Mork and Mindy.

The bosses, I hear, after far too much beer,
Had that brat Cousin Oliver visit.
The ratings, they found, nose dived straight to the ground.
That's the end of the story... or is it?
The show will live on till eternity's gone
'Bout the family we know as the Bradys.
The legend, no lie, is that after they die,
All the damned have to watch it in Hades.

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Total Votes: 6

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Sister Amnesia - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Like the story Chris! I bet it's a good behind the scenes guess too!
McKludge - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
555! I think I'll start a 12-step program for Brady Bunch addicts. There are a lot of them.
Dylan Baranski - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
The guy who played Mr. Brady was gay?
Gordon L. - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
No need to write 25 more parodies of this. You nailed it first time out. Might be the second best WOTEF on the site. (Check Spaff's version for the undisputed #1.) TMGLTM, but this is SOTM material, without a doubt.
Michael Pacholek - June 10, 2007 - Report this comment
It wouldn't be an official "Wreck" parody if I didn't at least comment. I see you took considerable dramatic, and comedic, license, but that's okay, because it makes the song funnier than the show ever was. For years, I said the two stupidest shows ever were "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island." Then I found out Sherwood Schwartz created both shows, and said, "Of course, I should've guessed." As for which is the best "Wreck" parody, Spaff's was one of the all-time Amirighters, but Johnny D's was pretty close. So it's not undisputed, and I, for one, enjoy disputes like that. (Wonder if "Gordon L." is actually my evin twin Bernard, using that 25 number to tweak me? Hey, Bernard, how's yuh girl Paris doin'?)
John Jenkins - June 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Excellent parody and excellent conclusion.
stuart mcarthur - July 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Great finish Chris, and I liked the "Mork And Mindy" line - more impressive though was that you were able to find 7 verses worth of material - and still managed to edit out Sam the Butcher - 555 - great pacing and some sublime rhymes, and I just reread your comment on my WOTEF about you being in the middle of writing this piece, and rest assured you solved all your problems masterfully - big 555
Peter Andersson - July 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Never seen the Brady Bunch but I've been told that a similar show that we've had here starring that guy who played Bobby in Dallas is based on basically the same idea, and what I've seen of that show I liked.

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