What was the allure of this cheesy, too perfect blended family? Predictability and Dependability. First off, the show's template was perfectly predictable: a minor dilemma would occur within the first few minutes, often involving more than one Brady. The kids' struggle with making a morally correct and attempt to work it out together. The parents were always on the fringe, never directly involved until the end and then Mike and Carol would walk in with simple but firm advice - usually with Mike sitting behind his drafting terrible, Carol supporting him in the background. The kids never argued or talked back to their parents and it always worked out. Silly, entertaining, and predictable.
The Brady Bunch episodes were dependable. Just like I could count on Channel 4 to have my favorite family on every day, I could count on the Brady's to share their extremely straight, white bread existence with me. Like a good book, I could escape for thirty minutes - no worries, just me and the Brady kids, chilling with my crackers. Life was good.