The real Florence Henderson also had a blended family — she got divorced and remarried after some 30 years in a marriage that produced four kids. Blended families (extant or future, through remarriage) are extremely common and good, comprehensive estate planning is essential for these families.
Premiering in 1969, it also was among the first shows to introduce to television the blended family. As its theme song reminded viewers each week, Henderson’s Carol was a single mother raising three daughters when she met her TV husband, Robert Reed’s Mike Brady, a single father who was raising three boys. The eight of them became The Brady Bunch with a quirky housekeeper, played by Ann B. Davis, thrown into the mix.