Go Ask Alice
Carol Brady wasn't exactly a driven career woman, but she easily could have been...because she had Alice. Alice freed her up to focus on the modern career of motherhood in the emo Spock 70s- to prioritize being a caring wife and mother, instead of an overworked housewife. Sure, Carol still cooked and cleaned some. But without Alice, you can bet the daily refrain of "Hi Honey, I'm Home!" would have have been met with a less consistent drop of the wooden spoon. And unlike invisible support staffs of yore, Alice played a quasi-parenting role, without stepping on Carol's emotional toes. Which helped Americans imagine a happy, healthy (wealthy) home where a mom might occasionally—or perhaps even regularly—be otherwise engaged. Which, even amid all its traditional gender messages, made the Brady Bunch a pretty radical show, even beyond the basic blended family milestone. We can thank the lovable Ann B. Davis for being such an unquestionably positive presence in those kids lives, and on our TV screens. RIP.