'The Brady Bunch' 50th anniversary: The cast talks how TV has changed and what they miss most about Florence Henderson

Here's the story of a lovely lady indeed.

Nearly fifty years after "The Brady Bunch" first hit TV, four beloved members of the cast reunited on the "Today" show -- and the former Bradys were eager to give mention to Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol on the iconic show.

"Everyone she met felt better about themselves and about the world around them after having spent a moment with Florence," said Christopher Knight, who played her stepson Peter. Henderson passed away in late 2016 at age 82.

Alongside Knight were Barry Williams (Greg), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), who joined Matt Lauer to discuss the legacy of "The Brady Bunch," which premiered in 1969.

"Everyone always refers to us as kids, so no matter how we mature, we're still the kids," said Williams, now 62. Added Knight, 59, "It's as though the show keeps us young in everyone's minds, but we're really this old."

The cast often hears a common refrain from fans who recognize them in public: "I wish they made shows that way now." Fans lament the lack of wholesome content available today on TV.

"I think there's still a need for that," said Olsen, now 55. "What you have on 'The Brady Bunch' is something you don't see these days -- something where the parents and the kids respect each other. [Today] you really don't have shows where you can watch it with your kids and maybe pick up some parenting tips."

Lookinland, 56 -- whose own son, Scott, played him in the 2000 film "Growing Up Brady" -- noted how surreal it is how the time's gone by: "It's become a generational thing," he said. "We're into the third generation of 'Brady' fans now. Our fans have grandchildren."

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