Michael Y. Park
The actress who played the down-to-earth center of the Brady Bunch household, Ann B. Davis, aka Alice Nelson the housekeeper, died Sunday in Texas, and baby boomers and latchkey kids across the country cried out "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" in grief. Because there was no Alice catchphrase. Here at the Bon Appétit offices, we've vowed to never forget our favorite sassy TV domestic. So we spoke with walking television encyclopedia Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University about which fictional kitchens throughout TV history were the most important. "The television kitchen is mission control, the place from which the sorties are launched out of to the rest of the world," he says. And, yes, Alice once again takes center square.