The Addams Family

The Addams Family Goes to School

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/18/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Sam Hilliard, a truant officer, shows up at the Addams family home, due to the fact that Pugsley and Wednesday are not attending school. Soon he discovers he's dealing with no typical everyday family. Later, Gomez and Morticia agree to enroll Wednesday and Pugsley in school but make a shocking discovery, fairy tale violence.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jackie Coogan

    Uncle Fester

  • John Astin

    Gomez Addams

  • Carolyn Jones

    Morticia Addams

  • Blossom Rock


  • Ken Weatherwax

    Pugsley Addams

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • The Addams children are forced to attend school.

    By BobbyHeffley, Jun 14, 2007

  • A truant officer visits the Addams family because neither of the children has ever set foot in school, but is nearly frightened to death by the Addams household. He and the school principal convince the Addams to put Wednesday and Puggsley in school.

    By LAlawMedMBA, Aug 06, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Sam Hillard: Why haven't the children ever been enrolled in school? Gomez: Why have children just to get rid of them?

    • (Mr. Hilliard accidentally uses the wrong door) Mr. Hilliard: That's the closet I'm sorry Miss Comstock: I didn't know he drank?

    • Gomez: Perhaps Mr Hillard was right. We may have indeed just saved the world. Morticia: you think we did the right thing?

    Notes (2)

    • A number of lines found in this episode originated straight from the original Charles Addams cartoons - one Addams complaining that another isn't cheating as they play cards, one Addams saying that the house is 'nice and gloomy', Morticia saying that her plants need more moonlight, and Morticia saying "I miss the pitter patter of their little feet...sneaking up behind me".

    • This is the brief pilot script expanded as the premiere episode. The "train crash" scene was footage shot for the pilot presentation. This is the only episode using exterior footage of a real house. Wednesday's age is given as six and Pugsley's as eight. In next episode, however, they've somehow aged two years each to match the ages of the children playing the roles.

    Trivia (4)

    • Sam Hilliard makes reference to Frankenstein but it is clear that hewas making reference to the monster even though Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who created the monster not the monster itself.

    • Thing's Things
      Reaches out of the mailbox and plucks the mail from the mailman's hand.
      Hands the mail to Wednesday.
      As Mr. Hilliard is about to get out of his chair, it reaches up and pushes him back down in his chair.
      As Hilliard is leaving, it hands him his hat.
      When the phone rings, it picks up the receiver and hands it to Morticia.

    • Cast Trivia: This episode was created from the unaired pilot episode. John Astin was considered for the part of Lurch. Ted Cassidy's hand was used for most of the scenes involving Thing. For those scenes where Thing and Lurch were in the same scene, the director's hand was used.

    • Cast Trivia: The two primary stars - John Astin and Carolyn Jones - each made guest appearances as villains in Batman (1966). Astin as a substitute for Frank Gorshin as the Riddler, and Jones as Marsha Queen of Diamonds.

    Allusions (2)

    • Gomez and Morticia chide Mr. Hilliard about some of the stories being taught children in school, especially Hansel and Gretel, which Morticia characterizes as "a story about juvenile delinquents pushing sweet old ladies into hot ovens.

    • When Wednesday comes home from her first day of school she is distraught because of some of the stories found in Grimm's Fairy Tales about the killing of a dragon. While no specific tale is mentioned it could have been "The Four Skillful Brothers." Grimm's Fairy Tales is a collection of 209 fairy tales gathered by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm, in 1812.

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