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The Addams Family

Season 1 Episode 1

The Addams Family Goes to School

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1964 on ABC
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • The Addams children are forced to attend school.

    Mr. Hilliard, the truant officer, pays the Addamses a visit. He is shocked by the way the Addams residence is furnished. The visit concerns the fact that Pugsley and Wednesday are not in school. Hilliard is frightened by Lurch, the Frankenstein-like butler. Also shocking are the pet lion, the man-eating vine, and the live bearskin rug. Gomez Addams, the patriarch, frightens Hilliard by suggesting that he relax by stretching out on the rack. Later on, the children enter school. They are frightened by their reading texts. They talk about slaying dragons. This leads Gomez and Morticia to go to the school to demand a change in the reading book used.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    Sam Hilliard, a truant officer, visits the Addams family because neither of the children has ever set foot in school. He convinces Morticia and Gomez to meet with the principal, Miss Comstock. Miss Comstock, who doesn\'t think much of Mr. Hilliard, persuades the Addams to put Wednesday and Puggsley in school, but also asks Hilliard to revisit the Addams home. The Addams chldren are disturbed by the Grimms\' fairy tales that are read at school; they think that dragons are really being killed. Hilliard is frightened by the Addams, especially Lurch and the loud gong, but he is most shocked when Gomez suggests that he try the wrack for relaxation.

    Refreshingly funny combination of a lugubrious setting with bizarre characters. Thing, a disembodied hand, is shown snatching letters from the mailman directly through the mailbox at the front gate. Later, Thing answers the telephone and hands the receiver to Morticia. A resounding gong summons Lurch, the towering servant with the sententious, basso profundo voice, who startles Hilliard at each of his appearances. Grandmama chides Uncle Fester for not cheating at cards. The mordancy of transforming sad and gloomy subjects into humor is a very successful formula.moreless
Allyn Joslyn

Allyn Joslyn

Sam Hilliard

Guest Star

Madge Blake

Madge Blake

Miss Comstock

Guest Star

Rolfe Sedan

Rolfe Sedan

Mr. Briggs (the postman)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • 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.


    • 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.