The Munsters

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The Munsters

Show Summary

The Munsters was one of the two "creepy" sitcoms that began in 1964. CBS aired The Munsters and ABC aired The Addams Family. Both of them lasted only two years and finished their network run within a week of each other.

The Munsters live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Show Characters

Herman Munster: The irascible head of the family. One of Frankenstein's monsters, he works at a funeral parlor, and has the same intelligence as some of the "stiffs" he works with.

Lily Munster: Also known as the family homemaker. She has long flowing black hair with a white streak, and manages to keep up her appearance, despite cleaning and cooking.

Eddie Munster: A typical American boy who howls at the moon and goes to sleep with his Woof-Woof.

Marilyn Munster: The plain one of the bunch, is actually an all American beautiful blonde, who also goes to college.

Grandpa Munster: The original Count Dracula, who was born and raised in Transylvania and doubles as a mad scientist. First Telecast: September 24, 1964 Last Telecast: September 1, 1966

Episodes: 70 B&W Episodesmoreless
Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo

Lily Munster

Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne

Herman Munster

Al Lewis

Al Lewis

Grandpa

Beverley Owen

Beverley Owen

Marilyn Munster (09/24/1964 - 12/17/1964)

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster

Pat Priest

Pat Priest

Marilyn Munster (12/24/1964 - 05/12/1966)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Doomed to Two Seasons

    6.0
    "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family" debuted in 1964 a few days apart. Both featured families of monsters but their themes were entirely different and they attracted different audiences. Muster fans boycotted Adams and vice versa, ruining the ratings of both shows and dooming them to only 2 seasons. What The Musters had going for it was the amazing chemistry between Fred Gwynne (Herman) and Al Lewis (Grandpa); unfortunately, it also had the Marilyn character which the writers could not smoothly fit into the plot lines. Beverley Owen was well aware of this and left after 13 episodes. The producers made a grave mistake by recasting the character instead of writing her out. In the original concept, Marilyn was supposed to have been an older teenager, not a twentysomething. Would the show have been more successful with, say, Patty McCormack (19) as Marilyn instead of Owen (27) or Pat Priest (28)? Perhaps, but we'll never know.moreless
  • Another Dark, Gothic Show from the great 60s!

    8.0
    1st ep (09)
  • What kid in the '60s couldn't like the Munsters???

    9.5
    I very fondly remember the Munsters on TV when I was about 12 years old back in the mid-60s. It was near the end of the time when Universal had released their classic monster movies from decades earlier in the Shock Theater format and used the classic Frankenstein, Dracula, vampress, and wolfman to create this comedy, how appropriate. The cast was perfect for the part and although slap stick comedy basically using this theme worked nicely. Most boys my age were enamored of the classic Universal monsters and this show fit perfectly with that interest. Along with the Addams Family they made weekly TV viewing a joy.moreless
  • The Best of it's Kind

    9.5
    The Munsters was one of many "escapist" programs of it's time. Others included, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, The Addams Family, My Favorite Martian, My Mother the Car, My Living Doll, Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, and The Flintstones. Of all of these programs, The Munsters is, to this day, the greatest of all of these series'. It manages to translate through the 50+ years it's been on the air without a scratch on it. The only things about this show that gives it's age away are the hairstyles and the facts that it's filmed in black and white. This show will be watched and loved for many decades to come.moreless
  • Love! Love! Love this show!

    10
    Every moment of this show was and is Wonderful! Sincerely one of the Very Best comedy shows ever created. Laugh out loud comedy every moment. The Munsters is what I call comedy in the grandest style. The Munster Family lives on in love and memories. A sincerely timeless comedy for all generations. Effortless funny, clean entertainment! In these difficult times this show serves as a reminder of funny, easy comedy for all. Thank Goodness for The Munster Family and Every Moment of the series.



    This is Prime Time Comedy at it's Finest! Best! Most Wonderful! Loved Deeply and Sincerely.....Again Many Thanks!moreless
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    Comedy

    Themes

    laugh track, 60s, Family Comedies, the middle class, Classics