The Munsters

Season 1 Episode 1

Munster Masquerade

Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Sep 24, 1964 on CBS
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The Munsters are invited to a masquerade party by Marilyn's boyfriend. With carefully-picked costumes for the event everyone is shocked when Herman wins…for wearing one mask under another one.

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  • Herman and Lily go to a masquerade party thrown by the socialite parents of Marilyn's new boyfriend

    Apparently this was the first production episode, and it was revealing in many aspects of the characters. First although they were strange looking, the Munsters were a very proper and well mannered family. Contrast that with Tom's snotty phony mother who while welcoming the addition of Grandpa over the phone, immediately complained about the Munster's impertinance. Not exactly the warm person I'd want to keep company with. I found it significant that Hermann felt that it was Tom's father's duty as host to indroduce himself to the Munster family and not the other way around. I also noted at the introduction that Tom's father appeared to be ignoring his guests-he was sitting around a table apparently flirting with a much younger woman who was not his wife. You get a few subtle hints that Marilyn's boyfriend's family although appearing to be well bred had some dubious moral character flaws (or was it simply they were part of the new liberal in crowd? rmember this show was produced in pre sexual revolution 1964). This was reinforced by several scenes showing Tom making some strong physical advances on an obviously annoyed Marilyn. Even by todays standards, when a girl makes it plain she's not interested in being physical, the boy is expected to back off. Finally although the final confrontation with Tom is the result of a misunderstanding (He flees with his hair standing on end when he realizes thats their real appearance) Herman comments on the boy's apparent rudeness for not properly saying goodnight. I think the main message the producers were trying to convey in this early episode is the old adage: Beauty is only skin deep-its whats on the inside that counts.moreless
Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo

Lily Munster

Al Lewis

Al Lewis


Beverley Owen

Beverley Owen

Marilyn Munster

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster

Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne

Herman Munster

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Marilyn tells her boyfriend, Tom, that she's lived with the Munsters since she was a baby. Besides Herman saying that Marilyn is Lily's sister's kid in the next episode, we're not really told anything else about Marilyn's past during the series.

    • Eddie has a shiny forehead in this episode. All the makeup was a little different from how it would later be.

    • Is Herman wearing a toupee? As his knight's helmet is removed it catches his hair, revealing that he's bald.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Lily: Herman? No matter what these Dalys are like tonight, I want you to remember to be gracious and polite.
      Herman: Don't worry, dear. In spite of this silly costume, I'll be my own charming, natural self. I'm every inch a gentleman. In fact, several gentlemen.
      Lily: (both laugh and then hug) Ooh. Ooh! You feel so nice and cold.

    • Lily (dressed up as Little Bo Peep): How do I look?
      Herman: Positively awful.
      Lily: Thank you.

    • Eddie: Boy, look at the neat lightning. I sure hope it hits our house.

    • Grandpa: If I don't get to go, I'll sit here and hold my breath 'til the color comes back in my cheeks.

    • Grandpa (looking at the invitation to the masquerade party): They didn't invite me? Why, I've never been so insulted since the day I died.

    • Lily: This party'll give us a chance to look over the boy's parents. We wouldn't want Marilyn marrying into the wrong sort of family. I've never heard of these Dalys, and after all, we Munsters are a very old family.
      Herman: You're right, dear. It's not as if someone just dug us up yesterday.

    • Herman (looking at the envelope that has an invitation in it): If the Dalys are anything like their handwriting, they must fall over backwards a lot.

    • Tom: If we invite Marilyn's folks, well, it'll really help me out with her. You know how it is.
      Albert: Son, I haven't known how it is for years!

    • Lily: Well, I suppose we'll just have to go for Marilyn's sake. But I wish it weren't a masquerade.
      Herman: I know what you mean. If there's anything that disturbs me Lily, it's the idea of grown people like us dressing up in costume and looking ridiculous.

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