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The Munsters

Season 1 Episode 2

My Fair Munster

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Aired Thursday 7:30 PM Oct 01, 1964 on CBS
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After another date runs away, Grandpa develops a love potion intending to help Marilyn. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned.

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  • An OK first episode, misses some of the character development of the later installments.

    5.1
    Grandpa's love potion for Marilyn causes havoc for the family and neighborhood.



    Some things about this "pilot" are actually the program at its best (the jokes are more pointed to horror, Grandpa has a hugely ghoulish hooked nose) and some things are odd. What works less-well is that Herman and Lily aren't quite as fleshed out as living as "normal" people (Fred mentions he struggles for "rent", Lily refers to cleaning a dungeon for a living). Beverly Owens plays rather old for Marilyn as well. While I preferred the sharpness of "The Addams Family" anyways, it was these homey touches that distinguished the Munster family from the other show.



    Unfortunately, the episode devolves into pretty standard chase sequences as the smitten neighbors chase after Lily and Herman and there is a lot of use of pratfalls, camera tricks, and obvious sound effects to make up for a lack of scripted laughs. Perhaps the best part for me is the fact that the family is so concerned over Marilyn's "poor looks" and her inability to get second dates (of course, because her beaus are scared of the house and family), something that comes from Lily's side of the family. The opening sequence is well-played.moreless
Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo

Lily Munster

Al Lewis

Al Lewis

Grandpa

Beverley Owen

Beverley Owen

Marilyn Munster

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick

Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster

Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne

Herman Munster

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