The Munsters were often overshadowed by that other wacky ghoulish comedy show on during the same time period, The Addams Family. But for sheer individual comedic performances, the cast of The Munsters not only held their own, but often times out shined those of the Addams' cast.
As in The Addams Family, The Munsters were a family that had either fallen back through time or withstood change. Direct decendants from Translyvania, The Munsters brought characters from all of our favorite horror movies of the 30s through the 50s.
Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) is a "dead" ringer for Dr. Frankenstein's monster, but as gentle a soul as you'll find on the planet.
His lovely wife Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo) is always devotedly at his side, though she half the time has to stop Herman from making mistakes in the goofy ventures he tries, or must go and rescue him from his own undoing.
Herman's partner in crime is Grandpa, wonderfully played by former college professor and Ph.D. holder Al Lewis. Grandpa is a direct relation to Count Dracula and just as crazy in the lab. He's always coming up with some hair brain scheme that usually ends up getting Herman way in over his massive, bolted on head.
And just like the Addams Family, The Munsters have two children, only one is "odd". Young "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster (Butch Patrick)is a miniature Lon Chaney all the way. But poor Marilyn (Debbie Watson, Beverly Owen, Pat Priest) is the oddest of the whole gang. The family is very protective of their unusual and oddball child, the only problem is, she's not. At least by normal standards. Marilyn came out looking just like us. But to the members of her family, she is the outcast. Most of the time, the character of Marilyn was a walkin and walkout, thus the role was played by three different actresses over the run of the show.
One of the extra perks for guys featured on The Munsters, was the wildly customized cars by crazy car creator George Barris. Barris can make a hot-rod out of anything, and often did for this show. His coolest may be the coffin racer he constructed for Grandpa. It was the era of Rat Fink art showing Big Daddy Roth's creepy creations driving souped up hot rods. So Barris' creations begin driven by tv monsters was perfect timing and may have actually helped the movement.
Looking back over my television experience of the 1960s, it has to be taken as a whole. And The Munsters fills in a nice peace of that era.