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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
18 September 1964 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. Full summary »
Awards:
3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(32 articles)
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Excellent High Level '60s Satire: (foghorn) "Mail's In..Thank You Thing" See more (48 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 30)

Carolyn Jones ... Morticia Frump Addams / ... (64 episodes, 1964-1966)

John Astin ... Gomez Addams (64 episodes, 1964-1966)

Ted Cassidy ... Lurch / ... (64 episodes, 1964-1966)

Jackie Coogan ... Uncle Fester Frump (61 episodes, 1964-1966)

Ken Weatherwax ... Pugsley Addams (40 episodes, 1964-1966)

Lisa Loring ... Wednesday Addams (37 episodes, 1964-1966)
Marie Blake ... Grandmama Addams (35 episodes, 1964-1966)
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Series Directed by
Sidney Lanfield (48 episodes, 1964-1966)
Jerry Hopper (4 episodes, 1964)
Sidney Salkow (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jean Yarbrough (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Writing credits
Charles Addams (42 episodes, 1964-1966)
Hannibal Coons (25 episodes, 1964-1966)
Harry Winkler (25 episodes, 1964-1966)
David Levy (21 episodes, 1964-1965)
Phil Leslie (10 episodes, 1964-1966)
Keith Fowler (5 episodes, 1964-1965)
Sloan Nibley (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Henry Sharp (5 episodes, 1965)
Jameson Brewer (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bill Lutz (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Charles R. Marion (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Preston Wood (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lou Huston (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Elroy Schwartz (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jerry Gottler (2 episodes, 1965)
Carol Henning (2 episodes, 1965)
Mitch Persons (2 episodes, 1965)
Leo Rifkin (2 episodes, 1965)
Ed Ring (2 episodes, 1965)
Gene Thompson (2 episodes, 1966)
Arthur Weingarten (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Herbert W. Browar .... associate producer (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
David Levy .... executive producer (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Nat Perrin .... producer (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Original Music by
Vic Mizzy (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Cinematography by
Archie R. Dalzell (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Joseph Harrison (22 episodes, 1964-1966)
Gerald Shepard (21 episodes, 1964-1966)
Douglas Hines (18 episodes, 1964-1966)
Jim Faris (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Casting by
Kerwin Coughlin (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Edward L. Ilou (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Ruby R. Levitt (60 episodes, 1964-1966)
Claude E. Carpenter (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Makeup Department
Norman Pringle .... makeup artist (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Production Management
Robert Freedman .... post-production supervisor (23 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Art Department
Joe Thompson .... property master (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Sound Department
George J. Eppich .... sound editor / sound effects editor / ... (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Earl E. Spicer .... sound mixer (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Don J. Bassman .... sound recordist / recordist (34 episodes, 1964-1965)
Al Boyle .... boom man (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ray Regula .... sound recordist / recordist (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Erick Jolley .... audio restoration (13 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Special Effects by
Larry Chapman .... special effects (34 episodes, 1964-1965)
Joe Zomar .... special effects (34 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert Cole .... special effects (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Bob Overbeck .... special effects (25 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Hopkins .... chief electrician (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Roy Kight .... key grip (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Myrtle Logan .... costume supervisor (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Editorial Department
Robert Freedman .... editorial coordinator / post production supervisor (40 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Music Department
Vic Mizzy .... conductor / musician: harpsichord (64 episodes, 1964-1966)
Dave Kahn .... music coordinator / music supervisor (63 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Other crew
Richard Greer .... production coordinator (63 episodes, 1964-1966)
David Levy .... developed for television by (59 episodes, 1964-1966)
Stanley Olsen .... script supervisor (49 episodes, 1964-1965)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Frank Inn .... animal trainer (5 episodes, 1964)
 

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30 min (64 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cousin Itt's favorite hangout was the Addamses' chimney.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: While Kitty is consistently referred to with female pronouns throughout the series, the lion that plays Kitty is a male lion.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Lurch:[gong] You rang?
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Sex and the City (2008)See more »

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33 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Excellent High Level '60s Satire: (foghorn) "Mail's In..Thank You Thing", 1 November 2003
Author: Adam Bernstein (mendips_1999@yahoo.com) from Northwest, USA

John Astin and Carolyn Jones brought the Charles Addams cartoons to life in this excellent counter-cultural '60s show. They each brought their own qualities to the characters, Astin his Zen Yogi Buddhism and his Shakespeare, Jones, her knitting and great looks. If you pay attention to the dialogue it's subversive on many levels which may be why ABC cancelled it after 2 years of great success.

Carolyn Jones is gothically georgeous with a great sing-songy voice that brings the dialogue to life, and a figure perfect enough to fit into that black widow dress. I always love how she says "Mail's In...Thank You Thing" when the foghorn sounds. Lurch is great when he moans all the time, and Fester with his gun "I'll shoot 'im in the back!".

I think the most poignant episode was when Rocky, a biker beatnik comes and the Addams' accept him as he is and teach his staunch father a lesson. His father tells them, "If there's a kook here, it's probably me". And at the end after everyone says "right", Morticia says, "reet"...a subtle message that she learned to be different from Rocky.

This hinted at the explosion of youth rebellion that was to come...and this series may have precipitated it on some level. The '60s had counter-culture all of a sudden injected into popular culture and it had an impact on the development of the actual counter culture of the late 60s...and even present day the "gothic" look can be traced directly to here.

Another memorable thing is Cousin Itt's tiny room everyone else had to crouch in and they hit their heads on the ceiling (now you know what Being John Malkovich was a rip-off of). And the moonbathing is great. But most important is the sexual chemistry between Morticia and Gomez: "Querida, that's French!" as he kisses his way up her arm. They never fought and prompted a psychologist to comment, "This is the healthiest show on TV". I myself grew up in an abusive disfunctional environment like many Americans, and this show was one of my respites as a kid because I knew Gomez and Morticia would never get mad at me or each other.

This show carried that je-ne-sais-quoi that a lot of '60s culture did, and there's nothing today that even comes close. There were alot of subtle things in the script you had to look for, like when Lurch always has whatever is requested on hand, Gomez' numerous Shakespeare references, and how they have to turn off the cave echo with a switch.

I finally saw the Addams' Family movie and it doesn't measure up to the original in any way. If you've never seen this show, you're in for some first class high level satire and memorable characters. Carolyn Jones' epitaph reads, "She gave joy to the world"...that cannot be denied.

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