The Addams Family: Season 1, Episode 1

The Addams Family Goes to School (18 Sep. 1964)

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Sam Hilliard, a truant officer, visits the Addams family because neither of the children has ever set foot in school. He convinces Morticia and Gomez to meet with the principal, Miss ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Grandmama Addams (as Blossom Rock)
Madge Blake ...
Miss Comstock
Miss Morrison
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Sam Hilliard, a truant officer, visits the Addams family because neither of the children has ever set foot in school. He convinces Morticia and Gomez to meet with the principal, Miss Comstock. Miss Comstock, who doesn't think much of Mr. Hilliard, persuades the Addams to put Wednesday and Pugsley in school, but also asks Hilliard to revisit the Addams home. The Addams children are disturbed by the Grimms' fairy tales that are read at school; they think that dragons are really being killed. Hilliard is frightened by the Addams, especially Lurch and the loud gong that summons him, but he is most shocked when Gomez suggests that he try the wrack for relaxation. Written by Lewis Amack

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18 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In this episode we learn Wednesday is 6 and Pugsley is 8. In just the next episode, The Addams Family: Morticia and the Psychiatrist (1964), Pugsley is 10. See more »


Throughout the episode, Wednesday's hairstyle changes - sometimes multiple times in a single scene - from braids to a double-ponytail style held with multiple bands and back. See more »


Sam L. Hilliard: Don't you want your kids to learn to read?
Gomez Addams: What is there for a six year old to read?
Sam L. Hilliard: Someday she'll be twenty-six.
Gomez Addams: See you then.
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Blossom Rock was the credit given to Marie Blake, a descendant of Jeanette McDonald. See more »


Edited into The Addams Family: The Addams Family Tree (1964) See more »

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Pilot Episode of Unique Sit-Com
6 August 2006 | by (Hollywood, California) – See all my reviews

Sam Hilliard, a truant officer, visits the Addams home because neither Wednesday nor Pugsley have ever attended school. Miss Comstock, the school principal, sympathizes with the Addams, deriding Hilliard. She sends Hilliard back to the Addams household for another round of consternation and astonishment. Pugnacious Puggsley and winsome Wednesday go to school, but are disconcerted by the Grimms' fairy tales read in class, which suggest that dragons are killed. The Addams Family is a refreshingly funny combination of a lugubrious setting with bizarre characters. Thing, a disembodied hand, is shown snatching letters from the mailman directly through the mailbox at the front gate. Later, Thing answers the telephone and hands the receiver to Morticia, a stately yet sultry matron who would be a fitting funeral director. A resounding gong summons Lurch, the towering servant with the sententious, basso profundo voice, who startles Hilliard at each of his appearances. Cousin Itt is a ball of fur with no recognizable face who speaks rapidly but unintelligibly. Eccentric Grandmama chides masochistic Uncle Fester for not cheating at cards. Gomez, the suave manager of the mansion, purveys black arts and unveils torture devices with relish and aplomb. The mordancy of transforming gloomy subjects into humor is a very successful formula.

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