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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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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Although a matte painting of The Addams Family House is used throughout the course of the show, a real house once located at 21 Chester Place in Los Angeles, California was used in this episode for exterior footage and in the background during the show intro (Where Gomez is filing the gates). It was also used in publicity photos for the show with John Astin (Gomez) standing in front of the house in different spots and poses. However, the house didn't have the full third floor and tower that they had imagined. So instead of trying to buy it and fix to their liking or constructing an actual full-scale front or shell of the home on a studio lot, they opted to use the matte painting which could be altered for different moods/scenes. The house was also used exterior wise in Seven Days in May (1964). See more »


When Uncle Fester puts the bulb in his mouth the second time, it is pointed straight out. In the next shot, it is angled to the right. 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 »


Referenced in The Addams Family XXX (2011) See more »

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Pilot Episode of Unique Sit-Com
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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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