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(1964–1966)

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As Gomez would often place his lit cigars into his pocket, the prop department had lined the pockets of John Astin's jackets with asbestos.
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Jackie Coogan was originally rejected as Uncle Fester. He went home, shaved his head, and did his own Fester makeup and costume. This won him the part.
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The interior of the Addams house was inspired by the real-life Manhattan apartment of Charles Addams, which contained suits of armor, an antique crossbow collection, and other oddities.
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The train-crash sequence, in which the model trains collide and explode, was shot once, and that footage was used every time Gomez wrecked model trains.
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Lurch got fan mail from teenage girls who insisted that he was cuter than The Beatles.
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Carolyn Jones and John Astin decided to give Gomez and Morticia "a grand romance" as an antidote to the virtually asexual parents then common in television shows.
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Filmways didn't want to pay singers to record the theme song, so composer Vic Mizzy triple overdubbed his own voice to simulate a trio.
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When The Addams Family (1964) was canceled in 1966, the producers gave Morticia's oval-backed wicker chair to Carolyn Jones as a memento. Jones kept it in her bedroom for the rest of her life.
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The Addamses were the first TV family to own a home computer (a UNIVAC).
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Gomez and Morticia Addams were the first married couple on American TV implied to have a sex life.
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Thing was usually a right hand. Ted Cassidy (Lurch) occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice. Thing also had an arm, which was seen when it reached outside for something while in its box.
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It took Carolyn Jones two hours every day to put on Morticia's make-up. Topping it all off, she wore a wig made of human hair.
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The Addams Family home consisted mostly of recycled sets from the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).
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John Astin was given the choice of two names for his character, and selected Gomez over Repelli. The son's name was originally to be Pubert, but was changed to Pugsley because Pubert sounded too sexual.
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According to the DVD commentary, Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley) was allergic to the 100% wool costumes that the costume designers provided, so his mother bought all of his costumes for him.
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Fester was Morticia's uncle.
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Even though Gomez would kiss Morticia up and down her arm when she spoke French or called him "bubeleh," he never kissed her on the lips.
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Wednesday Addams' name is a reference to the nursery rhyme that says, "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
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According to cast members, when news broke that the series would not be renewed for a third season, most of the eccentric props and furnishings were stolen from the show's closed set. Their whereabouts have never been determined.
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Carolyn Jones was Charles Addams' personal choice to play Morticia. Jones was an avid fan of Addams' cartoons, and the two became good friends.
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Cousin Itt's voice was supplied by producer Nat Perrin, who recited gibberish into a tape recorder and then played it back at a higher speed.
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Morticia's pet names for Gomez generally meaning "Darling"/"My Darling" are "Bubeleh" (Yiddish), "Mon Cher" (French), "Mon Amour" (French), Querido (Spanish). Gomez's pet names for Morticia also of the same affectionate meaning are "Cara Mia" (Italian), "Querida"/"Querida Mia" (Spanish), "Cara Bella" (Spanish literally for "beautiful face"; Italian for "beautiful darling").
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According to John Astin, during his first meeting with Filmways executives concerning his possible participation in the show (with executive producer David Levy in attendance), he was originally offered the role of the Butler (Lurch), being told that the show would be centered around this character. Astin left this initial meeting with many reservations, wondering if he would have to wear stilts/lifts to portray this character, etc., and finally convinced himself that this part was just not going to work for him. The very next day, he received a call directly from Levy (who, according to Astin, had said little during the previous days' meeting), inviting him to lunch at a popular Hollywood restaurant. Over lunch, after expressing his doubts about playing the butler to Levy, Levy then offered him the role of Gomez; Astin accepted, and the focus of the show was changed.
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This show and its rival series, The Munsters (1964), both debuted within a week of one another in September 1964. At the end of that year's TV season, The Munsters ranked #18 in the Nielsens, with a rating of 24.7, while this show came in at #23, with a 23.9 rating. At the time, Nielsens indicated what percentage of American TV households tuned in to any given program. By the end of the following year, both series were canceled.
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Thing, the disembodied hand/arm limb, was usually played by Ted Cassidy. When Lurch had to be on camera at the same time as Thing, however, associate producer Jack Voglin lent his hand. A third actor also played Thing on occasion, but his identity is not known.
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According to Vic Mizzy, when he auditioned the proposed theme for the producer, he simply added the snaps which became an important part of the score.
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After Ken Weatherwax died on December 7, 2014, John Astin, Lisa Loring, and Felix Silla were the only surviving cast members.
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Originally, Lurch was supposed to be largely silent with only groaning. However, during shooting, Ted Cassidy improvised the line, "You rang?" in a scene where the family rang the servant bell. The perfect timing and Cassidy's deep voice of that line went over so well that Lurch was rewritten to have dialogue, which mainly consisted of short, repetitive sentences.
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The Addams Family residence, seen in the opening of every episode, was a matte painting based on a real 19th Century Victorian-style mansion at 21 Chester Place in Los Angeles. The building's exterior was filmed for the series pilot, but the producers decided it was too costly and not "spooky" enough to maintain as a location, and turned to their art department for a cheaper solution. The Chester Place house was demolished in 1967 and the matte painting is lost, having allegedly fallen apart through overuse.
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Almost all episodes open in the Addamses' living room with the family playing and having fun. Activities included Gomez doing yoga headstands, flamenco dancing, sword fighting, bull whip practice, shooting thrown apples with crossbows, riding a fully-functional carousel horse, and other bizarre games.
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Wednesday's pet, Homer, was a black widow spider. Her headless doll was named Marie Antoinette. (Or possibly Anne Boleyn.)
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Charles Addams never named his characters, but he had to come up with names for the characters on the TV show (it was one of the few contributions he made to the series). Within a week he decided on all of them - except for Mr. Addams, who almost wound up being called Repelli (for "repellent") instead of Gomez.
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Morticia's favorite chair is a distinctive wicker chair with a wide oval back; this chair was a prop from From Here to Eternity (1953), where Bob Prewitt sits in it at The New Congress Club.
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Whenever Gomez needs to know the time, he looks at both his wristwatch and his pocket watch. Each is hours different from the other but they always average to the correct time.
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One of the sponsors of "The Addams Family" was Dutch Masters Cigars.
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Though Uncle Fester is a regular on the TV series, Charles Addams' prototype for Fester in the New Yorker cartoons was almost exclusively solitary, never shown indoors with the other family (except once as a painted portrait), and only once outdoors with the children (going fishing with dynamite).
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The Addamses often refer to the many cousins of their extended family. Cousins named are Blah, Bleak, Bleep, Blink, Blob, Cackle, Caliban, Clot, Creep, Crimp, Cringe, Curdle, Droop, Farouk, Fungus, Goop, Gripe, Grisly, Grope, Imar, Manuel, Melancholia, Nanook, Plato, Slimey, Slosh, Slump, Trivia, Turncoat, and Vague.
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With the start of the TV series, The New Yorker magazine stopped running any Addams-Family-themed cartoons from Charles Addams until just prior to his death in 1988, although a few familiar characters were allowed solitary appearances (the prototypes for Pugsley, Cousin Itt, and Fester).
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Gomez originally was engaged to Morticia's sister, Ophelia, in an arranged marriage. A few days before the wedding, however, he met and fell in love with Morticia and wound up marrying her instead.
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Carolyn Jones not only played Morticia, she also played Morticia's older blonde- and daisy-haired sister, Ophelia.
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Although it was a favorite among television critics and made the cover of "TV Guide" twice, this series never ranked higher than #23 in the Nielsen ratings.
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In a February 2019 interview on Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, John Astin admitted that he and Carolyn Jones were immediately attracted to each other, but kept things strictly professional. He said it fueled the chemistry between Gomez and Morticia.
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Gomez was a lawyer.
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Carolyn Jones initially turned down the offer to play Morticia because she was focused on her movie career, and did not want to commit to a TV series. She was persuaded to accept the role by her husband, Aaron Spelling, even though they were getting divorced at the time.
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Companies Gomez owned stock in were Consolidated Fuzz, Consolidated Lint and National Dust.
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The interior decor of the Addamses's home was inspired by the producers' first sight of the eclectic furnishings of Charles Addams' own New York City apartment, which is why it does not at all resemble the run-down bare-walls interiors seen in both the original cartoons or the movies.
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Cousin Itt is the only character whose name was carried over from the original New Yorker cartoons, where he was just "It".
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Morticia's maiden name was Frump.
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In 2007, M&M's spoofed 'The Addams Family' in a TV commercial introducing M&M's Dark Chocolate. The commercial re-created the opening of the sitcom, licensing the original tune, with the new M&M's dressed as The Addams Family cast. According to the firm IAG Research, this was the TV viewing public's favorite commercial during the month of April.
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When Gomez and Morticia first met, he had bronchitis. But whenever he was around Morticia, it would seemingly go away.
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The name of the city where the Addamses lived was never mentioned on the show, although it was somewhere in New York City in the cartoons.
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There was a sign in the Addams front yard that read "Beware of the Thing".
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Gomez almost always read his newspaper while standing on his head.
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Cousin Itt was related to Gomez.
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The shot of Kitty Cat the Lion coming down the stairs was only shot once. It was just replayed as stock footage throughout the series. The Lion was played by Zamba and also appeared on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) and Gilligan's Island (1964).
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The occasional role of Granny Frump was played by Margaret Hamilton.
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Uncle Fester is often seen eating a piece of cactus. The cactus is called " San Pedro ", it is an illegal cactus containing mescaline.
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The name of Addamses family doctor was a so-called witch doctor named Dr. Mbogo Mbogo.
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Ophelia Frump's look was based on Jean Simmons' performance as Ophelia in Hamlet (1948). The flowers in her hair had roots that went all the way down into her feet as cousin Itt pulled one and it caused Ophelia's leg to lift.
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According to Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family: Fester's Punctured Romance (1964), the polar bear rug that growls whenever someone walks on it is named "Bruno".
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Pugsley's pet Octopus was named Aristotle.
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The address of the Addams family is 0001 Cemetery Lane
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Grandmama Addams and Granny Frump were high school classmates.
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When Lurch is at the harpsichord, he was playing a dead keyboard. The music was actually played by composer Vic Mizzy and added to the soundtrack.
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Wednesday's middle name is Friday (from EP Wednesday Leaves Home).
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At the beginning of the series, Pugsley is eight years old and Wednesday is six years old.
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After Felix Silla died on Apr 16. 2021, John Astin and Lisa Loring were the only surviving cast members.
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The Addamses' version of a cuckoo clock was a bobcat that popped out and growled the hours of the day.
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The harpsichord that Lurch played was a Krupnick.
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The Addams Family pet vulture was named Zelda
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In the Spanish-dubbed version of the series, Gomez was called "Homero", Uncle Fester "Tío Lucas", Pugsley "Pericles", Wednesday "Merlina", and Lurch "Largo".
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According to the 23rd episode of the first season, Thing's full name is Thing T. Thing. The T stands for "Thing".
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Morticia's man-eating plant was named Cleopatra.
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The Addams Family home was an actual house near Chester Place and St James Park in Los Angeles. When the house was built in 1888, those streets did not exist. The original address was 747 Adams Street.
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Filmways planned to shoot Season 3 in color. ABC canceled the show instead.
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Cousin Itt's favorite hangout was the Addamses' chimney.
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The name of the Addamses' pet lion was "Kitty Cat".
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Two baby vultures were painted on Pugsley's bedroom door.
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The doorbell sound was a foghorn.
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Gomez's favorite food was eye of newt. Broiled.
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The Broadway musical version of "The Addams Family" opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 8, 2010 and starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.
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Thing's Spanish-language name is "Dedos", which translates into English as "Fingers".
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Blucher (prounounced "Blooker") was the name of Gomez's stockbroker.
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Ted Cassidy, who sometimes provided the hand for Thing, later provided the voice of Ben Grimm aka The Thing in the short-lived The Fantastic Four (1978) cartoon series.
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The statue Indian chief always has lit cigars.
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The producers pursued Barbara Steele for the role of Morticia, but the actress was living in Rome at the time and had no desire to relocate to the USA to shoot a TV series.
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Even though the Addams' cuckoo clock had a bobcat head instead of a cuckoo, the Addamses referred to it as a wolf.
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This series and it's 'rival' one, The Munsters (1964), have probably had more comparison (due to their similarities) than any other two 'rival' shows in TV history.
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According to the 20th episode of the first season, The Addams house is located on North Cemetery Drive in the "Greenbriar-Woodlawn area".
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In a further strange set of inter-linked coincidences, the 1990s film The Addams Family (1991) was originally created by Orion Pictures, based upon their earlier acquisition of Filmways, the company behind the 1960s TV version. With Orion's financial troubles, the live action film was acquired by Paramount, with the other losing bidder being Universal. In 2019, Orion is now part of MGM, who are jointly distributing the animated The Addams Family (2019) with Universal.
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In Spanish-speaking countries, the series title is translated as Los locos Addams ("The Crazy Addamses").
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In possibly not a coincidence, Filmways would later become part of Orion Pictures, which in turn would have almost their entire combined library be acquired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who in turn in 2019 would release an animated film version of The Addams Family (2019), via their United Artist label/Universal Pictures. Although its unclear if the 2019 computer animation is actually based solely upon the original Charles Addams source material and/or due to legacy rights, in part on the "inherited" Filmways television version.
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His signature role as Lurch was the on-screen debut for Ted Cassidy. About five years earlier, he did voice work as a Martian in a science fiction feature film.
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S1 E2: Pugly's Scout troop number is 999. Presumably an upside down 666.
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