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The Munsters 

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

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Ed Haas, Norm Liebmann
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2004   1987   1966   1965   1964  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Fred Gwynne ...  Herman Munster / ... 72 episodes, 1964-2004
Al Lewis ...  Grandpa 72 episodes, 1964-2004
Yvonne De Carlo ...  Lily Munster 71 episodes, 1964-1987
Butch Patrick ...  Eddie Munster 71 episodes, 1964-1987
Pat Priest ...  Marilyn Munster 57 episodes, 1964-1966
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Storyline

The Munsters are a weird but honest family. Herman (the father) is Frankenstein's monster. Lily (his wife) and Grandpa (her father) are vampires. Eddie (their little son) is a werewolf. Marilyn (their niece) is the only normal one (that is the ugly duck of the family). Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Cross their welcome mat and you're apt to die laughing! Monstrous fun with Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo, Al Lewis. (season 1)


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet the Munsters See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS,Kayro-Vue Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(70 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

After the pilot was filmed, CBS execs insisted on re-casting the role of Lily Munster. Initially, both Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis balked at the notion of the part going to Yvonne De Carlo. However, later both Gwynne and Lewis agreed De Carlo was a great comedic actress. See more »

Goofs

The Munsters regard their niece Marilyn (who looks like the ideal beauty of non-monster people) as ugly and deformed, yet everyone else in the town of Mockingbird Heights basically looks like Marilyn. The Munsters also watch movies and regard then-popular stars such as Frank Sinatra and Rock Hudson as ideal men, and Grandpa's beauty potions always conjure up a beauty who looks something like Marilyn. Shouldn't their concept of beauty be horrible monsters, in accordance with the premise that Marilyn is an ugly duckling? Nor do the Munsters seem to be aware that they look radically different from non-monster people, despite interacting with them on a daily basis. See more »

Quotes

Lily Munster: Oh, Marilyn... the circles under your eyes. How lovely you look today.
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Crazy Credits

The episode titles are shown on screen following the opening credits sequence. Even in modern sitcoms, this is rare. See more »

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Atmospheric, colorful fun!
1 September 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

I think the problem with TV sitcoms these days is that 90% of the them are filmed in front of studio audiences. Save for the cable-TV comedies, adventurous shows like "The Munsters" don't get made today. They went OUTSIDE, they drove around. Everything wasn't confined to the sets, although their house was a doozy and I loved it every time action took place down in Grandpa's basement. What a bunch of great characters these were (with kudos to Al Lewis and--God bless him--Fred Gwynne). Many of the episodes--such as the classic one where Eddie runs amok on a popular ghoul-TV program, "Zombo"--are still very pointed today, and just as funny. Herman's super strength was always good for a colorful sight-gag, Yvonne De Carlo's Lily was the perfect straight-face for Herman's antics. And don't forget that Drag-U-La...what a beauty!


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