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   1966   1965   1964  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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, 1964-1966
Butch Patrick ...  Eddie Munster 71 episodes, 1964-1966
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)


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Trivia

Initially, Fred Gwynne did his own stunt work on the Munsters however, after falling flat on his back (which was the plan) and dismantling his head set, the studio hired Bill Foster (also known as Jeff County) as stunt double for Fred Gwynne. Fred Gwynne and Bill Foster met at Universal Studios when Bill (a security guard for Universal and an accomplished musician) saw Fred attempting to play a guitar one day and offered a few lessons. 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

[repeated line]
Herman Munster: DARN, DARN, DARN, DARN!
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Crazy Credits

In the un-broadcast pilot The Munsters: My Fair Munster: Unaired Pilot (2004), Nate Derman, who played Eddie Munster, is listed in the opening credits as "Happy Derman." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dirty John: Lord High Executioner (2018) 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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Release Date:

24 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Meet the Munsters See more »

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