The Munsters - Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Marilyn and Eddie
|Created by||Joe Connelly|
|Developed by||Norm Liebmann|
Yvonne De Carlo
Beverley Owen (1964)
Pat Priest (1964-1966)
|Theme music composer||Jack Marshall|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. Joe Connelly may refer to Joe Connelly (musician, three-time Barbershop Harmony Society gold medalist Joe Connelly (producer (1917–2003 Robert "Bob" Mosher ( January 18, 1915 - December 15, 1972) was a Television and Radio scriptwriter born in Frederick Hubbard Gwynne ( July 10, 1926 &ndash July 2, 1993) was an American television and film Actor. Yvonne De Carlo ( September 1, 1922 &ndash January 8, 2007) was a Canadian -born American Film and Beverley Owen (née Ogg, sometimes credited as Beverly Owen) ( May 13, 1937 in Ottumwa Iowa) is a classically-trained American Pat Priest redirects here For the Texas judge see Pat Priest (judge. Patrick Alan Lilley (born August 2, 1953) better known as Butch Patrick, is a former American Child actor best known for his role as Eddie Jack Marshall, a well-known guitarist conductor and composer was born on November 23, 1921 in El Dorado Kansas, USA and died on The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||70 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Audio format||Monaural sound|
|Original run||September 24, 1964 – May 12, 1966|
The Munsters is a 1960s American television comedy depicting the home life of a family of monsters. The following is an episode list for the CBS sitcom The Munsters. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Black-and-white is a number of Monochrome forms in Visual arts. Monaural (often shortened to mono) sound reproduction is single-channel Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Events 1191 - Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A monster is any of a large number of Legendary creatures which usually appear in Mythology, Legend, or Horror fiction. The show was a satire of both traditional monster movies and popular family entertainment of the era, such as Leave it to Beaver. Monster Movie (also can be referred to as Creature Feature or Monster Film) is a name commonly given to Movies, which centre Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American Television Situation comedy about an inquisitive It ran concurrently with the The Addams Family. The Addams Family is an American Television series based on the characters in Charles Addams ' ''New Yorker'' cartoons. Although the Addams were well-to-do, the Munsters were a more blue-collar family. The Munsters also had higher Nielsen ratings than The Addams Family. Nielsen Ratings are audience measurement systems developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the Audience size and composition of television The Addams Family is an American Television series based on the characters in Charles Addams ' ''New Yorker'' cartoons.
The original idea came from animator Bob Clampett, who wanted to do a cartoon involving a family of monsters living in suburbia. An animator is an Artist who creates multiple images called frames and Key frames that form an illusion of movement called Animation when rapidly displayed Robert Emerson "Bob" Clampett ( May 8 1913 &mdash May 4 1984) was an American Animator, producer The word cartoon has various meanings based on several very different forms of Visual art and Illustration. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. In the 1940s, he sent the idea to movie studio executives but never got a reply. A movie studio (aka film studio) is in the established sense of the term a company that distributes films. In the early 1960s, the idea was submitted to Universal Studios by Rocky & Bullwinkle writers, Allan Burns and Chris Hayward. Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is the collective name for two separate American Television Animated series: Rocky and His Friends Allan Burns (born May 18, 1935) is an American Screenwriter and Television producer. Chris Hayward ( 19 June 1925 &ndash 20 November 2006) was an American television writer and producer For some time, there were some studio people who wanted the series to be made as a cartoon and others who wanted actors. Finally, a script was commissioned by Universal, using actors, and when the finished product was seen, cartoons lost out.
The show aired at night once a week in black-and-white on the CBS Television network from 1964 to 1966 for 70 episodes. Black-and-white is a number of Monochrome forms in Visual arts. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. It was cancelled after ratings dropped to an all-time low due to the premiere of ABC's Batman, which was in full color. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. Batman is a 1960s American Television series, based on the DC Comic book character of the same name. The Television Technology can be divided along two lines those developments that depended upon both mechanical and electronic Principles and The Munsters have continued in syndication ever since. In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through It was popular enough to warrant a clone series and several movies.
The first pilot was 13 minutes, 24 seconds long and was used to pitch the series to CBS. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended Television series. It was made in color, and though it never aired, some of the footage was later used for the episode "My Fair Munster". The cast in order of appearance in the title sequence were: Joan Marshall as Phoebe (instead of Lily), Beverley (not Beverly) Owen as Marilyn, Nate "Happy" Derman as Eddie, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Fred Gwynne as Herman. Frederick Hubbard Gwynne ( July 10, 1926 &ndash July 2, 1993) was an American television and film Actor. They used the same house (exterior) but slight changes were made to it such as the addition of the tower deck and Marilyn's deck, a new coat of paint, and enlargement of the living room. A living room, also known as sitting room, lounge room or lounge (in the United Kingdom and Australia) is a room for entertaining Grandpa had the same dungeon. This is about European castles For other uses see Dungeon (disambiguation A dungeon is a place where Prisoners are kept Herman did not have padding and was broad but thin. Most noticeable was his sombre, almost sad face much of the time, unlike his comical happiness during the series. Eddie was a nasty brat. All characters, except Marilyn, had a blue tint to their skin. “Tint” redirects here For other uses see Tint (disambiguation In Color theory, a tint is the mixture of a Color with Marilyn was Phoebe's niece. The title sequence had light happy music (it came from an old Doris Day movie) instead of the more appropriate zany theme that was to come. Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1922) is an American Singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as The pilot is available on the complete first season of "The Munsters" DVDs. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is
It was decided that Joan Marshall looked too much like Morticia Addams and that Happy Derman was too nasty as Eddie, so both were replaced. Morticia A Addams (née Frump) is the fictional Matriarch of " The Addams Family " created by Cartoonist Charles Addams On the basis of the first pilot, the new series, still not completely cast, was announced by CBS on February 18, 1964. Events 3102 BC - Epoch (origin of the Kali Yuga. 1229 - The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II Holy Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. A second black-and-white pilot was made (which was $10,000 cheaper per episode) with the new actors. Black-and-white is a number of Monochrome forms in Visual arts. In this pilot, Eddie (Butch Patrick) looked too "normal", so his hairstyle was altered to include a widow's peak, and he was given fangs. Patrick Alan Lilley (born August 2, 1953) better known as Butch Patrick, is a former American Child actor best known for his role as Eddie Haircut redirects here For the financial term see Haircut (finance. A widow's peak (widow's brow is a descending V-shaped point in the middle of the hairline (above the forehead FANG is a Japanese Manga series by Yoshihiro Takahashi. Story Characters;Asikari: (Wolf/ German Shepherd
The family, while decidedly odd, consider themselves fairly typical working-class Americans of the era. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Working class is a term used in academic Sociology and in ordinary conversation to describe depending on context and speaker those employed in specific fields or types Herman, like so many husbands of 1960s, is the sole wage-earner in the family, though Lily and Grandpa make (short-lived) attempts to earn a little money from time to time. While Herman is titular "head of household," it is Lily who actually makes most of the decisions.
Despite superficial similarities of eccentric characters incongruent with their communities and a generally gothic look, this and Addams Family have key differences in the style of series, and the characters. The Addams Family is an American Television series based on the characters in Charles Addams ' ''New Yorker'' cartoons.
Some members of the Addams family considered their lifestyle superior to that of their neighbors, who they considered to be the odd ones. The Munsters felt that themselves and their neighbours were all normal and didn't seem to recognize that they were unusual, and actively made friendly efforts to integrate with their community. Eddie occasionally had school chums over, and Herman was well-liked at his job. They occasionally made pop culture references, which would indicate that they read newspapers or listened to news on the radio. Popular culture (or pop culture) is the Culture — patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance — Overall the characters of The Addams Family were eccentric people with a gothic look, while The Munsters were a regular, blue-collar family of legendary monsters, who try to be good citizens, and role models to the society.
The costumes and appearances of the family members - other than Marilyn - were based on the classic monsters of Universal Studios films from the 1930s and 1940s. Universal Monsters are fictional characters created or popularized by Universal Studios in a number of famous Horror films The approach began with the 1923 film version Universal produced "The Munsters", as well, and thus were able to use these copyrighted designs, including their idiosyncratic version of Frankenstein's monster for Herman. Other studios were free to make films with the Frankenstein creature, for example, but could not use the costume and makeup originally created for the 1931 Universal Studios film, Frankenstein. Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American Frankenstein is a Horror film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and very loosely based on the novel of the same name (See how the creature was shown in the famous Hammer Studios films. )
|Herman Munster||Fred Gwynne|
|Lily Munster||Yvonne De Carlo|
|Eddie Munster||Butch Patrick|
|Marilyn Munster||Beverley Owen / Pat Priest|
|The Raven||Mel Blanc|
|Edward H. Dudley, MD||Paul Lynde / Dom DeLuise|
|Mr. Gateman||John Carradine|
|Clyde Thornton||Chet Stratton|
|Ms. Fairchild||Alice Backes|
|Yolanda Cribbins||Claire Carleton|
|Elmer Dudley||Peter Robbins|
|Mrs. Dudley||Marilyn Lovell|
The show was produced by Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, who were already known for creating the Leave it to Beaver television series. Herman Munster 5th Earl of Shroudshire (born " Herman " alone is a Fictional character in the CBS Sitcom The Munsters Frederick Hubbard Gwynne ( July 10, 1926 &ndash July 2, 1993) was an American television and film Actor. Lily Munster Countess of Shroudshire (née Dracula) is a Fictional character in the CBS Sitcom The Munsters, played Yvonne De Carlo ( September 1, 1922 &ndash January 8, 2007) was a Canadian -born American Film and Edward Wolfgang Munster, known as Eddie, is a Fictional character in the CBS Sitcom The Munsters, played by Butch Patrick Alan Lilley (born August 2, 1953) better known as Butch Patrick, is a former American Child actor best known for his role as Eddie Marilyn Munster (birth name unknown is a Fictional character in the CBS Sitcom The Munsters, played by Pat Priest Beverley Owen (née Ogg, sometimes credited as Beverly Owen) ( May 13, 1937 in Ottumwa Iowa) is a classically-trained American Pat Priest redirects here For the Texas judge see Pat Priest (judge. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Melvin "Mel" Jerome Blanc ( May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and Comedian The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Paul Edward Lynde ( June 13 1927 &ndash January 10 1982) was an American Comedian and Actor. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. John Carradine ( February 5, 1906 &ndash November 27, 1988) was an American Actor, perhaps best known for his roles in The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Peter Robbins (b August 10 1956 Los Angeles California) is a former child actor best known for his voice-over work as Charlie Brown in the 1960s The following is a list of recurring characters in the CBS sitcom The Munsters. Joe Connelly may refer to Joe Connelly (musician, three-time Barbershop Harmony Society gold medalist Joe Connelly (producer (1917–2003 Robert "Bob" Mosher ( January 18, 1915 - December 15, 1972) was a Television and Radio scriptwriter born in Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American Television Situation comedy about an inquisitive Prior to that, they wrote over 1,500 episodes of Amos 'n' Andy, a presence on network radio for nearly its entire history. Amos 'n' Andy was a situation comedy based on Stereotypes of African-Americans and popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s
While its humor was usually broad, the series was visually sophisticated, particularly for an early-sixties sitcom. The Munsters' home was a burnt, crumbling Gothic mansion, riddled with smoke, filthy with dust and cobwebs. The Gothic Revival is an architectural movement which began Rich, shadowy photography echoed James Whale's expressionistic Frankenstein films, emphasizing the family's ghoulishness. James Whale ( July 22, 1889 – May 29, 1957) was a British born Film director, best known for his work in the Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a Novel written by the British author Mary Shelley The moving camera (a rarity in television comedies even today) often paused on busy compositions, focusing on multiple characters amid detailed settings.
George Barris built two automobiles for the show: "Munster Koach", a hot rod built on a lengthened 1923 Ford Model T chassis with a custom hearse body. The Munster Koach was the family car that was used in the television series The Munsters. DRAG-U-LA, along with The Munster Koach, was one of two cars designed by Tom Daniels while working for George Barris and Barris Kustom Industries for the TV show George Barris may refer to George Barris (auto customizer, designer of custom made cars (1920s -) George Barris (photographer, photographer The Munster Koach was the family car that was used in the television series The Munsters. Hot rods are typically American cars with large engines modified for linear speed Year 1923 ( MCMXXIII) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie and also the Flivver) was an Automobile produced by Henry Ford 's Ford It was 18 feet long and cost almost $20,000 to build. Barris also built the DRAG-U-LA (which inspired a Rob Zombie song by the same name), a dragster built from a coffin, which Grandpa used to win back "The Munster Koach" after Herman lost it in a race. DRAG-U-LA, along with The Munster Koach, was one of two cars designed by Tom Daniels while working for George Barris and Barris Kustom Industries for the TV show Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965) better known by his Stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American Musician " Dragula " is the first single from Rob Zombie solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe. (According to Barris, a real coffin was, in fact, purchased for the car. ) In real life, Yvonne de Carlo drove a Jaguar sedan fitted with custom-made "spooky" ornaments, for example spider webs on the rims. Jaguar Cars Limited is a luxury car manufacturer based in Coventry, England, now operated as part of the Jaguar Land Rover business She had to give up on it, as the car was repeatedly vandalized by fans hunting for souvenirs.
The original Victorian home of the Munster family was at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the fictional Mockingbird Heights. Munster Mansion (a title never used in the series is the house most associated for its use in the sixties Sitcom The Munsters and other uses since then (The town's location is not specified in the series, but in later incarnations is described as a small town outside of Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West ) In reality, the exterior shots were filmed on the Universal Studios backlot. The house was built in 1946 for the movie So Goes My Love. It was then put into storage for several years. Then sometime in the fifties it along with other Facades was assembled with other homes on the back lot which was called River Road. Until production of The Munsters in 1964 the house could be seen as a back drop on many shows including Leave it to Beaver. Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American Television Situation comedy about an inquisitive It was remodeled and featured on Desperate Housewives and located on Colonial Street in the backlot. Desperate Housewives is an American Television Dramedy series created by Marc Cherry, who also serves as Show runner, and produced Colonial Street is one of the Backlot street sets at Universal Studios Hollywood. It was also the home of the family in Shirley (ABC, 1979-80) and has also appeared in other TV shows such as Coach and Leave it to Beaver. Coach is an American television Sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997 Leave It to Beaver is a 1950s and 1960s family-oriented American Television Situation comedy about an inquisitive The interiors were contained entirely on an enclosed sound stage. A sound stage is a soundproof Hangar -like structure building or room used for the production of theatrical motion pictures and Television shows
In the spring of 2001, Sandra and Charles McKee of Waxahachie, Texas began construction of a fully livable recreation of the Munster home, inside and out. Waxahachie is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States. The population was 21426 at the 2000 census With initial construction completed in 2002, cast alumni Al Lewis and Butch Patrick appeared at the public grand opening. Lewis exclaimed, with tears in his eyes, "This brings back warm memories. " The house comes equipped with a grand staircase (which opens up to reveal Spot), a rotating suit of armor, trap doors, secret passages, Grandpa's electric chair, a pipe organ, raven cuckoo clock, a crooked bat weather vane on the roof and even a dungeon complete with trap door. A cuckoo clock is a Clock, typically pendulum driven, that strikes the hours using small bellows and pipes that imitate the call of the Common A weather vane, also called a wind vane, is a movable device attached to an elevated object such as a roof for showing the direction of the wind
Since then, the McKees have opened their private home to the public for two nights each year on the weekend of Halloween. Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a Holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Since the death of Lewis, Pat Priest has returned to appear multiple times. The Munster Mansion Halloween Bash each year selects a local charity and donates all proceeds from the event. Munster Mansion (a title never used in the series is the house most associated for its use in the sixties Sitcom The Munsters and other uses since then
The Munsters Today ran from 1988 to 1991 and lasted for 72 episodes. The following is an episode list for the CBS sitcom The Munsters. The Munsters Today (also known as The New Munsters) is an American syndicated Television series that was a sequel The unaired pilot episode, written by Lloyd J Schwartz, explained the 22 year gap through an accident in Grandpa's lab that put the family to sleep. They awake in the late 1980s and have to adapt to modern life in the 80s. It featured John Schuck (Herman), Lee Meriwether as Lily, Howard Morton (Grandpa) and Jason Marsden (Eddie). John Schuck (born February 4, 1940) is an American Actor, primarily in stage, Movies and Television. Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935 in Los Angeles California) is Miss America 1955 and an American actress, appearing Howard Morton ( May 15, 1925 -- May 11, 1997) was an American Actor originally from New York City, New York Jason Christopher Marsden (born January 3, 1975) is an American screen and voice actor largely known for numerous voice roles in animated films as well Marilyn was portrayed by Mary-Ellen Dunbar in the first episode, and by Hilary Van Dyke thereafter. Biography The actress and singer Hilary Van Dyke, began her career in TV advertisements before gaining the role of Marilyn in The Munsters Today, replacing
The show used many props and set pieces from the original series, and also reworked some old story-lines. From the second season onwards, the show developed a more modern approach, with colorful new costumes and more contemporary storylines, as the Munsters embrace their new lives. In the living room above the fireplace, there a small picture and portraits of the original cast members.
Several Munster films were released, two with the original cast.
In August 2004, the brothers Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans negotiated a deal with Universal Pictures to produce a contemporary film adaptation of The Munsters. Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958) is an American Actor, Comedian, director and writer known as the Shawn M Wayans (born January 19, 1971) is an American Actor and Comedian who starred in In Living Color Marlon L Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American Actor, producer, Comedian, writer, and director Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a Feature film.  In September 2006, Shawn Wayans revealed that The Munsters would be produced and written by the brothers and that it was slated for a 2007 release.  Shawn also indicated that the cast would not be all-black in the adaptation like The Honeymooners (2005), instead continuing to have a green appearance like its '60s predecessors. The Honeymooners is a 2005 family comedy film, directed by John Schultz which stars Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union  Shawn also reported that the film would be rated PG-13 in the United States to continue moving away from the R-rated comedies that attracted minors. 
Gold Key Comics produced a "Munsters" comic book which ran 16 issues from 1965 to 1968 and had photo covers from the TV series. Gold Key Comics was an Imprint of Western Publishing created for Comic books distributed to Newsstands History Gold Key A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative When it first appeared, the Comics Code Authority still forbade the appearance of vampires in comic books. The Comics Code Authority ( CCA) is part of the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA and was created to regulate the content of comic books in the United Vampires are mythological or folkloric revenants who subsist by feeding on the blood of the living However, this was not a problem at Gold Key, because Gold Key was not a member of the Comics Magazine Association of America and therefore did not have to conform to the Comics Code. The Comics Code Authority ( CCA) is part of the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA and was created to regulate the content of comic books in the United Lily and Grandpa appeared in the comics without controversy.
Herman and Lily Munster are often mistakenly named as the first couple to share the same bed on American television, in the episode "Autumn Croakus" on November 26, 1964. In reality, that distinction goes to Mary Kay and Johnny, in an episode aired on November 18, 1947 on the DuMont network. Mary Kay and Johnny was the first Situation comedy broadcast on network Television in the United States, was the first television The DuMont Television Network was the world's first commercial Television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946 The first television couple to share a bed when the actors were not married in real life was Samantha and Darrin Stephens of Bewitched, on October 22, 1964. Bewitched is an American Situation comedy originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released both seasons on DVD:
|Title||Region 1||Region 2||Additions|
|Season 1||August 24, 2004||October 17, 2005|
|Season 2||October 25, 2005||May 1, 2006|
|Seasons 1 & 2 (Closed Casket Collection)||not available||October 8, 2007|