The series originally aired on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on CBS from September 24, 1964 to May 12, 1966. 70 episodes were produced. It was canceled after ratings fell to a series low due to competition from ABC’s Batman. Butch Patrick said, “I think ‘Batman’ was to blame.”
In the early 1950’s Universal decided to build a new exterior residential road on its front lot and these sets were then taken from storage and reassembled where they became part of “River Road”; one of several residential streets built in the area.
In summary, Charles Addams created the Addams Family characters in 1938, while the Munsters were inspired by characters reintroduced in 1931. The shows started around the same time around 1963 and probably helped each other to get made.
“They played so beautifully together, were best friends and their families were all very close,” she said. “But interestingly, while the rest of us later met at television conventions and autograph shows, Fred wanted nothing to do with ‘The Munsters’.”
The series, produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver, was a satire of American suburban life, as well as both traditional monster movies and the healthy family fare of the era. It garnered higher Nielsen ratings than the similarly macabre The Addams Family, which aired concurrently on ABC.
Charles and Sandra McKee have spent the last nine years transforming their Victorian home into a near-perfect replica of the famous 1960’s Munster mansion. However, this house was not built in the fictional ‘Mockingbird Heights’ but in Waxahachie, Texas.
Morticia is described as a witch; she is slim, with extremely pale skin and long, flowing, straight black hair.
The reason for recasting Marilyn is that the studio wanted a younger actor for the role. The move didn’t sit well with fans of either Priest or The Munsters. Many other actors have played Marilyn over the decades, but Priest and Owen will always be fan favorites.
Marilyn was originally played by Beverley Owen, who was 27 at the time and had to wear a blonde wig to resemble Marilyn Monroe. As a Universal Studios contract player, Owen was obligated to appear in the pilot and then the series once it was acquired by CBS.
Fred Gwynne, an actor who had a varied career but is best known for his portrayal of Herman Munster on the hit series The Munsters, died at his home yesterday. He was 66 and lived on a farm near Taneytown, Md.
Trivia (42) The reason Pat Priest was not used in this film was because “Universal” wanted to build Debbie Watson’s career. Priest was in his 30s at the time, although Marilyn was obviously college-age. In the film, the character was only 17, another reason they cast the younger Watson.
The money allowed me to pursue whatever I wanted.’ Aspiring and achieving are two very different things, as he soon discovered, it was a dilemma he had to grapple with for much of his career . Please scroll down to learn more about Fred Gwynne.
The original TV series wasn’t as successful
Although the Addams Family TV series is one of the most remembered and viewed shows from the 1960s, it didn’t do too well very long. After debuting in 1964 and cutting just two years later, only 64 episodes of The Addams Family were produced.
Since the 1964 television series, the Addams Family has consisted of Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, close family members Uncle Fester and Grandmama, their butler Lurch, and Wednesday’s pet octopus, Aristotle.
By the way, while Barris Kustoms later built a handful of replicas of both TV cars, you can find the real Munsters Koach and Drag-U-La at the Volo Auto Museum, 50 miles northwest of Chicago. p>
#4 belongs to Ricky DeBanardo in New York. Sometime next year he will open a museum. He uses it all the time at car shows as he loves to drive it. . Each hubcap is decorated with a large silver spider.
UPDATE January 20, 2022: The Munster family’s hot rod dragster has sold for $473,000 – the equivalent of AU$660,000. October 4, 2021: Long before “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact,” black-and-white televisions around the world featured “horror-themed” dueling sitcoms.
The Munster Mansion is open for private tours. Visit website for details and dates.