The Munsters

American television series (1964–1966) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Munsters is an American sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. The series stars Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein's monster[Notes 1] and household head Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his vampire wife Lily,[2] Al Lewis as Grandpa the aged vampire Count Dracula,[Notes 2] Beverley Owen (later replaced by Pat Priest) as their niece Marilyn and Butch Patrick as their werewolf-like son Eddie.

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The Munsters
Season One opening, with Yvonne De Carlo featured behind the title
Created byAllan Burns
Chris Hayward[1]
Developed byNorm Liebmann
Ed Haas
StarringFred Gwynne
Yvonne De Carlo
Al Lewis
Beverley Owen (1964)
Pat Priest (1964–66)
Butch Patrick
Theme music composerJack Marshall
Bob Mosher (unaired lyrics)
Opening theme"The Munsters' Theme"
ComposerJack Marshall
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
ProducersJoe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Production locationsUniversal Studios, Universal City, California
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesKayro-Vue Productions
Universal Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white 35mm film
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1964 (1964-09-24) 
May 12, 1966 (1966-05-12)

Produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver, the series was a satire of American suburban life, the wholesome television family fare of the era and traditional monster movies.[3][4] It achieved higher Nielsen ratings than did the similarly macabre-themed The Addams Family, which aired concurrently on ABC.

In 1965, The Munsters was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series[5] but lost to The Rogues. In the 21st century, it received several TV Land Award nominations, including one for Most Uninsurable Driver (Herman Munster).[6]

The series originally aired on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on CBS from September 24, 1964 to May 12, 1966. Seventy episodes were produced. The show was canceled after ratings had dropped to a series low in the face of competition from ABC's Batman.[7] Patrick said, "I think 'Batman' was to blame. 'Batman' just came along and took our ratings away."[8] However, The Munsters found a large audience in syndication. A spinoff series ensued, as well as several films, including one with a theatrical release and several more recent attempts to reboot it.[9]