The Munsters TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a family of monster-like characters that didn't realize that they were different from "normal" people. The father looked remarkably like the Frankenstein monster. His wife appeared to be a vampire. His son looked like a "wolf-boy". There was the niece, however, who was perfectly normal. While they were very nice "monsters", their neighbors were naturally quite fearfull of them and their strange ways.
The Munsters CastFred Gwynne ....... Herman
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lily
Al Lewis .......... Grandpa
Butch Patrick ..... Eddie
Beverly Owen ...... Marilyn (Episodes 1-13)
Pat Priest ........ Marilyn (Episodes 14-70)
The Munsters Trivia
Fred Gwynne graduated from Harvard in 1951 and performed in the famous "Hasty Pudding Drag Revue" there! He has authored/illustrated several children's books.
The series was brought back for three seasons (with new actors) 22 years later and titled, "The Munsters Today". The original Munsters TV show (except the pilot) had been recorded in black and white and the new program in color. When the episodes were all shown together later in sydication, the new series colors were toned down so that they wasn't so much contrast between the episodes.
Herman Munster worked for a funeral parlor called, "Gateman, Goodbury & Graves" and was always looking for a better job.
Lily's name in the pilot episode was Phoebe.
Grandpa Munster's Drag-u-la racer was shown in the closing credits of every episode of the 2nd season but only appeared in one episode.
Yvonne De Carlo had already been a huge Hollywood star when she took the role of Lily Munster on this series. Her greatest role was probably that of Mose's wife Sephora in, "The Ten Commandments". In 1964, movie roles for actresses over 30 were almost non-existant and Yvonne was 42 years old so she moved her career to the small screen although she did manage to land several additional movie roles after that, the final one being in "Sorority House Murders (1993)". She won the title of "Miss Venice Beach" in 1938.
Al Lewis achieved a Ph.D. in child psychology from Columbia University. At one time, he worked in a circus act. He appeared on numerous television shows, starred on the series, "Car 54, Where Are You?" and appeared in vaudeville ... burlesque ... and broadway. When the series ended, he opened a restaurant in Greenwich Village called, "Grandpa's".
Butch Patrick actually wanted to "retire" from show business but needed money. He formed a musical group called, "Eddie and the Monsters" to capitalize on his role on The Munsters. His father (Ken Hunt) was once a pro baseball player.
Beverly Owen worked behind the scenes for "The Ed Sullivan Show" and the "Captain Kangaroo Show" prior to her appearance on the Munsters.
Pat Priest's father was U.S. Treasurer from 1953 to 1961. If you have any U.S. currency from those years, you'll see his signature on it. Pat was one of the lucky recipients of a car from Elvis Presley. Elvis bought cars for quite a few people over the years. Today, Pat buys houses that need work, restores and resells them.
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Title: "The Munsters"
Lyrics By: "Bob Mosher"
Music By: "Jack Marshall"NOTE: These lyrics never aired on the show. They were, however, heard on a 1964 record album titled, "At Home With The Munsters".
When you are walking down the street at night
If you should meet this strange family
Behind their house you mustn't be afraid
If when you're sleeping you dream a lot,
At midnight if creatures should prowl about,
One night I dared peak through their window screen,
Episodes List With Original Air DatesThere was a pilot episode for the Munsters but it wasn't shown on air. The title Of The pilot was "My Fair Munster" and some Of The Cast were different. The pilot was reshot later and aired as episode #2!
TV Reunion MoviesThe Munsters' Revenge (3/27/1981)
Here Come The Munsters (10/31/1995)
The Munsters Scary Little Christmas (12/??/1996)
Theatrical MovieMunster, Go Home!
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