DVD 960 mins IMDB 7.9
NR (Not Rated)
Munsters: The Complete 1st Season
Universal Studios (1964)
In Collection
#306

Seen It:
Yes

Episodes
1: Munster Masquerade
2: My Fair Munster
3: A Walk on the Mild Side
4: Rock-A-Bye Munster
5: Pike's Pique
6: Low-Cal Munster
7: Tin Can Man
8: Herman the Great
9: Knock on Wood, Here Comes Charlie
10: Autumn Croakus
11: The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster
12: The Sleeping Cutie
13: Family Portrait
14: Grandpa Leaves Home
15: Herman's Rival
16: Grandpa's Call of the Wild
17: All Star Munster
18: If a Martian Answers, Hang Up
19: Eddie's Nickname
20: Bats of a Feather
21: Don't Bank on Herman
22: Dance With Me, Herman
23: Follow That Munster
24: Love Locked Out
25: Come Back, Little Googie
26: Far Out Munsters
27: Munsters on the Move
28: Movie Star Munster
29: Herman the Rookie
30: Country Club Munsters
31: Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights
32: Mummy Munster
33: Lily Munster, Girl Model
34: Munster the Magnificent
35: Herman's Happy Valley
36: Hot Rod Herman
37: Herman's Raise
38: Yes, Galen, There is a Herman
Comedy, Family
USA  /  English

Yvonne De Carlo Lily Munster
Fred Gwynne Herman Munster
Al Lewis Grandpa Munster
Butch Patrick Eddie Munster
Beverley Owen Marilyn Munster
Pat Priest Marilyn Munster

Director Charles Barton; Joseph Pevney; Seymour Berns
Producer Joe Connelly; Bob Mosher
Writer Allan Burns; James B. Allardice

It has its own stormy weather and fire-breathing housepet named Spot, but the mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Heights is otherwise like any other American sitcom home. This is the address of the Munsters, the family that for two seasons, 1964-66, found a permanent place in pop culture--if not "monster" success. Developed by Leave It to Beaver team Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, the series was a standard sitcom (complete with the same awful canned laughter), except that the Ward Cleaver character was a reanimated corpse.

Dad Herman (Fred Gwynne) was a Frankenstein's monster, mom Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo) and Grandpa (Al Lewis) were vampires, and son Eddie (Butch Patrick) a little wolf-boy. Munster niece Marilyn was inexplicably normal, which prompted much worry from the other members of the family (she was played in early episodes by Beverly Owen, who left to get married, and then by Pat Priest). The plots revolve around typically tortured sitcom situations: Herman must lose weight to fit into his old Army uniform, Herman has insomnia, Herman takes dance lessons from a crooked instructor. (As that list would suggest, 6'5" Fred Gwynne's wonderfully agile slapstick and Borscht Belt comedy made him the center of the show.)

What distinguished The Munsters from Father Knows Best was the Universal horror-movie lineage and the ghoulish one-liners (the latter growing a bit tedious after a while). The three-disc DVD has all 38 first-season episodes in excellent transfers, a 15-minute pilot with different actors as Lily and Eddie, and no extras or commentaries. High points include "Hot Rod Herman," which features the tricked-out Munster Koach and Drag-u-la (boss wagons both), and "Eddie's Nickname," the one where Grandpa gives Eddie a potion that causes the boy's beard to grow (a weirdly memorable image, if you're a kid). The show was either pure kiddie farce or a radical comment on the absurdly unreal world of sitcoms. Either way, if you grew up with them as an alternate TV family, you can't help but have warm feelings for the Munsters, as clammy as they are. --Robert Horton

Edition Details
Series The Munsters
Distributor Universal Studios
Barcode 025192573828
Region Region 1
Release Date 8/24/2004
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles French; Spanish; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Personal Details
Purchase Price $34.98
Links Munsters: The Complete 1st Season at Movie Collector Connect
IMDB
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Features
Disc 1: Black & White