On September 24, 1964, the horror-themed sitcom, “The Munsters,” premiered on CBS television, depicting the home life of a family of monsters and the “normal” niece who came to live with them. It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional #monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era and as a kid, it was one of my favorites. It ran for two seasons (70 episodes) but achieved its greatest audience in syndication, which is where most people of my age actually saw it for the first time.
Watch a preview of the new 2022 Munsters movie on YouTube here.
My two favorite parts of the show were the theme song and the Munsters’ awesome cars. The instrumental theme song (which actually had lyrics, believe or not) was arranged by Jack Marshall and written by Jon Burlingame, who called it a “Bernard-Herrmann-meets-Duane-Eddy sound.” And if you don’t know who those guys are, look it up.
The show remains a blast, even after all of these years and if you haven’t seen it lately, track down an episode. I promise you’ll still laugh!
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