Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a comedy that the production company didn’t want to pay lots of extra money to film it in colour so it was filmed in Black and White – The Munsters.
Opening Sequence / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely. – IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Fred Gwynne – Herman Munster
Al Lewis – Grandpa
Yvonne De Carlo – Lily Munster
Butch Patrick – Eddie Munster
Pat Priest – Marilyn Munster
- The show was shot in black and white because the studio did not want to pay an extra $10,000 per episode for color.
- The character ‘Herman Munster’ was ranked #19 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” (20 June 2004 issue).
- The unaired pilot of the series – The Munsters: My Fair Munster: Unaired Pilot 1 (2004) – was in color.
- The original pilot was partially shot on the set of the film Psycho (1960).
- Other members of the Munster family were Lily’s brother (and Grandpa’s son) a werewolf named Lester and Uncle Gilbert, the Creature from the Black Lagoo
- This series’ title was supposedly derived from combining the words “fun” and “monsters”.
- Grandpa wasn’t Grandpa Munster. He was Lily’s father, and their family name was “Dracula”. However, Lily’s sister’s daughter Marilyn was Marilyn Munster.
- The Munster coach was actually a combination of two cars that Lily had especially built as a gift for Herman’s birthday.
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