The Munsters vs The Addams Family?

Which creepy 1964 sitcom was better?


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Crimson

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There was someone somewhere that was watching remastering some of THE ADDAMS FAMILY in color.

POP COLORTURE on Youtube.


Honestly, it's not bad. The person has remarkable skills; I've seen professional colorizing jobs that weren't nearly that good. His/her use of color is subtle and 'natural', and understands maintaining the mood. 1960s color TV would never have been that moody or delicate though; it would have been the same overly lit, gaudy color used in every other sitcom of the era.
 
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POP COLORTURE on Youtube.


Honestly, it's not bad. The person has remarkable skills; I've seen professional colorizing jobs that weren't nearly that good. His/her use of color is subtle and 'natural', and understands maintaining the mood. 1960s color TV would never have been that moody or delicate though; it would have been the same overly lit, gaudy color used in every other sitcom of the era.
I'll give them a look sometime today. Just from the picture of the video I can see it looks like the coloring is way different that what the colorization of the show would've been had CBS actually pushed THE MUNSTERS as a color show. It would've been brighter, that's for sure.​
 

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Oh the guy who does Pop Coloture is a master. He colorized a brief scene of I Love Lucy and it looks 10 times better than the ones done for CBS.
 
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THE MUNSTERS pilot, filmed in color


The color isn't bad; it's muted and almost a sickly blue-ish tone that seems a bit creepy. But was this a stylistic choice, or just because a pilot is filmed on the cheap? I still prefer the B&W, and think that if the show had switched to color in a third season that it would have adopted the same eye-straining colors of every other mid-60s show.

Joan Marshall as "Phoebe" really makes one appreciate Yvonne De Carlo; there's a harshness to Marshall's tone that makes her bickering with Herman unpleasant rather than amusing. De Carlo may not have been as drolly macabre as Carolyn Jones, but she played Lilly with immense likeability.
 
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Joan Marshall and Happy Derman were wrong for their parts. Not only did Marshall's appearance bare too close a resemblance to Carolyn Jones as Morticia, she did seem quite harsh. The point of the show was that this was basically a "normal" family that just happened to be monsters. Phoebe was too brash and went against the stereotype of a good-natured motherly figure on the types of shows THE MUNSTERS intended to spin on their heads.

The same thing basically goes for Happy Derman as the Eddie of the pilot. Butch Patrick (who ended up getting Happy's job) once said "Happy Derman wasn't very happy." The one or two times he met him Patrick says Derman was "rotten" and not likable at all. Thank goodness that switched the Eddies, otherwise it wouldn't have worked. The young kids needed Eddie to identify with in order to make the humor "work" for the show. Eddie was the dark side of the Beaver.

It's odd that CBS filmed the 15-minute "presentation" in color but then switched to doing the actual series in more "cost-cautious" B&W. But apparently it cost an extra $10,000 an episode to do each episode in color for the show. The bailed on that idea because they were unsure whether THE MUNSTERS would be a success or not.​
 

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The color pilot presentation is odd, because while NBC had quite a bit of regular color programming in 1964 and ABC had a few, none of CBS’ weekly series were broadcast in color at that point. And wouldn’t be until 1965. CBS’s proposed color standard was rejected in favor of NBC’s in the late 1950s, and they responded by pretty much cutting off color until the mid 1960s, because they didn’t want to help NBC’s parent company, RCA, sell color TV sets.
 

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Happy Derman was a truly creepy Eddie. Joan Marshall, under a pseudonym, played the HOMICIDAL (1961) girl in William Castle's homage to PSYCHO.

 

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Happy Derman was a truly creepy Eddie. Joan Marshall, under a pseudonym, played the HOMICIDAL (1961) girl in William Castle's homage to PSYCHO.

Wow... I didn't know that.​
 

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I see there's a new version of THE MUNSTERS in the works, by Rob Zombie of all people. I guess I won't judge it until there's something to judge, but I feel confident in predicting it will have more in common with the failed reboot, the dark and twisted MOCKINGBIRD LANE, than the original.

It seems recent takes on both ADDAMS and MUNSTERS are making the same mistake: conflating the two. Despite their superficial similarities, the two shows were inherently different. The Munsters, despite being monstrous on the surface, were a genial, all-American clan. The Addams were 'normal' humans (ok, mostly) who were macabre and eccentric. The recent animated ADDAMS FAMILY seemed to make them monstrous, and these recent attempts at THE MUNSTERS focuses on perverseness that was antithetical to the series.

 

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I see there's a new version of THE MUNSTERS in the works, by Rob Zombie of all people. I guess I won't judge it until there's something to judge, but I feel confident in predicting it will have more in common with the failed reboot, the dark and twisted MOCKINGBIRD LANE, than the original.

It seems recent takes on both ADDAMS and MUNSTERS are making the same mistake: conflating the two. Despite their superficial similarities, the two shows were inherently different. The Munsters, despite being monstrous on the surface, were a genial, all-American clan. The Addams were 'normal' humans (ok, mostly) who were macabre and eccentric. The recent animated ADDAMS FAMILY seemed to make them monstrous, and these recent attempts at THE MUNSTERS focuses on perverseness that was antithetical to the series.

Yeah, they're blurring the two into one. They're using the shows interchangeably, but the originals were quite distinct.
 

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they're blurring the two into one. They're using the shows interchangeably, but the originals were quite distinct.
IIRC the writer of the Addams Halloween reunion show ad previously written for the Munsters not the Addamses, which may partly explain why it doesn't quite gel.
 
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