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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
One of the best old sitcoms out there. Gotta love Herman's innocence. Wish this series back in it's day had been longer.Published 18 months ago by Herman Munster
First shown on American TV in the 60's, the Munsters is about a family who the outside world views as odd to say the least, while they themselves see 'normal' looking people as... Read morePublished on June 19 2006 by Ms. H. Sinton
Nice to see the munsters episodes again. The shows sooooo funny!!
Herrman especially!! The box with the dvd box inside is great. Read more
Welcome to 1964.And one of the "in" things that year for kids was monsters.All sorts and shapes could be seen on the airwaves in reruns but especially those of the old Hollywood... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2005 by Robert Badgley
What can I say?
This is the second-best t.v. show ever. The Beverly Hillbillies comes in first.
I saw all of the original series as a kid, first run then as re-runs. Read more
So many of the previous reviews are done in anticipation of the DVD release, but not much has been said about the set itself. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2004 by The Critic
A Legendary show comes complete to DVD! The Munsters was a well polished show that we will never see the likes of again from TV golden age. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2004 by CK