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The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons in 64 installments on ABC from September 18, 1964 to April 8, 1966. It is often compared to its working-class rival, The Munsters, which ran for the same two seasons and achieved somewhat higher Nielsen Ratings. The show used a laugh track.

It was originally produced by Filmways, Inc. at General Service Studios in Hollywood, California. Successor company MGM Television (via The Program Exchange for broadcast syndication, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for home video/DVD) owns the rights to the show. At one point, distribution rights were licensed to Worldvision Enterprises.

Premise

The Addamses are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests. They all have supernatural abilities, although no rationale for their powers is ever explicitly given.

The very wealthy, endlessly enthusiastic Gomez Addams is madly in love with his refined wife Morticia. Along with their two children, Wednesday and Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Grandmama, they reside in an ornate, gloomy, Second Empire style mansion, attended by their servants, Lurch, the towering butler, and Thing, a hand that usually appears out of a small wooden box. Occasionally, episodes would feature relatives or other members of their weird subculture, such as Cousin Itt or Morticia's older sister, Ophelia.

Much of the humor derives from their "culture clash" with the rest of the world. They invariably treat normal visitors with great warmth and courtesy, even though their guests often have evil intentions. They are puzzled by the horrified reactions to their good-natured, if extremely bizarre behavior, since they are under the impression that their tastes are shared by most of society. Contrarily, they view "conventional" tastes with generally tolerant suspicion. For example, Fester once cites a neighboring family's meticulously maintained petunia patches as evidence that they are "nothing but riff-raff."

The tone was set by series producer Nat Perrin, close friend of Groucho Marx and writer of several Marx Brothers films. Perrin created story ideas, directed one episode, and rewrote every script. Much of the dialog is his (albeit uncredited). As a result, Gomez, with his sardonic remarks, backwards logic, and ever-present cigar (pulled from his breast pocket already lit), has been frequently compared to Groucho Marx. In addition, the series often employed the same type of zany satire and screwball humor seen in the Marx Brothers films. It lampooned politics ("Gomez, The Politician" and "Gomez, The People's Choice"), the legal system ("The Addams Family in Court"), Beatlemania ("Lurch, The Teenage Idol"), and Hollywood ("My Fair Cousin Itt").

 

Created by Charles Addams

Developed by David Levy

Starring

Carolyn Jones

John Astin

Jackie Coogan

Ted Cassidy

Blossom Rock

Ken Weatherwax

Lisa Loring

Opening theme Vic Mizzy

Country of origin United States

Language(s) English

No. of seasons 2

No. of episodes 64 (List of episodes)

Production

Executive producer(s) David Levy

Producer(s) Nat Perrin

Location(s) Hollywood, California

Exeter, New Hampshire

Running time 25 minutes

Production company(s) Filmways

Broadcast

Original channel ABC

Picture format Black-and-white

Original run September 18, 1964 – April 8, 1966

Highlights
John Astin on his character, "Gomez Addams," on The Addams Family
06:30
Hazel Shermet on acting in The Addams Family
01:28
Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Arthur Hiller on directing the pilot for The Addams Family
04:47
Seaman Jacobs on writing the pilot for The Addams Family
04:14
John Astin on working with Carolyn Jones as "Morticia Addams" on The Addams Family
02:49
Who talked about this show

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Addams Family
02:51

John Astin

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John Astin on being cast as "Gomez Addams" on The Addams Family
09:56
John Astin on making The Addams Family work and on the romance between "Gomez Addams" and "Morticia Addams"
05:11
John Astin on casting The Addams Family, including Ted Cassidy as "Lurch"
01:24
John Astin on working with Carolyn Jones as "Morticia Addams" on The Addams Family
02:49
John Astin on his character, "Gomez Addams," on The Addams Family
06:30
John Astin on the on-going popularity of The Addams Family
06:20
John Astin on improvisation on the set of The Addams Family and the family dynamic of the show, and on the stunts on the show
05:31
John Astin on the theme song and opening credits of The Addams Family and on the revivals and legacy of the show
05:42
John Astin on the cancellation of The Addams Family
03:19

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz on his first TV role, as a guest star on The Addams Family episode "Morticia the Writer"
01:29

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on directing the pilot for The Addams Family
04:47
Arthur Hiller on the cast of The Addams Family including John Astin with whom he'd also worked on I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster
02:36

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on writing the pilot for The Addams Family
04:14
Seaman Jacobs on The Addams Family creator Charles Addams, and on inventing various aspects of the show
04:20

Nolan Miller

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Nolan Miller on designing costumes for The Addams Family, particularly "Morticia" (Carolyn Jones)
06:41

Vic Mizzy

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Vic Mizzy on writing the theme song for The Addams Family and directing the main title
03:50
Vic Mizzy on composing for The Addams Family
02:55
Vic Mizzy on the music for the promotional reel for The Addams Family
04:05
Vic Mizzy on working with the cast of The Addams Family
02:29
Vic Mizzy on working with Carolyn Jones on The Addams Family and attending her funeral
02:29
Vic Mizzy on meeting Charles Addams, creator of the original cartoon of The Addams Family
01:30
Vic Mizzy on creating motifs for The Addams Family
01:15
Vic Mizzy on creating musical themes for The Addams Family
00:33
Vic Mizzy on his use of the harpsichord for musical themes in The Addams Family
00:52
Vic Mizzy on a typical work week scoring The Addams Family
01:35
Vic Mizzy on memorable episodes of The Addams Family
00:59
Vic Mizzy on Charles Addams and the rights to the theme of The Addams Family
00:45
Vic Mizzy on The Addams Family reunion special
01:00
Vic Mizzy on the music at the end of an Addams Family episode
00:55
Vic Mizzy on The Addams Family movies
02:43
Vic Mizzy on the legacy of The Addams Family theme song and rights through ASCAP
01:22
Vic Mizzy on a cartoon of The Addams Family, by Charles Addams
01:08
Vic Mizzy plays the theme to The Addams Family
01:10

Hazel Shermet

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Hazel Shermet on acting in The Addams Family
01:28

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