Recently I watched Season 1 of The Munsters on Netflix. I remember seeing it in syndication when I was a teen and loved every minute of it. Viewing it as an adult, I think I love it even more. The Munsters is the perfect blend of horror and comedy. Each episode is smartly written and impeccably acted. Furthermore the make-up design and application reminds me of the best of the legendary Jack Pierce from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s absolutely flawless and allows the actors great flexibility in expressing their emotions.
The cast of The Munsters is simply perfection. Fred Gwynne [Pet Sematary] as Fred Munster is the heart and soul of the show. He is such a brilliant character actor and fills his Frankenstein persona with great warmth and charm. Yvonne De Carlo is absolutely radiant as Fred’s wife, Lily Munster. When you combine the two of them with Al Lewis, who plays Grandpa Munster, they are a comedy tour de force to be reckoned with.
The incorporation of Marilyn Munster who is the “normal” one in the family is pure genius. She is the person who is the odd ball in this family which makes it so much more fun to watch. And how can you not love Butch Patrick as little Eddie Munster? He is such a sweet kid and his presence enhances the great love that is shared in the Munster family.
Chances are, none of this is news to you. However, if you haven’t watched this classic TV show or it’s been a very long time, I recommend you sit yourself down and enjoy this slice of cinematic perfection.
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