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32
A Visit From the Teacher
1966-05-12
The Munsters get a visit from Eddie's teacher and principal after he writes a report describing his family life. The concern seems to be whether Eddie is being deprived at home.

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31
Herman's Lawsuit
1966-04-21
Herman is involved in an accident after a car is destroyed by running into him. The driver offers him $10,000 believing he has been seriously injured, but its Herman who is concerned over wrecking her car.

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30
Herman's Sorority Caper
1966-04-14
To cure Herman's case of hiccups, Grandpa puts him in a deep sleep. But he wakes up in a college fraternity when two pledges enter the Munster's mansion on a dare and bring him back to the dorm as a prank.

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29
A House Divided
1966-04-07
An argument ensues after Herman ruins the go-cart Grandpa has built for Eddie's birthday. Claiming half the house belongs to him, Grandpa draws a line dividing the mansion in two.

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28
Herman, the Tire-Kicker
1966-03-31
Marilyn's new car from "Fair Deal Dan'' turns out to be a real lemon, but things go from bad to worse when Herman is arrested for driving a stolen vehicle.

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27
Eddie's Brother
1966-03-24
When Eddie asks for a brother, Grandpa creates a robot for him to play with. But Eddie soon resents his 'perfect' brother.

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26
A Visit From Johann
1966-03-17
Dr. Victor Frankenstein IV has created a look-alike monster of Herman and asks if he would take him in and domesticate him.

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25
Prehistoric Munster
1966-03-10
Marilyn's clay bust of Herman, created for art class brings intrigue to her professor after she reveals that the creation is a living human being. Believing him to be the 'missing link', the professors measure his statistics.

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24
The Musician
1966-03-03
Eddie takes up playing the trumpet for the school band, but isn't very good. To give him a boost Grandpa conjures up a pill to make him a virtuoso.

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23
Cyrano de Munster
1966-02-24
A co-worker is impressed by Herman's poetry that was published in a morticians magazine and asks him to write some to win over a girl. But Lily becomes suspicious after coming across the writings.

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22
Zombo
1966-02-17
Eddie is delighted to learn he has won the ''I Like Zombo Because..." contest sponsored by his idol Zombo, a ghoulish tv character.

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21
The Fregosi Emerald
1966-02-10
Its Marilyn's birthday and with the tradition comes the presents. Eddies gift is a ring he found in the attic, which Grandpa recalls as the Fregosi Emerald.

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20
Grandpa's Lost Wife
1966-02-03
While perusing a Detective magazine in bed, Herman reads a wanted ad for Grandpa by a woman in Sioux City, Iowa, claiming to be his wife. Grandpa pleads his innocence, until he discovers that she is rich.

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19
The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World
1966-01-27
An inheritance creates a rift in the family. Lily and Marilyn believe they should open a beauty parlor, but Herman and Grandpa want to use it to build his invention of sending electricity through the air.

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18
Big Heap Herman
1966-01-20
When the Munsters go on vacation to Buffalo Valley, Herman gets off at rest stop in Indian Flats, where he gets left behind. When he wanders into a Indian Village, an elder of the tribe thinks that Herman is an ancient spirit leader, back to revitalize his tribe's way of life.

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17
Just Another Pretty Face
1966-01-13
While messing around in Grandpa's laboratory, Herman is struck by a jolt of electricity. The result is Herman's face being deformed into a normal looking human being, to the families horror.

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16
Herman Picks a Winner
1966-01-06
To teach Eddie a lesson on the evils of gambling, Herman bets his money on a horse guaranteed to lose. But Grandpa feels this is a dumb idea and fixes the race.

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15
Herman's Peace Offensive
1965-12-30
It's a lesson of passive problem solving when Eddie is teased at school and Herman is picked on by a bully at work.

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14
The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights
1965-12-23
A pirates treasure map found in the dungeon leads to a search for the buried fortune and a battle over its rightful owner.

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13
Underground Munster
1965-12-09
When Spot runs away, Herman is spotted himself by sewer workers and is reported as a creature roaming underground.

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12
Will Success Spoil Herman Munster?
1965-12-02
Herman Munster, a singing sensation? That seems to be the story after Eddie's friend brings a tape recorder to the mansion and is left a song performed by Herman.

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11
Herman's Driving Test
1965-11-25
Herman gets promoted to driver for the parlor, but first must renew his license with a little help from Grandpa.

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10
A Man for Marilyn
1965-11-18
Grandpa invents a potion to turn a frog into a prince for Marilyn, but as usual it didn't work. While alone one night, Marilyn discovers that she has been locked in her room.

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9
John Doe Munster
1965-11-11
Herman has amnesia after a safe lands on his head. After claiming him, the Munsters find out that Herman believes he is a child.

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8
Lily's Star Boarder
1965-11-04
Herman convinces Grandpa that Lily's new border is a criminal after spying him carrying a gun, unaware that he is really a police Lieutenant.

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7
Operation Herman
1965-10-28
A visit to the doctor shows that Eddie needs his tonsils removed. Herman and Grandpa try to sneak into the hospital after visiting hours to bring Eddie his toy doll Wolf-wolf.

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6
Happy 100th Anniversary
1965-10-21
To earn money for their 100th wedding anniversary, both Lily and Herman unknowingly take a job in the same shipyard together, even working side-by-side.

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5
Herman, Coach of the Year
1965-10-14
Eddie gets track training from Herman, but its Grandpa's pills that is the cause of his new found speed.

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4
Herman Munster, Shutter Bug
1965-10-07
Herman's new hobby of photography causes danger for the family after he snaps a picture during a bank robbery.

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3
Bronco-Bustin' Munster
1965-09-30
Its time for the Mockingbird Heights Frontier Days and Herman is entered in the bronco busting contest. To ensure a win, Grandpa turns himself into a horse.

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2
Herman, the Master Spy
1965-09-23
The Munsters set out for a day at the beach, along with Eddie burying Grandpa in the sand and Herman setting off scuba diving. But when Herman disappears and ends up on a Russian boat, they believe to have caught the missing link while the commissar believes he is an American spy.

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1
Herman's Child Psychology
1965-09-16
Eddie's friend convinces him that they should run away and live in a cave. After doing so Herman allows him to go believing it is just a bluff.

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The Munsters, which first hit TV screens on CBS from 1964 -1966, is a beloved, classic American comedy television series. Described as a variation on the traditional family sitcom, this eccentric and inventive show captivated audiences by blending themes of light comedy with supernatural and fantasy elements. Done mainly in black and white, the show had a distinctive visual style that added to the haunting but humorous charm of the series.

At its core, The Munsters is a portrait of an atypical yet loving and tender-hearted family that happens to consist of monstrous, albeit caring, characters. Fred Gwynne, known for his distinctive height and arresting presence, stars as Herman Munster. Herman, a well-meaning and amiable character with a frankenstein-like appearance, works at a funeral home, drives a "Munster Koach," and loves his family dearly. He is a lovable, bumbling, and innocent character that brought both comedy and warmth to the show.

Herman's wife, Lily Munster, is a vampire-like character with a knack for housekeeping. She is elegant, smart, and caring, trying to keep the peace in the family and managing the household with grace and efficiency. Their only son, Eddie Munster, is a cute little werewolf who attends school and experiences the ups and downs of childhood just like any other kid. Completing the core family members are Grandpa and Marilyn Munster. Grandpa, a Count Dracula look-alike with a playful and sardonic demeanor, adds to the comic elements on the cranky side while Marilyn, the niece, the only 'normal' family member, ironically seen as the 'odd one out' by the rest of the family due to her all-American girl-next-door looks, often struggles with her dating life because men are afraid of her strange family.

The amazing paradox that The Munsters managed to maintain throughout its run, however, was the mixture of the supernatural and the everyday. Despite their unusual appearances and odd behaviors, the Munsters lived in a typical suburban neighborhood and went about typical suburban lives. The Munsters' home in Mockingbird Heights was marked by its creepy and eerie, Morticia Addams-styled decor, filled with cobwebs, dust, and bat-shaped door knockers. Despite its gothic elements, it actually falls into the sitcom realm because of its humorous take and jabs at everyday life.

Each episode followed the Munsters as their lives got tangled with the regular world, bringing hilarious misunderstandings and chaotic scenarios into the mix. Whether it was Herman trying to fit in at work, Eddie being misunderstood at school, or Marilyn struggling to find a date, the writers of The Munsters expertly wove humor and subtlety into the absurd dynamics of this fantastical family.

The Munsters show had an exciting background score that was heavy on the cello with a vibe that was spooky yet laugh-inducing, and a catchy theme song that instantly connected audiences across ages with the strange but lovable Munster family. It was indeed a pioneer in managing to harmoniously blend the happy-go-lucky elements of bright and sunny 60's family sitcoms with a macabre, almost surreal, undercurrent that subverted television norms.

In conclusion, by merging humor and horror, unusual with the ordinary, The Munsters offers a delightfully offbeat family sitcom. The show is iconic not just for its supernatural themes, but also for its witty dialogues and the memorable performances, particularly by Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster. It's a delightful and intelligent inversion of the classic sitcom model that continues to entertain and charm viewers nearly 60 years after its initial airing.

The Munsters is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 2 seasons with a total of 70 episodes, the show debuted on 1964. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.8.

Genres
Comedy
Channel
CBS
Rating
7.8/10
Cast
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
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