I once heard John Schneider (Bo Duke, “The Dukes of Hazzard”) say that there were only two kinds of people in the world: Addams Family people, and Munsters people.
There are countless variations on that “two kinds of people” phrase, but this was one I found particularly interesting.
Two series, premiering only a week apart, on two rival networks. The same genre, the same basic appeal. On the surface, “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters” may seem easily interchangeable. But when you get right down to brass tacks (or His & Her’s beds of nails), they are two VERY different creatures.
The first of these two series was the devilishly macabre “The Addams Family”, which premiered September 18, 1964 — 50 years ago today — on ABC. Like its CBS counterpart, it ran for only two seasons, ending a 64-episode run on April 8, 1966. Continue reading