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Munsters, The (CBS 1964-1966, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne DeCarlo)

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Anybody who was ever been labeled “different” could surely understand the pain of Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie and Marilyn. No matter how nice they were, no matter how good they were as neighbors, the other folks in Mockingbird Heights always looked at the Munsters with a mix of curiosity and horror. Maybe it was because Herman had bolts in his neck, Lily was a vampire, Grandpa could turn into a bat, and Eddie had a bit of werewolf in him, but was that so wrong? No. They’re here, they’re monsters, get over it.

TV’s The Munsters may have had a few subtle lessons about tolerance, but really, it was all in good fun. Debuting one week after the similarly Gothic/weird/funny The Addams Family, The Munsters centered on the most bizarre family in the most bizarre home on Mockingbird Lane (1313 Mockingbird Lane, to be precise). Herman Munster was the head of the household, which was fitting, since he had the most enormous head. Looking like a 6’10” Frankenstein’s monster, Herman was actually the sweetest guy you could possibly imagine, a big softy who worked at the Gateman, Goodbury and Graves funeral home and happened to drive the coolest-looking roadster on the planet, the Munster Koach.

Herman’s wife, Lily, was the vampire daughter of Grandpa, an old bat (at times literally). Somehow, this Frankenstein’s monster and vampire couple had managed to birth a wolfman offspring, little Eddie (he of the widow’s peak haircut). And to round out the clan, the Munsters took in niece Marilyn, whose blonde bombshell looks made her the family weirdo.

The rest of Mockingbird Heights was pretty much your typical all-American suburb, and therein lay the comedy. The Munsters thought they fit in pretty well, and they couldn’t understand why everyone else seemed to think they were some kind of freaks. Sight gags abounded, and Herman’s child-like mugging made him a non-scary favorite of many kids.

The Munsters, like The Addams Family, only lasted two seasons in its original prime time run, but that was nowhere near the end of this beloved monster clan. The gang showed up in a feature film in 1966, Munster, Go Home, and reruns was a hit in syndication. Herman, Lily and Grandpa made a TV movie comeback in 1981 with The Munsters’ Revenge, and in 1988, the show was updated in the all-new syndicated series The Munsters Today (featuring a new cast). A handful of other Munster TV movies followed, but the original Munsters episodes remain the favorites. So three cheers for Herman, Lily, Grandpa, Eddie and Marilyn—way to win one for the “different” folk.

The Munsters Today

The Munsters Today

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USA / CBS / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast September 24, 1964 – September 1, 1966 and then again in first run syndication from October 1988 – September 1991

Theme Song: At the Munsters by Jack Marshall.

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Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster
Yvonne DeCarlo as Lily Munster
Al Lewis as Grandpa
Beverley Owen as Marilyn Munster (1)
Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster (2)
Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster
John Carradine as Mr. Gateman
Chester Stratton as Chet Thornton
Paul Lynde as Dr. Edward Dudley (1)
Dom DeLuise as Dr. Edward Dudley (2)

Munsters Today Cast
John Schuck as Herman Munster
Lee Meriwether as Lily Munster
Howard Morton as Grandpa
Hilary Van Dyke as Marilyn Munster
Jason Marsden as Eddie Munster

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Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)

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Clochmerle BBC 1972

Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.

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CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator

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Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

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Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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