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The Addams Family: The Complete Series [1964] (9 discs)
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Composer:Vic Mizzy
Length:1638 minutes
(27 hours 18 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Kids
  • Family
  • Dark Comedy
  • Fantasy
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Synopsis: The Addams family is that family we all have in our neighborhood that is just a little off kilter. And by that, I mean they are all of those odd families multiplied together.


Reaction: Funny though a bit predictable at times. There's still some fairly witty repartee that should get a chuckle out of you.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Guest Cast
Alan Reed => Park Commissioner Fiske (Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family)
Byron Foulger => Mr. Oscar Belmont (Lurch and His Harpsichord)
Carolyn Jones => Lady Fingers (Morticia Meets Royalty)
Elvia Allman => Princess Millicent von Schlepp (Morticia Meets Royalty)
Cynthia Pepper => Amanda Peterson (New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family)
Diane Jergens => Trivia (Lurch's Grand Romance)
Don Rickles => Claude (Halloween with the Addams Family)
Skip Homeier => Marty (Halloween with the Addams Family)
Eddie Quillan => Horace Beesley (Crisis in the Addams Family)
Eddie Quillan => Clyde Arbogast (Gomez, the People's Choice)
Eddie Quillan => Joe Digby (Morticia, the Decorator)
Jeff Donnell => Eleanor Digby (Morticia, the Decorator)
Eddie Quillan => George Bass (Gomez, the Politician)
Elisabeth Fraser => Madelyn Smith (Uncle Fester's Toupee)
Ellen Corby => Mother Lurch (Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family)
Frank Wilcox => Sam Harris (The Addams Family Meets the V.I.Ps)
Stanley Adams => Ila Klarpe (The Addams Family Meets the V.I.Ps)
Hal Smith => Judge Harvey Saunders (The Addams Family In Court)
James Flavin => Lt. James Poston (The Addams Family In Court)
Hazel Shermet => Melancholia (Morticia, the Matchmaker)
Hugh Sanders => Bosley Swain (Art and the Addams Family)
Jack LaLanne => Himself (as Jack La Lanne) (Fester Goes on a Diet)
Jack Voglin => Thing (Lurch Learns to Dance)
Jesse White => Sgt. Haley (Wednesday Leaves Home)
Jill Andre => Isobel Dunbar (Gomez, the Reluctant Lover)
Jonathan Hole => Prof. Simms (The Addams Family Tree)
Lee Bergere => Dr. Francois Chalon (The Winning of Morticia Addams)
Madge Blake => Miss Comstock (The Addams Family Goes to School)
Nydia Westman => Miss Morrison (The Addams Family Goes to School)
Marty Ingels => Dr. Marvin P. Gunderson (Cat Addams)
Meg Wyllie => Mrs. Dragwater (Cousin Itt's Problem)
Olan Soule => Harwood Widdy (The Addams Family Splurges)
Peter Leeds => Oscar Webber (Morticia Joins the Ladies League)
Robby the Robot => Smiley (Lurch's Little Helper)
Robert Carson [II] => Mr. Glenville (as Robert S. Carson) (Pugsley's Allowance)
Robert Nichols => Horatio Bartholomew (Ophelia Finds Romance)
Sig Ruman => Eric Von Bissell (My Fair Cousin Itt)
Select Cast and Crew
Arthur Hiller => Director
Arthur Lubin => Director
Jean Yarbrough => Director
Jerry Hopper => Director
Nat Perrin => Director
Sidney Lanfield => Director
Sidney Miller => Director
Sidney Salkow => Director
Stanley Z. Cherry => Director
Hannibal Coons => Writer
Harry Winkler => Writer
Vic Mizzy => Composer
Charles Addams => Original Cartoons
Allyn Joslyn => Sam L. Hilliard
Anthony Magro => Voice of Cousin Itt
Bill Baldwin => Announcer
Bob LeMond => Reporter's Voice (as Bob Le Mond) (voice)
Carolyn Jones => Ophelia Frump / Morticia Frump Addams
Felix Silla => Cousin Itt (17 episodes)
Jackie Coogan => Uncle Fester Frump
John Astin => Gomez Addams
Ken Weatherwax => Pugsley Addams
Lisa Loring => Wednesday Addams
Margaret Hamilton => Granny Hester Frump
Marie Blake => Grandmama Addams
Parley Baer => Mayor Arthur J. Henson
Roger Arroyo => Cousin Itt (2 episodes)
Rolfe Sedan => Mr. Briggs, Postman
Ted Cassidy => Lurch

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Ted Cassidy (Lurch) got fan mail from teenage girls who insisted that he was cuter than The Beatles.
  • Gomez is a lawyer.
  • Cousin Itt's voice was done by producer Nat Perrin, who recited gibberish into a tape recorder and played it back at a higher speed.
  • Jackie Coogan was originally rejected as Uncle Fester. He went home, shaved his head, and did his own Fester makeup and costume. This won him the part.
  • The Addamses often refer to the many cousins of their extended family. Cousins named are Blah, Bleak, Bleep, Blink, Blob, Cackle, Caliban, Clot, Creep, Crimp, Cringe, Curdle, Droop, Farouk, Fungus, Goop, Gripe, Grisly, Grope, Imar, Manuel, Melancholia, Nanook, Plato, Slimey, Slosh, Slump, Trivia, Turncoat, and Vague.
  • With the start of the TV series, [The New Yorker] magazine stopped running any [Addams-Family]-themed cartoons from Charles Addams until just prior to his death in 1988, although a few familiar characters were allowed solitary appearances (the prototypes for Pugsley, Cousin Itt, and Fester).
  • Morticia's pet names for Gomez generally meaning "Darling"/"My Darling" are "Bubeleh" (Yiddish), "Mon Cherie" (French), "Querido" (Spanish). Gomez's pet names for Morticia also of the same affectionate meaning are "Cara Mia" (Italian), "Querida"/"Querida Mia" (Spanish), "Cara Bella" (Spanish literally for "beautiful face"; Italian for "beautiful darling").
  • Morticia's maiden name was Frump.
  • Whenever Gomez needs to know the time, he looks at both his wristwatch and his pocket watch. Each is hours different from the other but they always average to the correct time.
  • In 2007, M&M's spoofed [The Adams Family] in a TV commercial introducing M&M's Dark Chocolate. The commercial re-created the opening of the sitcom, licensing the original tune, with the new M&M's dressed as [The Addams Family] cast. According to the firm IAG Research, this was the TV viewing public's favorite commercial during the month of April.