Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Anniversary - 50 Years of The Addams Family television show!

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky... Man! I love that Vic Mizzy theme song! Originally a syndicated cartoon strip created and drawn by artist Charles Addams, The Addams Family is probably best known for their much beloved B&W television series which ran from 1964 to 1966. Because the channels in Chattanooga didn't broadcast reruns of this show in the 1970's I only rarely got to see The Addams Family as a kid, but every time I caught an episode I was thrilled. Here was a funny and weird group of misfits and freaks living happily together as the outside world stared in stunned, uncomprehending disgust. The family consists of the wily patriarch, Gomez Addams, his darkly beautiful wife Mortica, their mischievous children Pugsley and Wednesday, the slightly insane Uncle Fester, the roving-hand and all around helper Thing, the giant & much put upon butler Lurch, wild-haired Grandmama, and world travelling Cousin Itt. I loved the matter of fact way Gomez and Morticia handled problems and there were never cooler parents on any television show. The Addams Family is a complete joy and still holds up to this day as a fun and funny slice of off-kilter, macabre sensibilities placed within the framework of 'normal' America. I love the set-up of the show wherein The Addams' are so puzzled by the often evil intentions of the people who visit them in their creepy home. They can't understand these bad intentions as what they appear to be, so they have no idea why these people are acting so irrationally. Sounds like a perfect show to go watch right now! 

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