Let’s start with The Munsters…
(1) The (unaired) pilot was shot in COLOUR (US: color).
(2) The series was made in black and white to save MONEY – not for creative reasons.
(3) While Münster is a city in Germany (the country Herman was “assembled” in) the name, as used in the TV series, was just a mash-up of “fun” and “monster”.
(4) The Munsters first aired – in the US – just SIX DAYS after The Addams Family (in ’64).
(5) The pilot featured Joan Marshall in the role of Lily (then called Phoebe) – but she looked a lot like Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams, so was recast, with new make-up. This – coupled with the virtually simultaneous openings – suggests the two shows knew PLENTY about each others’ plans, beforehand.
(6) The pilot also featured Nate “Happy” Derman as Eddie. But the character was merely a super-nasty brat (played by a lame actor) – so THEY were changed too.
(7) Since the pilot never aired, the only chance audiences ever had to see the characters in colour (apart from stills) was in the spinoff movie, “Munster Go Home!” (’66).
(8) Fred Gwynne (Herman) took the end credit with Yvonne De Carlo’s name first, because while he had just finished the successful TV series, “Car 54, Where Are You?” – Yvonne was a MOVIE star.
(9) Butch Patrick’s career never took off – thus today, he is STILL making a living off his fame as Eddie Munster.
(10) Jack Marshall, who composed The Munsters’ theme, is the man who arranged Peggy Lee’s “Fever” – with only drums, bass and finger-pops.
And continue with The Addams Family…
(1) The Addams Family’s laugh-track can be turned OFF – and plays far BETTER that way.
(2) Vic Mizzy, who wrote The Addams Family’s theme (and “Green Acres”) supplied ALL the voices for it (multi-tracked) – again, to save money. He lived to 93.
(3) Carolyn Jones died young from cancer, but left behind a great body of work – many memorable film roles and the immortal Morticia.
(4) John Astin (Gomez) still LIVES – and works, at 81.
(5) Charles Addams’ cartoon characters never had names, but they introduced them for the TV series – although Pubert got changed to Pugsley (thank goodness).
(6) Gomez and Morticia were the first TV couple who were implied to have a SEX-LIFE (and a POWERFUL one, to boot).
(7) John Astin was originally offered the part of LURCH.
(8) Ted Cassidy as Lurch, was supposed to be silent, but when they heard his VOICE – they changed their minds. Ted was 6’9″ in bare feet.
(9) Lisa Loring (Wednesday) went on to marry a porn star. She was last heard of working in PR for a hotel chain.
(10) Gomez always had a cigar in his hand – the show was sponsored by a cigar manufacturer.
That’s it! Okay, maybe you knew SOME of those things…