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Classic Halloween Television Shows

Updated on September 11, 2014
The role model family
The role model family | Source

'The Addams Family'

Growing up in the 60's introduced a few interesting sitcoms that I enjoyed. One of those shows was 'The Addams Family'.

The series only ran for two season, 1964-1966 with a cast of crazy and kooky characters based on characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

Portraying a normal happy family of four with extended family residing with them and that occasional visit from an out of the way relative, the series mainly concentrated on the everyday antics within the Addams household.

Wholesome and loving to each other as well as visitors that dared to enter their mansion gave them a 'normal' feel with just a twist on the odd side.

This show provided good family humor and fun for the silly at heart who love a constant Halloween theme.

If you are not old enough to remember The Addams Family, check it out in reruns through Netflix. It's worth a watch at least once. Or watch your listings this Halloween for a possible marathon of showings back to back.

The Addams Family Theme Song

Gomez and Morticia Addams, the glue that kept them together.
Gomez and Morticia Addams, the glue that kept them together. | Source

Gomez & Morticia Addams

The anchor of the family

Head of this crazy and kooky Addams household is the father, Gomez Addams, played by John Astin and the mother, Morticia Addams played by Carolyn Jones.

Gomez portrayed as an eccentric millionaire who's favorite past time was crashing his train sets.

Never in need of money and the occasional loss of lots of money never rattled this easy going, carefree personality.

Crazy in love with his wife, Morticia Addams, Gomez could not be away from her for long at too great of a distance and seemed to derive his greatest joy from regular conversation and everyday activities, such as being in the greenhouse with his wife while she was feeding the meat eating plants or working with her thorny roses.

Morticia loved her garden and you would generally find her pruning to make her lovely bouquet of sticks.

Gomez and Morticia demonstrated a undying love and deep affection well suited to their lifestyle.

Pugsley and Wednesday Addams
Pugsley and Wednesday Addams | Source

The Addams Children

Pugsley and Wednesday

Pugsley Addams, the Addams' son was played by 'Ken Weatherwax' born in 1955.Puglsley was Ken's only role in front of the camera and unfortunately found it hard to find other roles.Ken Weatherwax joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and since has done guest appearances at conventions and has worked behind the camera for a number of years.

Wednesday Addams, the Addams' daughter, was played by 'Lisa Loring' born 1958.Lisa was able to eventually continue her acting career being featured in an ABC sitcom 'The Pruitts of Southhampton' in addition to a soap opera role as Cricket Montgomery on 'As the World Turns' from 1981 to 1983.

Halloween is coming - Are you ready?

How more perfect could a costume be for Halloween then to dress as a character from The Addams Family TV sitcom.

Varieties in ready made costumes available for your choosing or why not create your own. How hard can it be.

Which character costume do you like the best? Share with us in the comments box.

The Addams Family Marathon

The extended family...the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree.
The extended family...the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree. | Source

Uncle Fester and Grandmama

the 'live in' relatives

Uncle Fester was a beloved character in the family. Crazy Uncle Fester the walking electric lightbulb, always giving the extra spark when needed.

Fester was played by Jackie Coogan born in 1914 and died in 1984 at the age of 69. Jackie Coogan began his career as a child actor in the silent films being discovered by Charlie Chaplin and played alongside Chaplin in 'The Kid'.

From there Coogan played guest roles in some of the other well known television sitcoms such as 'The Brady Bunch', 'I Dream of Jeannie', 'Family Affair', 'The Partridge Family', 'Wild, Wild West' and 'Here's Lucy'.

Grandmama, was Gomez's mother in the show and always ready to spin a tale as a fortune teller. Grandmama, played by Blossom Rock was born 1895.

Playing on Broadway her most well know part was this role as Grandmama on the Addams Family. She died in 1978 at the age of 82.

"You Rang?"
"You Rang?" | Source

Lurch

"You Rang?"

Outside of family members there are also the household servants. The most beloved and well known character is Lurch.

This excessively tall, 6' 9", non-expressive butler popped up at a thoughts moment whenever the bell was rang. How he did it we'll never know.

The coined phrase 'You Rang' has become a household phrase to this day.

Lurch was played by Ted Cassidy, who also occasionally played as 'thing'.

Born 1932, Cassidy played several cameo roles in a variety of sitcoms from 1953 to 1979 outside of his role as Lurch in 'The Addams Family'. Ted Cassidy passed away 1979 from health complications.

Rock and Roll Lurch

Everyone needs an extra 'hand' around the house.
Everyone needs an extra 'hand' around the house. | Source

'Thing'

Hand-y to have around

This was the most unique member of The Addams household. Every house needs a 'Thing', don't you think.

From a variety of locations in the Addams' house a hand would pop out of a box to...uhh, give a hand.

'Thing', formally known as 'Thing T Thing', was part of the servant staff, but one gets the feel that if you live in the Addams' house you are a member of the family anyway.

Thing's hand was played by....well according to the credits....itself, but actually according to Wikipedia either Ted Cassidy or asst. director Jack Voglin would be on hand for the role as scripted called.

Did You Have a Favorite?

When the relatives come for a visit.
When the relatives come for a visit. | Source

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      Teri Hansen 2 years ago

      Hi Kenneth and thx for stopping by for a visit, glad to have made a new friend here in hubworld. Pleased to hear you agree with my take on such silliness. Have become a forever fan of yours as well. Cheers.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      bead at home mom,

      Thank you, my talented friend, for publishing this marvelous hub. Addams Family was my favorite show. Loved Lurch!

      I love this hub and how you wrote it. You possess an amazing writing style.

      I was proud to vote Up and all of the choices. Loved your graphics.

      Just keep up the fine work for you will always have a fan and follower

      in me.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I was a very young kid when the Addams Family first came out so Cousin It was my favorite. Enjoyed your lens filled with good information.

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      dragonlildragon 4 years ago

      I remember watching it as a kid. Very fun lens. :-)

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      David Gardner 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Yup. A fan! -- I always liked the Addams Family... in addition to the Munsters, Bewitched, and Jeanie. Nice lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Great stuff - though I was always more of a Munsters fan personally - still lots of fun! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      charity7 5 years ago

      It was one of my favorite shows growing up. I still will watch the reruns from time to time. Nice Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      finally a halloween movie I can watch without having negative weird feelings. Glad I browsed your lens tonight, if you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am definitely an Addams Family fan! How could you not be? I loved all the performers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Loved that show. Lurch is my fav.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      For a show that was only on for two seasons, it made a major impact. You have created a lens that I just have to bless because it is so well done. This was one of my favorite shows.

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      evitaa 5 years ago

      Addams Family were so popular. Little bit scary but cool. Thanks for sharing.

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      jgelien 5 years ago

      I loved the Addams Family when I was a kid! I never missed an episode. Thanks for the memories :)

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      NaturalVamp 5 years ago

      I idolized Morticia growing up. I wished I could be just like her. Wishes do come true.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      i'm gonna have the addams family song in my head for a week now... :)

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      I thought this show was great fun when I was a kid. :)

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      Jen 5 years ago from Canada

      I watched the Addams Family when I was younger. I loved the whole spooky cast of characters, but Wednesday and Fester always stood out as favorites.

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      Staceysk 5 years ago

      I got my daughter watching this as well as The New Addams Family and the movies when she was young. She'll still watch them now that she's a teen.