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'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 & 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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