A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of family. It also features some traditional gender roles, which is typical of shows from the 1960s.
Positive Role Models
The Munsters are loving and respectful of one another. Grandpa occasionally tries to get something by being dishonest, but he's usually stopped by Herman or Lily.
Violence & Scariness
Vague jokes about blood. Occasional encounters with bank robbers or other criminals. Rare episodes show a gun, but no one is ever seriously hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Affection between Herman and Lily, who are married. Some episodes include romantic kissing. Marilyn sometimes dates or is pursued by men. It's all handled very chastely.
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Products & Purchases
Several episodes involve money-making schemes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional episodes involve sleeping pills or potions that act in a drug-like manner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 1960s family sitcom features characters resembling those from classic horror stories like Frankenstein and Dracula. But despite the characters' unusual appearance, they're a pleasant, loving family. Occasional jokey references to blood, graves, or Mr. Munster's work at a funeral home is about as scary as the show gets -- though people often express fear when they meet the family, and many beat a hasty retreat. Herman and Lily show affection toward each other, and some episodes include romantic kisses.
Is It Any Good?
The primary conceit of the series (which debuted a week after the similarly themed Addams Family in 1964) is that the Munster family doesn't realize that they're unusual. Their lives are rather ordinary -- Herman works, Lily does housework (which involves making the house dirty, rather than clean), Eddie goes to elementary school, and Grandpa tinkers in the basement with his experiments. Each episode usually contains at least one interaction with the outside world. For instance, when Grandpa accidentally puts a Sleeping Beauty spell on Marilyn, the family puts an ad in the paper searching for a genuine prince to wake her with a kiss. Two actors show up expecting an audition for a theater part; when they realize their error, they retreat in horror -- much to the Munsters' surprise.
Aside from the fact that it embraces the traditional gender roles that were typical of the era, The Munsters is still clean, non-problematic family entertainment. Occasional arguments occur between Grandpa and Herman, but they typically involve one calling the other "goofball" and then sharing a giggle. And the show's general ghoulishness is entirely benign and will probably confuse or amuse very young viewers rather than frighten them.
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