The Addams Family vs. The Munsters
Since both shows appeared on television simultaneously in the 1960s, a debate has raged throughout America. Which brand of macabre humor reigns supreme: The Addams Family or The Munsters? I have taken it upon myself to settle this matter once and for all. The answer can only be the Addams Family.
The easiest way to highlight the differences in quality between the two shows is to look at the primary characters of each.
The Addams Family
Wednesday & Pugsley Addams
Having described the genius of the Addams family, I must now turn my attention to the unworthy competition. The Munsters is a pathetic derivative of the vastly superior Addams Family, relying on low-brow humor for cheap laughs. Even their name betrays their lack of innovation. The Monsters - o + u = The Munsters. Get it? Duh. Just look at this set of rejects:
The Munsters also had a number of pets, but they are too boring to mention here, and it would only further hurt their cause if I did.
Next, consider the theme songs between the two shows. The Addams family theme is well-known, incorporating a lyrical explanation of the family, accentuated by finger snaps that are imitated everywhere. I defy you to snap your fingers twice while humming the theme and see who else knows what you are doing. It is often played during NBA games due to its popularity. The song describes the Addams Family as altogether ooky. This is further proof that the Addams Family is so indescribably unique, that there was no English word to describe them, meriting the creation of a new word! The Munsters, however, had a forgettable composition that contained no lyrics and was thankfully brief.
The Addams Family is so well known they have even inspired schoolyard rhymes (sung to the tune of The Addams Family theme), such as:
The Addams Family started
The Munsters can make no such claim.
The Addams Family has led to three feature films, with 0 for the Munsters. Even more importantly, the Addams Family led to a wildly fun pinball game, and an obscenely frustrating Nintendo game: Festers Quest. The best the Munsters has been able to do is spawn the aptly titled telepicture “Munster, Go Home” and the unspeakable abortion of an update known as “The Munsters Today”, in which one of Grandpa’s experiments goes awry and puts the family in suspended animation for 22 years. Would to God that they had stayed asleep forever and spared both us from their painfully unfunny humor and spared themselves from further humiliation.
I know this was a long article, but I felt it was necessary
to definitively demonstrate the superiority of the Addams Family. I
hope you found it helpful, and that you will join me in lying on a bed
of nails, or relaxing while standing on your head as you recognize the
Addams Family as the dominator of macabre comedy. If you disagree, drop
a comment and let me know where my logic is flawed. Thanks!