Thursday, October 22, 2009

Addams v. Munsters

Vic Mizzy died last week at the age of 93. He had a long musical career, but was best known for writing a truly great TV theme song for The Addams Family. (Mizzy also composed the one for Green Acres.)

There was that "neat, sweet, petite" part.  There was the very odd rhyming:

There house is a museum
When people come to see them (see-um)
They really are a scream (sree-um)
The Addams Family

And, of course, there was the finger snapping.

With Mizzy's death coming on the approach of Halloween, memories of The Addams Family and its competitor, The Munsters, have been awakened from the dead.

Though both have become classics in reruns, neither show had a long original life; each ran only two seasons (1964-66).  However, both featured great actors and cool sets, and were hugely popular in my male tween demographic.

Being asked which show you preferred became a kind of Rorschach test not unlike choosing between Ginger and Mary Ann, or naming your favorite Beatle. The Addams Family played on the family's eccentricities and was hipper while The Munsters' focus was on the family's normalcy and its tone was more sentimental.  Gomez Addams was a flamboyant trust-fund baby.  Herman Munster was a regular blue collar Joe.

My 10-year-old brain thought The Addams Family was far superior, though The Munsters have won out since I've gotten older.  However, there was never any debate as to the better theme song.

- Dave

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