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Look, I’m an Addams Family girl. Always have been, always will be. This means that I have, since my earliest memories, resented the Munsters. Despised them, even.

I thought the Addams clan was charming and funny and their house was fabulous.

The Munsters? Lowbrow and tedious, with very uneven direction and too much mixed-monster mythology. Even a kid could see that.

I was going to embed the The Munsters theme but I’m only allowed to link to it. So here you go.

Additionally, since we only had a black and white TV when I was a wee child, I failed to understand that these shows were in reruns and the Munsters were not, even as I watched, actively conspiring to destroy my beloved Addams Family.

When I got older and co-curated an exhibit on horror movies and television, I learned that the networks really had waged this battle. And the Munsters lost. It was only in syndication that the Munsters seemed to have primacy, and only then because their reruns were obviously cheaper than the Addams Family. As a kid, I didn’t understand that “back to back” episodes really meant, “We got this crap super-cheap.”

Despite all this pop-cultural monster baggage, I tivo’d the pilot episode of Mockingbird Lane so that we could watch it and give it a fair shot. It’s from Bryans Singer and Fuller, so at the very least I figured it would be more visually interesting than the original.

The show was MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the original and, most importantly, I want every single item that Lily (Portia de Rossi) wore. Even the spider dress. Okay, maybe just the dress, you can keep the spiders (although that kind of instant tailoring would be very handy…)

Today’s the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charles Addams.

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You can stream the original tv show on Netflix (but not on Hulu).

Needless to say, when we bought a house I spent a lot of time tracking down a wicker peacock chair like Morticia’s.

I haven’t seen The Addams Family: A New Musical, but it has a nice website.

Alas, none of Addams Family cartoons are available for browsing on the Cartoon Bank, but you can find a number of collections for sale or at your local library, including the excellent Charles Addams: The Addams Family: An Evilution, and Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A Collection of Cartoons to Chill the Heart of Your Loved One and Chas Addams Half-Baked Cookbook: Culinary Cartoons for the Humorously Famished.

It’s not showing up on the google doodles index yet so if you missed the google image on the main page on Saturday, here it is: