Tony Sokol

Aug 11, 2017

A newly-rebooted series of The Munsters will see the offbeat family become fish out water in hipster Brooklyn…

Another ’60s TV classic sit-com is being resuscitated, and this time the main character has knobs on the side of his neck for easy jump-starts. Yep, NBC is rebooting the classic sitcom The Munsters. The series will be executive produced by Late Night host Seth Meyers, and the script for the pilot is being written by Odd Mom Out creator and star Jill Kargman.

The planned series will be a half-hour, single-camera sitcom. According to the logline (via Deadline), The Munsters “follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.”

The Munsters satirised wholesome 1950s family comedies by casting classic movie monsters like vampires, Frankenstein monsters and wolfmen. It reteamed Fred Gwynne, who played 151-year-old laboratory creation Herman Munster, with Al Lewis, who played the ancient vampire Grandpa, from the ’50s comedy Car 54 Where Are You? Herman was married to Grandpa’s daughter Lily, played by Yvonne De Carlo. Butch Patrick played their wolfman son. Beverly Owen, and later Pat Priest, played the horrifyingly normal teenager Marilyn.

Sometimes compared to The Addams Family, which was a television comedy based on Charles Addams’ comic sitcom, The Munsters premiered in 1964 and ran to 1966. The network produced 70 episodes, and it was so popular in syndication that after it died from bad ratings, it spawned several films.

NBC previously rebooted The Munsters as Mockingbird Lane in 2012 with Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn.

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