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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: It's been said that the Munsters can be considered Jewish, and it's not that far off. The family does have rather different traditions in food, clothing, behavior, their culture is significantly unusual enough to startle outsiders. Though the family does mingle with people at large, it is when someone really stops to notice any of them, esp Herman or Grandpa, that their "otherness" becomes apparent.
  • Awesome Music: Even detractors of The Munsters Today agree that the show's theme music, a rock version of the original show's theme, is pretty cool.
  • Contested Sequel: The Munsters Today gets a lot of flack, particularly because of its initial premise being that the Munsters of the original show ended up in the late 1980's because of being in suspended animation for over 20 years, but it still has its share of fans.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: with The Addams Family for also being a creepy but friendly family.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In "Herman the Rookie" Leo Durocher says about Herman "I dont know whether to sign him with the Dodgers or send him to Vietnam."
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Just like The Addams Family, the original TV series was wildly popular in Mexico during it original run.
  • Growing the Beard: The Munsters Today, a Sequel Series/Spinoff to the original 1960's show, started off as rather mediocre with cheesy costumes, Come the second season, however, and the costumes improve significantly and episodes began to have more poignant themes, such as "Once in a Blue Moon" revealing that Grandpa's wife is still alive and that she had to leave him for complicated reasons.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • In addition to their work on The Munsters, creators Allan Burns and Chris Hayward are also best known for creating My Mother the Car. Burns is also best known for serving as co-creator and co-executive producer of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, and Lou Grant.
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    • Jerry Paris directed three episodes. Paris is best known for playing Jerry Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
    • Gene Reynolds directed two episodes. Reynolds is also best known for serving as co-creator and co-executive producer of Lou Grant.
    • Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher wrote 29 episodes and served as producers. Both are best known for serving as creators and producers of Leave It to Beaver.
    • Lou Shaw wrote an episode. Shaw is best known for co-creating Quincy, M.E.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many fans' anticipated reaction to Mockingbird Lane when it was first announced.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: While there are episodes that are about Marilyn's differences from her family and (perceived) differences from "normal" people, the focus in those episodes is more on the other Munsters as they try to help Marilyn or react to her in some other way. Marilyn comes off as a Flat Character as a result of such little development and attention, despite her potential to be interesting.
  • Values Dissonance: The episode "Yes Galen, There is a Herman" didn't age well after the era of Too Smart for Strangers. To wit, Herman makes friends with a little boy named Galen, has the boy call him "Uncle Herman," and invites him over to visit by saying that he has a son Galen's age (and even worse, once they're there, Grandpa invites them down to the basement). True, it's only Gentle Giant Herman, and the whole thing is innocent, but it goes against everything that you should teach kids about strangers.
    • In the same episode, the parents' reaction to Galen telling them about Herman, sending him to a psychiatrist, would be considered too extreme by today's standards. Even if they didn't believe what Galen was saying, modern parents would more likely applaud him for being creative instead.
  • Values Resonance: One episode which aired a few months after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had Herman teach Eddie that "It doesn't matter what you look can be tall, or short, or fat, or thin, or black, or yellow, or doesn't matter. What DOES matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character."
  • The Woobie: Marilyn. Everyone in the family, including herself, thinks she's hideous, and anytime she tries to form a relationship with a boy the family scares him off or something else goes wrong.

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