7.6
351 votes
The Munsters

The Munsters

CBS 1964

At 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights, lived one of America's strangest sitcom families, The Munsters. Strangest looking, that is, for beneath Herman's Frankensteinian facial features, Lily's vampiric visage, Grandpa's Dracula countenance and Eddie's Wolfman looks, lurked possibly the sweetest and most sensitive sitcom family ever to grace the small-screen. This, of course, was the nub of the series: that a family so weird could overcome the everyday problems of modern living - and the fact that people ran away from them, screaming - by their generosity, gentleness and belief in traditional American values.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Munsters

The Munsters - S2E26

#1 - A Visit From Johann (Season 2 - Episode 26)

Dr. Victor Frankenstein IV from Germany visits Mockingbird Heights and brings with him Johann, Herman's look-alike cousin. Johann is quite primitive and behaves like the Frankenstein monster from the movies. It is up to Herman to try to civilize him and teach him English. Lily is not informed of this; mistaking Johann for Herman, she takes him away for a romantic weekend getaway.

The episode was rated 8.55 from 20 votes.

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The Munsters - S2E25

#2 - Prehistoric Munster (Season 2 - Episode 25)

Herman has his ego flattered twice by his family. First, Eddie wants to enter him in the Father of the Year Contest. Next, Marilyn wants to sculpt a clay bust in his likeness. When she tells her art professor that the sculpture represents a living person, he plans to make a bundle from his discovery of a missing link. Herman is summoned to his office for an examination, but he's under the impression he's about to receive an award and a bunch of neat prizes.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 19 votes.

The Munsters - S2E18

#3 - Big Heap Herman (Season 2 - Episode 18)

The Munsters are heading for a vacation in Buffalo Valley when Herman gets off for a rest stop at Indian Flats. He wanders into the village of an Indian tribe that specializes in luring the tourist trade. The tribe's eldest member mistakes Herman for an ancient spirit leader.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 17 votes.

The Munsters - S1E34

#4 - Munster the Magnificent (Season 1 - Episode 34)

Eddie volunteers Herman as a performer for his school's Talent Night. Since Herman has no discernible talent, Grandpa conjures up a pair of magic ballet shoes that will transform whoever wears them into a gifted dancer. But Herman is uneasy about strapping on this footwear. Fortunately, Eddie already has him billed as the world's greatest magician.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 22 votes.

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The Munsters - S1E13

#5 - Family Portrait (Season 1 - Episode 13)

The Munsters have been chosen by Event Magazine as the average American family. Grandpa is insulted by being labeled ""average."" He disappears, jeopardizing the family's photo opportunity and the large amount of prize money that came with it. When a journalist and photographer arrive at the Munster home, Herman and Lily think they are burglars.

The episode was rated 8.44 from 43 votes.

The Munsters - S2E21

#6 - The Fregosi Emerald (Season 2 - Episode 21)

Eddie gives Marilyn a ring he found in the attic as a birthday present. Grandpa recognizes it as the Fregosi Emerald, a centuries-old ring with a Transylvanian curse. Herman doesn't believe in such a silly superstition; he is intent on proving that the ring does not bring about bad luck. He quickly regrets trying to do this.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 23 votes.

The Munsters - S2E19

#7 - The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World (Season 2 - Episode 19)

With inheritance money from Cousin Wolverine, Grandpa and Herman develop an invention for transporting an electrical current without wires. Lily and Marilyn use the rest of the money to operate their own beauty salon. Both endeavors turn out to be disasters, causing various parties to take legal action.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 20 votes.

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The Munsters - S1E33

#8 - Lily Munster, Girl Model (Season 1 - Episode 33)

Fearing that she is not useful around the house, Lily searches for a job. She eventually lands a position as a fashion model, causing Herman to become wildly jealous as he entertains fantasies about the suave men she's liable to mingle with. With Grandpa's help, Herman transforms himself into a swinging playboy. Grandpa, in a disguise, poses as his beautiful blonde girlfriend.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 27 votes.

The Munsters - S2E14

#9 - The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights (Season 2 - Episode 14)

While searching for a fuse box in the dungeon, Herman and Grandpa discover a secret chamber and a clue to the pirate treasure hidden on the Munsters' property.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 27 votes.

The Munsters - S2E23

#10 - Cyrano de Munster (Season 2 - Episode 23)

After Herman has his poetry published in The Mortician Monthly, a shy coworker named Clyde asks him to compose love letters to help him attract the attention of a young lady he's fallen for. Herman obliges, but soon Lily discovers samples of this mushy writing and becomes suspicious. After a re-enactment of the ""hiding in the bushes"" scene from CYRANO DE BERGERAC, the object of Clyde's desire falls for Herman. Meanwhile, Herman mistakenly suspects that Clyde's object of desire is Lily.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 22 votes.

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The Munsters - S2E6

#11 - Happy 100th Anniversary (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Herman and Lily want to buy each other an elaborate gift for their 100th Anniversary. Without telling each other, they both take night jobs as ship welders. Since the job requires them to wear protective helmets that conceal their faces, they don't realize whom they're dealing with when they start flirting with each other.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 28 votes.

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The Munsters - S1E36

#12 - Hot Rod Herman (Season 1 - Episode 36)

Eddie, under the impression that his father is the greatest driver in the world, volunteers Herman in a drag-strip competition. After souping up the Munster Coach and dressing up like Marlon Brando in his Wild One days, Herman loses his car in a drag race. In a rematch, Grandpa races in the Dragula, a motorized coffin on wheels.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 34 votes.

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The Munsters - S2E29

#13 - A House Divided (Season 2 - Episode 29)

A massive argument erupts between Grandpa and Herman after Herman accidentally destroys a go-cart the two of them constructed for Eddie. Since Grandpa claims to own half of the house, Herman draws a white line down its center and insists that Grandpa remain on his side of the line.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 22 votes.

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The Munsters - S2E2

#14 - Herman, the Master Spy (Season 2 - Episode 2)

In this Cold War episode, a Russian fishing trawler picks up a scuba-diving Herman in its haul of fish and mistakes him for the missing link. The crew members report their find to Moscow, claiming it puts the Soviets ahead in the ""missing link race."" The response from the Commissar is that Herman is an American spy.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 36 votes.

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The Munsters - S1E10

#15 - Autumn Croakus (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Grandpa is feeling lonely and depressed so he contacts a matrimonial agency to find a mate. The agency sends over a nice looking elderly woman who find Grandpa to be delightful. She turns out to be the Black Widow: she makes her living by marrying her suitors, getting them to sign a life insurance policy naming her as beneficiary, and then murdering them.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 59 votes.

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Last updated: dec 30, 2022

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