NBC reported today they are bringing back two of our favorite tv sitcoms from the 60’s and the 80’s-The Munsters and Miami Vice. With reality television dominating the stations now, we can all say, “thank goodness!”
Anyone who grew up in the 60’s remembers the episodes of the quirky Munster family and their humor at trying to fit into society. The Munsters were a weird but honest family. Herman (the father) is Frankenstein’s monster. Lily (his wife) and Grandpa (her father) are vampires. Eddie (their little son) is a werewolf. Marilyn (their niece) is the only normal one (that is the ugly duck of the family). The first episode aired on September 24, 1964 (duration 30 minutes) and ran until May 12, 1966. The original cast starred Fred Gwynne as head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Beverly Owen (later re-placed by Pat Priest) as their teenage niece, and Butch Patrick as son Eddie Munster. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era, and was produced by the creators of Leave It to Beaver. It ran concurrently with the similarly macabre themed The Addams Family and achieved higher figures in the Nielsen ratings. The original sitcom was created by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward.
A new reboot of The Munsters is being created by Seth Meyers (Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Jill Kargman (creator of Odd Man Out.) Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn. The original sitcom projected residence of The Munsters to be in California. The Munsters 1960s family sitcom featured characters resembling those from classic horror stories like Frankenstein and Dracula. But despite the characters’ unusual appearance, they’re a pleasant, loving family. The sitcom provided positive role models and family values. The average age of the viewer was 6 years and from the viewers, the sitcom gained 5 stars. The Munsters marks the second reboot of an old series for NBC next season. It seems vampire sitcoms are on every station now, so we are thrilled that The Munsters will bring humor back for family viewing.
Last week the network announced a new version of the 1980s “MTV cops” drama Miami Vice, to be produced by Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan. The original “Miami Vice” aired on NBC from 1984-1990 for five seasons (112 episodes). It starred Don Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs, two Miami narcotics detectives. It also starred Saundra Santiago, Edward James Olmos, and Michael Talbott. It featured a long list of guest stars that included Gene Simmons, Pam Grier, Laurence Fishburne, Viggo Mortensen, and John Leguizamo. Michael Mann executive produced the original series. Many nights teens were huddled at pizza restaurants just to watch episodes and to see the latest pastel suits worn by Crockett. We all remember the late night car scenes and music. As popular as the contemporary music featured on Miami Vice was the show’s background score of smooth synth vibes was composed especially for it by Czech composer Jan Hammer.
We are all just wondering if the new version of Miami Vice will be an 80’s set and if The Munsters will bring the family fun back into the home. Let’s just be glad they didn’t forget about what we loved to watch.
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