Ghoulish Facts You Might Have Missed About ‘The Munsters’

When the producers of the television series Leave It To Beaver had the opportunity to make another show, they didn’t go for the traditional nuclear family look that worked for them before. Instead, they took a chance and The Munsters was born. The show, which first aired on September 24, 1964, only aired for two seasons but was immensely popular and lived on in syndication.

It’s been more than 50 years since the show aired and a lot of behind-the-scenes facts have come out over time. Take a look back at all the hijinks the actors and others were engaged in, where they are now, and some facts that even the most die-hard fans don’t know.

Why Was The Show Shot In Black-And-White?

Pat Priest, Al Lewis and Butch Patrick along with Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo of the Munster family
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In 1965, it was announced that half of all network television would be airing shows in color. That didn’t happen for The Munsters, which continued to air its episodes in black and white.

A number of theories seek to explain why this was the case. Some believe it was a simple case of economics — the studio didn’t want to pay for a color television series and opted to do so for other shows instead. Another theory suggests that the black-and-white feel of the show made it less scary to children and that if they saw The Munsters in color they’d be frightened. The pilot episode of the show was filmed in color, but many believe the black-and-white choice was a good one — in many ways, it makes the show feel just like an old-timey monster film!