I gotta say, I’ve never been a big fan of the Munsters.
Oh, I liked them fine in theory, you understand, but I was always more of an Addams Family kind of guy, myself.
So how come I’ve seen every version of them so far?
Oh, it’s true. I’ve seen the original series, the ‘Munsters, Go Home!’ movie, ‘The Munsters Today’, which was just awful and all of the Munsters TV movies.
So I KNEW I’d be watching ‘Mockingbird Lane’.
And you know what?
It’s not bad. In fact, it’s the best version of the Munsters I’ve ever seen!
The concept is KIND OF the same, but certainly not the Munsters we’re used to. Grandpa’s still a vampire (I guess) and mad scientist, Lily’s a vampire, Eddie’s a werewolf and poor cousin Marilyn is the normal one – and Herman is still a reanimated patchwork creation made up of dead body parts.
But there are two differences:
- They look fairly normal most of the time.
- They’re a bit more of a threat than they were in the other Munsters stories.
Yes, these Munsters are monsters.
Beyond that, the basic premise is there.
They just look and act cooler and they occasionally kill people.
The best way to compare ‘Mockingbird Lane’ to any other version of the Munsters would be to suggest it’s the way the 90′s Addams Family movies were a modern, darker update of the TV show (except that show was based on Charles Addams’ delightful cartoons, which were VERY dark).
Great nods to the original series, great use of the theme music, the house looks good. I’d suggest Jerry O’Connell was a tad too vanilla as Herman, but it’s hardly a deal-breaker.
Long story short, this is a fresh new take on the Munsters that really needs to be a series.