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Old October 29 2012, 02:47 PM   #91
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Re: Mockingbird Lane - It didn't suck!

Crap. I forgot all about it. I'll have to check out the NBC site.
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Old October 29 2012, 03:11 PM   #92
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Crap. I forgot all about it. I'll have to check out the NBC site.
It's worth watching for the visuals alone, it's gorgeous for a TV production. If you like the rest then bonus.
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Old October 29 2012, 03:27 PM   #93
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I don't think this was derivative of "The Addams Family" - Fuller's sense of humor is pretty well established and this show fits it to a "T." The humor is macabre, whereas the one joke of the original "Munsters" premise was that they really were a prosaic suburban bunch who didn't get the way they appeared to others. That got stale pretty fast.

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Old October 29 2012, 05:03 PM   #94
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I think the humor was more in line with The Addams Family than The Munsters, as likely is Fuller's sense of humor.
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Old October 29 2012, 05:07 PM   #95
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I enjoyed it. Beautifully done, lots of cute little in jokes and interesting characters. Love to see it picked up...
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Old October 29 2012, 05:20 PM   #96
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I liked it. I was sad to see it was only an hour long.
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Old October 29 2012, 08:16 PM   #97
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If not for the budget, I think this would make a great show for a network like USA (part of the NBC-Universal family). As in another thread about what cable can teach broadcast, this production may not be "broadcast" ready quite yet. I found it extremely entertaining personally and very much liked its twist on the original.
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Old October 29 2012, 10:13 PM   #98
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My local NBC affiliate decided to air a local Halloween special instead that looked about as exciting as you'd imagine.
Sucks. Maybe NBC will offer it on their website for viewing in a day or two. It really is worth a look.

Watching it now on Hulu...
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Old October 29 2012, 10:25 PM   #99
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In the original series, Herman was the Munster.
True, but which part of him?
IIRC from the movie "Munster Go Home", Herman made his way to Ireland after being driven out of Transylvania and was adopted by a family named Munster. It never really addressed how Grandpa or Marilyn got the Munster name.
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Old October 30 2012, 12:26 AM   #100
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In the original series, Herman was the Munster.
True, but which part of him?
IIRC from the movie "Munster Go Home", Herman made his way to Ireland after being driven out of Transylvania and was adopted by a family named Munster. It never really addressed how Grandpa or Marilyn got the Munster name.
Geez, I remember seeing that movie at the drive-in when I was very young.

I enjoyed this remake better than the John Schuck version. It was fun, and the dark humor worked. I can see why the poster above compares it to the Addams Family.
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Old October 30 2012, 01:00 AM   #101
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Yes, there was some hint of evil Marilyn. The hoboes finding a home wasn't evil, though, but offbeat sentimentality. There was also explicit family dynamics that didn't fit evil Marilyn. Nor did her attempt to save the scoutmaster fit that. If she was supposed to killed him on purpose, the scene was incorrectly set up. For one thing, the "oops" was too cute by half.

They probably would have tried to get the character to gel, but it was too blurry to keep my interest.
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Old October 30 2012, 01:27 AM   #102
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BTW, found this curio the other night, an unaired test episode for the original Munsters...in color! Also, with spastic canned laughter.

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Old October 30 2012, 01:33 AM   #103
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Marilyn was so good, as a series I'd expect it to largely revolve around her and Grandpa. They seem to be the two poles of the family, and there's real tension there.
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Old October 30 2012, 03:20 AM   #104
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I loved the idea of Herman searching for a sense of identity as well.

and they cast him perfectly. Jerry O'connell's body totally looks like pieces that don't fit stuck together
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I loved the idea of Herman searching for a sense of identity as well.

and they cast him perfectly. Jerry O'connell's body totally looks like pieces that don't fit stuck together


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