Although Booomerang’s mission is to present “the best in classic animated entertainment”, for October, they’re offering a couple of live-action sitcom classics from 1964. The Addams Family and The Munsters air weekdays at 2:30 and 3 PM and weeknights at midnight. (Times Eastern.)
The Munsters was sillier, with the idea of a Monster, a Vampire, and a Werewolf all living together as a family, but The Addams Family was a precursor to today’s more accepting, outsider-friendly society. It starred John Astin as Gomez Addams; Carolyn Jones as his wife, Morticia; Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester; Ted Cassidy as the butler, Lurch; Blossom Rock as Grandmama Addams; and Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax as the children, Wednesday and Pugsley. The Munsters featured Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster; Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily; Al Lewis as Grandpa; Butch Patrick as Eddie; and Beverly Owen or Pat Priest (depending on season) as Marilyn, the “ugly niece” who resembled Marilyn Monroe. I liked The Addams Family much better, because it felt as though all the family members, weird as they were, really cared about each other, and they just wanted to live life on their own terms, strange hobbies and all.
Also airing for Halloween month (as it’s become) are some classic cartoons themed for the season. All air on weekdays, times are Eastern.
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, 11 AM — A 1985 take with real ghosts and the Price-inspired Vincent Van Ghoul.
The Funky Phantom, 11:30 AM — Instead of a dog, three teenagers hang out with the ghost of a U.S. colonial patriot (Jonathan “Mudsy” Muddlemore) from the American Revolution.
Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Noon — Three teenagers and their dog, only the pet can become invisible. They investigate paranormal mysteries.
The Addams Family, 12:30 PM — The animated version, with two episodes running at a time.
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, 1:30 PM — The classic kids-and-a-dog mystery series.