The Addams Family (1973 TV series)

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This article is about the 1973 TV series. For other uses, see The Addams Family (disambiguation).
The Addams Family
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On-screen title card.
Created by: David Levy
Network: NBC
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 8December 22, 1973


Starring: Lennie Weinrib
Janet Waldo
Cindy Henderson
Jodie Foster
Ted Cassidy
Jackie Coogan
Ted Cassidy
John Stephenson
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Paul Sommer
Maurice Pooley
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Bill Raynor
Miles Wilder
Bud Atkinson
Dick Conway
Jack Mendelsohn
Gene Thompson
Director(s): Charles A. Nichols
Wally Burr (voices)
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The Addams Family is an American animated comedy-horror television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC's Saturday morning line-up. It ran in 1973, airing 16 episodes. It is based on Charles Addams's single-panel comic in The New Yorker, and the success of ABC's original live-action adaptation during the 1960s. According to the credits, David Levy created both incarnations.

Unlike their guest appearance on The New Scooby-Doo Movies—wherein the macabre-loving Addamses reside in their Victorian-style mansion, disturbing their neighbors with their eccentric and mysterious ways —this series revolves around their extended family traveling in a camper van (which resembled their mansion on wheels) across America; showcasing their lifestyle and supernatural abilities to the whole country. Hanna-Barbera would have a second chance in 1992 to be more faithful.

Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy reprised their roles from the live-action TV sitcom; as Uncle Fester and Lurch, respectively.

The cartoon gained some notability when it was used for a 1974 Boy Scouts of America public service announcement, and then a three-issue comic series of episode adaptations between 1974-75.

Production

Development

Casting

In their aforementioned guest appearances, John Austin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan reprised their roles (Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch) from the live-action series, while the pre-famous movie star Jodie Foster and Cindy Henderson were newly cast to play the kids (Puglsey and Wednesday). In the series proper, Austin and Jones were replaced with Lennie Weinrib and Janet Waldo, respectively. Waldo and John Stephenson had also voiced Grandmama and Cousin Itt, respectively, in both versions.

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte.

Episodes

Episode Number Original air date
"The Addams Family in New York" 1x01 September 8, 1973
"Left in the Lurch" 1x02 September 15, 1973
"Boola Boola" 1x03 September 22, 1973
"The Fastest Creepy Camper in the West" 1x04 September 29, 1973
"The Mardi Gras Story" 1x05 October 6, 1973
"Follow That Loaf of Bread" 1x06 October 13, 1973
"Aloha, Hoolamagoola" 1x07 October 20, 1973
"The Reluctant Astronauts' Trip to the Moon" 1x08 October 27, 1973
"The Great Balloon Race" 1x09 November 3, 1973
"Ghost Town" 1x10 November 10, 1973
"The Circus Story" 1x11 November 17, 1973
"The Addams Family at Sea" 1x12 November 24, 1973
"The Voodoo Story" 1x13 December 1, 1973
"The Roller Derby Story" 1x14 December 8, 1973
"The Addams Family Goes West" 1x15 December 15, 1973
"The Addams Family at the Kentucky Derby" 1x16 December 22, 1973

Cast

Crossover

Title Number Original air date
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "Wednesday is Missing" 1 September 23, 1972

References