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.
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
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 macabre comedy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for NBC's Saturday morning line-up. It ran in 1973, airing 16 episodes that spanned one season. 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; Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy reprised their roles as Uncle Fester and Lurch, respectively. 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—the series revolves around the 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.

Hanna-Barbera and the United States Forest Service also teamed up to produce a Smokey Bear public service announcement.




In their aforementioned guest appearances in The New Scooby-Doo Movies, John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy reprised their respective roles (as Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, and Lurch) from the live-action series, while future movie star Jodie Foster and Cindy Henderson were newly cast to play the kids (Pugsley and Wednesday). In the series proper, Astin 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.


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


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


Dates are in order of release:



Title Number Original air date
The New Scooby-Doo Movies: "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" 1 September 23, 1972


Home media

Reading material

Between 1974-75, Gold Key Comics published a three-issue comic book series which consisted of adaptations of "Boola Boola," "The Addams Family in New York," and "Left in the Lurch."

Board game

In 1974, Milton Bradley released The Addams Family Game.