The Best Episodes of The Munsters

At 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights, lived one of America's strangest sitcom families, The Munsters. Strangest looking, that is, for beneath Herman's Frankensteinian facial features, Lily's vampiric visage, Grandpa's Dracula countenance and Eddie's Wolfman looks, lurked possibly the sweetest and most sensitive sitcom family ever to grace the small-screen. This, of course, was the nub of the series: that a family so weird could overcome the everyday problems of modern living - and the fact that people ran away from them, screaming - by their generosity, gentleness and belief in traditional American values.

The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World

#1 - The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World

Season 2 - Episode 19

With inheritance money from Cousin Wolverine, Grandpa and Herman develop an invention for transporting an electrical current without wires. Lily and Marilyn use the rest of the money to operate their own beauty salon. Both endeavors turn out to be disasters, causing various parties to take legal action.

star 8.62
13 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Happy 100th Anniversary

#2 - Happy 100th Anniversary

Season 2 - Episode 6

Herman and Lily want to buy each other an elaborate gift for their 100th Anniversary. Without telling each other, they both take night jobs as ship welders. Since the job requires them to wear protective helmets that conceal their faces, they don't realize whom they're dealing with when they start flirting with each other.

star 8.61
18 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Underground Munster

#3 - Underground Munster

Season 2 - Episode 13

The Munsters' pet Spot runs away from home and is mistaken for a dangerous monster when he is sighted in the sewer. When Herman goes down the manhole to search for Spot, he too is mistaken for a dangerous monster. The Mayor vows to rid the city of these menaces by using TNT.

star 8.57
14 votes
Directors: Don Richardson
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Autumn Croakus

#4 - Autumn Croakus

Season 1 - Episode 10

Grandpa is feeling lonely and depressed so he contacts a matrimonial agency to find a mate. The agency sends over a nice looking elderly woman who find Grandpa to be delightful. She turns out to be the Black Widow: she makes her living by marrying her suitors, getting them to sign a life insurance policy naming her as beneficiary, and then murdering them.

star 8.52
38 votes
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Family Portrait

#5 - Family Portrait

Season 1 - Episode 13

The Munsters have been chosen by Event Magazine as the average American family. Grandpa is insulted by being labeled ""average."" He disappears, jeopardizing the family's photo opportunity and the large amount of prize money that came with it. When a journalist and photographer arrive at the Munster home, Herman and Lily think they are burglars.

star 8.50
34 votes
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Bats of a Feather

#6 - Bats of a Feather

Season 1 - Episode 20

Eddie needs an impressive pet to take to the school pet fair, but Spot, the fire-breathing monster, is too shy to come out of hiding. Eddie decides to take Igor the bat, but Igor is insulted by one of Herman's wisecracks and flies away. Without Eddie's knowing, Grandpa changes himself into a bat to impersonate Igor. This causes trouble when Eddie gives Grandpa to another student whose father wants to send him to outer space on a scientific mission.

star 8.48
21 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
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A Visit From Johann

#7 - A Visit From Johann

Season 2 - Episode 26

Dr. Victor Frankenstein IV from Germany visits Mockingbird Heights and brings with him Johann, Herman's look-alike cousin. Johann is quite primitive and behaves like the Frankenstein monster from the movies. It is up to Herman to try to civilize him and teach him English. Lily is not informed of this; mistaking Johann for Herman, she takes him away for a romantic weekend getaway.

star 8.46
13 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
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Eddie's Nickname

#8 - Eddie's Nickname

Season 1 - Episode 19

Eddie wants to quit school because all the kids there call him Shorty. Grandpa helps by fixing a potion to make Eddie grow six inches overnight. Instead, the potion causes the young Munster to grow a full beard and mustache.

star 8.43
23 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
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Herman's Happy Valley

#9 - Herman's Happy Valley

Season 1 - Episode 35

Herman purchases ten acres in Happy Holiday Valley through a magazine ad. It turns out to be a patch of wasteland in a broken-down ghost town, so the Munsters absolutely adore it. This makes things difficult for the fly-by-night salespeople who get a better offer for the property and want to buy it back.

star 8.41
22 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Herman the Rookie

#10 - Herman the Rookie

Season 1 - Episode 29

Leo Durocher, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, needs a power hitter for his team. When he gets conked on the head by one of Herman's line drives from seven blocks away, he believes he has his man. He tracks Herman down and asks him to try out for the team. After Herman demonstrates his powerful force as a batter, Durocher comments: ""I don't know whether to sign him with the Dodgers or send him to Vietnam.""

star 8.40
20 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
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John Doe Munster

#11 - John Doe Munster

Season 2 - Episode 9

A 300-pound safe drops on Herman's head, causing him to develop amnesia. In order to get him released into her custody, Lily petitions the court to adopt Herman as her son. Until he restores his memory, he is treated as Eddie's brother John.

star 8.40
15 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
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Munster the Magnificent

#12 - Munster the Magnificent

Season 1 - Episode 34

Eddie volunteers Herman as a performer for his school's Talent Night. Since Herman has no discernible talent, Grandpa conjures up a pair of magic ballet shoes that will transform whoever wears them into a gifted dancer. But Herman is uneasy about strapping on this footwear. Fortunately, Eddie already has him billed as the world's greatest magician.

star 8.39
18 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
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The Sleeping Cutie

#13 - The Sleeping Cutie

Season 1 - Episode 12

Marilyn has insomnia and in a attempt to cure it, Grandpa accidentally gives her a Sleeping Beauty potion instead. Now Marilyn can't wake up unless she has been kissed by a prince. Lily and Herman advertise for a prince in classified section the newspaper, but this only attracts a couple of out-of-work actors. Meanwhile, Grandpa is negotiating with an oil company for the rights to use his magic pill that turns water into gasoline.

star 8.37
35 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
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Herman, the Master Spy

#14 - Herman, the Master Spy

Season 2 - Episode 2

In this Cold War episode, a Russian fishing trawler picks up a scuba-diving Herman in its haul of fish and mistakes him for the missing link. The crew members report their find to Moscow, claiming it puts the Soviets ahead in the ""missing link race."" The response from the Commissar is that Herman is an American spy.

star 8.37
27 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Herman Picks a Winner

#15 - Herman Picks a Winner

Season 2 - Episode 16

Herman tries to teach Eddie a lesson about the folly of gambling: he takes the money in Eddie's piggy bank and bets it on a long shot at the racetrack. When the horse comes in a winner, it ruins the point of Herman's lesson and leads to his entanglement with organized crime.

star 8.36
11 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Dance With Me, Herman

#16 - Dance With Me, Herman

Season 1 - Episode 22

In order to accompany Marilyn to her school dance, Herman decides to take dancing lessons. He goes to Happy Havemeyer's Dancing School, where he is suckered into signing a ten-year contract for 1500 lessons (at $7.50 a lesson). Herman is under the wrong impression that he is going to become a dancing instructor for the school.

star 8.35
20 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
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The Musician

#17 - The Musician

Season 2 - Episode 24

Grandpa's magic transforms Eddie from a rotten trumpet player into a classical music virtuoso. But when he needs to duplicate the potion for a command performance for Herman's boss, Grandpa can't remember the exact formula. Eddie is accidentally turned into a jazz-playing, jive-talking hipster.

star 8.33
12 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights

#18 - The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights

Season 2 - Episode 14

While searching for a fuse box in the dungeon, Herman and Grandpa discover a secret chamber and a clue to the pirate treasure hidden on the Munsters' property.

star 8.33
18 votes
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The Fregosi Emerald

#19 - The Fregosi Emerald

Season 2 - Episode 21

Eddie gives Marilyn a ring he found in the attic as a birthday present. Grandpa recognizes it as the Fregosi Emerald, a centuries-old ring with a Transylvanian curse. Herman doesn't believe in such a silly superstition; he is intent on proving that the ring does not bring about bad luck. He quickly regrets trying to do this.

star 8.33
15 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Yes, Galen, There Is A Herman (a.k.a. My Friend Herman)

#20 - Yes, Galen, There Is A Herman (a.k.a. My Friend Herman)

Season 1 - Episode 38

Herman saves the life of a young boy, Galen Livingston Stewart, by bending the bars his head is stuck between. They immediately become close friends. The only problem is that Galen's parents think Uncle Herman is a figment of the boy's imagination. They take him to a psychiatrist, played by Harvey Korman with a broad German accent.

star 8.31
16 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
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Hot Rod Herman

#21 - Hot Rod Herman

Season 1 - Episode 36

Eddie, under the impression that his father is the greatest driver in the world, volunteers Herman in a drag-strip competition. After souping up the Munster Coach and dressing up like Marlon Brando in his Wild One days, Herman loses his car in a drag race. In a rematch, Grandpa races in the Dragula, a motorized coffin on wheels.

star 8.30
23 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
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Herman's Sorority Caper

#22 - Herman's Sorority Caper

Season 2 - Episode 30

To cure Herman of his hiccoughs, Grandpa puts him into a trance with the Transylvanian Brain Freeze. Meanwhile, a couple of fraternity pledges are sent to spend a night in the Munster house as part of their initiation. Thinking that sleeping Herman is a dummy, they bring him to a sorority house, where he awakens from his trance.

star 8.30
10 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
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Cyrano de Munster

#23 - Cyrano de Munster

Season 2 - Episode 23

After Herman has his poetry published in The Mortician Monthly, a shy coworker named Clyde asks him to compose love letters to help him attract the attention of a young lady he's fallen for. Herman obliges, but soon Lily discovers samples of this mushy writing and becomes suspicious. After a re-enactment of the ""hiding in the bushes"" scene from CYRANO DE BERGERAC, the object of Clyde's desire falls for Herman. Meanwhile, Herman mistakenly suspects that Clyde's object of desire is Lily.

star 8.29
14 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
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Herman's Rival

#24 - Herman's Rival

Season 1 - Episode 15

Lily thinks that Herman has lost all his savings through a bad investment - when in fact he loaned it to her brother, the Wolf Man. She decides to build-up the family's funds by taking a palm-reading job in a tea room. In a plot twist Grandpa and Herman suspect that Lily is sneaking out of the house to have a love affair.

star 8.27
33 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
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Lily Munster, Girl Model

#25 - Lily Munster, Girl Model

Season 1 - Episode 33

Fearing that she is not useful around the house, Lily searches for a job. She eventually lands a position as a fashion model, causing Herman to become wildly jealous as he entertains fantasies about the suave men she's liable to mingle with. With Grandpa's help, Herman transforms himself into a swinging playboy. Grandpa, in a disguise, poses as his beautiful blonde girlfriend.

star 8.27
22 votes
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