The Best Episodes of The Munsters

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

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.

Big Heap Herman

#1 - Big Heap Herman

Season 2 - Episode 18

The Munsters are heading for a vacation in Buffalo Valley when Herman gets off for a rest stop at Indian Flats. He wanders into the village of an Indian tribe that specializes in luring the tourist trade. The tribe's eldest member mistakes Herman for an ancient spirit leader.

star 8.50
12 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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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 8.50
22 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Prehistoric Munster

#3 - Prehistoric Munster

Season 2 - Episode 25

Herman has his ego flattered twice by his family. First, Eddie wants to enter him in the Father of the Year Contest. Next, Marilyn wants to sculpt a clay bust in his likeness. When she tells her art professor that the sculpture represents a living person, he plans to make a bundle from his discovery of a missing link. Herman is summoned to his office for an examination, but he's under the impression he's about to receive an award and a bunch of neat prizes.

star 8.47
15 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Family Portrait

#4 - 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 8.45
38 votes
Writers: James Allardice, Tom Adair
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The Treasure of Mockingbird Heights

#5 - 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 8.38
21 votes
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A Visit From Johann

#6 - 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 8.38
16 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Herman, the Master Spy

#7 - 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 8.38
32 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Autumn Croakus

#8 - 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 8.34
49 votes
Writers: James Allardice, Tom Adair
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Yes, Galen, There Is A Herman (a.k.a. My Friend Herman)

#9 - 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 8.33
24 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World

#10 - 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 8.31
16 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Ted Bergman
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Herman's Sorority Caper

#11 - 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 8.31
13 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Eddie's Nickname

#12 - 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 8.30
27 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Richard Baer
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The Fregosi Emerald

#13 - 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 8.28
18 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Richard Baer
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Munster the Magnificent

#14 - 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 8.27
22 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: James Allardice, Tom Adair
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Hot Rod Herman

#15 - 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 8.27
29 votes
Directors: Norman Abbott
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Don't Bank on Herman

#16 - Don't Bank on Herman

Season 1 - Episode 21

When Herman and Grandpa go to the bank to make a withdrawal, they are mistaken for bank robbers and handed eighteen thousand dollars in cash. When Herman gets home and realizes the wrong he's done wrong, he can't rest until he returns the money. When trying to bring it back in the middle of the night, Herman and Grandpa wind up locked in the bank's vault.

star 8.27
26 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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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 8.27
15 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Richard Baer
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A Visit From the Teacher

#18 - A Visit From the Teacher

Season 2 - Episode 32

When Eddie reads a school composition entitled ""My Parents - An Average American Family"" to his class, his teacher believes the boy is exhibiting symptoms of an overactive imagination. The school principal suggests that Eddie's wild exaggerations might be motivated by an underprivileged home life. It is decided that a visit to the Munster home is in order.

star 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Zombo

#19 - Zombo

Season 2 - Episode 22

Eddie, an avid fan of ghoulish TV host Zombo, becomes the winner of the ""Why I Like Zombo Contest"" and gets to be on the Zombo show. Herman becomes jealous of Eddie's new hero and wants to appear equally outlandish. But his efforts to impress his son fail. Eddie eventually learns that Zombo is not a real person but a phony character played by an actor.

star 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Dennis Whitcomb
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Cyrano de Munster

#20 - 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 8.26
19 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Dance With Me, Herman

#21 - 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 8.26
23 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: James Allardice, Tom Adair, Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Herman the Rookie

#22 - 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 8.25
24 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Herman's Peace Offensive

#23 - Herman's Peace Offensive

Season 2 - Episode 15

Herman advises Eddie to turn the other cheek when he gets pushed around by a bully. Shortly thereafter, Herman is the victim of a practical joke at work. Grandpa takes the situation in hand by teaching both Eddie and Herman how to box.

star 8.23
13 votes
Directors: Ezra Stone
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
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Lily Munster, Girl Model

#24 - 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 8.23
26 votes
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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Herman the Great

#25 - Herman the Great

Season 1 - Episode 8

Herman becomes a professional wrestler called The Masked Marvel. After he shows that he has superhuman strength to a friend of Eddie's who is the son of a pro wrestling manager. Herman uses the extra cash to save for Eddie's college education. However Herman is so nice and gullible his opponents can take advantage of him.

star 8.20
54 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Joe Connelly, Bob Mosher
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