The Best Episodes of The Munsters

Eddie's Nickname

#1 - Eddie's Nickname 8.71

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.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Happy 100th Anniversary

#2 - Happy 100th Anniversary 8.67

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.

Directors: Ezra Stone
Dance With Me, Herman

#3 - Dance With Me, Herman 8.64

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.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Autumn Croakus

#4 - Autumn Croakus 8.63

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.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Come Back Little Googie

#5 - Come Back Little Googie 8.60

Season 1 - Episode 25

Grandpa is under the impression that he's turned Eddie's friend Googie into a monkey. The truth is that the little boy is hiding to fool the Munsters.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Herman, the Master Spy

#6 - Herman, the Master Spy 8.57

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.

Directors: Ezra Stone
Munster the Magnificent

#7 - Munster the Magnificent 8.55

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.

Directors: Norman Abbott
Herman's Happy Valley

#8 - Herman's Happy Valley 8.50

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.

Directors: Ezra Stone
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) 8.50

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.

Directors: Norman Abbott
John Doe Munster

#10 - John Doe Munster 8.45

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.

Directors: Earl Bellamy
Herman's Driving Test

#11 - Herman's Driving Test 8.45

Season 2 - Episode 11

Herman gets promoted to hearse driver and has to renew his driver's license. This requires him to take a road test, which he fails. Grandpa convinces him that he'd have better luck taking the test in a one-horse town. He turns out to be extremely correct.

Directors: Ezra Stone
The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World

#12 - The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World 8.44

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.

Directors: Ezra Stone
Family Portrait

#13 - Family Portrait 8.43

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.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Mummy Munster

#14 - Mummy Munster 8.42

Season 1 - Episode 32

Herman arranges to meet Marilyn at the natural history museum. But he accidentally gets himself locked inside an Egyptian sarcophagus, whereupon a sleeping pill he swallowed earlier takes effect. A pair of museum curators open the box the next day and mistake the sleeping Herman for an ancient mummy. When Lily reads about their supposed scientific discovery in the newspaper, she goes to the museum and requests that the curators put Herman in a cab and send him home as soon as he wakes up.

Directors: Ezra Stone
Bats of a Feather

#15 - Bats of a Feather 8.40

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.

Directors: Jerry Paris
Underground Munster

#16 - Underground Munster 8.40

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.

Directors: Don Richardson
The Sleeping Cutie

#17 - The Sleeping Cutie 8.36

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.

Directors: Norman Abbott
Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie

#18 - Knock Wood, Here Comes Charlie 8.35

Season 1 - Episode 9

Herman has a twin brother Charlie who is a con-artist. He comes to town and ends up stays at the Munster home, which doesn't make Herman too happy. Charlie claims to have made an invention that takes uranium from seawater, he's looking for an investor. Herman thinks that the whole thing is a scheme to get a Lily's $5000 inheritance, he ends up being right.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Herman the Rookie

#19 - Herman the Rookie 8.33

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.""

Directors: Jerry Paris
Herman, the Tire-Kicker

#20 - Herman, the Tire-Kicker 8.30

Season 2 - Episode 28

Herman buys a convertible for Marilyn from a fly-by-night used-car dealer named Fair Deal Dan. Once he gets it home, it explodes into a piece of junk. Herman later finds out that the car is a stolen piece of junk when he is placed under arrest.

Directors: Ezra Stone
A Visit From Johann

#21 - A Visit From Johann 8.30

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.

Directors: Gene Reynolds
Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights

#22 - Love Comes to Mockingbird Heights 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 31

The Munsters receive $180,000 in gold doubloons from Uncle Gilbert in Transylvania. When their bank's assistant manager arrives to pick up the money for deposit, he instantly falls in love with Marilyn. Grandpa and Lily do their best to encourage the romance, not realizing that this gentleman is only after Marilyn for her doubloons.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Herman Picks a Winner

#23 - Herman Picks a Winner 8.29

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.

Directors: Ezra Stone
Herman, Coach of the Year

#24 - Herman, Coach of the Year 8.29

Season 2 - Episode 5

When Eddie is called Lead Foot by the other kids on his track team, Herman offers to become his athletic coach. While demonstrating his out-of-this-world prowess in shot put, discus-throwing and pole-vaulting, Herman causes untold destruction and makes a fool of himself. Grandpa decides to come to the rescue by creating a magic speed pill that will make Eddie a champion runner.

Directors: Norman Abbott
Hot Rod Herman

#25 - Hot Rod Herman 8.26

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.

Directors: Norman Abbott