The residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane are celebrating 50 years now, 50 years in which the show about a very dysfunctional family has gathered an impressive following! How can it be otherwise, when a small child (granted, a small werewolf child) writes a paper called My Parents: An Average American Family with blood instead of ink?
In one of his many interviews, Butch Patrick (who played Eddie Munster, the said werewolf) explained how being a child-star didn’t change his life at all, since he would have done everything he did (like smoking weed and drinking) even if he wasn’t famous.
Speaking strictly about the show, the actor said that at the age of 11 you aren’t too concerned about how ludicrous a TV show is, even if the studio would actually decide to save $10,000 and film it in black and white instead of color.
Butch Patrick said that it was an interesting time when filming the episodes, even if at times it felt exhausting. As he said, besides the 1 hour make-up session, he would spend on set around 5 hours. It was interesting especially because he had the chance of playing on the back-lot of the studio: Universal was his playground.
When asked about his favorite episode of the series, the actor said that he is very fond of Zombo (which featured him heavily), but also of A House Divided (which is centered around a feud between Herman and Grandpa after Eddie’s present is destroyed).
But Butch Patrick came out with something else than just memories from The Munsters. This is when he developed his passion for hot rods, a passion he pursued after the series was finished. From here one, as he said, for the following years he did exactly that: surf and go to drag races.
In his opinion, The Munsters is such a successful show (even now, after 50 years) because it provides the viewer with a means of escaping. There is nothing real about the show (except for the underlying themes) that would make the viewer weary.
The Munsters entertained and, in a way, that was sufficient enough to make it a cult series.
However, all things end eventually, and so did the show, after just 2 seasons. At times, Butch Patrick didn’t like talking about the series. But how can you not feel the warmth a couple of generations send you?
One of Butch Patrick’s projects concern exactly this: the fan stories he has heard over the time at the conventions, regarding the series. Last I’ve heard, a book was on its way: looking forward for it!