Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Creepy vs. Kooky

                               

I'm taking some liberties here. I went to all the trouble of creating an "Addams Family vs. Munsters" quiz on FunTrivia, only to learn that the category is closed for the time being.

So, if you want some mindless entertainment, try this quiz; use the comments for your guesses. The correct answers with notes will be published a week from today.

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In the mid-1960s, TV viewers could be “haunted” by two sitcoms that portrayed morbid monsters as the satiric versions of wholesome families seen on such shows as “Father Knows Best,” “Leave it to Beaver,” and several others.

While the shows ran on rival networks, they had many things remarkably in common. Test your knowledge of these two classic comedies.

1.         Which of the two shows debuted first?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

2.         Which of these combinations is correct?
a.         The Addams Family, on ABC, Friday nights
b.         The Munsters, on NBC, Tuesday nights
c.         The Munsters, on ABC, Sunday nights
d.         The Addams Family, on CBS, Monday nights

3.         Which of the two shows began as a cartoon in The New Yorker magazine?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

4.         Which of the two series experienced a change in its cast midway through the first season?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

5.         Which series produced more episodes during its run?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

6.         Which of the two series featured comedian Paul Lynde in a semi-regular role as Dr. Dudley?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

7.         Death is a humorous theme in both shows, but which of the following cast members died first?
a.         Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster)
b.         Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster)
c.         Carolyn Jones (Morticia Addams)
d.         Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester)

8.         Which show included a cast member who appeared in Charlie Chaplin’s silent films?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

9.         Which show included a cast member who ran as a Green Party candidate for Governor of New York?
a.         The Munsters
b.         The Addams Family

10.       Both of the shows featured interesting family pets, including a spider, a piranha, an octopus, a dragon, a raven, and a lion. Only one family was considerate enough to post a “Beware of…” sign out front. Which family did this, and what did the sign say?
a.                   The Munsters
b.                  The Addams Family