Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Addams Family versus The Munsters: Final round


It's time to settle this once and for all. Which horror family will come out on top and which one will be buried alive. The third and final round of The Addams Family versus The Munsters.

Let's get it on.

Round One went to The Addams Family, thanks to the strengths of Gomez and Morticia. That didn't stop The Munsters, though. They came out swinging in Round Two with Grandpa and Eddie Munster taking the points in that round.

First of all, let's look at who is left. From the Munster clan, we are left with only Marylin Munster, the blonde niece living with Aunt Lily and Uncle Herman. And that's all. From the Addams home, we still have Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Lurch and Thing. Not exactly a fair fight at this point.

The above video might be one of the coolest things I've ever randomly found on YouTube. It's an examination of why two different actresses, Beverly Owen and Pat Priest, played Marilyn Munster. The truth is, Marilyn Munster kind of sucks. Sure, she's nice to look at and sometimes contributes to the plot, but really, who cares?

PROS: The original "second Beckie."
CONS: Pointless character implemented just so regular people had someone to identify with.

At this point, one must decide whether to pit Marilyn Munster against Wednesday Addams, which seems like the obvious match up, or Uncle Fester, the character she might have more in common with.

Neither is really fair. Wednesday, much like her brother Puggsley, is not a key cog in "The Addams Family" as a successful television program. Uncle Fester has a far greater impact on the plot.

The greatest strength of Wednesday Addams is that the character provided Christina Ricci with her breakout role.

PROS: Goth icon Christina Ricci.
CONS: Too young in the show to really do anything cool.

Uncle Fester is great. In the show, he's Gomez's uncle, not his brother like in the movies. And he's a bit weirder, in my opinion. More extreme, more squeaky-voiced, less serious.

PROS: Bald is beautiful.
CONS: Looks like he might smell like cheese.

If pitted against Wednesday Addams, I believe Marilyn Munster would come to a draw. If matched against Uncle Fester, the blonde Munster doesn't stand a chance. To be fair, we may just have to forfeit this match and cancel any and all points earned by both sides.

Which means The Addams family wins.

Shocked? Don't be. The Addams Family still has Lurch and Thing on a regular basis plus guests such as Cousin Itt.

So what does "The Munsters" have that "The Addams Family" doesn't? A surf rock theme-song.

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