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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky and all together kooky!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Ah, thank the pop culture gods for Nick at Nite in the ‘80s. My natural inclination is that of a night owl (one of the reasons you see so many of these daily pics hitting late at night) and that was true even when I was a kid. I could get on a schedule, of course, but that doesn’t mean I like it.

Nick at Nite was my gateway into late night viewings of classic TV. Bewitched, Mr. Ed, The Monkees and, yes, The Addams Family. The only old shows I watched on regular TV were Star Trek: The Original Series and Batman, I think.

Anyway, as a kid growing up reading Stephen King and loving the macabre the whole concept of a family friendly show surrounding a creepy (and kooky) family that delights in all the trappings of horror, but is still somehow a sweet family unit, was really appealing to me. I saw both Addams Family movies when they hit cinemas and loved them as well.

Sure, I dug Munsters, too, but there was a dark comedy edge to The Addams Family that I preferred.

So, today’s pic is of a moment behind the scenes original TV show. We have John Astin as Gomez Addams, Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley Addams and Lisa Loring as Wednesday Addams as they stand next to a dapper Charles Addams, creator of the original comic strip and namesake of the creepiest, spookiest and all together kookiest family to be created for family entertainment! Enjoy!

 

 

Tomorrow’s pic is the last picture of the year, so I figured I’d honor the first BTS pic ever run in this column. See you then!

-Quint
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  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    The house is a museum, where people come to see 'em.

    by Iblis_mage

    They really are a screa-um.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    nick at nite

    by BaronMunchies

    Made me feel like a much older, enlightened child.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Thing

    by Iblis_mage

    I'd heard it was Ted Cassidy's hand. Someone else out there may have more accurate info on that, however.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I'm with you Quint on the whole Nick at Nite thing...

    by _Venkman

    I was born in 1984 and grew up on the early Nick at Nite. There was some really great blocks of programing back then that allowed me to catch up on all the shows my parents grew up on. I especially loved watching the Summer blocks of shows - it allowed me to watch Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick van Dyke, I Love Lucy, Happy Days, the Munsters etc etc...that and switching between In Living Color repeats...haha good times

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Ted Cassidy aka Lurch did indeed play THING!

    by Drunken Busboy

    He was paid for the "Hand Job"! ;)

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    The girl who played Wednesday went into Porn!

    by Drunken Busboy

    She was heavily involved within the Adult Film Industry and was married to Jerry Butler a well known Porn Star. Not sure if she did any sex scenes on film but she did work behind the scenes.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    The Kid Who Played Pugsley Family Trained Lassie!

    by Drunken Busboy

    The Weatherwax family owned the Lassie bloodline that was used in the movies & TV shows.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The Woman Who Played Grandmama Addams Was The..........

    by Drunken Busboy

    Older Sister Of Jeanette MacDonald

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Oh Yeah! Where's the Lennon/Beatles BTS Pic

    by Drunken Busboy

    Just askin!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Thing...

    by b15fliptop

    Was also played by Richard Edlund. That is his hand that appears in the opening titles of the show.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:27 a.m. CST

    John Astin is a god!

    by billyhitchcock1

    I know he's 81 but it's a shame he's only done 1 film in the last 15 years. Eerie Indiana was the best kids TV of the 90's. Easy!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Thing was Ted Cassidy except ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    When Lurch was also in shot. Then Thing was played by ... Thing.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Carolyn Jones - Morticia - the genius of hotness.

    by veteran_of_mu

    She came from a little Texas town. Morticia's deliciously rounded vowels were Jones' invention. As were all her little witchy mannerisms. The crazy smile when fencing. The gesture with her arms when taking charge. There were gags in the script and of course Addams' cartoons came first. But no one told Carolyn how to do Morticia. She just made her up, invented her out of whole cloth. Sigh.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Well i always prefered the Munsters series more

    by KilliK

    than the Adams one,but i really enjoyed the two movies made my Sonnenfeld. It's strange though that Burton hasnt made yet a new movie adaptation of this property.It's material made for his stylistic aesthetics and dark humor.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Tish! You spoke French!

    by LeftFoot

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    It's "altogether ooky".

    by wharfrat

    Not "altogether kooky".

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Carolyn Jones a natural blond

    by LeftFoot

    Carolyn Jones was blond. Before the Addams Family came around she tried being a brunette. And, wow, for her it really worked.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    But I'm feeling much better now!

    by Manos

    Okay, wrong show, but I miss John Astin and he was hilarious in Night Court.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Needs more Raul Julia and Christina Ricci

    by TresEquis

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Hated the Addams movies. Loved the show

    by FeralAngel

    Raul Julia and Christina Ricci, feh. John Astin and Carolyn Jones had real chemistry onscreen, and they sizzled. "'Tish! You spoke French!" Heheheheh. Great stuff. The Addams were so offbeat and macabre, yet, as Quint says, were so good-hearted, that I would have KILLED to have them as neighbors when I was a kid. It would have been awesome. I still love that show. Watch it sometimes on my Roku. It's still the shit.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I was watching A Hole In The Head and was

    by boogel

    two thirds of the way through it before I realized that was Carolyn Jones. It's amazing what different cloths and a tan did to her.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    @ drunken busboy

    by Phantm_Cruisr

    Get your facts right. Lisa Loring WAS married to porn star Jerry Butler, but she NEVER did porn. Being married to a porn star and doing porn are two entirely different things.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    There is an epic staring contest happening in that picture.

    by GWARHOL

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I think it should be "altogether ooky".

    by sweeneydave

    I loved both movies. I watched Munsters more regularly as a kid. But they were more like slapsticky opposite day-ers. The Addams Family embraced their darkness, while remaining oblivious to their neighbors.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Nick At Night

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Yeah I was in Elementary School/Middle School and I used to love watching all of those old shows like The Monkees, Dennis The Menace, Happy Days, the Munsters, etc. Man I loved those, I wish that they still had that stuff. Now its just the crapy Tween girl shows and newer old shows like Roseanne which isn't, bad just I miss the older stuff.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Carolyn Jones once said the secret to the success of The Addams Family

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    was that they had hired writers that worked with the Marx Brothers. And it shows. The writing was much more clever and funny than the other creepy family hit of the '60s, The Munsters. Surprised to see the Charles Addams himself wrote or co-wrote almost 3/4's of the episodes himself. And that photo! Looks like the acid was kicking in by the look on Astin's face. And Addams looks like he just returned from a 7 martini lunch.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:52 p.m. CST

    great pic. Thanks for sharing.

    by Mennen

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    @phantm_cruisr

    by Drunken Busboy

    Please re-read my last sentence, "Not sure if she did any sex scenes on film but she did work behind the scenes." She definitely worked behind the scenes and appeared on camera fully clothed. I said I wasn't sure if she actually did any explicit scenes. So please reread before telling me to get myf acts right. Because they are! Just wasn't sure if she did anything explicit. I was pretty clear on that. Or so I thought! ;)

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I prefer The Munsters myself but LOVED the Addams Illustrations!

    by Drunken Busboy

    They were pure genius!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I Always Liked Both...

    by ericinwisconsin

    The Munsters AND the Addams Family, but Addams was much funnier. More witty than slapstick.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Kudos also to early 80s CBN

    by PALADIN_68

    My pop culture consciousness was rounded out by -of all things -CBN, the "Christian Broadcasting Network." Sure, in the daylight hours it was crammed with the likes of Jim and Tammy Faye, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, etc etc, and I always skipped over it then; but in the latenight hours, they showed sitcoms (and sometimes Westerns) from that "more wholesome era" the 1950s and early 60s (if McCarthyism and segregation strike you as more wholesome, but I digress.) So when I was 12 and 13 I was staying up late watching shows like: My Little Margie The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis The Life of Riley Grouch Marx's You Bet Your Life The Jack Benny Program Burns and Allen Have Gun Will Travel Maverick The Honeymooners Car 54 Where Are You Blondie Ozzie and Harriet Father Knows Best Make Room for Daddy Bachelor Father The Donna Reed Show Sgt Bilko Mr Ed ...and more. Most of these shows I would never have seen otherwise, and I'm glad I have them in my television repertoire. CBN later changed to The Family Channel... but dropped its old sitcom reruns, as Nick at Night was going strong by then. Does anyone else out there remember CBN and its 50s reruns in the early 80s?

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Chas Addams was a genius.

    by dogu4

    Who ever wrote the Munsters, was not. I truly loved the old cartoons by Addams, and thought the adaptation for TV was pretty good...though I was only 14 at the time. When the Munsters was brought out a year or two after the success of the Addams family TV show, it was pretty evident that ABC was doing what it was known for doing 'just barely avoiding the legal definition of plagarism'. That and the fact that the Munsters was only mildly amusing, lacking any depth and relying on gags. And Carolyn Jones...mmmmm....what I would have done to inspect her tentacles a lot closer and give them the attention, in French, that they deserved.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Neat. Sweet. Petite.

    by Skraggo

    In the 80's TBS used to air The Munsters and The Addams Family in their after-school programming block. I would watch them both, but as a young lad I preferred The Munsters. As I got older I came to realize that The Addams Family was actually the better and much wittier show. Gomez Addams, as played by John Astin, is one of my all time favorite TV dads. Maybe only Gene Wilder can match him for pure goggle-eyed intensity and weirdness.