The Munsters (1964–2004)
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Family Portrait 

The Munsters are the winners of a contest organized by a magazine, as the American Average Family of the year. Two reporters are sent to the house in order to take a family portrait.


Lawrence Dobkin


James B. Allardice (as James Allardice), Tom Adair | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lily Munster
Al Lewis ... Grandpa
Beverley Owen ... Marilyn Munster
Butch Patrick ... Eddie Munster
Fred Gwynne ... Herman Munster
Fred Beir ... Chip Johnson
Harvey Korman ... Lennie Bates
Roy Roberts ... Mr. Morgan


Herman finds out that his family has won a contest, organized by Event Magazine, as the American Average Family of the year. The prize includes $5,000 dollars, and in order to win the money the magazine must send two reporters, to make an article and take some pictures of the family. Every member of the family must appear in the family portrait, and things got complicated when Grandpa says that he'll be out of the house. Herman gets furious with Grandpa, and demands him to stay with the family, in order to get the money prize. But Grandpa has made up his mind and that day he disappears. Herman, Lily and Marilyn are looking for him desperately, but there's no signal of Grandpa inside of the house. Herman and Lily decide to go out and look for Grandpa, in the places most frequented by him. They go to a restaurant, they look at the square, but nothing. Meanwhile, Marilyn receives the two reporters in the house. One of them begins to flirt with Marilyn, while the other starts to feel ... Written by Alejandro Frias

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17 December 1964 (USA) See more »

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Kayro-Vue Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Event Magazine's USD 5,000.00 prize, back in 1964, would be worth approximately USD 40,716.00 in 2018. See more »


Herman Munster: Grandpa, when those reporters show up, I insist you be here.
Grandpa: I won't, I won't, I won't! If you make me, I'll turn into a bone and burry myself in the backyard!
Herman Munster: The last time you did that, the neighbor's dog dug you up and we had a hard time getting you back!
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Average Family? Also, Owens' Last Appearance As 'Marilyn'
6 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"Event Magazine" has chosen, among its 800,000 subscribers, the Munster family as the "average American family of the year" which means a prize of $5,000 plus a full picture story of the family for the magazine. Harvey Korman plays the magazine photographer assigned to 1313 Mockingbird Lane to photograph the entire family and get their story. Fred Beir plays the reporter. The two also are supposed to spend the weekend at the house!

Everyone is thrilled about the honor except Grandpa, who is insulted to be called "average" and will not be part of the deal, which could ruin everything. He plans on disappearing.

The reporters only see Marilyn for the first few hours, so have no idea what they are in for, except for the weird-looking house. Once again, a so-so episode. The earlier shows in this first season seem to be better, but I expect it will pick up again.

Note: this was Beverley Owen's last appearance as "Marilyn." From what I have read, she only intended to do the pilot show for this program and was upset when CBS picked up the show. After 13 weeks, she got her wish and was released from the program, succeeded by Pat Priest (who was better, anyway, in my opinion.)

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