The Munsters aired for two years in prime time, beginning in the fall of 1964. At that time, most shows aired in black and white, which was a fitting format for the ghoulish Munsters, as it was essentially a sitcom parody of old monster movies. A favorite with kids, The Munsters took a dip in ratings after the color series Batman debuted in direct competition with it a couple of years later.
The Munsters eventually went into syndication and grew in popularity over the years to become a favorite classic among tv audiences. The last episode, "A Visit From the Teacher," aired on May 12, 1966, and featured Eddie writing an essay called "My Parents: An Average American Family." A Munsters follow-up series called The Munsters Today aired from 1988 to 1991.
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