‘The Munsters’ Star Butch Patrick Reflects on Lasting Power of the Classic Sitcom

by Kati Michelle
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In the same realm as the beloved “Leave It to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” comes a hidden gem of the ’60s: “The Munsters.” What better day to remember the spooky family than Halloween? Butch Patrick starred as Eddie Munster, the child werewolf in the classic black-and-white TV series from 1964 to 1966.

In a recent interview, Patrick reflected fondly on his memories from the set of the show, despite its short two-season run. He is grateful that the classic sitcom is so well-received even decades after the fact, speaking to its lasting power.

Butch Patrick Says There’s Something ‘Magical’ About ‘The Munsters’

Interviewers asked Butch Patrick the following question about his time as the child werewolf on “The Munsters”: Are you surprised that “The Munsters” has had a cult-like following since it ended in 1966?

Patrick’s shorter answer goes something like this: “Honestly, it’s an amazing situation, one that rarely comes along. And in my lifetime, I get to experience that.” However, he also goes on to give a lengthier reflection about the series.

“There was something magical about the show. People were enamored with it. It brought families together. People come up to me all the time and say, ‘You’re part of our family.’ And you know, every year there’s a new generation of kids watching it with their parents and grandparents, and they continue to enjoy it. I’m just grateful to be a part of it all.”

Peacock TV hosts 70 episodes of the show available for streaming now, free of cost. Access them here.

Life After the Show

Butch Patrick sat down with Studio 10’s Angela Bishop for a different interview back in 2016 to discuss life after “The Munsters.” Their talk reveals that Patrick’s first acting gig actually involves another well-known series: “General Hospital.” He then joined the cast of “The Real McCoys” before finding his spot as America’s favorite werewolf child.

Although “The Addams Family” premiered around the same time, Patrick says they didn’t really see it as a competition. He thinks the two shows actually benefitted from one another. Whether someone preferred one to the other, he says “you probably watched both.”

The interview also goes into the darker aspects of fame, namely with addiction. Butch Patrick struggled with alcohol and drugs while trying to cope with his image as a “child star” through his 20s. He even talks about giving up acting for a while. Eventually, though, he found his way back and got clean at the end of 2010.

“The Munsters” remains a point of pride for Butch, who continues to pay homage to the show through various appearances and events. He’s even an avid collector of the series’ memorabilia. You can check out the full interview below: