‘The Munsters’ Star Butch Patrick Opens Up About Comparisons to ‘Leave It to Beaver’

by Lauren Boisvert
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“The Munsters” is one of the most beloved family shows of the mid-60s. “Leave it to Beaver” is the most beloved family show of the late 50s. Although the families couldn’t have been more different, the two shows had more in common than most think at first.

In a recent interview, “The Munsters” star Butch Patrick, who played young werewolf Eddie Munster, spoke about the comparisons between “The Munsters” and “Leave it to Beaver.”

When asked why people resonated with such a bizarre family, Patrick replied, “For starters, we had good talent. We also had good scripts. But people were also very entertained.”

He also stated that the show could take more risks with its comedy and themes because of the setting and nature of the family. “It allowed us to do comedy that wouldn’t be as funny in a “Beaver” setting. We were able to get away with a lot more,” said Patrick.

“The Munsters” followed a family of classic movie monsters as they went about their daily lives. Fred Gwynne played Herman Munster, the Frankenstein; Yvonne de Carlo as Lily Munster, his vampire wife; Al Lewis as Grandpa, Lily Munster’s father and the cantankerous Count Dracula; Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster, their conventionally human niece; and Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster the werewolf son.

The show is often compared to “The Addams Family,” as they both followed unconventional families on the macabre side of things. The nature of “The Munsters” was a little bit more unique, though, in that they were actual, literal monsters.

‘The Munsters’: Butch Patrick Talks About Rob Zombie’s Remake

Rob Zombie loves “The Munsters,” and, technically, he owes a portion of his career to the show. He took inspiration for the song “Dragula” from Grandpa’s “Drag-U-La” drag racing car in the episode “Hot Rod Herman.” So, it seems only right that Rob Zombie should be in charge of the remake.

Butch Patrick spoke about his hopes for the remake, saying, “I think Rob Zombie is the perfect guy for the job and he’s got a big fan base. He’s also a genuine fan of the show so I know people will love it.”

The remake will most likely honor the original show in many ways. Instead of just remaking it to remake it, like so many remakes seem to be, Rob Zombie seems to have a genuine respect for the legacy of “The Munsters.”

“He’s an accomplished filmmaker and musician so it will be really interesting and exciting to see what he does,” Patrick went on. “He also happens to be a personal friend so I’m just crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.”

Here’s hoping the new “Munsters” come out just as unique and genuine as they always were.

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