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The Addams Family aired for only 2 seasons on ABC from September 1964 until September 1966. It still managed to produce 64 episodes and has endeared in syndication ever since it left the air.
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Here's an article from Time Magazine on a report about which tv shows are and aren't the best for children in February 1965.
Watch Out for Children
Friday, Feb. 05, 1965 Article
For adults, the front-line television criticism in the U.S. is written by men like Lawrence Laurent of the Washington Post and Jack Gould of the New York Times. For children, the ultimate word on what should or should not be seen comes from an organization known in what may be the acronym of the century as NAFBRAT.
NAFBRAT, the National Association for Better Radio and Television, has published in the February issue of Parents' Magazine an inclusive critique of all prime-time TV, judged on its potential value, or harm, to children. "The best of the new shows," says NAFBRAT, "are Slavery's People, Many Happy Returns, Bewitched, Mr. Magoo, World War I, and Twelve O'clock High" But on the dark side, NAFBRAT looks after its own in very unmealy language. For example, NAFBRAT says that Candid Camera is a "Peeping Tom show, without taste or sincerity." The Bob Hope Theater is summarized as being just so many "bedroom backgrounds for humor and crime." The Man from U.N.C.L.E., according to NAFBRAT, is "television at its worst. This is right out of the nightmare factory." And even Flipper is called, "objectionable" for its "indiscriminate selection of story elements, which include crime and danger to children in the cast."
NAFBRAT dismisses both The Addams Family and The Munsters not for their ghoulishness but for "suggestive humor and double-meaning dialogue." Peyton Place, says NAFBRAT, is "an obvious exploitation of the sordid and tasteless elements of the Grace Metalious novel, a monument to the network's search for ratings, regardless of the social impact of unrelieved sex and sin." Wagon Train is knocked for its "extremes in sadism and brutality," and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea because it "stirs up political hatred."
One other show in NAFBRAT'S objectionable category seems to have been unfairly included. This is Broadside, which is condemned only because it is "devoid of depth." This makes little sense when set alongside NAFBRAT'S recommended category, which includes Ed Sullivan, My Favorite Martian, Lassie, Lawrence Welk, Kentucky Jones, Hollywood Palace and the Farmer's Daughter,all of which have a collective depth of just over 3/16th of an inch.
Here's an article from Time Magazine that talks about all the cancelations of popular tv shows at the end of the 1965-1966 season.
The Unloved Ones
Friday, Apr. 01, 1966 Article
However else it is in the rest of the entertainment business, in television the show must go off. The average life expectancy of a TV series is less than two seasons, and this month 38 shows, a full 40% of the prime-time programs, will be sent packing.
Senior on the superannuated list is Ozzie and Harriet, which has persisted for 14 years. Perry Mason will sign off after nine years, Donna Reed after eight, and Hazel and The Flintstones after six. The top-rated Dick Van Dyke Show is the only one retiring after five years of its own volition. Explains Van Dyke: "We wanted to quit while we were still proud of the show."
Other casualties include the last of the doctors, Kildare and Casey; both The Addams Family and its imitator, The Munsters; and three combat comedies, Mr. Roberts, McHale's Navy and The Wackiest Ship in the Army. Four westerns are going thataway: Branded, Shenandoah, The Legend of Jesse James and The Loner. Peyton Place will run two installments a week instead of three, and its Southern version, Long Hot Summer, will be cut off altogether.
Hullabaloo and Jimmy Dean will be silenced as well. So will Sammy Davis, which recovered from its calamitous early weeks in every respect but ratings (it stood 96th of 104 at last calculation). Similarly, most of ABC's heavily shilled "second season" has had it: Blue Light, The Baron, Henry Phyfe. Some of the situation comedies, such as Gilligan's Island and Gomer Pyle, are apparently too bad to die, but a few of the most mindless, among them Mona McCluskey and The Smothers Brothers, ran out of gags just as My Mother the Car has mercifully run out of gas.
All this house cleaning should not delude viewers with the notion that better shows are necessarily in store for next season. "The trend and the entire mass appetite," explains CBS Programming Chief Mike Dann, "is toward larger-than-life drama. Anything true, about real people and real problems, is out." Thus, the 1966-67 batch of shows will include more situation come dies, more science-fiction shows, more spy and spy-spoof serials all, in short, about untrue, unreal people.
To read Ted Cassidy's Obituary go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HxRDAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SawMAAAAIBAJ&dq=ted%20cassidy%20dies&pg=4550%2C1400498
Here is Carolyn Jones Obituary from The New York Times
CAROLYN JONES IS DEAD AT 50; A TV ACTRESS
Published: August 4, 1983
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 The movie and television actress Carolyn Jones, who was best known for her role as the ghoulish Morticia in the television series ''The Addams Family,'' died of cancer today at her home here. She was 50 years old.
Among the films in which Miss Jones appeared were, ''Marjorie Morningstar,'' ''The Road to Bali,'' ''Baby Face Nelson'' ''The Saracen Blade,'' ''The Man Who Knew Too Much,'' ''The Seven Year Itch,'' ''House of Wax,'' ''The Tender Trap,'' ''Last Train From Gun Hill'' and ''Ice Palace.''
In addition to her movie work, Miss Jones appeared in about 30 different television programs, including six episodes in the ''Dragnet'' series. She also had roles in ''Playhouse 90'' productions and the ''Colgate Comedy Hour.'' But it was her performances in the early 1960's television series, ''The Addams Family,'' that brought her greater popularity than any of her movie portrayals. Early Interest in Acting
Miss Jones was born in Amarillo, Tex., and showed an early interest in acting. When she was 15 years old, she enrolled in classes at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, even though she was three years under the acceptable age.
Her first motion-picture role came as a result of a Playhouse production when she was seen by a talent scout and signed to appear with William Holden in ''The Turning Point'' in 1952.
Miss Jones's first marriage, to the producer Aaron Spelling, ended in 1964. She later married Herbert Green, a conductor-arranger, and lived in semiretirement for two years in Palm Springs - which she called ''God's waiting room.'' After her second marriage ended in divorce, Miss Jones married an actor, Peter Bailey-Britton, in 1981.
She is survived by her husband and a sister, Betty, of Massachusetts.
Here is Jackie Coogan's Obituary from The New York Times
JACKIE COOGAN, CHILD STAR OF FILMS, DIES AT 69
By JAMES BARRON
Published: March 2, 1984
Jackie Coogan, who in 1919 became the first major child star in American movie history as the sad-eyed foundling in ''The Kid,'' died after a heart attack yesterday at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Hospital. He was 69 years old and lived in Palm Springs, Calif.
Mr. Coogan, who charmed a later generation as Uncle Fester on the television series ''The Addams Family,'' was taken to the hospital's emergency room shortly before noon, said a hospital spokesman, Mary Isaacs. He died two hours later.
For several years in the 1920's, he was the most famous boy in America. In one popularity poll, he topped Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks.
''I had the flu in New York, and it pushed the President of the United States off the front pages,'' he said in an interview in 1972.
After making his stage debut at the age of 16 months, he earned between $2 million and $4 million before he was out of short pants. Spotted by Chaplin
At the age of 4, he was spotted on a Hollywood vaudeville stage by Charlie Chaplin, who gave him a $75-a-week role in ''The Kid.'' When the film was finished, he received a $5,000 bonus. Then came ''Peck's Bad Boy'' at $1,000 a week, followed by a $500,000 Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer contract with a clause guaranteeing him 60 percent of the profits from such pictures as ''Tom Sawyer'' and ''Huckleberry Finn.''
John Leslie Coogan Jr. was born in Los Angeles, and by the time he was 13 he had been to New York 18 times, most often traveling in his private railroad car.
''Normal boy?'' he said in the 1972 interview. ''How would I know what a normal boy would do? When I was 7, we bought a big house at the corner of Wilshire and Western and put in one of the earliest swimming pools in Southern California.
''Being who I was, I had the best swimming instructor - Duke Kahanamoku - the year after he won the Olympics. I surfed from Baja California to San Francisco when there were only 9 or 10 surfers on the entire Pacific Coast. I drank milk from my own ranch. Other boys went to see Babe Ruth. Babe Ruth came to see me.'' Death of Father
But his life unraveled months before his 21st birthday. After a day of dove hunting in Mexico, the car his father was driving was forced off the road. The young actor was badly bruised, and his father and three other passengers were killed.
Mr. Coogan said later that the rest of his life would have been different if his father had survived. The reason was money.
Of the millions he had made as a child star, all he had ever received was a weekly allowance of $6.25. When he turned 21, his mother, Lillian, and Arthur Bernstein, the family lawyer whom she had married, announced that they would not turn any of it over to him. ''The law is on our side, and Jackie Coogan will not get a cent from his past earnings,'' Mr. Bernstein declared at a news conference.
After a childhood of virtually unquestioning obedience, Mr. Coogan agonized for two years before deciding to file suit to recover the money. 'Blackballed by the Studios'
''It was the lowest point of my life,'' he said in 1972, ''because my stepfather was related to many people, and I was blackballed by the studios.''
His anxiety was compounded by the disintegration of his first marriage, to a young starlet named Betty Grable. Eighteen months later, when the lawsuit was settled, he was left with only $35,000 - but with the knowledge that such a situation could not recur.
''Forty-eight hours after I filed my suit, they rushed a new law through the Legislature,'' he said. The measure said that all juvenile actors' earnings had to be deposited in court-administered trust funds.
Mr. Coogan became a stage actor in 1937 and estimated in 1966 that he had appeared in 35 silent films, 100 talkies and 850 television programs, including more than 65 episodes of ''The Addams Family.'' His Uncle Fester character in that series would stuff a light bulb in his mouth and make it glow. A Landing in Burma
In World War II, Mr. Coogan joined the Army as a flight officer and was the first glider pilot to land Allied troops behind the Japanese lines in Burma.
''If you think the natives were surprised when our gliders landed,'' he said, ''you should have seen them when we opened up the mouth of one and drove out a jeep.'' He was later awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service.
After his divorce from Miss Grable, he married another actress, Flower Parry, in 1941. They were divorced two years later, and in 1946 he married Ann McCormick, from whom he was divorced in 1951. The following year, he married Dorothea Lamphere, a dancer, who was at his bedside when he died.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Anthony, of Los Angeles, and Chris, of Palm Springs; two daughters, Joan, of Los Angeles, and Leslie Franklin of Malibu, and two grandchildren.
Here is Ken Weatherwax's Obituary from the LA Times
Ken Weatherwax dies at 59; actor was Pugsley on 'The Addams Family'
Ken Weatherwax, a former child actor who as bizarre little Pugsley on TV's "The Addams Family" played in a graveyard and had great fun with toy guillotines, has died. He was 59.
Weatherwax, who later said he couldn't find other roles because he was typecast as Pugsley, died Sunday of a heart attack at his West Hills home, his nephew Beau Vieira said.
Based on the hilariously strange world created in the New Yorker by cartoonist Charles Addams, "The Addams Family" was a sitcom that fleshed out the humdrum lives of the couple Gomez and Morticia Addams; their children, the sadistic Wednesday (as in 'full of woe') and the chubby, victimized Pugsley; their frightening butler Lurch, cackling old Uncle Fester and others.
"The Addams Family" aired from 1964 to 1966. Its finger-snapping theme song, with lyrics about a family that's creepy and that's kooky "and altogether ooky," is still well-known to baby boomers who grew up with television sets and tolerant parents.
For Weatherwax, the series was the high point of an acting career that began with toothpaste commercials and an appearance on "Wagon Train."
After "The Addams Family," Pugsley's notoriety made life tough for the teenage actor.
"Frankly, I didn't deal with it very well," Weatherwax told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly in 2007. "I was kicked out of about six or seven schools and ended up in the service at the age of 17."
He voiced an Addams Family TV cartoon in the 1970s and appeared in an Addams Family TV reunion but spent most of his life behind the scenes, working for about 30 years as a motion picture studio grip.
"I like it on the other side of the camera just fine," he told ABC News during a Halloween segment in 2006.
Born in Los Angeles on Sept. 29, 1955, Weatherwax came from a family steeped in show business. His aunt was Ruby Keeler,, a star of Busby Berkeley musicals and the former wife of Al Jolson. Weatherwax's half-brother is Joey D. Vieira, an actor who appeared on TV's "Lassie" as a child and went on to establish a career in Hollywood.
Vieira, 11 years older than Weatherwax, was a role model for him when both were boys, Beau Vieira said.
An Army veteran, Weatherwax stopped working at movie studios in the mid-2000s because of health problems, his nephew said. He enjoyed fishing and dogs, and was active in his church.
In addition to Beau and Joey Vieira, Weatherwax is survived by his niece, Shanyn Vieira.
To read some articles about The Addams Family go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Kz5QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6lYDAAAAIBAJ&dq=addams%20family&pg=2876%2C4567340 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=SdIhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=v54FAAAAIBAJ&dq=addams%20family%20jackie%20coogan&pg=755%2C6506769 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=v2tPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-gQEAAAAIBAJ&dq=addams%20family&pg=3995%2C5983129 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5ctIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FgINAAAAIBAJ&dq=addams%20family%20carolyn%20jones&pg=4371%2C3947837 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=uBxXAAAAIBAJ&sjid=a0MNAAAAIBAJ&dq=addams%20family&pg=4287%2C1926823
To watch episodes from The Addams Family go to http://www.solie.org/alibrary/AddamsFamily2.html
To go to Tim's TV Playhouse go to https://web.archive.org/web/20100103231455/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/addams.html
For an episode guide of The Addams Family go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/AddamsFamily.htm
For some Addams Family-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/addams-family-the#about
For a complete review of this classic sitcom go to https://web.archive.org/web/20080109162407/http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/adams.htm
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