Edit: When I wrote Lily Munster, I actually meant the character of Marilyn. It’s been years since I even thought about the Munsters and got the names confused. Hell, I’m surprised I could remember most of them.
NBC sunk $10 million into Mockingbird Lane, it was a failure before it even hit air. A giant waste of money. NBC will try to get what they can from it by turning the pilot into a Halloween special. Of course the show was a failure. Anyone with half a brain could have predicted that. Rebooting the Munsters without the Munsters was beyond a stupid idea. Sure, they have the same names, but these aren’t Universal Horror caricatures of the old sitcom, they are regular, bland, nice looking people.
Mockingbird Lane represents everything wrong with our current culture. For starters, its a reboot/remake of an old property that even my generation barely remembers. Second of all, it completely misses the point of the original show. Lilly Munster was the pretty, normal looking one. The rest of her family were monsters, she was the outsider. The black sheep of the family. The one interesting dynamic in an otherwise typical 60’s sitcom is gone. God forbid anything Bryan Singer touches actually be interesting. This is the guy who decided that the X-Men should all wear the exact same black outfit, sucked away their personality and then made the most boring Superman movie in existence. Superman 4 may have been a crime against humanity, but it wasn’t a bland trek through tedium and boredom.
Why reboot the Munsters? What’s the point? What’s the gimmick here? The Adams Family I can understand. A smart writer can take the Adams Family concept and turn it into a dark, morbid comedy. It can offer us a way to laugh at our most hideous inner self. It can offer a twisted, perverse reflection of our society. The Munsters? Not so much.
So they decided to reboot a half-remembered sitcom and then stripped everything away that was memorable about it. If you are going to reboot the Munsters, then fucking do it full on. Call it The Munsters. Make it a dumb sitcom starring Universal rip off monsters in full make up. Grow a fucking pair of balls and go for it. We have a remake of 60’s sitcom that is trying to distance itself from the source. On CW, we have a Green Arrow show that wants to distance itself from everything that makes the Green Arrow an interesting comic book hero, including the word green. What exactly is the point of doing these properties if you are going to run away from the very things that make them unique and interesting in the first place?
Granted, The Munsters isn’t the most interesting of old sitcoms. It was a fairly standard show, a Father Knows Best with a monster mash flavoring. Eddie Munster was Beaver with sideburns. Also granted, the concept of a normal teenage girl living with a family of monsters could be very interesting in the right hands. Something like Fred Phelps having a gay grandson. Just imagine those Thanksgiving dinners. But once again, they took away the concept’s only interesting dynamic. All that is left is a bland, pointless reboot of an old sitcom. Mockingbird Lane is trying to capitalize on nostalgia but not giving us anything from the show that its potential audience would be nostalgic about. The whole thing is a pointless exercise and a giant waste of time and money. It was doomed to fail at conception.