Every The Munsters Movie & TV Show, Ranked Worst To Best – Screen Rant

A ranking of every movie & TV show property in The Munsters franchise from worst to best, and why they fall in that particular order.
With Rob Zombie's The Munsters being the most recent addition, there are many films and series adapted from The Munsters — this is a ranking of those projects from worst to best. The Munsters have been on screens for the past 58 years. Some of those appearances were fun and fulfilling, while others were not so enjoyable.
The Munsters are iconic because of their spooky yet wholesome dynamic. They are a house full of monsters that just want their slice of American life. From Fred Gwynne's Frankenstein monster Herman to his vampiress wife Lily, played by Yvonne De Carlo — The Munsters just want to raise their kids and get through the day without Grandpa being such a pain in their neck. However, the existence of so many versions of The Munster Family leads to some significant differences compared to The Munsters series.
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Just as a heads-up, 2012's Mockingbird Lane will not be included in the ranking. Mockingbird Lane, named after the street The Munsters live on, is an unaired pilot that can be found online. The show attempted to humanize and dramatize the Munster Family and was never picked up for series.
Rob Zombie's The Munsters is not as bad as the public reaction would suggest; there are a few bits in it that feel authentic in their connection to the original series. For one, Daniel Roebuck's performance and costume as The Count are phenomenal. His demeanor, makeup, and even voice are fantastically woven in the spirit of Al Lewis, the original Grandpa. Even the whimsical performance of Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster feels very 60's in nature. Zombie's The Munsters serves as a prequel story to the series with Herman and Lily having just met, not having Marilyn or Eddie Munster in the picture at all. The issue is the rest of the casting and the overall look of the film. The sets and costumes aren't exactly cheap-looking, more like overdone and poorly framed. The tone goes for all-out wacky rather than satirical and clever. Rob Zombie has a potent admiration for the source material, but swings for a very peculiar art style with this film. It is a style that may not properly gel with the essence of the original show.
A family-friendly Christmas film seems like a no-brainer for The Munsters. Unfortunately, The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas is devoid of any of the magic that makes the previous entries work so well. The Munsters trade-in their dulled black and white shading for brighter colors. The spooky settings offset by the wholesome and silly characters are tossed away for a Christmas-centric adventure that leaves all of the Halloween-y gags and fun monster trope exaggerations on the table. Perhaps the Christmas story, at its core, is too much of a distraction. The new cast is not terrible, but forgettable in the grand scheme. The film, as a whole, feels much cheaper than previous iterations in the franchise.
The Munsters Today is the 80's reboot series of The Munsters show. While it isn't the prettiest of the franchise, it does its best to honor the original show. The comedy is quite similarly written, to the point where some of the earlier episodes feel like they could be placed into the original run. The sets for this Munsters project are more colorful, the costumes look gaudier and the makeup looks a bit more inexpensive. The cast, however, is where the show feels emptier. The performances border parodic, almost like a comedy sketch about The Munsters rather than the actual family.
After being canceled behind the second season of the original series, The Munsters returned with a soft re-introduction film. Munster, Go Home! practically serves as an extended pilot for the television series. It contains several recycled moments from the show along with newer storylines in a nearly promotional display for the series. The actors themselves had been the biggest draw, so the return of Gwynne, De Carlo, Lewis, and Butch Patrick (as Eddie) sold the film to American audiences. Most of the cast, besides Pat Priest as Marilyn Munster, returned. It is a delightful appendage to the original.
The next of the films spawning from The Munsters franchise is the TV movie The Munsters' Revenge. Only Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, and Yvonne De Carlo returned for this film. The role of Marilyn Munster is once again recast, for the fourth time, as is the role of Eddie Munster. The Munsters' Revenge attempts to modernize the storyline and simplify the overall conflict of the series — the struggle between Herman Munster and Grandpa. It is an interesting attempt at recapturing the magic of the original show while doing its best to not get lost in the times.
After both television revivals of The Munsters had come and gone, Here Come The Munsters took one final swing at reinventing the spooky family for new audiences. Besides the cast of the original series, this movie has the perfect group of actors to depict the idiosyncratic gang of lovable monsters that are The Munsters. Specifically, Edward Herrman's role as Herman Munster is eerily similar to Fred Gwynne's portrayal at times. The comedic style is familiar, yet updated with a level of respect for the original that many nostalgia-reboots lack. It is truly a blast!
The original television series The Munsters was a fun satire poking fun at the Universal monster films of the time. It never took itself too seriously and was always in on the joke. The Munster Family operates as a typical American family, not realizing the fact that they are any different from anyone around them. The birth of that idea, taking these scarier characters and painting them in such a genuine and tender light, was a fresh and humorous notion at the time. To this day, The Munsters shines as a morally impactful and comedically sound sitcom with something for everyone. It is a comforting show with no ulterior motive besides entertaining and having fun with horror tropes- a goal it thoroughly achieves.
Ray Alvarez is an aspiring comic book writer with several screenplays in his trash can, a love for film, and way too many video games in his backlog. He once co-hosted the Bargain Binge Boys podcast, but mostly writes Letterboxd reviews at 2 AM. His favorite movie is The Fifth Element. His favorite pizza topping is pineapple.


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