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Surprisingly, The Addams Family was only on air as a TV show for two years from 1964 to 1966, but it’s popularity never really dimmed. Back then, two seasons constituted 64 half-hour episodes, so there was enough fodder there for the show to become a cultural icon with the snappiest theme song in TV history. It ended up spawning movies, cartoons, comics, and a Broadway musical. Here are some facts about the original show that you might not have heard before.

1. Before the show there was actually a print cartoon

Prior to the television show, creator Charles Addams had a single-panel cartoon in the New Yorker that began in 1937. Some of the macabre characters would later make their way into the TV show. The ghoulish Addams had a home full of weapons. “I have this fantasy. A robber breaks into my apartment and just as he comes through the door, I get him — right through the neck. Always through the neck.”

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2. John Astin was offered a different role

The actor John Astin was originally offered the part of Lurch on the show, but he ended up playing Gomez Addams. John had experience acting a little crazy in real life, which he would do to safely get between his apartment and the subway station in his bad New York neighborhood.

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