Grandpa (Al Lewis) lives with his 157-year-old vampire daughter, Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo); her Frankenstein husband, Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne); their wolfboy son, Eddie (Butch Patrick), and Grandpa’s pet bat Igor who hangs out in family’s basement with Grandpa who concocts things like an alarm-clock pill that wakes you up on time, and a pill that turns water into gasoline. Grandpa main reference book is the “Encyclopedia of Voodoo.”
Occasionally, Grandpa’s potions require the assistance of special spell to get them going. Some sample spells: “Abracadabra and asee dosee, allakazam and Bela Lugosi!” (to help Herman wrestle); “Ibbidy-bibiddy, rinkidy-dink, make like a statue and freeze, you fink! (to hold a criminal frozen for police); “Don’t let time and space detain ya, off you go to Transylvania (the spell backfired and sent the whole family to Happy Valley Motel in Kansas City).
Here are some of Grandpa’s potions:
- Episode No. 2 “My Fair Munster” – Grandpa creates a love potion to improve his niece Marilyn’s sagging love life (the potion backfired and influenced the wrong Munster).
- Episode No. 12 “Sleeping Cutie” – One of Grandpa’s potions puts Marilyn into a state of semi-permanent sleep.
- Episode No. 19 “Eddie’s Nickname” – Eddie’s schoolmates call him “Shorty” so Grandpa mixes up a “magic milkshake” to make him grow six-inches. Instead, Eddie grows a beard.
- Episode No. 32 “Mummy Munster” – A sleeping pill created by Grandpa gets Herman mistaken for an Egyptian mummy when he falls a sleep in a museum sarcophagus.
- Episode No. 43 “Herman, Coach of the Year” – Grandpa made a pill to enhance the athletic performance of his nephew Eddie Munster (Butch Patrick). The vitamin pill’s ingredients included “a derby flown in from Kentucky; a feather from “the worlds’ fastest bird,” the ostrich; a bit of lint from the pouch of a kangaroo; and a zap of lightning from Grandpa’s fingertip to top it off.”
- Episode No. 62 “The Musician” – Grandpa whips up a potion to improve Eddie’s trumpet playing. The potion included: “Three strands of Leonard Bernstein’s favorite sauerkraut; a glass of water from the “Blue Danube”; one chopped photograph of Ludwig van Beethoven; a stein of beer from the “Whiffenpoof” song; and a bucket of bilge water from the “HMS Pinafore.”
- Episode No. 41 “Bronco Bustin’ Munster” – Herman Munster begs Grandpa to concoct an instant bravery potion to steady his nerves before a rodeo bronco ride. Grandpa once whipped up an instant bravery pill for King Richard in the Middle Ages. “I’ll have you know that before he took these, he was known as Chicken-Dickie.”
- Episode No. 48 “A Man for Marilyn” – Grandpa attempts to make a husband for his niece in his laboratory. Other inventions and potions included a pill that turned water into gasoline; a medicine for which there is no disease; a machine that takes electricity from the air and stores it; a cough medicine that gives you a three-day cough; and an alarm clock pill that can be set to make you sleep and wake at chosen times.
Beside his potions and pills, Grandpa was quite a mechanic. When his son-in-law Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) needed to win a drag race, he whipped up a stylish dragster called the “Drag-u-la” using a gold coffin for the car’s body.
NOTE: On the 1988 syndicated remake of the series THE MUNSTERS TODAY, Vladimir “Grandpa” Dracula (Howard Morton) enjoyed eating leeches and cream; had a computer named Sam; a rat named Stanley; and belonged to the AVA (American Vampire Association).
This time round, the Munsters lived in the future because one of Grandpa’s experiment backfired, suspending the family in time until they awoke 22 years later to discover a much different would.
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