When visiting Google’s search page today, I was greeted with a spooky Doodle showing the cartoon version of the Addams family. (see other Google Doodles here)
With this unique Doodle, Google is celebrating the 100th birthday of Charles Addams, the creator of the original Addams Family. In 1938, Addams authored the first Addams Family as a series of cartoons in the New Yorker magazine. His weird, evil looking (but nice) family became a sensation, and later led to a TV series in 1964.
According to IMDB, the 1964 series lasted until 1966 and had 64 episodes. Some full length episodes can be seen at IMDB and YouTube. Here’s a description of the series from IMDB:
The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that “normal” people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia’s every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don’t seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler “Lurch” or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named “Thing”). Written by Murray Chapman
Just below, you can see a Youtube video which shows the opening theme for the classic 1964 black and white TV serial.
Later, the Addams Family spawned several other movies and TV series in the U.S. and other countries. Many of you might be more familiar with the 1991 movie, “The Addams Family“, and it’s 1993 sequel, “Addams Family Values“, which starred Raul Julia, Angelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Christina Ricci. These were funny and action filled movies. If you get a chance, I recommend them as fun for the entire family.
I was a child in the 1960s, and I enjoyed seeing the Google Doodle reminding me about the old TV series. Following the Doodle’s link, I learned the story of Charles Addams, the creator. May he rest in peace, and may the Addams family legacy continue far into the future.