I don’t usually dislike remakes, at least not as much as I loathe Mockingbird Lane, but I just can’t get behind this one.
From the getgo, I was wary. The Munsters don’t really look like themselves, but I figured I’d give this new show the benefit of the doubt because, of course, they’d have to update it. Jerry O’Connell might not look right to me, but maybe I just hadn’t seen him in a role like this before. So, I watched the first episode, and I was completely let down.
No, the Munsters don’t look right. No, the house isn’t quite right. But maybe I could get over those superficial complaints if the show felt anything like it should have. You see, Herman, Lily and Grandpa are all monsters, but they only seem to be aware of their physical differences in the original. Herman works a 9-to-5 job at the funeral home. Lily is a SAHM. Grandpa is a little eccentric, but they’re all more or less good people.
In Mockingbird Lane, they’re pretty horrendous. The focus is that this is a family of monsters in suburbia versus a family of monsters in suburbia. At the end of the day, you felt good watching the Munsters. I liked them better than the Addamses because they were blue-collar, working stiffs (haha) just like everyone I’d ever known. They were relateable if kooky. The new Mockingbird Lane lacks the lightheartedness. You feel awkward, uncomfortable and guilty for watching it because Grandpa is talking about drinking blood and Lily doesn’t give a fuck about anyone. Eddie is wolfing out and the family doesn’t care that he’s murdering people. NBC has thrown in some crazy CGI to point out how breathtaking and monstrous Lily is, but it’s unbelievable. Portia de Rossi looks nothing like Lily nor her gorgeous self. So sad.
And Herman? The stalwart father figure of the Munsters? Isn’t even a pale shadow of himself. It’s so sad. He’s a thrown-together piece of rubbish that neither leads his family nor makes us laugh. He’s soft-hearted, sure, but it seems irrelevant to the family and plot. Even the NBC website describes them as “odd but lovable,” but there’s nothing to love this time around.
I can’t much talk about Marilyn. In the original, she was the odd duck out. She was too normal. She was the black sheep because of it. Her aunt and uncle constantly worried about not being able to marry her off. In this remake, it seems as though the character is their connection to the real world, enabling the Munsters to be monsters in a world filled with humans. It’s kind of sickening.
Granted, the show has a lot to live up to, but even if it didn’t, I’d still be disappointed in it. It’s not funny. It’s just awkward. It’s not scary. It’s just strange. It’s only been the pilot, and I already know NBC will cancel this. That is got 7.3 on IMDB is shocking. What the hell are people on?
The only thing NBC got right with this remake is the address.