Sep. 18, 1964
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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The Addams Family (1964)

In 1964, the ABC-TV network created a television series based on Addams' cartoon characters. The series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons in 64 half-hour episodes (September 18, 1964 – September 2, 1966).

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He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Philippi, West Virginia. Ted Cassidy was a well ...

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Lurch is the household butler. Morticia and Gomez summon him by means of a bell pull in the form of a hangman's noose, which rings the massive bell located in the mansion's bell tower (the resulting gong shakes the entire house when the noose is pulled). When Lurch appears (usually immediately thereafter), he responds in a very deep bass voice, "You rang?" According to IMDb, Lurch was intended to be a non-speaking part, as the Charles Addams cartoon character was silent. However, Cassidy improvised the line during his audition, and it was well received and incorporated into the show. When questions are posed to Lurch his primary response is a deep annoyed grunt, from which the family glean complex meanings.

He is superhumanly strong and often plays the harpsichord (the music is actually played by The Addams Family composer Vic Mizzy) which had previously been owned by Cousin Crimp. Lurch is very high-minded about visitors. When an undercover operative named Mr. Hollister (played by George Neise) visited the family, Lurch patted him down and regarded him suspiciously when he found his gun. Mr. Hollister showed Lurch his badge, whereupon Lurch returned the gun. Also, when announcing the arrival of visitors in the foyer of the Addams' home, the towering servant invariably grabs and crushes any hats being worn by male guests.

Lurch at times regards his employers' activities with some dubiousness much like a servant expressing disdain for the idle rich; and on those occasions when he feels overworked or stressed, he, like Uncle Fester, seeks therapeutic relief by being stretched on the family's torture rack. Ted Cassidy made a cameo appearance as Lurch on an episode of the Batman TV series.

Episode Screenshots

01x27 - The Addams Family and the Spacemen
Season 1, Episode 27
01x34 - The Winning of Morticia Addams
Season 1, Episode 34
02x03 - Morticia's Romance (2)
Season 2, Episode 03
02x12 - Gomez, the Cat Burglar
Season 2, Episode 12
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Lurch Quotes

02x29 - Lurch's Grand Romance Season 2 / Episode 29: - Lurch's Grand Romance

Trivia: [after drinking Grandmama's love potion] Where's that man?
Grandmama Addams: Coming up!

Lurch: You rang?
Trivia: Lurch! You great, big, wonderful hunk of masculinity!
Grandmama Addams: Well, I guess you two lovebirds wanna be alone!
Trivia: Where, oh, where have you been all my life?
Lurch: The kitchen.
02x29 - Lurch's Grand Romance Season 2 / Episode 29: - Lurch's Grand Romance

Uncle Fester Frump: Lurch, how do you feel about gas?
Lurch: Gives me heartburn.
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