Uncle Fester and Lurch
Google is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charles Addams, creator of the wonderfully macabre Addam's family, with one of their brilliant cartoon drawings.
Although more recent film versions were made of The Addams Family, it reminds me of the original black & white television series in the 1960s, when I was a child. My mother obviously discovered it first and gradually allowed my brother and I to stay up and watch it. She even wrote a letter to one of the newspapers asking them to show it earlier in the evening as it was obviously a comedy, albeit a macabre one.
I absolutely loved it, right from the catchy theme tune, with the clicking fingers, to the bizarre family with their penchant for all things creepy. What child wouldn't enjoy watching the unsmiling six year old daughter, Wednesday, and her slightly older brother, Pugsley, finding ever more extreme methods of torture for their 'play time'. Then there was the impossibly glamorous mother, Morticia, and her handsome husband, Gomez, who remained passionately in love, and the Frankenstein-like figure of long-suffering butler, Lurch. And we can't forget the loveable but strange Uncle Fester. But it was Thing, the disembodied hand that suddenly appeared and often ran along surfaces, that thrilled in a slightly more scary way.
Great days of black and white television programmes!