Pick of the Week – October 13-19, 2014

We’re continuing with our month of Halloween-themed Picks of the Week.  But this week’s may require a bit of effort and skullduggery to dig up.  Get it?  Dig up.  Like a grave.  And I mentioned a skull.  Is that Halloween enough for you?

Moving on…

Before Bryan Fuller went on to create Hannibal, which may be the creepiest show currently on television (Unfortunately, it’s between seasons and I already recommended it as my Pick of the Week several months ago), he attempted to reboot the classic television series The Munsters for the modern era.

The result of that effort, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, is my Pick of the Week.  Now, I say that Fuller attempted to reboot The Munsters because the network involved, NBC, decided not to pick up the show.  They did, however, air the pilot episode as a Halloween special.  You can see the promo  for it HERE.

I’ll admit that I did not have high expectations for 1313 Mockingbird Lane.  The source material, The Munsters, was always inferior to The Addams Family in my mind, and I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to try to make it again, particularly as an hour-long series.  If it didn’t have Fuller’s name on it, whose work on Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies I had loved, I probably wouldn’t have given it a chance.

I am glad I did.  The episode is a lot of fun, and it kinda-sorta works as a standalone special.  The main reason to watch, though, is for Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.  Put all memories of Al Lewis’ performance on the original Munsters out of your mind.  Izzard is a very different vampire altogether.  If the show had gone to series, he probably would have eaten most of the neighbors before the end of the first season.

If you’re looking for something to put you in the Halloween mood and want something lighter than a horror film and not as light as the ninety-thousandth airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! (Which is wonderful, don’t get me wrong.), track down 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Alan Decker

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