NBC Saturday Mornings Monster Squad Showed Monsters Didn’t Have to be Evil

Before The Monster Squad there was…Monster Squad? In September 1976 a short-lived Saturday morning live-action television series aired on NBC and starred Fred Grandy, Gopher from The Love Boat, as a crime-fighting college student.

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Grandy plays Walt, a college student studying criminal science who works at a wax museum to pay the bills. Business is slow so he uses his smarts to build a super computer and, through the magic of plot devices, when he plugs it in it brings life to wax statues of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man.

Once alive they know they have been bad in the past so to redeem themselves they decide to fight crime with Walt. The show has a very campy tone and certainly belonged on Saturday morning TV. The show has 13 episodes and each one is titled after the villain featured. Villains like “Queen Bee,” “The Ringmaster,” and “Ultra Witch” gave the Monster Squad trouble each week.

The show had a few pieces of merchandise. There was a small toy line consisting of Frankenstein, Wolf Man and Dracula action figures and a Monster Squad black van. Other merchandise included staples like coloring books, board games and Halloween costumes.

Even though the show failed it has enough of a following for a DVD release.It hit the DVD market in June 2009 and features all 13 episodes. (Updated)

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