NBC’s Mockingbird Lane Pilot (2012)

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Okay, let’s get something out of the way right now. The pilot for Mockingbird Lane, the re-imagining of the 1960s Munsters TV series is sharply written and wickedly funny. I wasn’t happy with what I was seeing and said so in the Retroist Forums. Gone is a lot of what drew me to the Munsters in my youth but the heart of the original series is still there and the updated feel and dark humor has completely won me over. The cast does an excellent job of establishing their characters in the 40 odd minutes of the pilot but I was most impressed by Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster and the scene stealing Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

Now judge for yourself after watching the pilot below and if you find yourself laughing and nodding approvingly throughout the episode make sure to let NBC know…because at the moment the Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) developed series has not been picked up as a series. The first episode by the way was directed by Producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men, X2).

Sorry but there are a few commercial interruptions throughout the pilot.


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