NBC’s Mockingbird Lane Pilot (2012)
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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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  1. What is missing from this re-imagining is the wittiness and wholesomeness of the original. While it has the heart of the original, it lacks it soul.

  2. Sorry to hear you felt that way Payton, though I certainly can where you are coming from. A lot of fans who have found they enjoyed the episode have brought that up as well…with most everyone saying they just wished they had made the show it’s own property instead of linking it with the 60s show.

  3. My dad made me watch this crap. Ugh. It was awful. Other than the name, it didn’t have anything to do with the Munsters. There wasn’t any real humour to speak of. I loved the original series. This was just horrible. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Firstly, the Grandpa is supposed to funny and a bit crazy. This one was just mean. Lily was supposed to be sexy. This one was just….manish. Eddie was supposed to be creepy. This one was just a kid. There was no Wolfie doll. And Spot…..(shaking head) why in the world was he invisible ? That just doesn’t make any sense. The house didn’t look anything like every. single. other. Munsters house has looked. Why did they have to change it so much ? Didn’t they want people to watch it ? People love the Munsters. This….is so far from being The Munsters, it’s not even worthy of being called crap.

  4. I for one loved it. I grew up on reruns of the original and am glad to see an updated, yet still firmly planted in the original mythos, modern version.

    On another note, I think it’s beyond hilarious that Spottedfeather above says the dragon being invisible didn’t ‘make sense.’ Because a dragon to begin with makes any damn sense? Like half of anything in the original made any sense. Did the Munster’s Koach or Dragula make any sense in the original? Does a vampire who DOESN’T drink people’s blood make any sense? Yet folks loved the original and I believe, if this show were given a chance, many new and old fans will love it too.

  5. I liked it which is saying a lot since I pretty much hated the original Munsters.

  6. I enjoyed watching Mockingbird Lane and I hope NBC does decide to pick it up. I wasn’t sure about it in the beginning but after watching I want more. I love the darker feel of the show and I have to agree that Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa have done a wonderful job. NBC offers some of the best primetime shows available this season and I’ve been most impressed. I’m glad I did the upgrade to the Hopper DVR, where I can get all my primetime shows recorded every night on one TV. The only thing’s I work in the evenings and I have to get my stuff recorded to watch the next day. My wife’s never been happy with the TV’s busy recording my shows. That’s when my coworker at DISH told me about how I could get all four major networks recorded using PrimeTime Anytime. Now my family and I get what we want and that’s to watch our favorites anytime of the week.

  7. Much too dark in tone to associate itself to the original series.
    The Munsters made the best with its combo of 60s sitcom playfulness, classic monster lore and talented actors that seemed to embody their respective monster.

    This remake only taps into their keen use of actors in the same way (great cast with comedic chops), but the overt slide into current horror sensibilities (gore, mean-spiritedness, and more gore) makes it into something else.

    I felt I was watching an Addams Family remake, actually, cuz their show (and movies) seemed to embrace morbidity moreso than the other clan.

    I dunno, it might make a nice change of pace amidst the sludge of niche reality-shows, necroptic crime series and sex-addled sitcoms, but I wish they hadn’t tagged their show with The Munsters concept, a show that was so-so in my own weekly appreciation, but has retained a warm feel of innocence I’d like to get back to, in teevee land, one of these days.

    I’d still be curious to see where they take this.
    Though they should cut down on CG effects (and costs) and opt for humor in dialogue.

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