I am all-for family friendly shows, but I would argue that:
A> The Munsters is not always family friendly, as per the adult themes mentioned in the OP.
B> It's quite possible to have a family friendly show that is still highly sophisticated & realistic, and that tells complex stories, and that features psychologically-deep characters. For example, the show Leave it to Beaver has all of those traits. And it was even made before The Munsters, by the same producers who made The Munsters.
Compared to The Munsters, Leave it to Beaver is akin to Masterpiece Theater and The Munsters is akin to the dumbest reality show ever made, like "Flavor of Love."[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488262/]
It's like the producers discarded their brains or something before they created The Munsters. I have no idea why they did that.
I think you're taking this show WAY too seriously. The show has The Frankenstein Monster married to the daughter of Count Dracula with a werewolf son. You might as well call "Die Hard" a true, hard-hitting cop documentary.
Speaking of "Leave It to Beaver", did you know the houses from both series are next to each other on the Universal Studios backlot? They were both used on the show "Desperate Housewives". I took a photo of the Munsters' house.
Annoying the world since 1960!
Maybe I am taking it way too seriously, but the problem with the producers not taking it seriously is that it becomes unentertaining/unwatchable to adults. Apparently you can stand it somehow, but I can't.
I take the point that maybe part of the problem is that I'm expecting it to be more of a drama than a comedy...but even if it is supposed to be 100% comedy and 0% drama...then my counter-argument is that that the comedy still could have had a tone that was appropriate for people beyond the age of eight. The jokes just aren't funny 99% of the time.
I.e. the other week I was watching an episode where Grandpa says, "I used to fly around the Old Country until I got rheumatoid in my wings." In another episode, the joke is, "Remember when Grandpa invented athlete's foot?"
Those types of unfunny lines are heavily saturated throughout every episode. Rarely does the show ever present anything that is actually funny. So it fails as a drama. And it fails as a straight-up comedy too.
No, I didn't know those things about the Houses. Thanks for sharing. That must be a cool photo that you have.
Didn't they burn down during that fire at Universal Studios back in 1991 (give or take a year)? They were Alain the same street as the town hall in Back To The Future, which was also the main building of Faber College in Animal House.