They're creepy and they're kooky\u2014 and so are these facts. It makes sense that a family of monsters would have some skeletons in their closet. However, the ones that weren't friends with the members of the Addams Family, are pretty surprising. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?ve3_TYedCPus Do you dare dive into Cemetary Lane with us? To learn the truth about The Addams Family,\u00a0we'll go through all of the quirks that made the series everything that it was. Comical Origins Unlike The Munsters, which used Universal Studios\u2019 plentiful vault of copyrighted mythical beasts, The Addams Family had to use original characters\u2014 sort of. They all came from a 1938 comic strip by illustrator Charles Addams. Ah, it\u2019s all coming together now. But in the comic strips, there were no official names. Cousin Itt wasn\u2019t in the original strips either! Show producer David Levy suggested the character, and Charles Addams started including the big pile of hair in new strips so readers would get an early intro. RELATED: Whatever Happened To Jackie Coogan From \u2018The Addams Family\u2019? The Addams patriarch had two name choices: Repelli and Gomez. Ultimately, John Astin both won the role and the right to choose his character\u2019s name. When it came time to name an Addams child, their first choice was Pubert. Network executives weren\u2019t thrilled about how that name sounded, so they went with Pugsley instead, which is still silly but at least sounds a bit better. Of course, Pubert would rise again, in the movie. Sound of Success https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vhxN5iVBj-6Q TV and film composer Vic Mizzy would have two huge theme credits to his name: Green Acres, and The Addams Family. Both extremely popular, but of the two, Mizzy would admit that The Addams Family made him his fortune. And it was as easy as a snap\u2014 he\u2019s quoted saying, \u201cThat\u2019s why I\u2019m living in Bel-Air. Two-finger snaps and you\u2019re in Bel-Air.\u201d There was a little more to it than that, and even though the credit made millions later, the studio didn\u2019t want to spend the cash back then. That trio of singers belting out the lyrics is actually just one guy, with his voice played over a recorder to loop the sound, all so they didn\u2019t have to pay for more singers. They're Kooky and they're Crafty.\u00a0 Identity Crisis THE ADDAMS FAMILY, John Astin, 1964-66. Everett Collection It\u2019s nearly impossible to picture anyone else playing Gomez. Or Lurch for that matter. However, when John Astin auditioned for the show, he wanted to play the butler Lurch, who didn\u2019t have a name at that point. However, the showrunners felt his talents belonged in a bigger role- well more important role, not bigger, so took on the patriarch. Meanwhile, Ted Cassidy, who did end up playing Lurch has another role entirely. I gotta hand it to him, he can switch between Lurch and The Thing so easily! What a talented right hand. Actually Sometimes we saw his left because Cassidy liked switching it up to see if anyone noticed. THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Ted Cassidy, 1965, (19641966). Everett Collection When people did get to see Cassidy as Lurch, they liked what they saw, a lot. In fact, teenage girls would flock to him in the street and fawn over him, with some declaring him more handsome than all the Beatles, the standard unit of hotness back then. Also worth noting, the willowy Carolyn Jones is unmistakably the face of Morticia Addams, but a very musical someone else almost was. Cher, with her long face and even longer dark hair, reportedly really wanted to give the role a try. I can see the likeness. Maybe she could have sung the theme, too.\u00a0 THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, in episode 'Fester Goes on a Diet' aired January 14, 1966, 1964-66. Everett Collection Jackie Coogan nearly wasn\u2019t the Uncle Fester we know and love; at first, he was rejected. But he came back for more auditions, this time with a shaved head, did his own makeup and dressed in costume, and convinced producers to bring him on through sheer dedication. What\u2019s In A Name Let\u2019s start with the most famous bundle of syllables: the precisely imprecise dialogue of Cousin Itt. If you weren\u2019t a member of the family, you had no clue what Cousin Itt was gabbing about. But get this: neither did the people behind his voice. To capture this garbled chatter, one of the producers would babble into a recorder. Then, for Cousin Itt\u2019s speech patterns, they\u2019d replay the recording at high-speed to make it quite impossible to figure out. And about those odd names. With Morticia, Fester, and Lurch, the name Wednesday feels weirdly tame, doesn\u2019t it? Well her name comes from a nursery rhyme called Monday\u2019s Child. It reads Monday\u2019s child is fair of face, Tuesday\u2019s child is full of grace, Wednesday\u2019s child is full of woe, and whoa. Full of woe certainly suits this creepy Addams child! Back to the Future The Addams Family was a bunch of trendsetters. And I don\u2019t just mean Gomez\u2019s stylish stash or Morticia\u2019s elegant dresses. Even in the Tech Scene. Computers were on the rise but not just for NASA anymore. And The Addams Family featured the very first scene of a home computer in television history. It was the UNIVAC and debuted at Cemetary Lane years before Batman would get a computer for his Batcave. Wikimedia Commons Believe it or not, The Addams Family is still relevant in the tech world. There is, in fact, an Addams Family pinball machine, complete with disembodied hands that pick up the ball, and audio recorded by the original cast. With sales of 20,000 units as of 2017, it was ranked the best-selling pinball machine of the age.\u00a0 Setting Trends The Addams Family had to please the censors, and one of the age-old battles was displays of affection. They couldn\u2019t be shown in the same bed together, or even in a bedroom for too long. However, Carolyn Jones and John Astin worked hard to make their couple authentic. Gomez\u2019s kiss-up Morticia\u2019s arm is a direct product of that; since they couldn\u2019t do passionate kisses on the mouth, he found a clever way to express his love. THE ADDAMS FAMILY, John Astin, Carolyn Jones, 1964-66. Everett Collection And it worked! The series was widely praised for representing solid values, it had a husband and wife who didn\u2019t fight, and who took good care of their children.\u00a0 Not all trends are planned. Ted Cassidy\u2019s reliable butler Lurch was at first entirely mute. But one day during the rehearsal of a scene, he put his improv skills on display when he suddenly ad-libbed the famous \u201cYou rang?\u201d The audience got such a kick out of it, the writers gave Lurch lines from then on.\u00a0 Wardrobe Malfunctions THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Ken Weatherwax, 1964-66. Everett Collection Ken Weatherwax adorably played young Pugsley, but the actor battled some less adorable hurdles. He was allergic to wool, and of course, all of the costumes seemed to have some of it stitched in. To get around this, Weatherwax\u2019s mom had to buy all his costumes special, to ensure their contents.\u00a0 And what is Gomez without his mustache and signature cigar? Astin admitted he actually had a smoking habit and brought that with him to the character. And It helped that Dutch Masters Cigars became a show sponsor. Gomez was also famous for pocketing his lit cigar. To keep so the costume designers lined his pockets with the wonderful, horrible cure-all \u2026 asbestos! Yikes. Let Me Put My Face On THE ADDAMS FAMILY, Anjelica Huston, 1991. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon \/ \u00a9 Paramount Pictures \/ Courtesy Everett Collection Just a regular makeup session can take a good deal of time. Imagine having to get layers caked on to look ghostly like Morticia. Carolyn Jones would require 2 hours to get all her makeup administered. And for the remake, Anjelica Huston needed 3 hours. Early makeup calls were not uncommon, and Jones needed to be in her chair at 4 am on some days. John Astin grew up in a rough part of New York City, so he had to learn some things the hard way. One lesson was that if he wore a manic stare during his trek from apartment to subway, people didn\u2019t bother him. That became the source for Gomez\u2019s classic wild stare. Unsettling setting You rang? Step right on in, to 001 Cemetery Lane. Or I should say, 21 Chester Place, Los Angeles. The real property only had two stories and looked rather normal. So, special effect techs added a third story and a tower to make it look more menacing. They definitely succeeded, but all that work rarely shows up. The full exterior is only visible in the first episode.\u00a0 \u00a0Before that, those rooms were seen in the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown. As for the original house, its purpose had been served, so It ended up dissolved into a parking lot, and the only original part standing are the six driveway globe lights. Bankrupt It\u2019s hard to believe this show only lasted two seasons. A pop culture goldmine.\u00a0Despite that popularity, the actors got the short end of the stick. Fitting their house of horrors a little too well, the actors\u2019 piggy bank is full of more cobwebs than dollars. They earned residuals for just five reruns. John Astin went on the record basically saying he cared more about communicating than earning the big bucks, but it was still a sour deal. THE ADDAMS FAMILY, from left: Judith Malina, Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, Carel Struycken, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Jimmy Workman, 1991, \u00a9 Paramount\/courtesy Everett Collection, ADF 002, Photo by: Everett Collection (38553) Show creator David Levy wasn\u2019t so ready to get robbed. When The Addams Family movie emerged, he fired off a lawsuit for $50 million, because the movie had, quote \u201cappropriated his ideas and concepts\u201d with the Thing and Itt. Paramount ended up settling out of court. In the child acting system, assuring the child has money set aside for his work is a matter of Law and Fester. The Jackie Coogan Law, named after Uncle Fester, was a response to his own trials as a child actor who had his earnings spent by older relatives. What a creepy family that crawled its way into our hearts and stayed after all these years. Who was your favorite member of the Addams family? Which fact surprised you the most? What TV show should we dust off the cobwebs of next?