Art and the Addams Family
Series The Addams Family (TV Series)
Season 1
Original Airdate December 18, 1964
Written by Harry Winkler and Hannibal Coons
Director Sidney Lanfield


Grandmama has taken up painting (she throws the paint at the canvas) and Gomez has art critic Bosley Swain evaluate her. Swain tactfully suggests a teacher, and Grandmama calls Spain for Picasso, getting oddball Sam Picasso instead. Sam tries hard, but Bosley thinks the man is a crook. Gomez likes Sam, and decides (against Sam's wishes) to restore Sam's good name. He asks Sam to paint Kitty Kat, but Sam faints. Wednesday tries coaching him, but Sam keeps trying to escape his workshop in the play room. Swain sees Wednesday's paintings, thinking they're Sam's, and raves. Sam manages to return to Spain to take up the safer occupation of bullfighting, while the whole Addams Family takes up brushes.


Background Information

  • Sam Picasso gets an eyeful of the Bear and Cousin Farouk, and nearly gets strangled by Cleopatra.
  • Uncle Fester offers to model for Sam and remarks that he models for all of Gomez' Halloween pumpkins.
  • Fester creates an urn for Grandfather Malaprop.
  • Despite Ken Weatherwax being credited, he only appears in the opening and closing credits.

Links and References

Guest Stars

Vito Scotti as Sam Picasso

Hugh Sanders as Bosley Swain


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