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Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family is the twentieth episode of the first season of the original series of The Addams Family. It first aired 5 February 1965 on ABC.


Fiske is the new Zoo commissioner, and plans expansion. Uncle Fester complains about all the robins and larks in the parks as they're too cheery. Gomez agrees to support the new fund drive and donates $150,000 (and 20 cents to cover the cost of gas to visit them). Meanwhile, Cousin Itt arrives for a visit and settles into the attic. He's good at magic tricks, but restless. Morticia thinks they should get him a job to keep him longer, but what - "Too short for an actor, too tall for a producer," she sighs. Gomez ponders the idea that Itt could join the Beatles. Then they discover he has a way with animals and think he'd be perfect for a curator's job at the zoo. Fiske is thrilled, thinking Itt is an exhibit, and puts him in a cage. Later, on the radio, there's news of an escaped beast. Gomez and Morticia arm themselves to defend the house, prompting Gomez to recall their safari: "No one could skin a hippopotamus like you could." Tish disagrees, "Darling, any housewife can do that." The escaped animal is Itt, of course. Fiske arrives and the Family sorts out what happened. They're outraged about the treatment Itt received, but Itt enjoyed it and only came back for his brushes. Fiske, horrified, says he'll reserve separate cages for the whole Family at the zoo. Morticia is appalled - it's a family cage or nothing!


  • The music that Lurch plays at the start of the episode is called "The Anxiety Tango", according to the album Original Music from The Addams Family.
  • When Thing is holding Morticia's palette, he is a left hand instead of his usual right.
  • When the Addamses decide to protect themselves, Gomez produces various shotguns from a cubboard, while Uncle Fester grabs Genevieve from a corner.
  • Despite Blossom Rock, Ken Weatherwax, and Lisa Loring being credited, they only appear in the opening and closing credits.
  • The guest star credits from the previous episode are mistakenly reused here. These character names do not match the characters in this episode:
    • Roland Winters as Ralph J. Hulen
    • Olan Soule as Harwood Widdy
    • Bill Baldwin as Announcer
  • It was remade for The New Addams Family episode with the same name.