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The Main Theme of The Addams Family original television series was written and performed by Vic Mizzy. In the show's opening, The Addams Family are shown nearly motionless except for their snapping in time with the music.

In addition to the finger-snapping and harpsichord accompaniment, actor Ted Cassidy punctuated the lyrics in his "Lurch" voice with the words "neat", "sweet", and "petite."

Other Appearances

Mizzy's theme was released as a 45rpm single, but failed to make the national charts.

The song was reworked for the 1977 Halloween special. A few notes of it introduced the 1991 feature film, and strains are heard throughout the sequel, Addams Family Values. Lurch played it on the violin in Addams Family Reunion and on the piano in The New Addams Family episode "Lurch and His Piano".

It was reused in 2008 for a series of "Addams Family" television commercials for M&M's Dark Chocolate candies. In a cross-promotion with The Addams Family 2, Progressive Insurance put its own lyrics to the instrumentals.

Lyrics

They're creepy and they're kooky
Mysterious and spooky
They're altogether ooky
The Addams family

Their house is a museum
Where people come to see 'em
They really are a screa-um
The Addams family

Neat. Sweet. Petite.

So get a witch's shawl on
A roost that you can crawl on
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams family

Background

  • The version used for the TV series credits is :51 seconds long.
  • An extended version (1:56 long) is available on the album Original Music from The Addams Family. However, on this version, Lurch's lines are performed by Vic Mizzy. The album also features an instrumental version as the opening track.

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