Addams Family and Boy Scouts
In the second episode, Gomez and Morticia are aghast that their son has taken a sudden interest in the Boy Scouts.
Back in 1964, it must have seemed absurd for parents to be upset about a thing like that, but once again the Addams Family is way ahead of its time. Today, there are many anti-Boy-Scouts voices.
Thanks, but no thanks, Boy Scouts of America. My kid will have enough challenges navigating this world without being indoctrinated with structured, community-organized hate.
I always associate the Boy Scouts with the Hitler Youth. I understand that the Hitler Youth basically took over what had been the Boy Scouts in Germany. But the uniforms, the paramilitary style, the right wing politics? It strikes me as downright un-American. But that’s just because there are two currents in America: the fierce individual and the belligerent conformist. I respect the first. But the Scouts reflect too much of the second, even if it is not intentionally bad. Its exclusionary policies alone reinforce the worst aspects of in-group/out-group politics.
This episode, using satire, provides commentary on how difficult it is for parents to raise their children in their own unique way when that way goes against what the rest of society deems to be normal.
The only downside of the episode is that I didn’t find it very funny.
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While The Addams Family has a more sophisticated concept behind it, the fact is that The Munsters is a hell of a lot funnier and enjoyable to watch. The Addams Family is often pretty boring. Herman and Grandpa are comedy gold.