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Adams family and Munsters agree that…

So here’s a quick question for you: which show was better The Adams Family or The Munsters? Very bluntly, I have always been quite partial to The Munsters! Setting preferences aside for the moment, what strikes me about both of these shows is there similarity. What’s so interesting about this genre of show is that both shows present families that dwell comfortably in a world of death and decay. To the average viewer, this appears to be horrifying and yet utterly intriguing. The average viewer inhabits a world in which desperately attempts to conceal death and prevent decay, and yet the Munsters/Adams family do not hide it nor does it appear to be an object of terror. For them, death and decay are not only real, ordinary, but even considered prestigious achievements. The underlying question presented in both shows is: since death is an ordinary part of reality, is it good or bad? This question is perhaps the great Riddle encoded in every story, philosophic text, and religious expression. So, what is the answer?