And so here we are with the last of the Television Crossover Hall of Fame inductions for 2021. As with most of the year, this will fall into the mini-theme of our salute to the Addams Family.
Breaking TVXOHOF tradition, we not only had a ceremony on Christmas Day, but we have one also for the day after. It’s not such a big thing in the United States, but elsewhere in the Real World, December 26th is observed as Boxing Day. It is linked to an older British tradition where the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families since they would have had to serve their masters on Christmas Day. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts, bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. [Wikipedia]
So for Boxing Day, it seemed appropriate that we would be saluting the hired help….
Lurch (whose first name is unknown) is a fictional character created by American cartoonist Charles Addams as a manservant to The Addams Family. In the original television series, Lurch was played by Ted Cassidy, who used the catchphrase, "You... rang?"
Lurch largely shares the family's macabre standards, although he occasionally looks askance at some of their activities. He has a similar attitude toward visitors – almost a sixth sense. When a plainclothes policeman named Mr. Hollister (portrayed by George N. Neise) visits in "The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man," Lurch pats him down and removes his service revolver from inside his suit coat. Although Lurch groans disapprovingly at the idea of someone bringing a weapon into the house, he returns the gun after Hollister shows his badge.
[O'Bservation - I like to think Lurch is a reanimated corpse and Mother Lurch never knew that her son had died and then was brought back to life.]
- ‘The Addams Family’
- ‘The New Scooby Doo Movies’
- ‘The Addams Family’ [animated]
- "Halloween With The New Addams Family"
Welcome to the Hall, Sonny! Enjoy your Boxing Day being catered to by the Addams Family!