Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Mockingbird Lane‘s “Pilot”
Tread Perilously‘s month of pilots takes a drive over to the rethink of The Munsters called Mockingbird Lane.
When Eddie Munster begins to show he is a true Munster, the family moves to the Mockingbird Heights area of San Francisco. And there, on Mockingbird Lane, Eddie’s cousin Marylin buys 1313 — the so-called “hobo murder house.” It suits Grandpa and Lily just fine, but Herman is a little distracted because he knows the time is coming to tell the truth to Eddie … and it might just take all that’s left of his original heart to do it. Luckily, Grandpa has a plan for Herman’s new heart.
Justin’s lukewarm ability to defend Bryan Fuller fails him. The presence of disgraced filmmaker Bryan Singer does the pilot no favors, either. Erik tries to diagnose the story and directing problems while Justin recasts every lead role. They also try to determine if the network wanted The X-Files or The Addams Family and if Paget Brewster has the Curse of Ted McGinley. Erik is convinced people would’ve been thirsting for a traditional Herman Munster in 2012. Beth Grant once again receives unconditional support. Cheyenne Jackson ends up the MVP. The problem of Marylin Munster is discussed, and The Munsters Today gets positive remarks for doing something right.