The Munsters (1964–2004)
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Low-Cal Munster 

Herman is invited to a reunion of his old army outfit but finds himself unable to fit into his old uniform. Lily will only allow him to go only if he goes on a diet. When Dr. Dudley tells ... See full summary »


Norman Abbott

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Episode cast overview:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lily Munster
Al Lewis ... Grandpa
Beverley Owen ... Marilyn Munster
Butch Patrick ... Eddie Munster
Fred Gwynne ... Herman Munster
Caryl Rowe Caryl Rowe ... Miss Fairchild
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Freddie (as Ronnie R. Rondell)
Michael Jackson ... TV Announcer
Dick Winslow ... Seymour Farber
Monty Margetts Monty Margetts ... Anna Farber
Diane Courtney Diane Courtney ... Arlene Farber
Scott McCartor Scott McCartor ... Lester Farber
Elsie Baker ... Grandma Farber
Paul Lynde ... Dr. Edward Dudley


Herman is invited to a reunion of his old army outfit but finds himself unable to fit into his old uniform. Lily will only allow him to go only if he goes on a diet. When Dr. Dudley tells him to loose a hundred pounds in a week, Herman resolves only to consume water and vitamins. Unfortunately, the last day of his diet coincides with Thanksgiving. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Release Date:

29 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Kayro-Vue Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Michael Jackson's (TV Announcer) first appearance on TV. Two years later, he would be hired by KABC, an AM radio station licensed to Los Angeles, where he would host a talk show for the next three decades. See more »


When Herman visits the doctor, the backs of his hands and fingers are covered in hair that was not there in the previous or following scenes. The hair appears and disappears throughout the episode. See more »


Dr. Dudley: [unable to see without his glasses, doctor thinks Herman's hand is a dog] Now look, I told you once, you gotta get the dog outta here.
Herman Munster: Doc, that's my hand.
Dr. Dudley: You mean you were born with this?
Herman Munster: No, someone else was. And I'll always be grateful. Not everyone will give you a hand when you need one.
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Herman And His Diet
28 March 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Herman, determined to go to this old Army reunion gathering, can't fit into his old suit. Lily says he can, but only if he loses weight so can fit into his uniform. She wants a sensible diet and sends him off to see the family doctor, "Dr. Dudley" (Paul Lynde).

As in a recent episode, Dudley is about blind and doesn't have his glasses. He just sent his assistant out for a minute to get them fixed, so when Herman shows up, we get a similar routine as we saw in that previous episode. (Oddly, Herman is treated as a brand-new patient. Huh?)

The visit to the doctor's is very funny with Lynde playing the Mr. Magoo role to the hilt. When he finally gets his glasses back, it's very funny. Herman then goes on a vitamin-pill-and- water diet. By the sixth day, especially after some wonderful sarcasm by Herman of making a big production of the meal (a pill and water) Lily pleads with him to eat something and go to the reunion without the uniform. Herman is stubborn, though, and wants to go the whole 10 days. Grandpa taunts him, saying "You'll never make it."

Then, with on day to go, hunger makes Herman crazy and do desperate things. It doesn't help it's Thanksgiving with "turkey and cranberry sauce, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, biscuits oozing with melted butter, etc. " Just hearing Grandpa sadistically talk about this at the breakfast table puts Herman over the edge.....he feints....and Dr. Dudley has to come to the house and look at him....with more humorous results. Afterward, with just hours to go, Herman snaps!

In all, a good episode, not as hilarious as the previous ones, but still fun to watch.

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