If you are a fan of classic monsters and campy comedy, you might enjoy watching Monster Squad, a short-lived TV series from 1976 that featured Dracula, Wolfman, and Frankenstein as crime-fighting superheroes. In this article, we will give you a brief overview of the show’s premise, characters, and episodes.
Monster Squad was created by Stanley Ralph Ross, Ray Allen, and Harvey Bullock, who also worked on the 1960s Batman TV show. The series starred Fred Grandy as Walt, a criminology student who worked as a night watchman at Fred’s Wax Museum. To pass the time, Walt built a prototype Crime Computer hidden in a sarcophagus near an exhibit of legendary monsters. When Walt plugged in his computer, it brought to life the wax statues of Dracula (Henry Polic II), Wolfman (Buck Kartalian), and Frankenstein (Michael Lane), who wanted to make up for their past misdeeds by becoming superheroes.
The show followed the adventures of the Monster Squad as they used their unique abilities to fight various supervillains, such as Mr. Mephisto, Ultra Witch, The Skull, and Queen Bee. Walt would monitor their activities from the wax museum via the Crime Computer and sometimes join them in the field. The monsters had their own customized black Monster Van and utility belts with communicators that they used to keep in touch with Walt. Their codenames were Night-flyer (Drac), Green Machine (Frank), and Furball (Bruce).
The show was similar to the Batman TV show in its tone and style, featuring colorful costumes, gadgets, puns, and cliffhangers. The show also had some guest stars from other TV shows and movies, such as Julie Newmar, Jonathan Harris, Marty Allen, and Joseph Mascolo. The show aired on NBC on Saturday mornings from September 11, 1976, to September 3, 1977. It had 13 episodes in total, each lasting 30 minutes.
Monster Squad is a cult classic that has gained some fans over the years. If you are looking for a fun and nostalgic way to spend your weekend, you might want to check out Monster Squad and see how these monsters became heroes.