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What About the Munsters?!?

John Deiner

It's one of the goofier polls to be zapped into my e-inbox in a long time, but I have to tell you: It made me think more than I wanted to about its results.

According to the email, "Access America partnered with IPSOS Public Affairs to survey Americans about summer travel and their favorite fictional families on a trip together." (Access America, by the way, provides travel insurance and assistance to those on the road.)

The firms actually asked 1,000 people what fake brood they'd prefer to accompany them on a family vacation (which makes it sounds as if the respondents' families weren't good enough, come to think of it).

Marty Moose feels the wrath of Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) in the 1983 classic, "Vacation." (Warner Bros.)

Here are the results:
· 25 % The Griswolds ("National Lampoon's Vacation")
· 25 % The Bradys ("The Brady Bunch Goes to Hawaii")
· 9 % The Robinsons ("Lost in Space")
· 8 % The Hoovers (Olive's family in "Little Miss Sunshine")
· 7 % The Housemans ( Baby's family in "Dirty Dancing")
· 4 % The Chesters ("Summer Rental")

This is a head-scratcher, folks. Why would anyone want to vacation with the Robinsons? They were lost in space! And they had to deal with that weird Dr. Smith. The Hoovers drove around in that broken van, and I'm sorry, I don't remember the Chesters at all, except that I'd laugh at anything involving John Candy. I guess I would have chosen the Bradys out of the bunch, because they at least had Alice to clean up any messes and provide awkward comic relief.

If I had to nominate a family of my own, I'd go with the Jetsons. I'd get to the beach faster, and I don't recall George and Jane ever tying Aunt Edna's corpse to the roof of their spaceship.

Any other nominations out there?

By John Deiner |  July 2, 2007; 10:08 AM ET  | Category:  John Deiner , The Odd File
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Posted by: No Name | July 2, 2007 11:15 AM

Well, didn't Chip from My Three Sons find a UFO while camping? Who didn't want to drive to Los Angeles with Lucy and Desi? Did I want the Goldbergs to show me around the Bronx? Uhhh... living in a cave in prehistoric time with Shad and Gronk from "It's About Time." Visit the future with Tony Newman from "Time Tunnel." Rescue the remaining inhabitants of the earth with the cast of "Ark-II"

ahem, ok, nevermind.

Posted by: DCer | July 2, 2007 12:04 PM

Once upon a summertime just a dream from yesterday
A boy and his magic golden flute heard a boat from off the bay,
Come and play with me Jimmy
Come and play with me
And I will take you on a trip far across the sea
But the boat belonged to a kooky old Witch
Who had in mind the flute to snitch
From her Vroom Broom in the sky
She watched her plans materialize
She waved her wand -- the beautiful boat was gone
The skies grew dark, the sea grew rough
And the boat sailed on and on and on and on and on and on

yeah, forget it, I'm not taking a vacation with these people.

Posted by: DCer | July 2, 2007 12:05 PM

Marshall, Will, and Holly
On a routine expedition
Met the greatest earthquake ever known.
High on the rapids
It struck their tiny raft.
And plunged them down a thousand feet below.

To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.
To the Land of the Lost.

Sleestaks, dinosaurs, Cha-Ka - awesome!

Posted by: HP | July 2, 2007 2:29 PM

The Stevenson's from Bewitched.
Would be magical...

Posted by: me | July 2, 2007 3:26 PM

Or was it Stevens' ?

Posted by: me | July 2, 2007 3:27 PM

I want to travel with Laverne and Shirley. But NOT Lenny and Squiggy. Pepsi and milk for everyone, on me!

Posted by: Who ha | July 2, 2007 3:48 PM

1. Charlie's Angels without Charlie or Boz
2. The Pussycat Dolls
3. The Adams Family because if the power went out you always had Uncle Fester and damn it would cool to blow up the bridge on the train set.

Posted by: vaherder | July 3, 2007 8:01 AM

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