|Developed by||Stanley Ralph Ross|
|Composer(s)||Richard La Salle (1.1)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Willam P. D'Angelo|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original release||September 11, 1976 –|
September 2, 1977
The series stars Fred Grandy (who also starred in The Love Boat and was later elected to the United States House of Representatives) as Walt, a criminology student working as a night watchman at "Fred's Wax Museum". To pass the time, Walt built a prototype "Crime Computer" hidden in a large stone sarcophagus near an exhibit of legendary monsters. When Walt plugged in his computer, "oscillating vibrations" brought to life the wax statues of Dracula (Henry Polic II), the Wolfman (Buck Kartalian) who here was named "Bruce W. Wolf" (with one episode revealing that the "W" stood for "Were"), and Frankenstein's Monster (Michael Lane) who was referred to as "Frank N. Stein" in the credits.
The monsters, wanting to make up for the misdeeds of their pasts, became superhero crimefighters who used their unique abilities to challenge and defeat various supervillains. In most episodes, Walt would send the monsters out to investigate crimes and fight the villains while monitoring the activities from the wax museum via the Crime Computer, presumably because his job required him to be at the wax museum at all times. However, Walt would sometimes join the climactic battle with his comrades in some episodes and come to the rescue when needed.
The Squad had their own customized black Monster Van, and each monster had a "utility belt" with a communicator device used to keep in touch with Walt, who had apparently created them for the monsters to use. Their CB-style code-names were "Chamber of Horrors" (Walt), "Nightflyer" (Drac), "Green Machine" (Frank) and "Furball" (Bruce).
The show was comparable to the 1960s Batman TV show, not surprising considering that creator Stanley Ralph Ross had been one of the main writers on that series. The villains were often exaggerated camp villains much like the ones on Batman in keeping with the "superhero" tone of the show, and were often played by familiar-faced guest stars of the time like Alice Ghostley ("Queen Bee"), Marty Allen ("Lorenzo Musica"), Jonathan Harris ("The Astrologer"), Julie Newmar ("Ultra Witch"), Avery Schreiber ("The Weatherman") and Vito Scotti ("Albert/Alberta").
Though the Squad are supposed to be wax statues, it often appears that they are something else entirely as they apparently have all the memories of the monsters they are based on. In several episodes a statue of the Invisible Man can be seen in an alcove on the opposite side of the monsters' exhibit. It is never explained why this statue remains unaffected by the Crime Computer's oscillating vibrations.
- Fred Grandy - Walt
- Henry Polic II - Dracula
- Buck Kartalian - Bruce W. Wolf
- Michael Lane - Frank N. Stein
- Officer McMacMac (portrayed by Paul Smith and Richard X. Slattery)
- Jackie Joey (portrayed by Stanley Ralph Ross)
- Chief Running Nose (portrayed by Sid Haig)
- Mimi Falters (portrayed by Caren Kaye)
- Dandy Andy (portrayed by Johnny Brown)
- Dr. Fishline (portrayed by John Alvin)
- Queen Bee (portrayed by Alice Ghostley)
- Mr. Mephisto (portrayed by Barry Dennen)
- Baby Doll and Arlene Doll (portrayed by Cathy Worthington and Mindi Miller)
- The Tickler (portrayed by Ivor Francis)
- Twitter and Snicker (portrayed by Al Stellone and Doug Stevenson)
- The Ringmaster (portrayed by Billy Curtis)
- Lorenzo Musica (portrayed by Marty Allen)
- Andante and Allegro (portrayed by Tom Sherohman and Michael McManus)
- No Face / Mayor Goldwyn (portrayed by Edward Andrews)
- The Astrologer (portrayed by Jonathan Harris)
- Ultra Witch (portrayed by Julie Newmar)
- The Wizard (portrayed by Arthur Malet)
- Mumbo and Jumbo (portrayed by Victor Paul and Mickey Morton)
- The Skull (portrayed by Geoffrey Lewis)
- Blue Tooth and King Fooey (portrayed by Peter Zapp and Nathan Jung)
- The Mummy (portrayed by Pete Kellett)
- The Weatherman (portrayed by Avery Schreiber)
- David Frost and Phoebe Snow (portrayed by Owen Orr and Cheryl Miller)
- Lawrence of Moravia (portrayed by Joseph Mascolo)
- Fouad and Abdul (portrayed by Winston Roberts and Joe Tornatore)
- Albert/Alberta (portrayed by Vito Scotti)
- Half-Wit and Half-Nelson (portrayed by Raymond Singer and Phil Diskin)
This section needs a plot summary. (October 2015)
Each episode is named after the villain of that episode.
|Nº||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Queen Bee"||September 11, 1976|
|2||"Mr. Mephisto"||September 18, 1976|
|3||"The Tickler"||September 25, 1976|
|4||"The Ringmaster"||October 2, 1976|
|5||"Music Man"||October 9, 1976|
|6||"No Face"||October 16, 1976|
|7||"The Astrologer"||October 23, 1976|
|8||"Ultra Witch"||October 30, 1976|
|9||"The Wizard"||November 6, 1976|
|10||"The Skull"||November 13, 1976|
|11||"The Weatherman"||November 20, 1976|
|12||"Lawrence of Moravia"||November 27, 1976|
|13||"Albert/Alberta"||December 4, 1976|
Monster Squad - The Complete Series was released in Region 1 on June 23, 2009 by Virgil Films and Entertainment. The Region 2 release followed on August 3, 2009 by Fabulous Films.
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- Terrace, Vincent (1979). "The Monster Squad". The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs 1947-1979, Volume 2 (2nd ed.). Alfred Smith Barnes. p. 666. ISBN 0-498-02177-7.