The hour plays like the failed pilot that it is, with a lot of exposition and an episode-ending tease that's intended to leave us wanting more.
This is not going to be everyone's, or possibly anyone's, cup of hemlock.
This odd introduction for this proposed series is either a burn-off or a tryout and considering the day and time, burn-off is most likely.
Not particularly scary, not particularly funny, this little-pilot-lost doesn't quite get there, despite an impressive pedigree.
As a one-shot the thing is just sort of weird - like the Munster family itself, an uneasy addition to an otherwise garden-variety neighborhood.
We're pretty sure this is the last we'll ever see of the new Munster clan.
It takes the idea of The Munsters actually being a horror piece a bit more seriously than the sitcom did, but it's mostly here to have fun.
| Original Score: B
I'd put the Mockingbird Lane pilot more in line with the others I found interesting but didn't want to watch every week.
| Original Score: B-
Mockingbird Lane is funny, fanciful, a visual treat and, perhaps surprisingly, full of heart.
Outrageous, eccentric, funny, campy - and too creepy for small kids. A real shame this isn't sticking around.
| Original Score: B+
Some of the jokes are definitely beneath the players here, but some land just right, creating a enjoyably demented journey.
| Original Score: 7/10
Mockingbird Lane was a sumptuous, spooky, and far more graphic reimagining of Herman, Lily, and their postnuclear family.
Kids will like Mockingbird Lane well enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's something admirable about a big swing, even when it doesn't connect.
I left the episode wanting to see more of where Fuller and company wanted to take these Munsters, which is a good thing - leaving your audience wanting more is a positive, obviously.