Based on Charles Addams' cartoon characters, 'The Addams Family' ran on ABC from 1964-66. "The series producer Nat Perrin was a close friend of Groucho Marx and writer of several Marx Brothers films. Perrin created story ideas, directed one episode, and rewrote every script. Much of the dialog is his (albeit uncredited). As a result, Gomez, with his sardonic remarks and ever-present cigar, has been frequently compared to Groucho Marx."