the Bear - The huge brown (and later
white) stuffed bear residing in the Addams
family museum-like living room on the bizarre
sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66. For the
series pilot shot at MGM, the prop department
used a large brown bear. During the second
season, the Addams' brown bear was replaced by a
taller stuffed Alaskan polar bear (bagged by a
multimillionaire big game hunter) that was found
in storage in Seattle.
The first season "brown"
bear was owned by MGM, who refused to sell it to
The Addams Family production (MGM owned the set
On episode No. 62 "The Addams Policy"
(3-25-66) Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan)
accidentally incinerated Smokey with a flame
thrower. This forced Morticia Addams (Carolyn
Jones) to file a claim with her insurance
company for compensation.
This same storyline
was redone on episode 1.61 - "The Addam's
Policy" on THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY/SYN/1998-99.
This time Fester accidentally disintegrates the
family's upright stuffed Grizzly Bear. They call
Mr. Fielding, their insurance agent (seen also
in 1.27) to see if he can get them a new bear.
The Addams Family also had a
polar bear rug which they called "Bruno."
TRIVIA NOTE: Per an
E-mail, Smokey the bear is now owned by "Bob"
firstname.lastname@example.org Bob provided a photo
polar bear, and with the exception of a
couple of replaced claws, Smokey is still in
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