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Tim Burton’s Twist on New ‘Addams Family’ Series, ‘Wednesday’


They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky and they’re all together ooky. You know who they are. The Addams family. Based on the single panel comics by Charles Addams which regularly appeared on the pages of The New Yorker magazine, the tales of Addams have been told through a 1960’s TV series, Saturday morning cartoons and bunch of motion pictures. Now, they’re coming to Netflix with a limited series focusing mostly on daughter Wednesday.

Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Adams. (Netflix)

In what seems like a missed opportunity skipping Halloween, Wednesday will debut on the streaming service beginning on Thanksgiving Eve. The eight-episode series is being described as a “sleuthing, supernaturally-infused mystery” by Netflix, MGM/UA and is directed by Tim Burton (in his television directorial debut), which seems like an appropriate fit.

The comedy series takes place during Wednesday Addams’ years as a student of Nevermore Academy. Here, America’s original goth girl (portrayed this time by Jenna Ortega) will try to master an emerging psychic ability, stop a monstrous killing spree which is terrorizing the local town, and solve a supernatural mystery that affected her parents 25 years ago.

Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. (Vlad Cioplea/Netflix)

Though the series will mostly focus on Wednesday and her classmates, the series also includes the other members of her family. Catherine Zeta-Jones plays Wednesday’s mother, Mortcia, Luis Guzmán as Father Gomez, Isaac Ordonez as brother Pugsley and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. The cast also includes Christina Ricci, Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Percy Hynes White, Hunter Doohan, Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Naomi J Ogawa, Moosa Mostafa, Georgie Farmer and Riki Lindhome.

Wednesday debuts on Netflix on November 23, 2022.

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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