‘Wednesday’: the return of the Addams family

The Netflix series that promises to be the next hit on the streaming platform arrives to revive the story of the most controversial family in film and television

The most peculiar family returns to the screen today, this time from the point of view of the smallest of the family: Merlina.

With a stellar performance by Jenna Ortega, the quintessential scream queen of the new generation, according to film critics and the international media, we will see the daughter of the Addams family in a new phase of her life on Wednesday.

And it is that Merlina has grown up, she is not the same little girl who appeared in the 1991 film, The Addams Family. She is now in high school and must adapt to her new surroundings, as well as discover the mysteries that have always plagued her family.

The series is directed by Tim Burton, this being his first production for the American streaming platform.

In addition, Wednesday marks the return of the director after three years without having worked on any production.

Burton is known for using elements of 1920s and 1930s gothic cinema in most of his films. In his catalog he has films like Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

Elements of horror with touches of black humor are present substantially in his films and Wednesday will not be the exception.

Beginnings of the franchise

The ghoulish Addams Family was created by cartoonist Charles Addams for The New Yorker newspaper, where they appeared in comic strip format from 1938 to 1964.

The family is made up of Gómez and Morticia Addams, parents of Pericles and Merlina, together with uncle Lucas. The Addamses also have a butler named Lurch, and Thing, a living hand that walks through the rooms almost always accompanied by Lurch.

I jump to the screens The cartoonist’s idea was to create a satirical parody of what was considered the standard for American homes at the time; that is why within the comic and its other adaptations the ‘crazy’ Addams are perceived as strange people by their environment.

The ‘crazy’ Addams have received different adaptations over time.

The first was in 1964 with a black humor sitcom where each episode lasted 30 minutes on the ABC television network.

This comedy was developed by David Levy and starred Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Blossom Rock, Ken Weatherwax and Lisa Loring.

In 1991, The Addams Family was released in theaters in the United States. Unlike the television series that adapted the Addams Family comic strips, the film is based on an original story.

The film was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and has a script by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White.

In the film, the Addamses find themselves in financial trouble due to cheating by their crooked lawyer Tully Alford.

To avoid fraud issues with the Addams Family, Allford poses as Uncle Lucas and attempts to steal the family fortune, however he realizes it’s more difficult than he thought.

In addition to the series and movies, this story has also been adapted into books, video games, comics, and musicals. Wednesday is the latest reimagining of the Addams Family to date.

a new series

The new Netflix series promises to have a luxury cast. In addition to Jenna Ortega, the Addams family will be made up of Luis Guzmán, who will play Gomez, while Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia.

Isaac Ordoñez will be the older brother of the protagonist, Pericles, and George Burcea will be the family butler.

Christina Ricci, who played Merlina in the ‘crazy’ Addams movie in 1991, will also have a role in the production as Miss Thornhill, part of the Nevermore Academy.

Other actors that are part of the cast are Emma Myers, Joy Sunday, Gwendonline Christie, Georgie Farmer, Fred Armisen and Hunter Doohan.

Wednesday consists of eight chapters. The series is available on the Netflix streaming platform starting today.

‘Wednesday’: the return of the Addams family