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Wednesday, the Netflix series that revives the gothic genre

Wednesday centers on the eldest daughter of the Addams Family, who, after being expelled from her school, faces new challenges

By Ninfa BiPublished 4 months ago 3 min read

Netflix premiered Wednesday, an eight-part series that centers on Wednesday, the eldest daughter of the Addams family. She was expelled from the high school she was attending due to a nasty incident involving the water polo team and two bags of piranhas. Her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams decide to enroll her in Nevermore Academy, which specializes in educating underprivileged children. As she tries to forge her own destiny at the school, where her parents' legacy takes on great importance, Wednesday soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving murders in a nearby town.

The series is directed by the talented Tim Burton, who is fully at ease creating this gothic series with humorous elements. He does a remarkable job of building the whole backstory of the Addams family in a fascinating way. Wednesday's parents, played by Luis Guzman and Catherine Zeta-Jones, offer a version of the central Addams family couple that is familiar and unique.Wednesday sends the Addams Family timeline in new directions. The series reveals events about Morticia and Gomez's early years and the blossoming romance at Nevermore Academy. It also reveals some intriguing plot points about their time there and how it shaped some familiar aspects of the characters.

A Brief History of the Addams Family

Gomez, Morticia and Pugsley

The dark-loving family made its debut in a comic strip published in The New Yorker in 1938. The Addams are aristocrats and eccentrics who have an obsession with all things morbid and dark. They ignore how their particular preferences become uncomfortable for ordinary people. The first time this cartoon was brought to the screen was in 1964, through ABC and had two seasons before being cancelled. It had 64 chapters of thirty minutes long, filmed in black and white.

The family consists of Gomez, the father and husband.He has an affinity for swordplay, family tradition and sports his trademark thin mustache. Morticia is the enigmatic and beautiful mother and wife.The matriarch is best known for her serenity and for not educating her children. She prefers that they do what they want. Uncle Feste is best recognized by his bald head and hunched back. Wednesday is the eldest daughter in the family and disguises herself as rebellious, argumentative and ill-tempered. She considers stupid those who do not understand her particular personality.Pugsley is the youngest son of the Addams and stands out for being misunderstood by others.

The aesthetic style of Wednesday

Wednesday has her own style

Wednesday has adapted her style on multiple occasions. In this new version, the gothic teenager has slight variations on her most iconic outfit. Callen Atwood, fashion designer for the series, describes her work as 'a modern and contemporary version of Merlina in her vernacular color. ' Thus, always in black and white, the protagonist was dressed in contemporary garments such as quilted evening jackets, athletic shorts and shorts with tights. For Atwood, it was important for the young woman to be seen as more than just a 'weird girl', she wanted her to 'be something that teenagers can relate to, when she's out on the town with her friends, or when she's sneaking off to solve problems'.

Following this line of showing a teenage girl, Atwood explains that her vision of Merlina has some designer stuff mixed in with street stuff. While the costume designer made the vast majority of her looks, she also says she turned to several international brands to dress her. In terms of luxury garments, the protagonist wears an Alaïa dress during the classic school dance that could not be missed in a teen series and a pair of Dior shoes. As for the make-up, Wednesday wears a dramatic style that highlights her personality.

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  • Frank Racioppi3 months ago

    Ninfa, well written and well researched article. Thank you.

  • Steve carler4 months ago

    Very nice article

  • Nick Scibilia4 months ago

    Very much enjoyed this series. Jenna Ortega did a fantastic job as Wednesday.

  • Aaron Huberman4 months ago

    Great series for a casual fan of the Addams family

  • Tracy Willis4 months ago

    I have this queued up to watch. Loved this series as a kid and had no idea it originates as a New Yorker comic strip. Thank you for the article!

  • Peter Thompson4 months ago

    This could be a great series

  • Martha Ball4 months ago

    Love this review! Appreciate the deep dive into the characters, even as an Addams Family fan it was fun to get reacquainted.

  • Fiona Lenz4 months ago

    Great article! Can’t wait to start watching it. I’m happy they didn’t decide to just remake the Addams Family.

  • Karen Brazee4 months ago

    I think the wording is impressive and noticed . The style of writing is demonstrated throughout the writers depiction of the family circle. . The Addams family. The innocent flow of words. Cover the basics for beginning readers knowledge of the morbid family. Wednesday seems to have a good mother and others don't take the time to get to know the real Wednesday . To put it in more simplistic terms. People need to realize. The real lies are told and misconstrued to fit their disapproving remarks about what is important. The important thing is these people are no better than the Addams family. They ought to know better. Lying about misunderstanding Wednesday . Because she may have a different perspective and world thinks it's honest everyday and it isn't.

  • Dee Simone4 months ago

    Great article! I love how Wednesday's deadpan humour has been incorporated into a modern context in this series, for example  "I find social media to be a soul-sucking void of meaningless affirmation." 🖤

  • Ayushmanscs4 months ago

    I am excited to join theaters next week for this movie... It seems to be thrilling and wonderful...

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  • James Willis4 months ago

    I'm excited to watch this show!

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  • I have to watch this series Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Blake O'Connor4 months ago

    I'll watch anything by Tim Burton, thanks for recommendation.

  • Robby Tal4 months ago

    This is on deck. Wrapping up the last 2 episodes of 1899, then I’ll be trying Wednesday out.

  • Satu Myyry4 months ago

    Loved watching it. The clothes were awesome. Hope to see more of the series.

  • T.A. Seed4 months ago

    Love it. Want to point out how awesomely portrayed Wednesday was by Jenna Ortega as well. Especially though her physicality!

  • Alex H Mittelman 4 months ago


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