The Addams Family franchise has been on the rise in the media lately, especially with the recent release of the spin-off Wednesday Addams. This show, filled with mystery, crime, drama, dark humour, and love interests, centres around Wednesday Addams, portrayed by Jenna Ortega, attending Nevermore Academy. The Academy is a school for outcasts such as vampires, sirens, werewolves, and those with special gifts like telekinesis or visions, and is located on the outskirts of a small town called Jericho. This town is filled with ordinary people, who the outcasts refer to as “normies.”
Throughout the show, Wednesday is hellbent on not ending up like her parents, especially her mother, who both attended the school. At first, Wednesday tries to escape the Academy, wanting nothing to do with it, but her attempt unwittingly puts her right in the path of a mysterious murderer who is killing several people in the town of Jericho. Unlike the movies in the past, this show has its more gruesome and darker moments, making it unsuitable for children to watch (it has a TV-14 rating). Each episode uncovers a bit more of the murder mystery surrounding Jericho and ends on a cliffhanger, leaving you wanting more until you reach the finale.
This Wednesday Addams is similar yet different to the Wednesday we have seen in the past Addams Family films. This show puts a different spin on Wednesday’s character, making her a little more compassionate and protective of those around her than the films did, while maintaining the aloofness we are familiar with. Despite Wednesday’s apparent closed-off and cold nature, she manages to make friends: Enid Sinclair, a werewolf and her roommate, Tyler Galpin, a normal teen working at the local coffee shop and son of the Jericho’s sheriff, and Eugene, another outcast at Nevermore. Wednesday also manages to gain two love interests, Tyler Galpin, and Xavier Thorpe, an outcast with the ability to bring to life his drawings.
Wednesday Addams is certainly filled with all sorts of surprises, chills, and even some laughs. Watch on, if you dare, and see a side of Wednesday Addams that you have never seen before.