The Addams Family has taken many forms, from the 1960s-era TV show and the big-budget 1990s films to a 2010 Broadway musical and, most recently, two offbeat CG-animated features, with each shape-shifting, to conform to—or deviate from—the times. The family of macabre bons vivants in the new Netflix series Wednesday, centred on the family’s ominous only daughter, hews closer to the original design of cartoonist Charles Addams, which first appeared in the pages of The New Yorker.
Catherine Zeta-Jones plays matriarch Morticia, Luis Guzmán plays paterfamilias Gomez, Jenna Ortega plays the titular Wednesday, and Isaac Ordonez plays Pugsley, the hapless brother. Tim Burton is the executive producer and has directed four of the eight episodes, contributing to the series’ overall aesthetic. Perhaps the strangest aspect of the show, which will premiere this fall, is that he hasn’t done an Addams Family project sooner.