History Series / TheAddamsFamily

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A revival series, ''The New Addams Family'', ran from 1998-1999, and was preceded by a DirectToVideo pilot movie, ''Addams Family Reunion''.


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* NoodleIncident: ''Addams Family Reunion'' mentions, on two separate occasions, an attack dog named Spot that the Addamses owned at one point, who died in an incident with a Girl Scout troop. Nothing is said in regards to what actually ''happened'' to him, though at one point the dog -- [[TaxidermyIsCreepy now stuffed]] -- is seen, still snarling.


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** In ''Addams Family Reunion'', Gomez asks if Morticia has noticed anything strange about his grandparents, who are visiting, and her response is: "Now, keep in mind that for me they are still ''in-laws''. Tradition dictates that I must ''despise'' them. Regardless of my own personal feelings in the matter."


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In ''Addams Family Reunion'', the family is mistakenly invited to another family's reunion, and when it looks like the eccentric billionaire grandfather is going to leave his money to the Addamses instead of his greedy Adams relatives, the rich family reports Gomez and Morticia to a DepartmentOfChildDisservices, steals Wednesday and Pugsley away, buries Lurch alive, and has Fester thrown in an insane asylum. But luckily, the grandfather uses his power and wealth to bail Gomez and Morticia out of jail, rescue Lurch before he runs out of oxygen, and rescue Fester from the asylum, while Wednesday and Pugsley take care of their foster family themselves.


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** In countless portions of ''Addams Family Reunion''.


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* UnwantedRescue: In ''Addams Family Reunion'', Lurch saves a RichBitch from drowning and gives her CPR. She isn't very grateful.
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* PretentiousLatinMotto: As seen above. [[CanisLatinicus It's not actually Latin]], but that might be part of the joke. Also doubles as BadassBoast.
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->''Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc.\\
("We gladly feast on those who would subdue us.")''
-->-- '''Addams family motto'''



Television series based on the ghoulish cartoons published by Creator/CharlesAddams in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazine starting in the 1930s, produced by Creator/{{Filmways}} and broadcast on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1964 to 1966. It was one of the last network series filmed entirely in black and white, which may have been a stylistic decision given the subject matter. While not very successful in the two years of its original run, it became a [[CultClassic cult favorite]] once it entered syndication.

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Television series based on the ghoulish cartoons published by Creator/CharlesAddams in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' magazine starting in the 1930s, produced by Creator/{{Filmways}} and broadcast on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1964 to 1966. It was one of the last network series filmed entirely in black and white, which may have been a stylistic decision given the subject matter. While not very successful in the two years of its original run, it became a [[CultClassic cult favorite]] once it entered syndication.
syndication, and [[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily inspired spin-offs in many media]].



They also invert various horror-movie tropes about evil families: despite their tastes and the apparent trappings of pain and horror amidst which they live, the Addamses are clearly (well, ''mostly'' in the movies) [[DarkIsNotEvil NOT evil]] -- they are compassionate and loving, friendly to all they meet, eager to help strangers in times of need, and tolerant to a fault. In fact, they are probably more so than most families! The end result is more delightfully eccentric and endearing than disturbing.

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They also invert various horror-movie tropes about evil families: despite their tastes and the apparent trappings of pain and horror amidst which they live, the Addamses are clearly (well, ''mostly'' in the movies) [[DarkIsNotEvil NOT evil]] -- they are compassionate and loving, friendly to all they meet, eager to help strangers in times of need, and tolerant to a fault. In fact, they are probably more so than most families! The end result is more delightfully eccentric and endearing than disturbing.



* ''Grandmama'', Gomez's mother (Blossom Rock) in the series and The New Addams Family, Morticia's mother in all other continuities. More than just an old lady but not ''quite'' a witch, Grandmama takes a delight in doing a lot of the family's cooking and gladly acts as a secondary parental figure to the children.
* ''Uncle Fester'', Morticia's uncle (Jackie Coogan). Blend a MadScientist and his [[TheIgor Igor]] together, and filter them through Curly Howard of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'', and you get Uncle Fester. Morticia's uncle in the TV series, he is rewritten as Gomez's long-lost older brother in the films, probably because they played off each other too well for most to think of them merely as in-laws. Some works imply that he is a zombie.

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* ''Grandmama'', Gomez's mother (Blossom Rock) in the series and The New Addams Family, Morticia's mother in all other continuities.Rock). More than just an old lady but not ''quite'' a witch, Grandmama takes a delight in doing a lot of the family's cooking and gladly acts as a secondary parental figure to the children.
* ''Uncle Fester'', Morticia's uncle (Jackie Coogan). Blend a MadScientist and his [[TheIgor Igor]] together, and filter them through Curly Howard of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'', and you get Uncle Fester. Morticia's uncle in the TV series, he is rewritten as Gomez's long-lost older brother in the films, probably because they played off each other too well for most to think of them merely as in-laws. Some works imply that he is a zombie.



* ''Thing'', their... thing. (Credited as "Itself" but usually performed by Ted Cassidy; associate producer Jack Voglin performed in scenes with Lurch.) A hand in a box -- many boxes, actually, as there's at least one in every room. Fetches mail, plays charades, performs mime. Clearly both sentient and sapient, and like Lurch treated as a family member rather than a servant or pet. Got its very own romantic subplot in one episode. Became fully ambulatory in later adaptations, walking on its fingers.

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* ''Thing'', their... thing. (Credited as "Itself" but usually performed by Ted Cassidy; associate producer Jack Voglin performed in scenes with Lurch.) A hand in a box -- many boxes, actually, as there's at least one in every room. Fetches mail, plays charades, performs mime. Clearly both sentient and sapient, and like Lurch treated as a family member rather than a servant or pet. Got its very own romantic subplot in one episode. Became fully ambulatory in later adaptations, walking on its fingers.
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[[AC: Once the program's cult status was well-established, it became the subject of several revivals, remakes and {{Animated Adaptation}}s:]]

* A surprisingly good tie-in book by Jack Sharkey in 1965.
* The Addamses crossed over with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' in the third episode of Hanna-Barbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" in September 1972.
* ''The Addams Family Fun-House'', a musical variety special intended as a pilot for a full-blown series. It aired in ABC in 1973, but was never elevated to series status.
* Two cartoons. First, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily an animated series that ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1972 to 1975]], which featured an eight-years-old Creator/JodieFoster as Pugsley. Later, a 1992-1993 animated series on Creator/{{ABC}} spawned by the success of the 1991 movie. Notable for John Astin reprising Gomez. Also spawned a video game, ''Puglsey's Scavenger Hunt''.
* A [[NintendoHard notoriously hard]] 1990 [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] game, ''Fester's Quest''. The story follows Fester as he defends the Addams' hometown from an [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion alien invasion]].
* The 1991 feature film '''''Film/TheAddamsFamily''''' starring Creator/RaulJulia as Gomez, Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Morticia, Creator/ChristopherLloyd as Fester, and Creator/ChristinaRicci as Wednesday (who here was more of TheSnarkKnight and EmotionlessGirl, rather than the pre-teen PerkyGoth from the original series). In 1993 it was followed by an excellent sequel, '''''Addams Family Values'''''.
* The 1991 film spawned a number of {{platform game}}s on various consoles, most of them starring a SuperDeformed Gomez as he tries to save his relatives. (The TurboGrafx16 version is unique in that you play as Tully, one of [[VillainProtagonist the film's antagonists]].) Another top-down game (again starring Fester) was released in the wake of the 1993 movie for the [[SuperNintendo SNES]] under the same name, though it hardly follows the movie at all.
* A 1992 [[Pinball/TheAddamsFamily pinball game]] released by [[{{Creator/MidwayGames}} Bally]]. It is based on the 1991 movie, and is the best-selling pinball game of all time.
* ''Addams Family Reunion'', sometimes called ''Addams Family 3'', a 1998 direct-to-video PilotMovie for ''The New Addams Family'' with [[{{Film/Splash}} Daryl Hannah]] as Morticia and Creator/TimCurry as Gomez. Unrelated to either of the previous films, though Carel Struycken (Lurch) and Christopher Hart (Thing) did reprise their roles.
* ''The New Addams Family'' on [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]], a 1998-1999 {{revival}}. Mostly "new" only in terms of title, cast and theme music - many of its episodes were [[RecycledScript recycled]] versions of scripts from the original series. That said, it was well-received, and featured recurring appearances by original Gomez John Astin as Grandpa Addams.
* [[Theatre/TheAddamsFamily A 2010 Broadway musical]] starring Nathan Lane and Creator/BebeNeuwirth as Gomez and Morticia. For legal reasons, it's officially based on Charles Addams' original cartoons, not on the TV series, but they're not really fooling anybody.
* An [[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=110891 upcoming animated movie]] from [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]].

For tropes found in the various adaptations, follow the links above to the work pages. For tropes found in the original television show, the 1977 television movie with the original cast, or the 1990s live-action revival series, see below.

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[[AC: Once the program's cult status was well-established, it became the subject of several revivals, remakes and {{Animated Adaptation}}s:]]

* A surprisingly good tie-in book by Jack Sharkey in 1965.
* The Addamses crossed over with ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' in the third episode of Hanna-Barbera's ''WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies'', "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family" in September 1972.
* ''The Addams Family Fun-House'', a musical variety special intended as a pilot for a full-blown series. It aired in ABC in 1973, but was never elevated to series status.
* Two cartoons. First, [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily an animated series that ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1972 to 1975]],
Adaptation}}s, which featured an eight-years-old Creator/JodieFoster as Pugsley. Later, a 1992-1993 animated series on Creator/{{ABC}} spawned by the success of the 1991 movie. Notable for John Astin reprising Gomez. Also spawned a video game, ''Puglsey's Scavenger Hunt''.
* A [[NintendoHard notoriously hard]] 1990 [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] game, ''Fester's Quest''. The story follows Fester as he defends the Addams' hometown from an [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion alien invasion]].
* The 1991 feature film '''''Film/TheAddamsFamily''''' starring Creator/RaulJulia as Gomez, Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Morticia, Creator/ChristopherLloyd as Fester, and Creator/ChristinaRicci as Wednesday (who here was more of TheSnarkKnight and EmotionlessGirl, rather than the pre-teen PerkyGoth from the original series). In 1993 it was followed by an excellent sequel, '''''Addams Family Values'''''.
* The 1991 film spawned a number of {{platform game}}s on various consoles, most of them starring a SuperDeformed Gomez as he tries to save his relatives. (The TurboGrafx16 version is unique in that you play as Tully, one of [[VillainProtagonist the film's antagonists]].) Another top-down game (again starring Fester) was released in the wake of the 1993 movie for the [[SuperNintendo SNES]] under the same name, though it hardly follows the movie at all.
* A 1992 [[Pinball/TheAddamsFamily pinball game]] released by [[{{Creator/MidwayGames}} Bally]]. It is based
are detailed on the 1991 movie, and is the best-selling pinball game of all time.
* ''Addams Family Reunion'', sometimes called ''Addams Family 3'', a 1998 direct-to-video PilotMovie for ''The New Addams Family'' with [[{{Film/Splash}} Daryl Hannah]] as Morticia and Creator/TimCurry as Gomez. Unrelated to either of the previous films, though Carel Struycken (Lurch) and Christopher Hart (Thing) did reprise their roles.
* ''The New Addams Family'' on [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]], a 1998-1999 {{revival}}. Mostly "new" only in terms of title, cast and theme music - many of its episodes were [[RecycledScript recycled]] versions of scripts from the original series. That said, it was well-received, and featured recurring appearances by original Gomez John Astin as Grandpa Addams.
* [[Theatre/TheAddamsFamily A 2010 Broadway musical]] starring Nathan Lane and Creator/BebeNeuwirth as Gomez and Morticia. For legal reasons, it's officially based on Charles Addams' original cartoons, not on the TV series, but they're not really fooling anybody.
* An [[http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=110891 upcoming animated movie]] from [[Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer MGM]].

For tropes found in the various adaptations, follow the links above to the work pages.
[[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily franchise overview page]].

For tropes found in the original television show, the 1977 television movie with the original cast, or the 1990s live-action revival series, see below.
below. For tropes found in other adaptations, follow the link in the paragraph above.



** The Addams take on the way the world works does have shades of BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad, mostly in the much darker films and, especially, in the original comics.



* ExpositoryThemeTune: In a story that has to be Too Good to Be True, a group of producers & screenwriters were riding in a van one day, when at random, one of them started humming the theme tune. Another joined in, then another by whistling. Soon, the entire car was singing the theme song, and this is what convinced them to adapt the show into a movie.
** Which is ironic given that director Barry Sonnenfeld wanted to distance the film from the TV series by not including the theme. Only after test audiences asked for it did he give in, and composer Marc Shaiman ended up scoring a few bars of it for the opening titles, as well as a light version for the film's end.

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* ExpositoryThemeTune: In a story that has to be Too Good to Be True, a group of producers & screenwriters were riding in a van one day, when at random, one of them started humming the theme tune. Another joined in, then another by whistling. Soon, the entire car was singing the theme song, and this is what convinced them to adapt the show into a movie.
** Which is ironic given that director Barry Sonnenfeld wanted to distance the film from the TV series by not including the theme. Only after test audiences asked for it did he give in, and composer Marc Shaiman ended up scoring a few bars of it for the opening titles, as well as a light version for the film's end.
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** The 90's cartoon portrayed Cousin Itt as a secret agent, which may be a nod to an episode of the original 60's show where Cousin Itt was looking for a job. One of Gomez's suggestions in the episode was for Cousin Itt to be a government spy.



** Wednesday was this in the TV show. The movies made her darker and gloomier. The 90s animated series combined these portrayals somewhat.

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** Wednesday was this in the TV show. The movies made her darker and gloomier. The 90s animated series combined these portrayals somewhat.



* {{Retcon}}: Fester was changed from Morticia's uncle to Gomez's older brother in the 1973-75 animated series, back to Morticia's uncle in the 1977 ReunionShow, and back again to Gomez's brother for the movies. Grandmama started out as Gomez's mother then switched over to Morticia's starting with the first animated series and stayed put until ''The New Addams Family''.



** In the animated series, whenever Morticia says something in a different language, Gomez immediately pops up by her side, exclaims "Tish! That's [insert language]" and attempts to kiss her arm before Morticia tells him now isn't an appropriate time. Gomez even did this when ''Fester'' said something in a different language, at which point he tells Gomez to "do that with your wife".



* SheIsAllGrownUp: Wednesday has her "grownup" moments, wearing a miniature Morticia dress, in both the series and both movies.

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* SheIsAllGrownUp: Wednesday has her "grownup" moments, wearing a miniature Morticia dress, in both the series and both movies.dress.



** Also, Kitty Cat, a lion, created especially for the series. [[MythologyGag Mentioned in the movie]] by Gomez.

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** Also, Kitty Cat, a lion, created especially for the series. [[MythologyGag Mentioned in the movie]] by Gomez.



* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: The Addamses have as a housepet a full-grown lion they called Kittycat. (This gag was not included in the films.)

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* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: The Addamses have as a housepet a full-grown lion they called Kittycat. (This gag was not included in the films.)



** Cartoon and Film!Wednesday is a fencing enthusiast like her father. She's also mentioned to be a karate practitioner in the original live action series.

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** Cartoon and Film!Wednesday Wednesday is a fencing enthusiast like her father. She's also mentioned to be a karate practitioner in the original live action series.practitioner.
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* PretentiousLatinMotto: As seen above. Also doubles as BadassBoast.

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* PretentiousLatinMotto: As seen above. [[CanisLatinicus It's not actually Latin]], but that might be part of the joke. Also doubles as BadassBoast.
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* CallBack: In "My Son, the Chimp", Pugsley mentions the Gorilla he befriended and brought home in one of the first episodes.

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* CallBack: In "My Son, the Chimp", Chimp," Pugsley mentions the Gorilla he befriended and brought home in one of the first episodes.



* CompanionCube: Wednesday with "[[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette Marie]]", her headless doll.

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* CompanionCube: Wednesday with "[[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette Marie]]", Marie]]," her headless doll.



* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Thing's full name was said to be "Thing T. Thing", with the middle initial being for "Thing".

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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Thing's full name was said to be "Thing T. Thing", Thing," with the middle initial being for "Thing"."Thing."



* ElectionDayEpisode: "Gomez, the Politician" has Gomez throwing hiimself into the campaign for a local city council candidate.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "My Son, the Chimp".

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* ElectionDayEpisode: "Gomez, the Politician" has Gomez throwing hiimself himself into the campaign for a local city council candidate.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "My Son, the Chimp".Chimp."
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* NamedByTheAdaptation: All of the characters (though the list of suggestions for their names was provided by Charles Addams himself).
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*** TheBeatles actually were fans of the show.

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*** TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles actually were fans of the show.
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***TheBeatles actually were fans of the show.
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