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->''"They're creepy and they're kooky,''
->''Mysterious and spooky,''
->''They're altogether ooky,''
->''The Addams Family."''

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, and [[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily inspired spin-offs in many media]].

A deliberate inversion of the ideal American NuclearFamily, the Addamses are an obscenely wealthy clan of borderline supernatural beings with a taste for the grotesque and macabre, possessing opinions and preferences that are mirror images or inversions of more conventional attitudes. Although very visibly different from virtually everyone they meet, they still perceive themselves as a "perfectly normal family"; in fact, they seem somewhat incapable of even noticing that their lifestyle varies widely from that of their neighbours.

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 [[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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* ''Gomez Alonzo Addams'', the clan patriarch (John Astin). Ostensibly a lawyer, though the family's ''vast'' independent wealth eliminates any need for him to actually work; when he does, though, he takes great pride in the cases he's ''lost''. He also smokes cigars, has a moustache, and likes to do crazy things like blow up toy trains.
* ''Morticia Frump Addams'', his wife (Carolyn Jones). Tall (but still shorter than Lurch), elegant, [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette ivory-skinned and black-tressed]], and always clad in a tight [[LittleBlackDress black dress]]. Morticia is calm reason to Gomez's maniacal exuberance and likes knitting, painting, and cutting the blooms off roses. As she never shows her teeth when smiling, she may possibly be a Vampire. We're not sure, even to this day...
* ''Pugsley Addams'', their son (Ken Weatherwax). A young MadScientist in the making who once demonstrated a home-made disintegration rifle to a visiting Soviet diplomat.
* ''Wednesday Friday Addams'', their youngest (Lisa Loring). A sweet, happy child who loves her family, her spider, and her headless doll UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette. [[ChildrenAreInnocent She is also quite sensitive]] and easily disturbed by strange and upsetting things like stories of vicious knights slaying innocent dragons.
* ''Grandmama'', Gomez's mother (Blossom 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.
* ''Lurch'', their [[FrankensteinsMonster Frankensteinian]] butler (Ted Cassidy). A man(?) of few words but many groans, Lurch may be their all-purpose servant, but he is treated as one of the family, receiving care and devotion from everyone when he needs it.
* ''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.

Together they live in a crumbling Second Empire-style home which looks much like a stereotypical "haunted house" and which seems at times to be animate and sentient, with a playful attitude toward most visitors. Inside is a museum -- or a Ripley's Odditorium: strange and bizarre decorations and furnishings fill the house to the brim, and invariably shock first-time visitors.

And ''do'' they have visitors. The primary theme of ''The Addams Family'' was culture clash -- that of post-war America against something profoundly and grotesquely ''other''. All manner of [[{{Muggles}} ordinary folk]] encountered the Addamses -- sometimes to their benefit, sometimes to their dismay -- but never without challenging their notions of normality and reality.

A secondary theme was tolerance -- as strange as they are, the Addamses are the ''heroes'', and the viewer is encouraged to understand, empathize and identify with them regardless of their macabre ways. Once the Addamses are familiar, delight comes from anticipating the reaction of the next unsuspecting [[{{Muggles}} mundane]] to cross their path. The show was so exquisitely crafted that this appeal to tolerance was never [[{{Anvilicious}} blatant]], save for one memorable episode where a ''Film/RebelWithoutACause''-style biker crashes into the Addams home; he is so astounded by and grateful for their casual acceptance of his unconventional ways that he holds them up as an example of a true family to his rigid, unyielding father.

In short, a classic series, groundbreaking in many ways, that entertains and challenges the viewer. Among its many "firsts" was the relationship between Gomez and Morticia -- one of the most [[HappilyMarried singularly passionate marriages]] on television in that or any other era, it was perhaps the first time a married couple had been shown to be so fiercely and intensely in love with each other. In fact, it's been half-joked that the couple appear to be the only 1960s TV parents ''capable'' of having children. Interestingly, the Addamses are widely considered to be the most mentally healthy 60s SitCom family out there, and with good reason.

A ReunionShow, ''Halloween With The New Addams Family'', aired on CBS in October 1977 featuring most of the original cast.

Once the program's cult status was well-established, it became the subject of several revivals, remakes and {{Animated Adaptation}}s, which are detailed on the [[Franchise/TheAddamsFamily franchise overview page]].

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

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. For tropes found in other adaptations, follow the link in the paragraph above.

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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: In the opening theme song, the word "scream", usually pronounced as one syllable, is pronounced as two syllables--"scree-um"--in order for it to rhyme with "museum."
* AccidentalMisnaming: When Gomez's relative from Spain meets Lurch, he calls him "Church".
* AdaptationalHeroism: They're nicer than and never malicious unlike the original Charles Addams cartoons and [[Film/TheAddamsFamily the later movies.]]
* AffectionateNickname: Tish.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse: There was an episode of the TV series in which the Addams children are sent to school and their parents feel alarmed when they discover that in the literature class the kids were read a story about a cruel knight that savagely murders an innocent dragon.
* AmnesiaEpisode: The aptly named episode "Amnesia in the Addams Family" focuses on Gomez hitting his head and acquiring amnesia.
* AmusingAlien: The family is both amusing (to viewers) and alien (to everyone around them).
* ArrangedMarriage: "Morticia's Romance" reveals that Gomez was originally in an arranged marriage with Ophelia but he married Morticia instead.
* BlindingBangs: Cousin Itt is a most extreme case, being covered in fur from head to toe.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The defining trait of the Addamses, and a big part of their appeal, is that they have a clearly... "off"... sense of the way the world works. Finding "normal" cute animals to be ugly, being disgusted by birdsong or flowers, finding frightening creatures to be adorable, etcetera. And, from their perspective, it's the mundane people who are odd and possibly crazy. Despite this, though, they are extremely gracious, kind, generous and friendly in their own creepy way.
* BullyingADragon: Honestly, if you knew of a family like this, and were fully aware of what they do and how they do it, would you attempt to just be cordial, or would you antagonize them? Fortunately, most people don't try to antagonise them, instead preferring to avoid them and get away from them as fast and yet politely as possible when they get too creeped out.
* TheButlerDidIt: Averted, but talked about in one episode.
-->'''Lurch's Mother''': "I've read a lot of murder mysteries, and the butler is always the one who does it"
* CallBack: In "My Son, the Chimp," Pugsley mentions the Gorilla he befriended and brought home in one of the first episodes.
* CatchPhrase: Quite a lot, actually. The most famous would be Lurch's "You rang?", Gomez's "Tish! That's French!", Uncle Fester's "I'll shoot them in the back", and "Thank you, Thing", which was used by everyone, but mostly Wednesday and Morticia.
* CharacterAsHimself: "Thing as Itself"
* ChristmasEpisode: "Christmas with the Addams Family," where the adults each dress up as SantaClaus for the benefit of the children... at the same time.
* CloserToEarth: Morticia vs. Gomez.
** Surprisingly, this trope is much less prevalent than in other major sitcoms. Gomez is still an intelligent and attentive husband and father, and not a BumblingDad.
* CloudCuckooLander: The whole family is quite eccentric. This applies to their ancestors too.
* CompanionCube: Wednesday with "[[UsefulNotes/MarieAntoinette Marie]]," her headless doll.
** Uncle Fester with his [[{{BFG}} blunderbuss]].
** Also Fester with his coat. He says he never takes it off, and even insists on wearing it during a doctor's examination.
** The computer named "Whizzo". The Addamses sometimes treat it as a friend.
* ContinuityNod: The original series had a surprising number for a 1960s sitcom, such as Wednesday's hatred of fairy tales that involved the slaying of dragons.
** The 1977 reunion special ''Halloween with the New Addams Family'' had a few, including an appearance by Thing's love interest Lady Fingers and Morticia's sister Ophelia.
* ContinuityReboot: 1998's ''The New Addams Family''
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Gomez and Morticia are playing this with Fester in "Ophelia's Career". The conveyor belt blows a fuse right before it would have sliced Fester's head open.
* CourtroomEpisode: One episode is this, along with a PrisonEpisode: Grandmama is sent to prison due to illegally telling people's fortunes and the other Addamses go to court to try and fee her.
* CreepyChild: Pugsley and Wednesday, although this is mostly played for laughs.
* CreepyGood: Potentially the TropeCodifier
* DarkIsNotEvil: Despite how dark, creepy and macabre the family is, the Addamses are all genuinely good people.
** Amusingly, the Addamses aren't even ''aware'' of how strange they are. They think of themselves as a typical, normal American family and are nice enough to try not to say anything about those weirdos who play with puppies and pick flowers.
* DayOfTheWeekName:
** Wednesday Friday Addams.
** The ''New Addams Family'' episode "Keeping Up with the Joneses" features the titular Joneses as distant cousins of the Addamses who have a child of their own: Monday.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Thing's full name was said to be "Thing T. Thing," with the middle initial being for "Thing."
* DietEpisode: "Fester Goes on a Diet" has Uncle Fester go on a diet to impress his LoveInterest in hopes of becoming thinner and taller.
* DiseasedName: Morticia has two aunts named "Anemia" and "Dementia".
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Uncle Fester doesn't like "army food".
* DontYouLikeIt: This is the usual result of the Addamses trying to do anything neighborly for their neighbors, due to BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Morticia and Wednesday.
* TheEeyore: Morticia's cousin who's aptly named "Melancholia". Gomez was this before he met Morticia but he's the opposite now. Also, Ophelia can be this when she's unhappy.
* ElectionDayEpisode: Two!
** "Gomez, the Politician" has Gomez throwing himself into the campaign for a local city council candidate.
** And then in "Gomez, the People's Choice" Gomez himself runs for mayor because his property taxes are too ''low''. He eventually has to withdraw when Uncle Fester admits that he got the names for Gomez's petition drive from the local cemetery.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The family as a whole gets this in the series premiere, "The Addams Family Goes to School", where Mr. Hilliard, the truant officer, is shown into the house and sees its more unusual decorations, meeting each of the regulars.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "My Son, the Chimp."
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: How many times does ''this'' come up between Gomez and Morticia? In the French translations, it becomes Everything Sounds Sexier in Spanish.
** And Italian.
** But not Latin. In an episode Gomez kisses Morticia's arm mistaking her speech as French. She clarifies it's Latin & he's turned off.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExtremelyDustyHome: The Addams mansion.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Addamses eat a variety of weird meat, including yak, zebra, newt, alligator, and aardvark. They also have drinks that contain cyanide and henbane with no ill effects on them.
** Uncle Fester once ate some soap.
** Gomez once mentioned a relative who got imprisoned and [[JailBake was sent a cake that contained a hacksaw.]] He ate the hacksaw too and apparently developed a taste for them.
** In "Cat Addams", Cousin Itt [[PlayingSick plays sick]] in order to make the vet "cure him" and think he's amazing so he'd be brave enough to treat Kitty Cat. He eats the thermometer.
** [[spoiler: The title illness in "Uncle Fester's Illness" was cured by Fester eating a thermometer.]] Fester then eats a tongue depressor.
* TheFaceless: Cousin Itt, hidden by all that hair; in fact, Itt's hands were possibly the only part of his body ever seen, and those rarely - and even then only wearing gloves.
* FacePalm: Lurch did this, without ever putting his face to his palm. All he had to do was squint his eyes and go "urrrrrr" whenever he heard something he knew wasn't a good idea.
** Also, he sometimes did this when he ''did'' think something was a good idea, or for no reason at all.
* FeudEpisode: In "Morticia and Gomez vs Fester and Grandmama", Morticia and Gomez don't want to interact with Uncle Fester and Grandmama because the former two think the latter two are spoiling the kids. In "The Winning of Morticia Addams", Uncle Fester ''tried'' to invoke this trope between Gomez and Morticia but failed.
* FlowersInHerHair: Ophelia has daisies in her hair, some of which ''grow'' there.
* FluffyTheTerrible: In the original series they kept a pet African lion named Kittycat. However, this is a subversion as despite being a lion, he seemed harmless.
* AFoolForAClient: Gomez, as an attorney, has represented himself on occasion. He usually loses. And just as usually, he couldn't care less.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: The New Addams Family episode "Saving Private Addams" ends with one of the family's activities knocking out a television antenna. Gomez comments that someone will be watching static tonight and kicks the antenna, which then causes the whole screen to become static before the credits roll.
* GadgeteerGenius: Pugsley in the original series, inventing many devices, such as a disintegration gun.
-->'''Gomez''': (After demonstrating the gun by zapping a nearby table lamp.) Sure helps keep things neat and tidy around here!
* GentleGiant: Lurch, more or less.
* GutturalGrowler: Lurch. "You rang?"
* HalloweenEpisode: Several:
** "Halloween with the Addams Family": From Season 1 of the original series, a pair of burglars are on the run from the cops. Gomez and Morticia think them trick-or-treaters and insist they join in on their Halloween festivities.
** "Halloween, Addams Style": From Season 2, Wednesday fears witches don't actually exist.
** ''Halloween with the New Addams Family'': The 1977 MadeForTVMovie sees the family coming together again for a Halloween party.
* HappilyMarried: Gomez and Morticia.
** As part of the one-upmanship of the DuelingShows, while [[Series/TheMunsters Herman & Lily Munster]] were among the first TV couples to be seen sharing the same bed, Gomez & Morticia were the first couple to have an apparent sex life.
*** According to Website/IMDb, Astin and Jones deliberately decided to give Gomez and Morticia "a grand romance" as an antidote to the virtually asexual parents then common in television shows of the era.
* HarmlessElectrocution:
** In "Morticia's Romance", Morticia remembers a time when Uncle Fester got hit by lightning. He survived but kept flashing red, white and blue light out of his ears.
** At the end of the episode of the new series "Cleopatra, Green of the Nile", Fester and Gomez sit in an electric chair and survive unharmed. They actually ''enjoy'' it too.
** Several times in the series, Fester puts electricity into his mouth and ears. This seems to be ''good'' for him in fact, as it "charges him up".
** In the update of "Uncle Fester's Illness", Fester touches an electric eel and the whole family get struck by lightning, but they're unaffected.
* HeightAngst: In "Fester Goes on a Diet", Uncle Fester feels that he's too short and [[WeightWoe too fat]] for his girlfriend.
* HelpImStuck: In the Christmas episode, Uncle Fester gets stuck up the chimney while posing as Santa.
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: At the end of "Amnesia in the Addams Family", Gomez's amnesia is cured, but then Uncle Fester asks "Who's Fester?". However, this is open to interpretation: he could have had amnesia or he could have been joking.]]
* {{Hypochondria}}: When Gomez was engaged to Ophelia in the flashback, he was convinced he had bronchitis (which he didn't really).
* HypocriticalHumor: This would often come to play whenever the Addamses criticized others for being strange and/or boasting about how normal they are.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: During an instance of PoorCommunicationKills, Gomez and Morticia each thought the other was preparing to stray, and each told the other they would step aside for the other's happiness. Fortunately, they each realize the truth before too late.
* IdenticalGrandson: John Astin as "Grandpapa Addams" on ''The New Addams Family''.
* InjuryBookend: One episode centers around this, after Gomez gets amnesia from being hit on the head with a juggling club. One person hits him and fixes him, another person thinks he's still out of it and brings the amnesia back by hitting him ''again'', and so on.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: All the Addamses go back and forth between having superhuman aiming skills (e.g. throwing knives into the hilts of the previous knife five or six times in a row, often without looking) to having absolutely dreadful aim [[RuleOfFunny depending on what's funnier]].
* IntercontinuityCrossover: A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT5dzaje1dE very brief one]] with Series/{{Batman}}, of all people.
* InTheBack
-->'''Uncle Fester:''' I'll shoot 'em in the back! Turn around!
* ISophagus: Fester swallows a whistle in "Ophelia's Career", with predictable results.
* JailBake: Gomez once mentions an extended family member who once got put into prison and Grandmama sent him a cake with a hacksaw in it. He apparently [[ExtremeOmnivore ate the hacksaw too and ever since that, he even developed a taste for them.]]
* KissUpTheArm: Gomez with Morticia, whenever she speaks French.
* KnightOfCerebus: ''The New Addams Family'' played with this trope in the episode ''Death Visits the Addams Family''. TheGrimReaper arrives to claim the soul of Gomez, and at first appears to be very intimidating; even [[EvilSoundsDeep his voice]] is menacing. However, Death eventually reveals himself to be a short and harmless-looking man. Despite this, he is still played as a serious threat because he still wants to bring Gomez to the great beyond and covets Morticia. In the end, Gomez bests Death at a few games and sends him back to the netherworld. The last thing that keeps this trope from being played completely straight is the fact that this episode was the final episode of the series.
* LaughTrack: The original live action series made use of this.
* LazyBum: In one episode, Morticia and Uncle Fester mistakenly overhear Gomez say the family is broke. Fester turns to Morticia "What will we do for money? I'm too proud to beg and too lazy to work!"
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In one episode Morticia needs a phony name to give to Gomez's broker, and asks Fester what he thinks of the name 'Jones'. Fester's reply -- "Eh...what kind of name is Jones?" (In this version of the show, Morticia was played by Carolyn Jones).
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several characters (namely Fester, Gomez, Lurch, Morticia and Thing) have their own themes.
* LighterAndSofter: Many of the darker gags in the Addams cartoons depict family members as explicitly evil and murderous, especially the bald character named in the TV series as "Fester". The TV series, however, depicts them as kindly, artistic bohemians who are undeservedly distrusted by their uptight suburban neighbours because of their countercultural lifestyle.
* LimitedWardrobe: With only a few very rare exceptions, the family always wears the same outfits.
* LoveInterests: Gomez and Morticia are the only couple in the show, but several characters have tried dating a few times:
** Uncle Fester has several pen-pals, whom he's tried dating in the episodes "Fester Goes on a Diet", "Uncle Fester's Toupee", and "Fester's Grand Romance". All of these times, he's felt self-conscious about his height, weight and/or baldness.
** Ophelia has tried to date Cousin Itt, along with three other boyfriends. Neither of these romances worked out because Cousin Itt wasn't interested and Ophelia Judo-flipped the other men and, well, they didn't like it.
** In "Morticia Meets Royalty", Gomez's aunt, a princess named Millicent, brings her own hand in a box named Lady Fingers, whom Thing develops a crush on and they eventually get engaged.
** At the end of "Cousin Itt's Problem", Cousin Itt's dog runs away, apparently on a date with another dog.
** In "Lurch's Grand Romance", Lurch gets a crush on Morticia's friend Trivia. Grandmama makes "love dust" which makes Trivia fall for first Lurch, then Gomez, then Fester.
** In "Gomez the Reluctant Lover", Pugsley gets a crush on his teacher.
** "Morticia the Matchmaker" introduces Cousin Melancholia, Morticia's cousin, who has a fiancee named Fred.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: The Addamses, of course.
* MadeForTVMovie: ''Halloween With The New Addams Family''
* MadeOfIron: Uncle Fester walks on hot coals barefoot and is unaffected, Gomez is fine after falling into a vat of acid, Pugsley, Fester and Gomez have been electrified several times and been fine, and the Addamses seem to be able to [[ExtremeOmnivore eat anything]] with no ill effects.
* MadScientist: Fester and Gomez, a bit. Gomez fit some of the more harmless varieties of the trope; the smallest stimulus would send his mind careening down a new path of speculation, so his attention probably wouldn't be on any one experiment long enough to cause actual harm.
* MaintainTheLie: An episode was based on Lurch's aged mother coming to visit him, and his having never told her he was a butler; most of the story involved his posing as the master of the house, with Gomez acting as butler and Morticia as maid.
* ManEatingPlant: Cleopatra and the rest of the plants in Morticia's greenhouse don't ever ''eat'' anyone, but they're definitely carnivorous and occasionally dangerous to people.
* MistakenForAliens: In "The Addams Family and the Spaceman", investigators think that Cousin Itt and (because of the way he talks and his hair), Lurch (because he was making "punch" that smoked and was so tall) were Martians. The investigators say gibberish to Gomez, who replies in gibberish as a joke, causing the investigators to think Gomez is an alien and the Addamses to think the investigators are aliens.
* {{Moonburn}}: TropeNamer. In the episode "Portrait of Gomez", the family enjoys a nice quiet evening outside. Because Uncle Fester ate the moonscreen instead of applying it to his skin, he got a moonburn (apparently).
* {{Muggles}}: Most everyone else in the series.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: SubvertedTrope. When Thing went missing and the Addamses hired a detective to find him, they said his name was Thing T. Thing and, when asked what the middle T. stood for, they said it meant [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Thing]].
* MythologyGag:
** Thing was a Mythology Gag. He was inspired by a Charles Addams cartoon where a postman approaches the Family's house and is surprised by a sign that says, "Beware of the Thing!"
** Pubert, the third Addams child as seen in ''Addams Family Values'', was referred to in the ''New Addams Family'' remake of "The Addams Family Goes to School", where Wednesday mentions that there used to be a third Addams sibling until Pugsley ate him.
** ''The New Addams Family'' episode "Keeping up with the Joneses" sees the Family meeting the titular Joneses, who appear to be distant cousins who share the same macabre interests, ways and fashion as the Addamses. The family heads, Ramone and Putrescence, are not only meant to be seen as {{Exp|y}}ies of Gomez and Morticia, but they are also based on their incarnations from the Paramount films.
* NameAmnesia: The episode "Amnesia in the Addams Family" has Gomez getting IdentityAmnesia from a [[EasyAmnesia strike on the head]]. When he wakes up, he can't remember his own name or his marriage to Morticia.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: All of the characters (though the list of suggestions for their names was provided by Charles Addams himself).
* NamesGivenToComputers: Their machine is named "Whizzo".
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The entire point of the series.
* 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.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: In "Morticia's Favourite Charity", Gomez sees a pair of Pugsley's shoes next to Cleopatra the plant, he thinks that [[ManEatingPlant she/it ate him]], so he hits Cleopatra and begs her/it to spit Pugsley out. Then, Pugsley arrives and says, "Father, why are you attacking Cleopatra?!"
* NuclearFamily: The CultureClash was heightened by the fact that, underneath their utterly bizarre trappings and tastes, the Addams Family are a loving family with a healthy relationship.
* PrisonEpisode: In one episode, Grandmama is sent to prison for telling peoples' fortunes and her family must set her free.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: Subverted. Gomez and Fester gelled so brilliantly in the original series that later incarnations Retconned them into brothers.
** 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."
* OnceAnEpisode: The inevitable mention of various [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen never-seen relatives]], such as Uncle Knick-Knack. Sometimes happened more than once per episode, but who's counting?
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: In "Morticia and the Psychiatrist", Gomez and Morticia are discussing Pugsley's odd behavior with Dr. Black, the eponymous psychiatrist (actually a psychologist). The Addamses are fully aware that Pugsley's "abnormalities" include joining the Scouts, playing baseball, and getting a puppy; however, Dr. Black thinks they are complaining about the Addams' macabre décor and unusual toys (which include dynamite). To complicate things, earlier in the episode, Dr. Black counseled Morticia and Gomez to cater to all of Pugsley's abnormalities, and he mistakenly thinks the family's décor and pastimes are the result of his advice.
* OneHeadTaller: Averted - Gomez is noticeably shorter than Morticia, but clearly ''neither'' of them has a problem with that.
* OnlySaneMan: Subverted with Lurch. Although he often sounds exasperated and seems to be the DeadpanSnarker when dealing with the family's whims, he often is happy to oblige overall.
* TheOphelia: Morticia's older sister in the TV series (established in the episode "Morticia's Romance", which deals with Gomez and Morticia meeting right before his ArrangedMarriage - to Ophelia). Unsurprisingly, she's named Ophelia and has long, flowing hair.
* OurBetterIsDifferent: Nearly all the time, considering the family.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: In "Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor", Morticia and Gomez pretend to be a bickering couple, but then Morticia takes Gomez too seriously and is all mad at him even at night. She has another one when they make up, stating that she was "a fool for sending [Gomez] out in his bare feet without a thought for [his] sinuses", which is coming from the woman who wanted her chair moved to a draftier area in another episode.
* PerkyGoth: Gomez is a male example.
** Wednesday was this in the TV show.
* PilotMovie: ''Addams Family Reunion'' was this for ''The New Addams Family''.
* PlayingSick: In "Cat Addams", to make the vet think he's doing a good job, and therefore make him brave enough to give Kitty Cat the lion a checkup, Cousin Itt, Uncle Fester, and Thing all play sick and pretend the vet cured them.
* PuppyLove: Pugsley gets a crush on his teacher in "Gomez the Reluctant Lover", despite being a child of about eight to ten years.
* TheQuietOne: Lurch.
* QuirkyHousehold
* RailEnthusiast: Gomez. One of his favorite pastimes is to set his model trains running toward each other on the same track, then dynamite the track just before they have a chance to collide.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Ted "Lurch" Cassidy's brief, unexpected teen idol status became the basis for an episode where Lurch's harpsichord playing earns him a similar teenybopper following.
* RemakeCameo: John Astin as Grandpa Addams, Gomez's grandfather, in ''The New Addams Family''.
* RepetitiveName: Thing T. Thing. And when prompted for what the T stands the answer is "Thing".
* ReunionShow: The 1977 television special ''Halloween with the New Addams Family''.
* RoleReprisal: The 1977 special ''Halloween with the New Addams Family'' had most of the cast from the 1960's show reprise their roles, with the exceptions of Gomez's mother Grandmama and Morticia's mother Hester Frump.
* RunningGag: The front gate, the doorbell pull, the roaring bear rug, and others.
** The New Addams Family had a recurring gag of Wednesday trying to kill or seriously injure Pugsley, only for Thing to save the boy's life at the last minute.
* SalemIsWitchCountry: In episode "Halloween--Addams Style", Wednesday is crushed to hear from a neighbor that witches aren't real. So the family holds a seance in an effort to summon the spirit of Aunt Singe, an ancestor and a real witch who was burned at Salem.
* 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.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Wednesday has her "grownup" moments, wearing a miniature Morticia dress.
* ShoutOut:
** In one episode Morticia and Gomez try to think of a job for moptop Cousin Itt. Gomez says "I know! Music/TheBeatles! ... Nah, he'd be too much for them."
*** Music/TheBeatles actually were fans of the show.
** In another, we have this gem:
-->'''Uncle Fester:''' Hey, did you ever notice, ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie doesn't have any eyeballs?\\
'''Morticia:''' That's part of her charm.
* SickEpisode: Subverted in "Cat Addams". Kitty Cat appeared sick because he wasn't eating, but [[spoiler: It turns out he was just not hungry. However, Grandmama does mention that Kitty Cat has a stomachache, however, he seems fine.]]
** In "Uncle Fester's Illness", Fester loses his charge and Wednesday suspects Thing to be sick. [[spoiler: Fester is cured when he eats a thermometer (no, really) and Thing wasn't sick. He was just sad.]]
* SleepingSingle: Subverted.
* {{Sleepwalking}}: In "Gomez, the Cat Burglar", Grandma's yak stew causes Gomez to sleepwalk at night--and to start robbing houses in the neighborhood in his sleep.
* SpaceEpisode: Averted, but the family did ''try'' to go to the moon in "Addams Family Splurges".
* TheSpeechless: Thing. Sometimes he uses sign language. Once he gets so frantic trying to communicate with Gomez he's shaking too much to sign properly, prompting Gomez to cry, "I hate it when you stutter!".
* StatusQuoIsGod: Parodied in the reunion movie, where [[CharacterAgedWithTheActor the characters have aged along with their actors]] - Gomez has greying hair, and the kids are now young adults - but Gomez and Morticia have since had two other children, ''Pugsley Jr. and Wednesday Jr.'', who look and act as much as you'd expect.
* StockFootage: Whenever a new visitor enters the house, the same footage of its unusual furnishings is used.
** The shots of Kitty Cat coming down the stairs or into the living room from the parlor.
* StuffBlowingUp: Happens several times.
** Pugsley, Wednesday, and Uncle Fester all like to play with dynamite. One episode focuses on Wednesday getting in trouble for using Fester's explosives instead of her own.
** Gomez likes to blow up toy trains.
** Morticia once made an exploding rock and named it after World War Two.
* TastyGold: In "The Great Treasure Hunt", Fester bites into a gold coin to test if it's real. [[spoiler: It's not. He doesn't mind, though.]]
* TeacherStudentRomance: Pugsley gets a crush on his teacher in "Gomez the Reluctant Lover". However, she doesn't crush back and his crush doesn't last.
* TeamPet: Thing
** Also, Kitty Cat, a lion, created especially for the series.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Often happened in the original series, with Lurch playing it on the harpsichord.
** In countless portions of ''Addams Family Reunion''.
** ''The New Addams Family'' is an interesting case. Its new theme song can be heard playing in the background, but the original theme by Vic Mizzy also appears in the episodes ''Grandpapa Addams Comes to Visit'' and ''Lurch and his Piano'' (the theme is used as Grandpapa Addams' {{Leitmotif}} in the former and Lurch plays a few bars of it near the end of the latter).
* TookALevelInKindness: Uncle Fester in The New Addams Family. Though he wasn't really a bad person anyway, this particular incarnation of Fester was portrayed as more friendly and jovial than usual. He even used his electric abilities to revive a hospital patient in the remake of ''Uncle Fester's Illness'' and went along with children that mistook him for the real Santa Claus in the remake of ''Christmas with the Addams Family''.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Addams were the first sitcom family with a home computer, albeit one that filled a room. Named "Whizzo" it appeared in at least two episodes, predicting horse races and an upcoming election. Gomez even refers to it as his 'personal computer' in the horse racing episode.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Morticia's sister Ophelia, appeared in three episodes, played by Carolyn Jones.
* TheUnintelligible: Cousin Itt
** Itt was only TheUnintelligible to strangers. Family members [[IntelligibleUnintelligible had no problem understanding what he was saying]].
* {{Unishment}}: A recurring source of frustration for many of their foes. Usually any attempt to make the strange Addams suffer [[TooKinkyToTorture only brings them pleasure]].
* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: The Addamses have as a housepet a full-grown lion they called Kittycat.
* UnwantedRescue: In ''Addams Family Reunion'', Lurch saves a RichBitch from drowning and gives her CPR. She isn't very grateful.
* UpToEleven: Pretty much everything the Addamses do, including [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossing the line twice]]. Most obvious in the increasingly gruesome and creative way in which their ancestors met their fates.
-->"Children! Look! It's Great-Aunt Levinia! She was beheaded by her own children!"
-->"Yaaay!"
* VanityPlate
* VillainProtagonist: Subverted. While they appear disturbing, the Addamses are kind and decent people.
* WaifFu: Ophelia knows her karate.
** Wednesday is mentioned to be a karate practitioner.
* WeightWoe: In "Fester Goes on a Diet", Uncle Fester wanted to go on a date with a lady but they'd never met and he worried he was too fat for her. He also worried that he was [[HeightAngst too short.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: In the series' only two-part episode, Morticia and Gomez tell the kids about how they met.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Morticia remembers an ancestor who "used to be afraid of ghosts, but now he is one"
* WickedCultured: And ''how''. Even Lurch is a harpsichord virtuoso.
* WorldOfHam: OH YEAH!

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-->''"Thank you, Thing!"''
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