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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.

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 neighbors.

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.

[[AC:The family is composed of:]]

* ''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''.
* ''Morticia Frump Addams'', his wife (Carolyn Jones). [[FemmeFatale Tall]], [[TheVamp elegant]], [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette ivory-skinned and black-tressed]], and always clad in a [[ParentService tight, slinky]] [[LittleBlackDress black dress]]. Morticia is calm reason to Gomez's maniacal exuberance. Popular opinion is that she is a vampire - she rarely smiles with her teeth.
* ''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) 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.
* ''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. Became fully ambulatory in later adaptations, walking on its fingers.

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 ''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.

[[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.
* An animated series that ran on NBC Saturday mornings from 1972 to 1975, which featured an eight-years-old Jodie Foster as Pugsley.
* A ReunionShow, ''Halloween With The New Addams Family'', which aired on CBS in October 1977.
* 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 [[Film/TheAddamsFamily feature film]] starring Creator/RaulJulia as Gomez, Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Morticia, 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). The 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]].)
* 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.
* A 1992-1995 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''.
* ''Addams Family Values'', 1993, the sequel to the 1991 feature film. Another top-down game (again starring Fester) was released for the [[SuperNintendo SNES]] under the same name, though it hardly follows the movie at all.
* ''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 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 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.
* 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]].
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!!Tropes:
* TheAce: [[http://www.clip4e.com/play_the_addams_family_the_day_gomez_failed.htm One episode of the '90s cartoon]] revolves around Gomez feeling he had run out of challenges and figuring that the only thing he hadn't accomplished yet was to ''fail'' at something. He spends the whole episode trying to do (and fail at) ridiculous, impossible things, [[TheFool only to succeed with blinding colors in spite of himself.]] [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, Morticia points out that he actually succeeded at his goal after all, by ''failing at failing.'']] [[MindScrew Don't think too hard about that one]].
* ActionFigureFileCard: The toy line based on the 1992 cartoon had them.
* 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.
* AmusingAlien: The family is both amusing (to viewers) and alien (to everyone around them).
* AnimatedAdaptation: At least three.
** One of which received a ComicBookAdaptation by GoldKeyComics. That's right, [[RecursiveAdaptation a cartoon that was based on a TV show that was based on a comic strip had its own comic book]].
* AuthorFilibuster: If an episode of the cartoon series has an aseop, then Wednesday will make sure you learn it.
* BerserkButton: In the 90's animated series, grabbing Wednesday by the braids. Gomez and Morticia refer to the last person to do it in the past tense, and Pugsley even flat-out tells the perpetrator (a robber) YouDoNotWantToKnow what she'll do.
* 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.
** 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.
* BrotherChuck:
** 1977's ''Halloween With The New Addams Family'' introduced two new children, Wednesday Jr. and Pugsley Jr., who were never heard from again afterwards.
** Pubert, from ''Addams Family Values''. ''The New Addams Family'' attempts to justify this:
--> '''Wednesday:''' There used to be a third one of us, but Pugsley ate it.
** Pubert is also a ShoutOut to what was the originally-proposed name for Pugsley by Charles Addams.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
** Also Fester with '''The Moon''' in TheMusical
* 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''
* CouchGag: In the opening of the 90's animated series, whether Pugsley or Wednesday won at the line "Petite" and what position the family is at the ending.
* CreepyChild: Pugsley and Wednesday, although this is mostly played for laughs.
* CrossdressingVoices: A very young JodieFoster as Pugsley in the first animated series.
* CrossOver: With ''ScoobyDoo'' in the third episode of Creator/HannaBarbera's ''The New Scooby-Doo Movies'', "Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family," 1972.
* 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.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Thing's full name was said to be "Thing T. Thing", with the middle initial being for "Thing".
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Morticia and Wednesday.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Expy}} / LawyerFriendlyCameo: Several.
** Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist, characters based on the original ''New Yorker'' cartoons who appeared in segments on the cartoons ''Snagglepuss'' and ''Snooper and Blabber'' several years before the ''Addams Family'' TV series.
** The Gruesomes, the creepy-but-friendly family that appeared in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', inspired by Mr. & Mrs. J. Evil Scientist. Later, the Frankenstones, who were intended to be a spoof of ''Series/TheMunsters'' but whose children are meant to parody Wednesday and Pugsley.
*** Both of those come from HannaBarbera, which produced both of the animated series.
** More recently, the Gravesytes in ''Non Sequitur''.
* ExtremelyDustyHome: The Addams mansion.
* 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.
* {{Flanderization}}: Early adaptations show Wednesday as an eccentric, but genuinely sweet little girl. Later ones really play up [[CreepyChild her creepiness]] [[EnfanteTerrible and disturbing tendencies]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: In the original series they kept a pet African lion named Kittycat. She seemed harmless.
* AFoolForAClient: Gomez, as an attorney, has represented himself in the past. He usually loses. And just as usually, he couldn't care less.
** In the first movie, Gomez cites this trope's originating quote word for word in the process of announcing he would be doing this.
* 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.
* FreakyIsCool: N.J. Normanmeyer from the 90's cartoon certainly falls here. Unlike his parents, who despise the Addams, N.J. thinks the family is pretty cool, enjoys hanging at their house and is best friends with Wednesday and Pugsley. This seems to go for almost all the children of Happydale, who on several occasions join the Addams in their antics, especially in a notable episode where Morticia arranges a scavenger hunt in the Addams house.
* 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, natch:
** "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.
*** This is remade for the New Addams Family; in addition to the above, Halloween is treated with the same pageantry and levity as Christmas morning.
** "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.
** "Puttergeist": From the '92 animated series, Wednesday, Pugsley and their friend NJ try to determine if the legend of the Puttergeist ghost, the spirit of a headless golfer who was struck by lightning on the Happydale golf course 40 years ago, is true or not. At first, it seems the Puttergeist was only NJ's father Norman in a costume. [[spoiler: But then it turned out the Puttergeist was RealAfterAll]].
* HappilyMarried: Gomez and Morticia.
** As part of the one-upmanship of the DuelingShows, while 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 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.
** There's also the Normanmeyers, recurring semi-antagonists in the 90s cartoon. Despite their extreme dislike of the Addams' behavior, they're shown as a very loving couple toward each other.
* HypocriticalHumor: This would often come to play whenever the Addamses criticized others for being strange and/or boasting about how normal they are.
* IAmSong: "The Fester Way" from the 90s cartoon, sung by the unimitatable Rip Taylor.
* 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!
* 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 Mortisha needs a phoney 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, Mortisha was played by Carolyn Jones).
* LighterAndSofter: The original Addams gag cartoons depicted the family as genuinely evil, especially the character named in the TV show as Fester, who, for example, was once seen [[ForTheEvulz beckoning another car driver to overtake him into the path of a hidden articulated lorry]]. Not to mention the famous "pouring boiling oil on carol singers" image, the setup of which was used as one of many MythologyGags to said cartoons in the first film.
* LimitedWardrobe: With only a few very rare exceptions, the family always wears the same outfits.
* LittleOrphanAnnie
-->'''Uncle Fester''': Hey, did you ever notice, LittleOrphanAnnie doesn't have any eyeballs?
-->'''Morticia''': That's part of her charm.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: The Addamses, of course.
* MadeForTVMovie: ''Halloween With The New Addams Family''
* 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.
* MarxBrothers: Just about anything that John Astin says -- in both sarcastic substance and delivery style -- seems to {{Expy}} Groucho, which is not surprising since series producer Nat Perrin was a former Marx Brothers gag writer.
* {{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!"
** In the 90's cartoon episode "Little Big Thing", we see a glasses shop called Coogan's, as in Jackie Coogan, the actor who played Uncle Fester in the original live-action show.
** Both cartoon series use models based on Charles Addams' original panel strips as opposed to cartoon versions of the tv/movie actors.
** The third Addams child Pubert from the second film was referenced 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 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.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: The entire point of the series.
* 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.
* 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?
** The animated version ended every episode with some traditional family dance. [[NoodleIncident None of the dances are ever actually shown (They just showed the house shaking from the outside), and some have very strange prerequisites, such as only being performed on certain days of the week or if you are no more than a certain distance from the airport.]]
* 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.
* PerkyGoth: Gomez is a male example.
** Wednesday was this in the TV show. The movies made her darker and gloomier. The 90s animated series combined these portrayals somewhat.
* PetTheDog: The Normanmeyers, neighbors of the Addams Family in the 1992 animated series, hated the Addamses and frequently plotted to get rid of them, but the episode "N.J. Addams" showed that they actually cared about and loved their son N.J. (who did not inherit their hatred; instead, he was close friends with Wednesday).
* PilotMovie: ''Addams Family Reunion'' was this for ''The New Addams Family''.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: As seen above. Also doubles as BadassBoast.
* TheQuietOne: Lurch.
* QuirkyHousehold
* RailEnthusiast / StuffBlowingUp: 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.
* ReactionaryFantasy: The ''ultimate'' subversion!
* 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.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Mayor of Happydale Heights and Principal Macnamara from the 90s cartoon. Neither has any personal issue with the Addams, and are only forced to interfere when they're worried that the Addams' behavior may be harmful to the other citizens. Both of them even join the Addams family dance when offered.
* RecycledINSPACE: The 1973 animated series.
* RemakeCameo: John Astin as Grandpa Addams, Gomez's grandfather, in ''The New Addams Family''.
* RepetitiveName: Thing T. Thing. And of course when prompted for what the T stands the answer is "Thing".
* {{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''. The 2010 musical further confuses the issue by having Morticia and Gomez both unclear on whose mother it is.
-->'''Morticia:''' When your mother moved in, it was supposed to be for two weeks. The weeks turn into months. It's been 12 years now and she's still up there! Unwanted, mocked, tolerated! Smoking weed in the attic. Well, I'm not going to end up like your mother!
-->'''Gomez:''' My mother? I thought she was ''your'' mother!
** Also, the kids' ages became less clear in the adaptations. In the 90's cartoon and movies, Wednesday seemed older than Pugsley.
** The cartoon version set her as Pugsley's little sister in an episode where she keeps beating him, which is what she is in the original live action series. In TheMusical, Wednesday is nearly an adult while Pugsley is still (barely?) a tween. Additionally, Wednesday gets her looks from her dad/Raul Julia.
* 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.
** John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, and Ted Cassidy all reprised their roles from the original show during the Addams Family's guest appearance on WesternAnimation/TheNewScoobyDooMovies.
** The 1973 animated series had new actors for most of the family, but had Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy once again reprise their roles as Uncle Fester and Lurch.
** John Astin once again reprised his role as Gomez Addams in the 1992 animated series.
* RunningGag: The front gate, the doorbell pull, the roaring bear rug, and others.
** 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".
** 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.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Wednesday has her "grownup" moments, wearing a miniature Morticia dress, in both the series and both movies.
** While now 18-year-old Wednesday still wears a variation of her usual dress in TheMusical, the story centers around the family reacting to her becoming independent when they meet her fiancÚ and his family.
* ShoutOut: In one episode Mortisha and Gomez try to think of a job for moptop Cousin Itt. Gomez says "I know! TheBeatles! ... Nah, he'd be too much for them."
* SleepingSingle: Subverted.
* TheSpeechless: Thing
** Sometimes he uses sign language. In one of the movies 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!", a minor gag that was actually used once in the live-action series. Eventually he resorts to tapping out Morse code with a spoon.
* SpringtimeForHitler: {{Parodied}} in TheNineties [[AnimatedAdaptation cartoon]]; in one episode, Gomez is trying to live up to the [[EpicFail Addams Family tradition of being a failure]] - however, every time he tries to embark on some ZanyScheme that would clearly ruin him, [[CursedWithAwesome it always backfires, making him even more of a success]]. [[spoiler: However, as Morticia points out, that simply makes him [[UpToEleven an even bigger failure]], because he failed '''''[[InsaneTrollLogic at failing]]'''''. This immediately cheers him up.]]
* StepfordSuburbia: Played with in the 90s cartoon, where Happydale Heights, the shows setting, puts a lot of weight on being [[StepfordSmiler "happy"]] and normalcy, but the majority of its residents seem to have little problem with the Addams, and only interfere when their antics spill out into the town itself. The only characters who seem to be interested in rigidly enforcing the standards are the teachers of the elementary school, and Mr and Mrs Normanmeyer.
* 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.
* TeamPet: Thing
** Also, Kitty Cat, a lion, created especially for the series. [[MythologyGag Mentioned in the movie]] by Gomez.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Often happened in the original series, with Lurch playing it on the harpsicord.
** Also happened a lot in the second animated series, where the Addamses would often hum the theme song while doing certain tasks.
** ''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).
* TooKinkyToTorture: Everyone, but most noticeably Morticia from the movies.
* TookALevelInDumbass: Pugsley Addams twice. He was a boy genius in the original television show, but was given a normal level of intelligence in the movies. The animated incarnation of the character, however, was TheDitz.
* 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 Twenty Years Into The Future]]: 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.
* TheUnintelligible: Cousin Itt
** Itt was only TheUnintelligible to strangers. Family members [[IntelligibleUnintelligible had no problem understanding what he was saying]].
*** Margaret Alford from the movie learned very quickly once she started dating him.
* 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.
* VillainSong: "The Addams Blues", by Mr Normanmeyer from the 90s cartoon, about how much he dislikes living next door to the Addams and how he wants to get rid of them.
* VitriolicBestBuds: A weird example with Mr Normanmeyer and Uncle Fester from the 90s cartoon. Normanmeyer despises Fester and does everything he can to treat him like crap. Fester, being an Addams and TooKinkyToTorture, loves it and interprets Norman's abuse as signs of friendly affection.
* WaifFu: Ophelia knows her karate.
** 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.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: In the series only two part episode, Morticia and Gomez tell the kids about how they met.
* WickedCultured: And ''how''. Even Lurch is a harpsichord virtuoso.
* WorldOfHam: OH YEAH!
* YouLookFamiliar: Nathan Lane, who previously had a bit part as a police officer in ''Addams Family Values'', went on to play Gomez in the Broadway adaptation.

!!Tropes specific to the 2010 musical:
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations: Radio ads for the musical didn't even have to mention the show's name. It consisted of the famous theme song with an announcer saying "They're coming to Broadway" and giving the info to order advanced tickets.
* AudienceParticipation: Reportedly when the play opens with the famous TV theme song, ''no one'' in the audience needs prompting to snap their fingers in time with the cast.
* BlackComedyRape: The father of Wednesday's fiance is sexually assaulted by a squid; it is played for laughs.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Used in the musical to signify that Wednesday's grown up.
* TheMusical: Starring [[Film/TheProducers Max Bialystock]] and [[{{Cheers}} Lilith]] as Gomez and Morticia.
* RiteOfPassage: "Clandango," the original opening from the Chicago preview version, involves a family ritual centered around Wednesday's 18th birthday.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Wednesday in the musical.
* TruthTellingSession: "Full Disclosure". Being the Act I finale, of course it goes horribly wrong.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: In the tour version, Wednesday explicitly states that her plan to get her and Lucas' families' blessing is that there is no plan.
* WilliamTelling: Wednesday does this to her fiance as a test of his love for her. He ups the ante by removing his improvised tie-blindfold and [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame blindfolding her instead.]]
-->'''Wednesday:''' What if I miss?
-->'''Lucas:''' Then you'll be the last thing I ever see.
-->'''Wednesday:''' That is so hot.
** Fortunately, she doesn't.
** That exchange by itself is assurance enough that he is fit to be part of the Addams family.
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-->''"Thank you, Thing!"''
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