Trivia: The Addams Family

For the franchise as a whole:

  • Adaptation Sequence: Newspaper Comic > TV show > Cartoon > Video Game > Movie > TV show loosely based on movie > Video Game > Sequel to movie > Broadway Musical
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Morticia is often quoted saying, "Normal is an illusion. What's normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." However, no one is sure when exactly she said that.
    • She does say the line in The Musical, but it seems to be a reference to the presumed earlier quote.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: To this day, there has never been a DVD release for the following Addams Family films and shows: The Addams Family Fun-House, Halloween with the New Addams Family, the 1992 animated series, Addams Family Reunion, and — at least in America — The New Addams Family.
  • Trope Namers
    • Made from Real Girl Scouts: The only Girl Scout cookies Wednesday will buy.
    • One Normal Night: From the song of the same name in the 2010 Broadway musical, where Wednesday, hoping to set a good impression with her fiance and his family, requests that the Addams clan try to behave like average human beings. As expected, they can't, and Hilarity Ensues.
  • What Could Have Been: After Illumination Entertainment obtained the rights to Charles Addams' original cartoons, there was a planned stop-motion animated film with Tim Burton calling the shots. As of July 2013, the project has been cancelled.
    • According to director Barry Sonnenfeld, in the first film, Gordon Craven wasn't supposed to have been Fester all along, but still an imposter, though the family would've accepted him as Fester anyway, as, in Sonnenfeld's words, "...family wasn't about blood, it was about love." Sonnenfeld described Anjelica Huston as "passionately against" the idea and Raul Julia as "outraged" (though funnily enough Christopher Lloyd himself didn't care either way), and in the end, the cast chose ten-year-old Christina Ricci to convince Sonnenfeld to change the ending.

For the various television serieses:

  • Dueling Shows: With The Munsters. The Addams family were humans that acted like monsters, but the Munsters were monsters that acted like normal humans. It was an interesting contrast.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Don Rickles is a thief, while Otis Campbell is a judge the Addams courtroom antics drive to drink.
  • The Other Darrin: A sort-of example from the series: the man playing Thing occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice.
  • Recycled Script: Most of the episodes of The New Addams Family were recycled from the original series. In fact, the episode "Thing is Missing" is a twofer. Not only is it a remake of an episode from the original show, but it also borrows two plot elements from the 1992 animated series episode "Itt's Over" (though this time, Uncle Fester starts growing hair because he's stressed over the mistaken belief that Thing is dead rather than Cousin Itt).
  • Throw It In: Ted Cassidy ad-libbed "You rang?" in the pilot, and the producers kept it — and changed Lurch from a mute to allow for it.

For the musical:

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For the Bally pinball game: