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Trivia: The Addams Family
  • Adaptation Sequence: Newspaper Comic > TV show > Cartoon > Video Game > Movie > TV show loosely based on movie > Video Game > Sequel to movie > Broadway Musical
  • Author Existence Failure: Or, rather, Actor Existence Failure: A third film in the Paramount trilogy was prepared before Raul Julia died in 1994. Since literally no one could play Gomez like him (not even, sadly, Tim Curry), the project was scrapped.
  • 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.
  • 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!:
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • For unknown reasons, in the film series, Carol Kane replaced Judith Malina as Granny for Addams Family Values.
    • The third movie did this to most of the actors playing the family. It's intended as a separate continuity. The only reason it exists is to have served as the Pilot Movie for The New Addams Family.
  • Recycled Script: Most of the episodes of The New Addams Family were recycled from the original series.
  • Referenced By: Junk Yard lets you access the pinball machine's "Mamushka" mode through its Time Machine.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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