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 (the latter being caught between Saban and Disney- what else would you expect from a Fox Kids/Fox Family show?).
  • 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.

For the various television serieses:

  • Actor Allusion: The 1960s TV episode "Morticia The Breadwinner" contains one to Morticia's actress, Carolyn Jones, whereupon Morticia and Uncle Fester are deciding on a good assumed name they can use to call Gomez's stockbroker: 'Jones?' asks Morticia. 'What kind of a name is that?!' replies Uncle Fester irritably.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Though he visited the set a few times, Charles Addams considered the original series a travesty. One must wonder how he would've felt about the film adaptations had he lived long enough to see them (he died in 1988).
  • 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.
  • Fake American: The entire cast of The New Addams Family (apart from Glenn Taranto and Nicole Fugere, who played Gomez and Wednesday, respectively) were Canadian.
  • 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.
    • Jane Rose replaced the ailing Blossom Rock as Grandmama for Halloween with the New Addams Family.
  • The Other Marty: In the original series, Thing was usually performed by Ted Cassidy; whenever a scene required both Thing and Lurch to appear together, a stagehand (usually associate producer Jack Voglin) would take Cassidy's place while he performed instead as Lurch.
  • 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).
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Composer Vic Mizzy, who couldn't afford singers, triple-overdubbed his voice for the theme song to simulate a trio.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series was originally going to be from Lurch's perspective (though he wasn't named at the time), and John Astin was actually called upon to audition for the role, leading to him almost backing out of the series until the idea was reworked.
    • Charles Addams, who provided names for the characters when his creation went to series (they were unnamed in his cartoons, even lacking the "Addams" surname), initially submitted the name "Pubert" for the family son. Producers rejected it on the basis that it was too vulgar, leading him to come up with "Pugsley" instead. The name Pubert would, of course, go on to appear elsewhere in the franchise (see Development Gag below).
    • Chaz came up with two different names for the family patriarch, and left the final choice up to the character's actor, John Astin. Imagine how different the show could've been had Gomez instead been named "Repelli".
    • Halloween with the New Addams Family was intended as a quasi-pilot for a TV series revival, but for one reason or another the idea never got off the ground.

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For the Bally pinball game: