!!For the franchise as a whole:
* AdaptationSequence: Newspaper Comic > TV show > Cartoon > Video Game > Movie > TV show loosely based on movie > Video Game > Sequel to movie > Broadway Musical
* BeamMeUpScotty: 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 TheMusical, but it seems to be a reference to the presumed earlier quote.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: 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?).
* TropeNamers
** MadeFromRealGirlScouts: The only Girl Scout cookies Wednesday will buy.
** OneNormalNight: 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, [[spoiler: they can't]], and HilarityEnsues.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: After Illumination Entertainment obtained the rights to Charles Addams' original cartoons, there was a planned stop-motion animated film with Creator/TimBurton calling the shots. As of July 2013, the project has been cancelled.

!!For the various television serieses:
* ActorAllusion: 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.
* DuelingShows: With ''Series/TheMunsters''. The Addams family were humans that acted like monsters, but the Munsters were monsters that acted like normal humans. It was an interesting contrast.
* FakeAmerican: The entire cast of ''The New Addams Family'' (apart from Gomez and Wednesday) were Canadian.
* TheOtherDarrin: A sort-of example from the series: the man playing Thing occasionally used his left hand just to see if anybody would notice.
* RecycledScript: 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).
* SelfBackingVocalist: Composer Vic Mizzy, who couldn't afford singers, triple-overdubbed his voice for the theme song to simulate a trio.
* ThrowItIn: 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 films:
* ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/ChristinaRicci's idea to have Wednesday Addams fold her arms on her chest like a corpse being laid out for a funeral when Wednesday was being tucked into bed. [[CreepyChild Ricci was about 10 at the time]].
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Or, rather, ''Actor'' Existence Failure: A third film in the Creator/{{Paramount}} trilogy was prepared before Creator/RaulJulia died in 1994. [[TypeCasting Since literally no one could play Gomez like him]] (not even, sadly, Creator/TimCurry), the project was scrapped.
* DevelopmentGag: Baby Pubert was named for Charles Adams' original intended name for Pugsly, which the publishers felt was too vulgar.
* FollowTheLeader: While not the first (both ''Radio/{{Dragnet}}'' and ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie The Twilight Zone'' proceed it by four years each), the trend of [[TheFilmOfTheSeries film adaptations of boomer-era TV series]] throughout TheNineties really took off with this movie's success.
* MissingTrailerScene:
** An early teaser trailer for the first movie begins with footage of another film that's being played in a theater. The character in the film turns and screams at something in the audience. As everyone turns back to look, it is revealed that the entire family is occupying the back row, and they snap their fingers in time to the theme music before the teaser ends. This sequence was shot specifically for the teaser, and features Creator/ChristopherLloyd in early makeup for Uncle Fester.
** ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues''' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFDh_U2syXo teaser trailer]] has a nurse examining babies in a maternity ward, all while adoring parents look on behind glass. She comes to a crib that's covered in a massive black overhang and opens it up to examine, then turns around and screams once she sees what's inside. Like the original, this clip was shot specifically for marketing purposes, and never appears in the final film.
* TheOtherDarrin:
** For unknown reasons, Carol Kane replaced Judith Malina as Grandmama for ''Addams Family Values''.
** The third movie did this to most of the actors playing the family. Justified, as it's intended as a separate continuity, and the only reason it exists is to have served as the PilotMovie for ''The New Addams Family''.
* PlayingGertrude: Carol Kane is ''26 years younger'' than the actress she [[TheOtherDarrin Darrined]], making her younger than either Huston or Julia.
* PropRecycling: To play Uncle Fester, Creator/ChristopherLloyd wore the same fatsuit worn by Creator/BrunoKirby in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/ChristinaRicci's beloved performance as Wednesday in the first two movies made her not only a star, but also a 90's goth icon.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/TimBurton was originally set to direct.
** Music/{{Cher}} wanted to play Morticia. Creator/KimBasinger was initially cast, but dropped out to do another film.
** Creator/AnthonyHopkins turned down the role of Uncle Fester.
* WagTheDirector: According to director Creator/BarrySonnenfeld, in the first film, [[spoiler:Gordon Craven ''wasn't'' supposed to have been Fester all along, [[http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/barry-sonnenfeld--men-in-black-3.html 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 Creator/AnjelicaHuston as "passionately against" the idea and Creator/RaulJulia as "outraged" (though funnily enough Creator/ChristopherLloyd himself didn't care either way), and in the end, the cast chose ten-year-old Creator/ChristinaRicci to convince Sonnenfeld to change the ending.

!!For the Bally pinball game:
* HeyItsThatSound: The sound effects played after completing a Three- and Four-Way Combo sequence are the same ones used in ''Pinball/{{Funhouse}}''.
* ReferencedBy:
** ''Pinball/JunkYard'' lets you access [[Pinball/TheAddamsFamily the pinball machine]]'s "Mamushka" mode through its TimeMachine.
** Music from the game can also play in ''Pinball/TheTwilightZone''[='=]s "Fast Lock" multi ball.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen / VaporWare: An N64 and PC version was originally planned by Digital Eclipse, but it was eventually scrapped altogether.[[http://www.nesworld.com/n64-unr-addamsfamilypinball.php]]
** According to Creator/LarryDeMar, ''The Addams Family'' was originally designed with alphanumeric displays (instead of the then-new dot matrix displays), feeling that the dot matrix display's budget would be better spent on other parts of the game.
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