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YMMV: The Addams Family

The franchise as a whole:

  • Adaptation Displacement: Of the original cartoons by the TV series. Also, of the TV series by the movies for even younger audiences.
  • Crazy Awesome: Gomez whenever he has to defend his family.
  • Creepy Awesome: All the Addamses.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Mostly in the original New Yorker cartoons.
  • Ear Worm: Come on, be honest. What do you remember most about The Addams Family? Lurch's "you rang?" Fester's lighting a lightbulb in his mouth? Thing? Wrong. Anyone who's only ever even heard of The Addams Family will perk up at any mention of that famous "duh-nuh-nuh-nuh * snap snap* ."
    • This, oddly, is what led to the movies getting made - the minds behind it were riding in a car and someone started whistling the theme song.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: John Zmirak once explained his tongue-in-cheek theory that the Addams clan represents "(A)n aristocratic, trad-Catholic homeschooling family trapped in a sterile Protestant suburb".
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Morticia
  • The Scrappy: The Normanmeyers are considered this to some fans of the 90's animated series.
  • Tear Jerker: In the musical, the song "Happy/Sad," where Gomez tries to explain his conflicting emotions about Wednesday getting married to her. The song will make you want to find your dad, and hug him.

The films:

  • Angst? What Angst?: Fester is so torn up about "failing" Debbie that he seems perfectly willing to let her kill him. When the tables are turned, he seems positively gleeful as she's electrocuted into a pile of dust. Could practically count as a Brick Joke or Ironic Echo of Gomez's romantic musing about Morticia in the first movie:
    "I would die for her. I would kill for her. ... Either way, what bliss."
    • It's really a staple of the franchise.
  • Awesome Music: In the movies. Each of the two cinematic releases gets its own.
    • The Mamushka, of course; Gomez in a Cossack hat, dancing to a Hungarian Czardas, with Morticia on violin, and knife-juggling
    • The tango scene in Addams Family Values, where both the waltz theme from the first movie AND the theme music from the TV series are strung together to make a thoroughly incredibly piece of Latin dance music. The fact that Morticia gets spun about fast enough to become a blur, not to mention literally setting fire to the dance floor, makes it all the better. Ending, naturally enough, with a symbolic popping of every last champagne cork in the building.
      • Watch the scene here. It's awesome.
  • Finger Worm: Admit it, you snap your fingers whenever the theme song comes up. Even if you can't.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Morticia's comments on the fragile state of her family in the second half of Addams Family Values includes the woeful line "My husband is dying." Raul Julia would do just that a little less than a year later. In the movie, he is even seen lying sick in bed feebly singing "Swing low, sweet chariot."
    • What's more, when Gomez is horrified that his son is turning normal, he calls out to God, "Take me!"
      • In 2011, Hurricane Irene struck the east coast of the United States. In the Addams Family film, the book Fester uses at the end is titled Hurricane Irene.
      • And then, of course, there's the scene in the second movie where a boy screams in terror at a picture of Michael Jackson. Talk about bad timing...
  • Genius Bonus: In Addams Family Values Joel says that he has all the cards in the serial killer trading card series, except for "Jack The Ripper and that Zodiac Guy". Funny because a) No one knows who they were, so there would be no pictures for the card and b) Even the cards of them can't be caught.
    • Also, Debbie says no woman "in her right mind" could love Fester. What's the name of the woman who catches Fester's eye towards the end of the movie? Dementia.
  • Heartwarming In Hindsight: Fester's return in the first movie, after seeing how distraught everyone is when he leaves them in Values.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Addams Family Values, after being irritated by Gomez, a police officer asks him, "Who are you? What are you?" The officer was played by Nathan Lane, who would play Gomez on Broadway almost twenty years later.
  • Mary Sue: Parodied in The Movie.
    • Festerman is an in-universe example.
  • Moe: Wednesday cameos this at the summer camp in Addams Family Values.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Cousin Itt in both movies.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mercedes McNab (Harmony in the Buffyverse) appeared as a girl scout in the first movie and had the larger role of Amanda in Addams Family Values.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Addams Family Values was widely considered by critics and fans alike to be superior to the first movie, with more macabre humour and hilarious Rapid-Fire Comedy in effect. Strangely enough, it actually made less than its predecessor (Addams Family made over 191 million worldwide while Values made 48 million).
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The summer camp in Addams Family Values, which of course makes it a living hell for Wednesday and Pugsley.
    • A little girl explaining how her mommy got a baby, invoking every trite and saccharine "where babies come from" myth of the past few centuries. And it leads to Wednesday's Crowning Moment of Deadpan Snarkery.
    Young Girl: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!
    Pugsley: Our parents are having a baby, too.
    Wednesday: They had sex.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The whole time Wednesday and Pugsley are at camp, they try to escape so they can save Fester. When they finally get out and make their way home, they end up tied up, just as helpless as the rest of the family, and Pubert ends up saving them.

The TV series:

  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans despise Addams Family Reunion and, by extension, The New Addams Family.
    • The New Addams Family was actually quite well-received by the fandom — if you despise it, chances are you: A) despise the original '60s series as well, or B) like the original '60s series but hate this one for being a pale imitation. Addams Family Reunion, however, is nigh-universally loathed.
  • Freud Was Right: Charles Addams' original name for "Pugsley" was "Pubert," but the TV network wouldn't allow the name. It was used as the baby's name in the second Addams Family film.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Many of the TV Family's "weird" affectations (home computing, alternative medicine, being Goth).
  • Values Resonance: In the TV series, Gomez and Morticia were actually excellent parents, openly involved in their children's lives and showing genuine concern and affection for them. In their creepy but cool way, that is.
    • Not to mention, they were among the first TV couples who openly and passionately showed their affection for each other.

The pinball and video games:

  • Most Wonderful Sound: Getting multiball on the pinball machine adaptation. Gomez will say "Now you've done it!", all music and sounds cease...and then a slow, low rumbling sound, getting faster and higher-pitched, until BAM! Multiball!!
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Played straight with the console versions, though the SNES game for the first film is quite a fun Mario-esque platformer. The first film also lended itself to a superb pinball machine (featuring magnetic elements and new speech from the film actors). It's the best-selling pinball machine of all time and considered one of the greatest ever made.
    • The Game Boy Color game based on The New Addams Family (released on 2001 and called The New Addams Family Series for some reason) is ugly-looking, complicated, has questionable controls at best, and is quite difficult to play when you have absolutely no idea what you're doing. Once you consult a guide, however (of which there is a whopping total of ONE currently circulating on the Internet... and it's in Spanish), the game can be quite easy and fun, ultimately subverting this trope.

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