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  • A meta-example: In 1994, TV Guide asked its readers to name the top five romantic couples in the history of television, with the advisory that these couples had to display what was a truly supportive, compassionate, and most of all loving relationship that didn't feel false, forced, or pretended. The readers named Gomez and Morticia Addams as the greatest television marriage ever, with over twice the votes of the second-place couple, Rob and Laura Petrie of The Dick Van Dyke Show.
    • Not only that, but actual relationship therapists have ranked Gomez and Morticia Addams as having probably the healthiest marriage of any couple in television history. They are very devoted to each other while still managing to maintain their own separate identities, meaning that neither one of them is always "folding" to the wishes of the other. They are secure enough in the relationship to have their own separate hobbies, interests, and friends without feeling threatened. On the rare occasions when a conflict arises between them, they focus on fixing the problem rather than attacking each other. And they constantly offer praise, gratitude, and encouragement to each other while resisting the urge to complain about and criticize each other.
    • It's been pointed out many times that the Addams Family was supposed to be a subversion of the kind of squeaky-clean, all-American, Father-Knows-Best family that was prevalent in television during the era. It says something that the family that's meant to be the total opposite of the norm included a husband-wife duo who were passionately in love, equal partners in their marriage, and never argued or tried to deceive one another.
  • As twisted and Crosses the Line Twice levels of Too Kinky to Torture Morticia and Gomez could be, you couldn't help but smile at scenes between them. All those years, and they're still passionately head over heels for each other.
  • The Addamses' devotion to Lurch, as evidenced in the episodes "Mother Lurch Visits", "Lurch and His Harpsichord", "Lurch Learns to Dance", and "Lurch's Little Helper"
  • The fact that in the comic Gomez is the only one of the two parents ever seen showing Wednesday any affection makes their interactions in the films strangely poignant.
  • Quite a lot of episodes of their various shows have them unconditionally accepting and helping anyone who happens to show up at their door, even if it's in their own, unconventional way.

     1991 Movie 
  • Any point when Gomez is expresses his undying (undead?) love and Morticia. Even the pure lust, despite crossing into funny.
    Gomez: I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.
  • Just seeing how happy Gomez is to finally see his brother again after so many years.
    • In hindsight: Not just simply Gomez thinking that his brother has returned as Gordon really is Fester.
    • Gomez happily showing Fester home movies.
  • Fester bonding with his niece and nephew, teaching them about dynamite and diseases and helping them with their play.
    • 'Gordon' finding himself struggling with his mother's plot as his bond with the family deepens; even if he weren't really Fester, he's at home among the Addams. The finale just seals it, as he saves Gomez and Morticia and dispatches his mother and Tully following one last bout of abuse from 'Mother'.
    • After the kids' play scene, the rest of the family jump to their feet for a standing ovation.
  • When the family is searching for Wednesday and Gomez finds her asleep in the crypt. Being careful not to wake her, Gomez gently picks her up and carries her back to the house.
    • Earlier, as the family is riding back home from the charity auction, Wednesday has fallen asleep on Gomez's lap.
  • "[Fester] was a good man!" "Is a good man!"
  • A little heartwarming, a little tear-jerking, and a little funny when Morticia takes Fester for a stroll around the family cemetery...
    Morticia: Mother and Father Addams. How I wish the children could have known them better. But tell that to an angry mob...
    • More so when you realize that she's threatening him. If you're not who you say you are, here's where you end up. That's how much she loves this family, she'll murder for them. She'll even enjoy it.
  • Margaret going from being creeped out by the Addamses to becoming one of them, all thanks to Cousin Itt.
  • Wednesday. Uncle Fester is tucking her into bed after her play and telling her how wonderful she and Pugsley were, and reciting stories from the Bermuda Triangle with promises to take her there one day. After he gives her a forehead kiss good night, she takes out a headless doll for him to kiss as well, and then the head of the aforementioned doll for him to kiss. Only then does she settle down to sleep.
  • Rather Black Comedy, but Pugsley causing a car accident by swiping a Stop sign is met with Gomez in all sincerity shouting, "Bravo, Pugsley!"

    Addams Family Values 
  • When Pugsley and Wednesday are nervous about being replaced by the new baby, Gomez and Morticia immediately figure out the reason and reassure the children that they do not love the baby more.
  • Gomez bursts in after the birth of the child and, when the family all ask for news, he declares that "it's an Addams!" in a completely pleased voice; gender is irrelevant in the Addams family - as long as the child is healthy and Addamsy, as the baby is, Gomez will adore it.
  • Near the end, Fester returns to his family and gives Gomez a hug. Wednesday and Pugsley show up as well.
    • To elaborate, when Wednesday and Pugsley return and see Fester has come back, Pugsley immediately runs to his uncle and hugs him. And while at first it seems like Wednesday's going to hold a grudge against Fester for his betrayal, he only has to apologize before she too rushes to hug him.
  • When Fester asks Gomez to help him woo Debbie, Gomez doesn't hesitate to agree. And at dinner, when Fester is so nervous he can't even speak and ends up handing Debbie his half-eaten bun, Morticia lies about that being a quaint French custom. It's just so heartwarming to see how Fester has truly been accepted by the family, and how they will do anything to help him find happiness.
  • Debbie is buried in the Addams Family cemetery. Sure, she tried to kill them, but she's still accepted as an Addams.
    • Heck, that's probably why they accepted her as an Addams! If anyone could understand Debbie's murderous tendencies, it'd be the Addams. They even express regret they didn't get to know her better. Truth be told, she probably would have fit right into the family if she hadn't had an agenda—indeed, when she shows them the slideshow of why she murdered her parents and numerous husbands, they're all completely understanding of her actions. Morticia even had tears in her eyes as she agreed with Debbie's question of 'didn't she deserve love...and jewelry?'
    • Despite everything, Fester was willing to give them another chance to be a married couple. But sadly, Debbie never really loved Fester (and is repulsed by him), and is too greedy and selfish to let the Addamses go (let alone live).
  • A lot of the scenes between Wednesday and Joel.
    • Their first full conversation has Joel explain about how he's basically allergic to everything, capping off with, "And, if my mom uses the fabric softener, I die!" followed by Wednesday scooting closer to him after hearing that.
    • When Wednesday finally escapes the camp, Joel calls her "Cara mia" note  and Wednesday responds with "Mon cher"note  and they kiss through the fence.
    • Followed by a moment of funny as they both simultaneously wipe their mouths to get the cooties off.
  • It isn't touched on as much as Joel and Wednesday, but Joel also becoming friends with Pugsley counts.
  • A subtle one, but when Gomez and Morticia confront Debbie over Fester supposedly disowning them. While in the first movie the family were in constant doubts over Fester's true feelings and ties, here they know him by heart well enough to instantly tell when he is being sincere or manipulated.
    Fester: (reluctantly) Go away!
    Gomez: (to Debbie) That is not my brother!
  • Morticia and Gomez's dance. Sure, it has funny moments, but you can see the adoration underneath it all!
  • Wednesday attempting to scare Joel to death at the end of the film. Aww, she really does love him.
  • When Debbie calls Pubert a brat, the first thing Wednesday says to her is that her baby brother isn't a brat. She may have been jealous of him before (and had murderous intentions), but she does care about him.
  • Despite their being disturbed by Pubert becoming a conventional square in Fester's absence, Gomez and Morticia show just how different they are from the franchise's villains as they still try to care for him as best they can, even if they don't understand what seems to be his new lifestyle.
    • An example of this is when Morticia is reading Pubert "Cat in the Hat". She clearly hates it but still asks Pubert if he's enjoying the story and expresses her distaste that her own child would be this way, but she still finishes the book because she wants him to be happy.
  • Compared to how terrified she was of the family in the previous movie, Margaret is shown to be happily a part of the Addams family clan. She even wears black to the wedding.
  • Gomez's toast during Pubert's 1st birthday party at the end. Particularly his romantic back-and-forth with Morticia.
    Gomez: To passion.
    Morticia: To paradise.
    Gomez: To pain.
    Morticia: Tonight.

    The Musical 
  • Gomez is interviewing the future Addams, who mentions how he wants to become a surgeon to help others while looking at organs. And in that moment, Gomez gives him a big bear hug, immediately accepting him as a future son in law.
  • In the second act, Gomez sings to Wednesday about his conflicting emotions over her growing up and being engaged ("Happy/Sad").
  • In the tour version of The Musical, Gomez cuts a tassel off the curtain while fretting over whether to betray Morticia or Wednesday. Cousin It ends up marrying that tassel.
  • Gomez introduces Morticia as "My wife, the mother of my children, El amor de mi vida, Morticia". El amor de mi vida means The love of my life. If that doesn't show how much they're in love, nothing will... although, the "one day, seven nights" trip to Paris, which is implied to be seven nights of nothing but sex, comes pretty damn close!
  • The boy accepting Wednesday for her abnormalities, loving her just the way she is.


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