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Wednesday Creator Reveals 3 Addams Family Easter Eggs

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The Netflix series Wednesday reinvents the Addams Family. Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) is now a teenager and attends Nevermore Academy. However, there’s still a lot of Addams Family on the show. In fact, the creators have pointed out some Addams Family Easter eggs that you might have missed.

Al Gough and Miles Millar were guests at The Hollywood Reporter’s The top 5 of television Podcast on October 28 for preview Wednesday. Millar specifically pointed out three Addams Family Easter eggs, and there are many more to be found.

Wednesday introduced the entire Addams Family in the series premiere. Parents Gomez (Luis Guzman) and Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) stop by Nevermore on Wednesday. Her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez) comes along and Lurch (George Burcea) drives. Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen) later comes to visit and accompanies Thing to school on Wednesday. Look no further than the town outside of Nevermore for some Charles Addams paintings.

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“We have Easter eggs throughout the show that go back to Charles Addams,” Millar continued The top 5 of television. “If you look at the storefronts in Jericho, the small town next to Nevermore, a lot of the storefronts are actually drawn from the illustrations. So there is one with the boot, the cleaners.”

Charles Addams drew The Addams family before it became a TV show and movies. The show ran from 1964 to 1966 and live action films came out in 1991 and 1993. The animated films came out in 2019 and 2021. Principal Weems (Gwendoline Christie) is also a nod to those original comics.

“Even all the names on the show, Weems is a character of Charles Addams in one of his cartoons,” Millar said. “We really wanted to reference and honor what he did.”

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As a matter of fact, Mrs. Weems got her own comic strip. The first drawing was a 1956 New York cartoon in which Gomez and Morticia left as guest stars for the evening. Weems was promoted from babysitter in the cartoon to director of Nevermore Wednesday.

Even if they aren’t the stars of Wednesday, Gough and Millar carefully cast the extended Addams Family. The TV and film casts didn’t quite resemble Addams’ drawings, although the animated films became slightly more distorted. Wednesday does his best to evoke the drawings with his live-action cast.

“The family’s silhouettes are a lot more classic than Charles Addams, a lot more faithful to what he created,” Millar said. “We really wanted to do that. That is incredibly intentional.”

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