The New Addams Family Series

All right, I admit. Amongst all the Addams family series which I watched, this was my favourite. Actually, in general, I love the idea of the Addams Family as a whole. Just that well…okay some of you might find my reasoning a little weak. I personally find the theme from the New Addams Family series a whole lot catchier than the original. Here are the two different theme songs:

Above: New Opening Theme

Below: Classic opening Theme

Story

Similar to the other Addams Family series, the series was aired from 1998-1999 and as usual revolves around a very goth-like family. Throw in non-gory violence but plenty of satirical humour and that is about the summary of it all. With all due respect, this particular family may have plenty of macabre interests (One particular scene: Gomez buys Morticia ‘jewellery’ which turns out to be a pair of handcuffs. Morticia uses the handcuffs and cuffs him up the same way a policeman would handcuff a burglar, except they are just playing. Yeah, slight BDSM.)

The entire family are quite the opposite of an ideal American family (with lots of black humor imbued inside). Money is not an issue for them (hey, in one episode they even gave money to a pair of ‘trick-or-treaters’ who turned out to be robbers as gifts!). Of course, as a result of their rather abnormal and eccentric lifestyle, people find them bizzare or even frightening. Come on, any normal human being would feel that way if one sees a mini torture chamber in the house (which already looks creepy enough. Old, rundown Victorian era mansion). Interestingly enough, the Addams Family are always clueless about it.

Characters

Gomez Addams:

  1. Patriarch of the family
  2. Castilian extraction.
  3. Usually seen clad in a chalk-striped, dark-coloured suit, sporting slick black hair and a pencil moustache.
  4. Enjoys smoking cigar
  5. Accomplished juggler / knife thrower
  6. Well-versed in all sorts of combat, especially sword fighting (It is not uncommon to see him playing sword fighting with his wife, Morticia.)
  7. Becomes extra passionate when Morticia (his wife) speaks French. (Yeah, he starts kissing her arm.)
  8. Athletic and Acrobatic

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Morticia Addams:

  1. Matriarch of the family (wife to Gomez, mother to Pugsley and Wednesday)
  2. Vampire-like appearance: Pale-skin, long black hair; Low-voice, incisive, subtle, sometimes deadly
  3. Usually dons black tight-fitting dresses with a hobble skirt
  4. Musically-inclined: usually seen strumming a shamisen
  5. Keeps a carnivorous plant called Cleopatra
  6. Likes to ‘smoke’, not the cigar kind of smoke, but she literally emits smoke.

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Wednesday Addams:

  1. Pale and dark-haired, like her mother Morticia Addams
  2. Has a fascination with death and macabre
  3. Favourite toy is her Marie Antoinette Doll (it got guillotined by her brother)
  4. Has several other headless dolls
  5. deceptively strong (brought her father down with a judo hold)
  6. Uses REAL weapons (as shown in the New Addams family opening. She is seen carrying a harpoon.)

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Pugsley Addams:

  1. Deviant child and vicious, albeit less subtle than his younger sister
  2. Overweight in all series
  3. Gets tortured a hell lot by his older sister, Wednesday Addams
  4. tells of boyhood incidents involving things which what normal people would label as dangerous
  5. Hangs himself for fun (as seen in one episode where the policeman tried to stop him but he didn’t exactly listen)
  6. Shares similar interests with his sister including spiders, dynamites and other ‘dangerous’ items.

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Eudora “Grandmama” Addams:

  1. Grandmother of Wednesday and Pugsley Addams
  2. Relationship is inconsistent with the rest of the family
  3. known for her cynical/morbid sense of humour
  4. Resembles a witch
  5. Dabbles in the occult like a witch (concorts potions, hexes, spells etc.)
  6. Enjoys wrestling alligators (imagine an old, frail-looking lady wrestling with an alligator)

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Uncle Fester:

  1. Brother to Gomez; Wednesday’s and Pugsley’s uncle
  2. Shy when he sees someone he likes
  3. Bald-headed and completely hairless
  4. ability to conduct electricity (put a light bulb into his mouth and it will light up)
  5. can have a cannon ball striking his head directly (head shot) and after that appearing only mildly dazed.
  6. cures his once-in-awhile migraine by putting his head in a screw press and tightening it (to the point that normal people are unable to withstand it)

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Other characters:

  1. Lurch
  2. Thing
  3. Cousin Itt

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Episode list:

Season 1

 


 

Season 1, Episode 1: Halloween with the Addams Family

Original Air Date—19 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 2: The Addams Family Goes to School

Original Air Date—21 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 3: Morticia and the Psychiatrist

Original Air Date—13 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 4: Morticia Joins the Ladies League

Original Air Date—18 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 5: Fester’s Punctured Romance

Original Air Date—1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 6: New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 7: The Addams Family Tree

Original Air Date—3 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 8: Morticia the Matchmaker

Original Air Date—3 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 9: Wednesday Leaves Home

Original Air Date—17 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 10: Lurch Learns to Dance

Original Air Date—17 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 11: Art and the Addams Family

Original Air Date—30 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 12: Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family

Original Air Date—30 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 13: Halloween with the Addams Family

Original Air Date—19 October 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 14: Thing Is Missing

Original Air Date—2 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 15: Morticia’s Romance: Part 1

Original Air Date—7 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 16: Morticia’s Romance: Part 2

Original Air Date—7 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 17: Uncle Fester’s Toupee

Original Air Date—11 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 18: Gomez, the Reluctant Lover

Original Air Date—12 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 19: The Winning of Morticia Addams

Original Air Date—14 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 20: My Fair Cousin Itt

Original Air Date—14 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 21: Grandpapa Addams Comes to Visit

Original Air Date—15 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 22: Morticia’s Favorite Charity

Original Air Date—17 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 23: Fester Goes on a Diet

Original Air Date—3 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 24: Morticia’s Dilemma

Original Air Date—30 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 25: Morticia the Breadwinner

Original Air Date—23 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 26: Melancholia Finds Romance

Original Air Date—16 November 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 27: Crisis in the Addams Family

Original Air Date—30 December 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 28: Christmas with the Addams Family

Original Air Date—19 December 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 29: Green Eyed Gomez

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 30: Amnesia in the Addams Family

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 31: Gomez, the Cat Burglar

Original Air Date—29 December 1998

 


 

Season 1, Episode 32: Uncle Fester’s Illness

Original Air Date—5 January 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 33: Morticia, the Decorator

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 34: Wednesday’s Crush

Original Air Date—8 February 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 35: Morticia, the Sculptress

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 36: Thing’s Romance

Original Air Date—18 January 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 37: Gomez, the People’s Choice

Original Air Date—18 February 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 38: Close Encounters of the Addams Kind

Original Air Date—25 January 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 39: Lurch, the Teen-Age Idol

Original Air Date—1 March 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 40: Fester & Granny vs. Grandpapa Addams

Original Air Date—10 March 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 41: Fester Joins the Global Mercenaries

Original Air Date—4 September 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 42: Addams Family in Court

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 43: My Son the Monkey

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 44: Morticia, the Playright

Original Air Date—20 March 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 45: Saving Private Addams

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 46: Horseplay

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 47: Lurch’s Grand Romance

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 48: Catastrophia’s Career

Original Air Date—8 April 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 49: Cousin Itt’s Problem

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 50: Lurch, Man of Leisure

Original Air Date—10 May 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 51: Progress in the Addams Family

Original Air Date—28 May 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 52: The Undercover Man

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 53: Fester the Marriage Counselor

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 54: Lurch and His Piano

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 55: Cleopatra, Green of the Nile

Original Air Date—1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 56: Granny, the Happy Medium

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 57: Lurch’s Little Helper

Original Air Date—25 June 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 58: Feud in the Addams Family

Original Air Date—10 July 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 59: Fester, the Tycoon

Original Air Date—6 July 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 60: Lights, Camera, Addams

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 61: The Addams’ Policy

Original Air Date—15 July 1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 62: Fester, World Leader

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 63: The Tale of Long John Addams

Original Air Date—????

 


 

Season 1, Episode 64: Keeping Up with the Joneses

Original Air Date—1999

 


 

Season 1, Episode 65: Death Visits the Addams Family

Original Air Date—1999

 


 

Season 2

 


 

Season 2, Episode 8: Lights, Camera, Addams!

Original Air Date—8 July 1999

 


 

Season 2, Episode 9: The Addams Policy

And now, The Cast of the New Addams Family themselves!

Glenn Taranto

Gomez Addams

John DeSantis

Lurch

Michael Roberds

Fester

Betty Phillips

Grandmama

Ellie Harvie

Morticia

Nicole Fugere

Wednesday

Brody Smith

Pugsley Addams

Steven Fox

Thing
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