The History of Wednesday Addams


Aden Cole, Journalist

Wednesday Addams is the only daughter of the Addams Family, fictional characters created by an American cartoonist, known as, Charles Addams. Appearing in a wide range of media adaptations since 1964, the character is the basis of the 2022 Netflix series Wednesday. Although Addams Family members were unnamed in 1938, New Yorker cartoons. When the characters were adapted for the television series, Charles Addams named Wednesday based on the nursery rhyme line, “Wednesday’s child is full of woe”. Actress and poet Joan Blake, an acquaintance of Charles Addams, originally offer the idea for the name.

Wednesday Addams is a girl who is obsessed with death. Wednesday does most of her experiments on her brother Pugsley Addams for what she considers entertainment, or for punishment. Wednesday has tried to kill Pugsley many times. Her hobbies consist of raising spiders and researching the Bermuda Triangle. She has a tendency to startle people due to her gothic personality and appearance. Wednesday’s most notable features are her pale skin and long, dark-braided pigtails. She seldom shows her emotions and is generally bitter. Wednesday usually wears a black dress with a white collar, black stockings, and black shoes.

The Addams Family, and its sequel, Addams Family Values, portray Wednesday as being more comic-accurate, maybe even darker than what’s seen in the recent Netflix series. Wednesday’s personality is severe, with a deadpan wit and a morbid interest in trying to inflict harm upon those around her. In both films, she is played by Christina Ricci. In the movie Addams Family Values, Wednesday and Pugsley are sent to a summer camp for privileged young adults called, Camp Chippewa, where Joel Glicker, a neurotic, allergy-ridden wallflower camper with an overbearing mother, takes a liking to Wednesday. It is often noted the character’s love interests, for example, in the 2022 Netflix series, Tyler Galpin, is a barista in the town of Jericho, Vermont, and has a troubled relationship with his father following the death of his mother. As well as Xavier Thorpe, who is a psychic at Nevermore University, although psychics are among one of the smaller groups at Nevermore, it offers some memorable members, including Eugene, Rowan, and even Wednesday herself.

More iconically, Wednesday is an American coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror television series based on the character Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family. Created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, it stars Jenna Ortega as the title character, with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, Fred Armisen, and Christina Ricci appearing in supporting roles. Four out of the eight episodes are directed by Tim Burton, who also serves as executive producer. It revolves around the titular character, who attempts to solve a monster mystery at her school.