Wednesday is the new Netflix series created by Tim Burton, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It stars Jenna Ortega and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Eight episodes of supernatural, twisted fun brought to us by the master of the caricaturesque, weird, whimsical and irresistible, Tim Burton. Oh, what a joy!
Wednesday Addams is sent to Nevermore Academy, a bizarre boarding school where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships.
About the Series
There seems to be no stopping Netflix from dishing out excellent coming of age comedies and dramas. Yes, Netflix is on a roll, and with ‘Wednesday’ they hit the mark yet again. With Tim Burton directing the first four episodes in this spin-off series, that takes from The Adams Family, you can look forward to a humorous story revolving around a twisted (but kind in its sense of justice) character with supernatural powers. All in a setting with the superb atmospherics, dark and carnivalesque that is so distinctive of Burton.
Jenna Ortega is wonderfully chilling in her stone cold demeanor, and the script has granted her character the best lines, but of course she is the protagonist. Catherine Zeta Jones and Luis Gúzman are good casting choices for the parts as Morticia and Gomez Addams, it is always a joy to see some our favorite celebs reappear. Ah, and Cristinia Ricci, what a wonderful homage to the 1991 movie adaptation.
There are plenty of references to other great fantasy and horror features. Among them, you will see Harry Potter’s doppelgänger, Gollum’s eyes in a larger than life monster, and a preciously bloody scene inspired in the horror movie classic ‘Carrie’. The occasional tilt of the hat to other greats in the genre?
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Where to Watch Wednesday
List of Episodes
Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe
Wednesday pulls a revenge prank on the Water Polo team, once she finds out that they have been bullying her brother. That costs her dearly, being expelled from school. Morticia and Guzman decide to send her Nevermore Academy, the boarding school where they fell in love. Might she change her ways?
Woe Is the Loneliest Number
Wednesday is a suspect, and the sheriff interrogates her about the night’s strange happenings. Rowen is not well. In the “take no prisoners” Poe Cup, Wednesday is to compete against a vicious rival.
Friend or Woe
Wednesday stumbles on a secret society. During Outreach Day, Nevermore’s outcasts mingle with Jericho’s normies in Pilgrim World. Fudge, anyone?
Woe What a Night
Wednesday creates a rift between her and Tyler, when she asks Xavier to the Rave’N dance — but Thing’s got something up his sleeve. Alñl the while, Eugene scouts cave.
You Reap What You Woe
It is Parents’ Weekend, Morticia and Guzman oblige, but Wednesday’s sleuthing get her father arrested. Enid feels the pressure to “wolf out.”
Quid Pro Woe
Wednesday’s friends throw her a surprise birthday party. They mean well… but she’d much rather mark the miserable occasion by solving the murders.
If You Don’t Woe Me by Now
Kooky Uncle Fester pays a visit and shares his theory about the monster. Wednesday begrudgingly agrees to a date with Tyler at Crackstone’s crypt.
A Murder of Woes
Wednesday lands in trouble with Principal Weems, but that’s just the start of her problems. To fight an ancient evil, she’ll need all her friends’ help.
“It succeeds very well at pushing the story into something a little more grown-up, and a little more supernatural, but never loses sight of the heart, humor, and kooky horror that have kept us all double-snapping for decades”Arezou Amin: Collider
“Despite Ortega’s fantastic performance and Burton’s active involvement, [it] never really captures what made ‘The Addams Family’ so viscerally strange (…) It does, however, get what makes a teen Netflix show tick”Caroline Framke: Variety
Jenna Ortega / Wednesday Addams
Catherine Zeta-Jones / Morticia Addams
Luis Guzmán / Gomez Addams
Thora Birch / Tamara Novak
Riki Lindhome / Valerie Kinbott
Jamie McShane / Donovan Galpin
Hunter Doohan / Tyler Galpin
Georgie Farmer / Ajax Petropolus
Emma Myers / Enid Sinclair
Description: Wednesday Addams is sent to Nevermore Academy, a bizarre boarding school where she attempts to master her psychic powers, stop a monstrous killing spree of the town citizens, and solve the supernatural mystery that affected her family 25 years ago — all while navigating her new relationships.
Author: Martin Cid Magazine
Expectations are high, and a Burton-tastic eight episode series is a tall order. It counts on a great cast, Jenna Ortega is wonderfully chilling in her stone cold demeanor, and the script has granted her character the best lines, which are witty and dry. The atmospherics are good, but not the best we have seen of Burton’s productions. Nevertheless, this coming of age story will probably enchant the younger audience members.