The beloved Netflix show Wednesday took 150 million viewers by storm when it aired in December of 2022 and was the third biggest premier of the streaming channel’s history. And the star-studded Wednesday cast was just nominated for two Emmys, in the Outstanding comedy series category and the Lead Actress Comedy Series category. It brought watchers a funny, entrusting, and edge-of-your-seat show that followed the infamous’ Addams family daughter Wednesday.
Here we get to know the Wednesday cast a bit better, recap season 1 and outline everything we know about season 2.
The history of the Addams Family
The Addams Family (consisting of quirky characters Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday and Pugsley) is a creepy, kooky and altogether ooky tales of a fictional family who has appeared in New Yorker comics beginning in 1938 that depicted their strange, dark and often awkwardly humorous interactions — without any awareness of how bizarre the outside world sees them.
The macabre cartoon, drawn by Charles Addams, morphed into short films, TV shows and movies. Their first on-screen appearance was the television show The Addams Family, which ran for two seasons from 1964-1966 and had a total of 64 episodes. Though it was short lived, the original Addams Family became a cult classic that was syndicated for decades.
Then in 1991 there was a resurgence with The Addams Family movie, followed by The Addams Family Values in 1993 and ending with The Addams Family Reunion in 1998 — all starring Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. (See below how Ricci also played a key role in the new show Wednesday.)
During that time (1992-1993), there was also a cartoon Addams Family TV show that ran for two seasons. From there, the family took a short break before starring in the cartoon duo, The Addams Family in 2019 and The Addams Family 2 in 2021.
Most recently, however, the creepy and kooky family has taken over Netflix with the show Wednesday, and snared a whole new generation of fans, while enticing followers of the classics.
What happened in season 1 of Wednesday?
A teenage Wednesday Addams is enrolled in Nevermore Academy, her parents alma mater, against her will. Once classes begin, everyone’s favorite goth, ghoulish girl finds herself trying to stop a killing spree that may have connections to her family. And, to make matters worse for Wednesday, she might need to, ugh, make friends and talk to boys.
It’s a creative, funny and charming coming-of-age story (with monsters) that has all the quirky charm of the original, with a bit of a modern twist. Supported by multiple big-name stars, the Wednesday cast brings the Addams family back to life. Read on to meet them all!
Meet the Wednesday cast
Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
Jenna Marie Ortega was born in Coachella Valley, California, and started acting at age 9, with her first big role being in the Disney Channel show Stuck in the Middle. After that, she went on to star in 44 different TV shows and movies, such as Jane the Virgin, You, Scream and The Fallout. However, Wednesday is her first leading role, earning her an Emmy nomination.
Wednesday cast Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair
Emma Myers has had a short but fulfilling career. With thirteen film credits to her name, Wednesday was Myers’s first starring role, but she will be seen in the upcoming movie A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.
Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay
New York City, native Joy Sunday, has been studying acting for as long as she can remember. A proud graduate from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an honors degree in Critical Studies, Sunday is no stranger to what it takes to succeed in this industry. With 36 credits to her name, Sunday is defiantly one to watch…and Sunday dazzles on Wednesday.
Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropoulos
British actor Georgie Farmer was a guest star in ten TV shows, plays, movies and even a Jessie J music video before landing the role in Wednesday, his first starring American film role. Before that, he starred as Jake Crossley in the Disney Channel UK show The Evermoor Chronicles.
Wednesday cast Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Ottinger
Moose Mostafa plays a close friend of Wednesday’s and fellow psychic Eugene Ottinger. At age fourteen, he is the youngest of the cast and only had two other credits to his name before booking Wednesday.
Victor Dorobantu as Thing
Known solely for his hand on the show, Doeobantu was born in Ploiesti, Romania, where he began performing magic acts across the country for various TV shows and movies. Wednesday is his first role in the United States.
Wednesday cast Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester
Actor, comedian, musician and Fred Armisen was Trenchmouth in Blue Mouth Group, a Saturday Night Live cast member and has starred in 187 movies and TV shows. With 14 Emmy nominations and a Grammy nomination, this 56-year-old is no stranger to the spotlight.
Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams
After his breakout role in A Wrinkle in Time, Ordonez has starred in eight other TV shows and movies over the course of his career. His most recent role was in a two-episode stint as Pugsley Addams, brother of Wednesday.
Percy Hynes White Xavier Thorpe
Originally from Canada, White Xavier Thorpe began acting at the age of two with guest-starring roles on shows like Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and The Twilight Zone. Then luck sided with him when he landed the role of Xavier Thorpe on Netflix’s Wednesday.
Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin
Born on January 18, 1994, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Doohan waited a while before entering the industry. His official acting career started in 2012 with a role in the short film Lost Pursuit. From then on, he went on to star in various short films and even had a one-episode guest appearance on Westworld before landing the role of Tyler…the character that left us all on the edge of our seats.
Gwendoline Christie as Principal Larissa Weems
Perhaps most well-known for her role as the knight, Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones, Gwendoline Christie is no stranger to the spotlight. She has earned Academy Award nominations throughout her career and starred in films such as Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2. Now she is starring as the principal of Nevermore Academy on Wednesday, which earned her a Gold Derby Award nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy.
Wednesday cast Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams
Catherine Zeta-Jones is an actress from Wales with 44 credits to her name. Her most famous included Oceans Twelve, Traffic, the new National Treasure TV show and Chicago (which she won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award For). She married actor Michael Douglas in 2000, and they share two children together, just like her character, Morticia.
Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams
With over 165 credits to his name, Luis Guzman is nothing short of a legend. From the cartoon Turbo, the hit tv show Shameless and the movie Traffic (in which he starred alongside Zeta-Jones), Guzman has done it all. His most recent project is the new Marvel cartoon Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur, where he voices a President Council Peña, but don’t worry, he will return as Gomez in season two.
Wednesday cast Christina Ricci as Marylin Thornhill
Christina Ricci was a young starlet in the nineties, starring in Casper, Mermaids and the original version of The Addams Family, where she played Wednesday. From there, though, Ricci’s career continued to climb as she has started in various movies and TV shows like Speed Racer, Mothers and Daughters and most recently, the Prime Video hit Yellowjackets, which earned her an Emmy Nomination.
When will Wednesday season 2 come out?
Netflix has greenlighted season two, “We can’t wait to dive headfirst into another season and explore the kooky, spooky world of Nevermore,” Wednesday Season 1 co-showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough told Tudum in January 2023. “We just need to make sure Wednesday hasn’t emptied the pool first.”
But when are we going to get it? As of now, there is no anticipated release date because of the writer’s and actors’ strikes. But some fans are speculating because of the shows production quality and the fact that it is filmed in Romania, it generally takes 8 months to produce after filming finishes, putting the release date well into 2024. (Sigh)
In the meantime we’ll catch up on old Addams Family facts and reruns.
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