Show surpasses Stranger Things 4



SPOILER WARNING: Wednesday is a new buzzing coming of age comedy and mystery series directed and produced by Tim Burton. The show’s cast includes former Disney star Jenna Ortega, Christina Ricci, and Hunter Doohan.

      The show follows the storyline of a teenage Wednesday Addams as she attends Nevermore, a school for outcasts. As her school career develops, she attempts to uncover the ongoing mystery of a killing spree which involved her parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, 25 years ago.

      The Netflix show has become a huge success with over 335 million hours watched, surpassing Netflix’s series Stranger Things 4 as the most-watched English- language series in only a week of Wednesday being released, according to Netflix.

      The Addams Family is an iconic, well-known, and loved story. Naturally, some fans had some nerves regarding if the Netflix show would live up to the standards of the original films and series.

      Sophomore Mia Sbodio shared that she has “watched the original Addams family as a kid,” and she “wasn’t too excited” about the show premiering. However, now that she has watched the show, she shared that “Jenna Ortega did a beautiful job playing Wednesday.”

      Jenna Ortega is a Hispanic actress, who worked alongside other Hispanic actors like Isaac Ordonez (Pugsley Addams) and Luis Guzman (Gomez Addams) on the Wednesday series.

      The creators of the show, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar as well as Tim Burton “made the decision to openly represent the character’s [Wednesday Addams] Latine heritage.”

      “As a Hispanic person myself, I was really excited and happy to see Hispanic representation in the media,” said Sbodio. “I’m glad [the creators of the series] didn’t do anything stereotypical or in a bad way,” she added.

      Actress Christina Ricci, who portrayed the original Wednesday Addams in 1991 and 1993, was also casted in the Netflix production. Ricci played Marylin Thornhill, a teacher at Nevermore Academy, but ironically ended up being the mastermind killer of the show.

      Ricci’s character had emotional ties to Hunter Doohan’s character, Tyler Gaplin. Galpin provided a huge plot twist to the show, as his character was one of the two main love interests of Wednesday.

     Romance was something that may have seemed abnormal for a character like Wednesday, but in past The Addams Family productions, her character usually had love interests!

      The love triangle in the 2022 production consisted of Wednesday Addams, Tyler Gaplin, and Xavier Thorpe (Percy Hynes White). Due to this love triangle, different “teams” broke out amongst the fans of Wednesday.

      “I’m team Xavier, but I would be team Tyler if he wasn’t the Hyde,” shared sophomore Emma Clayton.