Wednesday TV Series (2022):
Wednesday is an American coming-of-age supernatural comedy horror television series created by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar based upon the character Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family. Four out of the eight episodes are directed by Tim Burton, who also serves as executive producer.
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. Wednesday premiered on November 16, 2022, and was released on Netflix on November 23 to generally positive reviews by critics, who praised Ortega’s performance but criticized it for its similarities to CW dramas.
Wednesday TV Series Information:
|TV Series Name||Wednesday|
|No. of Episodes||8|
|Release Date||November 23, 2022|
|Running Time||47–59 minutes|
|Based on||Characters created by Charles Addams|
Percy Hynes White
Naomi J. Ogawa
|Created by||Alfred Gough |
|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Written by||Alfred Gough|
|Produced by||Carmen Pepelea|
|Executive producers||Alfred Gough & Miles Millar|
|Cinematography by||David Lanzenberg|
|Edited by||Jay Prychidny|
|Music by||Danny Elfman (theme also) |
|Production Company||Millar Gough Ink|
Tee and Charles Addams Foundation
The Jackal Group
Tim Burton Productions
|Distributor||MGM Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution|
Netflix Streaming Services
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Wednesday TV Series Storyline (Plot/Synopsis):
Wednesday is expelled from her high school after dumping live piranhas into the school’s pool while the boys’ water polo team is practicing in retaliation for the team bullying her brother Pugsley. This leads her parents, Gomez and Morticia Addams, to enroll her in Nevermore Academy in Jericho, Vermont, a school for monstrous outcasts once attended by her parents. Wednesday’s cold, emotionless personality and her defiant nature make it difficult for her to connect with her schoolmates and cause her to run afoul of the school’s principal. However, she discovers she has psychic abilities that help her solve a local murder mystery.
Wednesday TV Series Cast and Character:
- Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, a 16-year-old goth who possesses psychic powers. She is sent to Nevermore Academy due to causing mischief at other schools. Ortega also plays Goody Addams, Wednesday’s deceased ancestor whom Wednesday sees in visions of the past.
- Karina Varadi as Young Wednesday
- Gwendoline Christie as Larissa Weems, the principal of Nevermore Academy and a former student who was roommates with Morticia Addams
- Oliver Wickham as Young Larissa Weems
- Riki Lindhome as Dr. Valerie Kinbott, Wednesday’s therapist
- Jamie McShane as Donovan Galpin, a small-town sheriff who is suspicious of Nevermore Academy and Wednesday specifically
- Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin, Sheriff Galpin’s son who has a romantic interest in Wednesday
- Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe, a student of Nevermore Academy who has the ability to make his art come to life
- Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair, Wednesday’s colorful werewolf roommate who attempts to become her friend, despite Wednesday’s lack of interest
- Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay, a successful student of Nevermore Academy who is a siren and Xavier’s ex-girlfriend
- Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus, a gorgon
- Naomi J. Ogawa as Yoko Tanaka, a vampire
- Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill, a botany teacher at Nevermore Academy
- Moosa Mostafa as Eugene Otinger, a student who has the power to control bees. Mostafa is only credited in the episodes in which he appears in.
- Victor Dorobantu as Thing, a sentient disembodied hand and relative of Wednesday who is sent by Wednesday’s parents to watch over her at Nevermore Academy
- Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo as Ritchie Santiago, a deputy of Sheriff Galpin
- Iman Marson as Lucas Walker, Mayor Walker’s son
- Tommie Earl Jenkins as Noble Walker, the mayor of Jericho
- Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams, Wednesday’s younger brother
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Wednesday’s mother who attended Nevermore Academy when she was younger
- Gwen Jones as Young Morticia Addams
- Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Wednesday’s father who is a suspected murderer
- Lucius Hoyos as Young Gomez Addams
- George Burcea as Lurch, the Addams’ butler
- William Houston as Joseph Crackstone, the town of Jericho’s forefather who is intent on killing all outcasts
- Calum Ross as Rowan Laslow, a student of Nevermore who possesses telekinetic powers and causes trouble for Wednesday
- Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester, Wednesday’s uncle and Gomez’s brother
Wednesday S1, Ep1: Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe
Wednesday Addams, a high-school student, finds her brother Pugsley tied up in a locker. She sees a psychic vision of his bullies whom she attempts to kill in revenge but gets expelled. Her parents, Morticia and Gomez, decide to enroll her in Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts. Meanwhile, a hiker is killed by an unknown creature near Nevermore. Wednesday’s parents release Thing, a sentient disembodied hand, to watch over her. She meets her roommate Enid, her complete opposite, and duels with Bianca, the popular girl, after she bullies another boy, Rowan. Later, Wednesday is nearly killed by a falling gargoyle but is saved by Bianca’s ex-boyfriend Xavier. After escaping her court-ordered therapy session, Wednesday meets Tyler, who agrees to help her escape from Nevermore. However, she is apprehended by principal Larissa Weems and taken back to the school. Later, Tyler and Wednesday meet at the local fair, and Wednesday has a vision of Rowan’s death. Rowan attempts to kill her but is murdered by the monster.
Wednesday S1, Ep2: Woe Is the Loneliest Number
Wednesday convinces a skeptical Sheriff Galpin that the perpetrator of the murders is in fact a monster. Suddenly, Rowan reappears unharmed. Wednesday doubts her sanity and decides to investigate the murders herself. She roams the campus inquiring about Rowan and is told that he has been expelled. Meanwhile, Weems grows worried about Wednesday’s visions, keeping close tabs on her. She confronts a defensive Rowan as he leaves the school and sends Thing to follow him. Rowan is revealed to be Weems who has shapeshifted into him, and Thing loses them. Wednesday has visions of a book belonging to an old students’ society. In her search for the book, she overhears Bianca planning to rig the upcoming student tournament. Wednesday joins Enid to defeat Bianca and win the tournament. Later, Wednesday discovers a hidden library within the school, where she is captured.
Wednesday S1, Ep3: Friend or Woe
Wednesday finds herself tied up and surrounded by members of an elite students’ society, including Bianca and Xavier. Wednesday frees herself and leaves the library, taking one of the books with her. Weems orders Wednesday to play in the school’s band at an upcoming town ceremony. A drawing in the book leads her to an exhibition at a local fair, where she notices the painting of a girl she had seen in her visions. In the forest, Wednesday envisions the girl—believed to be an old ancestor of hers—ready to be executed by Joseph Crackstone, the town’s forefather intent on killing all misfits, but she is able to escape. Wednesday is ambushed by the monster, which she discovers to be human. Back in town, Wednesday crashes the ceremony and is scolded by Weems. While investigating a crime scene in the forest, police find a camera that managed to capture photographs of the monster.
Wednesday S1, Ep4: Woe What a Night
Wednesday and Thing break into the coroner’s office to copy the files of the monster’s victims. In trying to identify a pattern, she finds that each victim has had bodyparts surgically removed. Wednesday becomes suspicious of Xavier and follows him into his art studio, where she discovers several drawings of the monster, leading her to the monster’s lair. There, she retrieves one of its claws and gives it to Sheriff Galpin to match its DNA. Wednesday and Tyler attend a local dance together. Meanwhile, classmate Eugene, who is privy to Wednesday’s investigative work, witnesses a cloaked figure detonating the monster’s cave. The dance is interrupted by the mayor’s son, who triggers the building’s fire sprinklers in revenge of Wednesday disrupting the town ceremony. Wednesday senses that Eugene is in danger and heads into the forest, only to find him gravely injured by the monster.
Wednesday S1, Ep5: You Reap What You Woe
32 years ago, Gomez is arrested on suspicion of killing Garrett Gates at Nevermore. At present time, the Addamses visit Wednesday for parents’ weekend at Nevermore. A family therapy session is cut short when Wednesday confronts her parents about the suspected murder. Meanwhile, Sheriff Galpin learns that the coroner has committed suicide after admitting to fabricating Gates’s autopsy report. Galpin concludes that Gomez is guilty and arrests him. In prison, Gomez reveals to Wednesday that Gates was killed by accident, while Morticia confesses to killing Gates. Wednesday and Morticia dig up Gates’s grave to find that he had been lethally poisoned before he could be killed, but are caught by police and arrested for the night. Later, they confront the mayor, who reveals that Garrett intended to poison the entire school due to his father’s hate for outcasts. The mayor agrees to release Gomez after admitting to covering up Gates’s motive. Back at Nevermore, Weems reluctantly admits to covering up Rowan’s death by means of shapeshifting in an effort to evade controversy at the school.
Wednesday S1, Ep6: Quid Pro Woe
Wednesday attempts to summon Goody, an old ancestor and fellow psychic. During a surprise birthday party, Wednesday has a vision of Goody, who instructs her to seek out the Gates mansion. There, she witnesses the mayor as he is leaving the building and sneaks into his car. After arriving back in town, the mayor is run over and severely injured. Weems locks down the school and forbids Wednesday to leave campus. With Tyler and Enid’s help, she escapes and returns to the Gates mansion. There, they discover that Laurel Gates, Garrett’s relative long believed to be dead, might still be alive. They find the severed bodyparts of the monster’s victims in a cellar but are forced to escape after being ambushed by the monster. Wednesday leads Galpin to the cellar, only to find it empty. At Nevermore, Wednesday convinces Weems not to expel her in order to be able to further pursue her investigation. At the hospital, an unknown figure kills the mayor.
Wednesday S1, Ep7: If You Don’t Woe Me by Now
At the mayor’s funeral, Wednesday notices a lurking figure and chases it into the forest. The figure is revealed to be Uncle Fester, who explains to Wednesday that the monster she has been investigating is a Hyde. Together, they retrieve a diary from the hidden library revealing that a Hyde must always have a master. Later, they track and follow Xavier, who they witness meeting up with Dr. Kinbott, Wednesday’s therapist, in the forest. After returning from a date with Tyler, Wednesday finds her dorm ravaged, the diary stolen, and Thing gravely injured. Research into Laurel Gates reveals that she is both alive and the master of the Hyde. Wednesday initially suspects Dr. Kinbott, but she is killed by the Hyde. Police arrive to arrest Xavier, who Wednesday believes to be the creature. Wednesday meets with Tyler and kisses him but suddenly has a vision of him being the Hyde.
Wednesday S1, Ep8: A Murder of Woes
Wednesday and her classmates lure Tyler into the forest, where they kidnap him. Seeking a confession, Wednesday starts torturing Tyler. Disagreeing with her methods, her classmates alert Weems, and Wednesday is arrested. At the police station, Tyler finally confesses to being the monster. Fed up with Wednesday’s behavior, Weems expels her from Nevermore. Wednesday visits Eugene at the hospital, who tells her that the figure he saw at the monster’s cave wore red boots, matching Ms. Thornhill’s. Using her shapeshifting powers, Weems and Wednesday get Thornhill to confess her true identity—Laurel Gates. However, Gates is able to kill Weems and subdue Wednesday. Using Wednesday’s blood, Gates resurrects Crackstone and leaves Wednesday to die, but Goody appears to heal her. Enid, having finally transformed into her werewolf form, defeats Tyler in his Hyde form while Crackstone breaches Nevermore in his pursuit to destroy the school. After a struggle, Wednesday destroys Crackstone, and Eugene helps defeat Gates. Xavier is released from prison, and Wednesday departs Nevermore, which is closing for the remainder of the semester.
Interesting Facts About Wednesday TV Series:
- Wednesday is based upon the character Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family.
- Filming took place between September 2021 and March 2022 in the Southern Carpathian town of Bușteni, Romania.
- Jenna Ortega learned to play the cello for her role.
- According to data from users of TV Time collected by Whip Media, Wednesday had the second-most pre-release followers of any Netflix original series on the platform, behind only The Witcher.
- The series also holds the record of most hours viewed in a week for an English-language Netflix series with a total 341.2 million hours watched in its first week of release, passing prior record holder Stranger Things 4’s 335.01 million hours.
- The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 70% approval rating and an average rating of 6.7/10, based on 74 reviews.