“Wednesday”: A Show For Every Day of The Week


Grayce Mattos, Staff Writer

As soon as the Netflix original, “Wednesday was teased back in the summer, people from all around rushed onto the streaming service to click the white “Remind Me” bell. With big stars and a twist on the beloved Addams Family, viewers were eager for the release on November 23, 2022.


Wednesday takes a turn on the classic family that we all know and love. Instead of following the Addams family on their quirky and unique ways through life, the show focuses on their daughter, Wednesday Addams. With her interesting yet concerning behavior at her past schools, Morticia and Gomez ultimately decide to send her to Nevermore Academy. The mission of the school is to bring together the outcasts of society who have their own quirks and abilities, but what kind of school would it be without a corrupted family line with a cryptic past?


Jenna Ortega had big shoes to fill. The Wednesday Addams legacy has been with television for almost six centuries. Her deadpan look and killer style of living –pun intended– cannot be achieved by anyone. 


Ortega has had a successful career in the film industry. From Disney Channel to the Scream Saga, she has covered everything. Ortega is the most known for her role in the Disney show “Stuck in the Middle” (2016-2018) which pretty much kickstarted her flourishing future. She would later star in “You” (2018-) in 2019 and soon take on more mature roles like Vada Cavell in “The Fallout” (2021), Tara Carpenter in “Scream” (2022), and Lorraine in “X” (2022). Although some people might have doubted Ortega with her performance as Wednesday, I couldn’t think of a better actress to portray her. Ortega mastered the grave stare and indecipherable manner of Wednesday and gave this generation yet another outstanding take on the character. 


From 1991 to today, if anyone even slipped the name “Wednesday Addams” out of their mouth, we all know what face pops into our mind. Christina Ricci. Even though she isn’t the original Wednesday, she is the most iconic. It was a surprise for all viewers when we learned that Ricci would play Ms. Thornhill in “Wednesday.” Ricci originally took on the role as Wednesday in “The Addams Family”(1991) and would be known for it for the rest of her life. She was also in “Casper” (1995), “Sleepy Hollow” (1999), and played a small, but well remembered role in “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-) as the panicked paramedic, Hannah Davies. 


The episodes are just under one hour each but don’t let that deter you. “Wednesdayhas everything a mystery show needs. Murder, myths, and mistrust. The show has a captivating dark tone to it which perfectly matches the essence of the main character. You can also count on extended family to make a cameo like Thing and Uncle Fester.


Now, don’t waste another second to log into Netflix, find “Wednesday in the top 10 shows, and click play. Maybe even snap twice if you’re willing to test your limits.