“Wednesday” becomes a major Netflix success


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“Wednesday” is based off of the original “Addams Family” series and focuses on Wednesday Addams.

The name Wednesday Addams has become a household name. Whether it was because of the Addams Family franchise, or the newest edition, the Netflix Original Series, “Wednesday,” starring Jenna Ortega, the character has become popular. This has been a well-known title since 1938, and it has grown even more popular today.

It all started with a comic strip in 1938 called “The Addams Family,” written by Charles Addams. As time went on, it turned into multiple adaptations, from a TV show, “The Addams Family” (1964–1966), to animations “The Addams Family: The Animated Series” (1992–1993), to the trilogy “The Addams Family” (1991), “Addams Family Values” (1993), and “Addams Family Reunion” (1998). But none have compared to the Netflix original, “Wednesday.”

“Wednesday” is based primarily on Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), and not only her relationship with her family, but her relationship with her peers. The show guides viewers through her current life and the development of joining a new school full of “outcasts”.

It has been highly praised, and the reviews show how intriguing and mysterious the show truly is. The TV show brings a side to Wednesday that viewers haven’t seen throughout the “Addams Family” franchise.

According to CNET, “Netflix says “Wednesday” has been watched for more than a billion hours, putting it behind only Squid Game and Stranger Things 4,” the most current popular shows on Netflix.

In the first episode, viewers see Wednesday Addams at a public high school, defying the rules in an attempt to stop the bullying toward her brother, Pugsly Addams (Isaac Ordonez). She is expelled and then forced to transfer to Nevermore Academy, a school for outcasts such as herself.

The viewers get a chance to see her love for Pugsly, and even though she may not entirely show it, she got expelled from school to hurt those who hurt him. And while morally, it was wrong, she did it because she loved her brother.While Wednesday’s ways may not be proper, they are out of love, and it does show how much she cares. Fans never got to see that in the previous adaptations, as it was geared towards the whole family and not an individual person. But now, viewers get a look into her life and feelings.

In watching the show, gradual changes are seen in Wednesday. She transitions from a girl being a cold teenager who never opens up and doesn’t show a care in the world, to a girl who values family and cares about her friends.

At the beginning of the show, Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers), Wednesday’s roommate at Nevermore and soon-to-be best friend, is introduced. She is the complete opposite of Wednesday by having a very peppy personality, and she has a lot of color in her. Wednesday, on the other hand, is someone who has a dark personality, but as the saying goes, opposites attract.As the show progresses, we see their friendship blossom. But that isn’t the only friendship Wednesday made.

Tyler Galpin (Hunter Doohan) is the main love interest in this series. It’s surprising to think that Wednesday would have a significant other due to her determination for independence and thriving off her lack of friends, but it seems to be she does. Tyler was introduced in the first episode, and from the start, viewers could see his infatuation with Wednesday. Throughout the season his “crush” just grows, and in the final episode, they kiss. This was a pivotal part of the plot because it was when Wednesday finally cracked the case she spent so long working to uncover.

Lastly, a fan favorite is the friendship between Wednesday and Eugene Oitnger (Moosa Mostafa). Eugene taught Wednesday to break out of her shell and how to really love someone. Their friendship played a major part in the plot and left viewers gratified as the season came to an end. He was always there for her when she needed him and vice versa. The key part of their friendship, however, was how Wednesday stuck up for him, similar to how she did for Pugsly. This makes viewers realize how much of a bond they made, which was surprising to see Wednesday do so.

While the plot thickened as the episodes continued, the viewers got to enjoy brand-new storylines they hadn’t seen in the previous films. From character development to friendships, and especially the climax of the series, Wednesday has grown to become amazingly popular, and loved by many.

This show brings elements from the movies and incorporates them into the show, and while it is based on a new idea, several easter eggs are incorporated to give the viewers nostalgia from the past movies. The TV series, overall, reflected greatly on the Addams Family franchise and it has brought a lot of new fans to come to love it as well.