Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in the Addams Family spinoff series, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia, Luis Guzmán as Gomez and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. The supporting cast includes Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci, Jamie McShane and Riki Lindhome.
Wednesday is created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and has Tim Burton as an executive producer, who also directed four episodes.
A synopsis for the show reads: “The series is a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorised the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.”
The show’s soundtrack has been composed by Chris Bacon and Danny Elfman, who previously collaborated with Burton on Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and others. You can stream the soundtrack below.
A number of tracks by other artists are also featured in the series, which are listed below.
- ‘Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien’ – Edith Piaf (episode one)
- ‘In My Dreams’ – Roy Orbison (episode one)
- ‘Can’t Stop’ – Rhythmking (episode one)
- ‘La Llorona’ – Chavela Vargas (episode one)
- ‘Paint It Black’ – Wednesday on violin, originally by The Rolling Stones (episode one)
- ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ – Nevermore a cappella group, originally by Bobby McFerrin (episode two)
- ‘Space Song’ – Beach House (episode three)
- ‘Winter’ – Antonio Vivaldi (episode three)
- ‘Nothing Else Matters’ – Metallica (episode three)
- ‘Tierra Rica’ – Carmita Jimenez (episode four)
- ‘It’s A Shame’ – RAC feat. Pink Feathers (episode four)
- ‘The Beginning’ – Magdalena Bay (episode four)
- ‘Goo Goo Muck’ – The Cramps (episode four)
- ‘Physical’ – Dua Lipa (episode four)
- ‘La Mamma Morta’ – Umberto Giordano (episode four)
- ‘Sciuri Sciuri’ – Blonde Redhead (episode six)
- ‘If I Be Wrong’ – Wolf Larsen (episode seven)
- ‘Perfect Day’ – Hoku (episode eight)
In a four-star review of Wednesday, NME wrote: “If there’s one thing fans of The Addams Family should know before watching Netflix reboot Wednesday, it’s to expect the unexpected.
“Yes, the look – pigtails, pale skin, pinstripes – is similar to the ‘90s classic. Yes, she remains po-faced and prickly. Yes, it’s still set in a creepy mansion. But dip a toe beyond the first few episodes, and you’ll find a very different Wednesday to the one we’ve come to know.”