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The New Addams Family

The New Addams Family is an American-Canadian sitcom that aired from October 1998 to August 1999 on YTV in Canada and Fox Family in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom on weekends. It was produced by Shavick Entertainment and Saban Entertainment as a revival of the 1960s series The Addams Family.

The New Addams Family
GenreSitcom
StarringGlenn Taranto
Ellie Harvie
Brody Smith
Nicole Fugere
Betty Phillips
Michael Roberds
John DeSantis
Steven Fox
Composer(s)Barron Abramovitch
Jeremy Sweet
Michael Whittaker
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
Production
Executive producer(s)Lance H. Robbins
James Shavick
Producer(s)Victoria Woods
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Film Incentive B.C.
Fox Family Worldwide
Shavick Entertainment
Saban Entertainment
DistributorSaban International
Release
Original networkYTV (Canada)
Fox Family Channel (United States)
Original releaseInvalid date range
Chronology
Preceded byThe Addams Family

The series was cancelled after one season.

PlotEdit

The Addams Family consists of husband and wife, Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, as well as Grandmama, Uncle Fester, and their butler, Lurch. The Addamses are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests and supernatural abilities. No explanation for their powers is explicitly given in the series. Some of the episodes in this series are remakes of the original TV series' episodes with some episodes being exclusive to this show.

Later episodes introduce a relative named Grandpapa Addams who had similar traits to Gomez.

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Guest castEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The series—shot in Vancouver—featured a new cast and was well received by viewers. Gomez Addams was played by Glenn Taranto, and Morticia by Ellie Harvie. The show reworked several storylines from the original series while incorporating modern elements, jokes, and references to episodes from the original series. John Astin, who played Gomez in the original series, appeared in a recurring role as Grandpapa Addams; Taranto patterned his performance after Astin's original version of Gomez.

WritingEdit

One of the notable differences between the original show and the new series was that Wednesday and Pugsley (Nicole Fugere and Brody Smith respectively – the former reprising her role from Addams Family Reunion) were given expanded roles that highlighted their violent and sadistic personalities, made popular by the Addams Family film. Another element carried over from the films was Fester being Gomez's brother, whereas in the original show he had been Morticia's uncle.

Theme musicEdit

The new theme music, performed by the cast, was a departure from the familiar tune that had served most previous adaptations of the series. The familiar finger-snapping was present, albeit at a faster pace, accompanied by two different characters (first Lurch, then Gomez) saying the word "snap" twice in rapid succession to match the beat. It was written by Barron Abramovitch, Jeremy Sweet, and Michael Whittaker.

EpisodesEdit

There were 65 episodes in the series; one more than the original series.

No. Title Original air date Directed By Written By
1"Halloween with the Addams Family"Mark JeanTeleplay by: Robert Baird & Kelly Senecal
Story by: Keith Fowler & Phil Leslie
October 19, 1998 (1998-10-19)
Mistaking two robbers for trick-or-treaters, the Addans Family takes them in for a Halloween celebration. Meanwhile, Wednesday and Pugsley go trick-or-treating as Siskel and Ebert.
2"Deadbeat Relatives"Ron OliverRobert Baird & Kelly SenecalOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
At the time when the Addams Family are moonbathing, Wednesday recites an incantation that brings Cousin Vlad back to life where he wants to kill Gomez and marry Morticia.
3"The Addams Family Goes to School"Ron OliverTeleplay by: Peggy Nicol
Story by: Seaman Jacobs & Ed James
October 21, 1998 (1998-10-21)

The school board finds out that Wednesday and Pugsley have never been to school due to Grandmama being the one who educated them and sends a written order to Gomez and Morticia to enroll them at once. Gomez later gets a reaction when he hears that Grimm's Fairy Tales has a dragon getting killed.

Family mentioned: Cousin Imar (who has three arms where Morticia knits a sweater for him where the purple brings out the color in his eyes)
4"Fester's Punctured Romance"Harvey FrostPeggy NicollOctober 22, 1998 (1998-10-22)

Uncle Fester's prison girlfriend Cruella breaks up with him upon making parole. Using a dating book, Uncle Fester uses a dating service catalogue to hook up with a hateful woman named Lucretia. At the time when Uncle Fester mistakes a woman named Melinda Carver for her when she is heading to a baby shower and was hit by a rocket, Wednesday secretly administers a prick to her that contains the Love Potion 666 that Grandmama brewed which works too well. When Gomez and Morticia find out, they instruct her to make an antidote at once.

Family mentioned: Grandpa Squid and Aunt Vendetta (who are in the attic as Gomez goes to check if they are still alive), Great-Uncle Zee (who was affected by Love Potion 666 and kept digging up Cassandra)
5"New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family"Randy BradshawTeleplay by: Peggy Nicoll
Story by: Hannibal Coons & Harry Winkler
October 23, 1998 (1998-10-23)

Newleyweds Hubert and Amanda Patterson move in to the Addams Family where they learn that they are their next door neighbors and landlords. The Pattersons work to get out of the lease so that they won't put up with them.

Family mentioned: Aunt Blemish (who has as a barn in a portrait that Gomez wrestles with), Cousin Farouk (whose leg is sticking out of the shark on the Addams Family's wall)
6"Grandpapa Addams Comes to Visit"George EschbaumerTeleplay by: Peggy Nicoll
Story by: Byron Twiggs
October 26, 1998 (1998-10-26)

While his neighborhood is being rebuilt, Gomez' grandfather Grandpapa Addams comes to visit the family and live with them for awhile. While Grandpapa Addams still misses his late wife Delilah, Gomez and Morticia arrange for him to be sent to Club Dead where Grandpapa thinks that they are going to send him to a retirement home.

Family mentioned: Cousin Winkle (who often gets out of his coffin and sleepwalks)
7"Gomez, the Reluctant Lover"Peter RoweTeleplay by: Peggy Niccol
Story by: Charles Marrion
October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)
Puglsey has developed a crush on his teacher and copies one of Gomez' love letters to Morticia. This causes her to think that Gomez wrote the letter.
8"Morticia the Matchmaker"Gary HarveyTeleplay by: Peggy Niccol
Story by: Maury Geraghty & Hannibal Coons & Harry Winkler
October 28, 1998 (1998-10-28)

Cousin Melancholia's fiancé Fred ran off on her and shows up at the Addams Family Mansion in a dispondant state. Morticia hooks her up with a law firm owner named Ralph Harvey when nobody else wanted the offer.

Family mentioned: Cousin Tracheal (who can smoke through her neck)
9"The Addams Family Tree"Harvey FrostTeleplay by: Peggy Nicoll
Story by: Lou Huston & Hannibal Coons & Harry Winkler
October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)

After Wednesday gives Harold Pomeroy a black eye, his smug father Cecil shows up at the Addams Family mansion demanding an apology. Both Harold and Cecil have their different ooky experiences with the Addams Family members. Meanwhile, Professor Simms is hired to help research the Addams Family tree when they get interest in their genealogy.

Family mentioned: Uncle Slackjaw (who is buried in the cemetery where even Gomez is unsure if he is dead or not), Great-Grandpa Sludge (who had eight toes), Cousin Odd (whose photograph is next to Cousin Itt's photograph), Aunt Blemish (who Morticia mistook as a barn in an old photograph), Grandpa Slurp (who had a bucktooth in one head and a receeding chin on another), Great-Uncle Matthews (who was the white sheep of the family for working as an accountant), the Nesbitt branch of the Addams Family who started a revolution and were beheaded
10"Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family"Don ShebibTeleplay by: Peggy Nicoll
Story by: Tony Bilson
October 30, 1998 (1998-10-30)
Cousin Itt stays at the Addams Family after his girlfriend Contessa found out about his other girlfriends Eudora, Simone, and Lucinda and that he is now broke. After attempts at different jobs, he gets one at the zoo where Dr. Green displays him like the animals at the zoo.
11"Art and the Addams Family"TBATBATBA
12"Thing is Missing"TBATBATBA
13"Fester Goes on a Diet"TBATBATBA
14"Morticia's Romance: Part 1"TBATBATBA
15"Morticia's Romance: Part 2"TBATBATBA
16"Wednesday Leaves Home"TBATBATBA
17"My Fair Cousin Itt"TBATBATBA
18"The Winning of Morticia Addams"TBATBATBA
19"Uncle Fester's Toupee"TBATBATBA
20"Lurch Learns to Dance"TBATBATBA
21"Morticia and the Psychiatrist"TBATBATBA
22"Melancholia Finds Romance"TBATBATBA
23"Morticia's Favorite Charity"TBATBATBA
24"Morticia Joins the Ladies League"TBATBATBA
25"Morticia the Breadwinner"TBATBATBA
26"Morticia's Dilemma"TBATBATBA
27"Christmas with the Addams Family"TBATBATBA
28"Crisis in the Addams Family"TBATBATBA
29"Gomez, the Cat Burglar"TBATBATBA
30"Uncle Fester's Illness"TBATBATBA
31"Green-Eyed Gomez"TBATBATBA
32"Thing's Romance"TBATBATBA
33"Morticia, the Decorator"TBATBATBA
34"Close Encounters of the Addams Kind"TBATBATBA
35"Amnesia in the Addams Family"TBATBATBA
36"Wednesday's Crush"TBATBATBA
37"Morticia, the Sculptress"TBATBATBA
38"Gomez, the People's Choice"TBATBATBA
39"Lurch, the Teen-Age Idol"TBATBATBA
40"Fester and Granny vs. Grandpapa Addams"TBATBATBA
41"Saving Private Addams"TBATBATBA
42"My Son, the Chimp"TBATBATBA
43"Horseplay"TBATBATBA
44"Lurch's Grand Romance"TBATBATBA
45"Fester Joins the Global Mercenaries"TBATBATBA
46"Catastrophia's Career"TBATBATBA
47"Addams Family in Court"TBATBATBA
48"Cousin Itt's Problem"TBATBATBA
49"Morticia, the Playwright"TBATBATBA
50"Lurch, Man of Leisure"TBATBATBA
51"Progress in the Addams Family"TBATBATBA
52"The Undercover Man"TBATBATBA
53"Lurch and His Piano"TBATBATBA
54"Fester the Marriage Counselor"TBATBATBA
55"Cleopatra, Green of the Nile"TBATBATBA
56"Granny, the Happy Medium"TBATBATBA
57"Lurch's Little Helper"TBATBATBA
58"Addams Family Feud"TBATBATBA
The Addams Family's hillbilly cousins called the McAddams (consisting of Pa McAddams, Ma McAddams, Peewee McAddams, and Geezer McAddams) show up to settle the score of an old feud. Things go well until Uncle Fester takes Pa McAddams hunting and a gold nugget is discovered.
59"Fester, the Tycoon"TBATBATBA
60"Lights, Camera, Addams!"TBATBATBA
61"The Addams Policy"TBATBATBA
62"Fester, World Leader"TBATBATBA
63"The Tale of Long John Addams"TBATBATBA
64"Keeping Up with the Joneses"TBATBATBA
65"Death Visits the Addams Family"TBATBATBA

ReceptionEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Leo Awards for Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series - Tony Gronick (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series - Cathy Robertson (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Ellie Harvie (1999) (Nominated)
  • Canadian Comedy Awards for Television - Performance - Female - Ellie Harvie (2000) (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Editing - Picture of a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Michele Conroy For episode "Tale of Long John Addams" (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Overall Sound in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Rick Bal, Chester Biolowas, Vince Renaud, and Jo Rossi (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Screenwriter of a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Rich Hosek and Arnold Rudnick For episode "Tale Of Long John Addams" (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Performance or Host in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Ellie Harvie (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Sound - Greg Stewart (Won)

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