Wednesday: Wicked, Willful and Worthwhile


Netflix, Janelle Zara (The Guardian)

A video still of Ortega’s now-viral dance scene from episode 4.

Attention all Halloween fans! The new comedy horror series on Netflix, “Wednesday,” has been met with immediate critical acclaim and will surely keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The series follows the young and mysterious intellectual, Wednesday Addams (played by Jenna Ortega), the eldest daughter in the fictional Addams family, who must determine the identity of the monster that continues terrorizing her school, Nevermore Academy. 

With reports of multiple murders within the school grounds and in the nearby town of Jericho, both the Nevermore students and the Jericho citizens are surrounded by fear. Along with potentially coming face to face with a monster, the Nevermore students are faced with discrimination fueled by old grudges the townspeople hold, which makes their lives even more challenging. The  Nevermore students are referred to as outcasts: a group of teenage vampires, sirens, werewolves, gorgons, and psychics who failed to fit into “normal” society.

Sadly, Wednesday is seen as an outcast in her outcast school because of her violent history at her previous school, but young Wednesday Addams has faced these challenges before and is not afraid to be assertive or to call out the injustices inflicted on her by the Nevermore students and the people of Jericho.

As the plot unfolds, Wednesday also discovers a new and exciting power from within her that she must learn to control. Furthermore, she finds out that her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Raul Julia respectively) are hiding a secret of their own.

All in all, the plot develops quite nicely, with each character having his or her own backstory. It centers around an important character with a complex and overarching personality. Wednesday appeals to all audiences because most people can relate to feeling like an outsider and she acts as a voice for those negatively affected by stereotypes. Ultimately, she is a very intriguing character whom many viewers enjoy watching.

In addition, the soundtrack was absolutely fantastic. The series includes Wednesday Addams’ excellent cellist abilities, with her solo giving chills to everyone watching. Her dance solo was also entertaining to watch as her rhythm was on point and the song playing was a nice fit for her personality. In total, the soundtrack said a lot about Wednesday’s character and offered bits of foreshadowing at times. More specifically, the distinct notes of her cello solo told the audience that she is sharp, in tune with her surroundings, and a complex character. In contrast, the song she danced to told the audience that she has a bit of humor to her, even if it may be dark at times. 

This is a must-watch series that will keep you on your toes with twists and turns and everything in between.

According to Lauren Forristal, a writer for, “Wednesday’ premiered on November 16 and has since become a cultural phenomenon.”

The young cast, which includes actors such as Jenna Ortega, draws in younger audiences who watched her grow up on Disney Channel. Meanwhile, the older cast, which includes actors such as Christina Ricci, draws in older audiences who watched her play Wednesday in the ’90s Addams Family films. 

“Wednesday” is an amazing modern take on the classic horror film. The modern storyline appeals to the young viewers, while the older viewers can re-experience the gothic tone of the classic ’90s film. Enjoy this frightful delight!