Wednesday has already become Netflix’s second-most-watched English-language original and third-most-watched series overall. The show stars Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, who is sent to the prestigious Nevermore Academy for outcasts by her parents, Morticia and Gomez. There she becomes involved in the mysterious case of a monster that targets students and residents of the nearby village of Jericho. WednesdayThe ending left a lot of loose ends, and while the show hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season, with numbers like these, the announcement is imminent.
The overwhelming success of the show can be attributed to several reasons, but the cast of memorable and fascinating characters is certainly a major factor. Led by the brilliant Jenna Ortega, Wednesday features an ensemble of adult and teenage characters that add a welcome sense of color and whimsy to an otherwise bleak story. From friends and enemies to mentors and parents, the show easily juggles many figures – some less prominent than others – who play a key role in Wednesday’s journey. And while not all are particularly alike, some of the show’s characters became instant stars due to their likable personalities.
Note: This article includes spoilers for Season 1 of the Wednesday.
It is not a rule that the main character of the series is also the most likable, but i Wednesdayhis case, is it true. Ortega’s take on the notoriously grim and macabre teenage girl is spot-on, almost as iconic as Christina Ricci’s performance in the 1990s films. Ortega delivers a brilliant performance, equal parts engaging and weird, creepy and wacky, mysterious and scary.
Wednesday is a difficult character to play. Go overboard with her brand of creepy humor and you can come across as overly disturbing. Ortega shines in the role, however, striking the perfect balance between Wednesday’s somber persona and the show’s light and often silly tone. Wednesday is the show’s beating heart, and no viewer will come out of it without becoming a die-hard fan of the character and Ortega.
Most of the Addams Clan is relegated to the background of Wednesday with two exceptions: the eponymous character and the Thing, the sentient disembodied hand that serves as her main ally. Thing is Wednesday’s constant companion throughout the show, serving as her confidant, lackey, and the closest thing she has to family in Nevermore.
It’s a truly impressive feat that the show succeeded in turning a disembodied hand into such a likable character. The Thing even steals a few scenes from under Wednesday’s nose thanks to his anxious but supportive personality — yes, he has a personality. The thing’s origins remain as mysterious as Addams himself, but that only adds to his appeal. He doesn’t even need words to become a prominent part of the action; in the end, he still manages to grab the audience’s heart.
An outcast, even among the outcasts, Eugene can be Wednesdayits most relatable character. He forms a close and tender bond with Wednesday, acting as one of the few characters who feels genuinely comfortable with her terrifying behavior. Wednesday also develops a soft spot for him, mainly because the show portrays her as a defender of the weak.
Eugene is the show’s best male character. Unlike Wednesday’s two romantic interests, who get a little tiresome after the last episode, Eugene remains fun, funny and likable, a character audiences can’t help but root for and rally behind. Eugene is one of Wednesdayhis secret weapons, a character not many expected much from who ends up being a crucial part of the plot and an important ally of the main character.
Enid, Wednesday’s best friend and roommate, is one of the show’s breakout characters. The ray of sunshine to Wednesday’s storm cloud, Enid smiles and laughs until you cross her. Still, she proves to be a loyal friend, even when the famous lonely Wednesday does everything to push her away.
Played by promising newcomer Emma Myers, Enid is one of the show’s most instantly likable characters. Her unashamedly cheerful attitude can get tiresome quickly, but the show understands how to best utilize her, and Myers never goes overboard with that bright attitude. Enid is the perfect foil to Wednesday’s creepy antics, and the show is at its best when it shows the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them.
5th, 6th Morticia and Gomez
Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and the eternally underrated Luis Guzmán step into the iconic roles of Morticia and Gomez Addams on Wednesday. Although their interventions are minimal – they only appear in two episodes, which is absurd, if you ask me – the veteran actors leave an indelible mark on the show.
Morticia and Gomez are less creepy than Wednesday, but their quirks are still apparent to anyone with working eyes. Zeta-Jones plays Morticia less as a vamp and more as an aloof socialite, an intriguing take on a character who has proven surprisingly flexible. For his part, Guzmán has the time of his life as the affable Gomez, a doting father and shameless pushover to his wife. The result is a cute take on one of pop culture’s best couples, even if they tone down Addams’ notoriously horny dynamic.
7. Principal Weems
After years of playing one of the most powerful characters in Game of ThronesGwendoline Christie teaches it Wednesday. The English actress plays Larissa Weems, Nevermore’s headmistress, who has a curious love-hate relationship with Wednesday and Morticia.
Although the character could easily come across as a one-tone antagonist, Christie does a brilliant job of portraying Weems’ nuances. The character is neither directly good nor decidedly bad; instead, she’s a slightly selfish, yet likable authority figure who, despite appearances, wants the best for the kids at her school. Weems meets a grim fate at the end of the show, and it’s a shame Christie won’t be returning for future seasons. However, Christie’s performance is one of Season 1’s highlights and the perfect proof that she is one of the most charismatic actors in the business.
You can stream Wednesday Season 1 on Netflix.
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