Wednesday Addams is one of the most loved characters in The Addams Family, but there have actually been several different versions of Wednesday over the years. If you’re a fan of The Addams Family, you probably have a favorite version of Wednesday. But which one and why?
Which Version of Wednesday Do You Prefer: TV, Movie or Broadway?
Wednesday Addams – The Original TV Show Version
The original Wednesday was a cute little girl who loved to dance and was a bit happier. If you’re a fan of the original The Addams Family tv series, you’re definitely familiar with the classic Wednesday Addams dance. Just in case you need a reminder, here’s a clip of Wednesday teaching Lurch how to get down:
Of course, this clip is from the original black-and-white television show that aired for two seasons in the mid-1960s. But Wednesday also appeared in The Addams Family movie, played by Christina Ricci, as well as the The Addams Family Musical. These versions of her character took a completely different life…pun intended…of their own.
Wednesday Addams – The Movie Version
Unlike the original Wednesday Addams, who taught Lurch Lurch how to shake what he’s got in a lighthearted, purely humorous way, Christina Ricci plays a darker character.
Not unlike many real life teenagers, Ricci’s version of Wednesday is almost brooding. She’s quiet, reserved, soft-spoken but serious. She rarely smiles, and when she does, it’s pretty creepy!
Contrast this version with the original Wednesday Addams, who is very much a little girl – perky, upbeat and, well, girly.
The Addams Family musical, however, portrayed a blended Wednesday – the best of both worlds.
Wednesday Addams – The Broadway Version
The Broadway version of Wednesday Addams is a mix between the cute little girl who taught Lurch how to dance and Ricci’s serious teenage version.
This Wednesday is kind of a normal teen, but she still maintains that unmistakable Addams Family outlook. She still enjoys dark things like her parents and siblings. But she’s not too dark and brooding to belt out a show tune or participate in a dance number.
This Wednesday is a mixed bag of emotions (something any parents of teenagers can probably relate to), but definitely not as dark as her Hollywood counterpart.
Everyone can relate to Wednesday Addams in some way. But do you like the small, cute, miniature dance instructor from the original TV series? Maybe you prefer the serious, dark teenager that Christina Ricci played in The Addams Family movie. Or maybe you like Wednesday from the Broadway musical version of The Addams Family.
Either way, we can all agree on one thing: Wednesday Addams is one of the most memorable fictional characters ever, no matter which version you prefer.