Total Episodes: 64
Original Air Dates: 1964-1966
Original Network: ABC
Geek Factor: 9
Morticia Addams (nee Frump) (Carolyn Jones): A beautiful woman who dabbles in art, raises flesh-eating plants (her favorite is named Cleopatra), and trims her roses by cutting off the bud. She is able to light candles with her fingers and emit smoke. She remains calm when all else is chaos. Some sources suggest Morticia is a vampire of some kind. Her mother was Hester Frump, and she has an older sister named Ophelia.
Lurch (Ted Cassidy): The household butler, summoned by means of a bell pull that rings the massive bell of the mansion's bell tower. Lurch rarely speaks more than short sentences; most of his dialogue is “You rang?” when summoned, or his deep annoyed grunt. He is protective of the Addamses, in one episode patting down a plainclothes policeman and finding a gun, which he didn't return until the policeman showed his badge. He has super-strength and plays the harpsichord.
Grandmama Addams (Marie Blake, billed as Blossom Rock): Gomez' mother, a witch who creates potions, spells and hexes. She also does fortune telling, although not successfully. She serves as the maid to the Addams household.
Pugsley Addams (Ken Weatherwax): Wednesday's older brother, kind-hearted and smart. He enjoys engineering machines (sometimes with his father), playing with blasting caps, and has a pet octopus named Aristotle.
|Morticia's Sister, Ophelia|
|John Astin on "Wild Wild West"|
|Carolyn Jones on "Wonder Woman"|
Carolyn Jones played Queen Hippolyta in three episodes of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, reprised her role as Morticia for the Addams Family animated series, appeared in an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, played Marsha, Queen of Diamonds in five episodes of Batman, and had appeared in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and House of Wax.
|Ted Cassidy on "Star Trek"|
|Felix Silla on "Buck Rogers"|
Felix Silla also played an Emperor Penguin in Batman Returns, played Dink in Spaceballs, Twiki in Buck Rugers in the 25th Century, an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, Colonel Poom in Lidsville, a Troll and a Goblin in separate episodes of Bewitched, Polka Dotted Horse and various characters on H. R. Pufnstuf, a child gorilla in Planet of the Apes, Willy the Midget in The Monkees, and played a Talosian on Star Trek.
DVD Release: Complete series box set.
Website: http://www.addamsfamily.com/ covers all the incarnations of the Addams Family!
Notes: Oddly enough, The Addams Family debuted in the same television season as The Munsters did! And I'm sure most, if not all, of you know that when the series was being developed, Charles Addams had to come up with names for just about all of the characters, since they didn't have names in the single-panel comics. Gomez almost ended up being called “Repelli”! When Jackie Coogan first auditioned for Fester, he had a full head of hair, and was turned down for the part. Undaunted, he went out, shaved his head, and reaudtioned, and was hired!