The Addams Family (Animated TV Series)

Common Sense Media says

Animated ghouls will tickle your funny bone.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

For all their weirdness and atypical behavior, the Addamses are a close-knit bunch.

Violence & scariness

More gore than violence; even though it's animated, some of the macabre stuff in the Addams household could scare kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Some stereotypes and name-calling.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the content in this animated incarnation of the famous ghoulish family is a bit of a mixed bag. The characters teach viewers not to fear or mock people who are different than they are -- but, on the other hand, their actions (and their house itself) can be scary and gruesome.

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What's the story?

The animated version of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, which originally aired in the early '90s (and still runs in repeats in syndication), closely mirrors the original live-action sitcom from the '60s, as well as the 1991 big-screen version (which likely inspired the timing of the cartoon series). The show follows the animated adventures of a silly-yet-gruesome family composed of vamps and Frankenstein look-alikes who have a spare body part as a pet. Living happily in a deserted museum, this eclectic bunch is ironically oblivious to how other people view them. Devoted couple Gomez (voiced by original Addams star John Astin) and Morticia (Nancy Linari) preside over a houseful that includes grim daughter Wednesday (Debi Derryberry), mischievous son Pugsley (Jeannie Elias), imposing butler Lurch (Jim Cummings), hairy Cousin Itt (Pat Fraley), bald Uncle Fester (Rip Taylor), and -- of course -- Granny (Carol Channing).

Is it any good?

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Parents might want to keep an eye out for mild stereotypes and name calling (particularly between the siblings) and Morticia's body-hugging attire. And some of the, um, unique features of the Addamses' lifestyle (that disembodied hand running around, the ghouls who pop up everywhere) may be a little scary for sensitive kids, even in cartoon form.

That said, while the occasional gag may cause some raised eyebrows, this is a darkly funny series that will definitely help kids grasp the concept that it's OK to be different -- a message that's most apparent when Uncle Fester sings cabaret numbers like "I'm Still Me."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about being different. What does it mean when someone labels a person as "different"? Is it good or bad to be different? Is there a difference between being unique and being weird? How are the Addamses different from other families? Is their family weird or unique -- or both?

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLoveJayda March 13, 2011
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I hate this show. I LOVED the live action and bway play and this just doesn't get to the standard. I also found myself quite annoyed at the whole show and the layout, and the color gave me a headache.
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Adult Written byAl Jackson April 18, 2012
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Great show!

I love this show! It is REALLY funny! It is one of the best shows I have ever seen!

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