A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Addamses are very committed to family, and Gomez and Morticia exhibit strong love for their kids. Gender roles are presented in accordance with 1960s values, including putting men in the role of decision-makers.
Positive Role Models
The adults are generous and the children are polite and respectful. Characters demonstrate integrity.
Violence & Scariness
Discussion of violent acts and, at times, sound effects of certain actions taking place (including machine gun fire), though they're not shown. The weapons seen are medieval (torture racks, axes, etc.) and fit into the show's overall theme -- they're not visibly used to cause harm or pain. Gomez amuses himself by blowing up model trains. The show's overall spookiness might scare the youngest viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's genuine affection between Gomez and Morticia, including kissing and hugging. Some very subtle sexual innuendo that will go over the heads of young viewers.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Gomez is constantly smoking cigars; Morticia sometimes smokes cigarettes (not at all unusual for the '60s). Occasional references to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Addams Family is a classic sitcom that centers on a creepy but oddly charming nuclear family that enjoys the morbid side of life. Despite their ghoulishness, the Addamses are good, generous people who love and respect one another, and parents Morticia and Gomez demonstrate a true commitment to their children. Parents also need to know that this series reflects attitudes and behavior that were acceptable when it originally aired in the 1960s, including smoking, references to gun violence, and traditional gender roles. While some images may be scary for small children, overall the show is a good choice for tweens.
Is It Any Good?
This series, which, at its foundation, is a macabre satire of the traditional American nuclear family, isn't so much scary as it is quirky, especially by today's standards. The characters are likeable and generous, and their behavior, although weird, isn't intended to cause harm. While some of the images may be a little strong for young children,The Addams Family is fine for tweens. (Just be sure to fill them in on why Gomez and Morticia smoke all the time without garnering a peep of protest from friends or family members.)
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