Basically an updated-for-the-90's version of the original Addams Family show. The family remains the same: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Granmama, Lurch, Thing, and ... See full summary »
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverence is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem.
The Addams Family is not your typical family: they take delight in most of the things that "normal" people would be terrified of. Gomez Adams is an extremely wealthy man, and is able to indulge his wife Morticia's every desire: be it cultivation of poisonous plants, or a candlelit dinner in a graveyard. People visiting the Addams Family just don't seem to appreciate the 7 foot tall butler "Lurch" or the helping hand (which is just a disembodied hand named "Thing"). Written by
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Possibly the finest live action sitcom ever created
I generally despise situation comedies - the story lines are often cliché plot devices and wholly predictable. However, I love "The Addams Family". I'm not sure exactly why either. It may be because of the macabre twist the show puts on the typical American family show of its era. It could also be because of the Gothic atmosphere and slight bits of surrealism. Most likely its because of the fact its genuinely funny, something missing from most television shows. Whatever the reason may be, I just can't get enough of it.
The cast all around is terrific, creating truly lovable characters despite the offbeat environment. Its been noted in most reviews that the family is presented as incredibly well adjusted and caring for each other. Gomez and Morticia have an undying passion for each other and are one of the healthiest couples ever on prime time. The children are respectful to their elders yet get in enough mischief to keep the show interesting. The butler and "thing" are completely loyal and grateful to the family. Grandma and Uncle Fester are treated as members of the family through and through.
Also, what sets this above "The Munsters" is the style of humor. "The Munsters" was way too broad for my tastes, while "The Addams Family" blends more subtle jokes with typical slapstick gags. Plus, the humor at times has a weirdness that borders on surrealism. The fact that just what makes the family supernatural is never fully explained makes it all the more bizarre. "The Addams Family" is still one of the best things to ever happen to TV. (9/10)
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