The New Addams Family

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The New Addams Family
StarringGlenn Taranto
Ellie Harvie
Brody Smith
Nicole Fugere
Betty Phillips
Michael Roberds
John DeSantis
Steven Fox
Composer(s)Barron Abramovitch
Jeremy Sweet
Michael Whittaker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
Executive producer(s)Lance H. Robbins
James Shavick
Producer(s)Victoria Woods
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Film Incentive B.C.
Fox Family
Shavick Entertainment
Saban Entertainment
DistributorCorus Entertainment
Original networkYTV (Canada)
Fox Family (United States)
Original releaseOctober 19, 1998 (1998-10-19) –
August 28, 1999 (1999-08-28)
Preceded byThe Addams Family

The New Addams Family is an American-Canadian sitcom that aired from October 1998 to August 1999 on YTV in Canada and Fox Family in the United States and CITV in the United Kingdom on weekends. It was produced by Shavick Entertainment and Saban Entertainment as a revival of the 1960s series The Addams Family. The series was cancelled after one season.


The Addams Family consists of husband and wife, Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children, Wednesday and Pugsley, as well as Grandmama, Uncle Fester, and their butler, Lurch. The Addamses are a close-knit extended family with decidedly macabre interests and supernatural abilities. No explanation for their powers is explicitly given in the series.


Main cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]



The series—shot in Vancouver—featured a new cast and was well received by viewers. Gomez Addams was played by Glenn Taranto, and Morticia by Ellie Harvie. The show reworked several storylines from the original series while incorporating modern elements, jokes, and references to episodes from the original series. John Astin, who played Gomez in the original series, appeared in a recurring role as Grandpapa Addams; Taranto patterned his performance after Astin's original version of Gomez.


One of the notable differences between the original show and the new series was that Wednesday and Pugsley (Nicole Fugere and Brody Smith respectively – the former reprising her role from Addams Family Reunion) were given expanded roles that highlighted their violent and sadistic personalities, made popular by the Addams Family film. Another element carried over from the films was Fester being Gomez's brother, whereas in the original show he had been Morticia's uncle.

Theme music[edit]

The new theme music, performed by the cast, was a departure from the familiar tune that had served most previous adaptations of the series. The familiar finger-snapping was present, albeit at a faster pace, accompanied by two different characters (first Lurch, then Gomez) saying the word "snap" twice in rapid succession to match the beat. It was written by Barron Abramovitch, Jeremy Sweet, and Michael Whittaker.


There were 65 episodes in the series; one more than the original series.

  1. Halloween with the Addams Family
  2. Deadbeat Relatives
  3. The Addams Family Goes to School
  4. Fester's Punctured Romance
  5. New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family
  6. Grandpapa Addams Comes to Visit
  7. Gomez, the Reluctant Lover
  8. Morticia the Matchmaker
  9. The Addams Family Tree
  10. Lurch Learns to Dance
  11. Art and the Addams Family
  12. Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family
  13. Wednesday Leaves Home
  14. Thing Is Missing
  15. Morticia's Romance: Part 1
  16. Morticia's Romance: Part 2
  17. Uncle Fester's Toupee
  18. Morticia's Dilemma
  19. The Winning of Morticia Addams
  20. My Fair Cousin Itt
  21. Morticia and the Psychiatrist
  22. Morticia's Favorite Charity
  23. Fester Goes on a Diet
  24. Morticia Joins the Ladies League
  25. Morticia the Breadwinner
  26. Melancholia Finds Romance
  27. Crisis in the Addams Family
  28. Christmas with the Addams Family
  29. Green Eyed Gomez
  30. Amnesia in the Addams Family
  31. Gomez, the Cat Burglar
  32. Uncle Fester's Illness
  33. Morticia, the Decorator
  34. Wednesday's Crush
  35. Morticia, the Sculptress
  36. Thing's Romance
  37. Gomez, the People's Choice
  38. Close Encounters of the Addams Kind
  39. Lurch, the Teen-Age Idol
  40. Fester and Granny vs. Grandpapa Addams
  41. Fester Joins the Global Mercenaries
  42. Addams Family in Court
  43. My Son, the Chimp
  44. Morticia, the Playwright
  45. Saving Private Addams
  46. Horseplay
  47. Lurch's Grand Romance
  48. Catastrophia's Career
  49. Cousin Itt's Problem
  50. Lurch, Man of Leisure
  51. Progress in the Addams Family
  52. The Undercover Man
  53. Fester the Marriage Counselor
  54. Lurch and His Piano
  55. Cleopatra, Green of the Nile
  56. Granny, the Happy Medium
  57. Lurch's Little Helper
  58. Addams Family Feud
  59. Fester, the Tycoon
  60. Lights, Camera, Addams!
  61. The Addams Policy
  62. Fester, World Leader
  63. The Tale of Long John Addams
  64. Keeping Up with the Joneses
  65. Death Visits the Addams Family


Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Leo Awards for Best Overall Sound in a Dramatic Series - Tony Gronick (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series - Cathy Robertson (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series - Ellie Harvie (1999) (Nominated)
  • Canadian Comedy Awards for Television - Performance - Female - Ellie Harvie (2000) (Nominated)
  • Leo Award for Best Editing - Picture of a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Michele Conroy For episode "Tale of Long John Addams" (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Overall Sound in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Rick Bal, Chester Biolowas, Vince Renaud, and Jo Rossi (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Screenwriter of a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Rich Hosek and Arnold Rudnick For episode "Tale Of Long John Addams" (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Performance or Host in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series - Ellie Harvie (Won)
  • Leo Award for Best Sound - Greg Stewart (Won)

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