What’s up with “Wednesday?” This Netflix series is worth the (dark and twisted) watch


Ava Jordan

With its dark twists and turns, It’s hard not to watch the Netflix series “Wednesday” at home and, yes, even at school.

Ava Jordan, Opinions Editor

November 23rd, 2022 was the premiere of Netflix’s newest fantasy show, Wednesday which is a spin-off of the iconic, well-known movie The Addams Family. It focuses primarily on Wednesday Addams, portrayed by Jenna Ortega. 

Ortega has starred in many movies and TV shows, starting with Disney’s Stuck in the Middle when she was a kid, and more recently, she was seen in Scream, The Fallout and X.

Although Ortega was phenomenal as all of those rolls, Wednesday got Ortega the attention she deserves. I couldn’t imagine anyone as Wednesday except for Ortega. 

She perfectly portrays the teenage version of a well-known, favorite of many, kid’s character. Her acting is incredible. As Wednesday, she had to show little to no emotion–we only saw her smile a few times.

She also had some challenges with this role compared to others.

For instance, while filming an episode, Ortega hadn’t blinked throughout a scene. Tim Burton, a famous filmmaker, loved the scene so much that he’d asked Ortega to not blink during any scene. 

She only blinks three times. 

Now, nothing could top The Addams Family (1991), Wednesday comes quite close to it. 

Within a week of the show’s release, it’s already number one on Netflix’s Top Ten chart. According to a tweet, it’s surpassed Stranger Things season 4 and is the most watched show.  

After being expelled from multiple high schools, Wednesday starts her new journey at her parents’ alma mater. And this is not just any other school, it’s Nevermore Academy, a boarding school made only for the supernatural—or called “outcasts” in the show. 

Wednesday’s perspective on going to this school was crystal clear, she did not want to end up like her mother— she didn’t want to fall in love and have a family. 

Being at Nevermore made her feel like she was destined to be her mother. It seemed as though her mother was all around her. 

As Wednesday tries to find her way out of Nevermore, she finds herself in the middle of the ongoing murders. 

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Wednesday is obsessed with all things dark and scary. These murders intrigued her. And somehow she was involved in them. 

In fact, she was right in the middle of all of them. 

Although the show is rated TV-14, Burton hit all age levels. There are kids that love it, along with teenagers and adults. 

It was addicting, waiting to see what was going to happen next. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and as soon as I finished watching one episode, I had to see more. 

But then suddenly I was on the last episode. 

Thankfully, Netflix just announced season two of Wednesday.