Netflix's newest drama series Wednesday has had us seriously gripped, ever since its release last week (23rd November).
Wednesday puts iconic Addams Family member Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) in the centre of the story and sees her attend the infamous Nevermore Academy. During her time at Nevermore, Wednesday attempts to uncover a mystery that is plaguing the town of Jericho, and deal with her own psychic abilities, all whilst going through high school.
Fans of the Addams Family, will be pleased to know the rest of the family make a number of appearances throughout the show. Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Gomez's (Luis Guzman) own time at Nevermore is frequently brought up to an annoyed Wednesday.
However, whilst you will have noticed the family's appearance, one thing you may not have noticed is the number of Addams Family easter eggs in the series.
Throughout Wednesday there are many hidden details referencing previous adaptations of the Addams Family, as well as a few references to director Tim's Burton previous work.
Here are all the hidden details and easter eggs you missed in Netflix's Wednesday.
The two snaps
You can't really call yourself an Addams Family fan if you don't know what the two snaps is a reference to. However, if you're new here, we'll explain.
In the episode in which Wednesday discovers the secret passageway to the Night Shades' meeting place she has to snap twice to enter. Later in the episode, we see Miss Thornhill (Christina Ricci) also snap twice to go into the library.
The two snaps comes from the Addams Family theme tune which features the famous clicking. It's also a reference to Christina Ricci's own time playing Wednesday in the 1991 film The Addams Family where she did the clicking then too.
The origin of Wednesday's name
In the first episode Morticia explains Wednesday's name comes from a nursery rhyme in which the line of the poem goes "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
Originally the Addams Family cartoon characters didn't have names when creator Charles Addams first made them. However, over time he gave them names and he apparently sourced inspiration for Wednesday's name from the nursery rhyme.
Cousin Ignatius Itt
In the basement of the Night Shades' meeting place there is a portrait of Ignatius Itt. Fans of the Addams Family will recall Ignatius Itt was part of the original lineup of the first Addams Family TV series.
In the show he is related to the family, but does not appear to be human, instead he's created entirely out of blond hair, and wears a bowler hat and sunglasses.
Wednesday's aunt makes an appearance
Ok, so technically she doesn't make a physical appearance, but Wednesday's dorm is named after her aunt Ophelia.
Ophelia is Morticia's sister, and features in the 1964 television series The Addams Family, played by Carolyn Jones.
Wednesday's archery skills
When trying out for the various clubs at Nevermore, one club Wednesday particularly excels at is archery.
Her archery skills are a subtle nod to the 1993 film Addams Family Values in which Wednesday and Pugsley are seen practicing their archery.
In Wednesday, the town of Jericho centres around the amusement park of Pilgrim World, much to Wednesday's displeasure.
However, fans of the Addams Family will know this is not the first time Wednesday has been annoyed at Pilgrims.
In the 1993 movie Addams Family Values Wednesday takes a stand against the celebration of pilgrims by burning down the camp she's been sent to, whilst they put on their Thanksgiving play.
The girl scout retort
Wednesday has many iconic retorts during the Netflix series, however one of them has a rather significant history.
When Wednesday says: "I could eat Girl Scouts for breakfast," during episode three, this is actually a nod to a scene from the 1991 movie The Addams Family.
In the movie Wednesday is repeatedly asked by a girl scout if the lemonade she's serving at her lemonade stand is made from real lemons. When the girl later tries to sell her cookies, Wednesday asks: "Are they made from real Girl Scouts?”
The Nevermore gargoyles
During a conversation with Variety, Wednesday production designer Mark Scruton revealed the gargoyles at the school are a big clue about the plot of the film.
He said: "The gargoyles reference different characters, and there’s a big plot point hidden there.”
The gargoyles each represent a different group of students at the school - there's sirens and vampires for example.
The weathervanes in the coffee shop
In the first episode of Wednesday we're introduced to the coffee shop where Tyler works.
If you look closely in the background of the shots on the walls there are various weathervanes which all have references to Tim Burton's previous works.
There's the weathervane with a top hat, in reference to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and a headless horseman referencing Sleepy Hollow.
There's a Tim Burton inspired mouse
Again, Wednesday's production team loved to include subtle hints to Tim Burton throughout the show.
Production designer Mark Scruton told Netflix's Tudum they included a number of small creatures inspired by Burton's films in the taxidermy shop Uriah’s Heap.
The team boat names
During episode two "Woe Is the Loneliest Number" the students of Nevermore take part in the Poe Cup, a boat race where there are no rules.
The race is inspired by the writer Edgar Allen Poe, who in the Wednesday universe, is one of Nevermore's most famous alumni.
The team boat names are all inspired by Poe's works. The short stories The Pit and the Pendulum, The Gold Bug, The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontillado all serve as inspiration for their boat designs and names.
Ravens are everywhere
More Edgar Allan Poe trivia for you here! Poe's most famous work is arguably his poem The Raven, and throughout Wednesday there are numerous references to ravens.
They're on the gates to Nevermore, there's a taxidermied raven on Principal Weems' desk and Wednesday sees ravens in her vision about Rowan's death.
The show runners' names feature in the town of Jericho
It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, but if you go all the way back to the first episode you'll see the names of the show runners in the town.
Miles Millar and Alfred Gough's surnames are printed as "Millar & Gough" on the office window of the building where Wednesday attends her therapy sessions.
Wednesday is available on Netflix now.
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