Despite the show being shot in black and white and focused on characters that love the color black, the set was full of varying shades of pink and red. Why? Well, even though the show was going to be in black and white, the producers wanted to give it varying shades of gray when viewed.
This means the elements of the set had to be in particular colors to show up properly. It was surely a bit odd to step onto the brightly-colored set and act like you were in a house that was all dark and gloomy. It didn’t seem to affect the actors and actresses that much.
Approved by Psychiatrists
Perhaps one of the most unexpected things about “The Addams Family” from the nineteen sixties is that despite the very odd family we see on the screen, the show had plenty of family values to demonstrate. Morticia and Gomez were loving and affectionate to each other, the children were respectful of their parents, they had very infrequent fights, and they had plenty of extended family members they spent time with.
Psychiatrist Stephen Cox went on with more – there was little bickering, there weren't sides drawn, and there was plenty of love. Pugsley and Wednesday fought, but that was perfectly natural. Kids, you know. Even today, such a dynamic is rare and special.
Switching Sides for the Movie
Uncle Fester has been a part of the Addams family since the beginning, but he hasn't always come from the same side of the family. For the television show in the sixties, he was Morticia's uncle, and thus not actually an Addams. However, for the movies, he was Gomez's brother, Fester Addams.
The change was perhaps an attempt to correct this oversight and make sure everybody in the house was a true member of the Addams family, but other than that, the reasoning is unknown. It's not like he really looks like either of them. Maybe Morticia can also power light bulbs.
Making the Jump to the Stage
The Addams family made their Broadway debut on April eighth, 2010, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show ran for seven hundred and twenty-two shows before it finally closed its doors. The music and lyrics were by Andrew Lippa, while the book (consider it the script) was by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
The play has Wednesday bringing her boyfriend – normal boy Lucas – to meet the family. Tensions mount, but everything works out in the end. Also, Uncle Fester uses a backpack rocket to fly to the moon at the end. Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth played Gomez and Morticia during the original run.
The Chocolate Family
People have been parodying or giving nods to the Addams family ever since the first television show came out, but did anybody really expect the M&M's candies to do it? An ad came out in 2007 that had the multi-colored candies recreate the original opening of the show, using the theme song and everything.
It was an ad for M&M's dark chocolate, and the ad proved to be incredibly successful. According to firms that measure the success of ads and product placements, it was the best commercial that aired during the month of April. You can still see the ad online, and it really did the original justice.