Wednesday: Netflix viewers hail the “brilliant casting” of a role in The Addams Family

Netflix viewers have welcomed a small but important casting in the new Addams Family adaptation. Wednesday.

The series, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, sees Jenna Ortega (X; Jane the maiden) play Wednesday Addams.

Supporting cast includes Luiz Guzmán, who plays Gomez, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who plays Morticia. Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 1990s film adaptations, also appears as one of Wednesday’s teachers.

However, there was one casting Netflix kept secret until just before the series’ release date earlier this week: who would play Uncle Fester?

It turns out Fester is played by the comedian and ex on the show Saturday night live Star Fred Armisen.

Viewers expressed their delight at the casting on social media, with some calling the decision to cast Armisen “brilliant.”

“I think a lot Wednesday But one thing is for sure, Fred Armisen as Fester was a brilliant casting,” one person wrote.


“I have no complaints about the casting,” commented another. “I think Jenna Ortega did a great job on Wednesday. Morticia and Gomez were also (mostly) well cast and portrayed. Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester was brilliant, I loved him.”

Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester in “Wednesday”

(Vlad Cioplea/Netflix)

“Jenna Ortega is great as Wednesday Addams. And Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester? Perfection,” wrote another viewer.

Access unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Amazon Prime Video Sign up now for a free 30-day trial


In the live-action film adaptations, Fester was portrayed by Back to the Future Star Christopher Lloyd.

While many viewers have praised the series online, Wednesday has received mixed reviews.

In a two star rating for The IndependentNick Hilton criticized the first season of WednesdayShe writes, “For a show about vampires and werewolves, she has very little bite.”

The series is available to stream now on Netflix. Wednesday: Netflix viewers hail the “brilliant casting” of a role in The Addams Family


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

Related Articles

Back to top button