Warning: Spoilers ahead
Wednesday, a show that’s captured everyone’s attention ever since its release on Netflix on November 23, so much so that it generated the most views in a single week for any English-language series in Netflix history. The series, directed and produced by Tim Burton and starring Jenna Ortega, Gwendoline Christie, Luis Guzman, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, follows the Addams family's 16-year-old sarcastic and uncompromising daughter as she enrols in a new boarding school, Nevermore Academy, where she is surrounded by mysterious spirits and supernatural creatures.
While we’re pretty sure that you couldn’t take your eyes off this spooky spectacle, we’ve spotted some Easter Eggs that we think you guys and girls might have missed. Here are some of them...
Keep your eyes open for Tim Burton movie names in the set design
Pay close attention and you’ll see the array of references from past movies made by the director. This includes a Headless Horseman design from Burton's Sleepy Hollow, as well as Willy Wonka's top hat at the coffee shop where Tyler works. Add to that, that’s a Burton-inspired Easter egg right in Principal Weems' office—a shrunken head in reference to Beetlejuice.
The double clicks
Are you really a fan of the Addams Family if you don’t know what we’re talking about? In case you’ve been living under a rock, the sound and sights of the finger snap are what make the theme song of the original cartoon so iconic. There is an episode where Wednesday discovers a hidden passageway to the Night Shades’ meeting place. And while there’s no magic word, there certainly is a magic sound. Snap Snap. Later in the same episode, we see another character Miss Thornhill do the same.
How Wednesday got her name
Not every girl is named Wednesday and just like everyone else, we too were intrigued as to why she’s called that. The show wastes absolutely no time in making the big reveal. The answer—it’s a nursery rhyme from the 1800s called Monday’s Child. We get to know the backstory when Morticia Addams enrols her daughter in Nevermore Academy and explains the story to Principal Larissa Weens. The lines of the poem go—Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday's child is full of grace. Wednesday's child is full of woe, Thursday's child has far to go. Friday's child is loving and giving, and Saturday's child works hard for a living. And the child born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, good, and gay.
Wednesday hates a lot of things in life. One of them that top the list is pilgrims and Pilgrim World, a pilgrim-themed amusement park in Jericho. It all began in Addams Family Values, in which siblings Wednesday and Pugsley are sent to Camp Chippewa that see the form setting fire to the camp's Thanksgiving play and delivering her infamous monologue about the cruelty of the pilgrims. No prizes for guessing that we see the same on the Netflix show as well.
Pugsley’s introduction scene bears an uncanny resemblance to the original film
In the show's pilot, Wednesday rescues Pugsley from a school locker after he was stuffed inside by bullies. Pugsley (played by Isaac Ordonez) is seen tied up with red string, completely helpless with an apple lodged in his mouth. This is a nod to 1991's The Addams Family—the first time Pugsley is shown in the film, he's also tied up with an apple in his mouth.
Wednesday’s love for all things archery continues
What we see on the Netflix show is Wednesday trying her hand out at different clubs at Nevermore. And the one that she truly excels at is archery. It’s a subtle, yet not so subtle, recall to the 1993 film Addams Family Values in which Wednesday and Pugsley are seen practicing their archery.