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27th Nov 2022

Fans are praising ‘genius’ casting in Netflix’s new top show

Steve Hopkins

‘I can’t believe no one has mentioned Fred Armisen as Fester’

Netflix’s Addams Family adaptation, Wednesday, has won over some critics and fans are massively impressed with the casting.

Fans of the creepy family have been loving the steaming platform’s top rated show, especially how the actors have nailed the leading characters.

Jenna Ortega plays goth Wednesday Addams, and there are also star turns from Luis Guzmán as her father Gomez Addams and Catherine Zeta-Jones as mother Morticia.

Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 1990s Addams Family film series, even makes a star turn as one of Wednesday’s school teachers.

The character that every one is talking about is the one that always leaves a last impression. He’s bald and weird, yes, we’re talking about Uncle Fester.

In this latest Netflix effort, Fester is played by Saturday Night Live star Fred Armisen, much to the delight of viewers.

Some have even called the casting “genius”.

One person tweeted: “Ok I know I said Luis Guzmán was perfect as Gomez but I can’t believe no one has mentioned Fred Armisen as Fester.”

Another added: “Fred Armisen as uncle Fester in Wednesday makes perfect sense.”

Someone else wrote: “I loved Wednesday but I feel like not enough people are talking about how great Fred Armisen’s Uncle Fester was.”

On the casting as a whole, one observer wrote: “I have no complaints on casting.

“I think Jenna Ortega did an amazing job as Wednesday.

“Morticia and Gomez were also well cast and portrayed (mostly).

“Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester was genius imo, I loved him.”

In the 1990s when The Addams Family and Addams Family Values were released, Uncle Fester was played by Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd.

As you’d expect not all Addams family fans thought Armisen was a good substitute for Lloyd.

Critics have been somewhat divided on the series. The Guardian said Netflix’s “have absolutely smashed this fantastic Addams Family revamp”, while the Independent wrote: “For a show about vampires and werewolves, it has very little bite.” Still, the Netflix viewing statistics don’t lie – it’s clearly doing pretty well.

Wednesday is streaming on Netflix now.

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