They’re creepy. They’re kooky. They beat out Stranger Things for the most-watched premiere on Netflix this year! Wednesday Addams has proved herself to be a bigger draw than what the Duffer Brothers had on offer. Not bad for a show about a moody teen who goes to a school owned and operated by either Hot Topic or Stephenie Meyer.
The toppling of ST4‘s viewing numbers isn’t by a large margin. Wednesday racked up 341.2 million hours during its debut, while the fourth season of Strange Things had 335 million. However, the Hollywood Reporter notes that both of these still failed compared to 2021’s runaway hit Squid Game. Wednesday was 230.56m short of that goal.
The series focuses on the eldest Addams child after she is expelled from a regular high school and is forced to take up her education at Nevermore Academy. She soon discovers that even though the school is full of outcasts and paranormal students, there’s something even stranger going on. Tim Burton directed the first four episodes; the remaining four were helmed by Gandja Monteiro and James Marshall evenly.
Reviews for the Tim Burton-directed and Jenna Ortega-led Netflix series have been all over the place. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series is fresh, with a 70% critical score and an 88% favorable audience rating. Our own PinkyBoo was very positive about the series and addressed the weird backlash regarding the supposed not-up-to-snuff inclusive cast:
As far as I’m concerned, it’s too much of a CW show for me to be interested in, and I’ve been a fan of Tim Burton since he shot Edward Scissorhands in my neighborhood. Sadly, the target demographic here is about three decades younger than me. So I’ll stick to the 1960s series and two perfect films Barry Sonnenfeld directed. What are your thoughts on Netflix’s Wednesday? Does it have you hooked for a second season? Let us know in the comments section below.[Source: The Hollywood Reporter] [Source: Rotten Tomatoes]