Netflix Wednesday Easter Eggs – Seventeen

*Snaps twice.*
*Spoilers for Wednesday below!*

Wednesday Addams has taken over the world once again thanks to Tim Burton’s Netflix series based on the iconic Addams Family character. Despite dropping a few weeks ago, the show has already

broken impressive records and spawned several viral TikTok trends. Plus, Jenna Ortega‘s fresh spin on the beloved character has received praise from fans and critics alike.
The show follows Gomez and Morticia Addam’s daughter as she navigates her teenhood at their alma mater, Nevermore Academy. She may have classes with sirens, vampires, and werewolves, but the strangest part of her new school is the chilling murder mystery behind it. Ultimately, she decides to crack the case with Thing and her classmates by her side. Of course, the new series pays homage to the original Addams Family movies that gained popularity in the 60s and 90s in the form of Easter eggs (yes, Taylor Swift isn’t the only person who frequents these).
Ahead, find all the Easter eggs you might have missed in Netflix’s Wednesday, from Christina Ricci’s role to Tim Burton-inspired creatures.

One of the first (and most obvious) Easter eggs in the Netflix series is the *iconic* two snaps that were originally featured in the 60s television show’s theme song. When Wednesday finds the secret passageway to the Night Shades’ meeting room in episode two, she snaps two times to enter. Professor Thornhill later snaps twice to go into Nevermore’s library.

Christina Ricci, who plays Nevermore’s botany professor, Marilyn Thornhill actually played the role of Wednesday Addams in the 90s Addams Family movies. Jenna Ortega revealed that although they share the role in common, it didn’t come up in conversation.
"No, I think when she was on set, neither one of us said Wednesday once to each other," Jenna said in a told co-star Emma Myers in an interview with MTV News. "I don’t think she wanted to get in the way of my performance and feel like she was overbearing. And then I felt like I didn’t want to pull up something that she did 30 years ago, for one, the sake of my own benefit, but two, I didn’t want to rip her off. And I didn’t want to be too much like her."
In the first episode, Morticia reveals that Wednesday’s name was inspired by her favorite nursery rhyme. The origin of her name on Wednesday comes from the line "Wednesday’s child is full of woe," but according to TV Tropes, the characters actually didn’t have names in the first Addams Family comics featured in The New Yorker.
A portrait of Wednesday’s cousin, Ignatious Itt, is featured in the Night Shades’ meeting room. The character, who is non-human and made out of blonde hair and sunglasses, appears in the 1960s Addams Family TV series.

In the first episode of the Netflix series, Wednesday’s dorm room is named Ophelia. This is a nod to her mom, Morticia’s sister from the 1960s Addams Family show.
In the 1993 Addams Family Values movie, Wednesday and Pugsley shoot bows and arrows for fun. A subtle nod to the 90s flick is made when Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday chooses archery as her extracurricular activity at Nevermore Academy.
Another Addams Family Values Easter egg can be found at Pilgrim World in the Netflix series. In the movie, Christina Ricci’s Wednesday burns down the camp she’s sent to after taking a stand against the pilgrims. In the series, Jenna Ortega’s Wednesday criticizes tourists for supporting a theme park that centers around Eurocentric ideas of history that tend to diminish Indigenous people’s experiences.
In Wednesday, the titular character says she could "eat a girl scout for breakfast," which is a nod to the 1991 movie, The Addams Family. In the movie, Christina Ricci’s Wednesday asks if girl scout cookies are made of real girl scouts when someone tries to sell them to her.
Wednesday‘s production designer Mark Scruton made it a point to pay homage to director Tim Burton in the series. He told Netflix’s Tudum that a number of small creatures in the taxidermy shop were actually inspired by some of Tim Burton’s movies.
In the second episode of Wednesday, Nevermore’s student body takes part in the Poe Cup, a.k.a a boat race where there aren’t any rules. Given by the name, the race is inspired by author Edgar Allen Poe (who’s a famous Nevermore alum in the Wednesday Cinematic Universe). Poe’s short stories The Pit and the Pendulum, The Gold Bug, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado inspired different names and designs for the boats featured in the series.
When Wednesday heads to Jericho in the first episode, showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough’s last names are printed on a window of the building where Wednesday’s therapist is located.

All episodes of Wednesday are now available on Netflix.
Sam is the editorial assistant at Seventeen, covering pop culture, celebrity news, health, and beauty. When she isn’t draping her cheeks in blush, you can probably find her live-tweeting awards shows or making SwiftToks.

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