2. The Addams Family
TV show aired from: 1964 – 1966 (ABC)
Movie’s release year: 1991
We’d venture to say that The Addams Family is more popular now as 1960’s television nostalgia than it ever was during its initial run. From 1964 to 1966, when the episodes were airing weekly, the show’s similar working-class adversary The Munsters often beat The Addams Family in the ratings. Thanks to two animated series based on the original show (which was, of course, based on Charles Addams’ New Yorker cartoons) and two early ’90’s Barry Sonnenfeld films, however, the freaky and kooky fam has enjoyed a great resurgence of popularity. And for good reason: 1991’s The Addams Family is a hell of a lot of fun.
The critics may not have enjoyed it much back in 1991, but we have the advantage of time here, and, viewed 20 years later, Sonnenfeld’s flick actually holds up quite well. The performances are great, and the film captures the spirit and lightheartedness of the original series while also using more modern technology to bring Thing to life and to play around with booby traps and tricks throughout the Addams’ mansion.
If you haven’t seen it since its original release, The Addams Family definitely deserves another look.