Netflix's Wednesday Addams TV show gets surprising post-Halloween release date

Jenny Ortega in Wednesday on Netflix.
(Image credit: Netflix)

Netflix has announced the release date for Wednesday, its revival of beloved comedy-horror franchise The Addams Family. But fans holding out hope for a pre-Halloween arrival should prepare to be disappointed. 

Ahead of the streamer’s upcoming Tudum 2022 event, Netflix revealed that the new series will begin streaming on Wednesday, November 23. Frustratingly, that’s a little over three weeks after the spookiest night of the year, though at least the Tim Burton-directed show will premiere on the day it shares a name with (slow clap for Netflix).

“Wednesday premieres November 23! Snap, snap,” Netflix wrote in a tweet sharing the news, which was accompanied by a new poster showing Jenna Ortega (Scream) in costume as the show’s titular character. Check it out below:

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Across eight episodes, the supernatural coming-of-age series will follow Wednesday Addams as she navigates the usual pressures of adolescent life alongside the unique quirks of her own dysfunctional family. 

Based on what we’ve been told so far, we’ll see Wednesday learning to master her newfound psychic abilities, preventing a murderous killing spree and attempting to solve a 25-year-long family mystery. Talk about a busy schedule.

Wednesday will also feature turns from Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Legend of Zorro) as Addams Family matriarch Morticia, Luis Guzmán (Narcos, Shameless) as husband and father Gomez Addams, and Isaac Ordonez (A Wrinkle in Time) as Wednesday's younger brother, Pugsley. 

Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets), who played Wednesday Addams in the iconic 1990s Addams Family movies, is also set to appear as a character called Marilyn Thornhill, while Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, The Sandman) is among the show's supporting cast as Principal Larissa Weems, Head of Nevermore Academy.

As mentioned, iconic filmmaker Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland… need we go on?) is on hand as the show’s executive producer. He’ll also be behind the camera for several of Wednesday’s episodes, marking – amazingly – his first time doing so for a small screen production. Frequent Burton collaborator Danny Elfman is involved as the show's composer, too, so expect a creepy soundtrack of Batman proportions. 

We’re expecting to hear more announcements concerning many of the biggest and best Netflix shows – including Squid Game, The Crown, The Witcher season 3, and Bridgerton – at this weekend’s global fan event, so stay tuned to TechRadar for the latest details. 

If you want to get ahead of the game, our Netflix Tudum 2022 guide contains a plethora of information on the event’s start time, content lineup and our predictions as to what we expect could be unveiled. 

Axel Metz
Staff Writer

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.