The Addams Family

1964 TV-G 2 seasons

The Addams Family

1964 TV-G 2 seasons
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Beloved for its macabre running gags, this 1960s TV series starred John Astin as wealthy, passionate family patriarch Gomez and Carolyn Jones as his cadaverous wife, Morticia -- the heads of the close-knit and extremely spooky Addams clan. Canceled after two seasons, the show featured classic characters based on the gloomily humorous cartoons of Charles Addams, including Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester and Ted Cassidy as 7-foot-tall butler Lurch.
Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Ted Cassidy, Felix Silla, Jackie Coogan, Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1964) - 3 discs

Join Gomez (John Astin), Morticia (Carolyn Jones), Uncle Fester (Jackie Coogan), Pugsley (Ken Weatherwax) and Wednesday (Lisa Loring) for some twisted fun in this classic series. Whether they're picnicking at a cemetery or raising carnivorous plants, the macabre family celebrates life -- and never understands why visitors are terrified. Towering butler Lurch (Ted Cassidy), hair-ball Cousin Itt and helping hand "Thing" round out the ghoulish clan.
Full Screen 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital Mono
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic sitcom centers on a creepy but oddly charming nuclear family that enjoys the morbid side of life. Despite their ghoulishness, the Addamses are good, generous people who love and respect one another, and parents Morticia and Gomez demonstrate a true commitment to their children. Parents also need to know that this series reflects attitudes and behavior that were acceptable when it originally aired in the 1960s, including smoking, references to gun violence, and traditional gender roles. While some images may be scary for small children, overall the show is a good choice for tweens.

Sexual Content

There's genuine affection between Gomez and Morticia, including kissing and hugging. Some very subtle sexual innuendo that will go over the heads of young viewers.


Discussion of violent acts and, at times, sound effects of certain actions taking place (including machine gun fire), though they're not shown. The weapons seen are medieval (torture racks, axes, etc.) and fit into the show's overall theme -- they're not visibly used to cause harm or pain. Gomez amuses himself by blowing up model trains. The show's overall spookiness might scare the youngest viewers.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The Addamses are very committed to family, and Gomez and Morticia exhibit strong love for their kids. The adults are generous and the children are polite and respectful. Gender roles are presented in accordance with 1960s values, including putting men in the role of decision-makers.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Gomez is constantly smoking cigars; Morticia sometimes smokes cigarettes (not at all unusual for the '60s). Occasional references to drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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