The New Addams Family
Old Versus New
Over two seasons, 1964/65 and 1965/66,
64 episodes of The Addams Family premiered.
Over one season, 1998/99,
65 episodes of The New Addams Family premiered.
How do the series compare? Let's find out.
Old: Filmed in Los Angeles
New: Filmed in Vancouver
Old: Fester was Fester Frump, Morticia's uncle
New: Fester is Fester Addams, Gomez's brother
Old: Thing was the hand of Ted Cassidy whose primary role was as Lurch.
New: Thing had an actor just to play him and that was Steven Fox.
Old: Ted Cassidy who played Lurch was 6'9" tall.
New: John DeSantis who played Lurch is 6'8" tall.
Other: Richard Kiel never played Lurch. He is 7'2" tall.
Old: The house address was 0001 Cemetery Lane.
New: The house address was 1313 Cemetery Lane.
Old: They never did tell you how the Addamses got their fortune.
New: 1.63 - The Tale of Long John Addams tells all.
Old: Uncle Fester had a treehouse.
New: Isn't the playroom good enough?
In "Halloween With the Addams Family", the special guest who played the crook was:
Old: Don Rickles
New: Jerry Van Dyke
Old and New: The only person on both series was John Astin as Gomez Addams (Old) and Grandpapa Addams (New).
There were 34 episodes with the same name that were essentially similar:
Old 1.01, New 1.02 - The Addams Family Goes to School
Old 1.02, New 1.03 - Morticia and the Psychiatrist
Old 1.03, New 1.05 - Fester's Punctured Romance
Old 1.05, New 1.07 - The Addams Family Tree
Old 1.06, New 1.04 - Morticia Joins the Ladies League
Old 1.07, New 1.13 - Halloween With the Addams Family
Old 1.08, New 1.29 - Green-Eyed Gomez
Old 1.09, New 1.06 - New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family
Old 1.10, New 1.09 - Wednesday Leaves Home
Old 1.12, New 1.08 - Morticia, the Matchmaker
Old 1.13, New 1.10 - Lurch Learns to Dance
Old 1.14, New 1.11 - Art and the Addams Family
Old 1.18, New 1.32 - Uncle Fester's Illness
Old 1.20, New 1.12 - Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family
Old 1.22, New 1.30 - Amnesia in Addams Family
Old 1.23, New 1.14 - Thing is Missing
Old 1.26, New 1.25 - Morticia, the Breadwinner
Old 1.28, New 1.43 - My Son, the Chimp
Old 1.29, New 1.22 - Morticia's Favorite Charity
Old 1.33, New 1.39 - Lurch, the Teen-Age Idol
Old 1.34, New 1.19 - The Winning of Morticia Addams
Old 2.01, New 1.20 - My Fair Cousin Itt
Old 2.02, New 1.15 - Morticia's Romance Part 1
Old 2.03, New 1.16 - Morticia's Romance Part 2
Old 2.06, New 1.49 - Cousin Itt's Problem
Old 2.09, New 1.35 - Morticia, the Sculptress
Old 2.10, New 1.18 - Gomez, the Reluctant Lover
Old 2.12, New 1.31 - Gomez, the Cat Burglar
Old 2.14, New 1.24 - Morticia's Dilemma
Old 2.18, New 1.23 - Fester Goes on a Diet
Old 2.23, New 1.33 - Morticia, the Decorator
Old 2.27, New 1.57 - Lurch's Little Helper
Old 2.28, New 1.61 - The Addam's Policy
Old 2.29, New 1.47 - Lurch's Grand Romance
There were 4 episodes with name changes that were essentially similar:
Old 1.15 - The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik
New 1.34 - Wednesday's Crush
Old 1.16 - The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man
New 1.52 - Undercover Man
Old 1.25 - Lurch and His Harpsichord
New 1.54 - Lurch and His Piano
Old 2.04 - Morticia Meets Royalty
New 1.36 - Thing's Romance
There were 5 episodes with the same name that had some notable differences:
Old 1.21, New 1.42 - Addams Family in Court
Instead of Mama being arrested for fortune telling, Fester was being sued by the neighbors for bombing their house again.
Old 1.24, New 1.27 - Crisis in the Addams Family
Instead of Fester applying for a job with the Insurance company, Gomez decides to live less dangerously.
Old 1.30, New 1.51 - Progress in the Addams Family
Instead of the Addamses figuring out how to move the house, they defend it.
Old 1.31, New 1.17 - Uncle Fester's Toupee
Instead of an old competitive male friend, Fester has to impress a female friend.
Old 2.15, New 1.28 - Christmas With the Addams Family
Instead of just getting stuck in the chimney playing Santa, Fester gets stuck in the shopping mall.
There were 14 episodes with name changes having a similar theme but also some notable differences:
Old 1.17 - Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family
New 1.50 - Lurch, Man of Leisure
Instead of his mother, it is a girlfriend that visits.
Old 1.27 - The Addams Family and the Spacemen
New 1.38 - Close Encounters of the Addams Kind
Instead of being mistaken for aliens, the aliens really come.
Old 1.32 - Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor
New 1.53 - Fester, the Marriage Counsellor
Instead of Gomez and Morticia trying to convince Cousin Itt to be a marriage counselor, Fester actually becomes one.
Old 2.08 - Morticia, the Writer
New 1.44 - Morticia, the Playwright
Instead of writing children's books, Morticia is writing a school play.
Old 2.11 - Feud in the Addams Family
New 1.58 - Addams Family Feud
Instead of simple feud that starts with a social visit for tea, Hillbilly cousins come and continue a long-time family feud.
Old 2.16 - Uncle Fester, Tycoon
New 1.59 - Fester, the Tycoon
Instead of just having to be convinced that he must work to support a wife, Fester becomes a real Tycoon due to his expertise in blowing up buildings.
Old 2.17 - Morticia and Gomez vs. Fester and Grandmama
New 1.40 - Fester & Granny vs. Grandpapa Addams
Instead of just Fester and Granny spoiling the children, Grandpapa comes and spoils them even more.
Old 2.19 - The Great Treasure Hunt
New 1.63 - The Tale of Long John Addams
Instead of just following an ancestor's treasure map, the family tells the story of their pirate ancestors.
Old 2.20 - Ophelia Finds Romance
New 1.26 - Melancholia Finds Romance
Different lovers but same idea.
Old 2.22 - Happy Birthday, Grandma Frump
New 1.21 - Grandpapa Addams
Instead of Grandma Frump, it is Grandpapa Addams who thinks he's being sent to the old folks home.
Old 2.24 - Ophelia visits Morticia
New 1.41 - Fester Joins the Global Mercenaries
Instead of Ophelia trying to get Fester to join the Peace Corp, Fester goes all out and joins the Global Mercenaries.
Old 2.25 - Addams Cum Laude
New 1.45 - Saving Private Addams
The Addams buy the school in both shows, but in the latter it is a military school.
Old 2.26 - Cat Addams
New 1.55 - Cleopatra, Green of the Nile
Instead of Kitty Kat, the family's pet lion being sick, it is Cleopatra their Little Shop of Horrors plant.
Old 2.30 - Ophelia's Career
New 1.48 - Catastrophia's Career
Same career of opera singing. Different singers. Same result.
2 old episodes combined into 1:
Old 1.04 - Gomez, the Politician
Old 2.05 - Gomez, the People's Choice
New 1.37 - Gomez, the People's Choice
Here, the two early episodes had similar themes, which seem to have been combined into the one new episode.
5 old shows that were not a basis for a new show:
Old 1.11 - The Addams Family Meet the V.I.P.'s
Russian dignitaries get scared when they see the technology that the Addam's family has.
Old 1.19 - The Addams Family Splurges
A computer device helps the Addamses figure the cost to go to the moon.
Old 2.07 - Halloween - Addams Style
The family has a seance to prove the existence of witches to Wednesday and Pugsley.
Old 2.13 - Portrait of Gomez
Gomez has to get a driver's license to get his picture taken.
Old 2.21 - Pugsley's Allowance
Pugsley supplements his allowance with a job as a medical assistant.
7 new shows that are not based on old shows:
New 1.01 - Deadbeat Relatives
New 1.46 - Horseplay
New 1.56 - Granny, the Happy Medium
New 1.60 - Lights, Camera, Addams
New 1.62 - Fester, World Leader
New 1.64 - Keeping Up With the Joneses
New 1.65 - Death Visits the Addams Family
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