Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ Series Breaks Record on Its First Week

She’s creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, and she’s just set a new record on Netflix

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Wednesday. Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in episode 104 of Wednesday. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022

She’s creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, and she’s just set a new record on Netflix. In its first week, Wednesday hit 341.2 million hours viewed on the streaming service, Deadline reported. It has surpassed Stranger Things 4, which garnered 335 million hours viewed during its debut week. The dark series now reigns supreme on Netflix when it comes to most hours viewed in a single week for an English-language TV show.

And the accolades don’t end there. ‘Wednesday’ ranks in the Top 10 on Netflix in 93 countries and holds the coveted #1 spot in 83 of them, a feat also accomplished by ‘Stranger Things 4.’ It appears things are far from woeful for the series, and it has conjured up quite an audience. Plus, the fact that the cast is spearheaded by Mexican-Puerto Rican actress Jenna Ortega and stars Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán as her father, Gomez Addams, makes the record-breaking viewership numbers all the more meaningful when it comes to Latinx representation in television.

If you haven’t seen the show yet, we won’t spoil it for you, but we will share some teasers. Tim Burton, who’s notorious for his spooky film repertoire, directs the eight-episode series. Catherine Zeta-Jones slays as Morticia Addams and even Christina Ricci is part of the cast. Ricci was a goth kid’s dream when she played Wednesday in the 90s Addams Family movies. While she’s not an Addams in the show, she’s a lot of fun to watch.

For anyone who saw The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993) and wanted more of Wednesday, then this series is the answer to your morbid prayers. It follows a teenage Wednesday as she attends Nevermore Academy, and although it’s a school for outcasts, the macabre wallflower still manages to stand out. From the beginning, sinister events are brewing with Wednesday in the dead center of them, not to mention she must contend with her budding psychic abilities, which reveal frightful visions. The macabre elements of the show are to die for, from references to Edgar Allan Poe to the student body made up of vampires, werewolves, and other nocturnal creatures.

Jenna Ortega definitely holds her own in the role and brings a unique darkness that sets her apart from Ricci’s portrayal of the character. According to What’s On Netflix, the record-breaking success of the series in its first week alone makes it highly likely that a second season is on the horizon, and we sure hope so because we can’t wait to see what Wednesday has hiding up her sleeves.

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