Within the first five minutes of Wednesday—Netflix's brand-new series that focuses on the iconic Addams Family character —we see the titular figure (played by the fabulous Jenna Ortega) drop two batches of piranhas in a swimming pool during a water polo practice, as an act of revenge against members of the team after they stuff her brother, Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez), into a locker. When Wednesday is then kicked out and sent to a boarding school, her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones), says of one of the players: “That boy's family was going to file attempted murder charges. How would that have looked on your record?” To which Wednesday responds, “Terrible...everyone would know I failed to get the job done.”
This is the kind of dark, clever and surprising humor that's come to be associated with a character who's been portrayed by Christina Ricci, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lisa Loring and so many more. But in Wednesday, Ortega gives the titular role new depth, while still bringing the laughs thanks to her brooding performance (although be warned, because her antics are definitely too gruesome for young viewers). Among a star-studded cast, Ortega steals the show and makes Wednesday a riotous experience throughout the whole first hour-long episode.