Movies and shows like 'Wednesday' that keep the creepy, kooky energy alive

From 'Buffy' to 'Riverdale,' our go-to movies and shows like 'Wednesday' will keep you busy once you've left Nevermore

Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) and Thing
(Image credit: Netflix © 2022)

Now that we've left Nevermore—hopefully not permanently—shows like Wednesday will keep us occupied until we return to the school for the supernatural next semester. 

Wednesday, Netflix and Tim Burton's new take on the iconic character, (played by Jenna Ortega) has gotten everyone's attention, despite its release one month after Halloween. Considering it was the second-most streamed series in a single week behind Stranger Things season 4, we'll take it as a sign that viewers are all for creepy and kooky 24/7/365. (As they should be!)

We followed along with Miss Adams (and Thing) as they attempted to figure out who was behind the grisly Jericho murders. We watched Wednesday go head-to-head with Bianca Barclay (Joy Sunday) and we had to adjust to a heavy dose of color thanks to Enid Sinclair (Emma Myers). And, in true millennial fashion, we picked sides: Team Xavier (Percy Hynes White) or Team Tyler (Hunter Doohan). 

Though this is certainly a new spin on the classic character we met nearly a century ago, our new Wednesday Addams, an independent, no-nonsense Latin character, seems to resonate with all fans—just as Ortega intended. 

"To give young Latin people someone to relate to on-screen and give them that boost of self-esteem, or relatability and comfort in characters, is so special and so wonderful," Ortega told Netflix. "But [Wednesday is] also for everyone. Everyone should be able to see themselves in anyone."

Well, if the streaming stats are any indication, it appears everyone is on board. While we patiently wait for Wednesday season 2, check out these supernatural series.

Jenna ortega as wednesday addams in wednesday, netflix

(Image credit: Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022)

Shows like 'Wednesday' to put on your watch list

1. 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (2018-2020)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

Sabrina Spellman gets a whole new look in this dark twist on the beloved '90s sitcom. In the Netflix retelling, the witchy teens learns about her identity, all while staving danger. (We will admit there's a downside to this series: Salem doesn't talk.) 

2. 'Stranger Things' (2016-present)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

Although 1980s Indiana might seem ordinary, it's anything but in this smash success from the Duffer Brothers. A group of tweens join forces to uncover the mystery behind the supernatural occurrences in their small town. Next up? Stranger Things season 5

3. 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' (2016)

  • Where to watch: Hulu

Another Tim Burton masterpiece to add to the mix, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children follows the YA novel of the same name. In the story, Jake attempts to uncover a mystery from his grandfather, which leads him towards this school for students with special powers—and the mystery only grows from there!

4. 'Scream Queens' (2015-2016)

  • Where to watch: Hulu

A string of murders has taken place at Wallace University, and its ultra-exclusive sorority isn't exactly say the least. In the hands of Ryan Murphy, this horror-movie-twist on campus life makes for a perfect binge watch.

5. 'Riverdale' (2017-2022)

  • Where to watch: The CW, Netflix, Prime Video

Never trust the quiet towns—there's always something evil threatening their peaceful facade. In Riverdale, a group of teens try to uncover a mysterious murder in a seemingly unlikely place.

6. 'Pretty Little Liars' (2010-2017)

Based on the bestselling YA novels from Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars follows a group of teens who are forced to continue on with their lives after the disappearance of their friend and leader of the pack, Allison. But when threatening and revealing texts from "A" surface, it makes things pretty hard for Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily. 

Be sure to catch the 2021 reboot, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, too. A's antics get far more twisted in this retelling.

the cast of pretty little liars original sin

(Image credit: Karolina Wojtasik/HBO Max)

7. 'Fate: The Winx Saga' (2021-2022)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

A magical boarding school for fairies in the Otherworld allows them to mix and mingle with their kind—and ward off evil, too. (Anyone else getting Nevermore vibes?)

8. 'Nancy Drew' (2019-present)

  • Where to watch: HBO Max

We see a lot of Wednesday in the teen detective. They're both dying for answers!

9. 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' (2017-2019)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

As three orphans try to grapple with their parents' mysterious death, they're forced to fight the nefarious Olaf who's out for their inheritance. 

10. 'The School for Good and Evil' (2022)

  • Where to watch: Netflix

Will Sophie and Agatha be able to maintain their friendship when they're swept off to  The School for Good and Evil?

11. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2001)

  • Where to watch: Hulu, Prime

Buffy is a Slayer who must take down vampires in this 90s classic, and Sunnydale isn't quite as cheery as you might've expected

12. 'The Addams Family' (1964-1966)

  • Where to watch: Pluto TV

Ah, where it all got started! Catch the Addams clan in their glory days and the original Wednesday (Lisa Loring) in all of her spooky shenanigans! And while we love Ortega's "Goo Goo Muck" dance, "The Drew" is the OG Wednesday dance!

Wednesday is now streaming on Netflix. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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