The BEST Episodes of The Addams Family

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. A satirical inversion of the ideal of the perfect American nuclear family, they are an eccentric wealthy family who delight in everything grotesque and macabre, and are never really aware that people find them bizarre or frightening. In fact, they themselves are often terrified by "normal" people.

The Addams Policy

#1 - The Addams Policy

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired Mar 25, 1966

Morticia has a new flame thrower, which Fester tests, setting their polar bear on fire. They make a claim to their insurance company, infuriating Mr. Henson, the manager, because his clerk, Joe Digby, had forgotten to cancel the Family's coverage.

star 8.33
21 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Morticia, the Decorator

#2 - Morticia, the Decorator

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 18, 1966

Morticia is caught up in the National Beautification Program and decides to become a decorator.

star 8.27
22 votes
Directors: Sidney Salkow
Writers: Gene Thompson
The Great Treasure Hunt

#3 - The Great Treasure Hunt

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 21, 1966

In the attic the Family discovers Great-Grandfather Pegleg' s old sea chest, and there's a treasure map in it. Morticia wants to search for the treasure, but half the map is missing, so the search for the second half begins.

star 8.21
29 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Lurch's Grand Romance

#4 - Lurch's Grand Romance

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 1, 1966

Morticia's old school chum Tiny Trivia arrives for a visit. She's into show-biz and very theatrical. Lurch fails for her, but she has no time for him.

star 8.13
24 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Art Weingarten, Gene Thompson
Addams Cum Laude

#5 - Addams Cum Laude

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 4, 1966

The school principal threatens to expel the children after they've been playing with dynamite caps.

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Bill Lutz, Sloan Nibley
Gomez, the People's Choice

#6 - Gomez, the People's Choice

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1965

Gomez is insulted by his latest tax bill, which is only $84, and complains to Mayor Henson, who misunderstands and offers him a rebate, convincing Gomez and Morticia that he's incompetent.

star 8.10
29 votes
Writers: Henry Sharp
The Addams Family Meet the V.I.P.'s

#7 - The Addams Family Meet the V.I.P.'s

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1964

Visiting dignitaries from an Iron Curtain country want to see a ""typical"" American family. Mr. Harris, the Government agent, is resistant to the idea. Mr. Haan insists, so they get out the phone book and randomly select a name. They land on the Addams listing.

star 8.04
80 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Keith Fowler, Phil Leslie
Christmas with the Addams Family

#8 - Christmas with the Addams Family

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 1965

Uncle Fester is chosen to slide down the chimney dressed as Santa Claus to prove the existence of St. Nick to the children. Fester gets stuck in the chimney, so Gomez, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and even Morticia and Grandmama each don a red suit and appear to the children.

star 8.03
29 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Amnesia in the Addams Family

#9 - Amnesia in the Addams Family

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 19, 1965

Gomez is juggling with his Indian clubs and hits himself on the head knocking himself unconscious. When he comes to, his personality has drastically changed.

star 8.03
68 votes
Lurch, the Teenage Idol

#10 - Lurch, the Teenage Idol

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired May 14, 1965

Lurch records a song at the harpsichord which eventually attracts swarms of screaming teenage fans to the house.

star 7.98
57 votes
Writers: Phil Leslie
Morticia's Romance (2)

#11 - Morticia's Romance (2)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 1965

Wednesday and Pugsley refuse to go to sleep until they are told the rest of the story of their parents' romance.

star 7.97
95 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor

#12 - Cousin Itt and the Vocational Counselor

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired May 7, 1965

Cousin Itt is trying to decide on a career, and they call in Mr. Phelps, a vocational guidance expert.

star 7.95
58 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Morticia Meets Royalty

#13 - Morticia Meets Royalty

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 1965

Princess Millicent von Schlepp arrives for a visit in her sedan chair.

star 7.94
65 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Leo Rifkin
Lurch's Little Helper

#14 - Lurch's Little Helper

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 18, 1966

Morticia is afraid that they are overworking Lurch, so Gomez builds him a robot assistant.

star 7.90
20 votes
The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik

#15 - The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 1, 1965

Rockland ""Rocky"" Cartwright III, a beatnik, crashes his motorbike in front of the Addams' house.

star 7.90
67 votes
Writers: Henry Sharp, Sloan Nibley
Morticia's Favorite Charity

#16 - Morticia's Favorite Charity

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 16, 1965

There's a local charity auction being run by Mr Henson, and the Addams Family hears about it. He doesn't want their help, but they insist on donating items to it after Morticia complains that the attic is too full and needs cleaning out.

star 7.89
28 votes
Writers: Elroy Schwartz, Jameson Brewer
Morticia and Gomez vs. Fester and Grandmama

#17 - Morticia and Gomez vs. Fester and Grandmama

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 7, 1966

Two weeks of unfavorable weather (blue skies and sunshine) keep the Addams children stuck indoors, where Morticia and Gomez believe Fester and Grandmama spoil them too much.

star 7.89
28 votes
Directors: Sidney Salkow
Writers: Preston Wood, Sloan Nibley
The Addams Family and the Spacemen

#18 - The Addams Family and the Spacemen

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 2, 1965

There have been sightings of UFOs, and when Mr. Hinckley and Mr. Gilbert, investigators from the MSO (Mysterious Space Objects), comes across the Family on a moonlight picnic and snail hunt, they think that Lurch and Cousin Itt are aliens.

star 7.88
67 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family

#19 - Mother Lurch Visits the Addams Family

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 15, 1965

Lurch's mother is coming to visit, and he confesses that she doesn't know he's just the servant.

star 7.87
39 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Jameson Brewer
Morticia, the Matchmaker

#20 - Morticia, the Matchmaker

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 4, 1964

Cousin Melancholia comes to seek solace at the Addams home. Melancholia's fiancee, Fred, has left to join the Foreign Legion. Morticia is determined to find her a new man and phones up Hasty Marriage.

star 7.85
79 votes
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Ophelia Finds Romance

#21 - Ophelia Finds Romance

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 28, 1966

Ophelia needs help with her latest romance, Horatio Bartholomew, whom she met at a Lonely Hearts' Club, but Grandma Frump objects to him, and Gomez and Morticia both think he's a phony, and try to convince Itt to marry Ophelia instead.

star 7.84
25 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
The Addams Family in Court

#22 - The Addams Family in Court

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 12, 1965

Grandma's been telling fortunes as Madame Bovary, helped by Thing. She's even set up a tent in the living room. Morticia is appalled and wants her to stop. It's too late, though, as the police arrest her.

star 7.82
68 votes
Directors: Nat Perrin
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler
Ophelia Visits Morticia

#23 - Ophelia Visits Morticia

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 25, 1966

Ophelia is still having problems getting a man. As Gomez observes: 'In the school of romance, I'm afraid she's just a drop-out'. Ophelia's latest beau, Montrose, has left her (the sixth this year), for the Peace Corps.

star 7.80
20 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Art Weingarten
The Addams Family Splurges

#24 - The Addams Family Splurges

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 29, 1965

Gomez and Pugsley build a new computer, Wizzo, because the family wants somewhere new and interesting to visit.

star 7.78
64 votes
Writers: George Haight, Lou Huston
Morticia, the Sculptress

#25 - Morticia, the Sculptress

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 12, 1965

Morticia wants to do something to add to life artisticaily, so she decides to take up sculpting.

star 7.76
29 votes
Directors: Sidney Lanfield
Writers: Hannibal Coons, Harry Winkler