Which episodes from Netflix’s new Wednesday TV series are directed by fan-favorite and veteran filmmaker Tim Burton?

Wednesday Addams is arguably one of the most popular and recognizable fictional gothic characters of all time. Combine her with one of the most popular gothic filmmakers of all time in Tim Burton and you have a winning, but a woeful recipe for success.

That’s exactly what Netflix has done, with the brand new Wednesday series having been made available to stream worldwide from November 23. So, which of the eight episodes from Netflix’s first season of Wednesday does Tim Burton direct, and who is in charge of the remaining episodes?

Wednesday Addams | Official Trailer | Netflix

Which episodes of Wednesday are directed by Tim Burton?

In Netflix’s recently released Wednesday TV series, Tim Burton directs the first four episodes from season 1.

These episodes are titled ‘Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe’, ‘Woe Is the Loneliest Number’, ‘Friend or Woe’, and ‘Woe What a Night’.

Episode 5 ‘You Reap What You Woe’ and episode 6 ‘Quid Pro Woe’ are then directed by Gandja Monteiro.

James Marshall helms episode 7 ‘If You Don’t Woe By Now’ and episode 8 ‘A Murder of Woes’.

Burton is arguably best known for producing the likes of Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

Burton explains the charm of Wednesday Addams

Speaking to Empire, Tim Burton would explain how his interest in producing the Wednesday Netflix series really took off once he had a chance to read through the initial script.

“When I read this [script], it just spoke to me about how I felt in school and how you feel about your parents, how you feel as a person. It gave the Addams Family a different kind of reality. It was an interesting combination.” Tim Burton, via Empire.

The veteran filmmaker would then explain how his interest in the Wednesday Addams character comes from years’ worth of experiences, many of which could have been inspired by similar storylines.

“In 1976, I went to a high-school prom. It was the year [that] Carrie came out. I felt like a male Carrie at that prom. I felt that feeling of having to be there but not be part of it. They don’t leave you, those feelings, as much as you want them to go.” Tim Burton, via Empire.

Burton would then add how, “You know, Wednesday and I have the same worldview.”

Creators admit they expected a Burton rejection

The name ‘Tim Burton’ being attached to any project brings a whole host of attention, let alone a TV series that focuses on one of the most iconic Burton-esque characters of all time in Wednesday Addams.

Interestingly, the co-creators of the Netflix series Miles Millar and Al Gough told The Hollywood Reporter how they were not initially confident that Burton would come on board for the project.

“Tim was always our first choice to do it, but people were like, ‘He’s never done television.’ But we said, ‘If we don’t ask, the answer’s no.’ So, we sent the script to his agent. His agent really liked it, and sent it to Tim, and then shockingly, four days later, he answered and said he would love to get on the phone and talk to us about it. We did and he basically committed right then.” Al Gough, via The Hollywood Reporter.

Actress Gwendoline Christie also explained how the struggled to cope with the excitement that comes with working with Burton.

“I got a text saying, ‘Hi Gwen, Tim Burton would like to speak to you,’ and I thought I was going to spontaneously combust because I’ve wanted to work with Tim Burton my entire life. I just think that Tim is one of our great artists, and I mean this in the sense that he is a visionary. And he is unadulteratedly himself, and I think that our industry and our world needs to celebrate more artists who are entirely themselves and exist only to express themselves.” Gwendoline Christie, via The Hollywood Reporter.

By Tom Llewellyn [email protected]

 

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