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Encyclopedia > Thing (Addams Family)
Thing (foreground) with Uncle Fester, Morticia and Gomez Addams
Thing (foreground) with Uncle Fester, Morticia and Gomez Addams

Thing was a fictional character in the television series The Addams Family (1964-66) , the revived series The New Addams Family (1998), and in the related movies The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993). Thing takes the form of a disembodied hand who performs various useful functions for the family. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The Addams Family, as illustratred by Charles Addams in the New Yorker magazine. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Addams Family Values (1993) is a sequel to the comedy The Addams Family movie. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


In the 1960s television series, Thing was played by Ted Cassidy, who also played the lugubrious butler Lurch. Thing is confined to a series of boxes, one in each room in the Addams mansion. He apparently moved from box to box through a labyrinth of tunnels, but the tunnels are never actually shown. In the films, thanks to advances in special effects, Thing (played by Christopher Hart) is able to emerge and run on his fingertips, much like a spider. Theodore Crawford Ted Cassidy (born July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor who played Lurch (in which role he was able to demonstrate his genuine skill on the harpsichord) and Thing on The Addams Family. ... Lurch is the shambling, groaning, eight-foot tall Frankenstein-like butler to The Addams Family. ... Suborders Araneomorphae Mesothelae Mygalomorphae See the taxonomy section for families Spiders are invertebrate animals that produce silk, have eight legs and no wings. ...


Thing was the creation of Charles Addams, who drew the Addams Family cartoons in The New Yorker magazine beginning in the 1930s. He first appeared in Addams's 1954 book Homebodies. One of Addams's cartoons shows the Addams mansion with a sign at the front saying "Beware of the Thing." Charles Samuel Addams (January 7, 1912 - September 28, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters. ... The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted most years on the magazines anniversary. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since Cassidy was 6' 9" ( 2,06 m ) tall, using him to depict Thing caused great technical difficulties on the set of The Addams Family. In many scenes he lay on his back on a wheeled trolley, below the line of sight of the cameras, and inserted his arm through the bottom of the box.


Among Thing's many useful roles are fetching the mail, handing cigars to Gomez Addams and then lighting them, changing the channel on the Addams TV set, holding Morticia Addams's wool while she knits and turning over records on the phonograph (particularly when Gomez and Morticia dance the tango). Thing and Grandmama are fond of arm-wrestling. Tango in the streets of Buenos Aires Tango is a social dance form that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. ...


Morticia is always very appreciative of Thing's services, and her frequent "Why thank you, Thing" is one of the best known lines of the series. Thing cannot talk, of course, but he does sometimes snap his fingers to attract attention, and is also able to communicate by signaling in Morse code, writing, or with the help of the manual alphabet. This can be very disconcerting to visitors to the Addam's mansion. A manual alphabet is a system of representing all the letters of an alphabet, using only the hands. ...


Other hands

On the 1960s TV series, two similar hands were introduced in the episode "Morticia Meets Royalty":

  • Lady Fingers: a female "handmaiden" who was the servant of Aunt Millie, also known as Princess Millicent von Schlepp. When Millicent came to visit, Thing and Lady Fingers fell in love. Lady Fingers later returned in the 1977 Addams Family Halloween special and the 1998 series revival.
  • Esmerelda: another female hand hired by Millicent after firing Lady Fingers. Esmerelda turned out to be dishonest, and Millicent rehired Lady Fingers.

The 1990s revived series implied the existence of other hands as well.


External links

  • Article at TV ACRES
  • Unofficial episode guide to the 1960s series
  • Unofficial episode gude to the revived series

 
 

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