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The New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family is the ninth episode of the first season of the original series of The Addams Family. It first aired 13 November 1964 on ABC.


Hubert and Amanda Peterson are newlyweds, and they have leased the house next door. Their bliss starts to erode immediately when they see Gomez and Morticia Addams washing Pugsley's pet octopus, and Uncle Fester testing dynamite caps. Hubert tries to get out of the lease, but Gomez turns out to be the landlord and won't hear of it. Morticia, thinking the couple need to relax, has Lurch bring them over for a game of bridge. The couple are far from relaxed when they finally escape. The Family thinks that it's their appalling taste in decorating affecting the neighbors, so they redecorate the house for them in Addams style. Hubert has an inspiration, claiming his company is transferring him to Hong Kong. Gomez promptly buys the company to prevent the move - he's dead set on helping the couple, and can't understand why Amanda faints.


  • Cleopatra, Aristotle, Bruno, Cousin Farouk (referred to by Morticia as "our lovely fish") and Pierre appear in this episode.
    • The Addamses give away many of their prized posessions as wedding presents, including Cousin Farouk, the two-headed turtle and Pierre. However, they are all returned to them at the end.
    • When they help to decorate the Peterson's house, the gifts also include a replica of the Capitoline Wolf (sans Romulus and Remus) and an abstract painting not normaly seen in the Addams living room.
  • Grandmama is sharpening an axe, and mentions she hasn't used it since the tax man visited. Uncle Fester grabs his shotgun and calls her by name: Genevieve.
  • The Newlyweds assume that Gomez and Morticia are thowing rice at them, but are surprised to learn that it is lizard's teeth, instead. According to Gomez, in the Amazon no wedding ceremony is complete without the traditional showring of lizard's teeth.
  • This marks the first time Morticia asks "Do you mind if I smoke?" then proceeds to produce smoke from her body.
  • Despite Lisa Loring and Ken Weatherwax being credited, they only appear in the opening and closing credits.
  • It was remade for The New Addams Family episode "New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family".

Ooky Food

  • Fricassee of Toad (mentioned)


  • In the bridge scene, Thing is a left hand, instead of a right as in previous and subsequent scenes.


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