Pugsley almost had his name changed to Pubert in The Addams Family show, and here's why the switch wasn't made. The unusual family just returned to the big screen through animation, but they've got a history that goes back to 1938 through cartoons. Gomez and Morticia Addams became more widely known in 1964 through a TV show starring them and their family, but the family almost had one significant change happen across different iterations.
The Addams Family has brought grandparents, uncles, and the family butler into the story over the years, but the Addams children have also been featured. Pugsley is Gomez and Morticia's only son as well as their oldest child, with his sister Wednesday being the youngest of the original family. They've primarily been the only Addams children throughout the 50-year history of the property, but they did get a brother in Addams Family Values named Pubert.
As discussed in the latest Screen Rant video, Pubert was the name that Pugsley had initially for The Addams Family show. This was the case despite Charles Addams creating the character as Pugsley. Why the show wanted to change his name isn't clear, but we do know why the change wasn't made. There was a growing fear that the television censors would not approve of the name being on the air. As a result, the decision was made to forgo the change from Pugsley to Pubert. It would be 30 years later that Pubert was recreated for Addams Family Values and finally brought to the screen.
Even though Pubert could've been Puglsey's name, they are very different characters. Pugsley is a kind and smart kid, usually portrayed to be younger than a teenager, and he doesn't always follow his family's ways. When Pubert was properly introduced in 1993, he was featured as just a baby. He stands apart from other infants though thanks to his signature mustache, and his ability to shoot flaming arrows on occasion. Addams Family Values is the lone appearance of Pubert though, so this reference to the franchise's history was short-lived.
That said, there is the potential for Pubert to return to the screen once again in the future. The new animated The Addams Family movie is on its way to being a decent financial hit for MGM after a $30 million opening weekend. As a result, the studio has already announced that The Addams Family 2 is in the works for a 2021 release date. It is possible that the family has grown in size the next time we see them so that Pubert can be involved. That is not confirmed at this point though, so fans of The Addams Family and Pubert will have to wait and see whether or not he is going to make a return.