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Bewitched
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Format Sitcom
Created by Sol Saks
Directed by William Asher
Richard Michaels
and others
Starring Elizabeth Montgomery
Dick York
Dick Sargent
Agnes Moorehead
David White
Theme music composer Howard Greenfield
Jack Keller
Composer(s) Warren Barker
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 254 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Harry Ackerman
Producer(s) Danny Arnold
Jerry Davis
William Froug
William Asher
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Production company(s) Screen Gems
Ashmont Productions (1971–1972)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 35 mm film
B&W (Seasons 1–2)
Color (Seasons 3–8)
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 17, 1964 – July 1, 1972
Chronology
Followed by Tabitha

Bewitched is an American situation comedy originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Dick Sargent (1969–1972), Agnes Moorehead and David White. It is about a witch who marries a mortal and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. Bewitched continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on DVD and was the longest running supernatural-themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s era.

Premise and characters

Plot summary

A young-looking witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) meets and marries a mortal named Darrin Stephens (originally Dick York, later Dick Sargent). While Samantha pledges to forsake her powers and become a typical suburban housewife, her magical family disapproves of the mixed marriage and frequently interferes in the couple's lives. Episodes often begin with Darrin becoming the victim of a spell, the effects of which wreak havoc with mortals such as his boss, clients, parents, and neighbors. By the epilogue, however, Darrin and Samantha most often embrace and confound the devious elements that failed to separate them.

Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York as Samantha and Darrin Stephens, from a 1967 promo.

The female witches have names ending with the soft "-a" sound (with one exception, "Elspeth," in season 4 episode 15). Their male counterparts are known as "warlocks." The witches and warlocks are very long lived; while Samantha appears to be in her twenties, many episodes suggest she is actually hundreds of years old. To keep their society secret, witches avoid showing their powers in front of mortals other than Darrin. Nevertheless, the perplexing unexplainable effects of their spells and Samantha's attempts to hide their supernatural origin from mortals drive the plot of most episodes. Witches and warlocks usually use physical gestures along with their magical spells, and sometimes spoken incantations. Most notably, Samantha often "twitches" her nose to perform a spell. Modest but effective special visual effects are accompanied by music to highlight the magic.

Setting

The main setting for most scenes is the Stephens' house at 1164 Morning Glory Circle (although in season 4's "How Green Was My Grass", house number 162 is used as a plot device). Many scenes also take place at the Madison Avenue advertising agency "McMann and Tate" for which Darrin works. The Stephens' home is located in a nearby upper middle class suburban neighborhood, either in Westport, Connecticut or within New York State, as indicated by conflicting information presented throughout the series.[1]

Characters

Samantha's mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead) is the chief antagonist. Like all witches, she never reveals her surname, indicating to Darrin that he would be unable to pronounce it. Endora loathes mortals, and disapproves of Darrin, as do many of Samantha's relatives. Endora refuses to even use Darrin's name, alternatively calling him "Durwood," "What's-his-name," "Darwin," "Dum-Dum," etc., all much to his annoyance. She refers to him as "Darrin" only eight times during the entire series.[2] Many stories revolve around Endora, or another of Darrin's in-laws, using magic to undermine the union. Endora casts countless farcical spells on Darrin, but never attempts to outright destroy him. Endora's ploys to provoke a breakup always fail as their love overcomes every obstacle. When High Priestess Hepzibah expresses surprise that Darrin has withstood years of harassment from his mother-in-law, Endora can only shrug and admit, "He loves my daughter."

Agnes Moorehead as Endora.

Darrin works as an executive at the McMann and Tate advertising agency. His profit-obsessed boss Larry Tate (David White) is a regular character, but Tate's partner, Mr. McMann, appears only twice during the series. Tate's opinions turn on a dime to appease a client in an attempt to land a deal. Many episodes culminate in a dinner party with clients at the Stephens' or Tates' home, and is humorously affected by magic. Samantha usually figures out a clever way to save the day, and the account. Louise Tate, Larry's wife, becomes Samantha's closest mortal friend and, like Samantha, often plays hostess to clients.

Across the street from Darrin and Samantha lives a retired couple, the nosy and tactless Gladys Kravitz (Alice Pearce, then Sandra Gould) and her husband Abner (George Tobias). Gladys constantly tries to prove that there's "something funny" about Samantha, only to be branded delusional by Abner. Though the Kravitzes and the Stephens are usually friendly, in some episodes Gladys seems out to get Samantha.

Samantha's father, Maurice (Maurice Evans), is an urbane thespian much like Elizabeth Montgomery's father, Robert Montgomery. Maurice often embellishes his entrances and exits with strained Shakespearean verse. Bewitched is unique for mid-1960s sitcoms in that it portrays Endora and Maurice as an estranged married couple, their separation being implied and subtextual. Endora once introduced Maurice as “my daughter's father,” and another time Endora threatens to “move in” with Maurice. In the episode "Samantha's Good News," Endora threatens to file for an “ectoplasmic interlocutory” (i.e. divorce), only to wrangle Maurice's affection. Maurice also refers to Darrin with incorrect names, including "Duncan" and "Dustbin," with Endora going so far as to "correct" him, saying “That’s Durwood.”

Darrin's parents, the strait-laced Phyllis and laid-back Frank Stephens, visit occasionally but never learn of Samantha's supernatural powers. Phyllis (Mabel Albertson) makes inopportune surprise visits, and often complains of "a sick headache" after accidentally witnessing a spell in motion.

On Samantha's father's side of the family[3] is her far-out, egocentric lookalike cousin Serena. Also played by Elizabeth Montgomery, she is credited as "Pandora Spocks" (a spin on the phrase "Pandora's box") from 1969 to 1972. Serena is the antithesis of Samantha, in most episodes sporting a heart-shaped beauty mark on her cheek, raven-black cropped hair, and mod mini-skirts. Ever mischievous, Serena often chases after Darrin and Larry Tate (calling the white-haired Tate "Cotton-Top"), just for sport. More progressive than typical witches or warlocks, who generally abhor mortals, Samantha's counter-culture cousin occasionally dates some (including characters played by Jack Cassidy and Peter Lawford). Despite her wild behavior and frequent co-plotting with Endora, Serena ultimately supports Samantha and Darrin, even though she finds them both a bit "square."

Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde), Endora's prank-loving brother, makes several memorable appearances. Despite many practical jokes at Darrin's expense, Uncle Arthur seems to like him. In one episode, both Serena and Uncle Arthur go head-to-head with the Witches Council to support the Stephens' union, only to have their own powers suspended.

The only one of Samantha's relatives for whom Darrin regularly shows affection is the bumbling, absent-minded but lovable Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne). Though well-intentioned, Clara's spells usually backfire, and her entrances and exits are often a grand fumble, such as entering via a chimney or colliding with a wall. She has a collection of over a thousand doorknobs (inspired by Lorne's real-life collection). Rather than recast the role after Lorne's death in 1968, a similar witch, the anxiety-ridden and magically inept housekeeper Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley), is introduced in 1969.

In the second season, Samantha gives birth to a daughter, Tabitha (spelled Tabatha in production credits until season 5) and later in the series has a son, Adam. Both eventually prove to have supernatural powers. The Tates' son Jonathon is born a few months before Tabitha.

A strange occurrence or condition caused by a supernatural illness is often used as a plot device. Assistance is often sought from the warlock Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox) who is summoned by the phrase “Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay, emergency, come right away.” Dr. Bombay is a womanizer who often has a buxom assistant, and constantly cracks bad jokes. Help for supernatural illnesses is also occasionally sought from the unnamed witches’ apothecary (Bernie Kopell), an amorous old warlock.

Other recurring characters

  • Aunt Enchantra and Aunt Hagatha, Samantha's aunts. They occasionally ride in an antique car called "Macbeth" (sometimes driven by chauffeur Rasputin, other times operating sans driver) which enters the Stephens home through the wall. Enchantra was played by three different actresses, while Hagatha was played by five, including Reta Shaw and Ysabel MacCloskey. Starting at the end of season 4, Hagatha sometimes appears to babysit Tabitha, and later Adam.
  • The "drunk guy" (Dick Wilson) shows up in various bars, jail cells and sidewalks to witness acts of witchcraft.
  • Betty, the secretary at McMann and Tate, played by various actresses.
  • Sheila Sommers (Nancy Kovack), Darrin's wealthy ex-fiancée and nemesis for Samantha. Twice in the series (the premiere episode, "I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha" and "Snob in the Grass") she brazenly tries to seduce Darrin, only to be stopped by Samantha and her powers. The character also appears in the 1968 episode "If they Never Met."
  • Dave (Gene Blakely), Darrin's "best friend" and a Morning Glory Circle councilman in the first two seasons.
  • Howard McMann, Larry Tate's business partner, played by Roland Winters in "Man of the Year" (139) and Leon Ames in "What Makes Darrin Run" (191).
  • Ms. Peabody, Tabitha's 2nd grade teacher (Maudie Prickett), appears in two episodes of season 8, "Tabitha's First Day of School" (248) and "School Days, School Daze" (251).

Historical, fictional, and contemporary characters

Thanks to witchcraft, a number of interesting characters were seen, including Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Pierce, George and Martha Washington, Paul Revere, Sigmund Freud, Julius Caesar, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon, King Henry VIII, Cleopatra, Santa Claus, Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, The Artful Dodger, Hansel and Gretel, The Tooth Fairy, the Loch Ness Monster, a Leprechaun, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Willie Mays (playing himself), and Boyce and Hart (playing themselves).

Cast

Cast of Characters
Character Actor(s) No. of episodes
Main Characters
Samantha Stephens Elizabeth Montgomery 254
Darrin Stephens Dick York (1964–1969)
Dick Sargent (1969–1972)
156
84
Endora Agnes Moorehead 147
Larry Tate David White 166
Recurring Characters
Tabitha Stephens Cynthia Black (1966)
Heidi and Laura Gentry (1966)
Tamar and Julie Young (1966)
Diane Murphy (1966–1968)
Erin Murphy (1966–1972)
116
Gladys Kravitz Alice Pearce (1964–1966)
Sandra Gould (1966–1971)
57
Abner Kravitz George Tobias (1964–1971) 55
Louise Tate Irene Vernon (1964–1966)
Kasey Rogers (1966–1972)
46
Aunt Clara Marion Lorne (1964–1968) 28
Serena Elizabeth Montgomery (1966–1972)
(as "Pandora Spocks")
24
Adam Stephens unknown (1969–1970)
Greg and David Lawrence (1970–1972)
24
Phyllis Stephens Mabel Albertson (1964–1971) 19
Dr. Bombay Bernard Fox (1967–1972) 18
Esmeralda Alice Ghostley (1969–1972) 15
Frank Stephens Robert F. Simon (1964–1971)
Roy Roberts (1967–1970)
13
Maurice Maurice Evans (1964–1972) 12
Uncle Arthur Paul Lynde (1965–1971) 10

The series is noted for having a number of major cast changes, often due to illness or death of the actors. Most notably, the actor playing Darrin was quietly replaced mid-series. The various changes during the series and untimely deaths of several of the regular actors in the decades following its cancellation produced a mythology that the series was cursed. The only surviving members of the regular cast are Bernard Fox and the actors who played the Stephens children. However, a study of the average age of death of the actors, many of whom were already past middle aged during the show's production, reveals no unusual pattern.[4]

Dick York was unable to continue his role as Darrin due to a severe back condition (the result of an accident during the filming of They Came To Cordura in 1959). York's disability caused ongoing shooting delays and script rewrites. After collapsing on the set and being rushed to the hospital in January 1969, York left the show and the role went to Dick Sargent that same month.[5]

Ghostley and Lorne together in The Graduate.

Marion Lorne appeared in 28 episodes as Aunt Clara and won a posthumous Emmy Award in 1968. Essentially replacing this character was the similarly magic-disabled Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley) in season 6. Coincidentally, Lorne and Ghostley had appeared side by side in the hotel scene of Mike Nichols' film version of The Graduate in 1967.

Also winning a posthumous Emmy award in 1966 for her role, Alice Pearce was the first to play the character of Gladys Kravitz. After Pearce's death from ovarian cancer, Mary Grace Canfield played Harriet Kravitz, Abner's sister, in four episodes during the spring of 1966, and is said to be keeping house while Gladys is out of town. Sandra Gould assumed the role of Gladys Kravitz beginning in season 3.

Tabitha Stephens's birth in the season 2 episode "And Then There Were Three" featured infant Cynthia Black in the role. For the remainder of the season, Tabitha was played by twins Heidi and Laura Gentry, followed by twins Tamar and Julie Young. Fraternal twin toddlers Diane and Erin Murphy were cast for the role at the beginning of season 3. In time, they began to look less alike, so Diane was dropped during season 4. Diane made several guest appearances in other roles, and filled in as Tabitha one last time in season 5's "Samantha Fights City Hall," due to Erin's mumps.

Alice Ghostley (Esmeralda), Paul Lynde (Uncle Arthur), and Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay) all had guest roles during the first two seasons as mortal characters before being cast as magical regulars.

Production

Ratings
Season Rank
1) 1964–1965 # 2
2) 1965–1966 # 7
3) 1966–1967 # 8
4) 1967–1968 # 11
5) 1968–1969 # 12
6) 1969–1970 # 25
7) 1970–1971 # 34
8) 1971–1972 # 72

Two of the film antecedents for this series were the 1942 film I Married a Witch (from Thorne Smith's unfinished novel The Passionate Witch and Me), and the John Van Druten play that was eventually adapted as Bell, Book and Candle (1958).

Sol Saks, who received credit as the creator of the show, wrote the pilot of Bewitched, although he was not involved with the show after the pilot. Initially, Danny Arnold, who helped develop the style and tone of the series as well as some of the supporting characters who did not appear in the pilot, like Larry Tate and the Kravitzes, produced and headed writing of the series. Arnold, who wrote on McHale's Navy and other shows, thought of Bewitched essentially as a romantic comedy about a mixed marriage; his episodes kept the magic element to a minimum, with one or two magical acts to drive the plot, but with Samantha usually solving problems without magic. Also, many of the first season's episodes were allegorical, using supernatural situations as clear metaphors for the real-life problems a young couple would face. Arnold stated that the two main themes of the series were the conflict between a powerful woman and a husband who cannot deal with that power, and the anger of the bride's mother at seeing her daughter marry beneath her. Though the show was a hit right from the beginning, finishing its first year as the number 2 show on television, ABC wanted more magic and more farcical plots, causing battles between Arnold and the network.

Arnold left the show after the first season (he would later co-create Barney Miller with Theodore J. Flicker), leaving producing duties to his friend Jerry Davis, who had already produced some of the first season's episodes (though Arnold was still supervising the writing). The second season was produced by Davis and with Bernard Slade as head writer, with mistaken identity and farce becoming a more prevalent element, but still included a number of more low-key episodes where the magic element was not front and center.

With the third season and the switch to color, Davis left the show, and was replaced as producer by William Froug. Slade also left after the second season (he would later create another popular Screen Gems series, The Partridge Family, which, like Bewitched, went through a recasting of a role). According to William Froug's autobiography, William Asher (who had directed many episodes) wanted to take over as producer when Jerry Davis left, but the production company was not yet ready to approve the idea. Froug, a former producer of Gilligan's Island, was brought in as a compromise. By his own admission, Froug was not very familiar with Bewitched and found himself in the uncomfortable position of being the official producer even though Asher was making most of the creative decisions. After a year, Froug left the show, and Asher took over as full-time producer of the series for the rest of its run.

Along with Darrin being played by Dick Sargent, the sixth season (1969–1970) also saw a significant decline in ratings. Viewership continued to dwindle in the seventh season. In the fall of the show's eighth season, which would be its last, ABC moved Bewitched's air time from Thursdays at 8:30 to Wednesdays at 8:00. The schedule change did not help ratings as the show was now pitted against CBS's popular The Carol Burnett Show. In January of 1972 the show was finally moved to the Saturday night death slot at 8:00, opposite TV's number one show, All in the Family, and finished the year in 72nd place.

Storylines repeated from I Love Lucy

In the episode "Samantha's Power Failure," Serena's and Uncle Arthur's powers are removed by the Witches' Council, and they get jobs in a confectionery factory, with Serena and Arthur tossing and hiding an onslaught of bananas from a conveyor belt which are to be dipped in chocolate and nuts, then packaged. This episode mimics the famous chocolate assembly-line episode of I Love Lucy ("Job Switching"), which was directed by Bewitched producer/director William Asher. Serena's and Arthur's jokes and physical antics are taken from Lucy's (Lucille Ball) and Ethel's (Vivian Vance) playbook.

In another episode Samantha interviews a maid, and the scene is almost identical to one in Lucy. Season 8 featured a European vacation, but was filmed in Hollywood using stock footage, like the "European" episodes of Lucy. Similar to Endora's refusal to pronounce Darrin's name correctly, Lucy's mother always referred to son-in-law Ricky with an incorrect name ("Mickey").

Timely topics

Some episodes take a backdoor approach to such topics as racism, as seen in the first season episode, "The Witches Are Out," in which Samantha objects to Darrin's demeaning ad portrayal of witches as ugly and deformed. Such stereotypical imagery often causes Endora and other witches to flee the country until November. Another episode, "Sisters at Heart" (season 7), whose story was submitted by a tenth-grade English class,[6] involved Tabitha altering the skin tone of herself and a black friend with coordinating polka-dots, so that people would treat them alike.

Sets and locations

The 1959 Columbia Pictures Gidget movie was filmed on location at a real home in Santa Monica (at 267 18th Street). The blueprint design of this home was later reversed and replicated as a house facade attached to an existing garage on the backlot of Columbia's Ranch. This was the house seen on Bewitched. The patio and living room sets seen in Columbia's Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) were soon adapted for the permanent Bewitched set for 1964.

In June 1970, Bewitched filmed on location in Salem, Magnolia and Gloucester, Massachusetts. These location shoots marked the only time the show would film away from their Hollywood studio set, which was being rebuilt due to a fire. The eight so-called "Salem Saga" episodes helped the show's ratings.[7] On June 15, 2005, TV Land unveiled a Samantha statue in Salem Massachusetts, to mark the show's 40th anniversary. On hand were stars Bernard Fox, Erin Murphy and Kasey Rogers.

On the Columbia studio backlot, the Kravitzes' house was actually down the street from the Stephens' house exterior. Both homes' exterior doors opened to an unfinished eighteen-by-fifteen foot entry, as the interiors were shot elsewhere. The exterior of the Kravitzes' house later became the home of The Partridge Family.

In popular culture

The magical powers of the characters on the show and the sudden switch of actors playing Darrin at the start of the 1969 season without explanation have both been sources of many popular culture references to the show, such as on sitcoms like Roseanne and The Nanny.

In the episode "Trouble with the Rubbles" of Roseanne, new neighbors move in and Jackie asks Roseanne, staring attentively through the window, if she knows anything about them. Roseanne jokingly replies, "Well, okay, the husband, Darrin, he's in advertising, and they have this cute little daughter named Tabitha. But the wife, I don't know, something's wrong with her. I think she's a witch."

In the supernatural child sitcom, Wizards of Waverly Place, the principal of the title characters' prep school is named Mr. Laritate, an obvious reference to David White's character. The series has also featured a similar reference to Major Roger Healey of I Dream of Jeannie, another sitcom featuring supernatural characters.

In the That '70s Show episode, "Class Picture," one basement scene shows the characters at different ages as they debate the merits of Samantha and Jeannie. Once the characters are shown in their proper ages, Hyde comments, "Guys, it feels like we've been talking about this for a really long time."

In the "Charmed" fourth season episode, "Lost and Bound", Phoebe worries about her ability to be a good wife and notes the only married witch she can think of as a model is Samantha Stephens. Subsequently, Cole gives her a ring which causes Phoebe to start behaving like Samantha, spending all her time in the kitchen, while alternating between color and black and white.

In the "Easy Bake Coven" segment of the "Treehouse of Horror VIII" episode of "The Simpsons," after Marge is revealed to be a witch, she escapes to a cave to join her sisters Patty and Selma, also witches. One of them comments to Marge, "So, you finally left Durwood" (the name Endora most frequently called Darrin). Marge replies, "His name is Homer."

Episode availability

Syndication history

After completing its original run, ABC Daytime and ABC Saturday Morning continued to show the series until 1973. Bewitched has since been syndicated on many local US broadcast stations. Cable television channel WTBS carried the show throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The first two seasons, which were available only in black and white at the time, were rarely seen in reruns from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, until Nick at Nite began syndication of the series in the 1990s. The Hallmark Channel aired the show from 2001 to 2003, and TV Land from 2003 to 2006. In October 2008, the show began to air in the US on WGN America. Channel 9 Australia airs the series on its digital channel GO! TV Land started airing Bewitched again in March 2010. [1]

Internet

Selected episodes may be viewed on iTunes, YouTube, Internet Movie Database, Hulu, The Minisode Network, and Crackle.

DVD releases

Beginning in 2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released all eight seasons of Bewitched. In regions 1 and 4, seasons 1 and 2 were each released in two versions—one as originally broadcast in black-and-white, and one colorized. Only the colorized editions were released in regions 2 and 3.

Spin-offs and remakes

The Flintstones episode, "Samantha" (1965), features Dick York & Elizabeth Montgomery as Darrin and Samantha Stephens[8]

Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family

An animated cartoon made in 1972 by Hanna-Barbera Productions for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, this featured teenage versions of Tabitha and Adam visiting their aunt and her family who travel with a circus.

See Also List of Animated Spinoffs from Prime Time Shows

Tabitha

In 1977, a short-lived spin-off entitled Tabitha aired on ABC. The show stars Lisa Hartman as an adult Tabitha working, along with her brother Adam, at television station KXLA. There were several continuity differences with the original series, including Adam having inherited none of his mother's abilities. Adam and Tabitha had also aged far more than the intervening years between the two series would have allowed. Supporting witch character Aunt Minerva (Karen Morrow) is said to be like a mother to Tabitha, though she had never been mentioned in Bewitched. Samantha and Darrin never appear in Tabitha, though Bernard Fox, Sandra Gould, George Tobias and Dick Wilson make guest appearances as, respectively, Dr. Bombay, Gladys Kravitz, Abner Kravitz and the "drunk guy."

Theatrical Movie

Bewitched inspired a 2005 film starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Rather than a remake, in this deconstruction of the sitcom, a failing Hollywood actor, Jack Wyatt (Ferrell), is offered the chance of a career comeback playing Darrin in a remake of Bewitched. All he has to do is find the perfect girl to play Samantha, which he does in Isabel Bigelow (Kidman), who really is a witch. The film was poorly received by most critics and was a financial disappointment, earning $22 million less than the production cost domestically. However it earned an additional $68 million internationally. The New York Times called the film "an unmitigated disaster."[9]

International television remakes

  • Argentina — A remake called Hechizada, produced by Telefé, aired in early 2007. It starred Florencia Peña as Samantha, Gustavo Garzón as her husband, Eduardo, and Georgina Barbarrosa as Endora. This show adapted original scripts to an Argentinian context, with local humor and a contemporary setting. The show was cancelled due to low ratings after a few weeks.
  • JapanTBS, a flagship station of Japan News Network, produced a remake called Okusama wa majo (奥さまは魔女), also known as Bewitched in Tokyo.[10] Eleven episodes were broadcast on JNN stations Fridays at 10 p.m., from January 16, 2004 to March 26, 2004, and a special on December 21, 2004. The main character, Arisa Matsui, was portrayed by Ryōko Yonekura. Okusama wa majo is also the Japanese title for the original American series.
  • Russia — In 2009, TV3 broadcast a remake entitled "Моя любимая ведьма" ("My Favorite Witch"), starring Anna Zdor as Nadia (Samantha), Ivan Grishanov, as Ivan (Darrin) and Marina Esepenko as Nadia's mother. The series is very similar to the original, with most episodes based on those from the original series. American comedy writer/producer Norm Gunzenhauser oversaw the writing and directing of the series.
  • United Kingdom — In 2008, the BBC made a pilot episode of a British version, with Sheridan Smith as Samantha, Tom Price as Darrin, and veteran actress Frances de la Tour as Endora. A series has not yet been commissioned.

See also

Further reading

  • Alachi, Peter (2006). Salem's Summer of Sam: On the Trail of "Bewitched" in Salem, 1970. http://palachi.com. ISBN 978-0977675128. 
  • Metz, Walter (2007-01-30). Bewitched. TV Milestones. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0814332313. 
  • Meyers, Gina (2004-06-20). The Magic of Bewitched Trivia and More. iUniverse, Inc. ISBN 978-0595315574. 
  • Pilato, Herbie (2004-10). Bewitched Forever: 40th Anniversary Edition (2nd ed.). Tapestry Press. ISBN 978-1930819405. 
  • Piro, Rita (2006-03-24). Elizabeth Montgomery: A Bewitching Life (5th ed.). Great Feats Press. ISBN 978-0970626127. 
  • Tranberg, Charles (2007-08-31). I Love the Illusion: The Life and Career of Agnes Moorehead (2nd ed.). BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593930950. 
  • Rogers, Kasey (1995-11-01). The Official Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen. Kensington Books. ISBN 978-1575660950. 
  • York, Dick (2004-06). The Seesaw Girl and Me: A Memoir. New Path Press. ISBN 978-0974544649. 

External links

Similar supernatural television series of the era

Contemporary supernatural television shows

References

  1. ^ "Tales From The City". Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre. 2000. http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/talesfromthecity.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Nicknames". Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre. http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/nickname.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  3. ^ Episode 5.20, "Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You?" Aired 1969-02-13.
  4. ^ Mikkelson, Barbara (2007-11-05). "'Bewitched' Curse". Snopes.com. http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/bewitched.asp. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Sargent Replaces Bewitched Costar". Los Angeles Times: p. G14. 1969-01-31. 
  6. ^ Pilato, Herbie J. (2004-10). Bewitched Forever: 40th Anniversary Edition (2nd ed.). Tapestry Press. ISBN 978-1930819405. 
  7. ^ Alachi, Peter. "The Salem Saga, 1970". Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre. http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/salemsaga.htm. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Samantha". Barbera, Joseph R. (Executive Producer/Writer), Montgomery, Elizabeth (Samantha Stephens), York, Dick (Darrin Stephens), Corden, Henry (Fred Flintstone), Vander Pyl, Jean (Wilma Flintstone), Blanc, Mel (Barney Rubble), and Johnson, Gerry (Betty Rubble). The Flintstones. ABC. 1965-10-22. No. 6, season 6.
  9. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2009-07-31). "Full Stomachs, and Full Marriages Too". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/movies/02barn.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  10. ^ "奥さまは魔女 – Bewitched in Tokyo". Tokyo Broadcasting System. http://www.tbs.co.jp/okumajo/. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Bewitched (1964–1972) was an American TV sitcom about the adventures of Samantha Stephens, a witch who, to the dismay of her family, married a mortal man, Darrin Stephens. The series starred Elizabeth Montgomery.

Contents

Season 3

Super Car

[Endora 'pops' in while Darrin has a day off from work.]
Samantha: Mother, Darrin's off today.
Endora: I think you're just noticing it for the first time.

The Corn is as High as a Guernsey's Eye

[Samantha is trying to convince a cow (who she believes to be Aunt Clara) to go to the kitchen. It won't budge.]
Samantha: Just because you chose to be a cow doesn't mean you have to be a stupid one.

Samantha: You see, everything turns out for the best.
Darrin: Yeah, when you're around to give everything a big assist, it does.

The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara

[Samantha is trying to hide a witches court meeting (attended by Endora, Clara, Enchantra and Hagatha) from Darrin in the other room.]
Darrin: I know why you don't want to let me in there.
Samantha: You do?
Darrin: Mm-hm. I finally figured it out. Ladies club, right?
Samantha: Sort of.
Darrin: Is it the committee for the bazaar?
Samantha: Oh, I'd certainly call them a bizarre committee.

Three Wishes

Darrin: That was no lady, that was my mother-in-law!

Samantha: Darrin, I'm leaving you.
Darrin: Sam!
Samantha: I'm going home to mother.
Darrin: What do you mean "going home to mother"? Your mother's always here.

Cousin Serena Strikes Again

[Referring to Darrin's beautiful, but snobby, client.]
Samantha: Personally, I think she should see a plastic surgeon.
Darrin: What for?
Samantha: To have her nose lowered.

Charlie Harper, Winner

[After losing to Charlie all day.]
Darrin: Believe me honey, I don't feel bad. As a matter of fact, I feel great. I finally beat Charlie at something.
Samantha: You said you lost by 12 strokes.
Darrin: 11.
Samantha: Oh, pardon me.
Darrin: But we flipped a coin to see who'd tip the caddy and I won. It cost me ten bucks, but I won.

The Crone of Cawdor

Samantha: When the earth turns once around the sun, let the crone go forth til the day is done. Another's form she'll take and her form leave, from 6 in the morn til 6 in the eve. And in this guise if she can secure, a willing kiss from a mortal pure. To her will pass the mortal's youth, to him will pass her age forsooth. [Legend of the Crone of Cawdor]

Season 4

My What Big Ears You Have

Darrin: A satisfactory explanation?! You're kidding!
Samantha: It's not for me. I trust you implicitly, in spite of my doubts. Mother will not take off that spell until you explain.
Darrin: Suppose you explain to me what gives your mother the right to bug my telephone calls.
Samantha: Darrin, how can I explain my mother?
Darrin (realizing Samantha's point): That's true.

Season 5

Darrin, Gone and Forgotten

Samantha: Happy sweetheart?
Darrin: Let's see. I've got a beautiful wife. Lovely daughter. Comfortable home. Good job. I guess I'm reasonably happy.
Samantha: Why only 'reasonably'?
Darrin: I would be ecstatically happy if you were an orphan!
Samantha: Another remark like that and I'll be a widow.

Samantha: I thought you and mother were getting along rather well lately. You were almost on speaking terms.
Darrin: Let's hope it stays 'almost'.

Samantha: Now, mother. I'm sorry to have to ask you to do this, but repeat after me ... Spiders that crawl, bats that fly, silence my tongue if I'm telling a lie.

[Samantha is trying to figure out who has taken Darrin.]
Maurice: Uncle Arthur! That's it! Uncle Arthur is using Darrin for one of his practical jokes.
Endora: Well, why would he do a thing like that? Derwood is already a practical joke.

It's So Nice to Have a Spouse Around the House

[After Darrin yells out loud.]
Endora: I've not only lost a daughter, I've gained a bullhorn.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

[After Darrin insults Endora]
Endora: Fortunately for you, I don't offend easily.
Darrin: Let me try a little harder.

Samantha: Mr Haskem, you really should listen to Darrin. He has his finger on the pulse of today.
Larry Tate: And his foot on the unemployment line of tomorrow.

Samantha's French Pastry

[Joking about Samantha's unrisen Angel Food Cake]
Uncle Arthur: When you cast your spell, you probably faced west when you should of faced 'yeast'.

Darrin: I don't believe it. In our living room, in person, sits Napoleon Bonaparte.
Samantha: Yeah. You're the only living human being who can say he's had Napoleon Bonaparte as a guest in his house. It's ironic.
Darrin: Ironic?
Samantha: Yes. Who can you say it to?

Is It Magic Or Imagination?

[Darrin is trying to apologize to Samantha, for accusing her of using witchcraft to win a slogan competition].
Darrin: The point is, your slogan was rejected, it was lousy. Which proves it was your imagination!

Samantha Fights City Hall

Larry Tate: [Laughs] Darrin, you old son of a gun, we've done it again. This Ezyway rent-a-car presentation is a masterpiece.
Darrin: Just don't hog all the credit this time, huh, Larry. Let's make it 50-50 right down the line.
Larry Tate: Done. I'll even go you one better, Darrin. If HB doesn't like it, it's all yours.

Samantha Loses Her Voice

[Larry explaining why he didn't pick his wife for his volleyball team].
Larry Tate: Have you ever seen Louise play volleyball? Her best shot is ducking.

I Don't Want to Be a Toad, I Want to Be a Butterfly

[After Tabitha has changed her classmate into a butterfly].
Tabitha: Is this one of those things that's called a problem?
Samantha: Not exactly, sweetheart. This is one of those things that's called a catastrophe.

Weep No More My Willow

Mrs Kravitz: Abner! Darrin Stephens is talking to a strange woman.
Mr Kravitz: So what? I'm listening to one.

Season 8

A Plague on Maurice and Samantha

Maurice: Endora, you have all the charm of a tse-tse fly.

[Maurice dismisses his driver (named Yorick), who coughs before disappearing.]
Maurice: Alas, poor Yorick. He isn't well.

Darrin's client: And Mrs Stephens. You should be very proud of your father. I think he's dynamite.
Samantha: Ooh, I do too. And, uh, I never know when he might explode.

Hansel And Gretel In Samanthaland

Larry Tate: Darren, why are you carrying that leg of lamb?
Darrin: Well, in the condition it's in, it couldn't very well walk by itself.

The Warlock In The Grey Flannel Suit

[After finding out that Endora has cast yet another spell on Darrin.]
Samantha: One thing you can say about my mother. She's a mother-in-law.
Darrin: The one thing I can say about your mother is censorable.

The Eight-Year Witch

[After Endora finds photographs of beautiful models in swimsuits in Darrin's briefcase.]
Endora: Have you ever heard of the syndrome peculiar to mortal men? The seven year itch? Seven years marriage and it's off with the old and on with the new.
Samantha: In case you hadn't noticed, Darrin and I have been married for eight years.
Endora: You see, Derwood can't do anything right.

Three Men And A Witch On a Horse

[Samantha is reading a newspaper betting column. She is trying to dissuade Darrin from betting on the horse.]
Samantha: Look at what this fellow says about Count of Valor. "Couldn't beat a fat man up a hill".

[Darrin is phoning the betting company to place a bet on a horse.]
Darrin: Hello. I'd like to place a bet. My account number is A231. My codename is 'Dog'.
Samantha: And so's your horse.

[When Count of Valor is at the back of the field in the race.]
Samantha: He'll catch up.
Larry Tate: Only if they race to Albany.

Adam, Warlock or Washout?

[Maurice is greeting Samantha.]
Maurice: She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies. And all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes.
Samantha: Aw, thank you, Daddy. You and Byron say the cutest things.

Endora: Maurice, this exhibition is absurd. Childishly flamboyant and pathetically egomaniacical.
Maurice: Thank you, Endora, your charm is ageless. So sad about the rest of you.

[Maurice is greeting Tabitha.]
Tabitha: Hello, Grandpapa.
Maurice: Tabitha! How is my little princess?
Tabitha: Fine. I can always tell your voice, Grandpapa.
Maurice: Yes, people say it has a unique quality.
Tabitha: And it's so loud, too.

[Explaining why Adam has not shown any signs of being a warlock.]
Maurice: Let me tell you what I think the problem is. This child has been brought up in an atmosphere that has inhibited the growth of his witchcraft.
Endora: You see, Samantha's husband - that mortal lamebrain - absolutely forbids the use of witchcraft in this house.
Witches Council Representative #1: No.
Endora: Yes.
Witches Council Representative #2: No!
Endora: Yes!
Witches Council Representative #1: No!!!
Endora: Why do you keep saying 'No' when I keep saying 'Yes'!!!

Samantha is Earthbound

[After witnessing Samantha and Darrin walking along while hugging each other closely (to prevent Samantha from being lifted into the air!)]
Mr. Prescott: That's a pretty squirrely couple
Mrs. Prescott: It's called love, Wilbur.
Mr. Prescott: Why's he holding her like that?
Mrs. Prescott: That is also called love, Wilbur.
Mr. Prescott: He's gonna help her dress?
Mrs. Prescott: Love, Wilbur!
Mr. Prescott: Sick, Selma.

Samantha on Thin Ice

Darrin: Can you learn to skate normally? From scratch, without witchcraft?
Samantha: Why would I want to do that?
Darrin: Could you or couldn't you?
Samantha: Darrin, why is it you think that witches need witchcraft for everything?
Darrin: Not everything. Just everything difficult.
[Samantha turns around in a huff!)]
Samantha: Well!
Darrin: Can you learn to skate the mortal way?
Samantha: Are you challenging me?
Darrin: Yes
Samantha: I accept. And if I can't, I will be more careful in the future about accepting challenges.

Serena's Youth Pill

Samantha: In gay Paree it's s'il vous plaît, in Germany it's bitte. Please, Serena, come this way, I need a baby sitter.

[Larry doesn't understand what Louise is getting at!]
Larry Tate: Do me a favour, call Berlitz and get me a translator

Tabitha's First Day at School

Darrin: Is Tabitha ready for school?
Samantha: Of course she's ready for school! [pause] The question is, is school ready for Tabitha?

Charlton, the bully: What kind of dumb name is Tabitha?
Tabitha: It's not a dumb name.
Charlton, the bully: How come I've never heard it before?
Tabitha: Because you never met anyone named Tabitha!

[After Charlton keeps insisting that Tabitha turned him into a bullfrog.]
Charlton's mom: Why does he keep saying that?
Samantha: Well, maybe it's a case of ego identification.
Charlton's mom: Yeah. [She thinks for a second.] What's that?
Samantha: Well, a bullfrog suggests bully, doesn't it?
Charlton's mom: Yes.
Samantha: Do you follow me?
Charlton's mom: No.
Samantha: Children need love and understanding. Without it, they sometimes become overly aggressive and turn into bullies.
Charlton's mom: Oh. Charlton, did you really think you were a bullfrog?
Charlton, the bully: I WAS a bullfrog.
Samantha: Love and understanding, Mrs Rollnick.
[After Samantha has convinced the bully's mother that he only imagined himself as a bullfrog]
Tabitha: Young lady! You have nothing to laugh about, you started this whole mess. Now, how are we gonna deal with you?
Tabitha: I have an idea.
Tabitha: What's that?
Tabitha: How about a little love and understanding?
Tabitha: Why is it that I feel like the fox thats been cornered by the chicken!?

George Washington Zapped Here

[After George Washington sees Abraham Lincoln's face on the $5 bill and his on the $1 bill].
George Washington: And who is this bearded fellow?
Samantha: That's Abraham Lincoln. The 16th president.
George Washington: He must have been a very fine president to have his name honored on a $5 bill.
Samantha: He was an excellent president, Sir.
George Washington: Better than me?
Darrin: Oh, I wouldn't say that.
George Washington: Then why is President Lincoln's name on a $5 bill while the father of his country is only on a $1 bill?
Samantha: Well, you see, more people can afford $1 bills than $5 bills which means more people see your picture than Abraham Lincoln's.

Samantha: Sometimes, it's easier to be led than to lead. And a great many of our citizens prefer to stand on the sidelines and ignore their rights instead of defend them. They're called "The Silent Majority".
George Washington: Experience has shown that mankind is more disposed to suffer evils while those evils are sufferable, than to right themselves and abolish those abuses.

[Referring to Esmerelda]
Darrin: How come you witches can do anything, but you can't come up with a witch psychiatrist for her!

School Days, School Daze

Samantha: How would you like a drink?
Darrin: Sam, just give me the news, without the anaestethic.

A Good Turn Never Goes Unpunished

Samantha: Just because blondes have more fun doesn't make them brainless, you know?

Samantha: Did Larry like it?
Darrin: He hated it. Right up until the time that Benson loved it.

Samantha's Witchcraft Blows a Fuse

[Referring to Dr. Bombay].
Samantha: There goes one of the great quackpots of all time.

The Truth, Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam

Samantha: Darrin, don't make mother angry. She's very difficult when she gets angry.
Darrin: Since when does she have to be angry to be difficult?
Endora: Your right, Derweed. I don't have to be angry to be difficult. [pause] But it helps.
Samantha: Oh, Darrin. When are you going to learn that mother knows best. And what mother knows best - is how to be difficult.

[The last lines spoken in the series. Darrin is testing the truth spell Endora has cast]
Darrin: Honey. You're beautiful, sweet, clever, adorable and I love you madly. [referring to the spell] It works.
Samantha: Well, it doesn't work on me. But I love you. And that is the truth, the whole truth and etcetera.

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Bewitched was a comedy television show. It was about a man who was married to a witch. The show was aired by ABC from 1964 to 1972.

The lead characters were Darrin and Samantha Stephens. Samantha was played by Elizabeth Montgomery. Darrin was played by Dick York from 1964 to 1969. Because of illness, Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent. Darrin was played by Dick Sargent from 1969 to 1972.








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