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22 September 1989 (USA) See more »
Winny Goodwin is an immortal witch (a la "Bewitched") reluctantly sent Earthward to do pro-bono work with a mortal American family. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 6)

Corinne Bohrer ... Winnie Goodwinn (14 episodes, 1989-1990)

Franc Luz ... T.J. Harper (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Edan Gross ... Gene Harper (14 episodes, 1989-1990)

Alyson Hannigan ... Jessie Harper (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Paul Scherrer ... Robb Harper (14 episodes, 1989-1990)

Series Directed by
Art Dielhenn (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Writing credits
Kevin Abbott (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Phil Doran (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark Fink (2 episodes, 1989)
Howard Meyers (2 episodes, 1989)
Susan Meyers (2 episodes, 1989)
Bob Rosenfarb (2 episodes, 1989)
Leslie Ray (1 episode, 1989)

Series Produced by
Phil Doran .... co-executive producer (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Gurman .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1989-1990)
Mark Fink .... producer (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Howard Meyers .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Bob Rosenfarb .... co-producer / producer (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jon Spector .... co-producer (6 episodes, 1989-1990)

Steven Vail .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
E. Duke Vincent .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
David Michael Frank (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Cinematography by
David Johnson (1 episode, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
Michael Weitzman (1 episode, 1989)
Series Casting by
Sharon Bialy (1 episode, 1989)
Richard Pagano (1 episode, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Don Roberts (1 episode, 1989)
Series Art Direction by
Chris Idoine (1 episode, 1989)
Series Costume Design by
Diana Eden (1 episode, 1989)
Betsey Potter (1 episode, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Diane Shatz .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1989)
Faye Woods .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1989)
Series Production Management
Ed Lammi .... in charge of production (1 episode, 1989)
Fran McConnell .... production supervisor (1 episode, 1989)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Cox .... associate director (1 episode, 1989)
Series Art Department
Robert Earl Thurmond .... property master (1 episode, 1989)
Series Sound Department
Fred Tator .... re-recording mixer (14 episodes, 1989-1990)

Mike Clark .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Phil Squyres .... visual effects (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Casting Department
Rick Jacobs .... executive in charge of casting (1 episode, 1989)
Series Music Department
John Bettis .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1989)
Steve Dorff .... composer: theme music (1 episode, 1989)
Series Other crew
Kevin Abbott .... story editor / executive story editor (8 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rebecca Parr Cioffi .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Martin Pasko .... executive story editor (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Ross Brown .... creative consultant (5 episodes, 1989)
Ross Brown .... creative consultant (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Vail .... executive consultant (2 episodes, 1989)

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30 min (14 episodes)
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
My memory didn't lie, 14 March 2006
Author: TelevisionJunkie from Texas

This series -- and particularly Corinne Bohrer -- left an indelible mark on my memory. For eons now, every time I've seen Bohrer on commercials (unfortunately that seems to be her career nowadays) or in films/TV, I smile and say, "Winnie." I've revisited other fondly remembered shows from my childhood and found that they were pretty awful, so I figured that this one surely must be too. So when I found most of the episodes for download on an Alyson Hannigan page, I was simultaneously excited and apprehensive about tainting my memory of the show. This is one of those cases where my memory didn't lie.

Bohrer is truly delightful as witch Winnie Goodwin, who (rather derivatively) finds herself living with the Harper family, where the kids know that she's a witch, but the widower Dad doesn't. Just as I'd remembered, she's essentially a witch version of Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) from "Friends" -- Phoebe even seems to have ripped off Winnie's wardrobe. Franc Luz, who plays father T.J., seems to be a Bob Saget doppleganger, but he was still very good in the role (sadly he now works as a tour guide). All three of the children were charming in their roles (Hannigan was obviously destined for great things, but it's fun to see her in this very early performance).

From my perspective now, I figured that the show's shortcoming would be the writing, but was pleasantly surprised to discover that the writing's pretty solid. Yes, it has the obligatory '80s sappy sitcom moments, but the dialog was generally above average -- and the cast could make even the corniest of jokes fly with their fantastic delivery. Some of the story lines were a bit cliché, but not in a bad way...

I'm really not sure why this show vanished as quickly as it appeared. Another commenter said that it was up against "The Simpsons," but only two of the last episodes of this show aired up against the long-running hit. The show certainly hasn't aged as badly as others in the same genre, such as "Small Wonder," "Down to Earth" or "Out of This World" (not that I'm knocking those shows -- they just really show their age).

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