Before Shannen Doherty or Rose McGowan were on this show, they played Val-Chick 2 and Val-Chick 3, respectively, in a short cameo in Nowhere (1997). (Their dialogue together is listed on the Memorable Quotes page for that movie.)
Holly Marie Combs was shot mainly in close-up, and wore baggy clothes for most of season six, to hide her real-life pregnancy until it was written into the storyline to explain Chris' conception and birth. This storyline was planned prior to Holly Marie Combs becoming pregnant, one of the writers calling Holly's pregnancy "Convenient timing".
During the first few seasons, when Constance M. Burge was Executive Producer, the series had more focus on the girl's sisterly ties and discovering their witchly heritage. That changed when the show's reins were handed over to Producer Brad Kern, and the focus shifted more to vampy outfits and consistent relationship issues.
The actress with the most Charmed fan mail is not one of the main stars of the show. Finola Hughes, who played Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige's mother, receives the most fan mail from Charmed series viewers.
In season three, episode four, "All Halliwell's Eve", it is revealed that the name of Phoebe's true love would begin with the letter "C". Later, in season eight, when it was announced that the show was in its final season, they brought in the cupid character "Coop" for Phoebe, meaning that "Cole" was never Phoebe's true love, only her first love.
Telekinesis is the most common power in the Halliwell line. Carriers include Melinda Warren, Prue, Penny, Chris, Wyatt, Paige, and the granddaughter from the series finale, "Forever Charmed". Piper's freezing power has only recurred in her mother (apart from Melinda Warren), and Phoebe is the only witch that is known of (apart from Melinda Warren) to receive the premonitions power. Although, once in season one, Patty Halliwell spoke of having a premonition the day that she found out she was pregnant with Phoebe, also the same day the sisters travelled back in time to change their futures. Patty's premonition came from the fetal Phoebe.
Throughout the series, the sisters continually lose and gain powers, swap and share powers with demons, and experience short periods of newfound powers. Season one, episode twenty-one "Love Hurts" is unique, as it is the only episode in the series where any of the sisters exchange powers amongst each other. In season seven, episode eleven, "Ordinary Witches", Piper and Phoebe attempted to swap powers. But an interruption from an unforeseen attack caused their powers to land in two unsuspecting people.
Rose McGowan revealed in an interview in October 2014 that she thought she had signed up for two seasons. She was told this by the producers, and was happy doing those episodes. When the ratings kept going up, and the show was renewed for more seasons, she found out she had signed for five seasons in total. Which ended up being the amount of time she worked on the show.
The house used for the exterior shots of Halliwell Manor is located at 1329 Carroll Avenue, Los Angeles, California. (The same house was used for the exterior of the tall woman's house in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999).)
The show's popularity inspired toy company SOTA Toys to create six-and-a-half-inch action figures of the characters: Piper, Phoebe, Paige, and Belthazor, which come with interlocking attic walls, and a miniature Book of Shadows. Originally, an alternate toy of Prue was to be made, but Shannen Doherty declined to the offer to have her likeness made into a Charmed doll.
Season four, episode thirteen, "Charmed and Dangerous", was originally meant to be the fourth season finale, with the following storylines used for the fifth season, and season four, episode twenty, "Long Live the Queen", was to be the one hundredth episode.
Prue and Phoebe's past lives are the only witches in the line not to receive Warren powers. Phoebe had pyrokinesis (the ability to create fire) and Prue had cryokinesis (the ability to generate ice). Similarly, Paige's past life could control the elements, although we only saw her control wind and fire.
Kit the cat, turned out to be the Charmed Ones' familiar; spirit guide. Since being adopted by the Halliwells, Kit would disappear from time to time and not be seen for days. A possible explanation was given in season five, episode eighteen, "Cat House", when Paige mentions that a cat like Kit used to hang outside of her loft. Most likely, Kit was keeping an eye on Paige due to her charmed heritage, even though she was not yet a part of the power of three.
Wyatt's powers were never fully listed. But some of the powers that he's shown using on the show are, orbing, conjuring (without casting spells) summoning the dead (at will), pyrokenesis, telekinesis, power swapping, dematerialization, prescience, shrinking, putting up force fields, and healing.
Every season ends with a door closing. It is usually the manor's door shutting, but the sixth season ends with the hospital door shutting after Chris was born. In the last season, the door is shut by Piper and Leo's granddaughter using telekinesis, the same way Prue used to do.
Whenever an actor or actress stood at the front door of the Halliwell Manor, it is obvious that there is no central hallway in that house, since a wall is right behind the actor or actress. The inside of the real house was used for the pilot show. However, every other show was filmed on a much larger set on a soundstage.
After Prue quit Buckland's Auction House, she was employed as a photographer at "415 Magazine", whose title is also the area code for San Francisco telephone numbers. The magazine was mentioned at other times throughout the remainder of the series including when Phoebe, as the writer of the "Ask Phoebe" column, posed for the magazine.
In season six, episode twelve, "Prince Charmed", the Leader of the Order says "I find your lack of faith disturbing". This is a quote from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), originally said by Darth Vader.
During the hiatus between seasons two and three, producers discussed possible storylines for season three. Executive Producer Brad Kern wanted to bring in a season-long love interest for Phoebe, who started out bad, but becomes good. Fellow Executive Producer, and show Creator Constance M. Burge, was against the idea, as Piper already had a convoluted season-long relationship storyline, and she wanted to focus back to the sisterly dynamic of the show. After realizing that she wasn't going to win the debate, Burge left the series, and full production reigns fell to Kern.
Throughout the series, Leo's orbs always elevate no matter where he's travelling. (Even when travelling down to the underworld, or back down to Earth from the Heavens.) He's the only Whitelighter who does this.
Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty) and Penny "Grams" Halliwell (Jennifer Rhodes) appeared in Heathers (1988). In further connection to the movie, the character "Jason Dean" (Eric Dane) is introduced. Jason Dean (also known as "J.D." for short) is the name of Christian Slater's character in Heathers (1988). The church, in which Paige's friend Glen is about to be married, is also the same one where Heather Chandler's funeral was held in Heathers (1988)
Until the appearance of the character Chris Perry in the season five finale, "Oh My Goddess", the only male witches shown on the series have all been children. Richard was the only other male witch, until he gave up his powers for a fear of being controlled by them, and eventually turning evil.
In season two, episode fourteen, "Pardon my Past", we see the Warren family tree. It shows P. Baxter as the mother of Penny Halliwell (née Johnson). P. Baxter was Piper's past life, meaning she was Grams' mother in her last life.
When Dorian Gregory was fired from the show after the seventh season, his absence was explained by having Darryl taking a special assignment on the east coast, and having Sheila and Darryl, Jr. move with him.
In a screening of the reality medium program Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead (2006), Lisa was asked to visit an address to investigate a possible haunting. The house she visited was on the same street in Los Angeles as the Halliwell Manor. The house can be seen in the background as Lisa is filmed exiting her vehicle.
Among the many stages of the magical hierarchy, it's possible that The Tribunal is the highest level. Composed of a high council of Elders and Demons, they serve to protect all forms of magic. Other magical entities such as The Angel of Death and The Angels of Destiny, operate on their own (without answering to either side) and serve to keep balance in the cosmos. The Avatars existed entirely outside of this. Their powers maintained the cosmos in a way beyond good and evil, but cost people their free will.
Shannon Doherty has stated numerous times that the on-set fight between her and Alyssa Milano was due to both growing up as child stars and both promised the lead role, causing a riff when it was switched around to reflect one another each season. But since then, tension has cooled and they became friends.
Cole has, on numerous occasions, saved the Charmed ones with either his demonic powers or his knowledge of the other side. From the time when he first assisted Phoebe in tackling Dantalian the Dark Priestess, Cole has often been the "Deus Ex Machina" that saved the power of three.
At the end of the pilot episode, the newspaper Prue is holding shows the same headline that inspired Robin Williams' character Daniel to use name Mrs. Doubtfire in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). "Police Doubt Fire Was Accidental". However, it is not the same newspaper. Prue is holding the Gazette, whereas Daniel was reading the Chronicle.
During the eighth season, in January 2006, Spelling Television and Producer Brad Kern claimed that Charmed had become the longest running drama series with all female leads, surpassing Charlies Angles.
Each time Cole struggled with his evil side, he would become physically sick. (Such can be seen in each of the three seasons where Cole was featured; struggling against Belthazor, against the Source, and against the collective demonic powers he gained in the Astral plain.)
Throughout the series, a common motif surrounding Phoebe was that she was susceptible to giving up on love. When she summoned her future self, she encountered an unmarried, bitter woman with strong resentments, yet somehow she was willing to sacrifice her life for Cole, which changed the future in which she never married him. Despite this, it seemed that Cole's ultimate betrayal left such a lasting impact on her, that while watching her from a distance, he had to intervene, and indirectly convince her never to give up on love. This eventually led to her meeting Coop, who became the love of her life. In summoning her future self, Phoebe changed her future of dying to save her old love, and made way for her to meet a new one.
Holly Marie Combs appeared in Dr. Giggles (1992). Among the cast were Darin Heames and Keith Diamond. Darin played a Tracer demon in season five, and Keith had a recurring role as Inspector Reece Davidson.
The Charmed Ones coven never learned that Cole had joined the Avatars years before they became aware of them. At the time, Cole realized that the Avatars needed a great power like his; possibly for his invulnerability. The way the Avatars power collective works, is by pooling great sources of power; with their common goal as a possible "anchoring point". Like this, the collective operated almost like single body with each Avatar as limbs and organs. Their only weakness, was the ancient potion which can kill them. In the case of Cole Turner's addition to the collective, The Avatars may have been able to share in his invulnerability; eliminating the threat of the potion, and making them truly unstoppable.
Piper's career change, resembles that of fictional character Louisa Trotter, the main character from the BBC series The Duchess of Duke Street (1976). Both she and Piper initially aspired to become great chefs, but wound up the proprietor of a well-known establishment.
During the course of the show, the sisters drove the following vehicles: Prue drove a Mazda Miata, and later a BMW X5. Piper drove a Jeep Cherokee, and later a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Phoebe drove a Mini Cooper, and Paige drove a Volkswagen New Beetle.
The show's creators wanted pictures of Prue around the house, and in flashbacks, but network executives said they would have to pay Shannen's salary for her image use, thus they never used any, and had to choose a picture of Prue in the finale, or bring back old guest stars.
Victor Bennett (James Read) was given three separate reasons for leaving home. One was he didn't want the girls to grow up around magic. Two was Patty's affair with her whitelighter. Three was an argument he had with Grams, causing her to kick him out.
A recurring joke on the show was the grandfather clock being destroyed. P. Baxter knocked Anton over the head with it. Penny threw Nigel into it to protect her granddaughters. The demon of illusion knocked Phoebe into it. Krell the bounty hunter was thrown into it. Alister moved out of the way, causing Piper to blow it up. The series finale, "Forever Charmed", when the house blew up. When Paige met Prue, the disruption caused it to explode.
Before the character of Paige Matthews was created, there was some consideration of re-casting the role of Prue Halliwell. Tiffany Thessien and Jennifer Love Hewitt were offered the role, but turned it down. In the end, it was decided to kill Prue off instead.
In season one, episode four, "Dead Man Dating", Mark (John Cho) says that according to Chinese mythology, if a proper burial isn't provided to the body, Yama drags him to Hell. In the episode, you find Yama riding a horse. However, in the Hindu religion, Yama rides on a buffalo, and sends the souls to Heaven or Hell based on their deeds.
Shannen Doherty already was famous worldwide as Brenda Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). Unfortunately, she was forced to leave that television series as well after just a few seasons, exactly like this show.
In season two, episode eleven, "Reckless Abandon", Shannen Doherty was reunited with Stephanie Beecham, who guest starred several times as Dylan McCay's mother on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1991), another Aaron Spelling show, on which Shannen starred.
The magical theology on this show differs from established norms outside of its reality. Mainly certain beings play roles differing from commonly accepted ones, such as warlocks. By definition, a warlock is merely a man who practices Wicca (or a male witch) but on this show, warlocks are an entirely different immortal race. It is established early in the series, that warlocks are essentially evil witches, and can also be women. While all warlocks are evil, not every evil witch that the sisters encounter on the show, are warlocks; they merely devote their craft to evil.
Season two, episode seventeen, "How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans", featured Lucy Lee Flippin, who at one time, appeared on Little House on the Prairie (1974), the television show, on which Shannen Doherty got her start in acting.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In season one, when Phoebe's premonition power grows, and she is able to see the past for the first time, she sighs and says, "Somehow I thought I was gonna get to fly". Later, in season three, she gets the power of levitation, which was later cut out, due to dangerous and expensive stunts, and replaced with the power of empathy.
The concept of Cupid was introduced in season two. In season eight, Phoebe is assigned her own Cupid, as the Elders fear she has lost hope about love. In the series finale, her nephews from the future inform her that the Elders assigned Coop, her personal Cupid, with hopes that she would fall in love with him, and in the final sequence, their wedding is briefly shown.
Among the most powerful villains that the sisters face throughout the series, are the opponents Barbas, The Triad, Cole Turner (in all of his forms), The Source, The Hollow, The Shadow, The Titans, Zankou, Billie, and Christy.
Piper struggled to find a name for her first child that would start with "P" in order to retain the family heritage. But they came to the realization that they didn't have to follow that tradition, since the child was a boy. Since the child is a boy, they wanted to pay homage to the father's side, and Leo's surname becomes the baby's first name, Wyatt. She also uses Paige's adopted last name, Matthew(s), as Wyatt's middle name.
Piper Halliwell is the only Charmed One to have not killed a human. Prue killed "The Dream Sorcerer" (who, despite his name, was a human) as well as Ms. Hellfire (although the latter was in self defense). While Phoebe and Paige used a spell to transform Rick Gittrige into the likeness of Chris, so that the scabbar demons would kill Rick instead of Chris.