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(1998–2006)

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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.
Alyssa Milano liked the drawings made for the Book of Shadows so much that she had the artist paint murals on her walls at home.
The Book of Shadows is almost entirely hand-painted.
Brian Krause was written off the show temporarily due to budget cuts.
Holly Marie Combs is the only actress to appear in every single episode during the 8 season run of 'Charmed (1998)' and the unaired pilot.
The make-up design for the demon Belthazor was based on the same make-up style used for the character of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
Only four members of the titled cast appeared in the 50th, 100th and 150th episodes - Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause and Julian McMahon.
The actress with the most Charmed Fan Mail is actually not one of the main stars of the show. Actress Finola Hughes who plays Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige's mother receives the most fan mail from Charmed series viewers.
The Book of Shadows weighs 9 pounds, 6 ounces and is the most valuable prop on set.
Although he was only a regular in one season, Drew Fuller appeared in four seasons of Charmed.
In season 1 when Phoebe's premonition power grows and she is able to see the past for the first time she sighs and says "I really thought I would get to fly". Later in season 3, she gets the power of levitation which was later cut out due to dangerous and expensive stunts and replaced with the power of empathy.
Holly Marie Combs married an ex-Charmed key grip, David W. Donoho. They met on the set, were married in 2004 and have 3 children. Sadly though, in 2011 they filed for divorce.
The house used for the exterior shots of the "Manor" is located at 1329 Carroll Ave in the Echo Park Section of Los Angeles. (The same house was used for the exterior of the tall woman's house in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999).)
Telekinesis is the most common power in the Halliwell line. Carriers include Melinda Warren, Prue, Penny, Chris, Wyatt, Paige and the granddaughter from '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 three, Patty Halliwell spoke of having a premonition the day that she found out she was pregnant with Phoebe, also the same day the sisters traveled back in time to change their future. Patty's premonition came from the fetal Phoebe.
According to Aaron Spelling, the show was renewed for a full season of 22 episodes after only two episodes had aired.
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 reigns were handed over to Producer Brad Kern and the focus shifted more to vampy outfits and consistent relationship issues.
In June 2001, Executive Producer, Aaron Spelling announced after several auditions and many considered actresses (including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Brown, Tiffani Thiessen, Soleil Moon Frye, Susan Ward and Eliza Dushku) that Rose McGowan had won the role of Paige Matthews, the long-lost, baby half-sister of Prue, Piper and Phoebe.
During 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 the Phoebe character who started out bad but becomes good. Fellow Executive Producer and show creator Constance M. Burge was against the idea as the character 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.
Brian Krause who plays Leo Wyatt, Julian McMahon who played Cole Turner, and Kerr Smith, who appeared in season seven as Agent Kyle Brody, had all auditioned for the role of Inspector Andy Trudeau, who was a character played by actor Ted King in season one.
In the first season, Prue is employed at an auction house called Bucklands. The Bucklands, Raymond and Rosemary, were considered to be the first people to bring the religion of Wicca to North America.
In "The Power of Three Blondes," the surname of Mabel (Jennifer Sky), Mitzy (Jenny McCarthy) and Margo (Melody Perkins), was originally Spellman. When it was pointed out that it was also the last name of Melissa Joan Hart's character on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996), it was changed to Stillman.
Although in the series Piper is the oldest sister, Phoebe the middle sister and Paige the youngest, Alyssa Milano is actually the oldest of the three actresses, being born in 1972. Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan are both born in 1973.
The show's popularity inspired toy company SOTA Toys to create 6.5" 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 the Prue character was to be made, but actress Shannen Doherty declined to the offer to have her likeness made into a Charmed doll.
In season six episode 12, 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.
The concept of Cupid is first introduced in Season 2. In season 8 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 fell in love with him and in the final sequence their wedding is briefly shown.
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.
Until the appearance of the character Chris Perry in the fifth season finale episode "Oh My Goddess", the only male witches shown on the series have all been children.
During the course of the show the sisters drove the following vehicles: Prue drove a Mazda Miata and later a BMW SUV, Piper drove a Jeep Cherokee, Phoebe drove a Mini Cooper and Paige drove a Volkswagen Beetle.
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.
The opening theme, "How Soon is Now" is a cover by Love Spit Love of a song by '80s British band The Smiths. It originally appeared in The Craft (1996), also about witches.
"Charmed and Dangerous" was originally meant to be the fourth season finale, with the following story lines used for the fifth season and "Long Live the Queen" was to be the 100th episode.
In a screening of the reality medium program 'Lisa Williams, Life Among the Dead' - 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 Charmed Manor. The house can actually be seen in the background as Lisa is filmed exiting her vehicle.
Although the city depicted in the show is San Francisco, the show is actually filmed in Los Angeles. All the aerial shots and background shots that are shown are actually stock footage.
The actresses that played Prue Halliwell (Shannen Doherty) and Penny 'Grams' Halliwell (Jennifer Rhodes) are both in the movie 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 the movie "Heathers." The church Paige's friend Glen is about to marry in is also the same one where Heather Chandler's funeral was held in "Heathers."
The first musical guest at P3 was Dishwalla and the last was Liz Phair.
Before either Shannen Doherty or her replacement Rose McGowan were on "Charmed", they both played valley girls (Numbers 2 and 3) in a short cameo in the movie Nowhere (1997). (Their dialog together is listed on the Memorable Quotes page for that movie.)
During the eighth season in January 2006, Spelling Television and producer Brad Kern claimed that Charmed had become the longest running TV series with all-female leads, surpassing "Laverne & Shirley" (1976). However this is not true as "The Facts of Life" (1979) actually ran for nine seasons, which is a year longer than Charmed.
Whenever an actor stands at the front door of the real Halliwell Manor, it is obvious that there is no central hallway in that house since a wall is right behind the actor. 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 sound-stage.
Lori Rom was originally cast as Phoebe, but after the pilot was shot she bowed out for personal reasons and was replaced by Alyssa Milano, with whom Rom's scenes were re-shot upon casting.
Beginning with season seven, the Charmed set moved from its previously smaller Canoga Park, California studio lot to the more grand scale Paramount Studios lot.
Throughout the series, the Sisters continually lose and gain powers, swap and share powers with demons and experience short periods of newfound powers. The season 1 episode "Love Hurts" is unique, as it is the only episode in the series where any of the sisters exchange powers amongst each other.
The character Phoebe didn't own a car of her own until season five. Before then she either rode her bike, used public transport, or had to ask her sisters for transportation.
When Dorian Gregory left 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.
Holly Marie Combs starred in Dr. Giggles (1992). Among the cast were 'Darin Heames' and Keith Diamond. Darin played a Tracer demon in Season 5 and Keith had a recurring role as Inspector Reece Davidson.
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 Shadow, The Titans, Zankou, Billie and Christy.
Piper's career change, resembles that of fictional character Louisa Trotter; the main character from the BBC series "Duchess of Duke Street." Both she and Piper initially aspired to become great chefs but wound up the proprietor of a well known establishment.

Spoilers 

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Billie is the only witch (apart from Wyatt) who has not died in the course of the show.

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