Bewitched (1964–1972)
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Hansel and Gretel in Samanthaland 

After Tabitha zaps Hansel and Gretel out of the story, Samantha must enter it to go after the runaway Tabitha.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Samantha Stephens
Darrin Stephens
Endora (credit only)
Larry Tate
Policeman #1
Bobo Lewis ...
Louise Tate
David Mandel-Bloch ...
Adam Stephens (as David Lawrence)
Eric Chase ...
Cindy Henderson ...
Joel Lawrence ...
Policeman #2


To prepare hors d'oeuvres and dinner for the Tates' imminent arrival, Samantha has to stop reading Hansel and Gretel to the kids, leaving Tabitha to finish reading the story to Adam from the part where Hansel and Gretel are alone in the woods with no food and Hansel's stomach is growling with hunger. Feeling sorry for the storybook pair, Tabitha zaps them out of the book to feed them with whatever food she can get from what her mother is preparing. Further, Tabitha zaps herself into the book at that point to ask Hansel and Gretel's father, the woodcutter, if they can stay overnight to have breakfast. Samantha and Darrin eventually learn what has happened stemming from much of their food for the Tates going missing. Samantha has to go into the book herself to find Tabitha, who may be in trouble as she is just at the point in the story where she may run into the wicked witch, with storybook witches' powers apparently stronger than real children witches' powers. Samantha's quest leaves ... Written by Huggo

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17 November 1971 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the German fairy tale Hansel and Gretel adapted by the Brothers Grimm. See more »

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"First it's ice cream, next it's banks." --Cop #1.
22 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

As all Season 8 episodes, this one was overall ehhh.

But, for a family show, this episode deals with drinking lots of alcohol to overcome stressful situations. ("This is the first time in my life I've had a hangover before dinner."-Larry Tate.) It also features a great turn by Billie Hayes as the story-book witch. She doesn't look as good as Witchiepoo, but the voice and laugh are always a hoot.

Also, Bobo Lewis has a great funny cameo as the stepmother. For a family show, the fooling-around jokes are spot on. Great delivery.

The vaudevillesque bit with the cops was also worth a chuckle.

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