Darrin and Samantha Stephens are a young, bi-species married couple: he's a mortal human being, she's a witch, something which she does not divulge to him until after their wedding. Darrin just wants them to live a simple, mortal life, to which Samantha agrees, meaning no witchcraft and no telling any of their mortal friends and relatives of her being a witch. However, that no witchcraft vow is difficult to maintain if only because of Samantha wanting or needing to use it to get out of one scrape or another, and her relatives, especially her mother Endora, the most constant thorn in Darrin's side, against the marriage and the idea of denying Samantha's heritage as a witch. Mortals in their lives also add to their complicated lives: Darrin's friend and spendthrift boss, Larry Tate of McMann and Tate Advertising, who always wants Darrin to do all the work while the company gets all the glory and money; their nosy neighbors, the Kravitzes, Glady Kravitz who always arrives at the most ... Written by
From January 1984 until January 1991, the DFS Program Exchange (a division of the Dancer Fitzgerald Sample advertising agency) syndicated "Bewitched," as well as such other classic Columbia Pictures Television shows as "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Partridge Family." Many fans wondered why DFS omitted syndicating the first two black-and-white seasons of "Bewitched" (and the early black-and-white episodes of "I Dream of Jeannie"); DFS claimed this was "basically because studies show the majority of viewers would rather watch color programming" (this was during the height of the colorization craze in the mid-1980s). This obviously perturbed said fans of "Bewitched," rightfully citing unbridled, out-and-out censorship, and eventually Columbia Pictures Entertainment got word of how DFS was treating the distribution of Columbia's best known TV property. As the result of that outcry, DFS (which by this time officially changed its name to simply The Program Exchange after DFS was purchased by rival advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi North America, Inc.) re-released the black and white episodes of "Bewitched" from September 1989 until January 1991, at which time Sony Pictures Entertainment (which owned Columbia Pictures for a little over a year) re-assumed syndication of "Bewitched," "I Dream of Jeannie," etc. Sony Pictures Television still syndicates every episode of "Bewitched" - both black and white and color - to this day. See more »
In early episodes, the daughter is referred to in the credits as "Tabatha". In later episodes, however, the spelling of her name is changed to "Tabitha". See more »
As I said, it's a crime that they stopped airing reruns (at least where I live). I remember being a kid and every night I would watch a double-bill of two wonderful magical (literally) programs on Nickelodeon- I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. I always liked Bewitched a bit more for reasons I can't explain. Bewitched never quite got laughs out of me the way Seinfeld and Friends do but it is still a very cute television show that I will always love. Elizabeth Montgomery (who unfortunately passed away at a rather young age in 1995) plays the part of Samantha (and she plays it very well, as all the actors on this show, who unfortunately also all died before the millenium- besides the Tabitha and Adam twins), a witch married to a mortal husband in the advertising biz. Her husband, Darrin hates her mother, Endora who hates him just as much- but has an advantage, if he p****s her off she can always turn him into a frog or a doormat or send him off to Iraq. The characters also include a nosy neighbor who is sure of Samantha's powers but no one will believe her (not even her husband), Darrin's advertising boss, Larry Tate (who fires and re-hires Darrin quite oftenly), Samantha's evil twin sister (also played by Montgomery) and Samantha's very clumsy aunt who couldn't turn a man into a frog if he were green and lived in a pond. All in all Bewitched is a very delightful show and I miss it so much!
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