Bewitched (1972)

ABC (ended 1972)
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  • S 8 : Ep 26

    The Truth, Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam

    Aired 3/25/72

  • S 8 : Ep 25

    Samantha's Witchcraft Blows a Fuse

    Aired 3/18/72

  • S 8 : Ep 24

    A Good Turn Never Goes Unpunished

    Aired 3/11/72

  • S 8 : Ep 23

    School Days, School Daze

    Aired 3/4/72

  • S 8 : Ep 22

    George Washington Zapped Here (2)

    Aired 2/26/72

  • Cast & Crew
  • Elizabeth Montgomery

    Samantha Stephens

  • Dick York

    Darrin Stephens (seasons 1-5)

  • Dick Sargent

    Darrin Stephens (seasons 6-8)

  • Agnes Moorehead

    Endora

  • David White

    Larry Tate

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  • Bewitched is a fantasy sitcom chronicling what happens when a witch and a mortal fall in love and get married in 1960s and '70s suburban America. At the very center of the show is Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal of a good-hearted witch named Samantha. A strong, independent woman with the world at her finger tips (or at the twitch of her nose), she gives up her witchly life to do things the "mortal way". Her mortal husband Darrin Stephens (played by Dick York, and later Dick Sargent) is a talented advertising executive with McMann & Tate. He obsesses with leading a "normal life" where one works hard to earn a good living for one's family. He constantly struggles against disapproving witches and warlocks, like Samantha's powerful mother, Endora (played by Agnes Moorehead). Endora is determined to prove to Samantha that the mixed-marriage marriage is a tremendous mistake. Over the show's eight year run, Endora tries numerous spells, all creating humiliation and chaos in Darrin's mortal world. This often ends up affecting Darrin's money-obsessed boss and best friend, Larry Tate (played by David White). Larry's wife, Louise (played by Irene Vernon and Kasey Rogers), is Samantha's best friend, although she is unaware that Sam is a witch. In season two, life changes dramatically when Samantha and Darin give birth to daughter Tabitha Stephens (played by five babies that season and by twins Erin and Diane Murphy starting in season three). Many early Tabitha episodes revolve around whether she is a witch or mortal until the big reveal in season three. Later in season six, the Stephenses give birth to a boy, Adam. Although less airtime is spent on his character, eventually audiences find out that he too has powers. Recurring characters include Samantha's favorite aunt, Clara, who is a lovable, bumbling witch (played by Marion Lorne). Due to Aunt Clara's extended age, she is suffering the loss of her powers and inadvertently wreaks havoc at the Stephens home. Also often wreaking havoc are Samantha's practical joking Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde), her Shakespeare orating father, Maurice (Maurice Evans), a bad joke-telling witch doctor, Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox) and a shy witch-maid Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley). Elizabeth Montgomery also portrays Samantha's free-spirited, mischievous twin cousin, Serena. On the mortal receiving end of the seemingly hallucinogenic world of witches are neighbors Gladys and Abner Kravitz. Gladys, first portrayed by Alice Pearce and later by Sandra Gould, was immediately aware that the Stephens household was positively strange, and was certain that something "beyond this world" was at work across the street. Abner (George Tobias) never believes it. Darrin's mother, Phyllis Stephens (Mabel Albertson), fairs no better, as she is forever witnessing zany antics only to have her husband, Frank Stephens (Robert F. Simon and later Roy Roberts) not believe it. Bewitched earned nearly two dozen Emmy nominations during its run. Marion Lorne and Alice Pearce won well deserved awards, as did director and producer, William Asher (Elizabeth Montgomery's husband at the time). In 1970, Bewitched presented a Christmas episode regarding bigotry and racism, and received a special Emmy, the Governor's Award, for the landmark episode "Sisters at Heart". Beyond the theme of bigotry and "mixed-marriages", the series explored cultural issues of consumerism, materialism, human vanity, women's liberation, and mass hysteria. Season six of Bewitched brought about the biggest change to the series as Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent in the role of Darrin. This element of the show has become a cultural touchstone, with many viewers debating their favorite Darrin. First Telecast: September 17, 1964 Last Telecast: July 1, 1972 ABC Daytime: 1968 - 1973 ABC Saturday Morning: 1971 - 1973 Episodes: 254 Episodes (74 black and white, 180 color) Ratings Season 1: #2 Season 2: #7 Season 3: #8 Season 4: #11 Season 5: #12 Season 6: #25 Season 7: (above #25) Season 8: (above #25)moreless

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  • Quotes (119)

    • Samantha: One re or re ickery Ann, Phillison Follison Nicholas John. Queevy quavy English Navy, Stickbum, stackbum Buck! B-U-C-K spells Buck and out goes you! Endora: You naughty little witch!

    • Samantha: For a while there, it was kind of hard to tell which witch was which.

    • Darrin: I have an aunt who thinks she's a lighthouse. And whenever it rains, she insists on climbing on the garage roof to warn the sailors. Samantha: How do you know she isn't a lighthouse?

    • Samantha: He's a dear, sweet, wonderful, perfectly marvelous man. Endora: Oh, my poor baby. He sounds simply horrible

    • (Darrin feels that someone is around) Samantha: (pretends innocence) Who could be here? Darrin: Nobody that I know, but I don’t know about people you know. People I know, you can see, but I’m not so sure about people you know.

    • Gladys: (looking out the window with Abner) There he is, Abner! That’s the one who kissed me. Abner: It don’t make any sense, Gladys. He’s got her. Why would he want to kiss you?

    • Abner: (working on a crossword puzzle) What’s a five-letter word for the ultimate happiness, peace and tranquility? (thinks about it, then writes and says) Death.

    • Samantha: Let’s go upstairs and look at the bedrooms. Endora: Why go up there? Why don’t we just send for them?

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    Notes (408)

    • A Bewitched Movie was planned to be made after the seris ended, but Elizabeth Montgomery wanted to do other projects.

    • Rehearsals for the pilot were supposed to begin November 22, 1963. However, the rehearsal was postponed because of the assassination of President Kennedy.

    • Samantha was named Cassandra in the original draft of the pilot.

    • Dick Sargent successfully auditioned as the original Darrin, but he was under contract at the time. He appeared as a regular on Broadside, the studio's spin-off of McHale's Navy.

    • Originally in the script Endora was not named, but was called "Mother" when spoken to.

    • Originally in the script, Darrin's last name was Douglas.

    • The role of Samantha was originally offered to Tammy Grimes.

    • The original version of the script was published by Sol Saks in his The Craft Of Comedy Writing, Cincinnati: Writer's Digest Books, 1985/Los Angeles: Lone Eagle Publishing Company, 1991.

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    Trivia (288)

    • After the ashtray moving scene, Samantha zaps Darrin a drink. He looks at the drink and starts to collapse. In the next view of him, he is in a chair and the empty glass is sitting on the table with the straw laying across the top of the glass.

    • The Stephenses' home is introduced as 1164 Morning Glory Circle. They also have some new neighbors as well, Gladys and Abner Kravitz.

    • Gladys looks through the 1164 living room window. Paint has not been scraped from the window glass. In the second view from inside of Gladys looking through the window, there is no paint on the glass.

    • Gladys looks through the living room window of 1164. Part of the facade cross-bracing shows in the dimly lit window.

    • The names Endora calls Darrin begin to roll with this episode. They include "What's It", "What's His Name", "Dennis", and "Young Man."

    • As Samantha and the neighbors walk along the upstairs hall, they walk off to the right as if walking on air above the steps.

    • Samantha's hairdo changes completely from neat to messy during the dog chase scene down the alley.

    • This episode was later remade for season 8 as "A Good Turn Never Goes Unpunished," which first aired March 11, 1972.

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    Allusions (31)

    • The title alludes to the traditional marriage vows.

    • The title alludes to a line in the folk song titled, There's No Place Like Home.

    • Endora reads a magazine, entitled Harpies Bizarre, which is an allusion to the magazine Harper's Bazaar.

    • Allusion to The Wizard of Oz 1939 film: When Brinkman is confronted with a French firing squad as part of Samantha's ploy to convince him that witches are real, he finally breaks and desperately recites, "I do believe in witches. I do. I do. I do believe in witches." His delivery is reminiscent of Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, who recited "I do believe in spooks. I do. I do. I do believe in spooks," out of fear of the sounds in the Haunted Forest.

    • The title alludes of the common phrase, "...and Baby makes three."

    • The title alludes to the Doris Day song of the same name.

    • A Is For Aardvark very possibly refers to the first entry in the old grade school readers used to teach students the alphabet.

    • The title alludes to the saying, Your slip is showing, implying that you are embarrassing yourself.

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  • Fan Reviews (81)
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    By snake63, Apr 06, 2014

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    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Bewitched, One of My Favorite Childhood Shows

    By daniellemccullers3, Oct 23, 2013

  • show was ok,,

    By gdanjou, May 17, 2013

  • Great Show

    By gem228, Feb 14, 2012

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