Bewitched (1972)

Season 1 Episode 1

I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 1964 on ABC
8.0
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This magical 1960s series begins when Darrin and Samantha first bump into each other. They realize that they have real feelings for each other and they decide to get married. What Darrin doesn't know is that Samantha is a witch. On their honeymoon, Endora visits Samantha and tells her that she made a big mistake marrying a mortal and spends eight years trying to break the marriage. Samantha tells Darrin the truth about herself and gives him a demo of her powers. After a little soul searching, Darrin accepts her background and wants her to be a regular housewife and not to practice witchcraft. Until his former girlfriend Sheila Sommers comes in the picture. She invites Darrin and Samantha to her house for a dinner party. At the party, Sheila trashes Samantha with insults, and Samantha teaches her a lesson by trashing her party with magic! Darrin doesn't like the fact that Samantha used her magic to get even, but Sheila did get what she had coming to her. And so begins eight years of magic and misunderstanding in Darrin and Samantha's life.moreless

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  • In the very first episode of this much-loved series, we meet the characters of Samanantha and Darrin Stephens and begin the journey which aired on our screens from 1964 - 1972.moreless

    8.0
    Darrin Stephens (Dick York) is an ordinary man who wants what any other ordinary man wants - a happy life, a successful career, a home of his own - and a wife. When he first meets the beautiful, blonde Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) and they keep, literally, bumping into each other, a romance soon develops and a marriage follows quickly after. Everything appears to be fairytale-like and wonderful, except for one small thing that the new bride forgot to mention ... She is a witch.



    On their honeymoon in a nice hotel, Samantha is preparing for bed and wishes to brush her hair, trouble is, her brush isn't handy, so, like all smart witches, she summons it to her and begins to use it. Whilst Darrin is waiting in another room for Samantha, (and sipping champagne) her mother, Endora, (Agnes Moorehead) quite literally, pops into the room. Dressed in a costume of purple and green, (which we come to see is a personal favorite) Endora is not pleased to learn that her daughter has married without her knowledge. The fact that she has married an ordinary mortal is even less appealing but she is not overly worried as she is absolutely confident that the union won't last, especially as Samantha has thus far neglected to mention to her new husband that she is a witch.



    Whilst mother and daughter argue, Endora keeps poor Darrin away from the bedroom by magically sending him, dressed in his robe, down to the hotel lobby, which the concierge finds more than a little odd but which Darrin himself puts down to too much champagne.



    Finally, Endora leaves and Samantha knows it is time to tell Darrin the truth about who and what she is. Naturally, at first, he doesn't believe a word of it, but when she demonstrates her powers, he reluctantly acknowledges and accepts that she is 'different.' In spite of Samantha telling Darrin that she is only capable of 'little things' when it comes to using witchcraft, we soon see that she is being more than a little modest!



    This pilot episode superbly sets up the hilarious comedy and wonderful interaction between characters which were the cornerstones of the show, most particularly the ongoing issues between Darrin and Endora who just never seem to be able to tolerate each other.



    One of the best of the 1960s - 70s sitcoms, very wholesome, funny and endearing. A great show for the family to watch and enjoy together.moreless
  • This is a wonderful episode of Bewitched! It contains all the elements that gave the show it's staying power over 8 seasons.

    10
    I love episodes like this. This show told the tale of Darrin and Samantha's courting. It was so neat to see how they met (bumping into each other) and how they kept bumping into each other and finally decided to date. When Darrin and Sam were finally engaged, Endora's reaction was simply priceless. Darrin didn't know what to do when he kept popping up in weird locales thanks to Endora's trickery. After Endora left, Sam finally told Darrin of her powers. Trying to get him to believe this was the funny part. I'm glad that he finally did believe her and accept her. A++!moreless
  • hola soy un admirador de esta serie pues la verdad me encanta mucho y me alegra que la sten dando y quisiera verla en internet

    10
    hola me gustaria saber como puedo inscribirme a algo para ver siempre estos episodios que no dejan de ser los mejores, espero me contesten algun dia a mi correo, les estare muy agradecido ok y por favor nunca dejen de dar esa serie que es muy linda ok... gracias por todo... hasta pronto
  • This is the start of the story about a man and hiw wife. Unbeknown to him she is a witch.

    9.0
    This is a great pilot. It shows how Darrin and Sam got togther as well as there marriage. It was so nice that he still loved her after he found out she was a witch. I love Endora. She is just a really mean charcter but I love the way she tries to get rid of Darrin.
  • The story of a mortal named Darrin marrying a witch named Samantha.

    9.9
    I think that this was an excellent way to begin the series with Darrin and Sam continuously running into each other by accident. Which then leads them to start dating and then getting married. And although I think she should have told him that she’s a witch before they got married, I can see why she didn’t.



    And I think that Endora had a great entrance on the show. You get a very good idea on who the character is and can tell that she’s not going to give up on trying to change Sam’s mind about Darrin. And I totally love how she kept on sending Darrin downstairs to the lobby whenever he was heading toward the room where she and Sam were!



    And I think that the scene where Sam tells Darrin that she’s a witch is great! Especially when he doesn’t believe her and tells her about his aunt who thinks she’s a lighthouse. And I totally love it when she’s trying to prove it to him by doing magic and it takes him a little while to comprehend that she’s doing anything.



    And I love it when he’s talking to that friend who can be told anything and doesn’t hear a word that’s being said by Darrin, but just keeps on talking. And when he talks to that doctor who thinks he should take a vacation now that his honeymoon is over. And when he tells that bartender that he’s married to a witch and the bartender doesn’t think that Darrin’s speaking literally and brings up his own wife. And I’m glad that Darrin then decides to give Sam a chance.



    And I find the whole dinner scene with Darrin’s ex-girlfriend totally hilarious! Sam’s timing with each thing she does is great. And she does the motions that cause those things to happen so casually that if you just look at her (and didn’t know she was a witch) you may not suspect that she was doing anything to the other gal.



    And at the end of this episode is my favorite line in the entire series when Sam says “for a while there, it was kind of hard to tell which witch was which.” And I love that she magically cleaned up the kitchen when Darrin wasn’t in the room, ‘cause that would be a lot of work for her to do. Especially since she probably wasn’t used to doing that much on her own yet.moreless

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