Bewitched

Bewitched
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GenreFantasy sitcom
Created bySol Saks
Written byVarious[nb 1]
Directed byWilliam Asher (most episodes)[nb 1]
StarringElizabeth Montgomery
Dick York (1964–1969)
Dick Sargent (1969–1972)
Agnes Moorehead
David White
Theme music composerHoward Greenfield
Jack Keller
Composer(s)Warren Barker (most episodes)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes254 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Harry Ackerman
Producer(s)Danny Arnold (17 episodes, first season)
Jerry Davis (most episodes, first and second seasons)
William Froug (third season)
William Asher (remainder of show)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running timeapprox. 25 minutes
Production company(s)Screen Gems
Ashmont Productions
(1971–1972)
(season 8)
DistributorScreen Gems
(1973–1974)
Columbia Pictures Television
(1974–1975)
Columbia TriStar Television (1995–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–present)
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white (1964–1966)
Color (1966–1972)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1964 (1964-09-17) – March 25, 1972 (1972-03-25)
Chronology
Followed byTabitha

Bewitched is an American television sitcom fantasy series, originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from September 17, 1964 to March 25, 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and starred Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Agnes Moorehead, David White and Erin Murphy. Dick Sargent replaced an ailing York for the final three seasons (1969–1972). The show is about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man, and vows to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. Bewitched enjoyed great popularity, finishing as the number two-rated show in America during its debut season, staying in the top ten for its first three seasons, and just missing this mark with an eleventh place ranking for both seasons four and five. The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media.

In 2002, Bewitched was ranked #50 on "TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time".[1] In 1997, the same magazine ranked the season 2 episode "Divided He Falls" #48 on their list of the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time".[2]

Plot

A beautiful witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) meets and marries a mortal named Darrin Stephens (originally Dick York, later Dick Sargent). While Samantha complies with Darrin's wishes to become a normal suburban housewife, her magical family disapproves of the mixed marriage and frequently interferes in the couple's lives. Episodes often begin with Darrin becoming the victim of a spell, the effects of which wreak havoc with mortals such as his boss, clients, parents, and neighbors. By the epilogue, however, Darrin and Samantha most often embrace, having overcome the devious elements that failed to separate them. The witches and their male counterparts, warlocks, are very long-lived; while Samantha appears to be a young woman, many episodes suggest she is actually hundreds of years old. To keep their society secret, witches avoid showing their powers in front of mortals other than Darrin. Nevertheless, the effects of their spells – and Samantha's attempts to hide their supernatural origin from mortals – drive the plot of most episodes. Witches and warlocks usually use physical gestures along with their incantations. To perform magic, Samantha often twitches her nose to create a spell. Special visual effects are accompanied by music to highlight such an action.

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