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.
Season 1 Ep.01: I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha
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.
The young executive of an advertisement agency, Darrin Stephens marries a beautiful woman, Samantha Stephens. On their honeymoon, Sam discloses a secret to him: she is a witch with magic powers. He makes her promise him that she will live like a mortal, without using witchcraft and spells in their lives, but sometimes she uses her magic to help Darrin and herself. Sam’s mother, Endora does not accept her mortal son-in-law, hates him and can hardly say his name correctly. In the suburb of Morning Glory Circle, where they live, their curious next-door neighbor Gladys Kravitz suspect Samantha, but can never prove the weird situations she sees to her husband Abner Kravitz. Darrin works in the McMahon and Tate ad agency with Larry Tate, who is married to Louise Tate. Samantha frequently receives her witch aunts in her house, specially her sweet old Aunt Clara.
Cast and Crew:
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York and Dick Sargent
Creator: Sol Saks
Production Company: Ashmont Productions, Screen Gems Television
Audio/Visual: mono, black & white and color
Date Release: 1964
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