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.05: Help, Help Don’t Save Me
Darrin is thrown in for a loop trying to find a perfect slogan for the Caldwell Soup account. Samantha gives him spectacular ideas, and Darrin accuses her of using witchcraft and submits his own ideas. Caldwell rejects his ideas and Darrin accuses Sam for using witchcraft to influence Caldwell’s decision. Samantha packs up her stuff and threatens to separate and Darrin is totally crushed. Darrin then submits Samantha’s ideas to Larry, who thinks that they are great. Darrin soon realizes that Samantha had nothing at all to do with what has happened with Caldwell and they make up. As they make up, Samantha says that no can of soup should come between them, and Darrin thinks that that is a spectacular slogan for Caldwell Soups.
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, color
Date Release: 1964
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