On my quest to watch the shows I fell in love with years ago, I searched through Netflix for one of my favourite television shows about witches. Bewitched. Charmed, of course, being the other one. I hadn’t thought of Bewitched in a while except in passing when a Charmed episode referenced the show. I loved it when I was a kid. The first episode aired in 1964. I wasn’t even born yet but thanks to syndication I got to watch Samantha Stevens after school, twitch her nose to make things happen.
I used to try to make my nose twitch like hers. Never could get it right. And of course nothing ever happened even if I did manage a good twitch.
I was thrilled to find Bewitched on Netflix. Not so thrilled when I watched some of the episodes. Darren didn’t treat Samantha well at all. Basically calling her a liar when she said one of his firm’s client’s was hitting on her. I was happy to see Samantha stand up for herself and leave him. And by leave I mean she popped out to wherever witches go when they aren’t in mortal land. He begged her to come back, finally only believed her when he saw with his own eyes that the client was hitting on her.
I just watched an episode that made me cringe. Darren is stuck working long hours into the night leaving Sam alone at home. She goes to bed and he’s not there. She wakes up to a note from him. So Endora suggests they go to Paris for lunch. After all it’s only a few seconds away if you’re a witch. So she goes. Unfortunately she runs into Larry Tate, Darren’s boss. And Larry and his wife want to know what Samantha said to Darren so he would LET her go. I had an issue with the whole letting her go. She’s her own person. He wasn’t home. It was only for lunch. Sure it was Paris but so what? At least by the end of the episode he’s resigned himself to the fact that he can’t hold her back as a witch. If she wants to practice witchcraft he won’t stop her. Of course I’m sure that won’t last long.
I haven’t seen any others after that. We’re still in the black and white phase of the show. I am enjoying the fact that I don’t remember any of the episodes so far. Not in detail the way I remember some other shows. So it’s like watching them for the first time.
What about you? What shows do you want to go back and rediscover? Did you ever wish you could have Samantha’s powers?
Until next time…