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.Â Charmed, of course, being the other one. I hadnâ€™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 wasnâ€™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 didnâ€™t treat Samantha well at all. Basically calling her a liar when she said one of his firmâ€™s clientâ€™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 arenâ€™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 heâ€™s not there. She wakes up to a note from him. So Endora suggests they go to Paris for lunch. After all itâ€™s only a few seconds away if youâ€™re a witch. So she goes. Unfortunately she runs into Larry Tate, Darrenâ€™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. Sheâ€™s her own person. He wasnâ€™t home. It was only for lunch. Sure it was Paris but so what? At least by the end of the episode heâ€™s resigned himself to the fact that he canâ€™t hold her back as a witch. If she wants to practice witchcraft he wonâ€™t stop her. Of course Iâ€™m sure that wonâ€™t last long.
I havenâ€™t seen any others after that. Weâ€™re still in the black and white phase of the show. I am enjoying the fact that I donâ€™t remember any of the episodes so far. Not in detail the way I remember some other shows. So itâ€™s like watching them for theÂ Â 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…