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|Run dates||1964 - 1972|
|Genres||situation comedy, fantasy|
|Country of origin||USA|
Bewitched is an American situation comedy originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 17 September 1964 – 1 July 1972. It is about a youthful-looking witch, Samantha (played by Elizabeth Montgomery) who marries a mortal and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. The part of her husband, Darrin Stephens, was originally played by Dick York (1964-1969), replaced by Dick Sargent (1969-1972) when York's ill health made him unable to continue in the role.
Darrin dislikes his wife's magical abilities; and Samantha pledges to forsake her powers and become a typical suburban housewife. However, her magical family disapproves of the mixed marriage and frequently interferes in the couple's lives. Samantha's mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead) is the chief antagonist. She loathes mortals, and refuses to even use Darrin's name, using such alternatives as "Derwood," "What's-his-name," "Darwin," and "Dum-Dum", much to his annoyance. Many stories revolve around Endora, or another of Darrin's in-laws, using magic to undermine the union, with effects that wreak havoc with other mortals such as his employer, clients, parents, and neighbors. By the epilogue, however, Darrin and Samantha have managed to confound her family in their latest attempt to separate them.
Sol Saks, who received credit as the creator of the show, was not involved after writing the pilot. For the first season, it was produced by Danny Arnold, who helped develop the style and tone of the series. He thought of Bewitched as being essentially a romantic comedy about a mixed marriage, using supernatural situations as metaphors for the real-life problems a young couple would face, while keeping the magic element to a minimum. Arnold stated that the two main themes of the series were the conflict between a powerful woman (Samantha) and a husband who cannot deal with that power (Darrin), and the anger of the bride's mother (Endora) at seeing her daughter marry beneath her. However, after the first season, various other producers helmed the show; and, in accordance with the network's preferences, increased the level of magic in the show, with mistaken identity and farce dominating the plots of many episodes.
- Adapted from the Wikipedia article on Bewitched.