History Series / Bewitched

10th Mar '16 3:35:40 AM JamesAustin
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* ShoutOut:

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* ShoutOut:ShoutOut



** Also neighbor Abner Kravits. One of the reasons his wife Gladys could never convince him that there was something unusual about Samantha, is that on the rare occasions he ''did'' see something strange, he didn't regard it as out of the ordinary. For example, in one episode, Samantha's Uncle Bombay gets turned into a horse. While waiting to be turned back, he passes the time by playing a game of chess. When Abner finds out there's a chess-playing horse at the Stevens house... he challenges it to a game.

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** Also neighbor Abner Kravits.Kravitz. One of the reasons his wife Gladys could never convince him that there was something unusual about Samantha, is that on the rare occasions he ''did'' see something strange, he didn't regard it as out of the ordinary. For example, in one episode, Samantha's Uncle Dr. Bombay gets turned into a horse. While waiting to be turned back, he passes the time by playing a game of chess. When Abner finds out there's a chess-playing horse at the Stevens house... he challenges it to a game.
11th Feb '16 11:05:20 PM zoop
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* UnfazedEveryman: Darrin. Aside from being married to a witch, a lot of episodes shown that Darrin's life would have been plagued by the supernatural even without Sam. He had been cursed by nymphs, was once sought after by a youth-stealing witch, possessed by ghosts, and his family once owned leprechaun servants.

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* UnfazedEveryman: UnfazedEveryman
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Darrin. Aside from being married to a witch, a lot of episodes shown that Darrin's life would have been plagued by the supernatural even without Sam. He had been cursed by nymphs, was once sought after by a youth-stealing witch, possessed by ghosts, and his family once owned leprechaun servants.servants.
** Also neighbor Abner Kravits. One of the reasons his wife Gladys could never convince him that there was something unusual about Samantha, is that on the rare occasions he ''did'' see something strange, he didn't regard it as out of the ordinary. For example, in one episode, Samantha's Uncle Bombay gets turned into a horse. While waiting to be turned back, he passes the time by playing a game of chess. When Abner finds out there's a chess-playing horse at the Stevens house... he challenges it to a game.
1st Feb '16 8:38:33 AM JamesAustin
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* ShoutOut: In "Samantha's Power Failure," Serena and Uncle Arthur get a job at an ice cream plant, preparing frozen chocolate covered bananas, where at one point, the conveyor belt speeds up, much like what Lucy and Ethel dealt with in the famous "Job Switching" episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy''; it worked, as William Asher directed those specific episodes of both series.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Esmeralda can be seen as a younger and somewhat more neurotic version of Aunt Clara.
** DependingOnTheWriter, and the situation at hand, Larry often ends up in the crosshairs of the chaos brought on by Samantha's family in episodes where Darrin is absent.
* ThemeNaming: Like ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch,'' the majority of female witches on the show had last names ending in the letter "A"--Samantha, Tabatha, Endora, Aunt Clara, Esmeralda, Pandora, Bertha, Hagatha...the only witch who had a non-A name ending was Mary. ''Sabrina'' and this series set this as a precedent: both the live-action ''Sabrina'' and ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' continued the trend of witches having "A"s at the end of their names.



* ShoutOut: Endora's name is a reference to the Witch of Endor in Literature/TheBible.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Endora's name is a reference to the Witch of Endor in Literature/TheBible.Literature/TheBible.
** In "Samantha's Power Failure," Serena and Uncle Arthur get a job at an ice cream plant, preparing frozen chocolate covered bananas, where at one point, the conveyor belt speeds up, much like what Lucy and Ethel dealt with in the famous "Job Switching" episode of ''Series/ILoveLucy''; it's very possible that it was deliberate, as William Asher directed those specific episodes of both series.



* UsefulNotes/SwitchToColor: In 1966, starting with Season Three.

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* UsefulNotes/SwitchToColor: In 1966, starting with Season Three.SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Esmeralda can be seen as a younger and somewhat more neurotic version of Aunt Clara.
** DependingOnTheWriter, and the situation at hand, Larry often ends up in the crosshairs of the chaos brought on by Samantha's family in episodes where Darrin is absent.



* ThemeNaming: Like ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch,'' the majority of female witches on the show had last names ending in the letter "A"--Samantha, Tabatha, Endora, Aunt Clara, Esmeralda, Pandora, Bertha, Hagatha...the only witch who had a non-A name ending was Mary. ''Sabrina'' and this series set this as a precedent: both the live-action ''Sabrina'' and ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' continued the trend of witches having "A"s at the end of their names.



* TomboyishName: Darrin usually addressed Samantha with the nickname "Sam".[[note]]The initial concept of the series, that had Samantha as "Cassandra", nicknamed her "Cass."[[/note]] This ends up working against him in "Samantha Goes South for a Spell," when Darrin tries to retrieve an amnesia-struck Samantha sent back to 1868 from getting married to a wealthy plantation owner.

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* TomboyishName: Darrin usually addressed Samantha with the nickname "Sam".[[note]]The "Sam."[[note]]The initial concept of the series, that had Samantha as "Cassandra", nicknamed her "Cass."[[/note]] This ends up working against him in "Samantha Goes South for a Spell," when Darrin tries to retrieve an amnesia-struck Samantha sent back to 1868 from getting married to a wealthy plantation owner.
28th Dec '15 7:31:14 AM JamesAustin
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This long-running (1964-1972) FantasticComedy on Creator/{{ABC}} took a light-hearted look at the supernatural.

Elizabeth Montgomery starred as Samantha, the wife of ad executive Darrin Stephens. She was not the average {{housewife}}. In fact, she was a witch, with the power to warp reality as she saw fit. Darrin encouraged her to suppress her powers and try to live a normal life, but Samantha couldn't help using her powers when she or Darrin were in a jam. With a twitch of the nose, she would make something magical happen and throw Darrin and the rest of the mortal world into a tizzy.

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This long-running (1964-1972) FantasticComedy ''Bewitched'' is a {{Sitcom}}/FantasticComedy series which was broadcast for eight seasons on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1964 to 1972, and took a light-hearted look at the supernatural.

Elizabeth Montgomery starred stars as Samantha, the wife of ad executive Darrin Stephens. She was She's not the average {{housewife}}. In fact, she was she's a witch, with the power to warp reality as she saw sees fit. Darrin encouraged her to suppress her powers and try to live a normal life, but Samantha couldn't help using her powers when she or Darrin were in a jam. With a twitch of the nose, she would make something magical happen and throw Darrin and the rest of the mortal world into a tizzy.



* AndStarring: Agnes Moorehead as Endora
** (Starting in Season Six) [[PromotionToOpeningTitles and David White as Larry Tate]]

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* AndStarring: Agnes "Agnes Moorehead as Endora
** (Starting
Endora." Starting in Season Six) [[PromotionToOpeningTitles and Six, "[[PromotionToOpeningTitles And David White as Larry Tate]]Tate]]."



** Maurice: "I apologize that your abominable behavior had so exhausted my patience that I was goaded into a slight transgression."
-->'''Endora:''' I regret my slight transgression of the other day, but only because my daughter insisted.
-->'''Darrin:''' That's an apology?
-->'''Samantha:''' For Mother it is.

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** Maurice: "I -->'''Maurice:''' I apologize that your abominable behavior had so exhausted my patience that I was goaded into a slight transgression."
-->'''Endora:'''
\\\
'''Endora:'''
I regret my slight transgression of the other day, but only because my daughter insisted.
-->'''Darrin:'''
insisted.\\
'''Darrin:'''
That's an apology?
-->'''Samantha:'''
apology?\\
'''Samantha:'''
For Mother it is.



* BigBlackout: "The Short, Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara"
** Was something of a [[TakeThat jab]] at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965 actual blackout of the entire east coast in 1965]] (apparently, that was Aunt Clara's fault -- she tried to magic a piano upstairs by saying "I wish that you were light").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: From the pilot episode:
--> '''Darrin''': ''[looking right into the camera]'' So my wife's a witch. Every married man has to make ''some'' adjustment.
* BreakoutCharacter: Tabitha; she had two spin-offs focused on her and became a main character on "Passions." [[Series/BigWolfOnCampus Some people even mistake Samantha's name for Tabitha,]] probably due to it being a witcher-sounding name.

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* BigBlackout: "The Short, Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara"
** Was
Clara." It was something of a [[TakeThat jab]] HistoricalInJoke at the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965 actual blackout of the entire east coast in 1965]] (apparently, that was Aunt Clara's fault -- she tried to magic a piano upstairs by saying "I wish that you were light").
* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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From the pilot episode:
--> '''Darrin''': --->'''Darrin:''' ''[looking right into the camera]'' So my wife's a witch. Every married man has to make ''some'' adjustment.
** From the second episode, "Be It Ever So Mortgaged":
--->'''Endora:''' ''[looking to the audience]'' Believe me, it'll never work.
** From the episode, "Witch or Wife", Endora looks at the camera and says proudly, "That's my gal!" after Samantha joins her to travel to Paris. Later in the episode, while enjoying a glass of champagne riding atop a transcontinental airliner, Endora says to the camera "It's the only way to fly!"
** Several character's reactions to supernatural incidents will include looking at the camera.
* BreakoutCharacter: Tabitha; she had two spin-offs focused on her and became a main character on "Passions." ''Series/{{Passions}}''. [[Series/BigWolfOnCampus Some people even mistake Samantha's name for Tabitha,]] probably due to it being a witcher-sounding name.



* CannotTellALie: In a couple of episodes enchanted items were used to force characters to be absolutely truthful.
* CharacteristicTrope

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* CannotTellALie: In a couple of episodes episodes, one of them the last episode, enchanted items were used to force characters to be absolutely truthful.
* CharacteristicTropeCharacteristicTrope: It's pretty much a given that any work featuring a female witch trying to live a normal life will bring back memories of ''Bewitched'', to the point of giving it the occasional ShoutOut.



** Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York voiced prehistoric versions of Samantha and Darrin in an episode of ''TheFlintstones''.

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** Elizabeth Montgomery and Dick York voiced prehistoric versions of Samantha and Darrin in an episode of ''TheFlintstones''.''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.



* DinnerWithTheBoss: Happens a few times.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Throughout its entire run witches were used metaphorically for plots that otherwise might not be acceptable for television of the time. Occasionally the characters lampshaded it for the audience.
** Darrin mentions that he and Sam are in a "mixed marriage."
** One Halloween Sam is noticeably upset by the ugly witch stereotype she sees, explicitly calling witches a "minority group."
* DomCom

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* DinnerWithTheBoss: Happens Darrin has dinner with his boss Larry a few times.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Throughout its entire run witches were used metaphorically for plots that otherwise might not be acceptable for television of the time. Occasionally the characters lampshaded it for the audience.
**
audience; Darrin mentions that he and Sam are in a "mixed marriage.marriage," and in one Halloween Sam is noticeably upset by the ugly witch stereotype she sees, explicitly calling witches a "minority group."
** One Halloween Sam is noticeably upset by * DomCom: The series revolves around the ugly witch stereotype she sees, explicitly calling witches a "minority group."
* DomCom
Stephenses' home and family.



* TheEeyore: Esmerelda, in spades.

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* TheEeyore: Esmerelda, in spades. She would vanish into thin air if addressed in even the slightest harsh tone.



* FantasticComedy

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* FantasticComedyFantasticComedy: The show is about a marriage in which the wife is a witch.



** Endora was {{flanderized}} to have nothing but contempt for mortals. Early episodes highlighted the fact that Endora was genuinely looking out for Samantha's best interests, and that her enmity toward Darrin was NothingPersonal. Whether she was trying to drive him away or merely testing him to see if he could handle marrying into a family of witches is anyone's guess. Occasionally Endora will use her magic to help Darrin (and, by extension, Samantha and the children--usually Larry is the victim/subject of her spells in these cases) with the usual unintended consequences.

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** Endora was {{flanderized}} {{flanderiz|ation}}ed to have nothing but contempt for mortals. Early episodes highlighted the fact that Endora was genuinely looking out for Samantha's best interests, and that her enmity toward Darrin was NothingPersonal. Whether she was trying to drive him away or merely testing him to see if he could handle marrying into a family of witches is anyone's guess. Occasionally Endora will use her magic to help Darrin (and, by extension, Samantha and the children--usually Larry is the victim/subject of her spells in these cases) with the usual unintended consequences.



* TheFilmOfTheSeries



* FrothyMugsOfWater: massively, massively averted. Almost every dinner party is accompanied by alcohol (usually martinis). And given Darrin's frustrations it's no wonder [[INeedAFreakingDrink he hits the bottle often.]]

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* FrothyMugsOfWater: massively, Massively, massively averted. Almost Among the most-remembered secondary aspects of the series is that almost every dinner party is accompanied by alcohol (usually martinis). And given Darrin's frustrations frustrations, it's no wonder [[INeedAFreakingDrink he hits the bottle often.]]



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Interestingly for the time during which the show aired, the marital status (or possible lack thereof) between Endora and Maurice is surprisingly vague. It is known that they do not live together (she threatens to move in with him in one episode) and in another (while under the effects of a love potion) she nearly marries one of Darrin's clients. On the other hand it is also implied at one point that they are married when she threatens to get the witch's equivalent of a divorce. This creates a number of possibilities, including that they are in an open marriage or that witches are not monogamous generally, with Samantha being unusual in her marital fidelity.
** In the episode "Marriage, Witch's Style," a matchmaker explaining how his computerized dating service works explains that "those male cards compatible with your female card will drop into your little slot." Cut to a closeup of Samantha doing a DoubleTake at that.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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Interestingly for the time during which the show aired, the marital status (or possible lack thereof) between Endora and Maurice is surprisingly vague. It is known that they do not live together (she threatens to move in with him in one episode) and in another (while under the effects of a love potion) she nearly marries one of Darrin's clients. On the other hand it is also implied at one point that they are married when she threatens to get the witch's equivalent of a divorce. This creates a number of possibilities, including that they are in an open marriage or that witches are not monogamous generally, with Samantha being unusual in her marital fidelity.
** In the episode "Marriage, Witch's Style," a matchmaker explaining how his computerized dating service works explains that "those male cards compatible with your female card will drop into your little slot." Cut to a closeup of Samantha doing a DoubleTake at that.that, only answering, "How romantic..."



** For a 60s sitcom, there were a few little things here and there that were normally considered rather risque at the time; although it was not uncommon for someone, usually a drunk, to hit on Samantha when she's by herself, on some occasions, the men can be quite aggressive with her. In the episode, "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog", [=McMann=] & Tate's latest client becomes so aggressive with Samantha (despite knowing she's Darrin's wife), he basically does everything short of raping her. Samantha turning him into a dog (ironically, the man's name was [[MeaningfulName Barker]]) didn't help matters, it wasn't until Darrin finally caught him in the act of trying to have his way with Samantha the he knocked him out. Later still, when Barker arrives at the Stephens' house to actually apologize, neither Darrin nor Samantha really accept it.
*** Earlier in the same episode, after Samantha explains to Darrin why she turned Barker into a dog, and tells him he attacked her, Darrin blames it on the nightgown she's wearing at the moment. Some of Samantha's nightgowns, and other lingerie, ''were'' somewhat revealing (by 60s standards). Some of the flying suits Samantha wore featured deeper and deeper plunging necklines.
*** Harsher in Hindsight if you've seen Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal of Ellen in 'A Case of Rape'.

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** For a 60s sitcom, there were a few little things here and there that were normally considered rather risque at the time; although it was not uncommon for someone, usually a drunk, to hit on Samantha when she's by herself, on some occasions, the men can be quite aggressive with her. In Just in the third episode, "It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog", [=McMann=] & Tate's latest client becomes so aggressive with Samantha (despite knowing she's Darrin's wife), he basically does everything short of raping her. Samantha turning him into a dog (ironically, the man's name was [[MeaningfulName Barker]]) didn't help matters, matters; after Samantha explains to Darrin why she turned Barker into a dog, and tells him he attacked her, Darrin blames it on the nightgown she's wearing at the moment. (Some of Samantha's nightgowns, and other lingerie, ''were'' somewhat revealing [by 60s standards]. Some of the flying suits Samantha wore featured deeper and deeper plunging necklines.) It wasn't until Darrin finally caught him in the act of trying to have his way with Samantha the he knocked him out. Later still, when Barker arrives at the Stephens' house to actually apologize, neither Darrin nor Samantha really accept it.
*** Earlier in the same episode, after Samantha explains to Darrin why she turned Barker into a dog, and tells him he attacked her, Darrin blames it on the nightgown she's wearing at the moment. Some of Samantha's nightgowns, and other lingerie, ''were'' somewhat revealing (by 60s standards). Some of the flying suits Samantha wore featured deeper and deeper plunging necklines.
*** Harsher in Hindsight if you've seen Elizabeth Montgomery's portrayal of Ellen in 'A Case of Rape'.
it.



** An apparent LastSecondWordSwap in "If the Shoe Pinches":
--> "You're as full of sh...enanigans as I am"
** In "Abner-Kadabra," Sam convinces Mrs. Kravitz that she, not Samantha, has special abilities. At the end of the episode, when the mess is cleared up, Samantha and Darrin are preparing for a night on the town. Sam suggests staying in, and Darrin remarks, "I was just thinking the same thing! Do you think I have the power?" Sam grins and says "Yes...but not that kind" as she closes the door and the two kiss.

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** An apparent LastSecondWordSwap in In "If the Shoe Pinches":
--> "You're
Pinches," Endora has a leprechaun give Darrin a pair of shoes that make him lazy. The leprechaun and Endora at one point get into an argument, in which Endora says, "[[BlatantLies I never interfere in my daughter's marital life.]]" The leprechaun doesn't bit it, though, and does an apparent LastSecondWordSwap:
--->'''Leprechaun:''' You're
as full of sh...sh... enanigans as I am"
am.
** In "Abner-Kadabra," Sam convinces Mrs. Kravitz that she, not Samantha, has special abilities. At the end of the episode, when the mess is cleared up, Samantha and Darrin are preparing for a night on the town. Sam suggests staying in, and Darrin remarks, "I was just thinking the same thing! Do you think I have the power?" Sam grins and says "Yes... but not that kind" as she closes the door and the two kiss.



* HotWitch: In one episode, Darrin comes up with a traditional "old crone" witch silhouette as a mascot for a some candy. Samantha is offended and convinces Darrin to go with a sexier witch silhouette, which looks like Samantha in the AnimatedCreditsOpening. Darrin is fired because the client liked the old witch look more.
* IneptMage: Aunt Clara and Esmerelda
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting

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* HotWitch: HotWitch:
** Samantha Stevens is a blonde with legs to die for, and several men through the series remark how outstandingly attractive she is. She's also a witch who comes from a supernatural world and she has the power to warp reality of the mortal world.
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In one episode, Darrin comes up with a traditional "old crone" witch silhouette as a mascot for a some candy. Samantha is offended and convinces Darrin to go with a sexier witch silhouette, which looks like Samantha in the AnimatedCreditsOpening. Darrin is fired because the client liked the old witch look more.
* IneptMage: Aunt Clara and Esmerelda
Esmerelda lack finesse in their spells, frequently causing them to backfire and produce an effect other than intended.
* InvoluntaryShapeshiftingInvoluntaryShapeshifter: Darrin pretty much became an honorary one after being transformed by Endora, Maurice, Serena, and other witches and warlocks through the series several times.



* JailBake: ''Bewitched'' a case where the cake was magically conjured by accident.
* JerkAss: Endora more than likely would already be insufferable to deal with as a mortal. But the fact that she has an almost limitless supply of magic makes dealing with her hell, as Darrin fully was aware.
** On those occasions when she lost her powers, she would pitifully manipulate him into waiting on her hand and foot. You know, [[EvilMatriarch like an ordinary mother-in law]].
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: earlier episodes highlighted that Endora's main motivation was concern for Samantha and the children. The character underwent {{Flanderization}} as the later seasons progressed, making her more of a pure JerkAss.

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* JailBake: ''Bewitched'' One episode had a case where the cake was magically conjured by accident.
* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}:
**
Endora more than likely would already be insufferable to deal with as a mortal. But the fact that she has an almost limitless supply of magic makes dealing with her hell, as Darrin fully was aware.
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aware. On those occasions when she lost her powers, she would pitifully manipulate him into waiting on her hand and foot. You know, [[EvilMatriarch like an ordinary mother-in law]].
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: earlier episodes highlighted that Endora's main motivation was concern for Samantha and the children. The character underwent {{Flanderization}} as the later seasons progressed, making her more of a pure JerkAss.
law]].



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Earlier episodes highlighted that Endora's main motivation for her attitude towards mortals was concern for Samantha and the children. The character underwent {{Flanderization}} as the later seasons progressed, making her more of a pure {{Jerkass}}.



* LaughTrack

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* LaughTrackLaughTrack: The series had one, as an example of the height of laugh track abuse from the 1960s and early 1970s. The Latin American dub mercifully removed it.



* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Even Dick York has once said that he wished that Darrin would, "Stop being so damn mad at Sam all the time."
* MeetCute
* MsFanservice: Notice how Elizabeth Montgomery's skirts kept getting shorter and shorter in the last few seasons.
** Almost cranked up to 11 whenever she played Serena.
* MundaneUtility: Witchcraft works just fine for doing domestic chores, and at one point Samantha even uses it to reassemble and repair their television when the repairman tries to cheat her by inflating how much work will be involved. However, Darrin ''strongly'' disapproves of her doing this sort of thing. Which could be seen as somewhat {{Jerkass}}. While plenty of people enjoy cooking, decorating and gardening, almost ''nobody'' enjoys dusting, vacuuming or doing windows.

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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Even Dick York has once said that he wished that Darrin would, "Stop would "stop being so damn mad at Sam all the time."
* MeetCute
MeetCute: Samantha and Darrin got together after bumping into each other everywhere. This was lampshaded by the pilot's narrator:
-->'''Narrator:''' ''[after showing Samantha and Darrin bump into each other several times]'' So, they decided they'd better sit down and talk this over before they had an accident.
* MsFanservice: Notice how Elizabeth Montgomery's skirts kept getting shorter and shorter in the last few seasons.
** Almost cranked
seasons ([[VaporWear and her bra straight up to 11 disappeared]] in the last season). Cranked UpToEleven whenever she played Serena.
* MundaneUtility: Witchcraft works just fine for doing domestic chores, and at one point Samantha even uses it to reassemble and repair their television when the repairman tries to cheat her by inflating how much work will be involved. However, Darrin ''strongly'' disapproves of her doing this sort of thing. Which thing, which could be seen as somewhat {{Jerkass}}. While plenty of people enjoy cooking, decorating and gardening, almost ''nobody'' enjoys dusting, vacuuming or doing windows.



* NakedApron: They actually pulled this off in "Bewitched, Bothered, and Baldoni", when Venus becomes the Stephens' maid.
-->'''Sam''': When I said, "Put on an apron", I didn't mean just an apron! Now why don't you be a good girl and go out... (''Venus starts to turn around'') backwards! And we'll make sure you get a uniform to go with that apron.
* NosyNeighbor: "Gladys Kravitz" is shorthand for a busy-body who gossips about their neighbors.
* NotMeThisTime: Happens in quite a few episodes, as Darrin usually assumes that his troubles are being caused by Endora. Endora claims to be innocent, or doesn't show up in the episode at all, and later it turns out to be someone else screwing with Darrin -- or the problem was completely mundane with no magic involved.
** The Season Two episode "My Boss, the Teddy Bear" exemplifies this trope. Larry does a good deed for Endora, and she's so touched that she decides to reward him by conjuring up a teddy bear he's been trying to get for his son. When Darrin sees the bear in Larry's office and hears Endora dropped it off, he automatically assumes that Endora's transformed him into the toy. Given that Endora's done similar things in the past, it's somewhat understandable, but it's still a knee-jerk reaction.
** It wasn't just Endora, either--Darrin often assumed that ''any'' strange goings-on in his life were caused by magic. The first season in particular is rife with this. In "Your Witch is Showing," he thinks that an obnoxious new assistant is a warlock who's trying to ruin his career (he's actually just a jerk, and Darrin's own habits are to blame for some of the problem); in "The Cat's Meow," he's paranoid that Samantha has transformed herself into a cat to spy on him when he's on a business trip to Chicago (it's just an everyday house cat...although a large heron that's seen throughout the episode turns out to be Endora in disguise); in "Help, Help, Don't Save Me," Samantha comes up with some catchy advertising slogans for a new client, and Darrin immediately accuses her of using witchcraft, because there's no way she could have come up with them herself (she did). But "Love is Blind" is the biggest offender: Samantha's mousy friend Gertrude wants to find a boyfriend, and Darrin's client Kermit, a handsome artist (played by AdamWest) is smitten with her. Darrin quickly accuses Gertrude of being a witch and putting Kermit under a love spell. This one gets a [[WhatTheHellHero reaction from Samantha]], who's understandably angry at her husband for his accusations--Gertrude isn't a witch, and magical beings don't have the power to mess with love.

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* NakedApron: They actually pulled this off in "Bewitched, Bothered, and Baldoni", Baldoni," when Venus becomes the Stephens' maid.
-->'''Sam''': When I said, "Put on an apron", I didn't mean just an apron! Now why don't you be a good girl and go out... (''Venus ''[Venus starts to turn around'') around]'' backwards! And we'll make sure you get a uniform to go with that apron.
* NosyNeighbor: "Gladys Kravitz" is entered the American lexicon as a shorthand for a busy-body who gossips about their neighbors.
* NotMeThisTime: NotMeThisTime:
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Happens in quite a few episodes, as Darrin usually assumes that his troubles are being caused by Endora. Endora claims to be innocent, or doesn't show up in the episode at all, and later it turns out to be someone else screwing with Darrin -- or the problem was completely mundane with no magic involved.
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involved. The Season Two episode "My Boss, the Teddy Bear" exemplifies this trope. Larry does a good deed for Endora, and she's so touched that she decides to reward him by conjuring up a teddy bear he's been trying to get for his son. When Darrin sees the bear in Larry's office and hears Endora dropped it off, he automatically assumes that Endora's transformed him into the toy. Given that Endora's done similar things in the past, it's somewhat understandable, but it's still a knee-jerk reaction.
** It wasn't just Endora, either--Darrin often assumed that ''any'' strange goings-on in his life were caused by magic. The first season in particular is rife with this. In "Your Witch is Showing," he thinks that an obnoxious new assistant is a warlock who's trying to ruin his career (he's actually just a jerk, and Darrin's own habits are to blame for some of the problem); in "The Cat's Meow," he's paranoid that Samantha has transformed herself into a cat to spy on him when he's on a business trip to Chicago (it's just an everyday house cat...although a large heron that's seen throughout the episode turns out to be Endora in disguise); in "Help, Help, Don't Save Me," Samantha comes up with some catchy advertising slogans for a new client, and Darrin immediately accuses her of using witchcraft, because there's no way she could have come up with them herself (she did). But "Love is Blind" is the biggest offender: Samantha's mousy friend Gertrude wants to find a boyfriend, and Darrin's client Kermit, a handsome artist (played by AdamWest) Creator/AdamWest) is smitten with her. Darrin quickly accuses Gertrude of being a witch and putting Kermit under a love spell. This one gets a [[WhatTheHellHero reaction from Samantha]], who's understandably angry at her husband for his accusations--Gertrude isn't a witch, and magical beings don't have the power to mess with love.



-->'''Dave:''' The sea of matrimony is beset with hidden shoals and reefs.
-->'''Darrin:''' I just found out Samantha's a witch.
-->'''Dave:''' And it takes tolerance and understanding to find the channel of true love!
-->'''Darrin:''' I didn't believe it until she started moving things around.
-->'''Dave:''' Marriage is a partnership where two people, side by side, face life's obstacles together.

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-->'''Dave:''' The sea of matrimony is beset with hidden shoals and reefs.
-->'''Darrin:'''
reefs.\\
'''Darrin:'''
I just found out Samantha's a witch.
-->'''Dave:'''
witch.\\
'''Dave:'''
And it takes tolerance and understanding to find the channel of true love!
-->'''Darrin:'''
love!\\
'''Darrin:'''
I didn't believe it until she started moving things around.
-->'''Dave:'''
around.\\
'''Dave:'''
Marriage is a partnership where two people, side by side, face life's obstacles together.



* PaintedTunnelRealTrain
* PantyShot: With Samantha wearing much shorter skirts in the later seasons, it was almost unavoidable (though also arguable unintentional) for viewers to catch a brief glimpse of Sammy's panties.

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* PaintedTunnelRealTrain
* PantyShot: With Samantha wearing much shorter skirts in the later seasons, it was almost unavoidable (though also arguable unintentional) for viewers to catch a brief glimpse of Sammy's Samantha's panties.



* PowerIncontinence: Aunt Clara, and later on, Esmeralda.

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* PowerIncontinence: Aunt Clara, and later on, Esmeralda. When Esmeralda sneezed, strange objects would temporarily appear, and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity would ensure]]. Also, when she became nervous (and she was nervous a lot), she would become invisible.



* ReactionaryFantasy: Unfortunately, it couldn't work the other way around with Darrin accepting his wife's magic since that would mean he would logically be prone to ask her to solve all his problems with it, killing any real drama in the premise. It is occasionally subverted during the first two seasons, when Darrin would try to adapt to Samantha's world but simply lacked the magical powers needed to survive among witches.
** Once or twice Darrin did manage to defeat or dodge a plot by Endora and Co. on his own, something that gave him considerable satisfaction for understandable reasons.

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* ReactionaryFantasy: Unfortunately, it couldn't work the other way around with Darrin accepting his wife's magic since that would mean he would logically be prone to ask her to solve all his problems with it, killing any real drama in the premise. It is occasionally subverted during the first two seasons, when Darrin would try to adapt to Samantha's world but simply lacked the magical powers needed to survive among witches.
**
witches. Once or twice Darrin did manage to defeat or dodge a plot by Endora and Co. on his own, something that gave him considerable satisfaction for understandable reasons.



* RecursiveCanon: One of the more noteworthy elements of the film version.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family'', a 1972 [[SaturdayMorningKidsShow Saturday Morning Cartoon]] by Creator/HannaBarbera.
* {{Satire}}: Although the series seldom questioned the sexism of its time, it continually satirized suburban conformity through Darrin's desperation to appear identical to everyone else, social snobbery through Darrin's parents, and racism both through Darrin's attitude about witches and Endora's prejudice against mortals. With mixed results, the series often satirized obsessive consumerism through Darrin, Larry Tate, and the advertising client of the week; WordOfGod is that the producers and writers wanted to satirize consumerism more intensely but were forbidden to do so by the network and the series' commercial sponsors. Corporate careerism was sent up by Darrin's near-slavish deference to his employer. And some people claim to find a subtle satire of homophobia, primarily through Uncle Arthur, as many of the people involved in the series are now known to have been gay and/or gay-friendly.
** Plus the very premise of an "invisible" subculture of unusual people, existing alongside the everyday world, encouraged gays (and others) to identify. It helped that Endora was just about TV's first DragQueen, in look if not in...parts.[[note]]Agnes Moorehead was widely suspected of being a lesbian, an accusation she never confirmed, although she did like to play with people's heads regarding it in interviews.[[/note]]
** The series tackled sexism subtly in that Samantha was never once portrayed as less intelligent or capable than Darrin, witchcraft or not. Unlike ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', in which Jeannie was (nominally) subservient to her Master's wishes, Sam was never anything less than Darrin's partner. Theirs was a very egalitarian marriage, which is why Sam refrained from using magic unless necessary -- not out of obedience to her husband, but out of respect for him.

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* RecursiveCanon: One of the more noteworthy elements of the film version.
* RecycledInSpace:
RecycledINSPACE: ''Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family'', a 1972 [[SaturdayMorningKidsShow Saturday Morning Cartoon]] by Creator/HannaBarbera.
* {{Satire}}: Although the series seldom questioned the sexism of its time, it tackled sexism subtly in that Samantha was never once portrayed as less intelligent or capable than Darrin, witchcraft or not. Unlike ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', in which Jeannie was (nominally) subservient to her Master's wishes, Sam was never anything less than Darrin's partner. Theirs was a very egalitarian marriage, which is why Sam refrained from using magic unless necessary -- not out of obedience to her husband, but out of respect for him. It also continually satirized suburban conformity through Darrin's desperation to appear identical to everyone else, social snobbery through Darrin's parents, and racism both through Darrin's attitude about witches and Endora's prejudice against mortals. With mixed results, the series often satirized obsessive consumerism through Darrin, Larry Tate, and the advertising client of the week; WordOfGod is that the producers and writers wanted to satirize consumerism more intensely but were forbidden to do so by the network and the series' commercial sponsors. Corporate careerism was sent up by Darrin's near-slavish deference to his employer. And some people claim to find a subtle satire of homophobia, primarily through Uncle Arthur, as many of the people involved in the series are now known to have been gay and/or gay-friendly. \n** Plus the very premise of an "invisible" subculture of unusual people, existing alongside the everyday world, encouraged gays (and others) to identify. It helped that Endora was just about TV's first DragQueen, in look if not in... parts.[[note]]Agnes Moorehead was widely suspected of being a lesbian, an accusation she never confirmed, although she did like to play with people's heads regarding it in interviews.[[/note]]
** The series tackled sexism subtly in that Samantha was never once portrayed as less intelligent or capable than Darrin, witchcraft or not. Unlike ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', in which Jeannie was (nominally) subservient to her Master's wishes, Sam was never anything less than Darrin's partner. Theirs was a very egalitarian marriage, which is why Sam refrained from using magic unless necessary -- not out of obedience to her husband, but out of respect for him.
[[/note]]



* ThemeNaming: Like ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch,'' the majority of female witches on the show had last names ending in the letter "A"--Samantha, Tabatha, Endora, Aunt Clara, Esmeralda, Pandora, Bertha, Hagatha...the only witch who had a non-A name ending was Mary. ''Sabrina'' and this series set this as a precedent: both the [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch live-action ''Sabrina'']] and WizardsOfWaverlyPlace continued the trend of witches having "A"s at the end of their names.
* TheScrooge: In the ChristmasEpisode, "Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here", [=McMann=] & Tate's latest client, Jesse Mortimer (who is the ''very'' wealthy president of an instant soup company), is pretty much this trope personified, describing Christmas as being nothing more than crass commercialism, and expressing that opinion that Christmas is just another day to him.
** From the same episode, Larry teeters back and forth on the fence, but it's mainly because he desperately doesn't want to lose the Mortimer's Instant Soup account, even if it means having a meeting on Christmas Eve.
* ShoutOut: Endora's name is a reference to the Witch of Endor in the Literature/TheBible.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Oftentimes, people have misspelled the Stephens' name as Stevens.
** Somewhat lampshaded in one episode where a stuck up female client keeps referring to Darrin by pronouncing his last name the way it's spelled, "Mr. Steffens".

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* ThemeNaming: Like ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch,'' the majority of female witches on the show had last names ending in the letter "A"--Samantha, Tabatha, Endora, Aunt Clara, Esmeralda, Pandora, Bertha, Hagatha...the only witch who had a non-A name ending was Mary. ''Sabrina'' and this series set this as a precedent: both the [[Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch live-action ''Sabrina'']] ''Sabrina'' and WizardsOfWaverlyPlace ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' continued the trend of witches having "A"s at the end of their names.
* TheScrooge: In the ChristmasEpisode, "Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here", [=McMann=] & Tate's latest client, Jesse Mortimer (who is the ''very'' wealthy president of an instant soup company), is pretty much this trope personified, describing Christmas as being nothing more than crass commercialism, and expressing that opinion that Christmas is just another day to him.
** From the same episode,
him. Meanwhile, Larry teeters back and forth on the fence, but it's mainly because he desperately doesn't want to lose the Mortimer's Instant Soup account, even if it means having a meeting on Christmas Eve.
* ShoutOut: Endora's name is a reference to the Witch of Endor in the Literature/TheBible.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Oftentimes, people have misspelled the Stephens' name as Stevens.
**
Stevens. Somewhat lampshaded in one episode where a stuck up female client keeps referring to Darrin by pronouncing his last name the way it's spelled, "Mr. Steffens".



* StandardizedSitcomHousing: ''Bewitched'' is one of the most famous aversions.

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* StandardizedSitcomHousing: ''Bewitched'' is one of the most famous aversions. The front door was stage right with a foyer, the stairs descended into the middle of the main room, dividing the living room from the dining room, and the kitchen was a separate room (with shutters dividing the kitchen from the dining room). A hallway leading out of the left hand side of the foyer led to Darren's study/home office, a side door to the house and a second door into the kitchen. The living room was off the right hand side of foyer and had large glass doors along the back wall that opened onto a patio. There was also a half-bath downstairs.



* TeleportersAndTransporters: The usual way that witches and warlocks get around. They could also do this to other people, either sending them elsewhere or bringing them to the witch, which sometimes led to instances of InconvenientSummons. It also worked through time as well as space with a little a extra effort. No distance limitation was ever shown, and travel at least to other planets was possible.
** Although in one episode where Endora sent [[LiteralSplitPersonality half of Darrin]] to Japan, she complains that bringing him back will be difficult because she zapped him across the International Date Line.

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* TeleportersAndTransporters: The usual way that witches and warlocks get around. They could also do this to other people, either sending them elsewhere or bringing them to the witch, which sometimes led to instances of InconvenientSummons. It also worked through time as well as space with a little a extra effort. No distance limitation was ever shown, and travel at least to other planets was possible.
**
possible. Although in one episode where Endora sent [[LiteralSplitPersonality half of Darrin]] to Japan, she complains that bringing him back will be difficult because she zapped him across the International Date Line.



* TomboyishName: Darrin usually addressed Samantha with the nickname "Sam".
** This ends up working against him in, "Samantha Goes South for a Spell," when Darrin tries to retrieve an amnesia-struck Samantha sent back to 1868 from getting married to a wealthy plantation owner.
-->'''Samantha:''' He called me... "Sam"...?
-->'''Rance Butler:''' Obviously, the man's a fraud. What kind of a name is "Sam" for a beautiful young lady?
* TricksterArchetype: Uncle Arthur.
* TropeMakers
* UglyGuyHotWife: Works with either Darrin. (For that matter, Darrin's wealthy, catty ex-fiancee was played by [[http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/167/623167-nancy-kovack-picture.htm Nancy Kovack]], real-life winner of eight beauty titles.)
** Justified. [[IronWoobie Dick York was ravaged with illness (and was in constant pain) during production.]] Most people found him charming regardless.

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* TomboyishName: Darrin usually addressed Samantha with the nickname "Sam".
**
"Sam".[[note]]The initial concept of the series, that had Samantha as "Cassandra", nicknamed her "Cass."[[/note]] This ends up working against him in, in "Samantha Goes South for a Spell," when Darrin tries to retrieve an amnesia-struck Samantha sent back to 1868 from getting married to a wealthy plantation owner.
-->'''Samantha:''' He called me... "Sam"...?
-->'''Rance
?\\
'''Rance
Butler:''' Obviously, the man's a fraud. What kind of a name is "Sam" for a beautiful young lady?
* TricksterArchetype: TheTrickster: Uncle Arthur.
* TropeMakers
TropeMakers: ''Bewitched'' is said to have inspired the first MagicalGirl animes: Mitsuteru Yokoyama's ''Mahotsukai Sally'' (''Manga/SallyTheWitch'', 1966-1968) and Akatsuka Fujio's ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkochan'' (broadcast 1969, but its manga predates ''Mahotsukai Sally''). Yokoyama explicitly said to have adapted ''Bewitched''[='=]s concept for a younger audience, while Akatsuka merely says he was "inspired" by it.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Works with either Darrin. (For Successful advertising career or no, Darrin (regardless of [[TheOtherDarrin who played him]]) never really had any business being married to Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha. This is somewhat {{justified|Trope}} for Dick York's Darrin, in that his ''terrible'' health problems, which is what ending up causing him to leave the show, took its toll on his appearance. For that matter, Darrin's wealthy, catty ex-fiancee was played by [[http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/167/623167-nancy-kovack-picture.htm [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nancy_kovack.jpg Nancy Kovack]], Kovack,]] real-life winner of eight beauty titles.)
** Justified. [[IronWoobie Dick York was ravaged with illness (and was in constant pain) during production.]] Most people found him charming regardless.
18th Dec '15 3:42:51 AM Mad_Spy
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* MundaneUtility: Witchcraft works just fine for doing domestic chores, and at one point Samantha even uses it to reassemble and repair their television when the repairman tries to cheat her by inflating how much work will be involved. However, Darren ''strongly'' disapproves of her doing this sort of thing. Which could be seen as somewhat {{Jerkass}}. While plenty of people enjoy cooking, decorating and gardening, almost ''nobody'' enjoys dusting, vacuuming or doing windows.

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* MundaneUtility: Witchcraft works just fine for doing domestic chores, and at one point Samantha even uses it to reassemble and repair their television when the repairman tries to cheat her by inflating how much work will be involved. However, Darren Darrin ''strongly'' disapproves of her doing this sort of thing. Which could be seen as somewhat {{Jerkass}}. While plenty of people enjoy cooking, decorating and gardening, almost ''nobody'' enjoys dusting, vacuuming or doing windows.



* WizardsFromOuterSpace: Witches and warlocks definitely spend a fair amount of time on other planets, where they can relax without mortals poking around. Darren has a panic attack when, while watching an Apollo Moon landing on TV, Sam expresses disinterest because she has already been to the Moon. In another episode, Serena is responsible for organizing "The Cosmos Cotillion", a social event hosted somewhere in outer space. We know this from the incantation she uses to return the mortal musicians performing at Samantha's insistence:

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* WizardsFromOuterSpace: Witches and warlocks definitely spend a fair amount of time on other planets, where they can relax without mortals poking around. Darren Darrin has a panic attack when, while watching an Apollo Moon landing on TV, Sam expresses disinterest because she has already been to the Moon. In another episode, Serena is responsible for organizing "The Cosmos Cotillion", a social event hosted somewhere in outer space. We know this from the incantation she uses to return the mortal musicians performing at Samantha's insistence:
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Interestingly for the time during which the show aired, the marital status (or possible lack thereof) between Endora and Maurice is surprisingly vague. It is known that they do not live together (she threatens to move in with him in one episode) and in another (while under the effects of a love potion) she nearly marries one of Darren's clients. On the other hand it is also implied at one point that they are married when she threatens to get the witch's equivalent of a divorce. This creates a number of possibilities, including that they are in an open marriage or that witches are not monogamous generally, with Samantha being unusual in her marital fidelity.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Interestingly for the time during which the show aired, the marital status (or possible lack thereof) between Endora and Maurice is surprisingly vague. It is known that they do not live together (she threatens to move in with him in one episode) and in another (while under the effects of a love potion) she nearly marries one of Darren's Darrin's clients. On the other hand it is also implied at one point that they are married when she threatens to get the witch's equivalent of a divorce. This creates a number of possibilities, including that they are in an open marriage or that witches are not monogamous generally, with Samantha being unusual in her marital fidelity.



*** Earlier in the same episode, after Samantha explains to Darrin why she turned Barker into a dog, and tells him he attacked her, Darrin blames it on the nightgown she's wearing at the moment. Some of Samantha's nightgowns, and other lengerie, ''were'' somewhat revealing (by 60s standards). Some of the flying suits Samantha wore featured deeper and deeper plunging necklines.

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*** Earlier in the same episode, after Samantha explains to Darrin why she turned Barker into a dog, and tells him he attacked her, Darrin blames it on the nightgown she's wearing at the moment. Some of Samantha's nightgowns, and other lengerie, lingerie, ''were'' somewhat revealing (by 60s standards). Some of the flying suits Samantha wore featured deeper and deeper plunging necklines.
18th Nov '15 2:23:15 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* TheScrooge: In the ChristmasEpisode, "Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here", McMann & Tate's latest client, Jesse Mortimer (who is the ''very'' wealthy president of an instant soup company), is pretty much this trope personified, describing Christmas as being nothing more than crass commercialism, and expressing that opinion that Christmas is just another day to him.

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* TheScrooge: In the ChristmasEpisode, "Humbug Not to Be Spoken Here", McMann [=McMann=] & Tate's latest client, Jesse Mortimer (who is the ''very'' wealthy president of an instant soup company), is pretty much this trope personified, describing Christmas as being nothing more than crass commercialism, and expressing that opinion that Christmas is just another day to him.



* YouLookFamiliar:
** Many of [=McMann=] and Tate's clients are played by the same handful of character actors, including Herb Voland, Arthur Julian, and Larry D. Mann, among others.
** Both Paul Lynde and Bernard Fox played other roles before becoming Uncle Arthur and Dr. Bombay, respectively; Paul Lynde appeared in Season One as an incredibly insecure and high-strung instructor hired to teach Samantha how to drive, likewise, Bernard Fox appeared in Season Two as a witch ''hunter'' rather than a witch doctor.
** Alice Ghostley has played two clumsy maids for the Stephenses: mortal Naomi in the Season Two episode "Maid to Order", and magical Esmeralda in Seasons Six-Eight.
11th Nov '15 10:25:31 AM psionycx
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* EmotionalMaturityIsPhysicalMaturity: Samantha is hundreds of years old, yet she acts like the young woman she appears to be. Especially in early seasons where she is more demure and less assertive than in later ones. Serena is an even more extreme example, as she is roughly the same age as Samantha but behaves very much like a teenage girl.
10th Nov '15 7:59:07 AM Larkmarn
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* FantasticRacism: Darrin frequently uses the word "normal" to describe human-related things, and various slurs to describe witches. He also considers the use of magic in the presence of his children as "corrupting" them.[[note]] This could also be interpreted as a metaphor for homophobia.[[/note]] Likewise, with the exception of Samantha and Clara, every witch or warlock we see holds mortals in contempt.
** Serena went back and forth, as did Uncle Arthur. They looked down at mortals, but did not appear to be totally contemptuous of them, and sometimes sided with Sam and Darrin.
*** Uncle Arthur does admit in one episode that he does genuinely like Darrin, while Darrin considers him the "best friend he has in Sam's family".
** Early episodes highlighted the fact that Endora was genuinely looking out for Samantha's best interests, and that her enmity toward Darrin was NothingPersonal. Whether she was trying to drive him away or merely testing him to see if he could handle marrying into a family of witches is anyone's guess. Occasionally Endora will use her magic to help Darrin (and, by extension, Samantha and the children--usually Larry is the victim/subject of her spells in these cases) with the usual unintended consequences.
** Not entirely one-sided. Samantha's family may have hated him and used magic to torment him, but Darrin himself shows his true nature in that he thinks magic to be unnatural, wrong to use in any circumstance, and tries to actively repress that part of her nature, no matter how trivially she uses it. Elizabeth Montgomery herself has stated that the show was prejudiced.

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* FantasticRacism: Darrin frequently uses the word "normal" to describe human-related things, Witches and various slurs to describe witches. He also considers the use of magic in the presence of his children as "corrupting" them.[[note]] This could also be interpreted as a metaphor for homophobia.[[/note]] Likewise, with the exception of Samantha and Clara, every witch or warlock we see holds mortals in contempt.
really don't get along.
** Serena went back and forth, as did Uncle Arthur. They looked down at mortals, but did not appear to be totally contemptuous of them, and sometimes sided with Sam and Darrin.
***
Darrin. Uncle Arthur does admit in one episode that he does genuinely like Darrin, while Darrin considers him the "best friend he has in Sam's family".
** Endora was {{flanderized}} to have nothing but contempt for mortals. Early episodes highlighted the fact that Endora was genuinely looking out for Samantha's best interests, and that her enmity toward Darrin was NothingPersonal. Whether she was trying to drive him away or merely testing him to see if he could handle marrying into a family of witches is anyone's guess. Occasionally Endora will use her magic to help Darrin (and, by extension, Samantha and the children--usually Larry is the victim/subject of her spells in these cases) with the usual unintended consequences.
** Not entirely one-sided. Samantha's family may have hated him and used magic to torment him, but Darrin himself shows his true nature in that he thinks magic to be unnatural, wrong to use in any circumstance, and tries to actively repress that part of her nature, no matter how trivially she uses it. Elizabeth Montgomery herself has stated that the show was prejudiced.
10th Nov '15 7:41:28 AM psionycx
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* StopTrick

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* StopTrickStopTrick: Sometimes they sprang for effects like smoke bombs or thunder and lightning, but usually this was used to depict people and objects just appearing and disappearing.



* UselessSuperpowers

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* UselessSuperpowersUselessSuperpowers: The most common manifestation was the alleged inability of one witch to undo a spell cast by another witch. This explained why Samantha could not simply dispel whatever effect that was causing a given problem.
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