History Trivia / Bewitched

28th Aug '16 3:15:24 PM Matt620
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* RelationshipVoiceActor: With a dash of IronyAsSheIsCast. Darrin and Endora despised each other in the show, but Dick York and Agnes Moorehead were very fond of each other. Reportedly, Moorehead wasn't pleased when Dick Sargeant was brought on.
21st Jul '16 2:05:18 PM JamesAustin
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* TheDanza: Maurice Evans plays Samantha's father, Maurice.
** Also doubles as ItIsPronouncedTroPay: in RealLife, Maurice Evans insisted that his name be pronounced in Proper (British) English - "Morris" - however, there was one occasion on the show, in which another warlock [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to him as "Morris"]], only for him to correct him with "Maurice".

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* TheDanza: Maurice Evans plays Samantha's father, Maurice.
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Maurice. Also doubles as ItIsPronouncedTroPay: in RealLife, Maurice Evans insisted that his name be pronounced in Proper (British) English - "Morris" - however, there was one occasion on the show, in which another warlock [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to him as "Morris"]], only for him to correct him with "Maurice".
21st Jul '16 2:01:11 PM JamesAustin
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** Also doubles as ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: in RealLife, Maurice Evans insisted that his name be pronounced in Proper (British) English - "Morris" - however, there was one occasion on the show, in which another warlock [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to him as "Morris"]], only for him to correct him with "Maurice".

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** Also doubles as ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: ItIsPronouncedTroPay: in RealLife, Maurice Evans insisted that his name be pronounced in Proper (British) English - "Morris" - however, there was one occasion on the show, in which another warlock [[AccidentalMisnaming refers to him as "Morris"]], only for him to correct him with "Maurice".



** ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Though ''Bewitched'' lasted much longer, both shows -- and their viewers -- won. Elizabeth Montgomery reportedly hated ''Jeannie'' because she felt it was a shameless knock off of her show, but with all the social commentary replaced with {{fanservice}}. Decades later Barbara Eden sort of agreed with her. When NBC hired Sidney Sheldon to create the series for them to compete with the success of ABC's ''Bewitched'', he went to ''Bewitched'' directed William Asher for advice, admitting, "I have this, sort of, rip-off of you..."
*** The 2005 film lampshades this, when Isabel is telling her neighbor Maria about being in the new series.
---->'''Maria:''' Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\

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** ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Though ''Bewitched'' lasted much longer, both shows -- and their viewers -- won. Elizabeth Montgomery reportedly hated ''Jeannie'' because she felt it was a shameless knock off of her show, but with all the social commentary replaced with {{fanservice}}.{{fanservice}}, and was downright infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV movie in TheEighties (directed by her ex-husband William Asher, even), especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility). Decades later Barbara Eden sort of agreed with her. When NBC hired Sidney Sheldon to create the series for them to compete with the success of ABC's ''Bewitched'', he went to ''Bewitched'' directed William Asher for advice, admitting, "I have this, sort of, rip-off of you..."
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" The 2005 film lampshades this, when Isabel is telling her neighbor Maria about being in the new series.
---->'''Maria:''' --->'''Maria:''' Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\



*** Elizabeth Montgomery was infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV movie in TheEighties (directed by her ex-husband William Asher, even), especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility).



* RealitySubtext: Tabitha was conceived and born because Elizabeth Montgomery got pregnant.

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* RealitySubtext: Tabitha was and Adam were conceived and born because Elizabeth Montgomery got pregnant.
8th May '16 5:51:33 PM nombretomado
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** The recycling continued for years after. The exterior of the Taylors' home in ''HomeImprovement'' was a redecoration of the facade of the Stephens' home, and the fountain in the local park is most famous as the place the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' play around during their theme song.

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** The recycling continued for years after. The exterior of the Taylors' home in ''HomeImprovement'' ''Series/HomeImprovement'' was a redecoration of the facade of the Stephens' home, and the fountain in the local park is most famous as the place the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' play around during their theme song.
8th Apr '16 10:54:40 AM hamza678
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** William Asher, Elizabeth Montgomery's real life husband at the time, directed 132 episodes, wrote an episode, and served as producer. Asher is best known as co-creator and producer of ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow'', of which his other co-creator was the aforementioned Sidney Sheldon.
** Howard Morris directed three episodes. Morris is best known for voicing Gopher in ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' and Wade Duck in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
** John L. Greene wrote 20 episodes. Greene is best known for creating ''Series/MyFavoriteMartian''.
** Bernard Slade wrote 17 episodes. Slade is best known for creating ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' and developing ''Series/TheFlyingNun''.
** Jerry Mayer wrote six episodes. Mayer is best known as co-developer and producer of ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
** Barbara Avedon wrote five episodes. Avedon is best known for co-creating ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''.
** Howard Leeds also wrote five episodes. Leeds is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/SmallWonder'' and for co-creating ''Series/SilverSpoons'' and co-developing ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''.
** Danny Arnold wrote three episodes. Arnold is best known as co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/BarneyMiller''.
** Earl Barret also wrote three episodes. Barret is best known as co-developer and executive producer of ''Series/TooCloseForComfort''.
** Anthony Wilson wrote an episode. Wilson is best known for creating ''Series/{{Banacek}}'' and for developing ''Series/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** Sam Bobrick also wrote an episode. Bobrick is best known for creating ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* {{Missing Episode}}s: Syndication packages during TheEighties left out the black and white seasons, which did not reappear on TV until Creator/NickAtNite obtained the rights to air them.
31st Dec '15 4:28:38 AM JamesAustin
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--->'''Maria:''' Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\

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--->'''Maria:''' ---->'''Maria:''' Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\



*** Elizabeth Montgomery was infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV-movie in TheEighties, especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility).

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*** Elizabeth Montgomery was infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV-movie TV movie in TheEighties, TheEighties (directed by her ex-husband William Asher, even), especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility).
28th Dec '15 9:00:06 AM JamesAustin
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--->'''Maria''': Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\
'''Isabel''': ...no...
*** Elizabeth was infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV-movie in TheEighties, especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility).

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--->'''Maria''': --->'''Maria:''' Oh, I ''love'' that show! Is it the one about the genie?\\
'''Isabel''': ...'''Isabel:''' ...no...
*** Elizabeth Montgomery was infuriated that ''Jeannie'' later had a reunion TV-movie in TheEighties, especially after she repeatedly turned-down offers to do the same with ''Bewitched'' (though, to be fair, she felt that any form of a reunion special would jeopardize the original series' credibility).



* RecycledSet: Essentially every room in someone else's house was the Stephens' master bedroom with new furniture and different camera angles. The Kravitzes' kitchen was the same as the Stephens'.

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* RecycledSet: RecycledSet:
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Essentially every room in someone else's house was the Stephens' master bedroom with new furniture and different camera angles. The Kravitzes' kitchen was the same as the Stephens'.



** The recycling continued for years after. The exterior of the Taylors' home in ''HomeImprovement'' was a redecoration of the facade of the Stephens' home, and the fountain in the local park is most famous as the place the ''{{Friends}}'' play around during their theme song.
* [[RecycledTheSeries Recycled The Movie]]: Arguably, ''Bewitched'' was {{suggested by}} the 1942 film ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', which has essentially the same premise. (An uptight mortal discovers that the hot blonde he just married is a centuries-old witch. {{Hilarity Ensues}}.)
** However, in ''I Married a Witch'' the 'shadow-horror' element is much closer to the surface than in ''Bewitched''; the witch in question really does have very bad intentions for her husband at first, and her warlock father is much worse. The protagonist comes out ahead in the end, partly by accident, but even then there's a hint that he might not be home free yet. The feel is similar to ''Bewitched'', but a step or two closer to reality and so a step or two scarier and more unnerving amid the comedy.

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** The recycling continued for years after. The exterior of the Taylors' home in ''HomeImprovement'' was a redecoration of the facade of the Stephens' home, and the fountain in the local park is most famous as the place the ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' play around during their theme song.
* [[RecycledTheSeries Recycled The Movie]]: RecycledTheSeries:
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Arguably, ''Bewitched'' was {{suggested by}} the 1942 film ''Film/IMarriedAWitch'', which has essentially the same premise. (An uptight mortal discovers that the hot blonde he just married is a centuries-old witch. {{Hilarity Ensues}}.)
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HilarityEnsues.) However, in ''I Married a Witch'' the 'shadow-horror' element is much closer to the surface than in ''Bewitched''; the witch in question really does have very bad intentions for her husband at first, and her warlock father is much worse. The protagonist comes out ahead in the end, partly by accident, but even then there's a hint that he might not be home free yet. The feel is similar to ''Bewitched'', but a step or two closer to reality and so a step or two scarier and more unnerving amid the comedy.



* TheOtherDarrin: Not just Darrin, but Gladys Kravitz, Louise Tate and Darrin's father, not to mention two babies and three different sets of twins playing Tabitha.
** The trope namer has the bonus of both actors being named Dick, leading fans to affectionately call it "the Dick switch".
* RealitySubtext: Tabitha was conceived and born because ''Elizabeth Montgomery'' got pregnant.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Not just Darrin, but Gladys Kravitz, Louise Tate and Darrin's father, not to mention two babies and three different sets of twins playing Tabitha.
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Tabitha. The trope namer has the bonus of both actors being named Dick, leading fans to affectionately call it "the Dick switch".
* RealitySubtext: Tabitha was conceived and born because ''Elizabeth Montgomery'' Elizabeth Montgomery got pregnant.



** Dick Sargent was actually the original choice for Darrin all along. He and Elizabeth Montgomery had been good friends prior to the show's start, and she and husband/producer/director William Asher felt he was the perfect for the role of Darrin, though Sargent was under contract to another studio at the time the show was starting up production, making him unavailable to accept the role.
*** On the same token, a ''third'' Dick was also considered for the role: Richard Crenna (who also eerily bears a striking resemblance to Dick York).
** In an effort to keep the show on a little while longer, Creator/{{ABC}} tried negotiating with Elizabeth Montgomery and Bill Asher into continuing the show past its fifth season. While Seasons Six and Seven were eventually set in stone, ABC also gave them the options for Season Eight, Nine, and a partial Season Ten which would have included a GrandFinale TV-movie. Preparations began for a ninth season, but by then, Elizabeth wanted out, and there was no question that while Darrin could've been played by other actors (Dick Sargent was also wanting out by then as well), no one could play Samantha like Elizabeth.
** Years later, Bill Asher attempted to develop a sequel series called ''Bewitched Again'', which would focus on an entirely new couple (formally introduced to viewers in the pilot by Samantha, who would have only appeared in that episode), the only difference is unlike Darrin wanting Samantha wanting to give up her powers, the new husband would actually encourage his witch wife's craft. The new series never materialized.

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** Dick Sargent was actually the original choice for Darrin all along. He and Elizabeth Montgomery had been good friends prior to the show's start, and she and husband/producer/director William Asher felt he was the perfect for the role of Darrin, though Sargent was under contract to another studio at the time the show was starting up production, making him unavailable to accept the role.
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role. On the same token, a ''third'' Dick was also considered for the role: Richard Crenna (who also eerily bears a striking resemblance to Dick York).
** In an effort to keep the show on a little while longer, Creator/{{ABC}} tried negotiating with Elizabeth Montgomery and Bill William Asher into continuing the show past its fifth season. While Seasons Six and Seven were eventually set in stone, ABC also gave them the options for Season Eight, Nine, and a partial Season Ten which would have included a GrandFinale TV-movie. Preparations began for a ninth season, but by then, Elizabeth Montgomery wanted out, and there was no question that while Darrin could've been played by other actors (Dick Sargent was also wanting out by then as well), no one could play Samantha like Elizabeth.
Montgomery.
** Years later, Bill William Asher attempted to develop a sequel series called ''Bewitched Again'', which would focus on an entirely new couple (formally introduced to viewers in the pilot by Samantha, who would have only appeared in that episode), the only difference is unlike Darrin wanting Samantha wanting to give up her powers, the new husband would actually encourage his witch wife's craft. The new series never materialized.



** Some sources claim that Samantha and Serena were originally intended to be sisters. The idea of making them look-alike cousins was likely a reference to Bill Asher's previous project, ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Elizabeth Montgomerey herself also claimed that the idea of Sam having a long-lost sister that never got mentioned before was too ridiculous, and cousins were more pragmatic. Ironically, ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had no problem with sisters.

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** Some sources claim that Samantha and Serena were originally intended to be sisters. The idea of making them look-alike cousins was likely a reference to Bill William Asher's previous project, ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Elizabeth Montgomerey herself also claimed that the idea of Sam having a long-lost sister that never got mentioned before was too ridiculous, and cousins were more pragmatic. Ironically, ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' had no problem with sisters.



** 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.

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** Before playing clumsy witch maid Esmeralda, Alice Ghostley has played two clumsy maids ''mortal'' maid Naomi (also for the Stephenses: mortal Naomi Stephenses) in the Season Two episode "Maid to Order", and magical Esmeralda in Seasons Six-Eight.Order."
18th Nov '15 2:25:06 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* 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.
28th Jul '15 3:31:24 AM CaptEquinox
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* TheRedStapler: The name "Samantha."

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* TheRedStapler: The name "Samantha."" It actually dates back, quite properly, to the 17th century, and first became a Red Stapler baby name in the Victorian era when feminist humorist Marietta Holley wrote a series of wildly popular stories about Samantha Allen, a middle-aged lady who spoke the plain truth to her husband. It had a modest rise in popularity again in the late 1950s and again in 1964, just before the show premiered.
9th May '15 10:32:00 PM LaptopGuy
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* TheRedStapler: The name "Samantha."
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