History Trivia / SabrinaTheTeenageWitch

13th Jun '17 7:00:02 AM fearlessnikki
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** Music/BritneySpears guest stars in the Season 4 premiere to perform "(You Drive Me) Crazy". Melissa Joan Hart starred in a movie called ''Film/DriveMeCrazy''.

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** Music/BritneySpears guest stars in the Season 4 premiere to perform "(You Drive Me) Crazy". Melissa Joan Hart starred in had a movie called ''Film/DriveMeCrazy''. coming out at the time that was titled ''Drive Me Crazy'' after the song - and she and Adrian Grenier appeared in the video as a tie-in. Clips of the video are shown in TheStinger for the episode too.



* ContractualPurity: Melissa Joan Hart had grown up by the time ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' had ended but her mother didn't want her to pursue adult roles. This however was less about purity and more because she saw the business potential of marketing towards Melissa's strong kid/teen fanbase. Melissa did however send Archie Comics into a frenzy when she appeared in ''Maxim'' around the time the show was airing. Archie are infamously protective of their 'wholesome' brand, never mind that Melissa was twenty-three when the issue came out.

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* ContractualPurity: Melissa Joan Hart had grown up by the time ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' had ended but her mother didn't want her to pursue adult roles. This however was less about purity and more because she saw the business potential of marketing towards Melissa's strong kid/teen fanbase. Melissa did however send Archie Comics into a frenzy when she appeared in ''Maxim'' around the time the show was airing. Archie are infamously protective of their 'wholesome' brand, never mind that Melissa was twenty-three when the issue came out. According to WordOfGod, the main backlash was from the magazine advertising Sabrina posing rather than Melissa - making it look like she was doing it in character.



* FakeAmerican: Canadians Creator/RyanReynolds, Michelle Beaudoin, Lalainia Lindbjerg and Laura Harris in the PilotMovie. Although technically the movie is set in Riverdale (as opposed to the show's Westbridge) and Archie Comics have said that Riverdale could be anywhere - including Canada. Which would make Melissa Joan Hart a Fake Canadian in that case.



* RealitySubtext: The Season 4 premiere has Britney Spears being zapped into Sabrina's room to hang out briefly. According to Melissa Joan Hart's autobiography, this parallels how when they were filming, Britney would not be allowed to go to lunch with the other cast mates - because her entourage insisted on her doing more work.



** Lindsey Sloane, who played Valerie, also played a mermaid in Sabrina Down Under. The fact that the mermaid looks and sounds exactly like her best friend completely passes the attention of both Sabrina and Salem...
** The actors of both Leonard and James from Season 7 (when Sabrina worked at Scorch) each appeared before: James was a defendant/witness in Season 1's "Trial By Fury" and Leonard was Mr. Kraft's cousin in Season 2's "The Band Episode".

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** Lindsey Sloane, who played Valerie, also played Donald Faison had a mermaid in Sabrina Down Under. The fact that the mermaid looks and sounds exactly like her best friend completely passes the attention of both Sabrina and Salem...
** The actors of both Leonard and James from Season 7 (when Sabrina worked at Scorch) each appeared before: James was a defendant/witness
small role in Season 1's "Trial By Fury" and Leonard was Mr. Kraft's cousin "Magic Joel" as a student called Justin. He reappears in Season 2's "The Band Episode".2 and 3 as Dashel - another half-mortal witch who is Sabrina's love interest.
12th Jun '17 10:47:16 PM ectostar
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* CastingGag: In one episode, it is revealed that Aunt Hilda (played by Quebec-born Caroline Rhea) failed to fill out her immigration paperwork, and when tested on the legality of her citizenship by reading a sentence, she reads it in an exaggerated Canadian accent. She is then promptly deported to "the Northern Sector of the Other Realm, where she came from." Subsequently, she is traded for badger pelts.


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** Charles Shaughnessy played Hilda's egotistical date Alec in 'You Can't Twin' and reappeared later that same ''season'' as James Hexton in 'Witchright Hall'. (This second appearance is probably because Shaughnessy was planning to star as Hexton in the series that 'Witchright Hall' would have become had it been picked up by the network.)
** Lindsey Sloane, who played Valerie, also played a mermaid in Sabrina Down Under. The fact that the mermaid looks and sounds exactly like her best friend completely passes the attention of both Sabrina and Salem...
** The actors of both Leonard and James from Season 7 (when Sabrina worked at Scorch) each appeared before: James was a defendant/witness in Season 1's "Trial By Fury" and Leonard was Mr. Kraft's cousin in Season 2's "The Band Episode".
** A variation. The puppet used for the cat Juliet in season 4 is the same one used for Hilary in ''Sabrina Down Under''. What makes this hilarious is that they're both cursed witches and Salem falls for both. Perhaps the Witches' Council are just lazy when turning witches into cats.
13th May '17 10:04:58 AM fearlessnikki
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* ContractualPurity: Melissa Joan Hart had grown up by the time ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' had ended but her mother didn't want her to pursue adult roles. This however was less about purity and more because she saw the business potential of marketing towards Melissa's strong kid/teen fanbase. Melissa did however send Archie Comics into a frenzy when she appeared in ''Maxim'' around the time the show was airing. Archie are infamously protective of their 'wholesome' brand, never mind that Melissa was twenty-three when the issue came out.



* RetroactiveRecognition: A lot of fans who went back to watch the episodes on Website/YouTube were surprised to see [[Series/{{Heroes}} Angela Petrelli]] playing Libby's domineering mother. Also, [[{{Series/Numb3rs}} David Sinclair]] is the Quizmaster.
** Also, who knew [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Captain Cragen]] was a dog show judge in a former life?

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* RetroactiveRecognition: A lot of fans who went back to watch the episodes on Website/YouTube were surprised to see [[Series/{{Heroes}} Angela Petrelli]] playing Libby's domineering mother. Also, [[{{Series/Numb3rs}} David Sinclair]] is the Quizmaster.
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Quizmaster. Also, who knew [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Captain Cragen]] was a dog show judge in a former life?


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* YouLookFamiliar:
** Bumper Robinson appeared as Clifford Weaver in Season 1's "Trial By Fury" but re-joined the show as James in a regular role for the seventh season.
** John Ducey first appeared as Wayne Kraft in Season 3's "The Band Episode", and again was a regular in Season 7 as Leonard.
** Creator/TaraStrong voiced Molly Dolly in Season 3's HalloweenEpisode, and appeared in live action as Gwen in ''Film/SabrinaGoesToRome'' and ''Film/SabrinaDownUnder''.
** Evelyn Furtak appeared briefly as Isis in the Season 1 finale, and stars as Senora Guadagno in ''Film/SabrinaGoesToRome''.
** Lindsay Sloane was Valerie in Seasons 2 and 3, and Fin in ''Film/SabrinaDownUnder''.
** Sean Laughton appeared in various episodes throughout the first three seasons as cops and firemen, but also starred as Valerie's boyfriend Ken in Season 2's "The Equalizer".
29th Mar '17 1:07:01 PM fearlessnikki
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Soleil Moon Frye and Melissa Joan Hart had been good friends since their child star days and had longed to star in a project together.

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Soleil Moon Frye and Melissa Joan Hart had been good friends since their child star days and had longed to star in a project together. together.
** "Pancake Madness" was Melissa Joan Hart's favourite episode, loving that she could do ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin on a family show.


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* CreatorBacklash: Caroline Rhea pokes fun at the terrible wardrobe choices on the show, saying Sabrina went to school "dressed like an accountant" and that Hilda looked like she was "going to a coronation for a very senior royal member."


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* SleeperHit: ABC didn't really support the show in its early days, favouring ''Clueless'' instead. ''Sabrina'' ended up as the highest rated show on the network for four years.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Martin Mull played Mr Kraft in order to impress his daughter, who was a fan of the show.
26th Mar '17 10:04:02 AM nombretomado
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* RetroactiveRecognition: A lot of fans who went back to watch the episodes on Website/YouTube were surprised to see [[Series/{{Heroes}} Angela Petrelli]] playing Libby's domineering mother. Also, [[NUMB3RS David Sinclair]] is the Quizmaster.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: A lot of fans who went back to watch the episodes on Website/YouTube were surprised to see [[Series/{{Heroes}} Angela Petrelli]] playing Libby's domineering mother. Also, [[NUMB3RS [[{{Series/Numb3rs}} David Sinclair]] is the Quizmaster.
23rd Mar '17 7:00:08 AM fearlessnikki
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** Music/BritneySpears guest stars in the Season 4 premiere to perform "(You Drive Me) Crazy". Melissa Joan Hart starred in a movie called ''Film/DriveMeCrazy''.
** Penn Gillette plays Drell, head of the Witches' Council. In real life he performs as part of a magic duo Penn & Teller.



* CaliforniaDoubling: In this case New Jersey doubled for Massachusetts.



* ExecutiveMeddling: According to Michelle Beaudoin, the reason Jenny was axed was because the network wanted Sabrina to have an 'ethnic' best friend. This is odd, seeing as her replacement Valerie wasn't ethnic (unless being half Jewish counts). Sabrina does gain an ethnic best friend in Valerie's replacement Dreama.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling:
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According to Michelle Beaudoin, the reason Jenny was axed was because the network wanted Sabrina to have an 'ethnic' best friend. This is odd, seeing as her replacement Valerie wasn't ethnic (unless being half Jewish counts). Sabrina does gain an ethnic best friend in Valerie's replacement Dreama.
** Harvey was dropped in Season 5 because producers felt Sabrina "needed to leave that high school baggage behind". Due to negative fan reactions, he was brought back in Season 6.
** Miles got dropped from the last season due to budget cuts and because producers felt fans weren't responding well to his character.



* TheOtherDarrin: Similarly to ''M*A*S*H'', very few actors carried over from the original PilotMovie to the series proper. Other than Melissa Joan Hart, only Michelle Beaudoin, who played Marni in the movie and Sabrina's (first) best friend, Jenny, in the series, appeared in both of them. Hilda, Zelda, Harvey, and the voice of Salem were all re-cast. [[AlphaBitch Libby]] does not appear in the pilot; a character named Katie fills a similar role. There's also a character named Seth in the movie who acts as WrongGuyFirst; he has no analogue in the series, as Sabrina is hot for Harvey (which is more or less requited) from the outset.
** A more conventional example, during the show's run: the two actors who played Sabrina's father not only looked totally different but the replacement was visibly years older.

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* TheOtherDarrin: TheOtherDarrin:
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Similarly to ''M*A*S*H'', very few actors carried over from the original PilotMovie to the series proper. Other than Melissa Joan Hart, only Michelle Beaudoin, who played Marni in the movie and Sabrina's (first) best friend, Jenny, in the series, appeared in both of them. Hilda, Zelda, Harvey, and the voice of Salem were all re-cast. [[AlphaBitch Libby]] does not appear in the pilot; a character named Katie fills a similar role. There's also a character named Seth in the movie who acts as WrongGuyFirst; he has no analogue in the series, as Sabrina is hot for Harvey (which is more or less requited) from the outset.
** A more conventional example, during the show's run: the two actors who played run; Sabrina's father not only was first played by Robbie Benson in Season 1 and Doug Sheehan in Season 4 and 7. Notable because the latter looked totally different but the replacement was visibly several years older.older.


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Zelda is dropped in the final season because Beth Broderick felt the character was going nowhere. Hilda was also dropped because Caroline Rhea had landed her own talk show.


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* ThrowItIn: The Seasons 5-7 opening sequence has a moment where Melissa Joan Hart leans back on the bed but smacks her head off the wood, and she can be seen rubbing her head.
5th Apr '16 1:10:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Martin Mull as Mr. Kraft.
** Yes, that is Penn of Creator/PennAndTeller fame playing Drell. And Teller turns up too.
** Sabrina went to college with Series/PunkyBrewster!
*** And [[Film/{{Clueless}} Amber's]] their landlady!
** [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Donald]] [[Film/{{Clueless}} Faison]] played a fellow witch and romantic rival for Harvey in a couple episodes.
** ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' alum Frank Conniff wrote for the show early on and played a few small roles, most notably the grown version of Rudy Kazootie in the episode of the same name.
** [[FreaksAndGeeks Paul Feig]] as Mr. Pool, the science teacher.
** And Sabrina's been [[Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll Clarissa]], [[MelissaAndJoey Mel]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} Becky Detweiler]], and a lot more.
** [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Carter Greyson's]] a chef now?!
** Norm from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is Sabrina's boss in season Also from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Cliff is SantaClaus, of all things. [[ShelleyLong Diane]] is a lovely-yet-wicked witch whose cottage is on top of a giant beanstalk.
** [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Jeannie]] is Sabrina's great-great aunt.
** [[HeyDude Ted]] is Josh, Sabrina's ''other'' recurring love interest.
** [[{{Series/Friends}} Carol Willick]] works at Witchright Hall.
** Salem is [[WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers Norbert Beaver]] in a cat's body. Seriously. The latter two telefilms (''Film/SabrinaGoesToRome'' and ''Film/SabrinaDownUnder'') starred TaraStrong as Sabrina's overseas friend.
5th Jan '16 10:30:57 PM ahnold
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** This is not the first time Phil Fondacaro has played a [[{{Film/Troll}} troll]].
10th Nov '15 5:12:48 PM fearlessnikki
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* FormerTropeNamer: For AlphaBitch - previously known as 'The Libby' because Libby was such a shining example of the character. By extension this named other tropes - LovableAlphaBitch (Lovable Libby), BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch (Knifing The Libby In The Bank) and FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch (Libby My Old Friend).



* RealLifeRelative: Recurring character Amanda (Sabrina's evil cousin) was played by Melissa's little sister, Emily Hart. Who, as noted above, ended up playing Sabrina herself in the cartoon.

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* RealLifeRelative: Recurring character Amanda (Sabrina's evil cousin) was played by Melissa's little sister, Emily Hart. Who, as noted above, ended up playing Sabrina herself in the cartoon. Likewise Amanda's little sister Allie is played by another Hart sibling - Alexandra Hart-Gilliams.
9th Nov '15 1:54:45 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: When Tim, played by George Wendt of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' fame, walks into Hilda's coffee shop in a later episode, everyone raises their mugs and greets him, "Tim!".

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
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When Tim, played by George Wendt of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' fame, walks into Hilda's coffee shop in a later episode, everyone raises their mugs and greets him, "Tim!".



* ChannelHop: Moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
* DawsonCasting: Pretty much the whole "teenage" cast but notably Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) (b. 1976), Jenna Leigh Green ([[AlphaBitch Libby]]), (b. 1974) and Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) (b. 1977).
** One of the student extras was a ''[[http://imgur.com/p4R9ga4 balding man]]''!

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** David Lascher previously played a character called Josh in ''{{Series/Clueless}}'' - which had a crossover with this, featuring Sabrina.
** Robbie Benson just ''had'' to do [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast's voice]] when he showed up.
* AwesomeDearBoy: Soleil Moon Frye and Melissa Joan Hart had been good friends since their child star days and had longed to star in a project together.
* ChannelHop: Moved from Creator/{{ABC}} to TheWB.
TheWB. As a result, most of the cast members aside from the Spellmans, Salem and Josh were fired (though Harvey was brought back eventually after fan protests).
* DawsonCasting: Pretty much the whole "teenage" cast but notably Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) (b. 1976), Jenna Leigh Green ([[AlphaBitch Libby]]), (b. 1974) and Lindsay Sloane (Valerie) (b. 1977).
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1977). One of the student extras was a ''[[http://imgur.com/p4R9ga4 balding man]]''!



* ExecutiveMeddling: According to Michelle Beaudoin, the reason Jenny was axed was because the network wanted Sabrina to have an 'ethnic' best friend. This is odd, seeing as her replacement Valerie wasn't ethnic (unless being half Jewish counts). Sabrina does gain an ethnic best friend in Valerie's replacement Dreama.



** Norm from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is Sabrina's boss in season 6.
*** Also from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Cliff is SantaClaus, of all things.
*** Still another from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': [[ShelleyLong Diane]] is a lovely-yet-wicked witch whose cottage is on top of a giant beanstalk.

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** Norm from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' is Sabrina's boss in season 6.
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Also from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': Cliff is SantaClaus, of all things.
*** Still another from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':
things. [[ShelleyLong Diane]] is a lovely-yet-wicked witch whose cottage is on top of a giant beanstalk.



** Robby Benson is Sabrina's dad, which leads us to...
* HeyItsThatVoice: Benson just ''had'' to do [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast's voice]] when he showed up.

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** Robby Benson is Sabrina's dad, which leads us to...
* HeyItsThatVoice: Benson just ''had'' to do [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast The Beast's voice]] when he showed up.
[[{{Series/Friends}} Carol Willick]] works at Witchright Hall.



* ShoutOut: This show continues the tradition begun with the comic series and perpetuated by ''Bewitched'' of giving most female witches a name ending in the letter "a"--Sabrina, Hilda, Zelda, Vesta, Lydia, Amanda, Sophia...

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* ShoutOut: This show continues the tradition begun with the comic series and perpetuated by ''Bewitched'' of giving most female witches a name ending in the letter "a"--Sabrina, Hilda, Zelda, Vesta, Lydia, Amanda, Sophia...Sophia...
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** They attempted two spin-offs with Amanda. The first would have been about her, Allie and Marigold moving in with Emile and his boys - one of whom played by Frankie Muniz. The second would have focused on her hijinx at Witchright Hall. Neither happened, though Emily Hart did get to voice Sabrina in the AnimatedAdaptation.
** The plot of Season 7 would have revolved around Josh proposing to Sabrina and the growing love triangle with Harvey. When David Lascher opted to leave the show, Aaron Jacobs was created to fill his role. Additionally they wanted a two-part finale but were only granted one episode.
** Some plans for a Season 8 would have involved Sabrina and [[spoiler: Harvey]] moving into a haunted house. Barbara Eden would have joined the show as a regular.
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