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YMMV: Bewitched
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Darrin was actually very insecure and felt the need for personal accomplishments to justify himself. It is notable that on several occasions Samantha's family hatched plans to grant Darrin magical powers so that he could better fit into the world of witches. But in the end he always rejected these in order to remain "normal". Interestingly, this was because he was shown to lack restraint when it came to the matter of misusing magic when he actually had access to it. Yet Samantha not only did he expect Samantha to exercise much greater restraint, but she very often actually did so.
      • Both actor Dick York and associate producer Richard Michaels have offered their own views on Darrin's feelings towards Samantha and her witchcraft. Michaels' opinion seems to be similar to that of the above mentioned, in that Darrin, "Was a square" and didn't want Sam to use her witchcraft because he didn't want her to embarrass him. York argued that Darrin didn't want anyone to find out about Sam being a witch because he didn't want others to try taking advantage of her and using her to fulfil their own gain, or even try and take her away from him (something that was explored in York's favorite episode, "I Confess").
    • It could be argued that Endora, Maurice and Samantha's other relatives had legitimate concerns about her marriage to Darrin. Given the much greater lifespan that witches and warlocks have, there was an obvious problem of how Samantha would cope with Darrin dying of old age in what was, to them, a very short amount of time. This concern also extended to their children, since a mortal child would likewise not live very long by witch standards. To them it might seem equivalent to marrying somebody who is dying of a terminal illness, and which could be spread to any children they have. Most grandparents would find the idea of their grandchildren dying long before they do horrifying. That is before one even factors in the idea that lacking magic is a handicap to their minds. Thus their desire for Tabitha and Adam to be a witch and warlock is not just Fantastic Racism, but genuine worry about how long they will live.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The end of "A is for Aardvark" and "If They Never Met," in particular.
    • "Illegal Separation" has one, too. Gladys and Abner Kravitz have an enormous fight that results in Abner moving in with the Stephens and driving them crazy. To reunite the couple, Samantha uses her powers to give them both the same dream about the happiest day of their lives—namely, the day Abner proposed to Gladys. After seeing the entire dream (which is quite sweet in and of itself) through to the end, Abner and Gladys wake up simultaneously and immediately start calling for each other, running out of their houses and into one another's arms. Samantha lampshades the whole incident by making the Kravitzes run in slow motion, but that doesn't make it any less romantic.
  • Ear Worm: Don't deny that the theme can easily stick inside your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Aunt Clara, you can't help but love her.
    • Uncle Arthur was only in about ten episodes, though some fans feel like he's been in more because Paul Lynde was so hysterical as him.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Often times because of certain scheduling constraints, episodes of shows may be filmed/produced out of order. The first episode filmed when Dick Sargent played Darrin was, "Samantha's Better Halves,"; Dick Sargent once confessed that he felt uncomfortable with Samantha's line, "I only want one Darrin!" and even Elizabeth Montgomery said she was upset the writers put that in, considering the circumstances.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: There is an episode called "Charlie Harper, Winner".
    • One early episode had an Imagine Spot in which Darrin imagines his future children with Sam, including a witch-daughter named Little Endora. If you consider "Passions" canon to the series, Sam and Darrin would later get a granddaughter named Endora.
  • Hypocrite: Darren. He strenuously objects to Samantha using witchcraft for anything, even just to make her domestic life easier. Yet he readily uses modern technological conveniences and even has a secretary!
  • Most Annoying Sound: Alice Pearce would sometimes use an excruciatingly screechy voice as Gladys Kravitz. Highlighted in one of Nick At Nite's ads for the show when they started airing the old black-and-white episodes.
  • Recycled Script: By the end of its run, the show was recycling its own scripts.
  • Seasonal Rot: The Dick Sargent episodes in particular are victims of this.
  • Tear Jerker: Some of the episodes featuring Aunt Clara involve this: most of the time, her advanced age and resulting tendency to have spells go awry is played for laughs, but occasionally, things took a much sadder tone.
    • In "Samantha Meets the Folks," Aunt Clara, seeing Samantha struggle to impress her in-laws, uses her magic to conjure up a fantastic dinner. This makes Darrin's mother feel unneeded, and she's rather vocal about her complaints. Darrin speaks to Aunt Clara, who acts in her typical doddering way with him...but when he leaves, she quietly takes up her handbag and prepares to go, looking extremely sad. It's implied that some of her senility is an act, and that she's actually extremely sensitive about her problem. Thankfully, it all turns out all right in the end.
    • In "There's No Witch Like an Old Witch," Aunt Clara finds herself babysitting some of Darrin and Samantha's neighbors' children for a while. She uses her abilities to perform some simple spells—mostly animating, repairing, and conjuring toys—which makes all of the children adore her, and clamor for her to babysit more; she, in turn, loves the job and the children she's taking care of. Eventually, though, the neighborhood mothers get suspicious, especially when Aunt Clara starts telling the children that she's a witch; kids being kids, they accept it as a game. The women decide to force Aunt Clara to go to a judge for a competency hearing; while there, she delivers simple but beautiful sentiments about the nature of childhood, and how deep down, she only wants to make children happy, considering what a dreary place the adult world can be. The judge, moved, not only declares Clara competent, but asks her to babysit his own son. As in the above example, seeing a genuinely sweet, kind old lady insulted and treated as either a lunatic or unfit for society is painful.
    • Finally, there's a meta-example. Marion Lorne, who played Aunt Clara, died in 1968. When actors passed away or were unable to return to roles, the producers of the show recast them, as was the case with Gladys Kravitz, Darrin, Mrs. Tate, and others. However, they realized that no one could replace Lorne, and quietly retired the character.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The "Tabitha" spin-off, among other things, retconning Adam to be a mortal (as well as Tabitha now being the younger sibling) despite the pilot showing him to be a warlock. Apparently, the original audience was also upset that Tabitha and Adam were suddenly adults.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: What made I Dream of Jeannie popular was that it ripped off Bewitched, and the failure of Tabitha resulted from its similarity to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • Values Dissonance: Darrin's behavior seems remarkably jerkass and repressive to modern sensibilities. Depending on whom you ask, this was stepped up when Dick Sargent came on as Darrin.
    • In particular he seemed very hostile to the idea of Samantha acquiring a "career" as Queen of the Witches and states it in pretty much those terms, actually denouncing her comparison to the U.S. presidency on the grounds that no president has ever been a wife and mother.
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but in an underhand Larry proudly boasts they never should have let women vote.

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