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 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.
  • 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This show's popularity in Japan spawned the Magical Girl genre
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Seasons 6-8 (the ones with Dick Sargent as Darrin) are often disregarded by Bewitched fans.
  • 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.
    • The first Halloween Episode, "The Witches are Out," had Samantha protest advertising's use of demeaning stereotypes of ugly, evil witches. Later, the cast of Bewitched would advertise Aunt Jemima's pancakes and syrup,note  products which fell under heat from civil rights groups because of the Mammy mascot.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • There is an episode called "Charlie Harper, Winner".Explanation 
    • 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.
    • One episode has Larry convince Darrin to hire a maid for himself and Samantha, by discussing the helpfulness of his own maid, named Esmeralda. Sam and Darrin enlist a maid named Esmeralda in the last few seasons, but she proves incompetent.
    • An early episode titled "That Was My Wife" had Samantha experimenting with her appearance by wearing a black wig (which results in Larry thinking that Darrin was seeing another woman) The very same one that Elizabeth Montgomery would wear as Serena later on and might have inspired the character's creation.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Darrin, despite his misogynistic attitude (from a modern perspective at least), didn't deserve half the crap he got from Endora, as she constantly uses her powers to make life hell for him. The writers of Family Guy seem to hold this viewpoint, as they did a Cutaway Gag where Darrin uses holy water on her.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Alice Pearce would sometimes use an excruciatingly screechy voice as Gladys Kravitz. Highlighted in one of Nick @ Nite's ads for the show when they started airing the old black-and-white episodes. Sandra Gould had an even worse screechy voice.
  • 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. Aside from the switch, the writing quality declined and many early episodes were recycled into "new" ones.
  • 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: Averted with I Dream of Jeannie, which was wildly popular despite people involved in it admitting that it ripped off Bewitched. Played straight with the failure of Tabitha, which resulted from its similarity to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Darrin's behavior seems remarkably jerkass and repressive to modern sensibilities. 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. Samantha and Darrin both frequently state that, as a wife, she cannot go places or do things without her husband's permission. This applied even on weekend days where Darrin was going to play golf. Depending on whom you ask, he got either better or worse when Dick Sargent came on as Darrin.
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but in an occasion Larry proudly boasts that they never should have let women vote.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: In an early episode, one of Darrin's clients requested an ugly old witch as the mascot for his brand of Halloween candy. This is treated as being terribly racist, and Samantha later invades his dreams to teach him a lesson about tolerance. While he is very forceful on the matter, the fact remains that he is being punished for insulting people he didn't even know existed to begin with.