Yes, more than half the episodes are badly dated or were never funny to begin with, but the good episodes remain spectacular even after forty years.
So many wonderful memories, too! As a kid, I wanted Endora and Aunt Clara to be my grandparents (along with Fred and Ethel Mertz from I Love Lucy). It never occurred to me that I should wish for two grandparents of each sex... I guess I was gay in training even when my age was a single digit!
I think Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha, was one of the most talented women ever to grace the screen. She wasn't the first choice for the part, but when Tammy Grimes was unable to star in the show in 1964 since she was under contract elsewhere, Montgomery stepped in. I really cannot imagine anyone else in the roll, and I doubt that Grimes could have pulled it off as well.
She is sooooo beautiful, too.
As for the Darrins... Which was your favorite? I prefer Dick York (below--'straight Darrin', seasons 1-5)...
...over Dick Sargent (below--'gay Darrin', seasons 6-8).
Yes, Sargent was gay in real life, and he and Montgomery were the Grand Marshals at the 1992 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. (Montgomery was an outspoken supporter of women's rights and gay rights. A staunch liberal, she was also a critic of the Vietnam War during Bewitched 's first run and was involved in a number of political documentaries in the late 80s and early 90s.)
Sadly, all three magical stars died within the same four year period: York in 1992, Sargent in 1994, and Mongomery in 1995.
There is a wonderful bronze statue of Mongomery as Samantha in Salem, a fitting (and controversial) tribute:
Now here's a shocker... Agnes Moorehead, who played Samantha's semi-wicked witch mother Endora, was a staunch Christian in real life! (According to Wikipedia, she read Bible stories to the children in the cast, but I don't know if that is true.) When conservative Christians complained about the magic and witches on the show, the show's producers cited Moorehead's religion and said that she would not have accepted the role if it had been against her religion.
Finally, I know that Aunt Clara is not one of the major characters, and I know that there are many recurring characters who are more important than she is... Buit I just love her. Marion Lorne was in her 80s when she played the role.
Aunt Clara does not appear in the series after season 4 because the actress died of a heart attack in her New York apartment in 1968. Although the roles of Darrin, Louise Tate, Darrin's father, and Mrs. Kravitz were each played by two different actors--and no fewer than five different actors played Aunt Hagatha--the producers and cast did not have the heart to recast the roll of Aunt Clara since they were so fond of Lorne.
Is there anyone who wouldn't want the wonderful Aunt Clara as a grandmother? Actually, I was predisposed to loving her, for as a kid aI had a 33 rpm (LP) record of The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck narrated and sung by Marion Lorne. I loved that voice! While I no longer have the record, at 43 years old I can still sing all the songs without missing a single lyric! (Don't know if that's something to be proud of...)
So, what are your thoughts on Bewitched?
Edited by Ameen, 31 January 2009 - 11:13 PM.