Bewitched - Season 1

Bewitched - Season 1

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Director: Alan Rafkin, David Orrick McDearmon, E.W. Swackhamer, Elizabeth Montgomery

Cast: Alan Rafkin, David Orrick McDearmon, E.W. Swackhamer, Elizabeth Montgomery

     
 
This box set contains every episode from the first season of the situation comedy Bewitched. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and each is presented in the original black-and-white. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a

Overview

This box set contains every episode from the first season of the situation comedy Bewitched. Each episode is presented in its original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and each is presented in the original black-and-white. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a featurette on the program, bloopers, and the trailer for the big-screen adaptation of the show starring Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman. A different set is available that contains colorized versions of these episodes.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In 1964, producer-director William Asher was already an old hand at the sitcom game, and he brought every iota of his considerable talent and experience to Bewitched, which became a huge success in its original network run and evolved into a cultural phenomenon over decades of syndicated repeats. The show didn't begin with a fully fleshed-out back-story, as most sitcoms do; Asher and his writers took at least half the first season to introduce the entire supporting cast and establish the relationships. The pilot, "I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha," introduces us to advertising executive Darrin Stephens (Dick York), who marries a beautiful young woman named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) shortly after meeting her. What he doesn't know, initially, is that she's a witch with magical powers. While on their honeymoon, Samantha is visited by her mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead), who scolds her for marrying a mortal and predicts no good will come of it. In the second episode, "Be It Ever So Mortgaged," Darrin and Samantha buy a home, which she fixes up with magic. This show introduces the Stephens' neighbors, Gladys and Abner Kravitz (Alice Pearce and George Tobias), who will figure prominently throughout the show's run. Darrin and Endora finally meet in "Mother, Meet What's His Name," which sports the first of their innumerable (and frequently hilarious) clashes. The first season's Halloween show, "The Witches Are Out," turns the spotlight on Samantha's lovable old Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne), and "Just One Happy Family" marks the first appearance of Maurice Evans as Sam's mischievous father. Judged by today's sitcoms, Bewitched might seem silly and bland, but it won viewers' hearts back in the '60s, and not just because they liked the cute way Montgomery wiggled her nose: the episodes were ingenious in their own fashion, and the plots were essentially character-driven, not just reliant on sudden appearances, disappearances, or transmutations. By the way, in watching Season 1 you'll spot lots of future stars in small roles, including Raquel Welch, Adam West, and future "Marcia Brady" Maureen McCormick.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
UPC:
0043396110304
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
15:17:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Magic Unveiled" featurette; Magic and Mishaps

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Montgomery Actress,Samantha Stephens
Dick York Darrin Stephens
Agnes Moorehead Endora
Alice Pearce Gladys Kravitz
Arte Johnson Cousin Edgar
Cecil Kellaway Santa
Charlie Ruggles Caldwell
Chris Noel Susan
David White Larry Tate
George Tobias Abner Kravitz
Jack Warden Rex Barker
June Lockhart Mrs. Burns
Kipp Hamilton Pleasure O'Reilly
Mabel Albertson Phyllis Stephens
Marion Lorne Aunt Clara
Martha Hyer Margaret Marshall
Maurice Evans Victor
Nancy Kovack Sheila
Paul Lynde Harold
Shelley Berman Brinkman
Vito Scotti Mario
Adam West Kermit
Alex Gerry Mr. Woolfe
Christopher George Warlock Geoge
Gene Blakely Dave
Gilbert Green Judge Virgil Winner
Irene Vernon Mrs. Tate
Jimmy Mathers Marshall Burns
Lisa Seagram Jannine
Paul Bryar Basil Koenig
Robert Simon Frank Stephens
Sharon de Bord Miss Blanding

Technical Credits
Alan Rafkin Director
David Orrick McDearmon Director
E.W. Swackhamer Director
Ida Lupino Director
Joseph Pevney Director
Sherman Marks Director
William Asher Director
William D. Russell Director
Sidney Miller Director

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Bewitched - Season 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the magic makes it special, BEWITCHED is really a comedy about love, family, and tolerance...and a wonderful slice of 60's life.....With a twitch of her nose, Elizabeth Montgomery cast a spell on generations of fans, as Samantha...the suburban house-witch. Dick York "the first and superior Darrin to many hardcore fans" shows off his flair for the double take and slow burn...and the marvelously witchy Agnes Moorehead dons her big wig and her flowing flying suit to make her son-in-law's life utterly miserable. Children and adults take to it equally, so share it with the family.
Osservatore_della_TV More than 1 year ago
I grew up watching all the Bewitched in color on WGN, so it was a great pleasure to see all these old, old episodes, in B/W. The plots were simpler than in later seasons, focusing on the difference between the actions and expectations of normal folks (Darrin, the Kravitzes, etc.) and those of the witches (Samantha, Endora, and dear Aunt Clara). Aunt Clara always screws up her spells in an enchanting way, and the first Mrs. Kravitz is also very funny. My favorite episode was the one where Endora (Agnes Moorehead) finally introduced herself to Darrin (Dick York): Trying to discover Sam's maiden name, Darrin asks Endora delicately, and she sniffily replies, "You'll never be able to pronounce it." Priceless. You can't go wrong with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think bewitched is a great show I can't wait for season 2 to come out
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bewitched is a great show that eveyone loves. The show is funny and just fun to watch!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago