September 17 in Sci-Fi History: Bewitched

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Sep 17, 2017

It was on this day in 1964 that ABC first aired Bewitched. The show ran for eight seasons and 254 episodes.

Yes. That many.

If you don’t know, Bewitched was about a witch named Samantha who met a dude named Darren (who was played by two different actors over the course of the show). The first episode explains this narration, because 1964.

Mostly what would happen is Samantha would end up in very human situations as a fish out of water, lost in the mortal world. And her mother, Endora, found all of it absurd. Because, yes.

Elizabeth Montgomery was a delight as Samantha and often played her identical cousin, Serena.

But it was often the members of the family and various other supporting players who added some pretty surreal stuff to the show. Witness Esmeralda the babysitter.

Also, Paul Lynde played Uncle Arthur, TV's first gay witch.

The show ended in March 1972 and was reimagined as feature film with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in 2005.