Bewitched

Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy that was originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972.  It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and starred actress Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York (1964–1969), Dick Sargent (1969–1972), Agnes Moorehead, and David White.

The show is about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man and tries to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife.  Bewitched enjoyed great popularity, finishing as the number two show in America during its debut season, and becoming the longest-running supernatural-themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s.  The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media.
A young-looking witch named Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) meets and marries a mortal named Darrin Stephens (originally Dick York, later Dick Sargent).  While Samantha pledges to forsake her powers and become a typical suburban housewife, her magical family disapproves of the mixed marriage and frequently interferes in the couple’s lives.  Episodes often begin with Darrin becoming the victim of a spell, the effects of which wreak havoc with mortals such as his boss, clients, parents, and neighbors.  By the epilogue, however, Darrin and Samantha most often embrace, having overcome the devious elements that failed to separate them.
The witches and their male counterparts, known as “warlocks”, are very long-lived; while Samantha appears to be a young woman, many episodes suggest she is actually hundreds of years old.  To keep their society secret, witches avoid showing their powers in front of mortals other than Darrin.  Nevertheless, the effects of their spells and Samantha’s attempts to hide their supernatural origin from mortals drive the plot of most episodes.  Witches and warlocks usually use physical gestures along with their magical spells, and sometimes spoken incantations.  Most notably, Samantha often twitches her nose to perform a spell.  Modest but effective special visual effects are accompanied by music to highlight the magic.
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