Bewitched Tv Show Characters

The sitcom

As an adult, it's fun to watch the classic episodes of "Bewitched" and be transported back to a time when life was simpler and you could almost believe that one twitch of a nose could make your house clean and transport you back to another place or time.

This classic television show from the 1960's has endured and remains one of the most beloved sitcoms. Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha was charming; Dick York as Darrin had superb comic timing; and Agnes Moorehead was a riot. Never missing an opportunity to laugh at itself is another endearing quality of the show. For example, in Episode 2 where Darrin and Samantha buy their first home, Samantha's mother Endora is shown reading "Harpies Bizarre" magazine. Looking at only the original seventy-four black-and-white episodes, one finds a multitude of talent and creativity.

Regulars and Guest Stars:

Agnes Moorehead - Ms. Moorehead had been strongly grounded in radio and movies before becoming Darrin Stephens' meddlesome mother-in-law Endora. She had done radio with Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Bob Hope, and Orson Welles. Ms. Moorehead starred in many movies, as well, including "Magnificent Obsession."

Marion Lorne - Ms. Lorne's background was in theater and silent movies before becoming the beloved, addle-brained, doorknob-collecting Aunt Clara. (If you'll recall, she'd once been caught stealing a doorknob from Buckingham Palace.) Ms. Lorne's first appearance on Broadway was in 1905. Besides "Bewitched," Ms. Lorne appeared in the movies "The Graduate" and "Strangers On A Train."

Paul Lynde - This King of Sarcasm with his nasal voice and condescending smirk was a natural for the recurring role of Uncle Arthur. Mr. Lynde's first appearance on "Bewitched," however, was as Samantha's nervous driving instructor. He was so nervous, in fact, that he ate tranquilizers the size of wafers and screamed "Selfish!" at other drivers. Needless to say, Samantha and Endora made him even more nervous than he was to begin with; but Uncle Arthur and the constant barbs he threw avenged the nervous Harold, at least where Endora was concerned.

Alice Ghostley - Ms. Ghostley, who became a regular as the insecure Aunt Esmerelda, made her first appearance on "Bewitched" as a bumbling mortal maid. The producers were so impressed with her that they created Esmerelda for her. Esmerelda was Stephen's babysitter who disappeared either fully or partially when she felt inadequate or upset. Ms. Ghostley appeared in several movies including "To Kill A Mockingbird," starred as Miss Hannigan on the stage in "Annie," and was a popular addition as a regular on the television series "Designing Women."

Bernard Fox - Mr. Fox played the self-proclaimed witch expert Osgood Rightmire before returning in the recurring role of witch doctor, Dr. Bombay. Mr. Fox was also a regular on television's "Hogan's Heroes."

Adam West - Mr. West, best known as TV's "Batman," made his first television appearance on "Bewitched." He played a reformed ladies' man named Kermit who fell in love with Samantha's plain looking friend.

Jack Warden - Mr. Warden appeared in an early episode as a lecherous client who set his lusty sites on Samantha. She wound up turning him into a poodle. Mr. Warden has appeared in many movies and television series.



Vic Tayback - A young Vic Tayback appeared as the mayor's chauffeur before his claim to fame - the crotchety Mel of Mel's Diner in the sitcom "Alice."

Jimmy Mathers - Jimmy had a more famous older brother, Jerry, who played Beaver in the sitcom "Leave It To Beaver."

June Lockhart - Ms. Lockhart is best known for her roles as Ruth Martin on "Lassie"; Maureen Robinson on "Lost In Space"; and Dr. Janet Craig on "Petticoat Junction."

Madge Blake - Adam West was not the only "Batman" star to appear on "Bewitched." Aunt Harriet made an appearance, too.

Shelly Burman - Mr. Burman was one of the most popular stand-up comedians of the 1950's and early 1960's.

Raquel Welch - Ms. Welch once appeared as an airline stewardess.

Maureen McCormick - Before she was Marsha Brady of "The Brady Bunch," Maureen McCormick made two guest appearances on "Bewitched." In one episode, she was wore a traditional witch costume and rode on a broom""Darrin was pondering how his and Samantha's children might turn out. In another episode, Endora turns herself into a little girl in order to trick-or-treat at the Stephenses on Halloween. Ms. McCormick was little Endora.

Bill Daily - Mr. Daily made an early appearance on "Bewitched" before he went on to be Roger on "I Dream Of Jeannie" and Howard on "The Bob Newhart Show."

Peggy Lipton - Ms. Lipton had a guest shot as a secretary on "Bewitched" before going on to star in "The Mod Squad" and "Twin Peaks."

Dick Wilson - Mr. Wilson, a/k/a Mr. Whipple of "don't squeeze the CharminĀ® fame" made more than one appearance on "Bewitched," including Darrin's drunken cell mate when Darrin finds himself in jail.

Arte Johnson - Mr. Johnson appeared as an elf on "Bewitched" before becoming "very interesting" on "Laugh-In."

Richard Dreyfuss - Can you believe it? An adorable Richard Dreyfuss made his first television appearance as an exasperating warlock whose unrequited love for Samantha leads him to try and break the couple up.

Writers

Though "Bewitched" had a talented array of writers, one particular writer to note is Bernard Slade. Mr. Slade not only wrote for "The Partridge Family" and "Welcome Back, Kotter," among other sitcoms, he also wrote the hit Broadway play "Same Time Next Year."

So, was it magic that made "Bewitched" a success? In a very real way, I suppose it was.

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