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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Annual Halloween Event: Favorite Witch TV show- Sabrina the Teen Age Witch

Sabrina the Teenage Witch - sabrina-the-teenage-witch wallpaper
Sabrina the Teenage Witch has always been a favorite of mine.

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch was an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name.

The show starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, a teenager with magical powers, who lived with her aunts Hilda (played by Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (played by Beth Broderick), and their magical talking cat Salem. Sabrina has a boyfriend called Harvey Kinkle (played by Nate Richert).
Its first four seasons aired on ABC from September 27, 1996 to May 5, 2000; the final three seasons ran on The WB Television Network from September 22, 2000 to April 24, 2003.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch debuted in Archie's Madhouse (the logo sometimes given as Archie's Mad House) #22 (Oct. 1962). Created by writer George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo.[1] She first appeared in that humor anthology's lead story (the logo then spelled "Teen-Age"),[2] and eventually became one of Archie Comics' major characters, appearing in an animated series and a television sitcom. Gladir recalled in 2007,
"I think we both envisioned it as a one-shot and were surprised when fans asked for more. We continued to do Sabrina stories off and on in Mad House until 1969 when we were flabbergasted to hear it was to become an animated [TV series]. When it came to naming Sabrina I decided to name her after a woman I recalled from my junior high school days ... who was very active in school affairs, and who assigned a number of us to interview prominent people in the media. In addition, the woman's name had a New England ring to it. Some years later I recalled the woman's name was not Sabrina, but actually Sabra Holbrook."[2]
Sabrina made regular appearances in the comic book Archie's TV Laugh-Out. The title was published from 1969 to 1985, and consisted of 106 issues.[3]

Melissa Joan Hart was one of my childhood favorite actresses. 

Sabrina, The Teenage Witch cast photo

  • Sabrina Spellman: the lead character of the series. In the sitcom, she is a smart but impulsive girl. She acts with a good heart and with good intentions without thinking her actions and their consequences through. The first seasons of the sitcom mostly consist of her doing something thoughtlessly to help her friends or punish her enemies, then having to deal with the consequences or begging her aunts' help to deal with the consequences. In the comic book series, Sabrina is the same well-meaning girl, but she struggles with constant pressure to be "bad" from all the other witches around her, especially her aunts. In the TV series, her aunts are not nearly as devious.
  • Hilda Spellman: Sabrina's aunt. In the comics, she the more mature and logical of Sabrina's aunts. In the sitcom, she is frivolous and bubbly, constantly checking her appearance and avoiding any duties that she can that she finds boring or difficult. Though in both versions, she is prone to mischief. Also, in the sitcom, she's said to have been working for Salem while he was attempting to take over the world, so the Witches' Council sentenced her to take care of him for 100 years and keep him free of parasites.
  • Zelda Spellman: Sabrina's aunt. In the comics, she was the more frivolous of Sabrina's aunts. In the sitcom, she is the wiser and more patient of the sisters and is usually the voice of reason in the household. She is also more responsible. In the earlier comics, she was supposed to find a husband within a year or else lose her powers.
  • Harvey Kinkle: Sabrina's boyfriend, a mortal who is unaware of Sabrina's being a witch (in the sitcom, Harvey eventually learns, on his own, that Sabrina is a witch). In the comics, he is presented as being sweet and loyal, but also accident-prone (similar to Archie).
  • Salem: the Spellmans' American shorthair cat; Salem was formerly a warlock, who was turned into a cat as punishment by the Witches' Council for plotting to take over the world. Salem has the ability to talk and possesses a sarcastic and somewhat self-centered attitude. He has been voiced in the past by Traxy McGea. In the Filmation version, Salem (voiced by Mel Blanc) is a cat of indeterminate breed who can only meow, and has no other name except "Salem". Additionally, this version is simply a cat (as opposed to the sitcom's human-turned-into-a-cat portrayal), and often plays practical jokes on the two dog characters Hot Dog Jr., and Chili Dog. A recurring joke is that he will spray his throat with an atomizer and attempt to meow, but another sound altogether comes from his mouth, such as a horn honking or a chicken clucking. The name "Salem" refers to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. He is voiced by Nick Bakay in the later TV series.
  • Della, the Spellmans' head witch. A strict, short-tempered authority figure, Della does not approve of Sabrina using magic to help others. She only appears in the comics, and more so in earlier ones.
  • Libby Chessler: A cheerleader, Sabrina's arch-enemy. Libby always is trying to steal Harvey from Sabrina. Libby appears in the TV series.
  • Ambrose: Sabrina's cousin, a warlock. He had an acute sense of fashion and showmanship and, in the animated series, an effete voice and mannerisms. Ambrose did not appear in the live action TV series.
  • Esmeralda: Sabrina's other younger cousin, also a witch; Esmeralda has an obnoxious, bratty attitude (similar to her cousin Amanda from the sitcom).
  • Shinji: A teenage warlock whom Sabrina met while attending a spellcasting school. He tries to compete with Harvey for Sabrina's affections.
  • Amy: Amy is a popular girl at Sabrina's high school who often competes with Sabrina in various forms, but most notably for Harvey's attention. Amy appeared mostly in the comics in the 1990s and 2000s, though her character is similar to Libby from the live action TV series, and Katy from the 1996 TV movie.
  • Witches' Council: A council of powerful witches that oversees the other witches.
  • Enchantra: The Queen of Witches, and head of the Witches Council. (Replaced by Drell in the sitcom.)

My favorite Character of the show is Salem. Who didn't love that kitty? 

via tvacres
Salem and Sabrina, the teenage witch
Salem Quotes:

Salem: Dogs guard; cats watch... and judge. 

Salem: Finally! I'm free! I have no place to go. 

Salem: I'm blonde! My IQ just dropped 20 points!
Zelda: [pointing to each of the Spellman women] Blonde, blonde, blonde.
[points at Salem]
Zelda: Dead. 

Salem: Well, at least I'm young. No, that's Sabrina. Well, at least I have my own magic. No, wait, that's Sabrina. At least I'm a biped, no, no, wait, THAT'S SABRINA! 

Salem: Let's destroy everything that's dear to him. Let's indoctrinate him into the cathedral of agony.
Zelda: I'm gonna write him a very stern letter.
Salem: You're a regular Mad Max aren't ya? 

[a bird is twittering outside the window]
Salem: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Why must you keep tormenting me? 

Salem: [playing with a tassel on a cushion] Don't you toy with me you saucy minx! 

Salem: Hello, this is your guard speaking. Harvey is at the front door, and send me a sandwich! 

Who else loves Sabrina & Salem!?!

For Rosey's post on her favorite witch tv show, click HERE.


Rosey said...

Love Sabrina!! Was watching it the other day at the gym LOL

Jessica said...

I remember this show! I actually still watch it--sort of, kind of get distracted a lot too--in the morning when I check my email and blog stuff!

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