Sabrina the Teenaged Witch
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Category: Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy Sitcom, Comic Fantasy
Created By: Nell Scovell
Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Jenna Leigh Green, Nate Richert, Lindsay Sloane, Michelle Beaudoin, Soleil Moon Frye, Elisa Donovan
Number of Seasons: 7
Number of Episodes: 163 + 3 TV movies
Original Channel: ABC (1996 to 2000), The WB(2000to 2003)
Original Run: September 27, 1996 to April 24, 2003
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. 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.
The sitcom revolved around a girl who must learn to be responsible for her own actions. As she had the power of magic, she often used it to try to help her loved ones or herself, frequently resulting in literal puns that are often disastrous and humorous. She must also learn to hone her powers while keeping them a secret from those around her.
The program began with her adventures in high school in the fictional town of Westbridge, located near Boston, Massachusetts (as opposed to Greendale, Virginia in the comics).
In the series' later seasons, she graduated from high school and enrolled in college, then moved on to her attempts to live on her own and keep a job at the local newspaper. Breaking further from its comic roots, the show ended with Sabrina's wedding, although, in the end, she abandoned the wedding and ran off with Harvey.
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The series came on the success of the 1996 TV movie, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, in which Melissa Joan Hart had played the main character Sawyer, with the two aunts played by Sherry Miller (Hilda) and Charlene Fernetz (Zelda). The show is similar to the late 1980s syndicated sitcom Out of This World which also revolved around a teenage girl with magic powers of her own.
When the series came out later that year, Hart became Sabrina Spellman (the character's original last name in the comics), and the aunts were now played by Caroline Rhea (as Hilda) and Beth Broderick (as Zelda). The regular was Salem the wisecracking cat (a puppet that was voiced by Nick Bakay). Hart's real-life sisters Emily and Alexandra played her cousins, Amanda and Ally respectively and sister Samantha played a bridesmaid in her wedding. The show was never filmed in front of a studio audience, because of the special effects used in its production; a laugh track was used instead. The series was filmed in a single-format, hence every audience clip is laughter and never an "ooh" or an "aww".
The show was produced by Hartbreak Films and Viacom Productions, and later was syndicated through Paramount Television - which would go on to absorb Viacom Productions in 2004, and be renamed to CBS Paramount Television in 2006. Then in 2007, the syndication arm was renamed to CBS Television Distribution.
Los Angeles commercial photographer Keith Munyan, himself a former model, got his start on the series, particularly handling all the shots of Beth Broderick. Opening Sequence
The opening titles of seasons 1-3 shows Sabrina in front of a mirror posing with four different costumes and outfits as the cast members' names quickly flash on the bottom of the screen. The first three outfits are always the same, but the fourth one changes from episode to episode. At the end, Sabrina would say some sort of pun that related to the last outfit, then magically disappear.
The opening sequence of season 4 features the characters in bubbles.
The opening credits of seasons 5-7 are accompanied with a vocal theme song and feature Sabrina at various locations around Boston: Harvard Bridge, Boston Common, Union Oyster House, Massachusetts State House, Quincy Market, Newbury Street, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Beacon Hill. In the credits of seasons 5 and 6, after leaving Newbury Comics on Newbury Street, the computer graphics morph Sabrina into her room, lying on her bed next to Salem. In the final season, however, they morph her into arriving at Scorch. Upon pushing the door open, she is revealed to be walking into her house to greet Roxie, Morgan and Salem. Also, in the opening credits of seasons 5-7, she is seen exiting Newbury Comics on Newbury Street and then walking down a flight of stairs.
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Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman
Caroline Rhea as Hilda Spellman
Beth Broderick as Zelda Spellman
Nate Richert as Harvey Kinkle
Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem Saberhagen
Jenna Leigh Green as Libby Chessler (1996—1999)
Michelle Beaudoin as Jennifer "Jenny" Kelly (1996—1997)
Lindsay Sloane as Valerie Birkhead (1997—1999)
Martin Mull as Principal Willard Kraft (1997—2000)
David Lascher as Josh (1999—2002)
Soleil Moon Frye as Roxie King (2000—2003)
Elisa Donovan as Morgan Cavanaugh (2000—2003)
Trevor Lissauer as Miles Goodman (2000—2002)
Paul Feig as Biology teacher Mr. Eugene "Gene" Pool (1996—1997)
Mary Gross as Mrs. Quick (1997—2000)
Carl Michael Lindner as Dr. Brinkman (1998, 1999)
Recurring Actors continued
Bridget Flanery as Jill (1996—1998)
China Shavers as Dreama (1999—2000)
Jon Huertas as Brad Alcerro (1999—2000)
Alimi Ballard as Quizmaster Albert (1997—1998)
Phil Fondacaro as Roland (1997—2000)
George Wendt as Mike Shelby (2001—2002)
John Ducey as Leonard (2002—2003)
Diana-Maria Riva as Annie Martos (2002—2003)
Bumper Robinson as James (2002—2003)
Andrew Walker as Cole Harper (2002—2003)
Dylan Neal as Aaron Jacobs (2003)
Emily Hart as Amanda (1996—2003)
Penn Jillette as Drell (1996—1997)
Donald Faison as Dashiell (1997-1998)
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