Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Spooktober: The Witches Are Out (Bewitched, 1964)

Before I begin, I will remind one and all that at the end of its primetime run on ABC, Bewitched began airing daytime repeats six days a week, Monday-Saturday, as it was added to the network's Saturday lineup since they didn't have enough 1st run children's programming at the time.

And, so, we'll include this 1st season episode of the series as part of Spooktober 2017. Bear in mind that this is the colorized version, not the original black & white print.

In "The Witches Are Out", Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne) makes her debut. Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) is entertaining two older witches who aren't exactly thrilled that she's made such an adjustment to mortal life. Anyway, Darrin (Dick York) has a client (guest star Shelley Berman) who wants to use a stereotypical "ugly" witch for an ad campaign. Darrin, knowing that Samantha will object, opts for a younger, more glamorous model, perhaps using his wife as inspiration, but this compromise costs Darrin his job, only he'd get it back before the episode was over, a trope that was used on The Flintstones and The Jetsons much more often (at the time, Hanna-Barbera, which produced the animated intro, was a sister company to Screen Gems).

Madge Blake, later of Batman, and Reta Shaw, who'd later turn up on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, are the other guest stars of note.

This episode began an annual tradition of Halloween-themed episodes for Bewitched, which included a tie-in with UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Educational Fund).

Rating: A-.

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