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Bewitched: Watch the Last Episode; “The Truth, Nothing But The Truth, So Help Me, Sam”

BewitchedStarring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, and Agnes Moorehead, Bewitched began its run in 1964 as the second highest-rated show for the year. The series remained in the top 20 for its first five seasons.

York left the show after five years, largely due to debilitating back pain following an accident on the set of a movie. He was replaced by Dick Sargent in one of the most well-known bits of recasting in TV history. Sargent carried on admirably but the show slipped into 25th place for season six.

The audience began to tire of the concept, scripts were being rehashed, and the face of television was changing. In its final year, Bewitched was aired opposite Norman Lear’s groundbreaking All in the Family sitcom and Bewitched’s viewership really fell.

Despite the poor ratings, it’s believed that a ninth season was planned. Ultimately, Montgomery decided against doing it. The show ended on March 25, 1972 and Darrin, Samantha, and Endora were never seen again.

The final episode, “The Truth, Nothing But The Truth, So Help Me, Sam” isn’t a particularly special one and is actually a remake of a 1965 episode called “Speak the Truth.”

The finale revolves around Endora testing Darrin’s devotion to Samantha by placing a spell on a pin that forces mortals to tell the absolute truth. Take a look…

What do you think? Why did Bewitched decline in popularity? Was it the new Darren or was it just time for the show to go?

 

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DAVID ZDZIAREK August 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I was sorry to see everyone go on the show. Bewitched was only as hilarious as a sitcom could ever get. All the witches, Tabatha most of all. I was, as a kid when the show was in prime-time, in love with little Tabatha; golden blonde hair, blue, beguiling eyes, and just an adorable little doll of a little girl. But for all that, I suppose no amount of witchcraft was able to save the show in the last two seasons. There is a rare poster of Tabatha that I bought on line six months ago, a close-up likeness in bold 24×30 relief. I would never part with it. So, you see, even now with the inclusion of Bewitched reruns on Antenna TV, Tabatha hasn’t lost any charm over the years. Now at 50, the age of the vintage series, Erin Murphy (Tabatha) is hosting the Antenna TV Bewitched Marathon scheduled for late next month. At 50, Erin Murphy, I’ll call her Tabatha, is still welcome on board my yacht in a floral patterned bikini, and that would be “Bewitching” magic, or better said, “Bewitchingcraft!!!”.

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mike August 17, 2014 at 2:04 am

She died on May 18 1995. I was in Paignton on a hot day. And so people that I loved from my childhood started dying. I’m now her age. God it is so weird getting older, the memories, the years passing , and younger people don’t know and don’t care what you’re talking about.
Help.

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Judy January 9, 2014 at 6:06 am

I love the show, Dick York was the best, the other Dick made too many facial exspressions, the house I loved, it would be my dream home if I could have one built. I wish they had more shows like that on now.

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norman March 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

i also believe a new remake movie should be made with rachel mcadams from the new movie morning glory as sam she has the beauty and the sweetness to pull it off

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norman March 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

i grew up as many did watching that beautiful woman wiggle her little nose and watch the mahem insue it was one of the most special times in my life and i will always adore my memories of such a special show i love you bewitched for all the happiness you have brought me and may God bless all involved in this special show .

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Mike November 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’ve always enjoyed the later episodes. However, I believe this show is a historical document of the female’s transformation during the 60′s. If you watch the first season, then the last season, you will see that Samantha goes from being subservient to Darren to an equal partner in the marriage. Her look changes as well! It is fascinating and I think too often discarded. It is a show about witchcraft and jokes, but it is truly so much more!

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john clipper June 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm

i wish i want to see the video of the wackiest ship in the army full series

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Chris May 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

There was indeed a ninth season, contractually agreed upon by ABC and the Ashers (William Asher and Elizabeth Montgomery). But with the ratings in Season 8 at an all-time low, Liz put BETWITCHED out of its misery, and hers as well. A whimper of an ending, for sure, but the show has endured in the years since then.

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jamie April 23, 2010 at 10:05 am

did yu know that the second Darrin (dick sargeant) actually appeared in at least 2 Bewithched episodes, when the first Darrin was still in it. Cant remember the names of the episodes, but one was a 2 or 3 part episode when the Stevens went to Salem (in an earlier time period) and they ended up court (2nd Darren was in this court) and another episode where 2nd Darren came to the Stevens house with another man, as electrictions, when the Stevens power went out. i think Aunt Clara knocked the power out all over the east coast with another spell gone wrong lol lol
i liked these episodes as i dont have to choose which Darrin i like, as they are both in the episodes. :)

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david April 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

would like to know how the show ended

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admin April 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm

@david: Well, this is the last episode so you just have to watch!

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anne November 2, 2009 at 4:39 am

The stories were getting kind of old, but it was totally the new Darren! He just didn’t fit with the cast at all. He wasn’t the right choice for the show. I don’t really know if you can ever successfully replace a main character on a show with another actor. I think there will always be some resentment there. I much prefer the episodes with the original.

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admin November 2, 2009 at 5:07 am

@anne: I have to agree. The tone of the show is very different and I much prefer Dick York. His Darren was quickly agitated so it was easy to see why he sparred with Endora. The second Darren was so mild-mannered that their relationship just didn’t work as well.

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Catherine Lowless September 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I love Bewitched!! I used to watch it when I was younger(and Evie – cant remember the name..theme tune”would you like to swing on a star?) and when I was on maternity leave last year was lucky enough to catch the reruns – all the way through – Yay!! Doesnt get watched now because theres no imagination any more?! I think the only things that get a second series and more now are the ones where the TV channels think they are politically correct and in vogue with thinking now. Well, they are just SO wrong!!

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