Decades after the original Bewitched series went off the air in the U.S., it looks a new version will be made for the U.K. Interestingly enough, this won’t be the first time the series has been remade.
Bewitched debuted back on September 17, 1964 on ABC. The sitcom told the fantasy story of attractive young witch Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) who marries mortal advertising executive Darren Stephens (Dick York, later Dick Sargent). Rather than taking advantage of his wife’s supernatural powers, Darren longs for a “normal” life. This becomes quite difficult thanks to interference from mother-in-law Endora (Agnes Moorehead) and the later arrival of children Tabitha (Erin Murphy) and Adam (Greg and David Lawrence). The sitcom ran for 254 episodes and eight seasons, ending on July 1, 1972.
The series has long held a warm spot in the hearts of viewers and has inspired several spin-offs over the years. In December 1972, an odd animated movie about the Stephens children as teenagers aired on ABC called Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family. A pilot for a series about grown-up “Tabatha” aired in 1976 and was sold as a series but ABC insisted on cast and storyline changes. Another pilot was filmed (this time called Tabitha) and became a 12 episode series in 1977. It starred Lisa Hartman as the Stephens daughter who was trying to live a normal life while working at a Los Angeles TV station alongside her brother. Neither Stephens parents appeared on the spin-off but their old neighbors Gladys and Abner Kravitz (Sandra Gould and George Tobias) and Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox) popped in for single episodes. Dr. Bombay later made a cameo on the Passions soap opera where many Bewitched-inspired characters have also appeared.