A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though the series is positive and upbeat and emphasizes the importance of family, it also reflects the values of its time, including now-dated gender roles. That said, there's lso some subtle reflection of the changing social attitudes that took place during the 1960s and early '70s.
Positive Role Models
Samantha is clever and resourceful -- even though that often means using magic despite her husband's disapproval. Speaking of Darrin, he can exhibit some pretty sexist attitudes (though theyr'e fairly accurate for the show's original time period). Samantha’s relatives disapprove of her "mixed marriage" and often try to create problems between her and Darrin.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the gags are physical (falls, etc.), but they're not violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Samantha and Darrin were one of the first TV couples to sleep together in the same bed. Samantha is pregnant during some seasons. Occasionally the two are shown hugging or lightly kissing each other.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally men are shown smoking cigars (accurate for the era). Hard liquor and cocktails are sometimes visible. Sometimes magical spells make characters act a little "tipsy."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that classic sitcom Bewitched -- which revolves around a witch trying to live a regular mortal life in American suburbia -- reflects the values of the time, including some now-dated ideas about men and women's roles in society. Witchcraft is often used to both create conflict and resolve problems, and there's occasional cigar smoking and drinking (by adults). The tensions surrounding societal changes in America over the course of the show's run are subtly addressed -- but all of that will probably go over kids' head as they giggle at the nose twitches and silly scenarios.
Is It Any Good?
BEWITCHED, which originally aired from 1964 to 1972, mixes supernatural fun with traditional family values and gender roles. But despite its focus on Samantha's domestic role, the show does reflect some of the cultural changes of the time. Witches and witchcraft became metaphors for discussing contemporary issues like racial discrimination. Meanwhile, Samantha's clothing -- which changed from classic ‘50s fashions to more hippie-like attire over the years -- offered subtle commentary about the country's social transformation.
A testament to the show's popularity is its longevity despite major modifications, including going from black and white to Technicolor and re-casting Darrin halfway through its eight-year run. And despite the fact that some of it now feels very dated, today's Bewitched fans can still find humor in the show's running gags. All of these things make the series -- along with Samantha's unique nose twitch -- a memorable part of American TV culture.
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