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Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - The Complete First Season

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Comedy and Kids & Family movie

Being a teenager is always difficult, but imagine how complicated things must be for a teenage witch trying to fit in at a mortal high school. In this first (1996) season of CBS Television's live-actionSabrina The Teenage Witchseries, Sabrina's aunts … see full wiki

Genre: Family, Comedy
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magical!

  • Nov 20, 2007
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I loved this show so much! Developed from a high-rating Showtime Network telemovie, SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH was one of the most popular sitcoms of the late-90's, starring Melissa Joan Hart in the title role. Based around the Archie Comics spin-off, Sabrina Spellman lives with her two wacky aunts Hilda and Zelda in the tight-knit town of Westbridge. Sixteen years old and about to start a new school, Sabrina's life is complicated enough, until Hilda and Zelda reveal that her father is a warlock and, as such, Sabrina too has magical powers. Life as a half-mortal doesn't come easily (for most of the first episode, all Sabrina can conjure is pineapples!), but gradually she learns the "tricks" of her trade.

Melissa Joan Hart is a perky and appealing heroine; her performance as Sabrina glues the whole premise together and gives believability to even the most outlandish plot. Co-starring as Sabrina's well-meaning aunts, Caroline Rhea (Hilda) and Beth Broderick (Zelda) are total scene-stealers with their comic "odd couple" dynamic. Nate Richert plays Sabrina's faithful boyfriend Harvey, and Michelle Beaudoin is her best friend Jenny. Jenna Leigh Green is snooty arch-rival Libby. Nick Bakay provides the voice of Salem, the Spellman family cat, who is actually a warlock forced to spend 100 years as a feline after his attempt at global conquest!

The first season of SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH was marked by top performances from a well-picked ensemble cast, witty scripts and imaginative scenarios. Gradually, as with any top-rating show, the quality seemed to degrade over subsequent seasons (and died a slow death as Sabrina moved on to college 6 years later--without most of the main cast and completely devoid of charm). Happily, now fans can relish this show when it was at it's freshest and most appealing, with this set of the complete first season.

COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:

"Pilot" - Meet Sabrina Spellman. She's your average sixteen-year-old girl, about to start at a new highschool. The only trouble is that she's a witch! Sabrina quickly makes friends with feisty outsider Jenny, but also locks horns with teen queen supreme Libby Chessler.

"Bundt Friday" - Fed up with Libby's taunts, Sabrina wants to discover the real truth behind the lies, so she brings a batch of "Truth Sprinkles" into school...causing chaos when they fall into the wrong hands.

"The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie" - Discovering that her magical powers can't conjure up brand-name merchandise and desperate for a pair of rollerblades, Sabrina takes an innocent little babysitting job that soon dissolves into pandemonium.

"Terrible Things" - After granting good deeds for Mr Poole, Harvey and Jenny, Sabrina's best efforts at making life more bearable for her friends soon backfires.

"A Halloween Story" - In order to attend a family gathering and Harvey's party--at the same time--Sabrina creates a lifelike double. Guest-starring Diane McBain, Robin Riker and Emily Hart.

"Dream Date" - Something handsome is cookin' in the Spellman kitchen! Hilda and Zelda conjure up a great big hunk of man for Sabrina's school dance. Guest starring Eddie Cibrian and Brian Austin Green.

"Third Aunt from the Sun" - Sabrina's flamboyant Aunt Vesta whisks her away from the stress of school...but the strain of leaving her friends in the lurch soon gets the better of her. Guest-starring Raquel Welch.

"Magic Joel" - Sabrina lands a job as an assistant to a talented teenage magician...but she soon ruins the act by causing him to become invisible!

"Geek Like Me" - Fed up with Libby's taunts, Sabrina transforms her into a geek to point out how much she hurts their feelings. Instead, Libby thrives and slowly turns the tables yet again.

"Sweet and Sour Victory" - Sabrina becomes a kung fu student...but first she must master her new craft without the aid of her magic.

"A Girl and Her Cat" - Fed up with Salem constantly interfering in her life, Sabrina has a change of conscience when he suddenly disappears on Christmas Eve. Guest-starring Seth Adkins.

"Trial By Fury" - Sabrina and her aunts cook up some sweet revenge for her cranky math teacher...who soon gets his comeuppance in traffic-court! Guest-starring Ed Begley Jr., and Henry Gibson.

"Jenny's Non-Dream" - During a sleepover at Sabrina's house, Jenny accidentally walks through the linen closet and into the Other Realm! Sabrina is then faced with trying to convince her that it was only a dream.

"Sabrina Through the Looking Glass" - Hoping to escape her life, Sabrina instead becomes trapped in a negative universe of her own bad mood.

"Hilda and Zelda: The Teenage Years" - Wanting to attend a late-night autograph session with the Violent Femmes, Sabrina is forced to take along her aunts...who have both transformed into teenage versions of themselves.

"Mars Attracts" - During a ski trip on Mars, Sabrina almost forgets about her burgeoning relationship with Harvey when she meets a hunky ski instructor.

"First Kiss" - Due to a stange witch rule, Harvey turns into a frog when Sabrina kisses him on Valentine's Day. She must go through a dangerous series of tests to get him back to human form.

"Sweet Charity" - Sabrina, Jenny and Harvey volunteer their services at a retirement home, but Sabrina realises that to draw more attention to their cause, they need a big name. She transforms herself into Libby... Guest-starring Karen Morrow.

"Cat Showdown" - Salem gets entered into a prestigious cat show, but soon realises that sinister motives are working to rig the winner. Guest-starring Beth Howland, Linda Kash, Ally Holmes and Dann Florek.

"Meeting Dad's Girlfriend" - Sabrina's father visits with his new girlfriend, stirring up lots of feelings for Sabrina and memories of her parents' divorce. Guest-starring Robby Benson and Charlene Fernetz. (Trivia: Ms Fernetz played Aunt Zelda in the original Showtime movie pilot).

"As Westbridge Turns" - Bored with her life, Hilda gives Sabrina a taste of the fantastic when she opens a magical can of worms and transforms Westbridge High into the setting for a real-life soap opera!

"The Great Mistake" - In order to help Sabrina when she is grounded, Hilda and Zelda reveal some of their own painful adolescent memories.

"The Crucible" - During a schooltrip to the historic village of Salem, Sabrina's worst fears are realised when Libby accuses her of being a witch!

"Troll Bride" - Sabrina is courted by a troll named Roland. Despite being in a relationship with Harvey, Roland refuses to accept that Sabrina will never love him...so he kidnaps her! Guest-starring Phil Fondacaro and Bryan Cranston.

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