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12 Spookily Fun Unknown Facts About the Original ‘Bewitched’

Ever wonder why they recast Darrin? Learn the real reason, plus more facts about the nostalgic show!


In the mid-1960s, the first wave of fantasy shows featuring spooky families, wish-granting, belly-baring genies (Check out these 10 behind-the-scenes facts about I Dream of Jeannie), and nose-twitching witches made their way onto our TV sets. On Bewitched, audiences watched as one grumpy husband reluctantly learned to accept his magical wife and all her quirks on a weekly basis. Darrin and Samantha Stephens may not have always seen eye-to-eye about her witchy ways — especially when her family members stopped by to add to the chaos — but there was still a lot of love to be found in each whimsical episode. Keep reading for a few fantastically fun facts about Bewitched!

The cast who brought these enchanted characters to life

Elizabeth Montgomery played the role of Samantha, who marries Darrin Stephens, played originally by Dick York and later replaced by Dick Sargent. While Samantha does what she can to adhere to the standards of a typical, mortal, suburban housewife, her magic wielding family members disapprove of her union, specifically her mother Endora, played by Agnes Moorehead, often inserting themselves where they don’t belong.

With each passing year, a new generation of fans discovers the classic series. In 1977, a spin-off of the series, Tabitha, was created. The show starred Lisa Hartman as Tabitha, the daughter of Samantha and Darrin in the original series.

Ever wondered if the cast were friends off-screen? The story behind the Darrin recasting? Or want a look back at the celebrity cameos you may have missed? Even though it’s been off the air for more than 50 years, the classic series continues to draw in viewers who discover the reruns. Here, we take a look at some fun behind-the-scenes stories and facts about Bewitched — just in time for Halloween around the corner. 

Take a look below to learn the truth behind the famous recasting and more bewitching facts about this delightful show!

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