Joke of the Day:
Question: What did the witch do when her broomstick broke?
Answer: She witch-hiked!
I watched two shows with witches when I was a kid, BEWITCHED and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Now when other kids were scared of the wicked witch, I was just annoyed. Why? Because they got it wrong! (Please, no outcries, I was a little kid and didn’t know the movie was supposed to be a classic!)
Witches are not green witch with warts and poor fashion taste either. From the time I saw my first BEWITCHED rerun, I knew that stereotype of a witch was wrong. Witches are not ugly, old, stooped or laughably evil.Nor do they cackle.
Witches are smart, intelligent lovely women who happen to have powers. (Sorry, men don’t get to be witches in my world. But no worries, the heroes are witch hunters; super sizzling hot men who are cursed, but if they can overcome the curse, they come into powers of their own.)
Much as I loved the BEWITCHED, as I grew up, I began to see the flaws. Samantha Stephens is cool, but why would she be married to a man like Darrin? She’s strong and powerful and he’s…boring. This bugged me forever…a cool witch like Samantha should have a man who is strong and hunky with a few powers of his own. Seriously, I thought about this!
Obviously, I have an obsession! THE WIZARD OF OZ was fun to watch, but what started my obsession was the TV show BEWITCHED. What about you all, did a TV show ever spark an obsession for you? (Don’t forget, every comment enters you into the contest for prizes!)
January 20th, 2009 at 3:10 am · Link
I liked Samantha, too, but I wanted to be Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie.” I thought her genie powers were fun and comical. Her outfit was cute and so was Major Nelson. I do admit that Jeannie would probably lose in a fight with Samantha.
January 20th, 2009 at 6:48 am · Link
My obsession is slightly different.
I watched the first episodes of Star Trek many years ago and that lead to a fascination with space travel that still exists.
I would dearly love to be able to travel on the Enterprise on one of its adventures and meet all the strange aliens and see all those others worlds !
January 20th, 2009 at 8:08 am · Link
I can’t believe you thought the same thing I did about Samantha. I felt Darrin was a wimp and not the strong man she needed.
I wanted to be Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie”. She was cooler than Samantha and she used her powers more openly then Sam.
January 20th, 2009 at 9:58 am · Link
OMG, Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie! I have a bumper sticker on the cork board in my office that says “don’t make me get out my flying monkeys” and my coworker bought me one of those flying ninja monkeys to go with it!
I love reading stories about witches!!! That being said, I did enjoy Bewitched, but thought Darrin was a wus.
January 20th, 2009 at 11:09 am · Link
I really enjoyed Charmed when it aired, still watch it now in reruns. I remember as kids our favorite show was The Wizard of Oz, we’d all sit around as a family and watch!
January 20th, 2009 at 11:27 am · Link
A favorite program of mine was Twilight Zone. It was amazing and unique and always held me spellbound.
January 20th, 2009 at 11:49 am · Link
Wow. I’m really showing my age here. lol!
For me it was the soap opera serial, DARK SHADOWS. I had a huge crush on Barnabas Collins!
January 20th, 2009 at 12:33 pm · Link
I always watched Bewitched when I was growing up. I thought it was neat that she could wiggle her noice and get things done. Then again I use to watch Charmed and still watch the reruns of it now.
January 20th, 2009 at 1:44 pm · Link
Hi People! So glad to see you all here!
Jane, Jeannie would lose a fight with Samantha I’ll give you that her outfit was cute (and so riske back then). I used to watch that show alot, but I hated her calling Major Nelson “Master.”
Carol, that’s a cool obsession! I’d probably get space sick myself, but I do like watching shows where others travel in space and meet up with aliens! Remember when the Enterprise ship was so advanced and practically out of science fiction, and now? It’s old school–LOL!
Dru, Really? Jeannie cooler than Sam? Say you don’t believe it! Sam was smarter! Okay, I’ll give you that Jeannie looked great in her outfit and did fun magic. But do you remember her evil sister? It drove me nuts that Jeannie never realized what her sister was up to! Hmm, I think it was her sister…the one with the dark hair?
January 20th, 2009 at 1:49 pm · Link
Lauren, I love your bumper sticker! I wish I had that, LOL! I’d put it in my office for when my family interrupts while I’m working
Teresa W, someday I’m going to buy the DVDs of CHARMED for myself. I’ve only seen a few of them, but really liked it. I used to watch WIZARD OF OZ with my dad, which is a really nice memory.
Ruth, I watched THE TWILIGHT ZONE too! My husband and I were watching a few of them on New Year’s Day.
January 20th, 2009 at 1:51 pm · Link
Mel K, I never did see DARK SHADOWS, I missed out!
Quilt Lady, I never could wiggle my nose like that. But I sure wanted to turn my brothers in frogs!
January 20th, 2009 at 2:14 pm · Link
Had to check out your new blog. LOVE IT! Can’t wait for blood magic to come out next month.
I watched Bewitched and love the Wizard of Oz, Dream of Jeannie was cool, thought Major Nelson was very very cute, but vampires have always kinda been my thing. (Love those Lost Boys). I do agree with your opinion of witches though. Boys don’t get to be witches, warlocks absolutely (kinda like in Maureen Child’s books), but not witches. My favorite witch story is the Nora Roberts Three Sisters Island trilogy.
January 20th, 2009 at 6:27 pm · Link
Erika, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m a vampire fan too. Nora does know how to write witches, doesn’t she???
January 20th, 2009 at 7:49 pm · Link
I LOVED Bewitched. I remember waiting so impatiently for the first show to be aired in color and was so disappointed to discover that it was still black and white on our television (didn’t realize that you had to buy a new TV to be able to view color).
I loved the idea of having magic powers. Just think of how quickly and easily boring chores could be completed! Oh and the tricks you could play on your tormentors on the school yard (or at the office for that matter!).
January 20th, 2009 at 9:50 pm · Link
Beautiful new site, Jen! Congratulations. I’m so excited for the release of BLOOD MAGIC.
“Bewitched” was my favorite show growing up. I was very young, so I don’t remember thinking much about the Sam/Darrin dynamic (although one of the Darrins was definitely hotter than the other, IIRC). But I do remember thinking surely she had something better to do with those powers than clean house…
Although, if you gave me magical powers right now…*looks around at house*
Maybe Sam had it right after all.
January 20th, 2009 at 10:36 pm · Link
Lori, LOL on the black and white TV! But as a kid, how would you now that you had to have a color TV? And boy, it sure would be nice to have magic powers!
Tessa, so nice to see you here! And I agree with you, surely she had more imagination for her powers then just house cleaning. But then, like you, I look around…hmm…
January 23rd, 2009 at 1:58 am · Link
You were so right about Darrin, years later I think it was the net executives who didn’t know how to have a strong woman paired with a man her equal…and we all know there was no man her equal on Bewitched>/i>. Heck for that matter in most of TV back then.
Another who picks Samantha over Jeannie in a fight.
I never could get into the Wizard of Oz and I think because it was their witch dipiction. I much perfer witches that are like Diane Wiese, Stockard Channing, and Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic intellegent, strong, quirky; their own women. Now I adore that movie…and dancing naked…under the full moon that is.