- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series)
for|the comic book series|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
show_name = Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
caption = The title card for the first three seasons.
rating = TV-G
format = Fantasy
runtime = 22 minutes
Warner Brothers Studiosin Burbank, California
camera = Single-camera
Melissa Joan Hart Caroline Rhea Beth Broderick Nick Bakay Jenna Leigh Green Nate Richert Lindsay Sloane Michelle Beaudoin Soleil Moon Frye Elisa Donovan
country = USA
country = USA
language = English
network = ABC (1996–2000)
The WB (2000–2003)
September 27, 1996
April 24, 2003
num_seasons = 7
num_episodes = 163 (including 3 TV movies)
list_episodes = List of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch episodes
imdb_id = 0115341
tv_com_id = 50
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" was an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. Its first four seasons aired on ABC (
ITV, In the UK) from September 27, 1996to May 5, 2000; the final three seasons ran on The WB Television Networkfrom September 22, 2000to April 24, 2003.
The sitcom revolved around a girl who must learn to be responsible for her own actions. As she had the power of
magic, she often used it to try to help her loved ones or herself, frequently resulting in literal puns that are often disastrous and humorous. She must also learn to hone her powers while keeping them a secret from those around her.
The program began with Sabrina's adventures in
high schoolin the fictional town of Westbridge, located near Boston, Massachusetts(as opposed to Riverdale, Virginia in the comics). In the series' later seasons, Sabrina graduated from high school and enrolled in college, then moved on to her attempts to live on her own and keep a job at the local newspaper. Breaking further from its comic roots, the show ended with Sabrina's wedding with Aaron, although, in the end, she abandons the wedding and runs off with her true love, Harvey.
The series came on the success of the 1996 TV movie, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", in which
Melissa Joan Harthad played Sabrina Sawyer, with the two aunts played by Sherry Miller(Hilda) and Charlene Fernetz(Zelda). The show is similar to the late 1980s syndicated sitcom "Out of This World" which also revolved around a teenage girl with magic powers of her own.
When the series came out later that year, Hart became Sabrina Spellman (the character's original last name in the comics), and the aunts were now played by
Caroline Rhea(as Hilda) and Beth Broderick(as Zelda). The regular was Salem the wisecracking cat (a puppetthat was voiced by Nick Bakay). Hart's real-life sisters Emily and Alexandra played Sabrina's cousins, Amanda and Ally respectively and sister Samantha played a bridesmaid in Sabrina's wedding. The show was never filmed in front of a studio audience, because of the special effects used in its production; a laugh trackwas used instead. The series was filmed in a single-format, hence every audience clip is laughter and never an "ooh" or an "aw".
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was produced by Hart break Films and
Viacom Productions, and later was syndicated through Paramount Television- which would go on to absorb Viacom Productions in 2004, and be renamed to CBS Paramount Televisionin 2006. Then in 2007, the syndication arm was renamed to CBS Television Distribution.
Los Angeles commercial
photographer Keith Munyan, himself a former model, got his start on the series, particularly handling all the shots of Beth Broderick.
The opening titles of seasons 1-3 shows Sabrina in front of a mirror posing with four different costumes and outfits as the cast members' names quickly flash on the bottom of the screen. The first three outfits are always the same, but the fourth one changes from episode to episode. At the end, Sabrina would say some sort of pun that related to the last outfit, then magically disappear.
The opening sequence of season 4 features the characters in bubbles.
The opening credits of seasons 5-7 are accompanied with a vocal theme song and feature Sabrina at various locations around Boston:
Harvard Bridge, Boston Common, Union Oyster House, Massachusetts State House, Quincy Market, Newbury Street, Harvard University, Tufts University, and Beacon Hill. In the credits of seasons 5 and 6, after leaving Newbury Comicson Newbury Street, Sabrina walks down a flight of stairs and then the computer graphicsmorph Sabrina into her room, lying on her bed next to Salem. In the final season, however, they morph her into arriving at Scorch. Upon pushing the door open, she is revealed to be walking into her house to greet Roxie, Morgan, and Salem.
Melissa Joan Hartas Sabrina Spellman
Caroline Rheaas Hilda Spellman
Beth Broderickas Zelda Spellman
Nate Richertas Harvey Kinkle
Nick Bakayas the voice of Salem Saberhagen
Jenna Leigh Greenas Libby Chessler (1996—1999)
Michelle Beaudoinas Jennifer "Jenny" Kelly (1996—1997)
Lindsay Sloaneas Valerie Birkhead (1997—1999)
Martin Mullas Principal Willard Kraft (1997—2000)
David Lascheras Josh (1999—2002)
Soleil Moon Fryeas Roxie King (2000—2003)
Elisa Donovanas Morgan Cavanaugh (2000—2003)
Trevor Lissaueras Miles Goodman (2000—2002)
Paul Feigas Biology teacher Mr. Eugene "Gene" Pool (1996—1997)
Mary Grossas Mrs. Quick (1997—2000)
*Carl Michael Lindner as Dr. Brinkman (1998, 1999)
Bridget Flaneryas Jill (1996—1998)
China Shaversas Dreama (1999—2000)
*Jon Huertas as Brad Alcerro (1999—2000)
Alimi Ballardas Quizmaster Albert (1997—1998)
Phil Fondacaroas Roland (1997—2000)
George Wendtas Mike Shelby (2001—2002)
John Duceyas Leonard (2002—2003)
Diana-Maria Rivaas Annie Martos (2002—2003)
Bumper Robinsonas James (2002—2003)
*Andrew Walker as Cole Harper (2002—2003)
Dylan Nealas Aaron Jacobs (2003)
Emily Hartas Amanda (1996—2003)
Penn Jilletteas Drell (1996—1997)
Donald Faisonas Dashiell (1997–1998)
Barbara Edenas Great Aunt Irma (2002–2003)
There are three television movies made for the "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" television series, one of which serves as the television pilot, and two are films within the series.
Name = Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Type = soundtrack
Artist = Various Artists
October 27, 1998
Genre = Pop,
pop rock, rhythm and blues, top 40
Last album =
This album =
Next album =
#"Walk of Life" -
#"Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playin' This Song)" -
One Way or Another" - Melissa Joan Hart
Ben Folds Five
#"Show Me Love" (Radio edit) - Robyn S.
#"Giddy Up" -
Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" - Five
#"Magnet & Steel" -
#"So I Fall Again" -
#"I Know What Boys Like" - Pure Sugar
The Murmurs, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey
#"Dr. Jones (Metro 7" Edit)" - Aqua
#"Soda Pop" -
#"Amnesia" (Radio remix) -
#"Blah, Blah, Blah" -
Currently, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" can be seen in the United States in syndication on cable television networks
ABC Familyand The N. In Canada, the show can be seen on YTV. The show also ran on Nickelodeon's TEENickfrom 2003 to 2005.
November 14 2006, CBS Home Entertainmentannounced the release of the first season of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" on DVD. A four-disc set which contains all twenty-four episodes of the first season - presented in full screen along with English Stereo Surround tracks and Closed Captioning. The set was released on March 6 2007. The second season was released on July 31 2007with some minor song replacements, such as the replacement of the Savage Gardensong " Truly Madly Deeply" in the episode "The Equalizer". The release of the third season, on January 15 2008, saw more cuts and song replacements, including the removal of the guest appearance by Phantom Planet.
"Sabrina" has been internationally broadcast by the following stations under the following names:
* [http://www.tvacres.com/horror_witches_sabrina.htm Information about the series at TVAcres]
* [http://abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/path/section_Shows+Sabrina/page_Detail "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" at the ABC Family's official website]
* [http://www.the-n.com/ntv/shows/index.php?id=331 "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" at The N's official website]
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