No one had thought that Sol Saks’s fantasy sitcom, Bewitched, would become this successful after it first aired on September 19, 1964. Without a doubt, Bewitched enchanted television viewers for eight years. Although Bewitched only lasted for eight seasons, the show left us with many memories and unforgettable ‘nose twitching’ of Samantha. Here are some facts about Bewitched which will amaze even the biggest fans as well.
#5. Samantha Wasn’t the First Choice
Elizabeth Montgomery’s character was originally named Cassandra in the pilot. However, when the filming started, it was changed to Samantha Stephens because Montgomery didn’t like the name. Herbie J Pilato who wrote The Bewitched Book, a book detailing the history of the show, told,
Elizabeth didn’t like it because she thought it was too connected to the evil witches of Greek mythology.
#4. Neither was Elizabeth
We as a fan cannot imagine Samantha being played by anyone else except Elizabeth Montgomery. But directors had something else in their minds. The part was originally given to Tammy Grimes, but she passed it. Herbie said,
She felt like if the character had all this power, why doesn’t she cure all the ills of the world? If Tammy had said 'yes,' I don’t think the show would have been as successful.
A huge casting mistake averted!
#3. Inspiration: I Married a Witch?
Creator of Bewitched, Sol Saks loved the movies Bell, Book and Candle and I Married a Witch. He created the first episode of Bewitched entirely based on, I married a Witch. Many other episodes were also modeled after these two movies.
#2. Dick Sargent’s Demise
Out of all the mysterious deaths encompassing the show, Dick Sargent's death was the most controversial of all. Though everyone thought that he had died of AIDS, Pilato confirmed that Sargent had died of prostate cancer.
Yes, he was a man who happened to be gay, but that has been a misconception all these years.
#1. Sorry, I am Done
Bewitched ended after eight glorious seasons and a big fan base. The show was renewed for two seasons, but Montgomery wanted out, so it was canceled. Pilato said in an interview,
It wasn’t canceled because of low rating, 'Bewitched' was actually renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, but [she] wanted out. It was at this same time that Montgomery’s marriage to Asher began to unravel. The sitcom came to an end in 1972, and the couple divorced a year after.