When Bewitched first aired in September 1964 no one imagined that it will be wildly successful. It finished as the number two show in America during its debut season and eventually became the longest running supernatural themed sitcom during the 1960s–1970s. Even though the show lasted only eight seasons, Samantha’s nose twitching is something that can still be recognized today. In 2002, Bewitched was ranked #50 on “TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time”. Here are some fun facts you didn’t know about Bewitched.
15. Samantha Played by Actress Elizabeth Montgomery Never Actually Wiggled Her Nose
Surprise, surprise. All this time, a majority thought that it was Elizabeth’s nose wiggling but it was actually only a camera trick according to Erin Murphy, the actress who played her daughter Tabitha. If you even look closely, you’ll notice that Samantha’s nose never really wiggled. It’s actually her upper lip. Some people even claim her mouth moving made her nose move.
Darrin, Samatha’s husband was actually played by more than one actor. The producers replaced Dick York with Dick Sargent without any warning or explanation. They hoped that the audience either wouldn’t notice or wouldn’t care. The act of switching out actors without explanation like this became known as “The Darrin Syndrome.” But poor Dick York left the show due to chronic back pain.
13. Richard Crenna Admits He Almost Played Darrin
In the early days of the show’s casting, a young actor named Richard Sargent was close to being signed on to play Darrin Stephens. On the other hand, he took another job while the producers searched for a Samantha. He may not have been a serious consideration but we will never know what the show would have been like, or if the Darrin Syndrome would have happened.
His leaving was never explained on the show, but Dick York had a good reason for it. He tore most of his muscles on the right side of his back while filming Cordura, and never recovered completely. Doctors gave him pain medication, but that wasn’t really a long-term solution. During Season Five of the show, a replacement doctor gave him some B-12 when he went in during a lunch break from filming. He had a seizure on set and was rushed to the hospital. He was not able to return and the show went Darrin-less for a few episodes until Dick Sargent stepped in.
She became pregnant while doing the show three times! Her first was born in July 1964. The producers were able to write two of her pregnancies into the script, adding Tabitha and Adam effortlessly to the Stephens family. Lucky for us because it enhanced their TV family in a very natural way! Like they say, the more, the merrier.