When Bewitched first was televised on September 1964, no one imagined it would be as successful as it is today. While the show lasted a good eight seasons, Samantha’s signature twitchy nose is something that’s still recognizable today. Aside from that, the story was also made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Will Farrell.
Bewitched held great fame, finishing as the number two show in America during its debut season, and becoming the longest running supernatural themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s. The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media.
While Samantha tried her best to keep her own secrets, the show’s producers weren’t able to keep everything out of the public’s watching eye. Here are some things you may not know about Bewitched.
12. Elizabeth Montgomery Was Never Replaced
We all know that the star of the show was Elizabeth Montgomery. She was known as Samantha Stephens the nose wiggling witch and everybody loved her character. That character launched her career and catapulted her to stardom. But as a Hollywood actress, you need to be versatile. So aside from playing Samantha, she also played Serena, Samantha’s cousin. Now you know why they look awfully alike.
11. The Show’s Inspiration
The TV show was created by Sol Saks after he watched the films I Married A Witch and Bell, Book and Candle. Sol Saks reproduced the script for the pilot episode after the film. He has said in interviews since the airing of the show, he wasn’t worried about any lawsuit. Considering that both films were owned by Columbia Pictures, which also owned Screen Gems the company that produced Bewitched. Good for him, as the show became a huge success. There’s no harm in trying, right?
10. Mr. York’s Story
Actor Richard Crenna was offered the role Darrin, but he had just spent several years on “The Real McCoys,” so he passed. Dick York ended up with the lead male role. Dick Sargent would later take the role, but we’ll never know if the show would have lasted 8 seasons with him in the first place.
Dick York’s departure was never explained on the show but he had a good reason for it. York tore most of the muscles on the right side of his back while filming Cordura, and never recovered completely. Doctors gave him pain medication, but it really didn’t help that much.
Since special effects weren’t as good back in the 1960s, stagehands worked hard to create Samantha’s “magic.” If she wanted to quickly tidy up the living room, Elizabeth Montgomery would stand in place with her arms up while the director yelled, “Cut!” and stagehands removed the clutter.
She was allowed to have crutch-like devices to help keep her arms up for long periods of time. She was only allowed to lower her arms and continue the scene when the director yelled, “Action!” Now, that was tiring.