Welcome back to 1164 Morning Glory Circle for the third magical season of BEWITCHED! Join Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), Darrin (Dick York) and Endora (Agnes Moorehead) as they celebrate three major television events in ... more »this spellbinding four-disc DVD collection: the first episodes filmed entirely in color, the delightful debut of baby Tabitha's "wishcraft" powers and the first-time Emmy® nominations for Montgomery and Moorehead. Featuring the hysterical return of mischievous Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde) and the hilarious misadventures of bumbling Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne), BEWITCHED: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON is 33 enchanting episodes of comedy, fun and magic.« less
"The third season and first colour episodes (filmed in colour, not colourised) of this timeless and magical show are on their way! The episodes on this set will include:
73. Nobody's Perfect First aired: 9/15/1966 Writer: Douglas Tibbles Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), C. Lindsay Workman (Dr. Koblin) , David Lewis (Mark Robbins), Robert Q. Lewis (Diego Fenman)
Samantha takes Tabitha for her check up, only to discovers that she (now a little toddler) has her powers! Endora can hardly wait to tell Derweed and watch him "fall to the floor in a emotional heap." Meanwhile, a client of McMann & Tate insists on using Tabitha's image to sell transmitions, and famous baby photographer Diego Fenman thinks he's lost his mind as Tabitha creates chaos in the studio. In the final tag, Darrin is still unaware of Tabitha's magical abilities.
74. The Moment of Truth First aired: 9/22/1966 Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Kasey Rogers (Lousie Tate)
Aunt Clara visits and believes her powers have finally blown a fuse, but in truth, Tabitha is the culprit. Samantha sends Aunt Clara home. Without a baby sitter, the Stephens invite the Tates over to their house. Darrin is convinced the floating objects are the result of Clara's power failure until he pratically catches Tabitha in the act. The Stephens decide to make Larry believe he's had too much to drink in hopes he and Louise will leave before the night is a complete disaster.
75. Witches and Warlocks are My Favorite Things First aired: 9/29/1966 Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara), Maurice Evans (Maurice) , Estelle Winwood (Enchantra), Reta Shaw (Hagatha)
The Witches Council orders a coven. Tabitha is being tested for her powers by Hagatha and Enchantra, Endora's sisters who certifies true witches and warlocks. Tabitha passes with flying colors, proving to be an exceptionally talented witch. Hagatha, Enchantra and Endora insist that Samantha enroll Tabitha in a witches' school. After being booby trapped by phone cords and flat tires, Darrin comes home exactly when the decision is made. Darrin, Samantha and Aunt Clara stand against Hagatha, Enchantra and Endora, but Maurice chills the three witches--zapping them to the top of Mount Everest.
76. Accidental Twins First aired: 10/6/1966 Writer: Howard Leeds Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara), Kasey Rogers (Louise)
Samantha is babysitting little Jonathan Tate, and Aunt Clara turns him into a set of twins. Now how are we going to explain this to the Tates? While Aunt Clara tries to remember the spell, Samantha does everything to keep Larry and Louise from knowing that they have an extra son.
77. A Most Unusual Wood Nymph First aired: 10/13/1966 Writer: Ed Jurist Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Jean Blake (Maid) , Henry Corden (Muldoon), Kathleen Nolan (Gerry O'Toole), Michael Ansara (Rufus the Red)
Meet Gerri O'Toole, a nymph who hates witches. She has a curse on Darrin's family, that can only be broken by having Sam go back in time to meet Darrin's ancestor, Darrin the Bold.
78. Endora Moves in For a Spell First aired: 10/20/1966 Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Paul Smith (Floyd), George Tobias (Abner), Paul Lynde (Uncle Arthur) , Sidney Clute (Noel), Arthur Adams (Desk Sergeant), Sandra Gould (Gladys Kravitz)
Endora and Uncle Arthur have a falling out over who is to live in a house across the street. Gladys wants to find out about the disappearing and reappearing house, much to Sam and Darrin's dismay!
79. Twitch or Treat First aired: 10/27/1966 Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher, James Henerson Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Paul Lynde (Uncle Arthur) , Jeff De Benning (Councilman Green), Willie Mays (Himself), Barry Atwater (Boris), Jim Begg (Morgan), Joan Huntington (Eva)
While Endora throws a Halloween party, she and Uncle Arthur are still clashing over the house across the street, and Gladys is still dumbfounded
80. Dangerous Diaper Dan First aired: 11/3/1966 Writer: David Braverman Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)) , Don Keefer (Kimberly), Alex Gerry (Mr. Wright), Jim Begg (Peterson), Billy Beck (Bartender), Marty Ingels (Dan)
A mysterious man named Diaper Dan has bugged the Stephens' household to steal advertising ideas from Darrin for a rival advertising company. No one finds this out until Samantha and Darrin gets into an argument. Dan hears all this and has flowers delivered to the house. After Samantha finds out that the flowers were delivered by Dan, she discovers the leak and the bug! Sam and Endora both give Dan a hard time.
81. The Short, Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara First aired: 11/10/1966 Writer: Leo Erwin Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Kasey Rogers (Louise), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Arte Julian (MacElroy), Leo DeLyon (Jenkins), Reginald Owen (Ocky)
Hey, who turned out the lights? Aunt Clara knocks out the entire Eastern Seaboard's electricity with her magic. Her only hope is her old boyfriend Ocky, who can keep the lights on by having his arms raised. Since they are the only house that mysteriously has power, The Tates and their new client Mr. MacElroy go over to Sam's house. Aunt Clara tries her best to keep Ocky hidden from view by hiding him in the closet. Darrin discovers him, but all he sees is a pair of walking shoes, a perfect campaign for his client!
82. I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight First aired: 11/17/1966 Writer: James Henerson Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Parley Baer (Dr. Kramer), Kasey Rogers (Louise) , James Millhollin (Salesman), Burt Mustin (Old Man), Riza Royce (Saleslady), Bridget Hanley (Salesgirl), Norman Fell (Dr. Freud), Bridget Hanley
When Samantha gives away Darrin's favorite jacket to Goodwill, it ends up tearing the marriage apart. The Stephens get counseling from the Tates and Endora conjures the famous Sigmund Freud to help them all out.
83. Oedipus Hex First aired: 11/24/1966 Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Irwin Charone (Mr. Parkinson), Paul Smith (Policeman) , Paul Dooley (TV Man), Ned Glass (Milkman)
Because of a spell placed on a bowl of popcorn by Endora, Darrin becomes a great big couch potato. Samantha finds out what is going on when she finds Darrin, the milkman, and a TV repairman lazing around the messed up house. Samantha calls on Endora to take the spell off of them.
84. Sam's Spooky Chair First aired: 12/1/1966 Writer: Coslough Johnson Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Kasey Rogers (Louise) , Howard Morton (Salesman), Roger Garrett (Clyde), Anne Seymour (Adelaide Cosgrove), J. Pat O'Malley (Max Cosgrove)
A chair is smitten with Samantha and proves it by hurting Darrin every chance it gets. The new clients, the Cosgroves, are crazy about the chair, especially Adelaide who will not let McMann and Tate sign their contract. Of course, the chair ends up hating Adelaide for her behavior. Samantha gets to the bottom of this mess. The chair is actually an old boyfriend whom Samantha rejected a long time ago.
85. My Friend Ben First aired: 12/8/1966 Writer: James Henerson Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Harry Holcombe (Judge), Hollis Morrison (Reporter), Billy Beck (First Man), Tim Rooney (Teenager), Donald Mitchell (Policeman), Mike Road (Hawkins), Fred Wayne (Benjamin Franklin)
Aunt Clara tries to help Samantha fix a lamp, and conjures an electrician, none other than Benjamin Franklin. Darrin is amazed at Franklin's appearance and Larry thinks it is a great advertising campaign for his new client Franklin Electronics. Samantha agrees to take Franklin out to demonstrate how his inventions are used in the twentieth century, but he goes out alone! After a mishap with a fire engine, Ben is arrested. Out on bail, the Stephens return home, but now, Ben disappears! Clara has remembered the spell........ to be continued.
86. Samantha for the Defense First aired: 12/15/1966 Writer: James Henerson Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Harry Holcombe (Judge), Jonathan Hole (Principal), Paul Sand (Whalen), Violet Carlson (Librarian), Martin Ashe (Pierce), The Real Don Steele (himself), Mike Road (Hawkins), Fred Wayne (Benjamin Franklin)
Aunt Clara remembers the spell to bring Franklin back when nosy Gladys Kravitz tells all about the Stephens' happenings. It seems that Franklin will be punished to the full extent of the law when Larry tells about how great a publicity stunt it is, with the District Attorney listening! With a little bit of magic, Samantha gets the people to root for Ben Franklin. In court, Samantha tells everyone that Ben Franklin has done no harm ever since he appeared and that he cannot be accused for stealing his own property. The judge drops all charges and Franklin is free to go.
87. A Gazebo Never Forgets First aired: 12/22/1966 Writer: Jerry Devine, Izzy Ellison Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Steve Franken (Hawkins), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Paul Reed (Mr. Scranton)
Samantha applies for a loan to tear down a gazebo and to construct a rumpus room. The nosy bank inspector comes down to check out the land and sees a live baby polka-dotted elephant mistakenly conjured by Aunt Clara. The baby elephant was from a toy that Tabitha had wanted in the park. Larry comes by to see what the fuss it all about, and Samantha tries to hide the big baby from him.
88. Soapbox Derby First aired: 12/29/1966 Writer: James Henerson Director: Alan Jay Factor Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys) , William Bramley (Mr. Mills), Arthur Peterson (Mr. Martin), Peter Dunhill (Flash), George Andre (Announcer), Michael Shea (Johnny)
Samantha helps a little boy named Johnny Mills practice for a Soap Box Derby. After Gladys brags about how her nephew will do better than anyone there, Samantha helps Johnny out, repairing a wobbly wheel with a twitch. Samantha tries to get Johnny's father involved, but he wants Johhny to attend college and become a doctor, not a race car driver or mechanic. At the Derby, Gladys and Darrin keep a sharp eye on Samantha so that she doesn't help Johnny, but magic is unnecessary when Johnny wins on his own merit. The announcer wants to congratulate Johnny's father, who isn't there to see his son triumph. Samantha pop's back to Johnny's father's garage, who is too busy to break free. Samantha repairs a carberator and 3 tires, encourging Mr. Mills to rush to the Derby for his son.
89. Sam in the Moon First aired: 1/5/1967 Writer: James Henerson Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)) , Dort Clark (Ed), Tim Herbert (Frank), Joseph Mell (Mr. Grand), Baynes Barron (Harry), Bob Okazaki (Mr. Watanabe)
Darrin is mesmerized by the moon footage on TV and shows Samantha, but she is not interested because she has been there before. Endora wants Samantha to go shopping with her- in Tokyo! They go to a little place where they get warlock tea. Darrin finds the tea and thinks that Samantha really did go to the moon. He has it analyzed and the druggist brings his cousin from Nassau County (Darrin thinks it is NASA) to give him the results: It is really tea, not moon dust.
90. Ho Ho, the Clown First aired: 1/12/1967 Writer: Richard Baer Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Dick Wilson (Mr. Solow) , Charles Stewart (Producer), Joey Forman (Ho Ho)
Samantha and Endora take Tabitha to a taping of Ho Ho, the Clown, where Darrin's newest client, Solow Toys, is the sponsor. Because Tabitha is related to Darrin, she is prohibited from the contests. Endora does something about that and makes Ho Ho fall in love with Tabitha and gives her all the prizes. This jeopardizes both Darrin's job and causes the show to be cancelled if they don't do something soon. Samantha comes up with a terrific plan: Tabitha's appearance on the show was a publicity stint for a new Tabitha doll.
91. Super Car First aired: 1/19/1967 Writer: Ed Jurist Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Herb Ellis (Charlie), Irwin Charone (Mr. Sheldrake) , Dave Madden (Joe)
Darrin sees an excellent car in a magazine and wishes he had one just like it. Endora pops one up for him, not knowing that the car she gave him was a top secret car from Detroit. Not only does Darrin love the car, his new client Mr. Sheldrake, loves it too. As Sheldrake takes a test drive, Endora returns the car to Detroit- with Sheldrake in it!
92. The Corn is as High as a Guernsey's Eye First aired: 1/26/1967 Writer: Ruth Brooks Flippen Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Kasey Rogers (Louise), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Howard Smith (C.L. Morton), Joseph Perry (Mr. Henerson), Art Lewis (Mr. Culpepper), William Thegoe (Mr. Whittle), Don Penny (Barney)
Aunt Clara thinks that she is worthless and barren and wants to turn herself into something useful. Samantha discourages her from abusing herself and invites her to go to lunch with Darrin. At Darrin's building, Samantha leaves for a moment and Aunt Clara finds a seat in a covered-up display and falls asleep. Meanwhile, a policeman and a animal handler are fighting about having a cow in the building. This cow is actually the Morton Milk cow and it runs off. Samantha comes back to see this cow and thinks that Aunt Clara made good on her threat. She twitches the cow home to try to turn her back into her beloved aunt. Back at the building, the cow ends up missing and Darrin finds Aunt Clara. Samantha notices her mistake and returns the cow to its rightful owner.
93. The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara First aired: 2/2/1967 Writer: Ed Jurist Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Arthur Malet (Judge), Ottola Nesmith (Enchantra), Nancy Andrews (Hagatha)
The Witches' Council puts Aunt Clara on trial because of her failing magic. She learns that she is to be stripped of her witchcraft and calls upon Samantha to help her. When they are about to give Aunt Clara her sentence, Darrin walks in and Clara makes the entire courtroom disappear!
94. Three Wishes First aired: 2/9/1967 Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)) , Linda Gaye Scott (Buffy), Edythe Sills (Secretary), Robert Stiles (Western Union Boy)
Endora gives Darrin three wishes. First he wishes that Larry goes to Hawaii instead of him. Then Darrin has to meet Buffy, a model, for a business lunch and Endora thinks the worst. It really gets serious when Darrin and Buffy fly out to Boston and a snowstorm grounds all planes from flying out. So Darrin gives Buffy his hotel room and he stays at the airport. At home, a message comes for Darrin and Samantha calls his hotel room in Boston only to hear Buffy at the other end. When Darrin comes home, Samantha thinks that he had an affair with Buffy and threatens to leave him, thinking that he used his wishes on Buffy. Darrin straightens her out by saying that he still have two wishes left. On his second wish, he wishes that Endora will appear before him and Samantha apologizes to Darrin for not believing him.
95. I Remember You...Sometimes First aired: 2/16/1967 Writer: David V. Robison, John L. Greene Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Jill Foster (Secretary), Kasey Rogers (Louise) , Grace Albertson (Cynthia Pennybaker), Dan Tobin (I) (Ed Pennybaker)
Endora gives Darrin an outstanding memory by hexing his watch, but Darrin learns the hard way that sometimes it is better to forgive and forget.
96. Art for Sam's Sake First aired: 2/23/1967 Writer: Jack Sher Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Kasey Rogers (Louise) , Arthur Julian (Cunningham), Tom Palmer (Chairman), Mickey Deems (Jenkins), Paul Sorenson (O'Leary), John Alonzo (Guard)
Samantha is doing a painting for an art gallery contest, and Endora doesn't think it is up to snuff. So she takes it upon herself to change the painting so Sam can win. And Sam does win, but she doesn't want the prize because of what her mother did.
97. Charlie Harper, Winner First aired: 3/2/1967 Writer: Earl Barrett Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)) , Henry Hunter (Senator Ross), Karl Redcoff (Count Darvi), Teresa Tudor (Countessa), Joanna Moore (Dapne), Angus Duncan (Charlie Harper)
Darrin's old college rival, Charlie Harper, has a very successful life and wife Daphne loves to brag about it--their castle has a moat! During a weekend visit to the Harper's latest home, Samantha unintentionally upstages Daphne, creating tension between the two. Finally, Samantha plays Daphne's game, and zaps a loaded jewelry case and a mink coat (made of identical twin mink pelts.) Darrin's ego is hurt. How can he compete with Samantha's witchcraft? To make amends, Samantha gives the coat to Daphne after she insists that the Stephens sell it to her. Samantha reassures Darrin she could zap up mink coats all day long, but she could never zap up another Darrin Stephens.
98. Aunt Clara's Victoria Victory First aired: 3/9/1967 Writer: Robert Riley Crutcher Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Jane Connell (Queen Victoria), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , Robert H. Harris (Mr. Morgan)
Aunt Clara wants to go back to the age of Queen Victoria, but ends up bringing Queen Victoria to the twentieth century. Alarmed by the casual nature of modern behavior, Queen Victoria threatens to set some decrees. Upon discovering that Samantha and Clara are witches, Victoria is verbally abusive. An angered Aunt Clara remembers how to send Queen Victoria back to her own time.
99. The Crone of Cawdor First aired: 3/16/1967 Writer: Ed Jurist Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys) , Robert P. Lieb (Jay Warbell), Heather Woodruff (Secretary), Del Press (Miss Kornblut), Julie Gregg (Terry Warbell), Dorothy Neumann (Crone of Cawdor)
Darrin is warned by Sam not to kiss a beautiful client named Terry Warbell. There is a good reason: she is a magic crone who steals the youth of poeple that she kisses. Of course, Darrin doesn't believe Samantha, but he sees for himself when Terry turns into the old hag.
100. No More Mr. Nice Guy First aired: 3/23/1967 Writer: Jack Sher Director: William Asher Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Dick Wilson (Harry), Larry D. Mann (Baldwin) , George Ives (Farnsworth), Judy Lang (Gloria), Judson Pratt (Eastwood), Paul Barselou (Max), Heather Woodruff (Secretary)
Poor Darrin. Due to Endora's spell, everyone hates him. When Darrin's job is on the line, Samantha wants Endora to remove the spell.
101. It's Wishcraft First aired: 3/30/1967 Writer: James Henerson Director: Paul Davis Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Mabel Albertson (Phyllis), Robert F. Simon (Frank)
If it is not the Tates that the Stephens are protecting from Tabitha's secret, it's the elder Mr. and Mrs. Stephens. As usual, Phyllis and Endora do not get along, and she thinks that Sam and Darrin are having a lovers' quarrel.
102. How to Fail in Business With All Kinds of Help First aired: 4/6/1967 Writer: Ron Friedman Director: Richard Kinon Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Jill Foster (Secretary) , Myra De Groot (Receptionist), Ralph Brooks (Bartender), Henry Beckman (Mr. Wilkerson), Lisa Kirk (Madame Marushka)
Darrin has a hard time with an eccentric client named Madame Maruska, whom he thinks is Endora. Because of his faulty knowledge, he loses the account. When he learns that Endora did not mess with him, he apologizes to Madame Maruska and still doesn't get the account. It's up to Samantha to win her over using magic.
103. Bewitched, Bothered and Infuriated First aired: 4/13/1967 Writer: Howard Leeds Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Kasey Rogers (Louise), Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) , George Lymburn (Man), Jack Fletcher (Manager)
Aunt Clara's morning paper says that Larry Tate breaks his leg while on a honeymoon with Louise. Samantha and Darrin rush to his honeymoon spot and try to protect Larry, who tells them to leave him and Louise alone. Then they find out that he broke his leg ten years ago and they are on their second honeymoon!
104. Nobody But a Frog Knows How to Live First aired: 4/27/1967 Writer: Ruth Brooks Flippen Director: Richard Kinon Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), John Fiedler (Fergus), George Tobias (Abner), Sandra Gould (Gladys), Kasey Rogers (Louise) , Corin Camcho (Phoebe), Dan Tobin (I) (Mr. Saunders)
A Man keeps following Samantha and Tabitha for a good reason: He was a frog and he wants Samantha to turn him back so he can be with his girlfrog.
105. There's Gold in Them Thar Pills First aired: 5/4/1967 Writer: Paul Wayne, Ed Jurist Director: R. Robert Rosenbaum Guest star: Robert F. Simon (Frank Stephens (1) 14- 228 (6 episodes)), Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay) , Alan Davis (Lawyer), Mark Harris (Tailor), Stuart Nesbit (Boat Salesman), Pat McCaffrie (Realtor), Milton Frome (Mr. Hornbeck)
Darrin has a bad cold and Dr. Bombay treats him with some pills. Of course, these pills have a horrendous side effect- it makes his voice higher!
Dr. Bombay arrives with season three right away
Robin Orlowski | United States | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season three of Bewitched is the first `color' season supported by me and other series purists. This 33-episode 1966-1967 season also introduces some very important characters and clever allusions to the era of series production. Once again, it is an essential purchase for people seeking a genuinely classic TV DVD series.
The season opens with Tabitha's own powers being revealed during her pediatric visit ("Nobody's Perfect"). This creates pressure for Tabitha to be enrolled in a `witches school'---against the wishes of Samantha and Darrin-Tabitha's own parents. We also meet the eccentric Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox)-whose remedies have `interesting' side effects-he is after all a `witch doctor!
Samantha's famous good nature is tested by her witch relatives during this season. Nobody does this more frequently than the well-intentioned but goofy Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne). She makes several appearances as both a comic foil to Samantha and a sharp contrast to the sardonic Endora.
During "Accidental Twins" Aunt Clara accidentally makes a double of Jonathan Tate during a babysitting assignment, During `The moment of truth' Aunt Clara is almost blamed for showing her witch powers in public until the Stephens's finally recognize Tabitha is the one levitating objects around. Like Clark Kent's secret identity, Samantha Stephens and other witches are supposed to keep their capabilities `private'.
Realizing that she causes snafus, Aunt Clara proposes to turn herself into `something useful'. Panic ensues when Samantha and others briefly assume that she has become a cow ("The Corn is as High as a Guernsey's Eye"). The witches council attempts to penalize Aunt Clara in "The Trial and Error of Aunt Clara" fortunately, they have a very big last-minute change of heart when her magic does in fact work-on THEM.
"Dangerous Diaper Dan: and "Super Car" invoke the `spy movie'---itself really popular during the cold war. Both of these episodes seem very kitschy now, but they accurately reflect the genre's fascination with secret people not exactly who they have claimed to be (like Samantha) and hi-tech `secret' gizmos enabling the product user to do anything (not coincidentally unlike `witchcraft'). Watching these episodes in the context of their own day is best. Otherwise, they don't have the same holding power.
Ditto for "Sam in the Moon". Darrin is riveted to what coverage of the moon is then available, but Samantha says she has already been there. Airing years before the 1969 moonwalk, this episode then-suggested the only way a person could walk on space was if they were magical-but it did `tease' that `other' people would.
This season also tried importing historical characters to the-then present-day. Endora claims to loathe `Durwood' but has Sigmund Freud (Normal Fell) himself counsel him and her daughter when their marriage appears heading for the rocks- ("I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight"). If Endora did not actually care, she would not have had THE eminent psychologist himself intervene.
Less effective however is bringing Benjamin Franklin ("My Friend Ben"/"Samantha for the Defense") in for an ad agency campaign, nobody seems to notice that this `mystery man's' mannerisms, dress, and voice emphatically are not 20th century and do not question why either. I'm guessing the scriptwriters needed a `quick idea' when they came up with this one!
Overall though, Montgomery, York and the rest of this cast continued placing audiences under a powerful spell of entertainment which continues holding today. The third season of Bewitched is a delightful potion-even without extras!
Keepin wigglin' that nose and pick up this grand Bewitched s
John M Spangler | Bryan, OH United States | 04/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bewitched, still one of the best shows in televesion history as withstood the test of time in full force without any doubts. Way before it's time, Bewitched still manages to make me smile with every single episode. Season 3 is no exception. We luckily get to see the funny antics of "Marion Lorne" Aunt Clara one last time as she sadly dies of heart attack shortly after season 3 was finished. Marion Lorne is surely everyone's favorite Aunt, I still laugh everytime she comes down that chimney.
Sadly, "Alice Pearce" is nowhere to be found. She was, without a doubt, the best Mrs. Kravitz. She died shortly after Season 2 with cancer. Sandra Gould, her replacement does a respectable job, but her antics, spunk and acting abilities are not up to speed with Alice Pearce and it shows in Season 3. Thankfully, everyone is back and and going full force. Mr. Kravitz (George Tobias) is still the ultimate neighbor who still thinks his wife is on drugs for the things she sees across the street. His lines are are hilarious as they were back in the days.
Endora "Agnes Moorehead" and Darrin "Dick York" go at it full force in season 3 and are funnier than ever together. Talk about battling it out full force. Endora still refers to Darrin as being "Dumbo, Dagwood, Dumpy, Darwin and Dopey" and brings a laugh to me everytime when she never remembers her name. The storylines are still fresh and not one of them is recycled from past seasons. This might be one of my favorite seasons, I'll have to wait for Season 4 until I can be sure.
Tabithia plays a pretty crucial role this season as she is coming to her own as becoming a full fledged toddler with witchly powers of her own. She's as adorable as she was in the 60's and you can't help to smile everytime she is on-screen. Just a quick factoid, Diane Murphy and Erin Murphy both played the role as Tabitha to give each other breaks from shoots. Can you tell them apart??
Bernard Fox is also introduced this year as Dr. Bombay and is is a fine addition to the Bewitched family. A little tidbit, Bernard Fox also played a role in James Cameron's blockbuster hit movie Titanic. He was Col. Archibald Gracie who always wanted to go into the smoking room for a brandy with the rich boys.
David White, still playing the ultimate role as Darrin's boss still hasn't determined what's wrong with the Stevens and has yet to learn that Samantha is a full fledged cauldron stirring witch!
Dick York, still the best Darrin of them all, is going strong during all 33 episodes of season 3. Unbeknownst to many, Dick York suffered a severe back injury earlier in his life and struggled in pain during every shoot of Bewitched. You'll notice during some of the episodes, you'll catch him lying down on a couch while doing some of the shoots -- it was then the pain was contained. As each season progressed, the pain just worsened and eventually ended his carreer all together. During the middle of Season 6, his carreer as Darrin came to an abrupt end. "Bill Asher comes to the hospital to see York and says, 'What do you want to do, Dick? Do you want to quit?' I said, 'If it's all right with you, Billy.' And Bill Asher and I hugged for the first time."
Amazingly, through every episode of Bewitched, you would never notice the severe pain he went through making us all laugh. It's a sign of his spirit and love for acting and he simply wanted to make people laugh and remember what he does best. Rest in peace Dick, we'll always remember you."
Love it! Love it! Love it!
BewitchedinDC | Washington, DC | 04/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since so many people are offering a synopsis of the episodes included in this volume, I won't repeat it. These are just my humble observations.
This season of "Bewitched" - the first in color- is really when all the spark plugs were firing and it ran like a well-oiled machine. It is the first season to offer major cast changes (Sandra Gould as the new "Gladys Kravitz" and Kasey Rogers as the new "Louise Tate"). Also making more regular appearances is the dear and endearing Marion Lorne as Aunt Clara, and practical joking Uncle Arthur, brother to Endora, played by the immortal Paul Lynde. Also coming to the forefront is little Tabitha (twins Erin and Diane Murphy) and her emerging powers. What a cute little witchlet she is!
This is a great addition to any family viewing library. While the themes may at first seem light and fun, the greater lessons in this series are acceptance of diversity and the ability to love someone just as they are.
Of course, you could just watch the episode were Norman Fell plays him and see for yourself.
Keep the seasons coming!!!
R. Lussier | Cranston, RI USA | 04/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The five stars are for the series itself. Extras would get 1 star from me. Although I seldom watched the show in its original run because I was too young to stay up that late back then, I became a die hard fan in reruns. The dvd qualities vary from okay to excellent. Some episodes have a few sound flaws probably due to age. If you listen to the background music to the "Short Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara", you'll see what I mean. I particularly love this season because of it's emphasis on Tabitha turning the house upside down with her powers, and the 3rd season also had more episodes that feature Aunt Clara than any of the others. (the show just wasn't the same after her passing) Sandra Gould actually added some much needed tension to the series, and Kasey Rogers had us saying "Irene who?".
I personally will not rest until the entire series is on DVD!!!"