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BEWITCHED was like many other shows of the 1960s, a pure
slice of Americana about a couple living in the cozy suburbs—only with a
supernatural twist. The husband is an advertising executive and the wife is a
homemaker…and a witch! It ran for eight seasons on ABC, and the history of
BEWITCHED has now been told in this massive tome by David L. Pierce, from
The author devotes a chapter to each season, providing a
detailed synopsis of each episode along with his own review and rating.
Pierce’s summaries are so thoroughly comprehensive that by the end of reading
this 700-plus-page book, you’ll feel like you’ve watched the entire 254-episode
run. However, his approach is more fannish in style than intended to provide
any genuine critical analysis or in-depth production info. While he lets the
reader know what he liked or disliked about each episode, there is very little
in the way of behind-the-scenes stories or anecdotes, and most of those he does
include have to do with what was going on in the country on the night a
particular show was broadcast, such as President Lyndon Johnson making a speech
about the war in Vietnam. There are no reflections from cast members, writers,
Pierce writes with a rather bland style. Almost every entry
begins with a line like, “It was on this night that ABC aired episode #…” Since
the date is printed above it, we already know what night it aired, so this is
redundant. But if you’re a fan of BEWITCHED looking for a comprehensive episode
guide, this book is indispensable.
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