Ready for some nose-twitching and spell-making? It’s been a long time since Bewitched ruled TV land but with the Nicole Kidman-starring remake feature film and rumors of an actual reboot, we still feel the power of Samantha Stephens’ reign to this day. And while we’re at it, let’s learn some shocking facts about the beloved series.
20. New Husband
Samantha Stephens’ witchy ways found a way behind the camera, too, when her husband magically changed his appearance. After playing Darrin for 170 episodes, Dick York was replaced by Dick Sargent. The Dick change cost the show 13 places in ratings that year. No explanation regarding the change in the appearance of the character were given, although many crew members were asked to pitch their ideas. Eventually director William Asher decided that no explanation was the best explanation in that case.
19. New Face
Nosey neighbor Gladys Kravitz also got a new face all of a sudden, when Alice Pearce was replaced by Sandra Gould.
18. Elizabeth Montgomery’s Double Duty
On the other hand, the show’s star Elizabeth Montgomery was never replaced. In fact she played two characters. Apart from Samantha, she also got to play Samantha’s cousin Serena. The switch required the actress to wear a short black wig and sexier outfits. She even used a fake name in the credits, going by Pandora Spocks.