8 Things You Didn’t Know About Bewitched

  

From 1964-1972, ABC had a hit on its hands with the beloved sitcom Bewitched! For eight seasons the show pulled in many dedicated fans, and love for the show has only grown with more and wider audiences as it still enjoys success in syndication. It’s popularity led the show to becoming the longest-running supernatural-themed sitcom of the ’60s and ’70s. It may now be over 40 years since the series came to an end, but many are still very passionate about the show! So take a look back on Bewitched with 10 things you may not have known about the sitcom:

8. Supporting Stars

The show’s success cannot be denied, but they definitely cut corners where they could. One of the series’ supporting stars, Kasey Rogers who played Louise Tate, revealed that supporting stars wore their own clothes and accessories for filming. They would bring their clothes in a week before filming and wardrobe would clean them and press them in order to have them ready for filming.

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7. Being Darrin

In the television industry, actors are actually replaced quite often but many networks and producers try to avoid it because of the uproar from fans, but when they do, it is now often affectionately called “The Darrin Syndrome” thanks to Bewitched. After beginning in the role of Darrin Stephens, Dick York eventually had to leave the series because of extensive back pain from a serious injury he suffered while working on a project right before the series. Eventually it became so bad that while on lunch break York went to visit his doctor and when he returned he suffered a seizure on set and never returned to the role, and was replaced with actor Dick Sargent. After it was clear York could not return, it was discussed on whether or not they should just to cancel the series, but because of the high ratings, the network didn’t want to let it go so easily. Although many offered ideas as to why the sudden change in appearance of Darrin, William Asher decided not to give the audience any explanation at all.

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