Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
TV-G | 27 September 1996 (USA)
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    Save your money for something good and enjoyable

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    Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike

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    The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.

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    This is a coming of age storyline that you've seen in one form or another for decades. It takes a truly unique voice to make yet another one worth watching.

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    I absolutely fell in love with STTW when I was in junior high school. I had the soundtrack on CD, I had the books, I had the DVD sets, some episodes taped on VHS, everything (which these days leads me to believe that the show was used mainly to sell merchandise that nobody would give a damn about ten years later). Being a kid, it was my first real experience with one of the "cool" shows since the only other that aired in my small town was The Secret World of Alex Mack, which was very hokey. I guess STTW wasn't terrible for kids, but going back and watching it as an adult, it just looks like it mimicked every fad of its time in all the worst ways, all while subjecting its viewers to its sea of whiny, spoiled, immature and self-centred characters. Melissa Joan Hart especially, watching her as an adult I've realized now more than ever that she could never even act worth anything, and her character of Sabrina was a lazy, shallow and coddled brat who never seemed satisfied with anything or anyone. She was sick of her mundane life and kept complaining about it. Then she finds out she's a witch with magical powers. Then she whines and complains about how she hates being a witch and wants to be normal. All she seems to care about is her own self-image, clothes and boys. She puts down everyone, from her doting albeit eccentric aunts, to her talking cat. She's supposed to be this insecure semi-geek type girl, and yet she's just another queen bee who just happens to do all the judging and teasing of others in the privacy of her own home. She's hardly a likable character at the best of times, so for the main lead it perhaps wasn't the best way to go about it. I've gotta say that the only characters I truly liked or cared anything for were Sabrina's funny and quirky teachers, from Mr. Poole to Ms. Quick, and of course, the jerky but not entirely bad guy Mr. Kraft. The show did bring on some good guest characters too, but rarely did they make more than one appearance overall.The show's "special effects" (and I use that term lightly) have never been realistic or convincing, from a repairman with a fake raccoon tail tied to his behind, to the Salem puppet which terrified me when I initially saw the show as a kid because it looks almost like a ventriloquist's dummy (at least Salem was at least somewhat tolerable compared to Sabrina herself). To be fair though, we're talking about a comedy show, and Season 1 was when it was only just trying to get off the ground. I had hoped that it would progress as it continued but actually it got worse, especially when Sabrina entered her college years, got a bad dye job and the element of crass humour and innuendo jokes entered the picture, too. It had hit a point where it was too adult for children but too childish for adults. It became one of those types of obligatory shows that you would put on every day after school simply because there was nothing else on. So I'm honestly not surprised that it ended when it did. Its very campy performances, lame dialogue, predictable episode plots and annoying soundtrack by various 1990's pop bands of the time all seemed to drag it down to the point where it could go no further.

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    I watched three seasons of 'Sabrina' as an adult and don't regret doing so. It's not 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' but it's fun, charming and harmless.This is a standard teen drama suitable for everybody. It's not brooding or mysterious, it doesn't really even have a story, it's just a collection of fun episodes about a 90's high school girl with magic powers, a talking cat and two crazy aunts.A TV show this simple just works. It's like 'Friends' - it doesn't need any flashy special effects, plot twists or long story arcs. It just needs light-hearted jokes and imaginative ideas, and 'Sabrina' delivers.

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    I loved watching Sabrina as a kid although I never did get to see every episode so I decided to watch it all from beginning to end and I am pleased to say it didn't lose any of it's magic now that I'm an adult.Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina) is fantastic and brings comedy to the show. Her quick exits, 'gotta go' and 'woo hoo' are just some of the things that make her character so lovable.The big problem I did have was there were too many disappearing characters which were always so easily dismissed. Jenny? Valerie? Miles? Josh? Zelda in the last season???There seemed to be a common theme among most of the mortal characters of all 7 seasons that they were 'dense' (how Sabrina often described some characters) which I assume is to make it more believable that so much magic can go unnoticed around them. It could also be because (in my opinion) Sabrina seems to think she is superior, a straight A student, deserving of the best - therefore surrounding herself with mortals which feed her ego.I must admit, while I still enjoyed the seasons after Sabrina left high school, it just wasn't the same and Josh and Sabrina didn't really work for me. I suppose Sabrina being a teenager was key for the show and maybe didn't work so well when she became an adult with a job and responsibilities. I was however very happy with the ending although I would like to have seen more of Harvey. Sabrina and Harvey's relationship was the very essence of the show and I was constantly checking IMDb to see how many episodes Harvey would be in each season and when he would next be on.I almost cried when it ended but mainly for myself, that's a chapter of my childhood finally complete.Woo hoo!

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    When Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) turns 16, she is told by her aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) that she is a witch.It's a fun teen series. The first year, I especially like her best friend Jenny (Michelle Beaudoin) and Mr Pool (Paul Feig). I don't know why they dropped Paul Feig, but it all worked out. He along with Judd Apatow created 'Freaks and Geeks'.At least they got Lindsay Sloane and the wonderful Martin Mull. It's a fine high school series. But then they send her to college and it just doesn't work as well. Heck eventually she's not even a teenager anymore.

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