List of Bewitched characters

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There are many characters in Bewitched, a fantasy television sitcom.

Samantha Stephens[edit]

Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) is a young-looking witch.

Darrin Stephens[edit]

Darrin Stephens (originally Dick York, later Dick Sargent) is a mortal married to Samantha. Darrin works as an executive at the McMann and Tate advertising agency. Dick York was unable to continue his role as Darrin because of a severe back condition, the result of an accident during the filming of They Came To Cordura in 1959. Starting with the third season, York's disability caused ongoing shooting delays and script rewrites. After collapsing while filming the episode "Daddy Does His Thing" and being rushed to the hospital in January 1969, York left the show. Dick Sargent, who would go on to play Darrin in the sixth through eighth seasons, was cast for the role that same month.[1]

Endora[edit]

Agnes Moorehead as Endora

Endora (Agnes Moorehead), is the chief antagonist of the series. Like all witches, she never reveals her surname, indicating to Darrin that he would be unable to pronounce it. Endora loathes mortals and disapproves of Darrin, as do many of Samantha's relatives. Endora refuses to even use Darrin's name, alternatively calling him "Durwood", "What's-his-name", "Darwin", "Dum-Dum", etc., all much to his annoyance. She refers to him as "Darrin" only eight times during the entire series.[2] Endora's ploys to provoke a breakup always fail as Samantha and Darrin's love overcomes every obstacle. Even though Endora casts countless farcical spells on Darrin, she never attempts to destroy him outright.

Larry Tate[edit]

Larry Tate (David White) is Darrin's profit-obsessed boss. Tate is a regular character. Tate's opinions turn on a dime to appease a client in an attempt to land a deal. However, there are two episodes that show evidence that Larry has deep feelings as well as having a sense of integrity. In the first season installment, "And Something Makes Three", Larry realizes he is to become a father for the first time and is almost overcome with joyful emotion. In the seventh season Christmas episode "Sisters at Heart", Larry threatens to cancel an important client's account with McMann & Tate when he realizes the client is a racist.

Louise Tate[edit]

Louise Tate (Irene Vernon, Kasey Rogers) is Larry's wife and Samantha's closest mortal friend. Louise Tate was played by Irene Vernon during the first two seasons and then replaced by Kasey Rogers, who wore a short black wig to appear similar to Vernon. According to Rogers,[3] Bill Asher noticed her tugging at the wig and asked why she was wearing it. She laughed and said, "because you told me to." He replied, "Why don't you take it off!" and she played Louise with red hair for the show's final three seasons.

Gladys Kravitz[edit]

Main article: Gladys Kravitz

Gladys Kravitz (Alice Pearce, Sandra Gould) is a nosy and tactless neighbor of the Stephens family, from whom she lives across the street. Gladys' snooping often results in her witnessing witchcraft or its strange side effects. She frequently tries to prove Samantha is a witch, only to fail.

Abner Kravitz[edit]

Abner Kravitz (George Tobias) is a retired man and Gladys' husband.

Tabitha Stephens[edit]

Tabitha Stephens (Erin Murphy) (spelled Tabatha in production credits until season 5) is the daughter of Samantha and Darrin. She is born in season 2. She has supernatural powers. Tabitha Stephens' birth in the season 2 episode "And Then There Were Three" featured infant Cynthia Black in the role. For the remainder of the season, Tabitha was played by twins Heidi and Laura Gentry, followed by twins Tamar and Julie Young. Fraternal twin toddlers Diane Murphy and Erin Murphy were cast for the role at the beginning of season 3. In time, they began to look less alike, so Diane was dropped during season 4. Diane made several guest appearances in other roles, and filled in as Tabatha one last time in season 5's "Samantha Fights City Hall", because Erin had the mumps.

Adam Stephens[edit]

Adam Stephens (David Lawrence) is the son of Samantha and Darrin. He has supernatural powers.

Maurice[edit]

Maurice (Maurice Evans) is Samantha's father, an urbane thespian much like Elizabeth Montgomery's father, Robert Montgomery. Maurice often embellishes his entrances and exits with strained Shakespearean verse. Bewitched is unique for pre-1970s sitcoms in that it portrays Endora and Maurice in, as Maurice describes, "an informal marriage". Endora once introduces Maurice as "my daughter's father", and twice threatens to "move in" with Maurice. In the episode "Samantha's Good News", Endora threatens to file for an "ectoplasmic interlocutory" (i.e. divorce), only to wrangle Maurice's affection. Maurice also refers to Darrin with incorrect names, including "Duncan" and "Dustbin", with Endora going so far as to "correct" him, saying "that's Durwood."

Phyllis Stephens[edit]

Phyllis Stephens (Mabel Albertson) is Darrin's strait-laced mother who visits occasionally but never learns of Samantha's supernatural powers. Phyllis makes inopportune surprise visits, and often complains of "a sick headache" after accidentally witnessing a spell in motion. She and Endora do not get along but are civil to each other in what Samantha refers to as "killing each other with kindness."

Frank Stephens[edit]

Frank Stephens (Robert F. Simon, Roy Roberts) is Darrin's laid-back father.

Serena[edit]

Serena (Elizabeth Montgomery) is Samantha's cousin on Maurice's side.[4] Serena is egocentric and looks like Samantha. Also played by Elizabeth Montgomery, Serena is credited as "Pandora Spocks" (a spin on the phrase "Pandora's box") in many of her appearances from 1969 to 1971. Serena is first seen in episode, #54, "And Then There Were Three".[5] Serena is the antithesis of Samantha, in most episodes sporting a beauty mark on her cheek, raven-black cropped hair and mod mini-skirts. Ever mischievous, Serena often flirts with Larry Tate (calling the white-haired Tate "Cotton-Top"), just for sport. More progressive than most witches or warlocks, Samantha's counterculture cousin occasionally dates mortals, including characters played by Jack Cassidy and Peter Lawford. Despite her wild behavior and frequent co-plotting with Endora, Serena often supports Samantha and Darrin, even though she finds them both a bit "square."

Uncle Arthur[edit]

Samantha and Uncle Arthur in the 1968 episode, "No Harm Charm"

Uncle Arthur (Paul Lynde), Endora's prank-loving brother, makes several appearances. Despite many practical jokes at Darrin's expense, Uncle Arthur has a less antagonistic relationship with him than Endora. In one episode, both Serena and Uncle Arthur go head-to-head with the Witches Council to support the Stephens' union, only to have their own powers suspended.

Dr. Bombay[edit]

Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox) is a warlock and womanizer who is often accompanied by a buxom assistant, and who constantly cracks bad jokes. A strange occurrence or condition caused by a supernatural illness is occasionally used as a plot device, and assistance is often sought from Dr. Bombay. He could be summoned by the phrase, "Dr. Bombay, calling Dr. Bombay. Emergency, come right away." His first name, "Hubert", was revealed in the final episode of the spinoff Tabitha.

Samantha's aunts[edit]

Aunt Clara (Marion Lorne) is the only one of Samantha's relatives for whom Darrin regularly shows tolerance. She is Samantha's bumbling, elderly, absent-minded-but-lovable aunt. Though well-intentioned, Clara's spells usually backfire, and her entrances and exits are often a grand fumble, such as entering via a chimney or colliding with a wall. She has a collection of over a thousand doorknobs (inspired by Lorne's real-life collection).[6] Aunt Enchantra and Aunt Hagatha are two of Samantha's other aunts. They occasionally ride in an antique car called "Macbeth" (sometimes driven by chauffeur Rasputin, other times operating sans driver) which enters the Stephens' home through the wall. Enchantra was played by three different actresses, while Hagatha was played by five, including Reta Shaw and Ysabel MacCloskey. Hagatha sometimes babysits the children.

Esmeralda[edit]

Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley) is the Stephens' anxiety-ridden and magically inept housekeeper. Esmeralda was introduced in 1969 after Lorne's death as a replacement for the character of Aunt Clara.

Drunk guy[edit]

The drunk guy (Dick Wilson) shows up in various bars, jail cells and sidewalks to witness acts of witchcraft in sixteen episodes.

Dave[edit]

Dave (Gene Blakely) is a friend of Darrin. Dave takes part in an seven-episode running gag in which he and Darrin meet at a bar and are oblivious to each other's conversations. In one appearance, the gag is omitted and he is a councilman for Morning Glory Circle.

Apothecary[edit]

An unnamed witches' apothecary (Bernie Kopell) is an amorous old warlock from whom help for supernatural illnesses is occasionally sought. He appears in four episodes.

Betty[edit]

Betty, the secretary at McMann and Tate, was played by various actresses, including Jill Foster (ten appearances) and Marcia Wallace.[7]

Sheila Sommers[edit]

Sheila Sommers (Nancy Kovack) is Darrin's wealthy former fiancée and Samantha's nemesis. Twice in the series (in the premiere episode, "I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha" and in "Snob in the Grass") she tries to seduce Darrin, only to be stopped by Samantha's powers. The character also appears in the 1968 episode "If They Never Met."

Howard McMann[edit]

Howard McMann (Roland Winters, Leon Ames) is Larry Tate's business partner, and appears only twice during the series in "Man of the Year" and "What Makes Darrin Run".

Charlie Leach[edit]

Charlie Leach (Robert Strauss) is a private investigator who attempts to blackmail Samantha, with disastrous results, in "Follow that Witch" and "Catnapped".

Miss Peabody[edit]

Miss Peabody (Maudie Prickett) is Tabitha's teacher. She appears in two episodes during Season 8: "Tabitha's First Day of School" and "School Days, School Daze".

Jonathan Tate[edit]

Jonathan Tate is Larry and Louise's son, who is born several months before Tabitha.

Characters from history and other fiction[edit]

Thanks to witchcraft, a number of interesting characters were seen, including Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Pierce, George and Martha Washington, Paul Revere, Sigmund Freud, Julius Caesar, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon, King Henry VIII, Cleopatra, Bonanno Pisano, Santa Claus, Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, The Artful Dodger, Hansel and Gretel, The Tooth Fairy, the Loch Ness Monster, a leprechaun, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, Willie Mays (playing himself), and Boyce and Hart (playing themselves).

Cast[edit]

Cast of Characters
Character Actor(s) No. of episodes
Main Characters
Samantha Stephens Elizabeth Montgomery 254
Darrin Stephens Dick York (1964–1969)
Dick Sargent (1969–1972)
156 (York)
84 (Sargent)
Endora Agnes Moorehead 147
Larry Tate David White 166
Recurring Characters
Tabitha Stephens Cynthia Black (1966)
Heidi and Laura Gentry (1966)
Tamar and Julie Young (1966)
Diane Murphy (1966–1968)
Erin Murphy (1966–1972)
116
Gladys Kravitz Alice Pearce (1964–1966)
Sandra Gould (1966–1971)
30 (Pearce)
27 (Gould)
Abner Kravitz George Tobias (1964–1971) 55
Louise Tate Irene Vernon (1964–1966)
Kasey Rogers (1966–1972)
13 (Vernon)
33 (Rogers)
Aunt Clara Marion Lorne (1964–1968) 28
Serena Elizabeth Montgomery (1966–1972)
(credited as "Pandora Spocks")
24
Adam Stephens unknown (1969–1970)
Greg and David Lawrence (1970–1972)
24
Phyllis Stephens Mabel Albertson (1964–1971) 19
Dr. Bombay Bernard Fox (1967–1972) 18
Esmeralda Alice Ghostley (1969–1972) 15
Frank Stephens Robert F. Simon (1964–67, 1971)
Roy Roberts (1967–1970)
13
Maurice Maurice Evans 12
Uncle Arthur Paul Lynde (1965–1971) 10

Reference[edit]

  1. ^ "Sargent Replaces Bewitched Costar". Los Angeles Times. January 31, 1969. p. G14. 
  2. ^ "Nicknames". Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ Interview with Kasey Rogers and Mark Wood - Bewitched @ Harpies Bizarre
  4. ^ Episode 5.20, "Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You?" Aired 1969-02-13.
  5. ^ http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/serenasstyle.htm
  6. ^ IMDb bio of Marion Lorne Retrieved 2011-08-10
  7. ^ Lance, Steven (1996). Written Out of Television: A TV Lover’s Guide to Cast Changes, 1945 – 1994. Madison Books. p. 63. ISBN 1-56833-071-5.