Friday, April 23, 2021

Vintage 1960s Television Bewitched

Bewitched was an American television sitcom fantasy series, originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC  from September 17, 1964, to March 25, 1972. It was about a witch who marries an ordinary mortal man. She vows to lead the life of a typical suburban housewife. The show enjoyed great popularity, finishing as the number two-rated show in America during its debut season, staying in the top ten for its first three seasons, and just missing this mark with an eleventh-place ranking for both seasons four and five. The show continues to be seen throughout the world in syndication and on recorded media. Bewitched was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Akerman.

          In 2002, Bewitched was ranked #50 on "TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Tim". In 1997, the same magazine ranked the season 2 episode "Divided He Falls" #48 on their list of the"100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". 

          The show had won three Emmy Awards. William Asher won the Primetime Emmy Award of Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series in 1966. Alice Pearce posthumously won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comey Series for her portrayal of Gladys Kravitz and Marion Lorne won the same award posthumously in 1968 for her portrayal of Aunt Clara.

Dick Sargent replaced an ailing York for the final three seasons (1969–1972). In 1966 Sandra Gould, took over the part of Gladys Kravitz (1966–1971) when Alice Pearce died.


Added Note:

York suffered severe back pain for years. When his back pain became debilitating,  York requested to be released in his contract and was replaced by Sargent. York died of complications from emphysema  on February 20, 1992 at age 63.

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