Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bewitchedd



In the Television Crossover Universe there are different types of witches.  There are Wiccans, that are the same as in our Real Universe.  There are witches that worship Satan and practice black magic.  There are the witches that use real magic, and are also called wizards.  There are certain types of witches born with some natural powers, which are also called mutants.  But the witches that we are going to discuss today are different from all of those.  These witches (also called warlocks) are an offshoot of a race that is old and highly evolved.  They wield cosmic powers that are scientific in nature but appear to be magic.  They come from the 5th dimensional world called Zrfff.  Someday they will call themselves the Q continuum.  Thousands of years ago, some of these beings migrated to Earth.  They learned how to use magic through incantations which they used along with their natural powers, thus gaining the name of witch.  These beings were immortal and because of their great power and immortality, they got bored and loved to play cruel jokes on humans.  However, they also kept to a code of keeping their powers secret and pretending to be mortals, for fear that the humans would learn how to destroy them.

This is the story of one of these beings.  Her name was Samantha Stephens.

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Another Time and Place--WORLD OF WARCRAFT--In Sen'jin Village in Durotar there is a witch doctor named Bombay

c. 1,000,000 B.C.--FLINTSTONES--"Samantha"--This episode shows that Samantha is very old, as she is the same age physically back in this time period.  She is living in Bedrock.  Bedrock is a city that existed in the pocket dimension called the Looniverse.  She marries her soulmate, named Darrin. Darrin will be reincarnated in the future TVCU as Darrin Stephens, who she will marry again.  Her and Darrin move next store to Fred, Wilma, and baby Pebbles Flintstone.  On the other side is Barney, Betty, and baby Bam-Bam Rubble.  The three families go camping together.  The babies witness Samantha using magic, but they can't talk yet.  Samantha secretly uses her powers to mess with the sexist guys and to make the women look empowered when they really aren't.

6th Century--MONTY PYTHON & THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL--On the InterShrub shopping website, Larry Tate is listed among the people that can recieive a shrub.



1964 to 1972--BEWITCHED--The witch Samantha marries mortal ad exec Darrin Stephens, her soul mate reincarnated.  On their wedding night, she reveals her secret.  The next 8 years are full of the chaos of Darrin dealing with Samantha's mother in law and other family.  They have two children, Tabitha who inherits her mother's powers, and Adam who doesn't.  There was also a comic book put out by Dell that is in canon.

September 1964--BEWITCHED--"I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha"--This is the first appearance of Endora, who is Samantha's mother.  She hates that Samantha married a mortal.

September 1964--BEWITCHED--"Be It Ever So Mortgaged"--This is the first appearance of Gladys Kravitz, who was the nosy neighbor.  She often noticed odd things across the street at the Stephens home and suspected that Samantha was a witch.

October 1964--BEWITCHED--"It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog"--This is the first appearance of Larry Tate, who is Darrin's boss, but not the top boss, at the ad agency they work at.

October 1964--BEWITCHED--"The Witches Are Out"--The first appearance of Samantha's Aunt Clara, who is very forgetful and very poor at using her powers and performing spells.

November 1964--BEWITCHED--"Just One Happy Family"--This is the first appearance of Maurice, who is Samantha's father.  Maurice and Endora hate each other, and Maurice also objects to the marriage to a mortal.

December 1964--BEWITCHED--"Samantha Meets the Folks"--This is the first appearance of Phyllis and Frank Stephens, Darrin's parents.


December 1964--BEWITCHED--"A Vision of Sugar Plums"--Samantha takes an orphan to the North Pole to visit the real Santa Claus.  Santa has made numerous appearances in the TVCU.  Sometimes his origin and mythology seems to conflict other appearances.  I have also written a Santa in the TVCU blog which will explains all his appearances and reconcile the differences.

1965--HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI--Elizabeth Montgomery spoofs her TV character in this film.


October 1965--BEWITCHED--"The Joker is a Card"--This is the first appearance of Samantha's Uncle Arthur.  He is a practical joker.  




January 1966--BEWITCHED--"And Then There Were Three"--This is the first appearance of Samantha's twin cousin, Serena.  Twin cousins is a common phenomena in the TVCU.  Serena is a very modern, women's lib, swinger.  And she's evil.  And a hippie.  This is also the first appearance of Tabitha Stephens, the baby girl of Darrin and Samantha, who has inherited her mother's powers.


March 1966--BEWITCHED--"The Leprechaun"--Surprisingly, there is a leprechaun on Darrin's side of the family.


October 1966--BEWITCHED--"Twitch or Treat"--Endora zaps her home onto Darrin and Samantha's street.  To get her to move it, Darrin offers to host Endora's Halloween party.  Baseball player Willie Mays appears.


November 1966--BEWITCHED--"I'd Rather Twitch Than Fight"--Endora pulls Sigmund Freud from the past to help counsel the Stevens when they are fighting.


December 1966--BEWITCHED--"My Friend Ben"--Aunt Clara pulls Ben Franklin from the past.  Ben Franklin also appears on I DREAM OF JEANNIE, VOYAGERS, SIMON & SIMON, FUTURAMA, THE OFFICE, THE COLBERT REPORT, and AS THE WORLD TURNS.

January 1967--BEWITCHED--"The Corn is as High as a Guernsey's Eye"--In this episode we learn that when a witch tires of living, she transforms into a useful object.  Of course, this is illogical.  They are sick of life, so they turn into an animal or inanimate object while still maintaining sentience and immortality.  Wouldn't that be worse?

March 1967--BEWITCHED--"Aunt Clara's Victoria Victory"--Aunt Clara accidentally pulls Queen Victoria from the past.

May 1967--BEWITCHED--"There's Gold in Them Thar Pills"--This is the first appearance of Doctor Bombay.  He is the family doctor, and a witch, thus he's a witch doctor.

December 1967--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's Da Vinci Dilemma"--Aunt Clara accidentally pulls Leonardo Da Vinci from the past.

December 1967--BEWITCHED--"Humbug Not To Be Spoken Here"--Samantha takes a "Scrooge" like client of Darrin's to the North Pole to meet Santa.

February 1968--BEWITCHED--"Prince of a Guy"--Tabitha summons Prince Charming.  Though the classic fairy tales are based on true stories as revealed by that guy Dennis E. Power, the three main princess tales with Charming happen at very different time periods.  This is also not the Charming of Far Far Away Land either, as there are contradictions between that reality's Charming and the fairy tale.  Thus this Charming must be the one from the Looniverse, who would most likely match up with this version seen in this story.  Note though that the Charming of this reality, the TVCU, is currently in suspended animation buried under the earth at this time due to a spell cast by Snow White's step-mother long ago.  He and his family will be resurrected during an earthquake in the 1980s.

November 1968--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's French Pastry"--Uncle Arthur accidentally pulls Napoleon from the past.  Napoleon has also appeared on THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, TIME BANDITS, THE NEVER SAY U.N.C.L.E. AFFAIR, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and BLACKADDER:  BACK AND FORTH.

September 1969--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's Yoo Hoo Maid"--This is the first appearance of Esmerelda, who comes to the household to work as Samantha's maid.  She is a lot like Esmerelda in that she is forgetful and bad at using her powers and magic.

September 1969--BEWITCHED--"Sam and the Beanstalk"--Samantha has to go after Tabitha, who enters her "Jack and the Beanstalk" storybook.  "Jack and the Beanstalk" was based on a real event, according to Dennis E. Power (yes, him again).  But the true events are too different to be where the mother and daughter witches travel to in this tale.  It's likely they visited Far Far Away Land.

October 1969--BEWITCHED--"Samantha's Caesar Salad"--Esmerelda accidentally pulls Julius Caesar from the past.  Julius Caesar has also appeared on THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW, THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, HERCULES:  THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, RELIC HUNTER, and XENA:  WARRIOR PRINCESS.

December 1969--BEWITCHED--"Sam's Double Mother Trouble"--Esmerelda accidentally summons Mother Goose, an immortal who is also a witch.  Mother Goose knew the Three Stooges back in the past when they were known as the Three Men in a Tub.

December 1969--BEWITCHED--"SANTA COMES TO VISIT AND STAYS AND STAYS"--Esmerelda accidentally summons Santa from the North Pole, and can't undo the spell, that literally keeps Santa trapped in the house.  With Christmas impending, Samantha brings the elves to her home to build the toys there.

January 1969--BEWITCHED--"The Phrase is Familiar"--Endora intentionally pulls the Artful Dodger from the past to meet Tabitha.



February 1970--BEWITCHED--"George Washington Zapped Here"--Esmerelda pulls George Washington from the past.  President Washington also appears in THE MUNSTERS, THE MUPPET SHOW:  SEX AND VIOLENCE, VOYAGERS, WILD WILD WEST, FUTURAMA, TIME SQUAD, and AN AMERICAN CAROL.

March 1970--BEWITCHED--"If the Show Pinches"--A leprechaun not related to Darrin is summoned by Endora to give Darrin shoes that will make him lazy.

September 1970--BEWITCHED--"Serena Stops the Show"--I'm placing this show out of sequence and at the time of airing because the main plot revolves around real music performers Boyce and Hart.  They also appeared as themselves in the I DREAM OF JEANNIE episode "Jeannie the Hip Hippie" which takes place in October 1967.  (Thanks Mom for pointing out this crossover to me when I was just a little boy and increasing my crossover obsession.)

October 1970--BEWITCHED--"The Salem Saga"--This is the first appearance of Adam, the son of Darrin and Samantha.  He does not have powers.



October 1970--BEWITCHED--"Paul Revere Rides Again"--Esmerelda accidentally pulls Paul Revere from the past.

January 1971--BEWITCHED--"Mary the Good Fairy"--Mary is a fairy, and the tooth fairy.  Unlike Santa, who is immortal and is always the same guy, the Tooth Fairy is just a job that passes from person to person.  This one, Mary, visits Tabitha for her tooth.  She stops to talk to Samantha, and complains about her job.  Darrin offers her some brandy, which has a powerful effect on her and makes her drunk quickly.  Samantha offers to take over the duties, and the Tooth Fairy powers and duties are transferred.  However, Mary becomes an alcoholic guest that never leaves and Samantha finds the duties of the Tooth Fairy too much for her.  But Mary won't take back the powers.  But when Samantha ruins the fairy outfit, Mary is outraged and takes the powers back.

September 1971--BEWITCHED--"How Not To Lose Your Head To Henry VIII"--Darrin and Samantha go on a vacation to England.  Samantha discovers a man trapped in a painting.  She frees him and suffers the wraith of the man who trapped him there by sending her back to the 16th century.  Darrin and Endora must go back to the 16th century to rescue her from Henry VIII, who wants to make Samantha one of his future late wives.  Henry VIII also appears on I DREAM OF JEANNIE, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and RELIC HUNTER.

September 1971--BEWITCHED--"Samantha and the Loch Ness Monster"--There are many versions of Nessie in the TVCU.  They often conflict.  I don't care. They all coexist.  It could be true.  Yeah.  So there.  In this version, Nessie turns out to be Serena's ex-boyfriend, whom she cursed.  When Samantha turns him back to normal, he then turns Serena into a mermaid.  Of course, Serena later turns back to normal.  Oh, I should probably mention this.  When one witch casts a spell, only that witch can usually reverse the spell.  But for some reason, sometimes that's not true.  And that's it.

November 1971--BEWITCHED--"Hansel and Gretal in Samanthaland"--Tabitha pulls Hansel and Gretal out of a storybook.  But actually, we know from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER that Hansel and Gretal were really demons.  And the witch was wrongly accused.  So when Tabitha enters the book and enters the more familiar story, we can assume that this Hansel and Gretal are from Far Far Away Land.

March 1972--BEWITCHED--"The Truth, Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me, Sam"--The final episode of the series.  Tabitha is six years old and Adam is 17 months old.  Sometimes in the spring of 1972, the two children are somehow magically aged to become teenagers.

Summer 1972--THE ABC SATURDAY SUPERSTAR MOVIE--"Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family"--Teenage Tabitha and Adam spend the summer with another of their aunts who works in a circus.

1977 to 1978--TABITHA--Darrin and Samantha Steven's children, Tabitha and Adam now work at at television station.  Many supporting and recurring characters from Bewitched will show up on this short lived, one season show.

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1986--MEATBALLS III:  SUMMER JOB--When Roxy is trying to learn how to use her Angel powers, she tests wiggling her nose like the witch from the TV show

1987 to 1991--THIRTYSOMETHING--On this show, there is a guy in advertising named Larry Tate, who once makes the observation that he's aware it's strange to be in advertising with a name like Larry Tate.  There's no mention of Bewitched.  It could be that Bewitched's Larry Tate was such an advertising legend that (at least amongst those in advertising), everyone knows that name.  So the odds of another Larry Tate going into the field would be like having the head of your company's IT department named Bill Gates.



February 1993--SIMPSONS--"Duffless"--Homer sees a TV commercial for Duff Beer that shows a sign for McMahon and Tate Advertising.

May 1994--ANIMANIACS--"The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special"--"Darrin Stevens" and "Larry Tate" are listed in the closing credits.

December 1998--SIMPSONS--"Homer Simpson in: 'Kidney Trouble'"--Dr. Bombay is paged over the hospital P.A. system.

September 1999 to January 2000--PASSIONS--"Bewitched"--Doctor Bombay is involved in a storyline, in a soap that already has witches, talking dolls, and magic.

June 2000--FAMILY GUY--"Dammit Janet"--Mr. and Mrs. Cravitz are the Griffins' neighbors

June 2003--THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY--"Night of Living Grim"--In "Night of the Living Grim", when Grim is alive, he resembles Darrin as seen in the opening show credits

2005--BEWITCHED--Isabel Bigalow is a witch who wants to live as a mortal, to the objections of her father.  She ends up discovered by actor Jack Wyatt.  He is making a remake of the television series.  Most people assume the original show was fictional, but in reality it was a production created by Uncle Arthur and Serena.  Isabel agrees and falls for Jack.  Eventually he falls for her too.  Interestingly, Isabel's Aunt Clara is presumed to be Samantha's aunt Clara.  The actress who plays Endora turns out to be a witch, Uncle Arthur shows up to show Jack why he's a jackass and should pursue his love for Isabel, and even Samantha appears in the form of a Samantha Stevens figure from the merchandising from the original show.  Interestingly, Samantha has taken this form, but will six years later (if you believe it) appear as a remote control.  In the end, the two marry, and end up actually moving into the Steven's old home, where Abner and Gladys Kravitz seem to be still living there across the street.

2006--RETURN TO HALLOWEENTOWN--Marnie uses Samantha's nose-wiggle to open a locked box, but it fails.

Early 2011--SUPERNATURAL--"Bewitched"--This one is Apocryphal.  It is from a script that never made it to the screen, and never will, but I include it for the sake of completeness.  First, I should explain something that the original series included as part of the mythology of the 5th dimensional witches.  When a witch is ready to die (because he or she is tired of living), they transform themselves into something else useful, in which they still live on immortal and sentient, but as an inanimate object.  (Yeah, doesn't make sense, does it?  But who are we to argue with the logic of highly advanced beings?)  So in this episode, someone is going after the Witch's Council, and the Winchester Brothers have to protect a witch named Lizbeth Elspeth.  Lizbeth is the granddaughter of Samantha Stephens and the daughter of Tabitha.  Samantha has been turned into a TV remote and can speak to the boys through any monitor within range of the remote.  Samantha, Tabitha, and even Doctor Bombay (the family witch doctor) assist and advice the boys.  In the end, though, it turns out Lizbeth is the bad guy.  We also learn that Tabitha had also married a mortal like her mom.

ALTERNATE REALITIES:

ALTERNATE LITERATURE UNIVERSE--The events of THE PASSIONATE WITCH AND ME occur here.

BROADWAY UNIVERSE--The events of BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE occur here.

CINEVERSE--The events of I MARRIED A WITCH occur here.

LOONIVERSE 2 (AKA EARTH 12 AKA THE DCAU)--On JUSTICE LEAGUE, in episode "This Little Piggy", The husband who calls for his wife Gladys resembles George Tobias, who played Gladys Kravitz' husband Abner.

SKITLANDIA--In this universe, an alternate version of Bewitched occurs.

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