Among the many gaps in television history is the lack of detailed analysis of individual television series. Here Walter Metz carefully places Bewitched in a range of contexts personal, industrial, aesthetic, gendered, historical. In doing so he demonstrates how a single popular program distills, intensifies, and somehow magically examines our most significant cultural questions. --Horace Newcomb, director, the George Foster Peabody Awards and editor of The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television and Television: The Critical View, 7th edition
Classic TV meets contemporary theory in this readable, engaging, and consistently thought-provoking study of Bewitched. --Diane Negra, reader in film and television studies, University of East Anglia and author of Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom
An appropriately inspired analysis of one of TV s most inspired and undervalued sitcoms. From his opening proposition of a queer reading of Bewitched to his savvy analysis of its portrayal of ideology, class, and especially gender, Walter Metz builds a convincing case that this slice of 1960s everyday television was among that era s most progressive depictions of marriage and family, and a key precursor to the burgeoning feminist movement. --Thomas Schatz, executive director, University of Texas Film Institute and author of The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era
A study of the sitcom Bewitched that examines its entire run to discover the show's numerous interlocking themes, tensions, and innovations.