The final season of Bewitched
witnesses Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) hobnobbing with historical figures and literary characters--in other words, it's just another year in the life of a suburban witch. In the two-part opener, Sam and her mortal husband, Darrin (Dick Sargent), wind up in 16th-century England--where Henry VIII tries to make Sam his spouse. With help from Sam's mother, Endora (Agnes Moorehead of the electrifying eye shadow), her neck remains intact, and the three return to the era of miniskirts and plaid pants. In the episodes to come, they also mix it up with Hansel and Gretel and George and Martha Washington. After their trip to Europe, daughter Tabitha (Erin Murphy) turns a brat into a bullfrog, son Adam (David Lawrence) reveals his powers, cousin Serena (Montgomery in black bouffant) loses hers, and Darrin's ad agency boss, Larry (David White), experiences a Big
-like return to youth. Other season 8 regulars include jittery Aunt Esmeralda (Alice Ghostley) and skirt-chasing Dr. Bombay (Bernard Fox), while standout guest stars include Batman
's Julie Newmar as a seductive cat lady and H.R. Pufnstuf
's Billie Hayes as a child-eating witch (alas, Bernie "Doc" Kopell's over-the-top turn as a hippie warlock is more grating than laugh-generating).
If Frank Oz's postmodern take on Bewitched, with Nicole Kidman, boasted superior special effects, the original's low-budget visuals offer half the fun, notably a papier-mâché Loch Ness monster and visible wires when Grandpapa Maurice (Maurice Evans) makes his grandson levitate. After the fifth season departures of Paul Lynde and Dick York, some of the show's initial lunacy dissipated--airing opposite The Carol Burnett Show and All in the Family certainly didn't help--but this set still offers 26 episodes packed with more creativity than most of the supernatural comedies to follow in its wake. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Elizabeth Montgomery twitches up one last round of magic and mayhem in Bewitched: The Complete Eighth & Final Season along with Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead and David White. A European tour launches the final season in which Samantha and Darrin encounter the likes of King Henry VIII, the Loch Ness Monster and a Leaning Tower of Pisa that's suddenly standing straight! Back at home, Tabitha faces her first day in school while Adam's witchcraft powers are put to the test. Serena flirts with a wealthy client after losing her powers, and the Stephens family becomes an unlikely host to George and Martha Washington after the first President is arrested for exercising his right to free speech. Look for special guest appearances by Peter Lawford (of the original Rat Pack), Julie Newmar (Catwoman on TV's "Batman"), Bernie Kopell (Doc on TV's "The Love Boat"), Billie Hayes (Witchiepoo on TV's "H. R. Pufnstuf") and Will Geer (Grandpa Walton on TV's "The Waltons"). Also returning are se