Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Season 5
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Sabrina starts college (and dyes her hair red) in the fifth season of SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, which was also the first season to air on the WB network. For many fans, this is where the show began losing it's magic, but I felt that the new mix of characters and locations added a refreshing change, especially after some of the more dreary aspects (Dreama, Brad the witch-hunter) of Season Four.

Despite finally being out of the Spellman house, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) isn't exactly on her own for college; as Zelda (Beth Broderick) joins the faculty as a new associate professor, Hilda (Caroline Rhea) takes over management of the campus coffee shop where Sabrina still works part-time, and Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay) is...well, just along for the ride! Adding a sparky new dimension to Sabrina's world of friends are roommates Morgan (Elisa Donovan), Roxie (Soleil Moon Frye--"Punky Brewster" herself!) and Miles (Trevor Lissauer).

What I find refreshing is that the writers didn't try to include Harvey (Nate Richert) as much into the college stories as he could have been. It's revealed in the first episode that Harvey and Sabrina have broken up--this occurred somewhere between the end of the fourth season and the beginning of the fifth, but we never see it onscreen. The final episode of Season Four ("The End of an Era") concluded with Harvey having exceeded his spell quota and finally discovering that Sabrina is in fact a witch. For the true Harvey/Sabrina fans, rest assured that he still makes the occasional appearance in Season Five, but he and Sabrina are now just good friends. Causing his own ripples in Sabrina's complicated heart--just as he did in Season Four--is Josh (David Lascher), the coffee-shop guy--who instead decides to date Morgan!

COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:

"Every Witch Way But Loose" - When Sabrina decides to move out of home in order to attend Adams College, Hilda and Zelda employ their sneakiest tactics to try to change her mind.

"Double Time" - Sabrina finds the ideal way to juggle her hectic college workload with an even fuller social life - but how long until it all backfires?

"Heart of the Matter" - Still recovering from her painful break-up with Harvey, Sabrina is naturally reluctant to start dating again until Roxie gives her a push; meanwhile, Miles develops a messy infatuation for Zelda.

"You Can't Twin" - Sabrina's evil twin Katrina breaks out of Other Realm prison to wreak havoc with Sabrina's roommates.

"House of Pi's" - Sabrina and Roxie go undercover as sorority rushees for a newspaper story.

"The Halloween Scene" - Whilst Hilda and Zelda attend the opening of a new galaxy, Sabrina secretly plans the Halloween bash of the century!

"Welcome, Traveler" - Sabrina becomes concerned when Miles is brainwashed by a bizarre cult; meanwhile Salem is kidnapped by the Chinese delivery-man.

"Some of My Best Friends are Half-Mortals" - Sabrina's romance with a handsome witch-boy turns sour when his family discovers she isn't a complete witch.

"Lost @ C" - When Sabrina's grades shoot up after Zelda starts dating her English teacher, she suspects nepotism's on the menu...

"Sabrina's Perfect Christmas" - Spending the holidays with Morgan's family sounds like a Hallmark card come to life...but looks can be deceiving...

"My Best Shot" - Josh's career as a photographer (with thanks to a little nudge from Sabrina) quickly goes to his head. Salem and Zelda audition as the new faces of "Little Wussies" cat food.

"Tick-Tock Hilda's Clock" - A surprise birthday party triggers Hilda's desire to start a family.

"Sabrina's New Roommate" - When Hilda goes on a home improvement jag, fed-up Zelda moves into Sabrina's dorm.

"Making the Grade" - Sabrina uncovers the unfair advantage which lets sports students coast through with undeserved good grades.

"Love is a Many Complicated Thing" - It's Sabrina's first Valentine's Day without Harvey, so Morgan decides to fix her up on a double-date...

"Sabrina, the Muse" - Sabrina discovers that being a musician's girlfriend can be a pretty tough gig.

"Beach Blanket Bizarro" - Spring Break at Pelican Cove sounds like the perfect getaway for Sabrina and the gang...until her aunts concoct a "good clean fun" spell with some help from Frankie Avalon!

"Witchright Hall" - Sabrina is faced with getting her brat cousin Amanda (Emily Hart) into an intensive boarding-school for delinquent witches. This was the pilot episode for a proposed spin-off series with Amanda.

"Sabrina, the Activist" - Sabrina and Josh rally to save an historic apartment building from being torn down for more college car-parking.

"Do You See What I See?" - Miles becomes convinced he's seen a UFO, but it's really Hilda's new boyfriend's flying car.

"Sabrina's Got Spirit" - Miles' new paranormal detector wakes up a real ghost, but it's Sabrina whom everyone suspects of being the real whack-job!

"Finally!" - Sabrina and Josh start up a singles night at the coffee house. Hilda is finally granted a pardon from the Witches' Council, and as such is no longer obligated to house Salem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2009
Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV series is as timeless in its comical content and entertainment as any classic movies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
My friends roll their eyes when I tell them I am a fan of this show. They hated it. I thought it was a charming show, except for the last season. Good family entertainment. Clean. I really watched the show for the two aunts and of course, Salem, the talking cat. The only thing I found annoying from season one to the last season was the laugh track, laughing at stuff that was just not funny. I just don't like to be told when to laugh. If the aunts were gone and Salem was not present, I probably would not have watched this show at all. The last season, the aunts were taken off and only appeared in a couple of shows. Horrible decision.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2009
i absoultely love sabrina the teenage witch, but season 5 was a tad bit dissapointing. it more towardly points to sabrina getting closer with boys other then harvey and going to college. and its just like what i like about you and 7th heaven combined with 10% magic. its sad, but magical or not, i will always love this show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2009
This season is still very funny to me. I don't care if there's not a lot of magic in it I still enjoy it. I think I enjoy Sabrina in Collage more than when she was in High School. I love Roxie, Morgan, and Miles. What I hate is that in season 7 Hilda and Zelda are not in it at all. I just hope season six comes out soon. But it won't help if people give it poor reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2009
Sabrina is finally out of high school and living on her own in college. She is trying to figure out if she likes Josh or Harvey. Same plot lines, different locations. But, I still love the show. It brings me back to my simpler times of being able to watch TV without a care in the world.
Enjoy the 5th season and eagerly await the release of season 6.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to the archies for introducing us to sabrina back in the early 70's.This new version is just as funny than ever so if you like the old sabrina or the new sabrina the teenage witch you can't go wrong with any of them.

Rondall Banks
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Season 5 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch brought lots of changes to the show. The show moved from ABC to the WB. Sabrina finally left high school and many of those characters behind. But with all the changes, the show was still funny.

Sabrina Spellman (Melissa Joan Hart) is heading to college, but she's just moving across town. She's found an apartment close to campus where she is sharing a room with the prickly Roxie (Soleil Moon Frye). Down the hall is paranormal expert Miles (Trevor Lissauer). And their resident advisor, who puts in a full 24 hours (just not all in the same day), is Morgan (Elisa Donovan).

But what about her aunts? They are still very much involved in Sabrina's life. Zelda (Beth Broderick) gets a teaching job at the college, while Hilda (Caroline Rhea) buys the coffee shop where Sabrina works with Josh (David Lascher). And talking cat Salem (voiced by Nick Bakay) still manages to keep causing trouble for everyone.

Season 4 ended with a major cliffhanger. After trying to decide between long time boyfriend Harvey and new crush Josh, Sabrina discovered that Harvey had learned her secret. That was too much for him, and apart from a couple of cameo appearances Nate Richert isn't around this season at all. But that doesn't mean that Sabrina and Josh start dating. Before that can happen, Morgan gets her claws into Josh.

Also gone are plots that rely on Sabrina casting a spell and things getting comically out of hand. Yes, those plots still happen, like when she casts a spell to make herself go faster, causing her roommates to run slow. Instead, we get stories about Sabrina investigating Morgan's sorority and working to help the residence of an apartment complex about to be destroyed. She becomes the most hated person on campus when she rallies against preferential treatment for athletes.

Not that magic is completely gone from her life. Hilda's biological clock gets lost, and she might never be able to do magic again. Her evil twin resurfaces and almost gets her stuck in the Other Realm. While attempting to throw a Halloween party to end all Halloween parties, she gets caught in a domestic fight between Frankenstein and his Bride. And thanks to Miles, Sabrina must face off against the leader of a cult who might be a witch and almost gets kicked out of her house when his paranormal detection device picks up something strange around her.

To be honest, it was only this time around that I noticed the loss of the formula that had served the show for the first four seasons. And it's a welcome break, frankly. The shows are still funny, but they aren't quite as predictable. The more grounded stories allow the actors a chance to play things more realistically as well, and the acting continues to be fine.

There are lots of changes, and the one I still don't care for is the lack of Harvey. I always loved his character. But the new ones more than make up for it. Morgan, Roxie, and Miles are all lots of fun, and they each bring something different to the show. It's nice to see new characters that really do add new dynamics, so that's something else they got right this season.

There were 22 episodes this season, and they are preserved here on 3 discs in full screen and stereo sound. We get nothing in the way of extras, but plenty in the way of laughs.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was always a light sitcom, and that continues with season 5. If you are a fan of the show, you'll find much to appreciate with this set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
I love Sabrina the Teenage Witch! I watched it on ABC Family when I was in college so it brings back good memories when I watch it now. I have the entire series on DVD (although, it was much better when she was in highschool)!
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on December 29, 2014
Season 5 marked the transition of Sabrina from high school kid to college co-ed and unfortunately the show began losing some of its charm as a result. And Sabrina's breakup from the likable Harvey contributed to the show being less cute than before. And with Sabrina off to college we began seeing less of Salem, and my wife and I always thought Salem was the show-stealer (with all due respect to Sabrina, Zelda and Hilda). On the plus side, it didn't really take long to get used to Roxy, Morgan and Josh. Still this is one of the more underrated shows of recent years and the special effects are vastly improved over past "magic" shows such as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and My Favorite Martian. BTW, my wife and I prefer Sabrina as a blonde over the redhead/auburn look she sported in this season.
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