Charmed: Season 1
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Evil warlocks, demons, ancient curses, Grimlocks, and Wendigos (the last two are best left explained by their respective episodes), however, are only half the battle on this sexy dramedy, in which more ordinary matters of emotional and real-world survival also preoccupy the Halliwells. An important ally, Inspector Andy Trudeau (Ted King), is Prue's ex-lover, a delicate detail that mixes pain with duty as the couple rekindles their troubled relationship while solving otherworldly crimes. In "Dead Man Dating," Piper falls for the ghost of a murdered man who needs help, and later competes with Phoebe for the attention of a handyman, Leo (Brian Krause). Jobs and money are always an issue, too. At one time or another, Phoebe works as a psychic, Piper as a caterer, and Prue finds a job at an auction house. As with Buffy, the engine of Charmed is the seamless, sometimes-comic, sometimes-tender way in which all these dynamics in the magic and non-magic worlds blend together, presenting young adult challenges that are both unique and somehow terribly familiar. It is particularly fun to watch this series grow, deepen, and experiment during its first year. The season's true highlight is probably "That 70s Episode," in which the Halliwells go back in time to meet their younger selves. --Tom Keogh
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Beginning with the discovery of their magical abilities, the first season wisely avoided "Buffy" comparisons by focusing, instead, on the efforts of the three sisters to combine "The Power of Three" with some semblance of a 'normal' life. Thus, eldest sister, Prue (the tempermental and ultimately 'short-lived' sibling, Shannen Doherty) juggles appraising antiquites, a sporadic affair with Homicide detective Andy Trudeau (T.W. King), and serving as a mentor to her younger sisters, while shy, introverted Piper (Holly Marie Combs) combines her talents as a chef with managing the trendy bistro, "Quake", and experiences a growing attraction to a handyman with a 'secret', Leo (Brian Krause). Only the youngest sister, free-spirited Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) shuns a regular job, devoting herself to exploring the sisters' mystical guidebook, the "Book of Shadows", and learning of their mystical heritage.
For those more familiar with the flashier, occasionally silly storylines of later seasons, the first 22 episodes may come as quite a surprise; each episode is carefully crafted, offers some excellent acting, and is often quite compelling. While Piper's droll timing and sarcastic one-liners (a major reason for the series' continuing success) are seldom evident in the first season, the incredible chemistry between her and Leo is ever-present, and far more interesting than the Prue/Andy romance, a fact not lost on the writers (Andy would be gone by season's end, while the door was wisely 'left open' to allow Leo an increasingly important role in the Halliwell's lives).Read more ›
01. Something Wicca This Way Comes 1998-10-07
Three sisters living in San Francisco discover that they are witches. Prue learns that
she possesses telekinetic powers, Phoebe learns that she has the power to see into the
future and Piper learns that she is able to stop time.
02. I've Got You Under My Skin 1998-10-14
Trudeau and Morris conduct a manhunt for a suspect who is abducting women. They are
unaware that he is really an evil being who feeds off women's beauty - and has just set
his sights on one of the Halliwell sisters. Meanwhile, Phoebe experiments with her power
regardless of her sisters' disapproval.
03. Thank You For Not Morphing 1998-10-21
Long-lost dad visits the Halliwell sisters and Prue is skeptical about his intentions.
Phoebe sets up a secret meeting with her father and is startled by a vision of her father
and the Book of Shadows.
04. Dead Man Dating 1998-10-28
After a thug kills a young Chinese man in order to stage his own death, the victim's
spirit seeks out Piper's help in order to get his body buried before evil beings can
claim it. Meanwhile, Phoebe finds works as a psychic; and Prue warms up to the idea of
spending her birthday with Andy.
05.Read more ›
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Given that this series was made (at least beginning) in the 1990s, it's pretty good. The acting is pretty standard sitcom dramedy and some of the special effects they use are a... Read morePublished 5 days ago by MC Phillips
My mom loved the Charmed series. I got this as a gift for my mom and she really loved it. Fast delivery.Published 2 months ago by Z. Frame