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on August 15, 2013
I grew up watching "Sabrina," and over the last few months, I've been re-watching the show on DVD. This season is by far the weakest of the series. You sort of get the feeling it was put together very fast with little thought as to how the characters and story would develop. Sabrina's graduated college, and her aunts have moved back to the Other Realm. Together with Salem, Sabrina lives with Morgan and Roxie in the manor her aunts have left behind. Magic is limited, but still present, though it only seems to complicate matters more than solve them. The season is divided into two parts: Sabrina working at her first job, and meeting another love interest named Aaron. What makes the season worth watching despite its many flaws is Harvey's regular appearances, and the last two episodes. The season finale is beautifully done, and the twist is quite welcome.

Also on this set is the "Sabrina Goes to Rome" movie, one of two films done before and while the show was on the air. I'd have loved to have "Sabrina Down Under" included, but it seems it'll remain a VHS release until CBS decides to release it though it seems unlikely at this point. Is the last season worth having? I'd say so. You could safely skip over a number of episodes without fear of losing continuity if you're only in it to see Sabrina's happily ever after.
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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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on July 5, 2017
I'll preface this by saying I hate this show. My girlfriend wanted to rehash some preteen moment of her life and see the Sabrina Goes to Rome tv movie. You can't buy that movie slone, but this set has it along with the other tv movie they made. So 5 stars it is. Shipped well too.

As a silver lining, if you have to watch this against your will, you can play the colonel gentleman game and try to spot how many scenes have the fake cat vs the real cat.
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on September 2, 2016
One of my all-time favorite tv series. I've watched all 7 seasons several times. It's creative, clean, cheesy and endearing. The 90s fashion will make you laugh almost as much as Sabrina's cat, Salem. If you're looking for light-hearted comedy, this is a gem.

There is nothing creepy about it. It's appropriate for all ages. You may find yourself saying "woohoo!" and "gotta go!" a lot more.

The first 4 seasons (high school years) were on ABC before it switched to the WB-turned-CW for the last 3 seasons.

In the last three seasons, the girl that played Punky Brewster is the character Roxie. Clueless movie character Amber is Morgan. There are a lot of familiar faces in the cast that were popular in the 90s and are acting today.
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on February 13, 2014
IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH YOU SHOULD START. IT'S KIND OF DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN THE SEASON IF YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT; BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE YOU'RE IN FOR A TREAT. THE FINAL SEASON WAS GREAT; IT WAS FILLED WITH COMEDY, AND SADNESS. THERE ISN'T ANYTHING THAT I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT IT; IT'S ALL GOOD. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE SHOW I SUGGEST YOU START FROM THE BEGINNING BECAUSE OTHERWISE YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE CHARACTER SHE BECAME THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. DON'T BUY THE FINAL SEASON OF SABRINA UNTIL YOU GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING. I PROMISE YOU IT'S WORTH IT.
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on December 9, 2016
This was the first season after Sabrina graduated from high school. It wasn't nearly as cute and fun as seasons 1-4 were. Even the title sequence wasn't as fun as the previous seasons. The new roommates she has and their storylines are just so-so and the new love interest is just mediocre and the on-screen chemistry is just tepid. Some character favorite regulars remain like the Aunts and the always-fun Salem the cat, so it is worth having if you want to complete your collection, but fans of the series in its prior incarnation may be let down some.
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on September 2, 2016
I love the first 4 seasons of this show SO MUCH. But like many shows, once Sabrina goes to college it's not great. They got rid of most of the magic situations she gets herself into and the show is more focused on actual issues a college student might deal with. I feel like there was an ill-advised writers room meeting where they decided Sabrina needed to be more "relatable" to an older audience. It did not work. I am a 28 year old woman at my office job while I write this very important review of the 5th season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, just FYI.
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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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on March 9, 2013
It was surprisingly enjoyable and funny. Watching Sabrina again, and seeing how truely good of a show it actually is. They need more shows like this one back on TV. It was truely enjoyable, to watch Howie D. of the Backstreet Boys on Episode 2 of this season(7) in "The Big Head" to see how her and Harvey finished up at the end in "Soulmates/broken stars"(21/22). Loved it, worth the money and a great value for entertainment, Melissa Joan Heart and her dorm friends are funny. So is Zelda and Hilda when they come back. Just worth it.
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