There was temptation to rate this season based only on the colorization, which I would have given one star. But it's "Bewitched", so I am giving the review three stars.
I should have gone with my gut instinct as soon as I learned that the studios were colorizing the black and white seasons of certain shows (I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched). I should not have purchased the fake color seasons. Well, you live and you learn. The reason I am writing this review is because there may be folks who are on the fence, undecided about buying this. Yes, several of the Amazon reviews here are glowing, suggesting the colors are very nicely rendered. I should not have believed them. It seems beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. These colors are far too too intense and weird looking. (Now, I do realize that this is just an old sitcom to some people and not Citizen Kane; but I cherish classic TV and feel that I needed to address this coloring issue.)
I bought the colored version of the second season and then was disappointed. Luckily I don't need to buy the original black and white set; when I watch this set I simply turn the color off on my television. Problem solved. I no longer need to be assaulted visually with hues that are far too garish, or shades that don't make sense. Example: neighbor Abner Kravitz's pajamas are the same shade of gray as his pillows and sheets? Please. Endora's hair is an insanely intense, flourescent orange. Ridiculous. Some of the wallpaper, draperies, tablecloths and furniture look horribly unnatural. It's not all terrible but it's fairly close.
What I do not understand is how people writing reviews here can compliment and praise this colorization so strongly when it is not really good. Watching these episodes, one is constantly reminded that these were filmed in black and white; the manmade colors just do not look normal or natural or appropriate. Very seldom does a color look right. Unfortunately most major colors used are far too loud. So the colorization gets a one star grade.
Bewitched itself is great fun, a silly diversion that, while flawed, is very enjoyable. The characters are beloved by many; I am particularly charmed by Endora and Aunt Clara. The comedy is fun and clean. Gladys Kravitz is always a hoot as she continues to think she's going insane. The show succeeds in its slapstick and also in its sentiment.
As the show progressed, in later seasons, it seemed to rely too much on the formula of "how can Darrin and Sam explain the presence of a (animal, mythical beast, or historical figure) in their home, so that it could become part of the advertising campaign". But these earlier episodes don't rely quite so heavily on that plot point.
And these seasons have a generous amount of episodes. You get a nice quantity of 38 on the second season. There are a couple of repeats/flashbacks from the first season thrown in (Samantha Meets the Folks, and a Christmas episode) but that's no big deal. They did the same thing on "I Love Lucy" when she was pregnant.
While seeing this on dvd, I am reminded how much Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead raised the quality of the material. These two actresses really made this show better than it would have been had other actresses been cast.
It's nice to watch these episodes now that they are impossible to find on my basic cable lineup. It seems that good TV from the 50's and 60's isn't so easy to find on television anymore. Luckily dvd is here.
I hope this review helps people who are unsure about which set to purchase.