Be Nice Bewitched

The holiday/weather induced working from home has led me to watch numerous amounts of old “Bewitched” reruns each morning. My childhood memory had vague ambivalent feelings about it but the more I watch it now, the more it starts to really annoy me that the show had such a continued theme of rigid condemnation of anyone considered different.

If you haven’t watched an episode in awhile I suggest you do. They are all pretty much the same. Sam is being Sam (or her family is being her family) and her lame-ass husband gets his panties in a bunch because god forbid anyone do anything out of the ordinary and then because everyone but Sam and her family is such a condescending douchebag a misunderstanding happens that threatens her husband’s job and Sam has to use witchcraft to fix it.

What really annoys me the most is how Samantha seems to be just fine with her husband not accepting a huge part of who she is. She never argues when he has the gall to continually complain about her ability to make their life easier, more entertaining and interesting with just the twitch of her nose, and forbids her to be herself in her own house. Even after numerous years of marriage he is still such an unaccepting asshole about everything and has no appreciation of her capabilities and even gets mad when their daughter inherits witch powers. Samantha just puts up with it, all “la de da,” and even defends his judgmental nature to her family like they should just fall in line and conform to the close-minded “mortal’s” idea of what should and shouldn’t be. I feel like the message and overall theme of this show is so intolerant.

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am projecting because there is a whole lot of craziness and change happening in my life right now (personal story to eventually be told when I can type it without breaking down) but it makes me cringe to think that when this show was filmed that mentality was so very prevalent in America. I wonder what a revamped for the 21st century version of that show would look like. All I do know is that if I met a guy and married him and found out he could control magic I would be thrilled. What are your thoughts on the classic show “Bewitched”?

 

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10 thoughts on “Be Nice Bewitched

  1. Honestly, if my wife were a witch, that would be sweet…. but only if she used it for good and not evil, like Sam. I haven’t seen Bewitched in years, and you’re right. Even then, I always thought Darren was a fool for wanting to suppress his wife’s gifts/talents. That’s who she is, dummy! (And I did have a huge crush on Elizabeth Montgomery, so there’s that.)

  2. It’s so true, what you say about Bewtiched. We watched it all as kids and laughed! Thankfully that kind of ‘you must conform’ attitude has changed a lot.
    On a similar note, we watched the 1964 animated movie ‘Rudolf’ before Christmas, and were shocked at the attitudes there too. Everyone hates Rudolf because he is different and his father tries to make him conform. Also, the women were told they were unable to do things, like help search for Rudolph when he has run off, because they were . . . Women! And they should go home and let the Men do the hard work!
    These series/movies would certainly not be made like this today!

  3. I remember watching Bewitched when I was a little girl in the 60’s when it was NEW! I really enjoyed it, but even then we felt that Darren was a very silly man not to encourage his wife in her witchcraft. I am not sure that we weren’t *supposed* to view Darren’s behaviour, at the time, as being a little pre-historic. I think we were being encouraged to view *different* as being good and not bad. Probably the rather formulaic format of each programme tends to accentuate the good v bad, old v new ideas and when these shows were first shown they weren’t on every day but once a week and were a highlight among a lot of real dross! I’m not sure that I wouldn’t find it all a little ludicrous if I watched an episode a day or even more often. Times have definitely changed since then and a woman’s life has become much more fulfilling (though there is still a lot of room for improvement). When I was in school (high school) in the 70’s I attended an all-girl’s school but we were forbidden from wearing trousers even when we were 18 years old. Many restaurants all during the 70’s wouldn’t allow women in if they were wearing trousers. Can you imagine the uproar if a restaurant did that now!

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