Bewitched: Season 04 (1967)

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Sexy witch Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) continues to be compelled to cast various and sundry magical spells despite the objections of her mortal ad executive husband, Darrin Stephens (Dick York), as the fantasy sitcom Bewitched enters its fourth season. Also returning for more fun, frivolity, and wacky witchcraft are Agnes Moorehead as Samantha's imperious witch mother, Endora; Erin Murphy as Darrin and Samantha's daughter, Tabitha (who is beginning to exhibit certain "special powers" herself); David White as Darrin's overzealous boss, Larry Tate; Sandra Gould and George Tobias as the Stephens' neighbors Gladys and Abner Kravitz; and, on occasion, Paul Lynde as Samantha's prankish warlock Uncle Arthur. Conspicuous by her absence throughout most of season four is Marion Lorne as "Sam's" befuddled Aunt Clara, whose magical spells somehow always go awry. Seriously ill and suffering from a rapidly failing memory, the 84-year-old Marion Lorne was forced to severely cut back her work load; the actress died just after filming wrapped for the season, on May 9, 1968. Season four's best episodes include "Long Live the Queen," in which "Sam" must assume the position of Queen of the Witches, with Darrin as her reluctant consort; "A Safe Sane Halloween," wherein little Tabitha exercises her newfound powers to brings a few storybook goblins to life; "Samantha's Thanksgiving to Remember," which finds the Stephens family accidentally zapped back to the 17th century, whereupon Darrin and not Sam is accused of witchcraft; and "A Majority of Two," featuring the delightful character comedian Richard Haydn (Uncle Max in The Sound of Music) as a Japanese businessman who falls in love with Aunt Clara.