Tabitha [TV Series] (1977)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Making its ABC bow on September 10, 1977, after two preview pilot episodes on April 24, 1976, and May 7, 1977, Tabitha was a spin-off of the popular fantasy sitcom Bewitched (previously seen on the same network from 1964 to 1972). The title character was the daughter of sexy witch Samantha Stevens and her mortal husband, Darrin Stevens. Tabitha was "born" on Bewitched in 1966 and later played by child actress Erin Murphy. Although by rights Tabitha Stevens should have been at most eleven years old when her own series debuted, she was redefined as a grown woman in her early twenties -- and accordingly, was played by adult actress Lisa Hartman. The 1976 pilot episode, which starred Liberty Williams, had Tabitha working as an editorial assistant at a trendy San Francisco magazine. In the series itself, Tabitha was employed as a production assistant on the L.A.-based talk show "The Paul Thurston Show." Though she kept her magical witch powers (inherited from mom Samantha) under wraps for the most part, Tabitha could and did conjure up a spell or two to get herself and her co-workers out of various jams. The supporting cast featured a pre-Vega$, pre-Spenser Robert Urich as the vainglorious, thick-witted Paul Thurston; Mel Stewart as Tabitha's boss, TV producer Marvin Decker; David Ankrum as Tabitha's younger brother, Adam, who, unlike his sister, had no magical powers, but who knew Tabitha's "secret," and did a good job keeping it; and Karen Morrow as Tabitha's Aunt Minerva, a flighty full-fledged witch who enjoyed casting spells on the doltish Thurston. Although Adam and Aunt Minerva were carryover characters from Bewitched, they were not played by the original actors. Conversely, Bewitched veteran Bernard Fox occasionally reprised his famous role as wacky Dr. Bombay, the witches' favorite general practitioner. Only 12 half-hour episodes of Tabitha were seen before ABC made the series vanish into thin air on January 14, 1978.

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