After much anticipation, the premiere of Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is nearly upon us. Naturally, the “Sabrina” reboot is bringing up old memories of the ’90s sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
In honour of the new show, join us on a magical journey down memory lane as we relive the adventures of the OG TV Sabrina and learn interesting tidbits along the way.
The show is based of the Archie Comic of the same name.
Sticking to the plot of the comics almost perfectly, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was the live-action adaptation of a comic book. That’s right, Sabrina, Salem, and Harvey were all comic book characters.
It began as a movie.
The TV show actually started as a Showtime movie, which was created after Hart’s mother, Paula Hart, sold a screenplay based on the comics to Viacom.
“My mum doesn’t get nearly enough credit for her job as the woman spearheading the show,” Melissa later told Marie Claire. “She is the one who was handed the Archie Comic book on a playground at my sister’s school in Manhattan and sold it to Viacom as a Showtime movie. She always knew it would make an incredible series but no one would listen, until she cut together a trailer from the movie and pitched it to all four major networks at the time.”
She later said that she and her mother worked closely on the series together.
The show was a family affair.
Melissa Joan Hart’s younger sister, Emily Hart, made guest appearances as Sabrina’s cousin Amanda and even appeared as a young Sabrina in one season.
Melissa Joan Hart wasn’t a teen.
Despite the show’s age-driven title, when the show premiered in 1996, Melissa Joan Hart was 20 years old. When the show ended, the actress was almost 30.
Milo Ventimiglia appeared in the show.
Sabrina and Salem appear in every episode.
With seven seasons, Sabrina and Salem are the only two characters that appear in every single episode. That’s a total of 163 episodes.
There is an homage to Salem, Massachusetts in the show.
A famous magician was cast in the show.
Ryan Reynolds appeared in the show.
Multiple cats actually played Salem.
Though there was one and only Salem the cat in the show and TV movie, the character was played by three different real cats and a puppet.
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