Opening the 6th Season (1969-1970) with Dick Sergeant, replacing Dick York, was going to be both challenging and somwhat of a gamble to see if fans of the show would continue to be entralled and in love with America’s (and the world’s!) favorite housewife witch! With some of the most creative and memorable episodes, showcasing all of the actors talents, the season remained a favorite with fans! Here is a list of the 30 episodes in the Season 6 dvd set!
1 Samantha and the Beanstalk – As the 1969-1970 season begins, we are greeted by an all-new Darrin Stephens (Dick Sergeant). Tabitha is jealous of the new baby and decides to run away in the storybook of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Phyllis (Darrin’s Mother) sees Jack and is very confused about what is going on. Samantha finds out that Tabitha twitched herself into the storybook and goes in to get her back. She finds Tabitha shrinking the story’s giant and messing up the entire story. Samantha tells Tabitha to put everything right back where she found it and brings her home. A fun and entertaining first episode that kicks off Season 6, and gets the viewer ready for another magical season!
2 Samantha’s Yoo-Hoo Maid – A year after Aunt Clara passed on, Esmerelda carries on her memory by being a bumbling witch as well. Esmerelda sneezes up a whole lot of trouble when Darrin has a prospective client over to look at ad layouts. And whenever she gets nervous, she fades out! Darrin uses Esmerelda’s magical goof-ups to good use when he presents a unicorn as a design for the client’s car company. Samantha tells Darrin that Esmerelda will only visit when she is called.
3 Samantha’s Caesar Salad – Samantha wants Esmerelda to make a Caesar salad, but ends up bringing Julius Caesar instead! Samantha wants him to go home, but Caesar does not want to leave the twentieth century. So Samantha pops up Cleopatra to lure Caesar back into his own time. Darrin’s client sees these two figures together and decides to use these two in her beauty ad campaign.
4 Samantha’s Curious Cravings – Whenever Samantha thinks of food, it appears in her hand. Dr. Bombay helps her out with her condition, but it doesn’t work because now she goes to the food!
5 …And Something Makes Four – Samantha gives birth to her second child, Adam! Samantha’s father, Maurice makes sure that everyone who passes by falls in love with the baby. He takes it upon himself to put a spell on the new baby. Soon it is a threat to the Witches Council and Samantha tells her father to remove the love spell.
6 Naming Samantha’s New Baby – Maurice is raging mad because the new baby is not named after him. He storms to the house where the elder Stephens and Endora are adoring the new baby. Maurice freezes Darrin into a mirror until the baby’s name is changed. Frank and Phyllis see Darrin in the mirror and think that it is a big moneymaker. After Frank states that he hates the name that was given to the baby, Maurice releases Darrin from the mirror. Darrin comes up with a name that sticks “Adam”.
7 To Trick or Treat or Not to Trick or Treat – Samantha is working on Halloween costumes for a UNICEF benefit. Endora is dismayed at Samantha for celebrating Halloween. Endora turns Darrin into a witch to get him to see the disrespect of witches on Halloween. After getting into a lot of trouble with his appearance, Darrin apologizes to Endora and she removes the spell.
8 A Bunny for Tabitha – At Tabitha’s birthday party, Uncle Arthur volunteers to do tricks. He does a classic rabbit in a hat trick, and instead of a rabbit, he pulls out a Playboy bunny! Darrin’s new client, A.J. Sylvester, comes to the party with Larry and instantly falls for Bunny. When A.J. and the bunny have lunch together, A.J.’s ex-girlfriend comes up, sees him and leaves in anger. Samantha invites A.J. and Bunny to dinner and A.J. announces that they are to be engaged. But that doesn’t last long when Bunny’s rabbit qualities finally come to light.
9 Samantha’s Secret Spell – Darrin is doomed to become a mouse by midnight, and Samantha tries to get him to do some Jackass-style methods to stop this magic happening from occurring.
10 Daddy Comes for a Visit (1) – Maurice gives Darrin a magic watch, giving him magical powers, much to the dismay of Samantha.
11 Darrin the Warlock (2) – Darrin has a ball with his newfound magical powers. With his powers, Darrin creates a stellar account with his client, Bliss, Jr. and shows Larry his powers. It isn’t until Darrin meets his old friend, Dave, and decides to give up his magic.
12 Sam’s Double Mother Trouble – Esmerelda is reading Mother Goose to Tabitha, and ends up sneezing up the real Mother Goose in question. She is ordered by Sam to get rid of her before Phyllis comes by. Phyllis comes by because of a marital spat he had with Frank and meets Mother Goose. Then…
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The Sixth Season was always the ‘infamous’ one for Bewitched, whereas in England, they refer it to the ‘Doctor Who’ Season. Basically because Darrin secretly ‘regenerates’ from Dick York to Dick Sargent. I always thought it was odd the actor replacing York had the same first name. Which tells you about how strange things happen on Bewitched.
Ironically, the TLR (Time Lord Regeneration) Effect hit Bewitched with Louise Tate and Gladys Kravitz and apparently no one really seemed to care. The truth was as Lucille Ball originally wanted Gale Gordon as Fred Mertz, Sargent was first picked for Darrin due to his subtle wild expressions. But regrettably, due to contractual obligations neither were available at the time.
The problem I believe was with the Sixth Season was not as so much the Darrin Regeneration Effect bugging audience members, but it seemed the writers loved added new characters and such through each episode. Though there were some new stories written, others were simply modernized rehashes of classic York episodes but with a twist.
For instance whereas Endora splits Darrin’s work side and fun side in the original York season of the show, it’s because she wants Samantha to have fun. But in the Sargent version, Endora pulls the same stunt again (ironically) to help ‘Durwood’ be with her daughter while still attending an important business meeting in Japan.
Meanwhile, Alice Ghostley returned to the fold, but this time as Esmeralda, the housemaid with botched up magic. As with Paul Lynde, Ghostley played a mortal character. Except in a mysteriously ironic form, Ghostley played a bumbling housekeeper who Sam helps out when Louise needs a housekeeper for her party.
But I digress, as we know Esmeralda was essentially the replacement for Aunt Clara, except out of respect to Marion Lorre, she was written as a witch with dwindling powers, who’s magic was set off by sneezing, or mishandled spells.
Then there came Adam, which of course, was to coincide with Elizabeth Montgomery’s real pregnancy, and also helped bring charm to the show as Erin Murphy took over the role as Tabitha.
But the real gem of this Season was Serena getting Boyce and Hart for her Cotillion. In 1969, apparently rock stars guesting on shows was a new staple for sitcoms, and Bewitched was no exception. Of course, Montgomery shows off her talent as Serena when singing ‘Blow You a Kiss in the Wind.’ An actual song this time composed for the episode, rather than the ‘If’n Song,’ Serena sang in the Fourth Season.
But strangely enough, the Sixth Season mysteriously held onto its viewers. Though the new Darrin was taken with a grain of salt, the new characters and situations focusing also on Tabitha as well as Samantha kept them watching.
Even if you’re not a fan of Sargent, the other characters keep the series going and prepared the ground work for the wild global-trotting Seventh Season. Definitely give this DVD Set worth a look, because even when The Doctor was forced to change, never really hurt his series none. Even with the Sixth Doctor (strange).
Who knew a witch, mortal and Time Lord had so much in common?
I can not believe that there is only two more seasons left. I am sad that the original Darrin is gone. He was great. Now Adam, their son, is coming into the picture and also a new Darrin. I love this show so much. It’s great for the whole family and everyone will love it. I have all five seasons and am super excited for the sixth to be in my hand.