5/13/13

Mini Skirt Monday #153: Bewitched Minis (Part 1)


From 1969-1972 miniskirts were rampant on television; before and after there was a tapering effect.  How do I know this? Well, let me just point out that we're on Miniskirt Monday number 153.... that translates to 153 weeks of minis - that's roughly three straight years of week after week of miniskirts.  It would be an understatement to say I've learned a thing or two.

A couple things I didn't need to learn because I've known them roughly my whole life:  Elizabeth Montgomery is a stone cold fox and her Darrins are both douche bags.... and Larry Tate is no prize either.

Anyway, there's lots to cover - so let's get going!



Here's Samantha doing her daily chores.  Darrin doesn't like magic, so he makes her do it all by hand.  Of course,  he doesn't lift a finger, but "magic is evil" so Sam has to do the housework manually.

Can I just state for the record that Darrin is a douche bag and Sam is way too good for him?  Let's just put it down as "a given" and move on.


That's an eyeful, isn't it?  And I'm not just referring to the miniskirt.  Dig that old school TV and phone, not to mention the shagadelic stairway carpet.  Back then, everything was wallpapered; today everything is paint, paint, paint.  Wallpaper gets no respect these days.


Check out Darrin's hungry look.  Are we positive Dick Sargent was gay?


Same outfit. Sam's working her magic to save Darrin's arse once again.  Funny how magic is not okay to do housework, but it is okay to help Darrin with his lousy job...... Wait. I said I wouldn't bash Darrin, so I'm stopping there.


I think cotton top Tate had a thing for Samantha.  He was always teetering on the verge of having a heart attack, so I doubt he could have calmed himself enough to follow his carnal lusts through.  But it was there.  Mark my words.


A world of suits and miniskirts.  Did they realize they they were living in the days of Wine and Roses?


This stable-hand has taken a shine to Sam's miniskirt.  Too bad Bewitched was an HBO series, things could have gotten real interesting from here.


Five years after Bewitched's last season, Tabitha got a spin off which only lasted a single season.  Lisa Hartman played her (who somehow was now in her twenties).  Robert Urich also starred.


Darrin, Larry, Esmerelda, and Samantha in Italy.  Esmerelda manages to straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I just enjoyed seeing the gang on location.


Darrin and the two women in his life.


Elizabeth Montgomery wasn't the only one wearing a mini on Bewitched.  Darrin's secretary always knew how to dress for her Darrin.


In this episode Julie Newmar guests as Ophelia, a cat in human form conjured by Endora to tempt Darrin.  Newmar never wears a mini in the episode, but does get decked out in cat attire.


No complaints here.


The photo-shoot scene where Newmar strokes, caresses, and manhandles the tractor exhaust pipe is among the most erotic in television history.  But I digress.


One of these days, I'm going to do a post on sitcom homes.  I could talk for an hour just about this kitchen alone.  The Brady residence gets a lot of analysis, but not much is said about other sitcom abodes.  This is a void which must be filled.


Billie Hayes plays the witch in this episode where Sam must save Tabitha from inside the Hansel and Gretel story.  Billie was no stranger to playing witches - she was Witchiepoo on H.R. Pufnstuf.


The Stephens visit a museum while in London and Samantha is molested by a figure from one of the paintings.  This episode holds special significance in the pantheon of miniskirt broadcast history.  When Samantha steps back in time, a guardsman of Henry XIII makes a derogatory comment about her miniskirt.
"What manner of costume is that?"
"Is there anything wrong with it?"
"It is to say the least, minimal covering.  When you appear before his majesty, you had better maximize."

Samantha is upset because the Loch Ness Monster is actually one of Serena's old boyfriends whom she transformed, and now Nessie's in danger of being killed...... Yeah, it's those kind of plots that made Bewitched seem cartoonish alongside other seventies sitcoms which emphasized realism (i.e. All in the Family, Good Times).


You could always count on Serena to wear something nice.


And this is the guy that was once the Loch Ness Monster.  Now, he's got a swingin' bachelor pad deep beneath Loch Ness.  Man, I love this show.


This is from an episode where a ghost actually possesses Darrin to get inside Samantha's miniskirt.  In addition to the marvelous mini, Sam gets around in a negligee for a few scenes.


Not technically a miniskirt, but still none too shabby.  Not to worry, though - there's plenty more Bewitched minis to come, so stay tuned for Part Two coming up next Monday.

23 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

    How I loved those days!

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  2. K PencheMay 13, 2013

    What was it with the knee socks? Some attempt at the "housewife mini"? No complaints here though.

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    1. I was about to say the same thing. Sam had a bit of a "naughty school girl" thing going with the minis and the knee socks.

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    2. I always thought there were sexual over tones in bewitched- would have made a hot porn flick about a house wife being hit on by Darin's clients- not to mention Larry Tate and his hot wife!

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  3. Julie Newmar the sex kitten who was both Catwoman and a cat. "...Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar" I hope you get your own post on Retrospect someday.

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  4. Lovely! Just lovely! Can't wait for your analysis of various kitchens.

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  5. Samantha's legs were groovy, but Serena's gams--wow! God as my witness, when I was a kid watching this show I thought they were 2 different people (and I did like Serena's legs better) :)

    I think I enjoyed Gilligan's words here even more than the skirts! And for the record, this show jumped the shark the minute Dick Sargent appeared as Darrin. I always thought it interesting that the house got a remodeling for the new Darrin but turned around and recycled plots from older shows--why, why?!

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    1. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

      Apparently you weren't the only one who thought Sam and Serena were portrayed by two different people. As a joke, later seasons of the show ran the credit "Pandora Spocks as Serena". The show's producers say that the non-existent "Pandora Spocks" actually got fan mail.

      As for why so many plots were recycled in the later seasons, the writers simply ran out of ideas.

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  6. You're right about the wallpaper. I went to get wallpaper at Home Depot one day, and was shocked to find they carried only about six patterns. The whole decorating world had passed me by.

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    1. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

      On a sort of related topic...not only is wallpaper vanishing, but wrapping paper as well. For birthday and other holiday gift giving wrapping paper has been almost entirely replaced by those gift bags. I went to buy some wrapping paper for a gift the other day and the selection was extremely small,almost nonexistent, compared to the wide array of gift bags available. I consider gift bags lazy. To me half the fun is in wrapping (and unwrapping) gifts. But I am apparently now in a minority.

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    2. Goddamn gift bags! You have to stuff tissue paper in the top of everybody can just freely look inside, and that shit never goes as far as you think it will. And once you use the attached nametag, you can't use it again unless it's to the same person. And if you use stick-on tags, then that ruins the bag when you rip it off. And you certainly can't pack them like you can wrapped boxes. Fuck 'em.

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  7. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

    If you're an Elizabeth Montgomery fan, you need to watch the Twilight Zone episode "Two" (Season 3, Episode 1). She is younger (obviously) and has dark hair! It's a great episode, and also stars Charles Bronson.

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    1. AnonymousMay 20, 2013

      omg, just watched it! I love Elizabeth Montgomery and Charles Bronson too. She looked good as a brunette too (more natural than her Serina Character) Thanks for posting about her being in the Twilight Zone series. :)

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    2. She looked great in the Untouchables and David White (Larry Tate) was also in this episode.

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  8. AnonymousMay 13, 2013

    Re: Picture #4 - I never wanted to be a lamp so badly in my life.......

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    1. I see your point. I now feel the same way about wanting to be a tractor exhaust pipe.

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  9. Avocado and Harvest Gold. What every kitchen aspired to be in those days.

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  10. Cool feature ... and AGREED about kitchen sets and house studio sets - they need to be covered! Please do it!

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  11. AnonymousMay 14, 2013

    It was mentioned on Elizabeth Montgomery's Biography episode that she would occasionally role-play as Serena with her husband, producer William Asher. How cool would that be?

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  12. In the later seasons of BEWITCHED, it was also becoming a kid/family oriented program, as opposed to its early years with a somewhat more grown-up perspective.

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  13. Wow, great post. Still love Samantha as a loving mother figure and Serena as a wicked & twisted girlfriend. Credit Elizabeth Montgomery for flawlessly pulling that off..

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  14. I was so addicted to Bewitched when I was a kid and still love it as an adult!!! I just love Aunt Clara I have an <3 for door knobs too...lol and Endora well she is priceless! Love her! I'm with you on the Darrin's

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  15. What about Endora?! She was hilarious! How many names did she have for Derrwood anyway?

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