A mainstay on ABC's Friday "TGIF" lineup in the 1990's, "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" was a series that built up a good-sized fanbase of those who enjoyed the adventures of the teenage spellcaster. The series followed Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart), who lived with her two aunts Hilda (comic Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick), who reveal to Sabrina that she's a witch with special powers.
The series then followed Sabrina as she tried to navigate being a teenager and a witch. She was joined by pal Valerie (the underrated Lindsay Sloane, who's always very funny, but who's rarely been given anything besides a supporting role), villain Libby (Jenna Leigh Green), as well as romantic interest Harvey (Nate Richert) on various adventures. Every episode saw Sabrina using magic, but ultimately having to solve her problems by using her own smarts instead of having to rely on her powers to get her out of a jam.
The series eventually started to fall rather flat when it changed to the WB and focused on Sabrina's college experience, but during the "TGIF" ABC years, the show offered up enjoyably breezy comedy and usually a lesson that wasn't presented in too heavy-handed a manner. Melissa Joan Hart's performance also played up the material well, as the actress offered a snappy delivery and was good with both the jokes and the occasional physical comedy required. Rhea and Broderick also bounced jokes off one another quite well, as well. Additionally, Nick Bakay (who was also a writer on the series for some time - not a bad gig getting to have a hand in writing your own material) managed to steal some scenes as the voice of animatronic cat, Salem.
The second season of the series focused on Sabrina trying to deal with training for her witches license with a new Quizmaster (Alimi Ballard). The series also focused a little more on the ups and downs of the relationship between Sabrina and Harvey. The series also introduces a new principal at Sabrina's school, played well by Martin Mull.
Note: the back of the package notes that music has been altered from the original versions (a music rights issue) and some episodes are edited from their original network versions.
25. 2- 1 26 Sep 97 Sabrina Gets Her License (1)
26. 2- 2 26 Sep 97 Sabrina Gets Her License (2)
27. 2- 3 3 Oct 97 Dummy for Love
28. 2- 4 10 Oct 97 Dante's Inferno
29. 2- 5 17 Oct 97 A Doll's Story
30. 2- 6 24 Oct 97 Sabrina, the Teenage Boy
31. 2- 7 31 Oct 97 A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It
32. 2- 8 7 Nov 97 Inna-Gadda-Sabrina
33. 2- 9 14 Nov 97 Witch Trash
34. 2-10 21 Nov 97 To Tell a Mortal
35. 2-11 5 Dec 97 Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves
36. 2-12 19 Dec 97 Sabrina Claus
37. 2-13 9 Jan 98 Little Big Kraft
38. 2-14 23 Jan 98 Five Easy Pieces of Libby
39. 2-15 30 Jan 98 Finger Lickin' Flu
40. 2-16 6 Feb 98 Sabrina and the Beanstalk
41. 2-17 13 Feb 98 The Equalizer
42. 2-18 27 Feb 98 The Band Episode
43. 2-19 6 Mar 98 When Teens Collide
44. 2-20 20 Mar 98 My Nightmare, the Car
45. 2-21 3 Apr 98 Fear Strikes Up a Conversation
46. 2-22 17 Apr 98 Quiz Show
47. 2-23 24 Apr 98 Disneyworld
48. 2-24 1 May 98 Sabrina's Choice
49. 2-25 8 May 98 Rumor Mill
50. 2-26 15 May 98 Mom vs. Magic
VIDEO: Paramount presents "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch" in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. Picture quality matches broadcast quality, as while sharpness and detail aren't exceptional, the image at least looks moderately crisp throughout. Some slight artifacting is seen in a few moments here-and-there (mainly in some darker scenes), but the picture otherwise looked clean and clear. Colors looked bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other concerns.
SOUND: The show is presented with a crisp, clear stereo soundtrack.
EXTRAS: Sadly, nothing.
Final Thoughts: "Sabrina: The Teenage Witch" eventually lost its magic a bit when the series moved to Sabrina's college years, but the early seasons of the series hold up well, remaining light and fun. The fact that music has been edited and episodes are apparently edited is a disappointment, but fans may still want to check out the set as a rental or purchase if on sale.