This week's Countdown To Halloween Saturday Night Special is from season one of the classic bewitching TV show "Bewitched."
This was episode seven titled "The Witches Are Out," and it aired on October 29, 1964.
In this episode, Samantha and her lovely witch friends are having a little tea time together!
This is Reta (The Ghost And Mrs. Muir) Shaw as Bertha.
Another of Sam's friends is Mary played by Madge Blake. Madge was Mrs. Cooper/Aunt Harriet on 96 episodes of the "Batman" TV show.
The brilliant comedian Shelley Berman plays a man named Mr. Brinkman who has some new Halloween candy that he wants Darrin to create an ad campaign for.
Never giving it a second thought, this is the witch image that Darrin creates for the new ads.
Unfortunately, this is the very subject that the ladies were discussing at their meeting, how witches are always portrayed in an unfavorable, unfair and totally discriminatory manner.
So when Darrin brings his work home and Samantha sees what he's doing, they have a conversation about how witches are constantly discriminated against. Darrin brings up the fact that why does it matter since nobody believes in witches anyway, which is a pretty good point, but he doesn't get very far with that logic!
After their conversation, Darrin tears up his artwork, and tells Samantha he's going to approach his client with a different perspective.
But Brinkman, being the jerk that he is, doesn't like the concept, even after Darrin tries to explain to him that he shouldn't stereotype all witches as ugly old hags.
Brinkman says no, and so Darrin quits the project!
Most guys probably wouldn't mind if Samantha showed up in their bedroom in the middle of the night, but if Bertha, Mary, and Aunt Clara showed up, that's a different story!
Mr. Brinkman is now more than ready to talk about a different type of witch image!
You can thank the Wizard of the Airwaves for this one!
Classic episode of a great show.
I remember Reta Shaw primarily as Halcyon from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Oddly enough, she pickets in that movie too.
Obviously the SECOND kind of ad campaign would get most of the hatred right now, though that's been true for quite some time.
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