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4.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Begins, 28 July 2008
This review is from: Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The First Season [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) life is changing. She's just moved in with her aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick) and is starting a new school.

But that's not all. On her sixteenth birthday, Sabrina learns that she is a witch who is just starting to get her powers. So not only does she need to fit in at school, but she needs to hide her powers for fear of being labeled a freak. And there's the fact that their cat Salem talks (voiced by Nick Bakay).

On her first day of school, she quickly makes friends with idealistic Jenny (Michelle Beaudoin) and develops a crush on Harvey (Nate Richert). Unfortunately, she also draws the distain of head cheerleader Libby (Jenna Leigh Green). And she has to survive biology with Mr. Poole (Paul Feig).

This school year will be anything but easy as she turns Libby into a pineapple, learns that messing with her friends lives can cause terrible things to happen, makes a magician invisible, gets trapped in a mirror of her own bad mood, turns Harvey into a frog when they kiss, and faces her own worst fear when Libby accuses her of being a witch while on a field trip to Salem, Massachusetts. Who ever said being a witch was easy?

I actually started watching this show with season two, but have caught season one multiple times in reruns. Maybe it's because I started later, but I've never found this to be one of my favorite seasons. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of laughs. But it just seems a bit like the show is still finding its feet. Of course, that is pretty normal for many shows in their first year.

This show definitely falls into the fantasy category, and it creates its magical world well. I do laugh quite a bit at the situations Sabrina gets into over the course of the season. The acting is good. Most of the special effects work, although a few are a little obvious, especially the puppet version of Salem in the early episodes.

This set contains all 24 episodes from the season on four discs. There are no bonus features, although the full frame picture and stereo sound look and sound great.

There isn't anything serious about this show, but it isn't trying to be serious. Instead, you'll get a funny show set in a creative fantasy world.
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