Our fourth episode for the Pop Culture Lens podcast is up, in which we are joined by friend of the podcast Megan Stemm-Wade to discuss the importance of the American TV sitcom Bewitched (1964-1972).
In this episode, we cover many aspects of how the series was referencing the beginnings of second wave feminism while also subtly subverting the still prevalent notions of femininity in American society and culture. Moreso, in viewing the series now, it seems thoroughly modern, and even more progressive than currently on-the-air sitcoms for how it empowers Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), Endora (Agnes Moorehead), and Tabitha (Erin Murphy).
We also discuss the sitcom’s relation to the 1980s concept of the “superwoman,” as well as how the 1990s rise of “grrl power” and the “magic girl” both reflect the groundwork of Bewitched while also, like the sitcom, critiquing the notion of the superwoman who is so empowered that she can do all things perfectly.
There was a lot going on in this seemingly frivolous sitcom about an advertising man marrying a witch and trying to have a normal suburban life — and that is the true magic of the series.