Melissa Joan Hart celebrates 25th anniversary of ‘Sabrina’

“I have to be a witch, I have to be a mortal, I have to be a teenager and I have to be a girl all at the same time. That’s what’s the matter.”

Sixteen-year-old Sabrina Spellman, performed by Melissa Joan Hart, uttered these notorious phrases throughout Season 1 of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which aired precisely 25 years in the past on ABC.

Hart, 45, celebrated the quarter-life milestone on Monday. “It’s been brought to my attention that 25 years ago today, September 27, 1996, our show first aired on ABC for 7 seasons,” the “Melissa & Joey” actress captioned a collection of photographs from her time on the present. “The little engine that could we called it since it was in the shadows of the largely anticipated show #Clueless but it persevered and we got to steal @reddonovan to come over to our fun cast.”

Based on the Archie Comics character of the identical identify, the collection adopted Sabrina as she tried to navigate her highschool life as she offers along with her magical powers all whereas discovering her true parentage, with just a little assist from a really chatty but witty pet cat and her loopy 600-year-old aunts, performed by Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea.

Michelle Beaudoin (Jenny Kelley), Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina Spellman), Nate Richert (Harvey Dwight Kinkle), Jenna Leigh Green (Libby Chessler). Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick (entrance middle) starred as Sabrina’s witchy aunts Hilda and Zelda respectively.
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She continued, “Tons of talented guest stars, musical acts and magic tv tricks over the years. Full of friendships and crazy memories, it was an incredible ride to be sure! Thanks for the love and support to help us do what we love to do, make people smile!! Happy #SabrinatheTeenageWitch Day!”

“Sabrina the Teenage Witch” premiered within the fall of 1996 as half of ABC’s TGIF lineup. Over 17 million viewers tuned into the collection debut and the present in the end ran for seven seasons till 2003. In 2000, the sitcom moved to its new residence — the teenager community, the WB.

Sabrina along with her cat, Salem.
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The important cast additionally included Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Martin Mull, Lindsay Sloane, David Lascher, Soleil Moon Frye, Elisa Donovan and Trevor Lissauer. Nick Bakay voiced the Spellmans’ speaking black cat Salem Saberhagen, a warlock pressured to spend 100 years as a feline after he tried to take over the world. His purr-fect one-liners and dry humor grew to become a staple of the sitcom’s plotlines.

Season 1 showrunner Nell Scovell recently reminisced about the teenage spellbinder comedy with Elle magazine.

“I wanted to make a show that I would’ve liked to watch when I was a young a girl,” she stated. “And the revolutionary idea of ‘Sabrina’ is she’s a good kid. She doesn’t want to be a cheerleader [or] popular. She, like me, wanted to be good in school, and a good person.”

Caroline Rhea, Melissa Joan Hart and Beth Broderick.
Caroline Rhea, Melissa Joan Hart and Beth Broderick.
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Scovell additionally defined she was impressed by some ladies she admired as she grew up in a “post-‘Bewitched’ world.”

“But that’s the distinction between a present within the ‘60s and a show in the ‘90s created by someone who grew up in the ‘70s and had Gloria Steinem in her life,” she said. “It was, ‘Be careful of your powers, but we will encourage you to use them.’”

A delicate reboot of the present and a darker adaption of the Archie Comics strip entitled “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” aired on Netflix for 4 seasons till its cancellation in 2020.

Melissa Joan Hart, now 45, was 20 when the show premiered.
Melissa Joan Hart, now 45, was 20 when the present premiered.
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