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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 1998
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seth Green, Alyson Hannigan
  • Summary: Three sisters - Prue, Piper and Phoebe Halliwell - reunite in their ancestral home, Halliwell Manor. When the youngest sister, Phoebe, ventures into the previously-locked attic, she recites a passage from an ancient book which unlocks their dormant powers to transform them into The Charmed Ones - the most powerful witches ever to exist. Now they must vanquish evil and save innocent lives while living their own lives as normal women in the real world. Life isn't so easy when you're Charmed.

    In Season 4, half-sister (and half-Whitelighter) Paige replaces the dearly departed Prue in The Power of Three.

    In season 8, a life-or-death decision forces the sisters to fake their deaths and take a young witch named Billie into their care to help them fight the evil forces that once threatened their existence so that they could maintain the 'normal' lives for which they had spent the last 7 years fighting to regain.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Creator: Joss Whedon, J. Michael Straczynski, Ann Donahue
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 7, 1998
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jun 17, 2013
    Funny, spooky and wonderfully entertaining. [7 Oct 1998]
  2. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 18, 2013
    By the time the episode wraps up with a good-vs.-evil clash, though, it's really rolling, with special effects that are both fun and scary. Doherty, Combs and Milano are appealing, and also believable as sisters, and T.W. King adds a down-to-earth touch as police detective Andy Trudeau, Prue's old boyfriend, who suspects that something is up. [7 Oct 1998, p.E6]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 17, 2013
    If you've followed the TV careers of Charmed's stars -- Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss) -- then just the idea of all three being in the same show makes it worth a look. The premise is at times campy, but it works. [7 Oct 1998, p.3D]
  4. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 17, 2013
    As Buster Poindexter once sang, they're hot, hot, hot...If Charmed gets more savvy, scary and sexy as weeks go on and it's a good bet it will falling under its spell will be an easy thing to do. [7 Oct 1998, p.93]
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 18, 2013
    Doherty and Milano, together with some silly dialogue and plots, promise some good campy fun. The problems come whenever their third sibling, played by Holly Marie Combs ("Picket Fences"), is on screen. You see, Combs can actually act, and whenever she starts to emote, she gives the trashy proceedings a bit more reality than they can handle. [7 Oct 1998, p.39]
  6. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jun 17, 2013
    None of this will bother viewers who haven't seen "The Witches of Eastwick." And given that the movie was released in 1987 -- and that the WB's programming is aimed directly at teenagers -- chances are that the lack of originality in Charmed won't hurt the show's chances. [7 Oct 1998]
  7. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 17, 2013
    There's no magic, black or otherwise, in the WB's Charmed, a limp drama about three sisters who discover they are witches. [7 Oct 1998, p.F1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    I have to disagree with the negative critic review because charmed has magic and some black magic that is contained with it demons, Witches time traveling and of course a cat the los angeles times reporter must have only watched the pilot to it something this Wicca way comes. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first season was great. The second season was even better, and the third was just brilliant!!! Now, let's talk about why I didn't like Series 4 - 5 . Prue. She was gone, killed off because her co-star Alyssa Milano (Phoebe) was a b*tch to her off screen. Paige was a crap character at first, but by season six, Paige had come into her own character, better than Prue. Series 6 was trash, skippable, but crucial to the storyline, series 7 picked up and it was charmed again, but the final series, that was rushed and too cliched. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2011
    Overall, this was a very good show. Although at times I did feel that it did come across as quite cheesy. Personally, I preferred it when the new sister Paige (Rose McGowan) came onto the show as she brought something new and fresh to the table. The acting, although good could be quite weak at times which was disappointing. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2013
    On the surface, Charmed looks to be just another WB teen show. After all, the cast is loaded with former teen idols. Looks however can be deceiving! Charmed is a very solid mix of comedy and science fiction that leaves the fan craving more. I could sit and watch episodes of this show for hours!

    Three sisters reunite for the funeral of the grandmother that raised them. After the funeral, they are going through the house and find a lot of things that lead them to believe their grandmother was into witch craft. After being attacked, investigating more, and being visited by some ghosts, the sisters learn that they are the decedents of a very powerful family of magicians. They are in fact legendary witches known as the charmed ones, who for thousands of years have been prophesized as the ones who finally tip the balance between good and evil to our side!

    The show starts with them learning about their powers and ends with them trying to fulfill their destinies. Holly Marie Combes plays older sister Piper and while never the big name star of the show, she is by far the most interesting and entertaining character. Eventually the show comes to center around her and her family within the show. Personally, I think this is what saved the show after the early departure of one of its stars.

    Charmed is eight seasons of magic, action, comedy, love, tragedy, and just plain fun. Being that it has a cast of all former teen idols, with low rating, on what is nowhere near a major network, the show didn't get the recognition that it deserved, but it is a terrific show! You can currently catch re-runs early mornings on TNT and of course watch it online. If you've got some time, I'd defiantly suggest checking it out!
  5. Apr 10, 2011
    The 1st Season Of Charmed Was One Of The Years Best. The Cast Then Till Season 4 (Alyssa Milino, Holly Marie Combs, And Shannen
    Doherty) Were All Great.. Yes I Have To Say Season One Has One Of My Leas Favorite Ep's Of ALL Time.. But The Show And This Season Overall Is Great. The Only Bad Thing Is T.W. King Was On This Season.. Uggg Hate Him :)
    Overall This Season Of Charmed Will Be Scored A 8
  6. Sep 10, 2010
    It has a good looking cast, some good plots to begin with and the characters are likeable.
    However the plot starts to go down hill when the
    character Prue dies and they miraculously find
    another sister - Paige (Rose McGowan) who is a bad actress in comparison to (Shannen Doherty) who plays Prue. Not only does the plot get confusing with the revelation of a new sister but they always win and no main characters die. I used to love watching this film but the last time I watched it I found it embarrassing to watch due to the corny feel of the whole episode. A good programme sticks to reality having good things and bad things happen which create empathy towards the programme's audience.
  7. Feb 10, 2013
    Charmed is a prime example of a show that fell apart the longer it went on. The first few seasons are held back by low 90s quality, though unfortunately this is also when the writing and characterization is at its best. The show becomes glossier and showier as it continues, with really neat magic displays and great picture quality. But it also loses sight of what the show is supposed to be about: the bond of sisterhood, and it sadly spirals into centering on constant relationship whining and being inconvenienced by magic instead. The female leads become pettier and pettier as the seasons drag on, as well as overtly sexualized. Once you get into about the middle of the series and beyond, expect a lot of cleavage bouncing around and arms being manically waving in the air as shrill complaints about men and magic spew until a slew of demons get killed and the credits roll on a happy, sentimental note. It just all starts to bleed together and every mildly interesting trick, like body swaps and possessions, are used a dozen or more times. In short, it quickly becomes pointless after about season 4, and even in all of that time it never really manages to surpass "pretty good". Rarely will you get anything too deep or original. Go ahead if you're a giant genre fan but be prepared to wonder why you're even bothering after already putting in quite a bit of time. You might become trapped in feeling obligated to finish the whole thing despite no longer being very invested or having a lot of excitement in where it's going. Expand

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