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Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1970 TV series)

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (titled Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies[1] or The Sabrina Comedy Hour and promotionally referred to as The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show or The Sabrina Comedy Show) is an American animated television series produced by Filmation that aired on CBS during Saturday mornings from 1970 to 1974. The series is also aired in primetime as a syndicated series. Based on Archie Comics' Sabrina the Teenage Witch, it was a spinoff of The Archie Comedy Hour. The series featured new episodes of Sabrina along with the Groovie Goolies. The series follows a teenaged witch who likes to hang out and fight enemies using her magical powers, without letting her friends at Riverdale High find out. This series was aimed primarily towards young girls ages 6 to 14, and contained an adult laugh track. Following its first season, the series was reduced to a half-hour when the Goolies were spun off into their own show.

The Sabrina the Teenage Witch Show
Also known asThe Sabrina Comedy Hour
Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies
The Sabrina Comedy Show
GenreComedy horror
Fantasy
Sitcom
Slapstick
Supernatural
Directed byHal Sutherland
Voices ofJane Webb
John Erwin
Dallas McKennon
Howard Morris
Don Messick
Larry D. Mann
Larry Storch
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes31 (two 11 min. segments per show)
Production
Producer(s)Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time30 min. (With commercials)
19-21 min. (DVD Release)
Production company(s)Filmation Associates
The Sabrina Company
DistributorDreamWorks Classics
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Syndicated
Picture formatFilm (Technicolor)
Audio formatMono
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1970 –
August 31, 1974

The show's opening strapline is: "Once upon a time, there were three witches, who lived in the little town of Riverdale. Two aunts, Hilda and Zelda, are choosing the ingredients to create an evil wicked witch. But suddenly, Zelda bumped right into Hilda and accidentally added beautiful girls' stuff as an extra ingredient. Thus, the grooviest teenage witch was born. She has white hair with a pink headband, and blue eyes. She wears a blue dress with a black belt and black shoes. She loves to goof off and battle evil forces using her ultra magical powers. It so happens that she is the first bewitching American superhero — Sabrina, the teenage witch!"

Filmation animated Sabrina once more in 1977 with The New Archie and Sabrina Hour.

Contents

VoicesEdit

EpisodesEdit

The Archie Comedy Hour (1969–1970)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1a"The Fairy Godmother"September 13, 1969 (1969-09-13)
Sabrina uses her magic to get Spencer to go on the school dance with Ophelia.
1b"Hiccups"September 13, 1969 (1969-09-13)
Sabrina has the hiccups, which causes her magic to go out of control.
2a"Which Witch is Which?"September 20, 1969 (1969-09-20)
After a magical mishap, Aunt Hilda's face turns into that of Sabrina's.
2b"The Basketball Game"September 20, 1969 (1969-09-20)
It is a basketball game between Riverdale and Crosstown, and when Crosstown is cheating, Sabrina tries to counter them.
3a"Will the Real Weatherbee Stand Up?"September 27, 1969 (1969-09-27)
When the school is undermanned, Sabrina incants copies of Mr. Weatherbee to help.
3b"Caveman"September 27, 1969 (1969-09-27)
Cousin Ambrose, hoping to help Sabrina with her Ancient History class homework, accidentally brings a caveman from prehistoric times to Riverdale.
4a"Paint Story"October 4, 1969 (1969-10-04)
Sabrina helps Archie and the others paint Mr. Weatherbee's house.
4b"Aunt Zelda's Broom"October 4, 1969 (1969-10-04)
Sabrina tries to bring Aunt Zelda's broom for a race in the other world.
5a"Cinderella Story"October 11, 1969 (1969-10-11)
Sabrina and her friends enjoy the costume ball, but when it is 9:00 PM on Demon's Eve, you can bet Sabrina's magic will go into disarray!
5b"What the Hex Going On?"October 11, 1969 (1969-10-11)
Aunt Hilda casts a hex on Jughead after he makes a remark regarding witches.
6a"Wishbone"October 18, 1969 (1969-10-18)
Hot Dog Jr. and Chili Dog come across a magic soup bone that can grant wishes.
6b"Babysitter"October 18, 1969 (1969-10-18)
Sabrina is tasked with watching over Miss Della's nephew, Hexter.
7a"Carnival"October 25, 1969 (1969-10-25)
Sabrina enjoys her time at the carnival, but when the Versa-Vicea Comet is in the sky, everything a witch says or does will go backwards!
7b"Stage Fright"October 25, 1969 (1969-10-25)
Aunt Hilda plays the role of a witch in a stage play.
8a"Pet Show"November 1, 1969 (1969-11-01)
Sabrina enters Salem in a pet show; however, whenever the planet Catastrophe is in the Big Dipper constellation, it causes all witches' cats to be uncontrollable...and worse, when Mr. Weatherbee's mynah bird knows Sabrina is a witch...
8b"Funny Bunny"November 1, 1969 (1969-11-01)
Sabrina uses her magic to help Jughead to be successful, but it causes him to become a rabbit!
9a"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08)
Sabrina uses her magic to produce a hair elixir to make Mr. Weatherbee change his opinion about people with long hair.
9b"A Witch in Time"November 8, 1969 (1969-11-08)
When Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda are deemed too human-like to be Sabrina's guardians, Miss Della tasks another witch named Nagatha to watch over Sabrina.
10a"When the Cat's Away"November 15, 1969 (1969-11-15)
Sabrina trades places with Salem.
10b"Costume Party"November 15, 1969 (1969-11-15)
Sabrina and her friends have a costume party at a dilapidated house, but when Sabrina realizes it is also the locale for the witches' convention...
11a"Let's Have a Hand for Jughead"November 22, 1969 (1969-11-22)
Sabrina aids Ethyl to make Jughead fall for Ethyl.
11b"The New Freeway"November 22, 1969 (1969-11-22)
Sabrina helps her aunts try to stop the construction of a freeway or their house will be demolished.
12a"Blue Whale"November 29, 1969 (1969-11-29)
Sabrina brings Hexter to the aquarium; once there, Hexter encounters Hugh the Blue Whale, who is homesick.
12b"Football Game"November 29, 1969 (1969-11-29)
Aunt Hilda comes to a high school football game and unknowingly helps the Central City Dragons in the game against the Riverdale Knights.
13a"Town Beautiful"December 6, 1969 (1969-12-06)
Sabrina and the others clean the town of Riverdale to win the statewide Town Beautiful contest, but two bikers from Crosstown High are ruining their chances...
13b"Horse's Mouth"December 6, 1969 (1969-12-06)
To remove the ordinance of forbidding horse labor, Sabrina grants a horse to speak human language, but...
14a"Birdman of Riverdale"December 13, 1969 (1969-12-13)
Sabrina and her friends realize that a grumpy old man is not really what he seems to be when Sabrina sees that the old man is a keeper of birds.
14b"Hoedown Showdown"December 13, 1969 (1969-12-13)
Sabrina and her friends pitch in to help Moose's uncle with the harvest, so the farmer does not lose his farm.
15a"Spooky Spokes"December 20, 1969 (1969-12-20)
When Sabrina cleans Cousin Ambrose's home and accidentally gives away his cousin's motorcycle, Sabrina tries to retrieve it.
15b"You Oughta Be in Pictures"December 20, 1969 (1969-12-20)
Sabrina helps the others arrange a movie.
16a"The Generation Flap"December 27, 1969 (1969-12-27)
Sabrina arranges a party for Archie's birthday, however, what she did not count on was that her aunts also arranged a magic seminar, where all the leading witches and warlocks will be there.
16b"School Daze"December 27, 1969 (1969-12-27)
Sabrina is told to watch over Hexter again, only this time, Hexter goes to Sabrina's school after shrinking her to doll size.
17a"Ug at the Bat"January 3, 1970 (1970-01-03)
Aunt Hilda has Sabrina bring Ug to school, but to her surprise Ug is a natural, batting home runs for the baseball team!
17b"Computerized Moose"January 3, 1970 (1970-01-03)
After a mishap with the school super-computer Moose's brain becomes that of a super-computer.

Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (1970–1971)Edit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1a"Rose-Colored Glasses"September 12, 1970 (1970-09-12)
When Mr. Weatherby winds up with Aunt Hilda’s rose-colored glasses, it’s up to the Goolies to get them back.
1b"Living Dolls"September 12, 1970 (1970-09-12)
Strange things begin to happen when Aunt Hilda miniaturizes the Goolies, and complications ensue when Sabrina’s friends encounter these living dolls.
2a"Cake Bake"September 19, 1970 (1970-09-19)
When Hauntleroy catches wind of a cake baking contest, he stirs up competition between Hagatha and Hilda.
2b"Hot Rod Derby"September 19, 1970 (1970-09-19)
When Wolfie decides to compete in Riverdale’s car race, Sabrina gets pitted in the middle.
3a"The Bear Facts"September 26, 1970 (1970-09-26)
Riverdale High’s photography class visits the forest just as Drac and the Goolies arrive for their own field trip.
3b"Child Care"September 26, 1970 (1970-09-26)
While babysitting Batso, Ratso and Hantleroy, Sabrina conjures Dimples the Dragon (voiced by Larry Storch) out of a storybook, but the creature gets loose and finds its way into Riverdale.
4a"Witches Golf Open"October 3, 1970 (1970-10-03)
Sabrina ropes the Archie gang into caddying for the Goolies during a midnight golf tournament.
4b"Rummage Sale"October 3, 1970 (1970-10-03)
When the Goolies make a donation to the Riverdale High rummage sale, it causes problems for Sabrina and incites suspicion in Reggie.
5a"High School Drop-Ins"October 10, 1970 (1970-10-10)
Wolfie, Frankie and Mummy decide to take some classes at Riverdale High.
5b"Big Deal"October 10, 1970 (1970-10-10)
When Ratso and Batso dogsit for Jughead, Hauntleroy interferes, resulting in Hot Dog growing to be the size of a house.
6a"Frankie"October 17, 1970 (1970-10-17)
Frankie is determined to lend a hand to his friends, but all of his attempts end in disaster, so Sabrina intervenes.
6b"Beached"October 17, 1970 (1970-10-17)
The Goolies head to the beach on the same day that Archie and his friends decide to go for a swim, so Sabrina tries to keep her friends and cousins apart.
7a"Ouch"October 24, 1970 (1970-10-24)
After Mummy turns off Aunt Hilda’s loud record, she puts a curse on him that makes music blare from his mouth.
7b"Smog"October 24, 1970 (1970-10-24)
While Sabrina is babysitting, Ratso and Batso cause smog to pour out of Horrible Hall, so the Archies arrive to investigate.
8a"Dirty Pool"October 31, 1970 (1970-10-31)
Sabrina and the Goolies take a stand when the Crosstown High Gang pollutes the water supply with their car wash.
8b"The Grayed Outdoors"October 31, 1970 (1970-10-31)
The Groovie Goolies and the Archies each go camping and discover that the Crosstown High Gang has been destroying the forest and erecting a racetrack.
9a"Short Changed"November 7, 1970 (1970-11-07)
Reggie visits Sabrina's house.
9b"Mis-Guided Tour"November 7, 1970 (1970-11-07)
Hexter forces Sabrina to take him to the Riverdale Museum.
10a"That Old Track Magic"November 14, 1970 (1970-11-14)
Cousin Ambrose goes to the track and field meet and unknowingly causes more harm than good to the chances of Riverdale defeating Crosstown.
10b"Moose's Alter-Falter"November 14, 1970 (1970-11-14)
Sabrina uses her magic to give Moose a good personality, but not only does it bring it out of his body, it also brings out a bad personality!
11a"Mortal Terror"November 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)
After Sabrina wishes she never was a witch, Miss Della grants it, but she soon learns that mortal life is not all that it is cracked up to be...
11b"Weather or Not"November 21, 1970 (1970-11-21)
Sabrina suffers from the Hong Kong Fluke, which makes the victim's magic become weather-based.
12a"Flying Sorcery"November 28, 1970 (1970-11-28)
Sabrina's secret is under threat when Reggie sees her coming out of a flying saucer.
12b"Too Many Cooks"November 28, 1970 (1970-11-28)
Archie and Reggie make a bet to see who can last the longest inside Grisly Manor, but it is also the site of the 400th Witches' Ghostly Gourmet Gathering!
13a"Ambrose's Amulet"December 5, 1970 (1970-12-05)
Cousin Ambrose lets Sabrina borrow an amulet to help Big Ethyl get Jughead's attention. but she did not count on the amulet having an unusual power to turn anyone of the wearer's choice into a certain animal.
13b"Auto-Biography"December 5, 1970 (1970-12-05)
After a failed attempt to hex Archie's car, Aunt Hilda gets hexed and is inside Archie's car on the day of a race.
14a"Tragic Magic"December 12, 1970 (1970-12-12)
Sabrina and the Archie gang arrange a magic show to fund the school's athletic program.
14b"A Nose for News"December 12, 1970 (1970-12-12)
Reggie Mantle is selected to be editor of the school newspaper, but when he sees that Sabrina and her aunts are witches...

DVDEdit

Genius Products released the complete series on DVD on April 29, 2008 in Region 1 as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch – The Complete Animated Series.

Recently, Universal Pictures released a DVD titled “Magical Antics”, containing 10 episodes.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mansour, David (2011). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 197. ISBN 9780740793073.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 524. ISBN 9781538103746.