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It's her 16th birthday, and Sabrina is feeling a little strange. She's just transferred to a new school, moved in with her two otherworldly aunts, and nothing is quite what it seems. Things can only get more complicated when Sabrina learns that she's a real witch. Now, she's got to make friends memorize spells, and find a way to get a date for the school dance. It'll take a little hocus-pocus and a whole lot of adventure before Sabrina learns to control her powers and finds true love.

Episode Title: Sabrina: The Teenage Witch
Airs: 1996-04-07 at 20:30
  • Elaine Showalter

    Clever writing and the delightful Melissa Joan Hart... make this unlikely plot a high schooler's witch fulfillment.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    One of the nicest surprises and more amusing comedies of the new season.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Hart is a delight as Sabrina. She's warm, charming, always plays Sabrina as a vulnerable teen first, and a superpowerful witch second. The writing is very squarely aimed at younger viewers, but an occasional joke slips in just for the grown-ups. [27 Sept 1996, p.67]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Hart's a real charmer, which bodes well. [27 Sept 1996, p.5D]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    This is adapted, loosely, from the Archie comic books, and it's played in a light, bright comic-book style that is at once winningly broad and smartly sly. [27 Sept 1996, p.1]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lon Grahnke

    Charming. [27 Sept 1996, p.47]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Perfectly respectable family fare, yet not so perfectly respectable that it's drippy. [27 Sept 1996, p.D01]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • John Levesque

    In fleshing out a role that's based on the Archie Comics heroine, Hart herself is beguiling. [27 Sept 1996, p.34]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • John Freeman

    Think "Bewitched" for the '90s and Sabrina can be pleasant enough...But only if you buy the concept. [27 Sept 1996, p.E9]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • Elaine Liner

    Young viewers disappointed at ABC's soggy sitcom version of the movie "Clueless" will find in Sabrina an appealingly fresh, funny show that delivers plenty of laughs. [27 Sept 1996, p.42]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    For a show about witches, Sabrina could use more tricks. The star's mother, Paula Hart, serves as an executive producer, yet Sabrina often looks less like a labor of love than run-of-the-mill kids' show. [27 Sept 1996, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    A silly bit of fluff, complete with low-tech special effects and silly sight gags. But that's exactly what it's intended to be. [27 Sept 1996, p.3]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Sabrina isn't designed to appeal to adults, and isn't likely to do so. But if you're looking for family entertainment to watch with your kids, you should be able to sit through Sabrina fairly easily - as long as you don't mind some things that are patently ridiculous. [27 Sept 1996, p.28]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Although this harmless adolescent fantasy may be diverting enough for the intended kiddie audience, Sabrina needs to learn some fresh magic to appeal to anyone who can actually tie his own shoes. [27 Sept 1996, p.3D]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    In my opinion, her performance registers as expressionless, which is not terribly impressive for one who's reportedly been acting since age 4. [27 Sept 1996, p.1]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Renee Graham

    This could be a nifty cross between "Heathers" and "The Craft." But the actors, especially Rhea and Broderick, never get loose and funky with their characters, and it makes the show listless and predictable. [27 Sept 1996, p.D18]

    Boston Globe Full Review