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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is the name of a comic book series published by Archie Comics about the adventures of a teenage fictional character named Sabrina Spellman. The comic's characters have also appeared in various other media formats, including a long-running television comedy series.

Sabrina, who's really a witch (or a half-witch---her mother was a "mortal", as the comics called ordinary humans, while her father was a warlock), lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda (both witches themselves) in the fictional town of Greendale, which was located somewhere near Riverdale, the home of Archie Andrews. Also living with the three women was the family pet, Salem the cat.

Most of Sabrina's adventures consist of Sabrina either trying to use her powers in secret (witches generally not being allowed to tell "mortals" about their abilities), learning more about her powers (either through her aunts or from trips to the "Other Realm," an extradimensional plane that was the home of various magical creatures, including witches), or trying to deal with the day-to-day trials of being a teenager. Sabrina also has a ("mortal") boyfriend named Harvey Kinkle, who like nearly all the other "mortals" in Sabrina's world, is unaware his girlfriend is a witch.

Sabrina also occasionally appears in other Archie Comics as a visiting acquaintance of Archie, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Jughead Jones.

History

Sabrina first appeared in comics in the October, 1962 issue of Archie's Madhouse #22, published by Archie Comics. Sabrina was created by Archie Comics writer George Gladir and longtime Archie artist Dan DeCarlo.

December, 1969 brought the first issue of another comic book, Archie's TV Laugh Out, in which Sabrina was one of the leading characters. Sabrina eventually received her own comic book in 1971, with the comic running until 1983, after which Sabrina was reduced to occasional guest appearances and specials in the various Archie comics.

In the late 1990s, Sabrina received her own comic again thanks to the success of the live-action television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The book, after briefly diverging into the adventures of Sabrina as a preteen in junior high school, gave Sabrina and, more so, her two aunts a makeover; up until this point, Sabrina's aunts were always portrayed as looking like the stereotypical depiction of witches (complete with pointy hats and Puritan-style dresses). This makeover gave both of them more conventional, contemporary appearances.

Even later, in the early 2000s, the book was given yet another makeover, this time being drawn in a Japanese manga style. If and when the comic will revert back to its previous traditional look has yet to be determined.

Sitcom

The most long-lasting of Sabrina's various spinoffs, a sitcom featuring Sabrina and her supporting characters debuted on ABC in 1996, and ran for seven seasons, until 2003 (it switched to the WB television network toward the end of its run). Melissa Joan Hart once again played Sabrina (with her surname changed to Spellman); the aunts were played by Caroline Rhea (as Hilda) and Beth Broderick (as Zelda). Among the regulars were Salem the cat(a puppet that was voiced by Nick Bakay of Angry Beavers fame), and Sabrina's boyfriend Harvey, played by Nate Richert. Hart's real-life sister Emily played Sabrina's cousin, Amanda.

The sitcom often dealt with Sabrina using her magic in an attempt to help either herself or one of her friends, frequently bringing disastrous (but always humorous) results.

Originally, the program centered around Sabrina's adventures in high school; in the series' latter seasons, Sabrina graduated from high school, and enrolled in college, then moved on to her attempts to live on her own and keep a job at the local newspaper. Breaking further from its comic roots, the show ended with Harvey in full realization that Sabrina was a witch, yet too madly in love with her to care, befriending Salem and eventually marrying Sabrina during the series finale.

In this series, the characters lived in the fictional town of Westbridge, located near Boston, Massachusetts.

Show Description Credit: wikipedia.org
 
> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Apr 24, 2003
Premiere September 27, 1996
Episodes 163
Network WB
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
> Cast 
Dylan Neal....   Aaron Jacobs (10 episodes)
Diana-Maria Riva....   Annie (2002-2003)
Jon Huertas....   Brad Alcerro (1999-2000)
Andrew W. Walker....   Cole (as Andrew Walker) (2002-2003)
China Shavers....   Dreama (as China Jesuita Shavers) (1999-2000)
Nate Richert....   Harvey Dwight Kinkle (1996-2000, 2001-2003)
Caroline Rhea....   Hildegard 'Hilda' Antoinette Spellman (1996-2002)
Bumper Robinson....   James (2002-2003)
Michelle Beaudoin....   Jennifer 'Jenny' Kelley (1996-1997)
David Lascher....   Josh (1999-2002)
John Ducey....   Leonard (2002-2003)
Jenna Leigh Green....   Libby Chessler (1996-1999)
Trevor Lissauer....   Miles Goodman (2000-2002)
Elisa Donovan....   Morgan Cavanaugh (2000-2003)
Paul Feig....   Mr. Eugene Pool (1996-1997)
Mary Gross....   Mrs. Quick (1997-2000)
Amparo Climent....   Mrs. Quick (voice: Spanish version) (1997-2000)
Alimi Ballard....   Quizmaster Albert (1997-1998)
Soleil Moon Frye....   Roxie King (2000-2003)
Melissa Joan Hart....   Sabrina J. Spellman
Nick Bakay....   Salem Saberhagen (voice)
Robbie G. Tomlin....   TRL Guest (2002)
Lindsay Sloane....   Valerie Birkhead (1997-1999)
Martin Mull....   Vice Principal/Principal Willard Kraft (1997-2000)
Beth Broderick....   Zelda Spellman (1996-2002)
Ally Holmes....   Zoe

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