Sabrina The Teenage Witch
The Third Season
Starring Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
Paramount Home Video
Available Jan. 15, 2008
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Season 3 offers up 25 episodes of more high school hijinks and hilarity for teen witch Sabrina Spellman, played by Melissa Joan Hart, and her family and friends.
Sabrina and her hocus-pocus trio of compatriots — her aunts Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and Zelda (Beth Broderick), and the family cat, Salem, (voiced by Nick Bakay) — share in the teen’s quest to solve the family secret, a preclude to her being able to use her newly obtained witch’s license.
Refraining from telling Sabrina outright, her aunts recruit various Spellman family members to offer up clues to the secret when each relative comes for a visit. Each clue unfolds a giant rebus puzzle as each piece only adds to the mystery and builds upon Sabrina’s frustration and worry that she may not solve the secret in time.
Most of the episodes construct some vaguely real-life scenario Sabrina must overcome, but when she enlists her spell-crafting ability, her miscast magic causes further havoc and the teen witch must rely on the sage advice of the elder aunts, or worse, she has to listen to the cat in one of his oh-so-self-righteous “I told you so” rants. Salem, a one-time warlock turned cat as punishment for trying to take over the world, actually plays a duel role within the Sabrina series, as both catalyst and foil to Sabrina’s teen naÃ¯vetÃ©. Over and over, Sabrina overcomes the odds and redeems herself at the end, a premise that should grow tired, cold, and trite, but always seems to find the right beat and heart-warming conclusion.
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