“Bewitched” is about to cast a spell on Antenna TV—at least for 25 hours. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of “Bewitched,” Erin Murphy, who played pint-size witch Tabitha on the series, will host a marathon of 50 back-to-back episodes of the classic sitcom.
On Monday, Murphy tweeted the announcement and included a promo video about the event, which is slated for Sept. 20.
The actress, who famously shared the role of Darren and Samantha Stephens’ bewitching tot with her twin sister Diane, will handpick some of her favorite episodes of the series and will also share some memories of her time on the show.
The series, which debuted on Sept. 17, 1964, ran for eight seasons and boasted 254 episodes. And if you’re looking for hints about some of the episodes that Murphy might pick for the marathon, you can take a cue from a recent interview. In May she told The Guardian Liberty Voice, “My favorite episodes are the ones where we had other kids and animals on the set, where my character went to school, or popped into a storybook.”
In the same interview, Murphy also touched on another famous episode from the series, the Christmas-themed ‘Sisters At Heart," which was also Elizabeth Montgomery’s favorite episode of the entire series. “The episode dealt with prejudice and was awarded a special Governor’s Emmy," Murphy dished.
In a press release for the upcoming anniversary marathon, Murphy said she’s thrilled to participate in the network’s “Bewitched” anniversary marathon: “The enduring popularity of ‘Bewitched,’ and its loyal viewers, means so much to me. I'm honored to be part of the legacy,” she said.
The press release listed "Moment of Truth," "Dangerous Diaper Dan," "Hoho the Clown," "Toys in Babeland," "A Safe and Sane Halloween," "Ancient Macedonian Dodo Birds," "Sam's Secret Saucer," "I Don't Want to be a Toad," "Hansel and Gretel in Samantha,” and "Tabitha's First Day in School” as some of Murphy’s favorite episodes that will air during the marathon, as well as the 1969 episode “Sam and the Beanstalk,” which featured fellow child star Johnny Whitaker and the late Deacon Jones.
And if you’re looking for a glimpse at Murphy’s twin sis Diane, she appears on the episode “Samantha Fights City Hall,” which will also run during the marathon. Murphy told Pop Entertainment that while Diane is her fraternal twin and they never looked enough alike to be interchangeable (her sister was mostly used for far away shots), that episode was an exception.
“There was one episode in the entire eight years of the show where I had the mumps,” Murphy said. “They brought my sister in for that show, where she had to slide up the sliding board backwards. The network got all these letters asking, ‘Why did you replace Tabitha?’”
The 50-episode “Bewitched” marathon kicks off on Saturday, September 20 at 1 p.m. ET on Antenna TV.