Retro TV Kitchen – Bewitched

June 22, 2017No comments

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

Samantha:  I’m not a bad witch! I’m a good witch!
Darrin:  Her mother’s a bad witch.

 

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

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Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

Bewitched is easily one of the most recognized and beloved sitcoms of the 1960s, and still enjoys a strong following today due in large part to its writing and amazingly talented ensemble cast.  The show’s premise of a witch trying to live as a normal, suburban housewife is enough to ensure plenty of on-screen antics.  Her mother Endora’s constant magical meddling in their mortal affairs, silly situations abound.

Samantha’s husband Darrin Stephen is an executive at the Madison Avenue advertising agency of McMann & Tate, affording them the luxury of residing in an “upper middle class” neighborhood.  Within commuting distance of New York City, they live in either Westport, Connecticut or Patterson, New York, depending on the episode referenced.  Samantha finds their home early in the first season as part of a newly built development at 1164 Morning Glory Circle.

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

The home includes a thoroughly modern kitchen, which is partially open to the formal dining room.  Separating the spaces is a large dark wood cabinet with raised panel doors.   It features a vertical baking sheet organizer on the kitchen side, and functions as a buffet on the dining room side.  The rest of kitchen’s cabinetry has minimalist, flat, slab-style doors which are painted in a dark orange/brown color, contrasting with the off-white painted frames.  Combined with the avocado green appliances, there’s a lot happening in Samantha’s kitchen, magic or not!

One of the most striking and memorable feature’s of the Bewitched kitchen is clearly the range.  The epitome of kitchen technology in 1964, the Frigidaire Flair Custom Imperial looks modern even today!

Turning the standard concept on its head, the Flair’s dual regular and dutch ovens are at counter level, and have plenty of pot and pan storage underneath.  The glass oven doors swing out and up, giving easy access in and out.  Four electric burners are mounted on a drawer-like slider, which tucks away neatly when not in use.  A very unusual appliance to say the least, its inclusion in the show was the result of product placement — an advertising strategy which Darrin would no doubt appreciate.

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

 

Retro TV Kitchen - Bewitched

 


More Fun Facts and Recommended Reading:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/59789/14-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-bewitched
http://time.com/3318876/bewitched-anniversary/
http://tvkitchens.blogspot.com/2012/04/samantha-stephens-stove-frigidaire.html

 

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