Retro TV Kitchen – Bewitched
Samantha: I’m not a bad witch! I’m a good witch!
Darrin: Her mother’s a bad witch.
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.
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.
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