Yeah, that’s right! I bet you didn’t know Sabrina: The Teenage Witch was a tv movie. I mean, I didn’t until the other day when I had finished binge watching Melissa & Joey on Netflix and I was still in the mood for some Melissa Joan Hart humor. I was curious as to what all was one ABC’s TGIF line up back in the 90s, which I so fondly remember… When I stumbled on the Wikipedia pages of not one, but TWO Sabrina: The Teenage Witch things. One is the tv show that ran 1996-2000. The other is the tv movie, which I’m just finding out now served as a sort of pilot for the tv series. That being said, the tv film has the same premise of a girl going to live with her aunts so they can train her to be a witch in the real world.
Okay, that was a bit dorky, but Sabrina was basically the girl I wish was my best friend from age 8 to 12. She didn’t always fit in, but she did her best. Hijinks ensue. She has a talking cat and two fun aunts. There was also a midget who had a crush on her. I mean, who wouldn’t want that? JK I was definitely Team Harvey through and through.
The TV film is so quintessential 90s. The hair styles, the clothing choice, the music… The Ryan Reynolds. Okay, nowadays, he’s the dude who’s makin’ babies with Blake Lively (cute couple, btw), but in Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, he’s the Wrong Guy for Sabrina. Heck, she doesn’t even really like him. In this movie, all boys are good for are dates to the dance and throwing parties. I mean, Harvey’s– the nerd, bless him– a bit different, but he is the one to be nice enough to throw a particular party.
Even her best friend Jenny says that she doesn’t like her own date, but he has a car. That’s where the bar is set. I guess if you have to set it somewhere, that’s a decent place.
The fun 90s vibe continues throughout tv film with the kooky sound effects and the music that lends itself to a tv movie about a teenage witch. There are also these really cheesy page turn transition effects between scenes. Priceless.
Oh, I almost forgot: Salem. Although he does have a few lines, he’s not the hysterically creepy animatronic cat we see in the show. Which is totally fine. It works. I definitely had a love/hate relationship with Salem in the show. Just. Yeah.