Our names might not be Harvey Kinkle and we might not be living in the town of Greendale, but Sabrina Spellman has been putting us under her spell for now over 50 years.
And guess what? We can’t seem to be getting enough of it because the latest adaptation of the teenage witch’s story, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the show everyone binge-watched this past weekend.
So, for the occasion, I thought I would showcase all of the different Sabrina’s that graced our small screen through the years.
The Original Comic Book/TV Show Sabrina Spellman (1962)
In this first introduction of Sabrina Spellman, the teenage witch is a blonde bombshell who is a “half witch and half mortal” with her mother being an ordinary human while her father is a witch. She lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda who are both witches in Greendale. Sabrina was first introduced in Archie’s Mad House as a one time only character but since fans loved her so much, the creators decided to keep her around!
They decided to convert the comic book into a little sitcom back in the 1970s. Check out the intro below:
Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Live Action Show (1996, with Melissa Joan Hart)
This was the Sabrina I grew up with! Same story as the original one but with a more family friendly tone. The show was produced and streamed on the ABC family channel starring 90’s queen Melissa Joan Hart accompanied by Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea who played Sabrina, Zelda and Hilda respectively.
In this show, Sabrina is a shy teenager who learns how to control her magic the day she turns 16 years old under the guidance of her aunts and her talking sarcastic cat, Salem.
Sabrina is a little bit of the wall flower in this version who is constantly bullied by mean girl Libby yet somehow manages to get Harvey Kinkle fall in love with her.
The show ran for seven seasons which followed the teenage witch to life in university.
Sabrina, The Animated Series (1999)
So because apparently we didn’t have enough Sabrina content yet, the story was revamped in 1999 as a cartoon produced by Savage Studios Ltd. and Hartbreak Films in association with DIC Entertainment, which was owned by Disney at the time.
In this series she is depicted as a 12 years old attending middle school living with her two aunts and Salem. Each episodes center on a typical problem in middle school usually due to magic, which leads to Sabrina learning a lesson at the end of the each episode.
This version of the show is the only one that has Uncle Quigley, Sabrina’s maternal great-uncle and household’s adult guardian. His character was created for the animated series only.
Fun fact – Sabrina is voiced by Emily Hart – cousin of Melissa Joan Hart – who also played in the live action show as Sabrina’s little cousin, Amanda.
Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch (2013)
I’ve never heard of that version ever before, but voiced by Ashley Tisdal, Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch only ran for one season filled with 26 episodes.
In this version, Sabrina is a witch princess; destined to rule all of the magical world one day as queen. Instead of being her friend, Salem is simply a spy sent to make Sabrina’s life in the human world unbearable enough to live in the witch world permanently in order for Enchantra to drain Sabrina of her great magical powers to become the strongest and most feared sorceress in all of Witch World.
It honestly doesn’t seem very promising and the fact it only lasted for a season shows that the public wasn’t very interested in it.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Comic book, 2014)
This series is a darker take on the comic book story which was first introduce in Afterlife with Archie.
The story is set in the 1960s where Sabrina is half-witch living with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda, her warlock cousin Ambrose and Salem, her familiar. She must choose on her sixteenth birthday whether or not she will become a full witch or keep on living a mortal life. In this series, a lot of themes revolving around Satan and religion are brought up.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV Show, 2018)
The most recent version introduces us to Kiernan Shipka as a strong minded teenage witch. Fully inspired by the same titled comic book, Sabrina also has to decide between her life as a mortal and a witch but instead of conforming to one or the other, plans to actually take down the dark one, aka Satan.
The show was just released last Friday at midnight on Netflix and has been receiving many positive reviews so far.
Who is your favourite Sabrina? Let me know in the comments!