Charmed: Season 1 (1998 - 1999)


Season 1
Charmed

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Charmed has its charms with a trio of likable stars and a bewitching hook, but the series is let down by uninspired writing that fails to enchant.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 63

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Air date: Oct 7, 1998

Reunited in their ancestral San Francisco mansion, the Halliwell sisters -- Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) -- are apprised of their family's secret: all three of them are witches, endowed with remarkable individual powers. This discovery comes about when the girls come across the "Book of Shadows," an ancient tome chock-full of incantations. Repeating the words in the book, Phoebe discovers her power to see into the future, Prue is made aware of her telekinetic skills, and Piper comes to realize that she has the ability to make time stand still. Before this debut episode of Charmed has run its course, the trio has also come to terms with their destiny: to use their powers to fight on the side of good against evil -- evil in this case personified by an extremely unpleasant warlock. (This was actually the series' second pilot episode: the first, featuring different actresses as two of the three Halliwell sisters, never aired.)

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Air date: Oct 14, 1998

Still rather overwhelmed by the revelation that she and her sisters are witches, Piper (Holly Marie Combs) is having trouble handling her newfound power to make time stand still -- and she also wonders if she will ever be welcome again in church. Meanwhile, Prue (Shannen Doherty) lands a new job at the Buckland Auction House, which causes friction between herself and her policeman beau, Andy (T.W. King). And Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) is forced to utilize her witchery to foil a photographer who "feeds" off the beauty of his female models. Neil Roberts makes his first series appearance as the duplicitous Rex Buckland.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1998

The Halliwell sisters experience mixed emotions when their long-absent father, Victor (played in this episode by Tony Denison), returns. Things become even more strained when dear old dad aligns himself with some shape-shifting neighbors who would love to unlock the secrets of the "Book of Shadows" -- and will stop at nothing to do so. And in a plot development that will bear great significance on the episodes to come, Brian Krause makes his first appearance as studly handyman Leo Wyatt, to whom Piper (Holly Marie Combs) is immediately attracted.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1998

It is nothing unusual when impressionable Piper (Holly Marie Combs) falls in love again. What is out of the ordinary is that Piper's new beau, Mark (John Cho), is the ghost of a murder victim, who hopes not only to avenge his death but to arrange his own funeral before his body can be "claimed" by demonic forces. Elsewhere, the peripatetic Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) hopes to use her forecasting skills to good use -- and make big money in the bargain -- by going to work for a psychic. And while preparing for her birthday, Prue (Shannen Doherty) is laid low by a crushing disillusionment. Fans of the series (and even non-fans!) will certainly appreciate the scene in which co-star Alyssa Milano shows up in a fetching harem outfit.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1998

All three of the Halliwell sisters are having "man trouble" in this episode. Pooling their inherent witchery, Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) cast a spell that will make them irresistible to the opposite sex -- an incantation that works all too well, much to their dismay. As for Prue (Shannen Doherty), she is plagued by a recurring dream in which she is taunted by a mysterious, physically challenged man (Matt Schulze) who is clearly up to no good. Neil Roberts makes his second series appearance as Prue's rather shady boss, Rex Buckland.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1998

Sara Rose Peterson guest stars as the sinister Jade D'Mon, who turns out to be the earthly incarnation of the demon goddess Hecate. At the moment, "Jade" is trying to conceive a demon child, and to that end has stolen the boyfriend (Todd Cattell) of an innocent young girl (Christie Lynn Smith). Having enchanted the boy into proposing marriage, the goddess arranges a wedding party -- which, by a strange coincidence, is being catered by Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs). Sensing that there's danger afoot, Piper and her sisters try to foil Hecate's evil scheme -- a scheme that has already claimed the life of the priest who was to have performed the marriage ceremony.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1998

Lonely teenaged witch Aviva (Danielle Harris) would give anything to be the fourth Halliwell sister -- and in hopes of being accepted into the fold, Aviva attaches herself to Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Unbeknownst to the sisters, Aviva is under the influence of duplicitous priestess Kali (Rebekah Carlton), who wants to get her claws on the Halliwell girls' magic. This, however, is but one of many problems facing the Halliwells in this episode: Phoebe and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) have become rivals for the attention of hunky handyman Leo (Brian Krause), while the relationship between Prue (Shannen Doherty) and Andy (T.W. King) has reached a crossroads. Rebecca Balding, who would appear in later episodes as Elise Rothman, is here cast in a different but no less colorful part.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1998

In this Thanksgiving episode, Prue (Shannen Doherty) utilizes a truth spell to find out how Andy (T.W. King) would react if she revealed that she is a witch. As one fan of the series has succinctly put it, Andy "has problems" with the news -- though in a related romantic development, Piper (Holly Marie Combs) has better luck...at least temporarily. And on a more serious note, Phoebe's (Alyssa Milano) ability to see into the future alerts her to a dangerous situation involving a shadowy serial killer (Brad Greenquist) and the killer's next potential victim (Michelle Brookhurst).

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Air date: Dec 16, 1998

Prue's (Shannen Doherty) sinister boss, Rex Buckland (Neil Roberts), and his confederate Hannah Webster (Leigh Allyn Baker) demonstrate anew that they can't be trusted as far as they can be thrown when warlock Matthew Tate (Billy Wirth) is released from a centuries-old curse. With Rex and Hannah's help, Matthew schemes to steal the "Book of Shadows" from the Halliwell girls, whereupon he will destroy their bloodline for all time. Tyler Layton makes a guest appearance as 300-year-old witch Melinda Warren, a very significant person in the lives of the Halliwells -- not to mention the demonic Matthew Tate's spurned sweetheart.

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Air date: Jan 13, 1999

This is the pivotal episode in which the Halliwells' hunky handyman, Leo (Brian Krause), reveals his true identity as a "Whitelighter." Without giving anything else away, it can be noted that the plotline involves a scheme by the duplicitous Rex Buckland (Neil Roberts) to use planted subliminal thoughts as a means of framing Prue (Shannen Doherty) for stealing a priceless tiara. It is up to Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) to simultaneously expose Rex as a warlock and to foil his plan to rob the girls of their special powers.

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Tv Season Info

The world has always been under threat from powerful demons... Girls born into one particular family line are witches with the power to fight this evil. In the present day The Charmed Ones are the three Haliwell sisters who have the 'Power Of Three'. This combined power makes them worthy adversaries for the modern day demon.

Critic Reviews for Charmed Season 1

Audience Reviews for Charmed: Season 1

  • Apr 10, 2021
    I used to be so obsessed with this show. The first few seasons were amazing.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    The new Charmed was so bad that I started to see the old one and its so much better then new one and now I am a fan.
  • Jan 23, 2021
    A great tv show. Still fresh and deserve to be seen...
  • Mar 02, 2019
    i think charmed was cool to watch i still watch it now because it is on 4 music and i have them on dvds i wish thay would bring it back on Netflix and to do movie of charmed
  • Jan 24, 2019
    I loved watching this show growing up
  • Nov 20, 2018
    Favorite show of all time! Love it. Wish they would do a reboot with the original cast and not the garbage that they just released.
  • Oct 15, 2018
    it was a good show, not the pile of identity politic's garbage they do now...

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