Charmed: Season 1 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Charmed's updates are as fun as they are surprisingly feminist -- and with a sharper focus, it could conjure up an even stronger show than the one that came before it.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2018
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Air date: Oct 21, 2018
3
Air date: Oct 28, 2018
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Air date: Nov 4, 2018
5
Air date: Nov 11, 2018
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Air date: Nov 18, 2018
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Air date: Nov 25, 2018
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Air date: Dec 2, 2018
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Air date: Dec 9, 2018
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Air date: Jan 20, 2019
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"Stronger together." That's what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie "Mel" Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women's studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel's amused dismay) and going "on" again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian. But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond: Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it? Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother's death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door: they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn't know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who's been showing her around). Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can't handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others' thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers. But don't worry, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation...or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women's studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they're actually powerful witches, as was their mother. And he's not really a professor, he's their "Whitelighter," a witch's advisor and guide! Not only that, but Mel was right: their mother's death was no accident -- she was murdered by unknown dark forces. It's a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones...and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us...one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together... even if they have no idea what they're really up against.

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Critic Reviews for Charmed Season 1

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The supernatural elements of the plot seem borrowed from old episodes of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The special effects are super-cheesy, not much better than an old episode of Bewitched.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

While the original Elders were kind of selfish and dumb, these new ones are flat-out malevolent. It's a great change, but it's also seriously messed up.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

I loved every second of it. I soaked it up.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The new Charmed has set itself up as a feminist and progressive upgrade of the original, in ways both positive and problematic. The writers' room is extremely diverse, with a very clear feminist vision of the show.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Charmed certainly has the potential to grow into the show it wants to be, but don't come into this new series looking for nuance or even that electrifying thrill of seeing women using undeniable power to make the world a better place.

Nov 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Surely the new Charmed - which speaks to younger viewers in a language they'll appreciate while honoring the original's themes of sisterhood and female empowerment - can coexist peacefully with the old Charmed.

Oct 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Whether you hit puberty in the 90's or not, Charmed is a reboot that's worth giving a try on namesake alone.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I just wish creators would realise that people of colour, feminists and LGBT people are still just people, not caricatures of what we stand for that you can neatly squeeze into a box.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm curious to see how that same fierce feminism is presented in future episodes... If Charmed can integrate its political bent rather than just shouting out all the greatest catchphrases, it just might be a force to be reckoned with.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Diverse retooling of '90s cult-fave has real magic.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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