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Sabrina: The Teenage Witch: The Complete Animated Series (review)

They’re actually not kidding: This horrendous early 70s throwback — and really, in this case, “early 70s” means “longing for the 50s” — is being marketed as some sort of hip retro cool thing, when it’s really just an artifact from the era that was best left dead and buried. Just one of the gang from the Riverdale of the Archie comics, Sabrina can do magic but keeps her abilities secret from her drippy boyfriend, Harvey — modern feminist interpretation can see only that a powerful chick might threaten his dubious male superiority, and so a good girl keeps her mouth shut — as well as from everyone else, from whence the supposed comedy of this series springs: “Hey, how did that mysterious and somewhat magical thing just happen?” is the unspoken refrain of every idiot Sabrina shares the screen with. The set comes complete with all 31 episodes from the 1971 animated series, plus the never-before-seen first episode of the “Archie and Sabrina Surprise Package,” a late-70s syndicated series, and a pointless “art gallery.” DVD nerds will note that the image and sound is extraordinarily well preserved for being nearly 40 years old.


MPAA: not rated

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