Originally Posted by Ethan Riley
I always thought Aunt Clara was Endora's
aunt, making her Samantha's great
aunt. But sometimes Endora and Clara seem more like sisters. Who knows.
I also wonder what Season 9 would have been like. It seems odd to me, thinking about it, because Season 8 was so budget-conscious. They presumably weren't able to afford contract players like Uncle Arthur, the Stephenses and the Kravitzes. So there's reason to believe all those wonderful characters wouldn't have made it onto Season 9 if they'd skipped Season 8 (sadly). Notice however that Tabitha's teacher was shown twice at the end of Season 8, and it looked like they were grooming her to be the next Mrs. Kravitz-type character (she'd totally exposed the witchcraft and left the episode with a few implied threats) so maybe she'd have returned in Season 9 to stir up trouble. They might have used Agnes Moorehead a little less, if she was beginning to show ailments from her cancer (not sure if it was a long lingering illness for her, or if she passed quite suddenly). Serena would have continued her many appearances--after all, Liz was right there! Esmeralda would certainly have been around, as well as Larry Tate (although I admit all the ad agency stuff was wearing quite thin by Season 8). And the writers certainly would have showcased the kids more often, continuing the trend from Season 8. That season was broadcast when I was about six, so I loved it when I realized an episode was going to center around Tabitha or Adam. But otherwise, you know--half the supporting cast had already been dropped so if they couldn't afford those actors, it might have seemed rather sad to continue. To this day I can't believe those five characters didn't appear in Season 8! What a waste
Actually Season 8 had the highest budget per episode ever on Bewitched & was somewhat higher then the budget for all other sitcoms of the time due to the requirements of special effects.
The non use of the 5 characters were not do to budgetary constraints in my view, but rather that there were simply never any scripts that required their presence.
As well they had simply done all they could with those characters and had creatively moved on rather then simply repeat themselves, many other high priced guest stars were used instead to give the show a fresh boost, Paul Lynde most likely was simply not available when they might have wanted him for one episode as he was very much in demand at the time.
Sadly Agnes Moorehead was already ill in season 8 & several times was unable to show on the set due to what appeared like a very bad flu at the time but was more.
In fact one time she was threatened by the Producers & Screen Gems in a letter stating in effect that she would be held accountable if she violated her contract in this way, she showed up but was so sick she was sent home.
Her illness was over close to 4 years before she sadly passed.
I agree we would have seen more of Adam & Tabitha as they simply could do more
now that they were older, but Liz never would have allowed the show to become a kids show, so it would have continued to be mainly focused around Darrin & Samantha's Love story & their relationship & the witch world / mortal world battle within that relationship.
I might add that all this talk about flaws & inconsistencies do not hold much water either.
Almost any aspect of what happened on Bewitched could be explained away by the basic premise of the show & was not inconsistent at all.
Example, she is a different age at different point in history, in each point it can be explained away in a consistent manner by the simple use of time travel.
Such as for example she is born in 1500 AD lets say, yet we hear she was 200 years old in 1200 AD, this can be explained in a consistent manner that in 1700 AD she went back in time to 1200 AD and at that point in time was 200 years old 200 years prior to her birth & she may lived there for several hundred more years before moving forward further in time.
Same thing with spells being reversible, as all spells are not the same depending on the type used, the power of the witch enveloped, the intent by them & the reason it is cast all effects the outcome & what the nature of the magical reality is in each instance when it is done, & there is a great range in the type & their effect
and in how they can be manipulated by a third witchly party or not, so that explains why sometimes a spell was reversible & sometimes not.
My view is that when Aunt Clara referred to herself as a great Aunt in the context that she did that she was referring to quality not a relationship specific so to speak,but i do believe she was Samantha's Aunt.