Bewitched was almost an entirely different show in its black and white years, due to several factors many of which have little to do with the switch to color. In seasons one and two, it was a romantic comedy similar to "Bell, Book and Candle" in which a young sophisticated witch chooses to throw her former life away when she meets the man of her dreams who happens to be mortal. It was about two people in love making a mixed marriage work. Alice Pearce was a perplexed Gladys Kravitz who thought she was losing her mind when she saw the magic going on across the street. Irene Vernon was the poised, older, sophisticated Boss's wife, Louise Tate. The look of the show was almost noirish, occasionally reminiscent of "I Married a Witch." Tabitha came along mid-way through season two, but as a newborn she was seldom out of her crib.
Season Three went color with major changes. Alice Pearce's death caused Gladys Kravitz to be recast with Sandra Gould, who became much more of a nemesis. Sandra's Gladys never reached for her pills. She was more apt to call the cops. Louise Tate was recast with Kasey Rogers, who played her younger, more casual and fun-loving. The introduction of Tabitha as a toddler meant there were a lot more juvenile hijinks. Clearly, ABC wanted the show to start going after the juvenile audience. With rare exceptions, the emphasis was more on getting laughs with the magic without the poignancy of the tender love story getting in the way. The addition of color meant garish color everywhere, from Endora's makeup and costumes to the whole look of the show. No more "I Married a Witch." Now it might as well have been "Gilligan's Island" as far as the cinematography was concerned.
Even the way Elizabeth Montgomery approached the role was different. She was softer, more like Veronica Lake, in the early years. She was a little more Lucille Ball, with her "Weeeellll!" later on.
Edited by Rob_Ray, May 24 2013 - 02:29 PM.