TV time travel: Charmed

Film editor Lucy Lillystone is Charmed by the classic TV show

Lucy Lillystone
23rd February 2020
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With the recent reboot of Charmed on the CW, it has brought me nothing but nostalgia and a desire to re-watch the Halliwell sisters and all their adventures in the original series. This was a show that I spent my childhood watching, coming home from school and turning on the TV to watch Phoebe, Piper and Paige kick ass while all the other kids went and watched Teen Wolf and Pretty Little Liars.

Charmed ran for a total of eight seasons, from 1998-2006 and unfortunately, unlike all great shows it had to come to an end. At the time of watching, I've always wanted more episodes but for me, I'd rather have it end than continue it and drag it on until it becomes a shell of a TV show, not worthy of my time. On top of this, the show ended with a melancholic but happy ending that resolved all the ties and gave you the finality and resolution you desire in the finale. Yet, despite this, I miss this show.

Following three sisters - Piper, Phoebe and Prue before actress Shannen Doherty left the show and was replaced by another unknown and surprise sister Paige, Charmed is set in San Francisco, telling the narrative of this trio of women, known as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful GOOD witches of all time as they attempt to defeat the evil around them. Each sister has their own power and in the first season in particular, we get to watch them attempt to navigate and control these dangerous powers that will eventually help save their lives in multiple ways. What makes this show so unique though, is the family dynamics, the female empowerment, the relationships and the characters. If the show were to get rid of the demonic villains and plot, I'd still love it because it is the characters that bring the entertainment with their struggles, their difficulties and their friendships.

So, why did I love this show? Firstly, the theme song. I am one of those people who almost always skip the intro to a show - why waste time? But for Charmed, never. The vocals, the images of the triquetra symbol and the Book of Shadows. This show was so good, you didn't even want to miss the opening credits and every single time, the song would get stuck in your head after watching an episode.

And then there's the dialogue. Differing from the reboot that is all round just cringey when it comes to the dialogue, the Halliwell sisters have confidence, sarcasm and sass. They are funny, they are dramatic, they are empowering but most of all they're relatable. Not a single character didn't have depth and development, even in the later seasons with the introduction of Piper's son from the future (one of my favourite seasons and favourite characters), every single character had an interesting arc that you just didn't find yourself bored or wanting to turn the show off.

Finally, while I would love to go on about this show forever, the couples in the show have always stuck with me. I'm one of those people that if there is love in a TV show, I get invested - quickly, all at once and at a hardcore level I don't like to admit. Anyway, Charmed like my other shows at my teen stage, had some of the best couples to ship - Cole and Phoebe - oh god, let's not even touch them they can have an article all to themselves). The main couple is of course, Piper and Leo. They were the longest-running and one of my favourite relationships in the entire show, spanning all eight seasons and giving me the right amount of ups and downs together. Their cheesy lines melted my heart, and even though Piper and Leo were constantly facing outside danger, you could always find a sense of home and happiness in their relationship.

Charmed was a show that had it all: the romance, the action, the danger, almost always drama in every single episode but most of all: the characters that you instantly fall in love with. If you're looking for a show to currently binge with a good amount of seasons and action, Charmed is the one for you. Although the costumes may make you cringe a bit now, it's still one of my favourite and one of the best shows I've ever watched.

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AUTHOR: Lucy Lillystone
English Language and Literature graduate, writer and Film Editor 2019/20. Passionate about film, TV and books. 99.9% of my articles are me crying, emotional over my love for my favourite characters. Twitter: @lucylillystone_

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