The CW’s reboot of Charmed has some detractors. They complain that it tries too hard to champion diversity or is ageist to recast the show with younger actresses.
But these complaints are largely unfair. The new Charmed does a great job of keeping the spirit of the original alive while still offering a fresh spin on magic.
Unlike other WB shows, Charmed depicts the constant struggle between good and evil. It makes the show tense and engaging, with Brad Kern being the showrunner. It stars Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (the sexy Alyssa Milano), and Prue (Shannen Doherty) as modern-day witches. They are joined by their Whitelighter, Harry (Rupert Evans), and a long-lost half-sister Paige. The reboot of Charmed received backlash from fans before it even premiered. But I’m still willing to give it a shot.
It’s a Classic
The series follows sisters Macy (Madeleine Mantock), Mel (Melonie Diaz), and Maggie (Sarah Jeffery), who discover they are witches — part of the powerful “Power of Three.” Each sister has her supernatural powers, but their powers are noticeably stronger when all three work together. Rupert Evans portrays Harry Greenwood, the sisters’ Whitelighter, who guides them in their fight against evil.
Charmed is at its best when it embraces B-horror movie campiness. The sisters vanquish demons in a deathly serious and kooky world simultaneously. The Halliwell sisters’ personal stories, intertwined with their witchy lives, allowed them to tackle important issues, such as sexual harassment and misogyny. Plus, the original show had some incredibly fun episodes. Remember Brenda, the vengeful sorority ghost?
Charmed is a show that entertainingly tackles serious topics. The sisters faced real-life issues like relationships, careers, and health while vanishing demons. When Phoebe discovers her family’s Book of Shadows, she and her two half-sisters learn they are the Charmed Ones, a powerful trio destined to protect humanity from demons and warlocks. The sisters must also navigate the ’90s dating scene and juggle their magical powers among their many duties.
After their mom’s death, three sisters discover they’re witches. They band together as the Charmed Ones and defeat demons. Despite a few duds, the original series is hilarious. Alyssa Milano’s haughty Paige is a joy, while Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty are spellbinding as the Halliwell sisters. Also, watch out for Harry Greenwood, who mansplains the sister’s destiny. He’s like a Buffy-like version of Giles.
It depicts the sisters’ lives as well as their battles against demons. It also shows that women have power in their daily lives. The Halliwell sisters, Piper(Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe(the sexy Alyssa Milano), and Prue(Shannen Doherty), are modern-day witches with unique powers. Their abilities are utilized to combat evil, which can take many forms and is always changing. It makes for a great show.
The show’s three sexy sisters, Macy, Mel, and Maggie, work together as the Power of Three to fight demons and other forces of evil. They are aided by their Whitelighter, Leo Wyatt (Dorian Gregory). Julian McMahon joined the cast in season three as Cole Turner / Belthazor, a half-demon with the passive powers of premonition and imagination manifestation. He later becomes Phoebe’s love interest.
Feminism is a trending topic in TV, and it’s easy to find shows that try too hard to fit into this current moment. The CW’s Charmed reboot falls into this trap with its problematic script and cliches. The Halliwell sisters are feminists, but they’re also women who want to get a good man and live their lives without using their powers.
Charmed, like Buffy, capitalized on a particular era to show fantasy television that having superpowers could be exciting and seductive. It was about sisters Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe Halliwell, and their long-lost half-sister Paige (Rose McGowan). Along the way, the sexy sisters battled demons and other supernatural forces. They also had some major romantic arcs and a lot of power-sharing.
The original Charmed ran from 1998-2006 on the WB and starred Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, and Shannen Doherty. It embodied girl power and was ahead of its time. Although the reboot starring Kaley Cuoco, Shannen Doherty, and newcomer Alyssa Milano did well initially, it lost its magic as the series continued. There was a big tonal shift between seasons four and five.