Charmed

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Charmed
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Premiere October 7, 1998
Finale May 21, 2006
Creator Constance M. Burge
Network The WB
Style 60-minute fantasy drama
Company Spelling Television
Seasons 8
Episodes 178
Origin USA

Charmed is the story of the lives of three sisters who were born with the innate powers of the Charmed ones, a trio of powerful witches capable of stopping time, premonition, and astral projection. One of the series born from the female-driven influence Buffy the Vampire Slayer brought to mainstream television, Charmed has gone on to be one of the most successful fantasy shows on the air, catapulting the careers of popular actors such as Shannen Doherty and Julian McMahon.

Charmed was the first official casuality of The WB and UPN merge into The CW; although Charmed had enjoyed strong ratings and achieved a ratings revival in its later seasons, it had dropped heavily in the Nielsen Ratings due to the popularity of Desperate Housewives and as such no longer was the ratings success it once was, prompting The WB to drop it from the merged network's future lineup.

Charmed premiered in 1998 on The WB network and it's finale aired in May 2006. The show is about three sisters who discover that they are the most powerful witches that ever existed on Earth. At the start of the series Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) discover that they are witches from a powerful lineage and that they are supposed to do good to help the world. At the end of season 3, Prue is killed by a demon and Piper and Phoebe discover that they had a long lost sister from an affair their mother had with Wightlighter. The show was among The WB's most popular as it had the highest premiere episode ratings on the network just until Smallville broke the record in 2001.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Shannen Doherty Prudence "Prue" Halliwell * * *
Alyssa Milano Phoebe Halliwell * * * * * * * *
Rose McGowan Paige Matthews * * * * *
Holly Marie Combs Piper Halliwell * * * * * * * *
Brian Krause Leonardo "Leo" Wyatt o o * * * * * *
T.W. King Andrew "Andy" Trudeau *
Greg Vaughan Daniel "Dan" Gordon *
Dorian Gregory Darryl Morris * * * * * * *
Julian McMahon Cole Turner * * * o
Drew Fuller Christopher "Chris" Halliwell o * o o
Kaley Cuoco Billie Jenkins *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jennifer Rhodes Penelope "Penny" Halliwell * * * * * * * *
Finola Hughes Patricia "Patty" Halliwell * * * * * * *
James Read Victor Bennet * * * * * *
Michael Bailey Smith Belthazor * *
Rebecca Balding Elise Rothman * * * * *
Debbi Morgan The Seer * *
David Reivers Bob Cowan * *
Amanda Sickler Sophie * * * *
Jason Simmons Wyatt Halliwell * * * *
Kristopher Simmons   * * * *
Sandra Prosper Sheila Morris * * *
Eric Dane Jason Dean * *
Joel Swetow Avatar Alpha * *
Jenya Lano Inspector Sheridan * *
Elizabeth Dennehy Sandra * *
Kerr Smith Kyle Brody *
Marnette Patterson Christy Jenkins *
Ivan Sergei Henry Mitchell *
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
The WB
Season One October 7, 1998 May 26, 1999 22
Season Two September 30, 1999 May 18, 2000 22
Season Three October 5, 2000 May 17, 2001 22
Season Four October 4, 2001 May 16, 2002 22
Season Five September 22, 2002 May 11, 2003 23
Season Six September 28, 2003 May 16, 2004 23
Season Seven September 12, 2004 May 22, 2005 22
Season Eight September 25, 2005 May 21, 2006 22

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series November 18, 2008 purchase 49
The Complete Series: Limited Deluxe Edition November 18, 2008 purchase 49
Season Sets
The Complete First Season February 1, 2005 purchase 6
The Complete Second Season September 6, 2005 purchase 6
The Complete Third Season November 15, 2005 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season February 28, 2006 purchase 6
The Complete Fifth Season June 6, 2006 purchase 6
The Complete Sixth Season October 17, 2006 purchase 6
The Complete Seventh Season February 6, 2007 purchase 6
The Final Season September 11, 2007 purchase 6

External Sites