EXCLUSIVE: All About “Tabitha” — The 1977 “Bewitched” TV Spin-Off

Everything You Need To Know About The Lisa Hartman “Witch-Com”

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It was 1977.

Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, the house-witch-with-a-twitch, had ended its original network run on ABC merely five years before.

Miraculously, Tabitha, the half-sorceress/half-human daughter of Samantha and Darrin (first played by Dick York, then Dick Sargent) was now 22-years-old and starring in a witch-com of her own.

Erin and Diane Murphy, the twin-actresses who had originally portrayed the young diviner, were only 13-years-old.

Lisa Hartman, who would later find fame on the CBS even soap, Knotts Landing, was cast as Sam and Darrin’s grown-up immortal off-spring.

Apparently, one Samantha and two Darrins added up to three Tabithas — actually four, if you count the failed initial Tabitha pilot tabbed as a Bewitched sequel.

This initial title for the sequel was Tabatha, with an “a,” with Liberty Williams in the lead. Bruce Kimmel played Adam, Tabatha’s brother, and Archie Kahn was her love interest, Cliff. This early version was not greenlit by ABC, while the second pilot starring Lisa Hartman was made and sold to the network.

Hartman’s Tabitha (back with an “i”), lasted 12 segments in all (including the pilot). She was a lovely, high-spirited witch, who could twitch her nose just like her mom, though the finger-to-nose method Tabs used as a kid had been put to rest.

Tabitha worked as a production assistant on a late-night Los Angeles TV interview program, entitled, The Paul Thurston Show.

Robert Urich, later of Spenser For Hire and The New Love Boat, was cast as Thurston, who was unaware of Tabitha’s enchanting ways, though he was spell-cast as her romantic interest. As the producer, as well as star, of his own show, Paul was Tabitha’s boss.

Frequently confronted with a barrage of ratings and deadlines pressures from the top brass and Paul’s bullying, Tabitha somehow manages to juggle everything successfully and get the show-within-a-show on the air every week.

It was like a magical MaryTylerMoore Show.

Kind of.

Tab’s warlock-brother Adam (played by twins Greg and David Lawrence on Bewitched) was now portrayed with playful delight by David Ankrum was here merely mortal in this stunted sequel. He frequently feared the world’s possible discovery of sister’s seer-ing personality. As a result, he continually urged Tabs to forget her immortal heritage, and live the mortal way.

You know, just like mom did.

Or at least, just like mom tried to.

Then there was Aunt Minvera, the Agnes Moorehead-Endora equivalent played by Karen Morrow. Minerva is a swinging-sorceress (of the intermediate age-set) who struggles to persuade her stubborn niece to kick up her heels and use her power for fun and profit, just like any other modern supernatural should. And just like Endora tried so insistently — and to no avail — with Samantha on Bewitched.

Naturally, this premise set up a constant tug of war between Adam and Minerva, with Tabitha stuck in the middle — again, much as on Bewitched — and the relationship between Endora, Darrin, and Sam.

Barry Van Dyke (son of Dick Van Dyke) and Mel Stuart (late of All in the Family) co-starred in Tabitha, while Sandra Gould and George Tobias (Mr. and Mrs. Kravitz) and Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay) from Bewitched made periodic guest appearances.

A Lovely Dey

Somewhere in between the two consecutive pilots for the new Tabitha series, actress Susan Dey was approached about playing the lead

Bewitched writer Ed Jurist thought Dey’s casting would have been ideal. “She’s an exact double for Elizabeth Montgomery,” he once said.

But Dey declined.

Three years before Tabitha’s premiere, Dey had completed four seasons as Laurie Partridge on The Partridge Family, and set out to break the sweet-daughter mold — a goal she eventually attained with her role as Grace Van Owen on NBC’s highly-acclaimed prime-time hit, LA Law.

Lisa Hartman also resembled Elizabeth Montgomery and even possessed similar body language. But Tabitha, any way you spell it, still did not succeed.

The series gave it a noble, charming try. And the cast was terrific, but things just didn’t work out.

In 1989, Montgomery said she had “absolutely zero to do with the show,” and offered one reason why:

“I still receive mail from people who were outraged that Erin and Diane Murphy were not involved with it. The letters would say, What in the world is going on here? Tabitha is in her twenties! This doesn’t make any sense! And I responded to each and every person who was looking for an answer. I felt an obligation to them. They were annoyed and felt betrayed.”

“I wish they had waited a couple of years so I could have done the show,” Erin Murphy had said later. “I would have loved to do it. But I was only thirteen years old when the show came on the air.’

Such real-life chronology did not jibe with Tabitha’s development.

According to Samantha pilot creator Sol Saks, “Bewitched had the feel of success from the beginning. everyone liked it and enjoyed it while they were making it. Tabitha had problems from the get-go.”

William Asher, Bewitched’s producer/director and then-married to Elizabeth Montgomery, had helped to develop Tabitha and also directed one of its episodes, “The Arrival Of Nancy”).

As Saks recalled, Asher asked him to work on the show. “I had something totally different in mind from what they finally produced,” Saks declares. “With Tabitha, they set out to do Bewitched without Samantha and the original cast.”

Bewitched writer Bernie Kahn was a story editor on Tabitha, and even he acknowledged, “We were floundering. We didn’t understand the character. We really didn’t have a fix on the show.”

Of winning the Tabitha lead, Lisa Hartman told The Los Angeles Times on May 12, 1977:

“It was a real shock to get that. I came out here (LA from Texas] to make records and tour. I never really thought about [doing] a series.”

Had Tabitha not been continually bumped by Christmas specials like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reinder, and Frosty, The Snowman (great TV shows in their own right), Hartman said the show might have had a better chance.

Tabitha’s Supernatural Summaries

The following are synopses for each of the Tabitha episodes.

Episode 1 (The Second Pilot) — “Tabitha” (Original airdate: Unavailable)

  • Tab arranges for the debonaire, though unsettling Professor Andrew Collins, author of a book on fuel frugality, to be interviewed by Paul’s, who means to supplant Collins with beauty contestant Sherry McBride. The night of the show, Tabitha hopes to change Paul’s decision but is ultimately forced to magically manipulate his car, three cabs, and a bus, blaming it on the fuel crisis. Aggravated, Paul finally reaches the studio and insists that Collins address the energy issue on the air.

Credits: Written by Jerry Mayer Directed by Bruce Bilson Guest stars: Eric Server as Andrew and Timothy Blake as Sherry.

Episode 2 — “Tabitha’s Weighty Problem” (11–12–77)

  • Tabitha enlists as a private escort to Vasily Kasseroff, a weight-lifting world champion from Russia in town for an event at the station. But there’s a problem: she has a cold, which is rare for witches. Each time she sneezes, her nose gives a twitch, and she ends up casting random spells over which she has no command. Aunt Minvera enchants a treatment involving spiders and other goodies, which apparently does the job. Tabitha tours with Vasily, who constantly gripes about America, and ascertains Russia to be a greater land. Irked and wearied, Tabitha employs her unique abilities to prove Vasily mistaken. She acquaints him with such American favorites hamburgers. Suddenly, her powers fail, Vasily starts to come on to her, and Aunt Minvera comes to the rescue. The athletic event is soon approaching. Tabitha mistakenly transforms Vasily into a snapshot of himself and hails Dr. Bombay, who medicates her unusual bout with the sniffles. Her twitch back in place, Tab extracts the hex over Vasily just in time for the competition.

Credits: Written by Jerry Mayer Directed by Charles Dubin Guest stars: Bernad Fox as Dr. Bombay, Peter Palmer as Vasily (who also played Lil Abner on stage and screen), and Robert Clark as The Prince.

Episode 3 — “Halloween Show”

  • Paul believes there’s no such as witches, and says so during a segment of his show. His derogatory, taunting manner enrages Cassandra, the foremost leader of a potent coven, who schemes retribution. She tells Minvera that a “hit-witch” will be assigned to eliminate Paul, but Tabitha must not know the plan. The “hit-sorceress” appears as an eight-year-old girl named Paula who proclaims herself as Paul’s daughter. She immediately moves in with him and sabotages an idyllic evening for her “father” and his date. Minerva manages to vaguely relay Paul’s situation to Tabitha minus, yet fails to escape the wrath of Cassandra [the original name of Samantha in the original Bewitched pilot script of 1963), who uses a food-spell on her. Tabitha fails to convince Paul to rescind his cruel comments, then attempts to talk him into becoming more compassionate. Yet the hit-witch, who’s actually an 85-yeard old with a Peter Pan syndrome, only supplies additional calamities for Paul. On the eve of Halloween, Paul is trick-or-treating in his apartment building with Paula and the son of his producer Marvin Decker. Cassandra transforms Paul into a werewolf and Marvin, Jr. into a blown-up turkey, much to the dismay of nearby residents. Tabitha ensnares the threesome in a lift and persuades Paula to extricate her hocus-pocus handiwork. Tabitha then explains to Paula how adulthood may hold just as much pleasure as childhood, particularly if males are in the picture. Paula takes Tabitha’s words to heart and sets her sights on Marvin, Jr.

Credits: Written by Jerry Mayer Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Mary Wickes as Cassandra, Dena Crowder as Paula, and James Bond III as Marvin, Jr.

Episode 4 — “A Star Is Born” (1–19–77)

  • Twenty-four hours before her KXLA premiere as the sumptuous new meteorologist, a girl named Wanda becomes a good friend to Paul and a problem for Tabitha. On Wanda’s inkling, Paul starts interacting with Tabitha in a condescending manner, which annoys Aunt Minvera, who thinks: If Tabitha was a television celebrity, she would not have to stand for such insulting behavior. Tabs overlooks the implication, even when confronted with the possibility of phoning Wanda for five-am wake-up calls. The following day, Minvera makes certain that Wanda’s journey to the studio is slowed-up by bogus conflicts, like having her fake eyelashes slip the slope of her snout. Consequently, Tabitha is placed as an immediate proxy for an absent-Wanda and becomes a hit. Upon learning of Wanda’s unexpected decision to star in a film, Tabitha becomes the permanent weather person and her past position is bestowed upon Margaret, a woman past her prime with delusions of glamour. The harness of celebrity (supermarket appearances and so forth) offers no delight for Tabitha. She doesn’t even have time to research the weather she is genuinely attempting to forecast, despite Minvera’s divine intervention. Marvin insists Tabitha wear a fresh, more risque apparel, she disagrees and declares her impending resignation. As fate would have it, Margaret seizes the day to misinterpret Paul’s request to work overtime as an indecent proposal and makes for the door. Tabitha returns to her former position, which is quite distant from celebrity status, yet more in line with her down-to-earth demeanor.

Credits Written by Roland Wolpert and Bernie Kahn Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Jeanne Wilson as Wanda, Montana Smoyer as Margaret and Fritz Feld as Pietro.

Episode 5 — “Minvera Goes Straight” (11–26–77)

  • Aunt Minvera, looking for love, is up for anything, including living a mediocre mortal life to potentially uncover a true romance. In the process, she works as a secretary to Paul, who invites Tabitha to go skiing for the weekend. To keep a close watch on Minvera, Tabitha summons her aunt to come along for the ride. Once in the slope environment, Minvera is instantaneously smitten with forty-something French ski instructor Jean Claude LeMatt — potentially perfect romantic candidate for Minerva. Though she questions Jean’s sincerity, Minvera still falls in love with him, while he loses himself in the arms of an alluring blonde. That night, Minvera expects to go out with Claude, whom Tabitha eyes with the blonde. Temporarily rescinding her ban on witchcraft Tabitha bewitches Jean Claude to think only of Minerva — and it works. His every other word is Minvera, whose face he sees her face everywhere — and on everyone. Even when he encounters the real Minvera, Jean Caldue assumes that she is just another apparition. Convinced that he’s gone bonkers, Minvera decides that she’s picked the wrong guy, and Tabitha admits that she was wrong to suggest that Mivnera live the mortal life. Later that evening, Minvera resumes her old magical ways by dancing with a dashing warlock

Credits Written by Jerry Mayer Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Dick Libertini as Jean Claude, Susan Keller as the Blonde and Frank Delfino anas the Shiek

Episode 6 — “Mr. Nice Guy” (12–10–77)

  • To spark romance in the air between Tabitha and Paul, Aunt Minvera enhances his appeal in her by casting upon him a “Mr. Nice Guy” spell. But when Tabitha notices Paul’s uncharacteristic unpleasant personality, such as when he starts behaving like an amateur on his own show, she blames herself. Tabitha and Adam then determine that Paul is under a spell. All appears grim when Paul opts to do charitable toil in China with a nun who was a guest on his show. Tabitha, resolute to remove the hex, finds Minvera and, employing her magic, makes her aunt’s hips overly increase in size. The bribe pays off, Minvera concedes to reinstate Paul to his formerly selfish ways, and Tabs returns Minvera to her initial design. Back to his old offensive self, Paul is impertinent to the nun who, with Tab’s assistance, shocks Paul with some sturdy words of her own.

Credits: Written by Martin Donovan Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Billie Hayes as Sister Rosalind, Mickey Morton as Moving man, and Richard Branda as Claudius.

Episode 7 — “The Arrival of Nancy” (7–7–78)

  • Nancy Kravitz, the niece to Gladys and Abner (Samantha and Darrin’s old neighbors), is having a tough time acclimating to cosmopolitan California. And Tabitha feels obligated to protect Nancy, who has high expectations of a romance with Adam, who does not reciprocate her feelings. Aunt Gladys comes to Tab’s apartment one night, and Nancy is gone. Gladys shows up the following day at the KXLA office and insists on knowing Nancy’s whereabouts. But no one has an answer. Gladys had given Nancy seven days to make a life for herself, but now she’s absent, and Tabitha is held accountable. Tab takes Gladys back to her apartment. Aunt Minvera’s around, and can’t resist playing a couple of magic acts on Gladys. Haplessly, Minvera is incapable of incanting a hex which may allow Nancy to mature and comprehend the nature of stability. Paul, who had declined to lend a hand, appears at Tab’s to say he’s sorry. He also says that Nancy is with the cops outside, which angers Gladys. To everyone’s astonishment, Nancy has landed employment as a police meter maid. Certain that her nice is content and capable of running her own life, Gladys makes an exit. Nancy then gives Paul a citation for unlawfully parking his car.

Credits: Written by George Yanik Directed by William Asher Guest stars: Penelope Willis as Nancy, Sandra Gould as Gladys Kravitz, George Tobias as Abner Kravitz.

Episode 8 — “Tabitha’s Triangle” (11–12–77)

  • State senate candidate Ted Bingham appears on Paul’s show and is questioned with baseless antagonism. Following the show, it’s learned that the elegant and well-spoken Bingham had decided to surface on the program only due to his fascination with Tabitha. Tabitha magically modifies Ted’s flight plan so he’s able to ask her out. In the meantime, Minerva thinks Paul is green around the gills with Tabitha’s evident flame for Ted and relays her conclusions to Tab. Later that evening, Ted calls from San Francisco to request Tab’s presence for his return to L. A. She concurs and finds herself the recipient of an intense crusade to be Ted’s wife. Tabitha admits to Minvera that she is enchanted with Bingham but questions his motivations. Ted’s invited to make a second appearance on The Paul Thurston Show, while Tab invites both gentlemen to a pre-program meal to quiet the storm between them. But Minerva has another agenda. She pops in with a white carnation filtered with a truth spell to help determine Ted’s sincere desires, while Ted arrives with a wreath of white carnations, which confuses Minerva. During the show’s broadcast, it becomes clear that both guys are the genuine article. Ted admits to supporting a wealthy tax evader, while Paul discloses his discontent with Ted and declare his ardor for Tab. Following the telecast, Ted decides his fight for Tabitha hasn’t a prayer against Paul’s televised assertion of devotion. Ted makes a by-line, and it’s learned that only Paul had been earnestly bewitched, and Tab is left to ponder the definition of truth.

Written by George Yanok Directed by Murray Golden Guest stars: Dack Rambo as Ted.

Episode 9 — “That New Black Magic” (11–31–77)

  • Tab’s past comes back to haunt her, when she’s visited by a former classmate, Portia — a gorgeous sorceress who sets her sexy vision on the contently bonded Marvin Decker, producer of The Paul Thurston Show. Portia initially fails to woo Marvin but, the next morning sends him a red velvet coat. Once he places the garment on, he starts rapping cool terminology and invites Portia to meet him at The Dirty Disco, where Marvin dances up a storm with Portia. But Tab magically makes him feel hot enough to take off his jacket — and shortly after, Marvin can’t recall how or why he arrived at the club. Then his wife, Lorraine Decker, shows up, sees he and Portia together, and drops some pastry on his head. The following morning, Tabitha dresses Lorraine in a Portia-like style, while Portia spruces-up Marvin’s wardrobe — including even a way-out wig. Lorraine and Marvin then see one another, start laughing, and ultimately embrace. Portia pops-out in a huff, leaving the Deckers even more in love than before.

Written by Robert Stambler Directed by Herb Wallerstein Guest stars: Tracey reed as Portia, Barber Mealy as Lorraine and Frank Delfino as Little Sheik.

Episode 10 — “What’s Wrong With Mr. Right?” (Original Airdate: Unavailable)

  • Through a sequence of coincidences, Tabitha encounters Jeff Baron, a TV director who invites her to lunch and later dinner — the latter of which is prepared at her place by Jeff’s pal, a Japanese chef. Meanwhile, Aunt Minvera is insistent that Tab should hook-up with “Monty the Magnificent,” a warlock. But Tab’s not too fond of and doesn’t trust male species of the supernatural set. While she has absolutely no interest in meeting Mr. Magnificent, he poses as someone from the Truth in Advertising Division of the State Department of Consumer Protection in Paul’s commercial, which is directed by Jeff. Monty puts a hex which makes Tab presume Jeff is of the supernatural persuasion. She attempts to interrogate Jeff, but he distorts her implications. Monty then conjures a hex that grants Jeff the overtly romantic attributes of a warlock and ruins the commercial for which Tab is offering her vocal talents. Minerva appears and by mistake, lets the cat out of the bag. Tabitha sees the real Monty and concludes that she is indeed attracted to Jeff. To correct the predicament, she winds back time, and everything works out in her favor.

Credits Written by Jerry Mayer Directed by George Tyne Guest stars: Rod McCary as Monty, Fred McCarren as Jeff and Sydney Lassickas The Warlock.

Episode 11 — “Paul Goes To New York” (1–7–78)

  • Paul pulls a shocker by ending one of his shows with the proclamation that he is moving to Manhatten to host a game show called Make A Pie. Tab gets stuck organizing the bon voyage festivities and seeks a substitute for Paul. Renee Cummings arrives at the party and meets the crew. Aunt Minvera pops in and finds a natural enemy in Renee. Paul stays after the party to flirt with Tabitha, but she is rescued by her friend Nancy. Cat-like Renee turns out to be two-faced and the crew labels her Mistress of the knife because her vicious verbal attacks carve away at the egos of her show’s guests. Minerva suggests to Tabitha that she ask Paul to return to the show. They go to New York and find that Paul isn’t the star he said he was. In reality, he is just a backstage announcer. Tabitha asks Paul to return to the show, and he consents. But a new problem arises: Renee’s contract is for a full year. tabitha’s solution is for Paul to act as co-hots. Unhappily with the turn of events, Renee tries to make Paul feel alien on his own show and embarrasses their gust speaker. Tabitha resorts to ber bewitching powers to force Renee to act like a cat, thus making a fool of herself. As a result, the show returns to its rightful host, Paul Thurston, who is elated to get home again

Credits Written by Bernie Kahn Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Penelope Willis as Nancy, Barbara Sharma as Renee, and Kenneth Mars as Roberts.

Episode 12 — “Tabitha’s Party” (1–14–78)

  • The Witches’ Council reverses its position on mixed-marriages and decrees that one witch must marry a mortal that year. Tabitha has been selected. Aunt Minerva and the head witch, Cassandra, pay Tabitha a visit to encourage her not to marry Paul. Unfortunately, that very day, Paul has insulted Tabitha who is no longer speaking to him. Minerva and Cassandra decide to take matters into their own hands and Cassandra makes a love potion so strong it will even work on witches. The television station where Tabitha and Paul are employed is having a party. As Tabitha and Paul are making up, Minvera pours the love potion into two punch glasses. But neither Tabitha nor Paul wants any of the punch, while Minerva spikes the dip. Unfortunately, Tabitha is the only person at the party who doesn’t eat any. However, Paul and Nancy, a meter maid, share some dip and immediately make plans to fly to Las Vega to get married. Adam eats the dip with Cassandra and they fall in love. When producer Marvin Decker has some dip, he glances in a mirror and falls in love with his own image. The party moves to the airport as Paul and Nancy prepare to leave for Las Vegas. Tabitha finally learns from Minvera what has happened, but is powerless herself to remove the spell. She sDr. Bombay, who arrives with his nurse and a potion which cures everyone on the spot. Cassandra, however, is still insistent that the Witchs’ Council Edict be followed. Upon learning that the doctor’s nurse is a mortal, she marries Bombay and his nurse.

Credits: Written by Martin Donovan Directed by Charles Rondeau Guest stars: Bernard Fox as Dr. Bombay, Mary Wickes as Cassandra and Penelope Willis as nancy.

Mortal Lives

Lisa Hartman

Lisa Hartman comes from a show business family. Her father, an actor/singer and her mother, Jonni, a Housten Texas television producer turned publicist.

As a youngster, Hartman began modeling, appearing in television commercials and performing in children’s theater productions. She attended Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and appeared in such Houston stage productions as South Pacific and Cinderella.

Her regular guest television appearances include two roles on the ever-popular Knots Landing and numerous TV-movies and guest shots parts.

One of the major theatrical films was a remake of Where The Boys Are, released in 1984.

In addition to acting, Hatman is an accomplished singer (who performed the opening theme to Tabitha), has recorded numerous albums, and is married to country music star Clint Black.

Robert Urich

Two years after igniting his acting career in Chicago, Robert Urich arrived in Hollywood where he landed his first major role in an episode of television’s Kung Fu series.

From there, he went on to star in TV shows like S.W.A.T., Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice, and Soap, Vega$, Spenser: For Hire, American Dreamer, and The New Love Boat, among others.

His motion pictures have included Magnum Force, Endanger Species and is Ice Pirates.

Sadly, Urich died too young, from synovial sarcoma, in 2002, followed by his devoted second wife Heather Menzies, who died of brain cancer in 2017. They had three children: Emily, Ryan, and Allison Grady Urich.

Mel Stewart

Mel Stewart began his career in show business as a musician and got into acting by hanging around his New York neighborhood theatres.

After performing in several off-Broadway plays, he landed a role in the Broward production of Simply Heaven, a play that took him from New York to London and back again. Since then, he has appeared in such stage productions as Me, My Mother, My father, and I, and In The Counting House.

Stewart has guest-starred in many TV series, including Sanford and Son, Police Story, All in the Family, (as the initially-seen brother to George Jefferson, Good Times, and What’s Happening, and had a regular role in Harry O (David Jansen’s final series).

Stewart made his feature film debut in Odds Against Tomorrow, and later appeared in other movies like The Hustler, Lets Dot It Again, and Serpico.

He was married to Annie Dong from 1976 to his death from Alzheimer’s disease in 2002. They had one daughter: Alia Dong-Stewart.

David Ankrum

The son of the late character actor, Morris Ankrum, David Ankrum worked with his father in repertory productions as a youngster.

He continued his acting interest while in high school, and appeared in numerous high school and college productions.

Ankrum then kept alive in acting workshops and improvisation groups.

He hs guested in such television series as Barnaby Jones, Cannon, The Waltons, and Simon and Simon, and has appeared in numerous commercials.

His feature films include Every Little Crook and Cranny and Zebra Force.

The talented actor has been married to Barbara Ankrum since 1979.

Karen Morrow

Karen Morrow got her start in show business when she was hired to sing in the chorus at the Equity Teatre In Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

After appearing ins several Milwaukee stage productions, Morrow ventured off to New York where she performed in the off-Broward production of Sing, Muse, and with the National Compay of the Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Morrow made her Broadway debut in I Had Ball and then became a regular cast member on TV’s The Jimmy Dean Show, The Garry Moore Show and The Sid Ceaser Hour. In 1969, she moved to Los Angles where she was regular on The Jim Nabors Hour.

Morrow appeared on other series, and she has sang at the White House. She also had a nightclub act with actress/singer Nancy Dussault of classic TV’s Too Close to For Comfort (who also starred with Robert Urich in the TV edition of Bob, Carol, Ted, and Alice).

Barry Van Dyke

Barry Van Dyke broke into acting behind the scenes as a production assistant on his father’s comedy series, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, in 1971.

After appearing in bit parts on the show, he landed roles in such television series as The Tony Randall Show, Wonder Woman, and Van Dyke and Company, Lucas Tanner, Spencer’s Pilots, and Gemini Man.

In the 1990s, he co-starred with his father in the short-lived, Van Dyke Show, and was the featured actor in the cable version of Airwolf., and later found additional fame co-starring on his father’s successful series, Diagnosis: Murder.

He’s been married to Mary Carey since 1974, and then have one son: Shane.

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This article is edited material from The Bewitched Book, which was later revised as Bewitched Forever, both by Herbie J Pilato, who is also the author of Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery and The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide To Her Magical Performances.

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Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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