Which Witch? Why we love both versions of Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Which Witch? Why we love both versions of Sabrina The Teenage Witch


Season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina dropped on Netflix last month and I, for one, was excited.

You see, children of the nineties like myself, knew the character of Sabrina Spellman as portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart very well. Sabrina was a zany teenage girl. A half-mortal, half-witch who spends her time grappling with how her magic affects her mortal classmates and life.

It was a show that was near and dear to my heart.

So I wasn’t totally sure how I felt about the announcement that the creators of Riverdale were adapting the Archie comic Sabrina for Netflix and giving it the “Riverdale treatment.” Their version of the story was going to have a darker tone.

No one was more excited than I was when I watched it and found that I really enjoyed it!

But it had a totally different feel than the Sabrina I’d grown up with.

It’s like comparing a book with its movie adaptations. I try to look at them as two separate pieces of art that offer things to enjoy of their own. So, here’s what I liked about each one!

What I loved about Sabrina the Teenage Witch:

  • The comedic light-hearted feel
  • Sparkle magic
  • Hijinks galore
  • An average teens’ high school experience, complicated by magic
  • The journey of discovery as Sabrina learns that she’s not mortal as she’s always thought. She’s a witch and has a lot to learn about that part of her heritage
  • Talking. Cat.

What I loved about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:

  • The dark and twisty feel
  • Higher stakes: rather than villains like a mean cheerleader or an assistant principal, you have an evil high priest, demons, and Satan himself. Consequences are souls–death. The world being consumed by evil.
  • More focus on Sabrina’s friends. While 90s Sabrina had her own friends, the friends of today’s Sabrina have their own unique storylines that don’t necessarily depend on what Sabrina is going through.

Do you love both TV shows too? If not, which witch do you prefer?

Let us know in the comments below!

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