Charmed

Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The series was originally broadcast by The WB for eight seasons from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006. The series narrative follows a trio of sisters, known as The Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, who use their combined "Power of Three" to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern-day San Francisco. Keeping their supernatural identities separate and secret from their ordinary lives often becomes a challenge for them, with the exposure of magic having far-reaching consequences on their various relationships and resulting in a number of police and FBI investigations throughout the series. There were several instances where their secrets were revealed, mostly to their lovers. The series initially focuses on the three Halliwell sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Following Prue's death in the third-season finale, their long-lost half sister Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan) assumes her place within the "Power of Three" from season four onwards. Charmed achieved a cult following and popularity on The WB with its first episode "Something Wicca This Way Comes" garnering 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the network's highest-rated debut episode. The show's ratings, although smaller than rival shows on the "big four" networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox), were a success for the relatively new and smaller WB network. Charmed went through several timeslot changes during its eight-season run. For its first three seasons in the Wednesday/Thursday 9:00 pm timeslot, Charmed was the second-highest rated series on The WB, behind 7th Heaven. During its fifth season, the show moved to the Sunday 8:00 pm timeslot, where it became the highest-rated Sunday night program in The WB's history. At 178 episodes, Charmed was the second-longest drama broadcast by The WB, behind 7th Heaven. In 2006, it became the longest running hour-long television series featuring all female leads, before being surpassed by Desperate Housewives in 2012. The series has also received numerous awards and nominations. In 2010, The Huffington Post and AOL TV ranked Charmed within their joint list of "The Top 20 Magic/Supernatural Shows of All Time," while in 2013, TV Guide listed the series as one of "The 60 Greatest Sci-Fi Shows of All Time." Charmed has also become a source of pop culture references in film and television and has influenced other succeeding television series in the same subgenre. The show's success has led to its development in other media, including a video game, board games, soundtracks, novels, and a comic book series which served as a continuation of its narrative. According to data research from The NPD Group in 2012, Charmed was the second-most binge watched television series on subscription video-on-demand services, such as Netflix. A reboot series of the same name, featuring a new cast and new characters, premiered on The CW network on October 14, 2018.

Year:
1998
1,426 Views

Phoebe:
Is something wrong.

Piper:
No. Everything is just right.

Paige:
Except my chair...

Piper:
Yeah... which, ummm, I'll actually pay to replace.

Paige:
Oh God no. It's not your fault. [Paige pauses] Or is it?

Piper:
Actually, yeah... it is. I was just upset that there was yet another demon in our house, in our lives. And I know I should stop fighting it and just accept it, but...

Paige:
Nah. It wasn't my favorite chair. Besides, it is kinda good to know I am not the only one who struggles with the idea of being a witch.

Phoebe:
No, trust me, you are in good company.

Leo:
Well, the good news is that you won't have to deal with the Source anytime soon, because Cole hurt him pretty bad.

Cole:
Not bad enough though, he'll be back.

Phoebe:
So. [Phoebe rubs her hands up and down Cole's chest] He's gone for now. First time in a long time. Maybe we should take advantage of that.

Cole:
[Cole pulls Phoebe up against him] Why Ms. Haliwell, are you trying to seduce me?

Phoebe:
Always.

Piper:
Ewwww...

Phoebe, Cole:
[Phoebe and Cole race up the stairs laughing]

Paige:
Okay... I'm just going to go to the store and get some milk or something... [Paige leaves]

Leo:
[to Piper] You sure you're okay?

Piper:
Yeah. I mean, I'm never going to stop wanting a normal life, but I think thats the one thing that actually keeps me sane.

Leo:
Well, you deserve a normal life Piper. We both do. And maybe we'll get that once we banish the Source once and for all.

Piper:
And who knows. Maybe one day I could have a baby shower of my own. What do you think?

Leo:
Well in that case... [Leo picks Piper up and cradles her in his arms]

Piper:
Oh!

Leo:
[Leo grins] Need to practice a little.

Piper:
Leo!

Piper, Leo:
[Piper and Leo orb off in a shower of blue sparks. You hear Leo laughing]

Patty Halliwell:
We didn't tell anybody because we were afraid that there would be reprisals, afraid that, you girls would be denied your powers. Your birthright. It happened after your father and I were divorced, when Sam and I were together.

Cole:
Sam?

Leo:
Her white lighter.

Cole:
Apples don't fall far from the forbidden tree, I see.

Piper Halliwell:
Shh! Go on.

Patty Halliwell:
You were both toddlers. You just thought Mommy got a little fat. You never knew I was pregnant.

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
I was the only one who knew.

Patty Halliwell:
And Sam, obviously.

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
Right. Well, yes, of course.

Patty Halliwell:
We wanted to keep the baby, of course. But mother...

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
Well, I knew it would be disastrous. You know, before you and Leo, Piper, it wasn't just forbidden. It was unthinkable for witches to be with white lighters. I mean, let alone have children with them.

Patty Halliwell:
So, that's why we had to, why we decided, to give the baby up. Sam and I took her to a local church as soon as she was born. And we asked the nun there to find a home for her, and she found one. A very, very good home.

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
Yes.

Leo:
Explains why the Elders didn't know about her.

Phoebe Halliwell:
All right, hold it. Wait just one minute. Are you telling me, that that girl, our innocent, is really... our sister?

Patty Halliwell:
Your baby sister.

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
Their baby half-sister.

Patty Halliwell:
But by my half, which makes her a sister witch. Well, actually, not yet anyway. Not until all three of you are here together by the Book. Just like before.

Penny 'Grams' Halliwell:
Charmed. Again.

Paige:
[Paige comes home- thought it is Phoebe in her body] Oh Cole... You scared me.

Cole:
Sorry. Didn't mean to; with the rain outside and everyone on Yenlo alert.

Paige:
Yeah, Yenlo. That's why I rushed home.

Cole:
You're chilled. Here put this on. [he goes to give her his jacket] .

Paige:
Oh, you keep it.

Cole:
I'm sorry. Am I making you feel uncomfortable?

Paige:
No of course not, I was just wondering what Phoebe would feel about this.

Cole:
Phoebe?

Paige:
Uh, yeah, your girlfriend, Phoebe, remember?

Cole:
Yeah, you see the problem with Phoebe is she's so obsessed with training. She's not interested in [pause] romance anymore.

Paige:
That's not true, uh, I mean, she...

Cole:
You on the other hand, strike me as being full of passion, desire. I miss that.

Paige:
I gotta go. [she moves to get away. Cole kisses her passionately, and Paige in Phoebe's body comes downstairs]

Phoebe:
Hey! [Paige grabs Cole by the hand and flips him onto his back]

Paige:
How could you do this to me?

Cole:
Oh, come one [laughing, then to Paige] I'm just trying to have a little fun Phoebe. Isn't that what you were complaining about me not doing?

Paige:
Yeah, but I never meant for [pause] did you just call me Phoebe?

Cole:
Would you rather I kissed her? [looks at Phoebe]

Paige:
No.

Phoebe:
No? How do you know?

Cole:
Well, for one thing [talking to Phoebe] you suck at levitating and for another you set me straight about the way I've been treating the real Phoebe, as only a sister could.

Paige:
You did?

Phoebe:
Someone had to.

Cole:
Okay. I'm gonna go. Let you guys work this out. When you're yourself again, Give me a call. [he grabs Paige's butt] We'll have some fun.

Phoebe Halliwell:
So much has happened over the last 8 years. So much has been gained and lost. Still, in some ways I feel like my life is really just beginning... and it was. For though I had loved before, I'd never really known love until I met Coop. A man who I shared the special little girl I had long ago forseen, but feared I might never have. Along with two other special little girls I had not forseen. I was suddenly so blessed to have a new family of my own, and old friends to share it with. And though I kept working and giving advice to those who asked, I was more interested in helping them find love. Since finally, having been loved.

Paige Matthews:
Phoebe, had become somewhat of an expert on the subject. As for me, life without demons opened up similar avenues. Henry of course continued to look after his parolees, even if they didn't want to be looked after. While still making time to help me with little Henry and the twins. Which allowed me time to finally embrace my inner whitelighter. And to help the next generation of witches come into their own.

Piper Halliwell:
So that Paige could pass on all the she learned. Not just to her own children, or to mine, or to Phoebe's, but to other future witches and white lighters as well. Which filled the time between when we were doing the fighting and when our kids were old enough to take over. Allowing me time to get back to my roots and cook something other then potions for once. And open the restaurant I'd always dreamed of owning. As for Leo, after we reclaimed magic school he went back to teaching. Which he continued to do, until it was time to retire. Older Piper

[finishes reading the Book of Shadows to her granddaughter]

Elderly Piper:
And although we certainly had our struggles and heart aches over the years we're a family of survivors and we will always be. Which is why we've truly been Charmed.

Granddaughter:
Again, Grandmama, again.

Elderly Piper:
Oh, dear. No, I can't. I need to rest. But you can look at it for a little while if you'd like. After all, it'll be yours one day.

[as older Piper and Leo walk up the stairs, the camera zooms in pictures spanning four generations of the Halliwell family, including a picture of Victor and Patty]

Elderly Piper:
.

Phoebe:
Cole is not your problem, Piper, and you know it. [They fight]

Paige:
Book! [the Book of Shadows orbs to her] Please let there be something in here. [Cole conjures an energy ball]

Phoebe:
Cole don't! You think I abandoned you. You think it's my fault that Prue died. You blame me, you should just admit it. [Piper hits her]

Paige:
You don't wanna kill me, Piper, you don't even know me! It's not about me, it's not about Phoebe is it?

Phoebe:
Leo! [Leo orbs in. Piper swipes at Paige. Paige orbs behind Piper]

Paige:
Phoebe's not the sister who abandoned you, it's Prue isn't it? [Piper grabs Paige around the throat]

Phoebe:
Leo do something! [Leo orbs Paige and Piper out]

Cole:
Where did he take them?

Phoebe:
To what Piper's really angry at. [Cut to scene of Piper, Paige and Leo orbing into Mausoleum. Piper backs away, the camera pans to show the three of them are standing in front of Prue's urn chamber]

Paige:
Tell her Piper! It's alright to hate her! [Piper shakes her head and turns to the door] You should hate her! [Piper grabs the door which is locked and shakes it] When my parents died I hated them for it! I was alone and I hated them! It is okay to hate Prue! [Piper turns around and walks up to Paige]

Piper:
How dare you! [Piper turns and runs to Prue's urn chamber and hits it] How dare you leave me! How could you go and die and leave me here alone! Please come back! I need you! Please come back! Aah! [Piper falls to the floor crying, Leo walks to her]

Leo Wyatt:
It's okay, it's okay honey.

Piper:
It's not okay. I mean she risked her life everyday and she never thought about what would happen to me and Phoebe if she was gone!

Leo Wyatt:
I know.

Piper:
How could she think that I could live without her?

Rex Buckland:
Quite photogenic. Now I should think the police will find this very interesting, to say the least.

Prue Halliwell:
Rex?

Phoebe Halliwell:
Wait. How did you know that we...

Rex Buckland:
What, that you'd be here? Well, let's just say that I've been watching your every move. Yeah, without you knowing it, of course.

Prue Halliwell:
You bastard.

Rex Buckland:
Don't get too angry, Prue. You really wouldn't want to injure me with your power. I'm the only chance you have. While you were conducting your little prison break, Hannah was retrieving the tiara from your home. You should have gotten rid of it while you had the chance. Personally, I actually thought that was an excellent idea.

Phoebe Halliwell:
Astral projection.

Prue Halliwell:
What do you want?

Rex Buckland:
Your powers, of course. That's why I hired you in the first place, you know, to see if you really were The Charmed Ones. Then I waited to test your strength, see how best to make my move, and here we are.

Phoebe Halliwell:
But why all the drama? Why didn't you just kill us and take our powers?

Piper Halliwell:
Don't give him any ideas.

Rex Buckland:
No, no, no. I have seen exactly what you can do when you've been confronted directly. That is why I opted for blackmail. See, there is a special spell in the book of shadows that strips you of your powers forever, and this device will capture those powers. Then you'll bring them to me.

Prue Halliwell:
Go to hell.

Rex Buckland:
Yeah, I'd love to, darling. I miss it terribly. And this will help me return with honors. In return, I'll give you the photo and tell the police I simply misplaced the tiara. No theft, no motive for murder, no prison. You really don't have much time, just until the prison guards realize you've escaped.

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