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Phyllis Stephens
Biographical Information
Name Phyllis Stephens
Occupation Homemaker
Species Mortal
Relationship Information
Spouse Frank Stephens
Children Darrin Stephens (son)
Family Madge (sister, mentioned)
Relatives Tabitha Stephens (granddaughter)
Adam Stephens (grandson)
Helen (niece)
Robbie (nephew)
Samantha Stephens (daughter-in-law)
Frank (grandfather-in-law, mentioned) [1]
Unknown Relationship Albert [2]
Herbert (mentioned) [3]
Character Information
Portrayer Mabel Albertson
First Episode Samantha Meets the Folks
Last Episode Samantha and the Antique Doll
Episode Count 19
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Phyllis Stephens is the mother of Darrin Stephens and wife of Frank Stephens.


Frank proposed to Phyllis in Angel Falls and they married in 1925. She has a sister named Madge, who thinks she is a lighthouse, a fact Samantha often mentions whenever Darrin discusses her family. She and Frank have one son, Darrin. Frank had just retired before they met Endora in 1965. ("A Nice Little Dinner Party") ("I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha")

By all indications Phyllis is not pleased to discover that Darrin has gotten married and is often reticent to the idea. She even goes as far as trying to give Samantha unwanted advice about her and Darrin's lives in their own home. Her uneasiness is often compounded by the strange events in Darrin's house caused by Samantha's witchcraft. Whenever she sees strange activity, she gets a "sick headache". On one occasion, she thinks she has magic powers, and on another occasion, she enters a mental hospital after several hallucinations after Samantha and Darrin try telling her the truth. She is also stand-offish toward Samantha's family, whom she considers eccentrics, especially Endora with whom she has an antagonistic relationship. However as a grandmother, she is very loving to her grandchildren, Tabitha and Adam. ("Samantha Meets the Folks") ("Samantha and the Antique Doll") ("Samantha's Secret Is Discovered")


Her father might have been named Grover, whom Samantha mentioned in 1970, although Samantha might have just picked the name randomly to explain why Darrin looks like an old man. ("Samantha's Old Man")


Episode Airdate
Samantha Meets the Folks December 17, 1964
A Nice Little Dinner Party January 27, 1965
Samantha Meets the Folks (repeat) January 27, 1966
The Dancing Bear February 10, 1966
It's Wishcraft March 30, 1967
Out of Sync, Out of Mind November 2, 1967
McTavish February 15, 1968
Playmates March 21, 1968
Is It Magic or Imagination? November 21, 1968
I Don't Want to Be a Toad, I Want to Be a Butterfly December 12, 1968
Samantha's Super Maid January 2, 1969
Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You? February 13, 1969
Tabitha's Weekend March 6, 1969
Samantha and the Beanstalk September 18, 1969
Naming Samantha's New Baby October 23, 1969
Samantha's Double Mother Trouble December 4, 1969
Samantha's Secret Is Discovered January 22, 1970
Samantha's Psychic Pslip April 1, 1971
Samantha and the Antique Doll April 22, 1971


  1. Naming Samantha's New Baby
  2. No mention is made on which side of the family Albert is related.
  3. Speak the Truth