Samantha Stephens

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First Appearance: I, Darrin, Take This Witch, Samantha
Last Appearance: The Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Sam
Portrayer: Elizabeth Montgomery
Episode Count: 254
Nickname: Sam (Darrin and Larry)
Sammy (Uncle Arthur)
Species: Witch
Occupation: Homemaker
Queen of the Witches (1967-1968)
Title: Former Queen of the Witches
Spouse: Darrin Stephens
Children: Tabitha Stephens (daughter)
Adam Stephens (son)
Family: Endora (mother)
Maurice (father)
Relatives: Aunt Clara (aunt)
Uncle Arthur (maternal uncle)
Serena (paternal cousin)
Aunt Hagatha (aunt)
Aunt Enchantra (aunt)
Bertha (aunt)
Aunt Grimalda (aunt)
Cousin Henry (maternal cousin)
Edgar, Mario, and Panda (cousins)

Phyllis Stephens (mother-in-law)
Frank Stephens (father-in-law)
Helen (cousin-in-law)
Robbie (cousin-in-law)

Residence: 1164 Morning Glory Circle
Westport, Connecticut

Samantha Stephens is an American housewife who is also a witch. She has a twitch in her nose that has always been her main characteristic when doing magic. She is the main protagonist of the show.

Biography[edit | edit source]

In 1964, she married a mortal named Darrin Stephens, who wanted her to live a normal mortal life, so she and Darrin made an agreement that she would not use witchcraft unless it was absolutely necessary. This was much to the dismay of her parents, Endora and Maurice, who don't like the fact that their daughter is "rejecting" her heritage.

Samantha became the Queen of Witches in the fourth season of the series.

However, witchcraft always will be a part of the Stephens family as Samantha's family is always playing tricks on Darrin. Through the years, Darrin would accept that magic always will be a part of Samantha.

Samantha and Darrin have a loving relationship, but they are always battling against people that want to break up their marriage. They have each learned to be a part of the other's world.

In 1965, Samantha gave birth to a daughter named Tabitha who inherited Samantha's magic powers, including twitching her nose. Samantha had to be extra firm with Tabitha because of her headstrong personality, especially when teaching her when and when not to use witchcraft, even when Endora encouraged her to do so.

In 1970, Samantha gave birth to a boy named Adam who, like his sister, inherited their mother's magic powers. Like his sister, he was encouraged to use witchcraft by Endora, but Adam acted more like a mortal.

Physical Appearance[edit | edit source]

She has large green eyes, silky and sleek blonde hair that is nearly shoulder-length. She is slender but tall for a woman.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Samantha is shown to be a loyal, compassionate, intelligent and a very endearing person, generally winning over those she meets effortlessly.

Samantha likes being a housewife and doesn't mind doing things the mortal way. Despite trying not to use witchcraft too often, she can never stray far from her heritage. She has never ever been shown to be an awfully vindictive or cruel person, like most witches are towards humans.

Samantha has been shown to demonstrate a great deal of intelligence, able to cope well in bad situations, and can solve a predicament entirely by herself.

Samantha possessed a spirited and compassionate nature. She has proved to be beautiful and competent; she was very fiery in nature and was the only one who would stand up for her choices and beliefs. 

She was not afraid to be different from other witches and strongly believed in the justice and rightness of her marriage to Darrin. She would always stand up for what she believed was right.

As a mother, Samantha was warm and kind-natured. She was very adoring and maternal to her children and would call them "beautiful" and act in the most motherly way towards them that was possible. She not only possessed physical perfection, but also a good nature. She was especially firm with Tabitha because of her headstrong personality.

Unlike most witches, she did not loathe mortals and married one. Although she was frequently threatened for this, she would never budge. She had a high set of principles which she would not injure for anything.

She was not always serious; she would, a lot of the time, be humorous. Although Darrin would rarely reciprocate the humor, it didn't stop her. She was brave and possessed a passionate and fiery spirit. She was more unique than any other witch and had her own style, preferring to stay at home rather than just party and be carefree, the normal behavior of her cousin Serena.

"Queen Samantha"[edit | edit source]

In the Season Four opener "Long Live the Queen", she becomes "Queen of the Witches" after the former queen abdicated. Her royal title and duties are only shown in a couple of episodes as she still lives as an "average mortal housewife".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Samantha is the only character to appear in every episode of the series.
  • In the first season, Samantha states her birthday is June 6, making her zodiac sign Gemini (the Twins). As a result, she was willing and able to live both as a mortal and a witch.
  • With a couple of exceptions, most of the witches on the show, including Samantha, have names that end in the soft "a" sound (e.g. Endora, Clara, Hagatha, Tabitha, Brunhilde).
This concept may have been based on Glinda from The Wizard of Oz (mentioned many times in the series) but also it could have been invented either intentionally or coincidently two years earlier in 1964 by the first comic book appearance of Sabrina the Teenage Witch along with her Aunt Hilda (her other Aunt Zelda did not appear until 1968). Later media has used this as well such as Once Upon a Time with some characters using magic named Regina, Cora, Zelena, and Emma.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Gallery of Samantha Stephens
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