Samantha, a powerful member of the society of witches that has lived apart from humanity for many centuries, falls in love with a mortal, Darrin Stephens. Much to the disgust of most of her family, she vows to give up witchcraft and become an ordinary suburban housewife.
Endora is the chief antagonist. Like all witches, she never reveals her surname, indicating to Darrin that he would be unable to pronounce it. Endora loathes mortals, and disapproves of Darrin, as do many of Samantha's relatives. Endora refuses to even use Darrin's name, alternatively calling him "Durwood", "What's-his-name", "Darwin", "Dum-Dum", etc., all much to his annoyance. She refers to him as "Darrin" only eight times during the entire series.
Many stories revolve around Endora, or another of Darrin's in-laws, using magic to undermine the union. Endora casts countless farcical spells on Darrin, but never attempts to outright destroy him. Endora's ploys to provoke a breakup always fail as Samantha's and Darrin's love overcomes every obstacle. When High Priestess Hephzibah expresses surprise that Darrin has withstood years of harassment from his mother-in-law, Endora can only shrug and admit, "He loves my daughter."
The age of Endora is a question that is never answered directly, but on many occasions a reference is made to a time of birth, or to someone from history who Endora knew.
Endora makes reference to having known Diogenes (400 BC)
Endora makes reference to having known Julius Caesar.
Endora says she cooked for the Roman Emperor, Claudius.
Endora makes reference to having known Helen of Troy (1180 BC).
Serena tells Phyllis that Endora admits to 1000.
Arthur says she's over 4000.
Maurice says he and Endora knew Atilla the Hun (450 AD).
Endora says she has changed her mind many times in 3000 years.
Endora states she dated Otzie the ice man (3500 BC).
On the Other Hand
Endora says she went to Shakespeare's plays as a little girl.
Endora refers to being a child bride when Samantha was born.
Endora says again she was a child bride. This time she defines it as being in 1670.
Endora says she was not born at the time of King Henry VIII (1570).
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