Oct. 07, 1998
60 min.
The WB TV Network

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The three Halliwell sisters discover that they are descendents of a line of female witches. Each has a special ability (stopping time, moving objects, seeing the future), and they can also combine their abilities into the "Power of Three" to fight demons, warlocks, and other evils.

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Prue Halliwell

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Shannen DohertyShannen Doherty
Shannen Maria Doherty (born April 12, 1971) is an American actress, producer, author, and television ...

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Prue Halliwell, (born October 28, 1970), is the eldest sister. Born with telekinesis, Prue handles her power so well that she is often referred to as the "super-witch". She is strong-willed, feisty and intelligent, she often takes charge of situations and has always been overprotective of her two sisters, Piper and Phoebe.

Having spent her childhood taking care of her two younger sisters after the death of their mother, she feels responsible for them and shows a fierce determination at whatever she does, including fighting demons. This sense of responsibility occasionally leads to clashes with the more free-willed Phoebe, but the two grow closer as the series progresses. Though at times Prue lets pride dictate how she handles things, she never lets her personal life interfere with her work life.

On May 17, 2001, three years into the craft, she is killed by Shax, a powerful demonic assassin sent by the Source of All Evil. While in the episode Death Takes a Halliwell the Angel of Death foreshadows Prue's death, the season-three finale, All Hell Breaks Loose, remains as a cliffhanger.

Prue's death is not established until the premiere episode of the fourth season, Charmed Again where in which we begin the season with an anguished Piper trying to resurrect her spirit. Instead, the sisters' Gram appears, telling her that Prue is safe and with their mother and that seeing her now would only hurt her chances at accepting that Prue was not going to come back. It is explained that when (as it had happened in the season finale, before Tempus the demon reset time, that Prue and Piper were both attacked by Shax and left near death, but this time, Pheobe was in the underworld and unable to intervene, being forced to the side of evil by the Source in exchange for Tempus's services. Unlike the first time, when Leo arrived with barely enough time to save them, he rescued his wife Piper, but was unable to save Prue. Doherty never appears as Prue again, not even in family photos.

In the fifth season episode Cat House, during the "flashbacks" that the girls visit, only her back is shown, and also she is seen as a dog, when she was transformed in Season 3. Even in the afterlife, Prue is said to still help her sisters; having it suggested that she sometimes turns the pages of the Book of Shadows. In the season seven finale, Prue's influence is seen when her astral projection power is summoned via a spell by the sisters, allowing them to finally beat Zanku to which Piper says, "Thank you, Prue", after the power's effect is over. Also, in the later seasons Prue's telekinetic 'jingle' can be heard whenever the front door of the manor closes by itself the same way it was heard when Prue herself would close the door with a wave of her finger in the first- and second-season finales.

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02x19 - Ex Libris
Season 2, Episode 19
02x22 - Be Careful What You Witch For
Season 2, Episode 22
04x10 - A Paige from the Past
Season 4, Episode 10
04x14 - The Three Faces of Phoebe
Season 4, Episode 14
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