Sep. 27, 1996
30 min.
The WB TV Network

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

Sabrina, a teenage half-witch who lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda -- both are witches. They all live in the fictional town of Greendale.

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Salem Saberhagen

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Character Bio

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Salem Saberhagen has a barbed wit and is often the first character to come up with the one-liners or obvious puns in a scene. In addition to world domination, his ambitious plotting often includes attempts to make millions, become a famous celebrity, regain his magical powers, and become human again.

He sometimes dispenses (bad) advice to Sabrina, often involving using magic to solve a problem, which usually ends up leaving Sabrina with even more problems than she began with. He is motivated mostly by his greed, hunger, and ambition. Salem is very proud of his singing voice, which he has shown off during the series. Some of his favorite pastimes include playing with yarn, lint spotting, surfing the internet, and reading Sabrina's diary.

In the early part of the series, Salem is seen feuding with the neighbor's cat, Fluffy. He has a liking for Lizard Flakes, a snack for cats which is said to be fattening and full of cholesterol. He misses being able to dance. Salem acts more like a cat than a human, as if he was really one all along. Despite his mischief, greed, and egocentricity, he is shown in many episodes to genuinely love the Spellmans, especially Sabrina, and also is very fond of Harvey. Harvey learned Salem's true nature sometime around the end of high school. Salem is also known for his trade mark sobbing when distressed.

Salem was a witch, sentenced to spend 100 years as a cat with no magical powers (although in the comic depending on the story, he retains limited powers via incantations, but requires Sabrina's magic finger to enact them) by the Witch's Council, as punishment for his attempt to take over the world. However, in the film, he was cursed to spend a century as a cat because he had kissed a mortal (due to the fact he had used his powers to impress them).

At the beginning of the television series, he had already served 25 years. Salem is a mentor/ "familiar" - commonly an animal that guides a young witch, for Sabrina, as she found it easier to go to him with her problems.The leaders of his attempted revolution were also turned into house pets. Newt, the pet of Hilda and Zelda's cousin Monty, was heavily involved with the scheme, for the promised reward of Denmark. Another follower, Duke had a reduced sentence and was set free during the series, though Salem tried to use him to take over the world again. A talking guinea pig named Stonehenge, but whether or not he was ever human is unknown.

Hilda was also one of Salem's followers; her punishment was to keep Salem free of worms during his period as a feline although she was pardoned at the end of season five. During season one, Salem was visited by his parole officer, to whom he insisted that his reformation is under way, but he accidentally lets it slip that he still yearns for control of the planet.

Besides Sabrina herself, he is the only character to remain for the entire seven seasons and in fact appearing in every single episode.

Episode Screenshots

02x12 - Sabrina Claus
Season 2, Episode 12
06x05 - The Gift of Gab
Season 6, Episode 05
02x06 - Sabrina, the Teenage Boy
Season 2, Episode 06
01x03 - The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie
Season 1, Episode 03
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