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ICYMI, everyone’s favourite teenage witch is heading to Netflix! The familiar coming-of-age narrative will be retold, this time as a darker look into the Sabrina universe, and will debut on Netflix on 26 October. Till then, we are rewatching the Melissa Joan Hart version in preparation for the big debut.

Who is the lucky girl?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will feature Kiernan Shipka in the title role. If you have no idea who that is, no worries. Shipka is best known for her role as Sally Draper in Mad Men. She is now all grown up and ready to take her place as an actress in her own right.

She is joined by Lucy Davis (known for her role as Etta in Wonder Woman) and Miranda Otto (known for playing Allison Carr in Homeland) as Sabrina’s aunts, Hilda and Zelda Spellman. While Sabrina’s crush and dreamboat, Harvey, will be portrayed by the hunky Ross Lynch, who you will probably remember from Disney’s Austin & Ally.


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What else do we know?

Early reports place the series in the same tonal vein as horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, and the storyline is said to be focused on Sabrina trying to marry her dual nature – half-witch and half-mortal.

The script was penned by the Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. He is also the chief creative officer of Archie Comics and joins the Sabrina show as executive producer.

The series trailer was released in early October and starts off by portraying Sabrina as a typical teenage girl. Thereafter, it takes a dark twist as she has to choose either the mortal world or the supernatural world of her family. And from the trailer it is clear, Sabrina has a very Riverdale-like feel.

Have a look for yourself:

But it’s so far away! Where can I find my Sabrina fix?

Glad you asked! In preparation for the big debut, I went on the hunt for the Melissa Joan Hart rendition of the teenage witch. Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far. The first four seasons of the series are available on Showmax – eek!

Rewatching the series helps one remember why nineties sitcoms are just the best! The clever dialogue, the wholesome fun and the very unobtrusive look at this teenager’s life is a breath of fresh air.

The episodes are all between 20 and 30 minutes each, and almost every episode is jam-packed with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. Because they are so nice and short, they are easily consumed and perfect for a little comic relief – plus, the nineties fashion that Sabrina sports is just too darling!

Take a look at one of my favourite scenes from Season 1:


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