Release dateApril 7, 1996 (1996-04-07) WriterBarney Cohen (teleplay), Kathryn Wallack (teleplay), Nicholas Factor (teleplay), Barney Cohen (story), Kathryn Wallack (story) Film seriesSabrina, the Teenage Witch Film Series ScreenplayBarney Cohen, Kathryn Wallack, Nicholas Factor CastMelissa Joan Hart (Sabrina Spellman), Ryan Reynolds (Seth), Tobias Mehler (Harvey), Sherry Miller (Aunt Hilda), Charlene Fernetz (Aunt Zelda), Michelle Beaudoin (Marnie Littlefield) Similar moviesNow You See Me, Carrie, A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Never Been Kissed, The To Do List
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a 1996 American television film adaptation based on the comic book series of the same name from Archie Comics. It served as a pilot for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch television series and premiered on Showtime on April 7, 1996.
The only two actors who would appear in both the film and television series would be Melissa Joan Hart, whose character possessed a different surname from her comic book and television counterpart, and Michelle Beaudoin, whose character was renamed for the television series. Also of note is the fact that, unlike the comics, which were set in the fictional town of Greendale, and the eventual television series (located in an equally fictional town named Westbridge), the television film was said to take place in Riverdale. This was the name originally used in the comics for the home of Archie and his group of friends. Although set in the United States, just like the comics, but unlike said television series, the movie was shot entirely in British Columbia, Canada.
The movie centers around Sabrina Sawyer, who is sent to live with her eccentric aunts in Riverdale. On her 16th birthday, Sabrina discovers that she is a witch. Sabrina then develops a crush on Seth, the cutest boy in school who happens to be dating Katie La More, the school's "queen bee." Sabrina has to find a way to use her newly discovered magical power to get Seth to notice her, but at the same time not cast a love spell, which could backfire on her.
After Katie dumps Seth, he starts to notice Sabrina. Sabrina is able to use her magic to win a track competition and get Seth to ask her to the Spring Fling. Katie discovers Sabrina's secret and sets out to let everyone know what Sabrina is. Sabrina has to use her magic to turn Katie into a poodle to stop her but later changes her back. All the while, Harvey likes Sabrina and waits to see if she will have a change of heart and start to notice him. The story ends happily with Sabrina and Harvey together at the dance.