Peter Fenzel and Matthew Wrather discuss Epic Showdowns, from the NBA finals to Game of Thrones‘s Battle of the Bastards to Brexit to Bewitched vs. I Dream of Jeannie, and discuss cultural appropriation, Pixar’s Finding Dory, the fallibility of memory, aging, why people think funereal birthday cards are funny, and the idea of a November Rain-ian construct.
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- Bewitched (1964 TV Show), and 2005 Film
- I Dream of Jeannie
- The Bewitched Statute in Salem, MA
- The UK’s EU referendum: All you need to know from the BBC
Update: As we were recording, John Oliver was broadcasting this:
I’m so late to reply on this one :( Sorry, well here we go!
Fenzel! I flip my facedown monster, DARK MAGICIAN GIRL!
TO go down a wikipedian rabbit hole Bewitched not only has Jeannie licked in the States but also in Japan where it was also huge, it was called Oku-sama wa Majo (“My Wife is a Witch”).
Thus it was the origin of the Magical Girl genre that led up to Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh’s Dark Magician Girl!
Quite a pedigree, eh? Take that Jeannie!