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Sorry, but "Darrin" Was an Idiot

Updated on September 12, 2012

Dick "Darrin Stephens," on the right

if he acted the he acted toward "Samantha," on "Bewitched," on real life, would be considered an idiot.
if he acted the he acted toward "Samantha," on "Bewitched," on real life, would be considered an idiot. | Source

More "Bewitching" characters . . .

IRENE VERNON was the first "Louise," who starred in 11 of the first "Bewitched" episodes.
IRENE VERNON was the first "Louise," who starred in 11 of the first "Bewitched" episodes. | Source
KASEY ROGERS was the second, and to me, the "only" "Louise."
KASEY ROGERS was the second, and to me, the "only" "Louise." | Source
DAVID WHITE, left, was "Larry Tate," and Kasey Rogers, was the second "Louise." I only put her photo on here again because she was so gorgeous.
DAVID WHITE, left, was "Larry Tate," and Kasey Rogers, was the second "Louise." I only put her photo on here again because she was so gorgeous. | Source
"BEWITCHED" core cast: (from left), Elizabeth "Samantha" Montgomery; Dick "Darrin" York and Agnes "Endora" Moorehead.
"BEWITCHED" core cast: (from left), Elizabeth "Samantha" Montgomery; Dick "Darrin" York and Agnes "Endora" Moorehead. | Source
(from left) William Asher, producer, "Bewitched," and ex-husband of Elizabeth Montgomery; Carl Reiner and Jackie Cooper.
(from left) William Asher, producer, "Bewitched," and ex-husband of Elizabeth Montgomery; Carl Reiner and Jackie Cooper. | Source

There’s no real easy way to say this but, “Darrin Stephens was, by all estimations, an idiot.”


For those of you younger readers, who was “Darrin Stephens?” He was the now-late Dick York, who played “Darrin,” on the ABC-Television Network’s smash hit, “Bewitched,” in the late 1960’s.


His co-star was the super-lovely, Elizabeth Montgomery who was cast as “Samantha,” a good-hearted witch and that is not slang for the “b” word low-life men called females in 2012.


Quite the contrary. “Samantha,” loved “Darrin,” completely. And for all intents and purposes, he loved her. All except one thing: her witchcraft. And “ol’ Darrin” really “hit the roof,” when she would whip-up a solution for a problem that “he” was having at work or to help a neighbor when they needed help.


And not anything of gratitude for “Samantha,” herself. What could be more-magical than this?


You see, of course this is all make-believe, “Darrin” was employed at a huge New York ad agency named, “McMann and Tate,” and the “Tate,” was his boss, “Larry,” played by David White. You seldom seen “Mr. McMann,” due to his reclusive, wealthy lifestyle.


“Tate,” on the other hand was a greed-driven, egomaniacal, butt-kisser who would stop at nothing and sacrifice his own soul to gain another multi-million-dollar ad account to “line his pockets,” while poor “Darrin,” would work long hours, and even from his home to create “just the right” ad campaign for their clients.


In all truthfulness, the only redeeming area about “Larry Tate,” was his very-beautiful wife, “Louise,” played by the now-late, Kasey Rogers, who appeared in 33 episodes of the sixth-season of “Bewitched.”


Okay. Let me be more than honest. Of the two female stars, Elizabeth Montgomery or Rogers, I always thought that Rogers with her always-perfect brunette hair was a tad more-attractive than Montgomery, but that’s just me.


In fact, Kasey Rogers was the “only” woman who I thought was more-attractive than my once-”dream girl,” Dawn “Mary Ann” Wells, of Gilligan’s Island.


Rogers was that attractive.


Incidentally, Irene Vernon was the first “Louise,” who appeared in 11 episodes of the first two years of this “monster” hit for ABC-TV.


To round-out the cast, Agnes Moorehead, a veteran actress, played as “Samantha’s” devious mother, “Endora,” while Maurice Evans, who had a deep background in Skakespearean acting, was cast as “Maurice,” “Samantha’s” dad.


As the series was drawing to an end, the now-late, Paul Lynde, played as “Samantha’s” practical-joking, “uncle Arthur,” who got-off pulling cheap jokes on the gullible “Darrin.”


And to make things interesting, Elizabeth Montgomery starred as her cousin, the swinging party-kitten, “Serena,” and that was pretty much as far as this seasoned cast could go.


Dick York, according to TV Guide, got fed-up with his role, as he put it, “playing second-fiddle to ‘Sam’s’ broomstick,” and left the show.


That move opened the door for Dick Sargent, who was brought in to be “Darrin.” I never saw Sargent’s humor as York was a much-funnier straight man on the sitcom. But like I said. That’s just me.


Okay. You get the picture.


ABC-TV was the first network to broadcast such a mixture of mortal and witch in a weekly-sitcom. NBC tried to match ABC’s success with “I Dream of Jeannie,” with Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, who I always dreamed would be in the next odd-looking bottle that I found somewhere near my front yard.


No dice. No odd-looking bottle. Just an empty whiskey bottle. No genie. Rats. At this time, I almost grew bitter toward fictional television.


The plotlines for “Bewitched,” were somewhat stretched as the writers apparently ran dry of various ways for “Darrin,” to be duped by “Endora,” or by “uncle Arthur,” and sometimes by “Serenea.” Actually, I “can” relate to York’s disgust. If “I” were turned into a mule, pig, clown, a tree and on one episode, a statue, one of two things would have happened. One, my agent would have demanded a hefty raise. And second, “I” would be allowed to get the best of this cast of witches and warlocks from time to time.


That’s only fair, right?


Oh well. Enough digressing. But with your kind permission, would you allow me to play a game with you?


No, this is not an opening scene from the super-horror film series, “Saw.” I just want to lend some needed-reality to the premise of “Bewitched,” and share with you what “I” would have done if “I” had been blessed with a doll like “Samantha,” who had unlimited magical powers and loved me in spite of my stupid male pride.


That was “Darrin’s” main fault. Pride. That stupid, unwanted, misplaced male ego that caused him and “Samantha,” more friction than it did success.


I guess by now you are thinking that “I” was a “Bewitched,” pupil. Not hardly. Even at the tender age of 14, I was beginning to be a realist not only in my personal life, but in the television shows that I watched.


Nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned dose of reality when you “have your back to the wall.”


I mean, who really wants to depend on pure mortal wisdom when it doesn’t work? Only a fool like “Darrin Stephens.”


Let me set-up a typical scene for you in the show, “Bewitched,” with “me” cast as “Darrin.”


Darrin: Sam, I’m home.
Sam: Hi, honey. Fix you a drink?
Darrin:Yes, please. What a day!
Sam: What’s wrong, dear?
Darrin: Well, (sips martini), Larry fired me at 10 a.m. just because his idea was not good enough for our client, “Busby’s Tire and Rubber, Inc.”
Sam: Aww, there, there, dear. Something will turn up. Ready for dinner?
Darrin: Sure, but first, would you do me a huge favor, my sultry blonde-haired witch?
Sam: Ohh, I like that. Name it, dear.
Darrin:Would you twitch your pretty nose and set me up with a cushy job at McMann and Tate’s rival ad agency and make it so I can report to work as their new vice-president a week from tonight. I think you and me need some “alone time.”
Sam: Sure thing, my honey.
(“Sam” twitches her pretty nose and ends “Darrin’s” jobless dilemma).


Now what was so wrong with that?


Not a thing. “I” was encouraging my wife, “Samantha,” to be herself and not be forced into some stagnant social mold that I had set for her.


Ladies, do you agree with me?


And one more scene before I retire to my dressing room.


Darrin: Honey, I’m home.
Sam:Hi, Darrin. Mother’s here for dinner.
Darrin:Great! Hey, why don’t you two fly us to Paris so we can have some “real” food?
Endora:My son, you are a good man for my daughter.
(Kisses “Darrin” on the cheek. Smiles at “Samantha”).
(Smoke bellows into the kitchen).
Uncle Arthur: Hey, dipsy doodle. I got a brain like a noodle . . .care if I tag along with you to Paris?
Darrin: (laughs heartily) Wy’ no, my good man. The more witchcraft, the better.
Uncle Arthur: “Sammy,” you got yourself a real winner in this man.
Endora: I agree, Arthur.
Samantha: I know. And I love him more and more for not making me into what he wants me to be.


Now what could be better than this?


Nothing. What red-blooded male would dare turn-down a free, instant, high-paying job? A free trip to Paris? And not to mention, an always-bulging bank account?


You see, “I” would have made the “perfect” “Darrin.”


No troubles. No woe’s. Just fun, peace and harmony with my lovely wife and her family.


Come to think of it. That sounds a lot like a fantasy that “I” could live with.

Elizabeth Montgomery, as "Samantha"

was not allowed to be herself on the ABC-TV sitcom, "Bewitched," by her idiot husband, "Darrin."
was not allowed to be herself on the ABC-TV sitcom, "Bewitched," by her idiot husband, "Darrin." | Source

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Robert -- you are very welcome.

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      Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

      Thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Robert,

      Mine? No. Go for your idea. I will support it and share it with my followers---for you have something in your idea.

      And may God bless you with a Safe, Happy, and Peaceful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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      Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

      You have one as well. I decided I am going to give your suggestion a shot.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Robert:

      You are much welcome--and have a Safe, Happy, and Peaceful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

      Peace.

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      Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

      Thanks.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Robert,

      No problem. In fact, I seriously think that you should, as they say, test the waters, or in our case, HubPages, and YOU write your own version of a Reversed Screenplay of sorts, where you could engineer your own idea of rearranging the characters of Bewitched, I Love Lucy or The Beverly Hillbillies.

      I would be the first to comment.

      I will be waiting

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      Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

      Thank you. I appreciate the encouragement.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Robert,

      Great idea! I mean it. I am always thinking about how established TV programs could have been upgraded and possibly made better.

      I think your idea would fly!

      Write anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Robert,

      Great idea! I mean it. I am always thinking about how established TV programs could have been upgraded and possibly made better.

      I think your idea would fly!

      Write anytime.

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      Robert Sacchi 7 months ago

      Yes, I think the running gag among spouses at the time was, "you can use your witchcraft any time." I can see the logic of Darrin's point of view. The best he can do is pitiful compared to what Samantha can do by twitching her nose. I wonder how it would look if the characters' genders were reversed?

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      Kenneth Avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Lori,

      Thank you so much for the back-story about Dick York. I had no idea that he suffered so much during Bewitched. Did you find anything that suggested how Elizabeth Montgomery, the "star," handled his pain, or sadly, did she care?

      I know that William Asher was her ex, but did a great job of producing the show--but with Dick Sargent came aboard, the show hit the skids. Moreover, I began to notice how a few of their earlier scripts were do-over's, but with a different spell cast by Endora or Uncle Arthur--but the results were the same with Sargent being the fool.

      And while I am here, I have watched the many M*A*S*H marathons on various networks recently, and one night, it occurred to me that Larry Gelbart, the Executive Producer, used the same lines said by Haweye as he had used in a completely different episode.

      What really irks me about this show is showing McLean Stevenson, dying off the show, but very little recalling on the crew's behalf was ever shown and even showing an ignorant Harry Morgan who was first to show himself as "General Steele," who then was "Col. Potter."

      My last remark: it was obvious that Hawkeye was THE star, but allowed Trapper to be sent home (by script) and Alda was getting a salary for the show and for directing and story consulting. Plus rigging the scripts to shade how wrong our country was in going to Korea.

      Write anytime.

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      Lori 7 months ago from United States

      Because of his back injury, which sometimes caused him to seize up in debilitating pain, the scripts for some of his later episodes on Bewitched were written around his being in bed or on the couch for the entire episode. York suffered little to no pain for the first two seasons, but after the third season, the pain worsened considerably, frequently causing shooting delays and York requiring assistance to walk around. In spite of his suffering, York maintained a professional presence on camera. While filming the fifth season-episode Daddy Does His Thing, York fell ill: "I was too sick to go on. I had a temperature of 105, full of strong antibiotics, for almost 10 days. I went to work that day but I was sick. I lay in my dressing room after being in make-up, waiting to be called on the set. They knew I was feeling pretty rotten, and they tried to give me time to rest. I kept having chills. This was the middle of the summer and I was wearing a sheepskin jacket and I was chilling. I was shaking all over. Then, while sitting on a scaffolding with Maurice Evans, being lit for a special effects scene: They were setting an inky - that's a little tiny spot[light] that was supposed to be just flickering over my eyes. That flickering, flickering flickering made me feel weird. And I'm sitting on this platform up in the air...and I turned to Gibby, who was just down below, and I said, 'Gibby, I think I have to get down.' He started to help me down and that's the last thing I remember until I woke up on the floor. That's about all I remember of the incident...and I'd managed to bite a very large hole in the side of my tongue before they could pry my teeth apart." From York's hospital bed, he and director William Asher discussed York's future. "Do you want to quit?" Asher asked. "If it's all right with you, Billy," York replied. With that, York left the sitcom to devote himself to recovery. From season six until the sitcom ended in 1972, Dick Sargent played Darrin Stephens. Sargent was originally offered the role of Darrin in 1964, but turned it down to do a short-lived sitcom called Broadside.

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      Lori 7 months ago from United States

      Kenneth Avery - I am new here and I did not see a reply button to reply to you so I did this lol. Yeah, I read about Dick York fairly recently. The article said he had a bad back and then got hooked on pain pills. The article also said he made a brief comeback but it didn't last very long. I'll post the article for you in a min.

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      Lori 8 months ago from United States

      You are wrong about the reason Dick York left the show. He left because he had a bad back and got hooked on pain pills.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      ImKarn . . .well, my dear, it would seem that "I" am in the presence of greatness. YOU WOULD have made a great Darrin. I never mentioned the poor. Nicely-played, my friend. I mean "Darrin." But you will pardon me for not automatically-getting used to your male name when you have such a lovely female photo.

      Kenneth

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      I'da made a great Darrin too! He was a moron - i knew it even waaaay back then! I'm like - are you kidding, man??? let her twitch! O, Yeah! Let's go to Bali for lunch! Let's feed the poor! OMG...i'd make a wonderful Darrin! LOL..

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      @ at Sueswan,

      I am so sorry. I forgot to say, "yes, I do remember Gladys and Abner Kreavitz," wonder if they raised a son named, Lenny? What a busy body that old woman was. Samantha was too good-hearted to turn her into a pile of sawdust.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Dear Gypsy Rose Lee,

      "Thanks a bunch for your comments. I wish, well, no I don't. I started to blurt out that I wish that some network would do an upgraded "Bewtiched," with new people . . .not going go happen. Some things need to be left alone.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Sueswan . . .Okay. Here goes. "twitch, a twitch, twitch," POOF! See that Yellow Cab rolling up? What's your next wish? Oh, the finest dining place in Paris? No sweat. And seriously, thanks for your sweet laughter I sensed on your comment box. And votes too.

      I am new at this warlock thing . . .oops, said too much.

      Later.

      KENNETH

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Catgyspy,

      You are most-welcome. "Memory Lane," for me, is sometimes happy when I stumble upon a show like "Bewitched," but sometimes sad when I see a Matlock or Andy Griffith Show where most of the stars are "entertaining in that great beyond."

      I truly believe that God in His limitless wisdom, planned for me to be on HubPages and meet YOU, catgypsy along with my other cherished followers. I cannot think of any reasonable way to say "thanks" to you and my followers for not only supporting my various projects, but gently teaching me how to do it better as time goes by.

      Love you all.

      KENNETH and FESTUS

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest KT Banks,

      Say, where have you been? I have been thinking about you lately. Are you okay? Just worried. Thanks for your sweet compliment about me being "Darrin," and I would have, within limits as to not attract suspicion, let Samantha do her thing and give us a happy life.

      And I would have YOU as My Personal Life Coach to tell me how I was doing in this mortal/witch marriage.

      Anyway, KT. Don't stay away for so long next time.

      KENNETH

      PS: I agree. YOU look GREAT as a brunette. DO NOT CHANGE. Ever.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Curiad . . .a Sincere Thank YOU for your comment that I appreciated so much.

      Have yourself an easy weekend. No outside work. Just resting by the TV and watching your favorite sports or movies.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Jolina!

      Thanks for your comment and for agreeing that Dick York, the first "Darrin," was better than the dry second "Darrin." I miss this show sometimes. Thank God for TVLand.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Skarlet,

      where have you been, my friend? I have missed you. And thanks for your kind remarks. "Strangers On a Train," what a great film. And yes, Kasey Rogers was gorgeous in that one too. I have just realized that I may have a "Kasey Rogers/Louise Tate" Addiction. Oh, no. I cannot get the "brunette monkey" off my back.

      KENNETH

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      MHatter99, you are most welcome. Anytime I can do this for you, I will do that. Maybe I can find another earlier TV sitcom where "I" could have made it better. Yeah, right.

      KENNETH

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Angela,

      Thanks for the sweet "twitch, twitch" comment. That magic was for YOU to have a great day. I did love Samantha, but that second Louise, aka/ Kasey Rogers, as Roy Orbison says in his signature song, "Pretty Woman," . . ."aaaggghhhh--wowwwww,"

      Kenneth

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Thanks for the memories. Used to love this show.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Dearest Kenneth,

      "Would you twitch your pretty nose and set me up with a cushy job at McMann and Tate’s rival ad agency and make it so I can report to work as their new vice-president a week from tonight. I think you and me need some “alone time.”" ROFL

      Can you twitch your nose and send me that yellow cab with that tall , dark handsome stranger? ;)

      I loved Bewitched and always wished that I had her powers. Do you remember Gladys Kravitz ? "ABNER!",

      Voted up across the board

      Take care :)

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Bewitched was one (and still is) of my favorite shows! I even named one of my cats Tabitha. It had a really great cast, all the way around. Great hub!

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Well, that was a fun walk down mermory lane. I used to love those shows as a child.

      You're like my husband, as far as preferring brunettes. Always having dark hair myself, I felt left out because most of my favorite shows always featured blonds as the stars, even Jeanie and the girls on The Brady Bunch. I still wish I was blond, but when I tried it, my husband was sad - so I had to change it back.

      I always wondered why they changed Darrins, and I always wondered why he had such a problem with her magic. It seemed fun to me, too. And I agree, you would be a much better Darrin!

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      An interesting review Kenneth!

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      Sunshine Diaz 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Hi Kenneth! Great hub! I've only watched reruns of bewitched back in the 80's and i agree with skarlet, i also like Dick York much better. Thanks for writing a hub that's a blast from the past.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Great hub!

      I really like Dick York much better as Darrin too. I did not even realize that there were two different women playing Louise. But the second one was really great. I just found out that she was in one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies, Strangers on a Train.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this trip back to an easier time.

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Elizabeth Mongomery was a beautiful and talented woman and thanks for portraying her that way. Many years ago my mom and Agnes Moorhead were buds -- Mom said she was a poor hoot and tougher than Mary's breath (wow, that's an oldie but goodie!) Thanks for a great trek down memory lane -- I loved the show! Best/Sis

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