The television series, Charmed, was a show that aired from 1998 to 2006. It took the world by surprise and helped to launch a lot of the careers of the stars. The show was created by Aaron Spelling and in true Spelling fashion starred one of the stars from Beverly Hills 90210, Shannen Doherty.
The show began by showing us the lives of three sisters who have special powers or, charmed. These sisters are played by Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano. Rose McGowan later joined the cast. The girls are in a sense, witches that use their powers only for good and protection of their family and friends. They fight off the evils that exist in this world today. They use a special book that has been handed down throughout their family tradition to cast spells in order to make the world a much better place.
Part of the show is telling the story of how the sisters keep their powers a secret while also having close to normal lives or attempting to. The girls date and work and eventually begin to get closer to the many men in their lives. Holly Marie Combs character eventually settles down and has a child which also inherits its mother’s supernatural powers. The show tells of the challenges that the sisters face day to day and what it is like being a witch.
Each sister on the show had different powers and eventually you learn all of the powers one by one. They showcase their powers when they are encountered with evil and being who wish to bring death and despair to their lives. One of the sisters possesses a power to freeze people and objects. This includes time. While another sister has the gift of seeing into the future. The oldest sister has the ability to read minds and also can levitate. They all become more and more skilled in their gifts as the seasons went on.
The show aired on the WB network and the first episode earned over 7.7 million viewers. Many different magazines and networks called Charmed one of the best supernatural and sci-fi shows to ever air on network television. This show helped to lead the way for many other shows like Supernatural that also began to air on the same network shortly after Charmed was cancelled.
The show became incredibly popular and soon there were board games, books, t-shirts, and a video game that were based on the show. The stars of the show became incredibly popular as well. Some of their careers sky rocketed after they appeared on the show. For example, Rose McGowan became a film actress after being on the show and she received overwhelming fan and stardom. She starred in shows and highly acclaimed movies. Other stars of the show went on to do series like Nip/Tuck.
Charmed is now on DVD and other online streaming sources. The show has gained a cult following and the stars are still very active in their acting careers today.