October 7, 1998, the first episode of Charmed premiered. No one knew what to expect from a show about 3 sisters living in San Francisco California, in a house they grew up in. The difference with this show was the 3 sisters were witches.
Think of Sabrina the Teenage Witch with a twist. Piper, Prue, and Phoebe discover they have magical powers after their beloved grandmother aka Grams dies. She bound their powers when they were kids so they could lead a normal life. Now as adults, they have no idea what they’re doing, no idea how to control their powers, and they have to figure everything out on their own. The show lasted for 8 seasons, clocking in with 178 episodes.
This show was beloved by millions and it’s still re-watchable today. Now, fast forward 12 years later we are in the world of reboots now. Networks are digging in their time capsules and bringing back old favorites. Changing them to fit current younger audiences and giving them a new perspective. Charmed is one of those shows. Of course, no reboot can come along without receiving some backlash and with a show like Charmed, the backlash was brutal.
Out of every reboot being done, why should Charmed be given a chance? Well, the reboot centers around the 3 sisters as they develop a relationship with each other, they discover their powers after their mother passes away (similar to the original). Remember Charmed was about female empowerment and the reboot is about the same. Tearing down stereotypes and challenging the patriarchy, and who wouldn’t love a show like that?
Yes, it’s new and it won’t be exactly like the original because that’s impossible at this point, but what is important is there is a woman of color as one of the main characters, and one of the witches will be apart of the LGBTQ community. Seeing this representation on T.V is a good thing, that leaves room for the show to be creative and give the fans of the old series something new to look forward to. With that said, we can’t judge a book by its cover and in this case, it would be the book of shadows.