CHRISTMAS 2017 REIVEW: SABRINA: THE ANIMATED SERIES – A WITCHMAS CAROL

CAST (VOICES)

Emily Hart (Mute)
Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey)
Nick Bakay (That 70s Show)
Bill Switzler (Scorn)
Cree Summer (Inspect Gadget)
Lalainia Lindbjerg (Disturbing Behvaior)
Jay Brazeau (Bates Motel)

It’s Christmas time and Gem’s selfish antics are driving everyone mad! Sabrina and her family conspire to show her the error of her ways by giving her a Christmas Carole type visit. After Salem, Hilda, Zelda and Sabrina visit her, Gem is still her nasty little self. It isn’t until Quigley and Sabrina show up at Gem’s house with a gift as a true act of kindness that Gem is moved. Even if it’s only for five minutes!

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This is an excellent cartoon version of a Christmas Carol, with a complex plot. The plot seems to focus on Sabrina inspiring a change of heart in her rich, snobbish ice queen of a schoolmate, but Sabrina also undergoes a change of heart.

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CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

CAST
Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey)
Nick Bakay (That 70s Show)
Caroline Rhea (2 Broke Girls)
Beth Broderick (Lost)
Nate Richert (Demon Island)
Jenna Leigh Green (Bones)
Lindsay Sloane (Bring it On)
David Lascher (Clueless)
Elisa Donovan (Wolves of Wall Street)
Trevor Lissauer (Roswell)
Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)

A GIRL AND HER CAT

Coolio (Stealing Candy)
Billy West (Futurama)

After Salem stows away in her backpack and gets her thrown out of the local pizzaria, Sabrina washes her hands of the cat, feigning unconcern when the feline fails to return for Christmas dinner with visiting cousin Monty. When she discovers that Salem has in fact been catnapped by a stubborn little boy named Rex, Sabrina launches a desperate plan to rescue him by impersonating Santa Claus

A Great first Christmas for the Teenage Witch, showing that even thou Salem can annoy her at time she still loves him and does whatever she can to get him back even if she has to deal with a snot nosed brat.

SABRINA CLAUS

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John Ratzenberg (Up)
After she develops a mild case of egotitis, Zelda and Hilda decide to call upon a special person named Bob from the Other Realm to help Sabrina with her problem. When Sabrina learns that Bob is actually Santa Claus during the course of their day spent together, she begins to panic when he gets hurt and is unable to deliver the world’s presents. Hoping it will help cure her problem, Sabrina offers to do Bob’s job while her aunts take care of him. As a result, Sabrina gets over her case of egotitis and gets back the Christmas spirit.
Sabrina’s second Christmas is a great story, the presents Sabrina gives out to her friends and even Libby are touching and shows she can stil lfeel the Christmas spirit.

CHRISTMAS AMNESIA

GUEST CAST
Mary Gross (Lois & Clark)
Daveigh Chase (S. Darko)
A Funny episode with Sabrina accidentally erasing Christmas for the world then having to get it back by making people the warmth and love that they feel around the time of year, even thou her friends think she’s acting like a crazy person.


SABRINA, NIPPING AT YOUR NOSE

GUEST CAST
Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family)
With Christmas approaching, Sabrina gets in a bad mood due to the nonstop snowing in Westbridge. When she hears a contest on the radio where the grand prize is a week long getaway to Jamaica, Sabrina gets excited when Zelda is able to answer the question for her. However, when the bad weather threatens to leave the Spellman women stranded in town for the holidays, Salem suggests that Sabrina tamper with the weather so they could still make their flight to Jamaica. As a result, Sabrina gets turned into a snowman by Mother Nature in retaliation for changing the weather in Massachusetts. Mother Nature then turns her back to normal, but punishes Sabrina by giving her the task of cheering up Mr. Kraft. As Sabrina gets to work on her task, Salem receives the 12 Days of Christmas while Hilda and Zelda hire a pair of Christmas elves to help out with the holiday rush at the clock shop, only find out they’re little crooks.
Giving Sabrina the task of cheering up her principal would be fitting punishment as he’s had it in for her throughout the shows run, but she realises why he’s not in the Christmas and does in fact help him.

SABRINA’S PERFECT CHRISTMAS

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GUEST CAST
Tom Virtue (Iron Man 3)
Molly Cheek (American Pie)
Sabrina opts to spend a picture-perfect Christmas with Morgan and her family rather than endure the annual insanity with Hilda and Zelda , but soon discovers the ugly secrets under that flawless facade.
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A Great Xmas episode especially seeing Roxie with the Spellman’s and feeling the Christmas Spirit, It was also nice to see Morgan’s family as it sheds some light as to why she is the way she is.
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IT’S HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT CHRISTMAS

GUEST CAST
John Ducey (Bad Judge)
Kate Jackson (Charlies Angels)
Scott Gurney (Buffy)
Sandra McCoy (Power Rangers Wild Force)
When Sabrina, Roxie, and Morgan go to Miami with Leonard to celebrate Christmas, they have a run-in with Roxie’s mother, Candy, at their time share. However, when their place gets robbed, Candy gets accused, ultimately leaving Sabrina and Morgan to help Roxie clear her mother of the charges. Meanwhile, when Leonard finds out that Sabrina brought Salem along to the condo, he tells her to put him into the condo’s kennel, where Salem complains about being treated like an animal and Morgan enters the “Miss Wet Christmas” contest.
The last Sabrina Christmas one seeing Roxie reunited wit her Mother, and seeing Sabrina try to prove if Roxie mother did steal the stuff from the hotel room. This is the first Christmas with out Sabrina’s Aunt’s but still a fun one.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: MELISSA & JOEY – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES

MAIN CAST
Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina)
Joey Lawrence (Blossom)
Taylor Spreitler (Amityville The Awakening)
Nick Robinson (Jurassic World)

A NEW KIND OF CHRISTMAS

GUEST CAST
Jaime Pressly (Mom)
Rick Pasqualone (Hop)

Mel’s sister, Meredith (Jaime Pressly), comes home from prison on furlough to celebrate Christmas with the kids and Mel, and seems unruffled by Joe’s obvious animosity towards her.

Jaime Pressly adds a new dynamic to the characters, sadly this was the only time she guest starred in the shows for season run. It was good to finally see the character as she had been mentioned on the shoe countless times. all in all a good Christmas episode to what has become a missed show.

 

A MELANIE AND JOSIAH CHRISTMAS

GUEST CAST
Christopher Rich (Perception)
Trevor Donovan (Savages)
Michael Rider (Road House)
Mel and Joe are about to celebrate their first Christmas as a married couple, which leads to a competition over whose family ornament should take the top spot on the tree. Both Mel and Joe have a flashback set in southern North America in the 1800s.

Now this Christmas episode is one of the most bizarre having Melissa tell a story of her alleged ancestors is intriguing  though it does seem a little out of place but then so did the Halloween episode. This became the final Christmas episode as the show was let go after season 4.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: MELISSA & JOEY – SEASON 1-4

 

MAIN CAST

Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina: TTW)
Joey Lawrence (Blossom)
Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening)
Nick Robinson (Jurassic World)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Lucy DeVito (Girls)
Elizabeth Ho (Fifty Shades of Black)
Megan Hilty (Shrek The Third)
Rachel G. Fox (Dream House)
Scott Michael Foster (The Pact 2)
Chris Brochu (The Vampire Diaries)
Christopher Rich (Boston Legal)
Anya Monzikova Iron Man 2)
Joel McKinnon Miller (Super 8)
Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings)
Gregg Sulkin (Runaways)
Cody Linley (Sharknado 5)
Rita Rudner (The Wrong Guys)
Trevor Donovan (Savages)
Justin Hartley (Smallville)
Sterling Knight (17 Again)
Sadie Calvano (Mom)
Jada Facer (Henry Danger)
Brooke Burke (The Wraith)
Matthew Lawrence (Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad)
Kevin Fonteyne (Sun Records)
Hayley Erin (General Hospital)
Greer Grammer (The Middle)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves ryamond)
Ian Reed Kesler (Birds of Prey)
George Wyner (Spaceballs)
Beth Broderick (Sabrina: TTW)
Andrew Lawrence (Bean)]
Meaghan Martin (Mean Girls 2)
Vivia A. Fox (Independence Day)
Lesliee Grossman (The Neighbours)
John Ratzenberger (Cheers)
Debi Mazar (Batman Forever)
Jaime Pressly (Mom)
John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
David Lascher (Sabrina: TTW)
Don Stark (That 70s Show)
John Ducey (Bones)
Alimi Ballard (Dark Angel)
Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie)
Marla Sokoloff (Fuller House)
Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell)
Yvette Nicole Brown (Community)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Sean O’Bryan (London Has Fallen)
Krista Allen (The Final Destination)
Elisa Donovan (Sabrina: TTW)
David Starzuk (Veronica Mars)
Danny Woodburn (Bones)
Jessica Barth (Ted)
Nakia Burrise (Power Rangers Zeo)

Mel Burke is having trouble with her niece, Lennox. As she tries to juggle being a councillor and a guardian, she gets a little overwhelmed. Her assistant, Rhonda, suggests she get a nanny. Mel is hesitant to do so until she finds out Lennox wrote a poem about her principal, Miss Lunt (Vernee Watson), that wasn’t so nice. Mel relents and decides to hire a nanny. Before leaving for a meeting, Joseph “Joe” Longo knocks on her door. He apologizes for an outburst and asks if she can get him a job. Mel realizes he was the head of her brother-in-law’s company. (It is mentioned that her brother-in-law ran off leaving the company in disarray and it is implied that he ran off with the millions Joe made for him and left his wife to take the blame. The result is her being in federal prison and the reason for the children having to stay with Mel.) She explains that there is a hiring freeze downtown so she can’t get him a job. Joe then offers to be her new nanny. Joe takes Ryder to school so Mel won’t miss her meeting. Mel comes home later to take Lennox to school so she can apologize to Miss Lunt. If she doesn’t apologize, Lennox cannot go back to school. Mel finds that Ryder is still at home and Lennox is gone. After leaving, Joe sees an online posting from Lennox and realizes she is on the roof. He convinces her to go eat her “big bowl of stink” instead of letting Mel eat it for her. Mel comes back impressed until she finds out Joe paid Lennox fifty dollars to go to the school and apologize to the principal. They later decide to give him a try being the nanny.This show has a bit if everything. Witty humour. Not so witty humour. Moments of nostalgia for those of us who loved Melissa Joan hart in Sabrina and Clarissa explains it all. But this show also has moments of real emotion that stop you in your tracks for a second and keep you gripped to the underlying story lines. Each character has their own quirks and as you get to know them you really begin to appreciate the level of detail the writers have gone to in order to keep the characters alive and interesting.

REVIEW: CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL

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MAIN CAST

Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina: TTW)
Jason Zimbler (The Edge of Night)
Elizabeth Hess (Law & Order)
Joe O’Connor  (The Ice Storm)
Sean O’Neal (Cop and a 1/2)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Shannon Woodward (Westworld)
Cassidy Rae (Evolver)
Paul Kreppel (It’s A Living)
JoAnna Garcia (American Pie 2)
Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy)
Jonathan Mangum (The Bucket List)
Wayne Brady (1982)
Sheeri Rappaport (CSI)
James Van Der Beek (Dawsons Creek)

Clarissa Explains it All may have been modeled on the successes of 1) Ferris Bueler and 2) Blossom. Melissa Joan Hart really got her start on this Nickelodean comedy aimed for younger teen and some pre-teen audiences as Clarissa Darling, a teen girl who often had a few minor dilemmas to work out in each episode. Clarissa Explains It All, nonetheless had some great things going for it. For one, it was one of the rare occasions that a show was headlined by a young teen girl, and a rather spunky one at that. Few times do we see this in the early 90s, other than Blossom and later, with another Nickelodean series, The Secret World of Alec Max. Something like Zach Morris and Ferris Beuler were able to do, Clarissa often addressed the audience, usually to reiterate how things are going or to give advice for solving those problems. And they were usually minor things, like dealing with a sneaky older brother, Furgeson, or getting out of some mundane chore. Harmless things like that as rarely did Nickelodeon, if ever, touch upon anything but neutral topics (save the short-lived half-hour news program). She was a likable character and not whiny or obnoxious, although her parents were usually nerds. She had a pet aligator named Elvis, a cool neighbor named Sam, and usually programmed computer games as the ideal way of planning a solution to her problems. It was an amusing show that tried to do things a little differently than the same old, same old. And it seemed to have worked, since the show lasted 5 seasons.

REVIEW: SABRINA: THE TEENAGE WITCH – THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST

Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey)
Caroline Rhea (2 Broke Girls)
Beth Broderick (Lost)
Nate Richert (Game Box 1.0)
Jenna Leigh Green (You Again)
Nick Bakay (That 70s Show)
Lindsay Sloane (Bring It On)
Alimi Ballard (Dark Angel)
China Shavers (Ruby Sparks)
David Lascher (Blossom)
Jon Huertas (Castle)
Trevor Lissauer (La La Land)
Elisa Donovan (Clueless)
Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster)

GUEST CAST

Sally Jessy Raphael (She-Devil)
Emily Hart (Mute)
Diane McBain (Batman 60s)
Robin Riker (Big Love)
Richard Steven Horvitz (Power Rangers)
Gary Owens (Roger Ramjet)
Jo Anne Worley (A Goofy Movie)
Tara Strong (batman: TAS)
Trisha Campbell-Martin (My Wife and Kids)

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A HALLOWEEN STORY

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Sabrina is forced to attend a family affair on Halloween, so she sends a clone of herself to a party she was supposed to attend. Unfortunately, the simple-minded clone agrees with everything anyone suggests, which eventually leads to her streaking through Harvey’s backyard. Meanwhile, the real Sabrina tries to ditch her snobby cousin Marigold and her bratty daughter Amanda (Emily Hart), and later gets a heartwarming surprise when she discovers that as a witch, she can talk to a deceased loved one for an hour on Halloween night.

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A RIVER OF CANDY CORN RUNS THROUGH IT

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Libby brags about her upcoming Halloween party, prompting Valerie to make similar claims about an even cooler party at the Spellman house. Hilda and Zelda agree to host the party, but Sabrina is still nervous–especially when a new set of talking furniture arrives, monstrous Other Realm “Halloween carolers” come to visit, and Hilda inadvertently cooks too much candy corn. Just when it seems Sabrina’s party will be ruined, she realizes that all of her friends think the “magic” effects are fake, and takes advantage of their confusion to host the best party ever–including an appearance from 10,000 Maniacs.

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GOOD WILL HAUNTING

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Sabrina is given an evil doll named Molly Dolly that proceeds to terrorize her friends. Hilda and Zelda are trapped at a party in an insane asylum. Gary Owens and the rest of the surviving Laugh-In cast members are the guests.

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EPISODE LXXXI: THE PHANTOM MENACE

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When Sabrina gets a job at a nearby coffee house, she decides to work on Halloween night instead of celebrating the holiday with her aunts. After Hilda and Zelda learn of Sabrina’s plans, they try to warn her that she can’t run away from Halloween, but Sabrina refuses to take their warning seriously. As Hilda and Zelda anxiously prepare for their Halloween dinner with Edgar Allan Poe, Sabrina and Dreama eventually celebrate the holiday in their own way: when a group of Other Realm Zombies arrive the coffee house to help them experience the fun of Halloween.

 

THE HALLOWEEN SCENE

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After she learns Hilda and Zelda won’t be home for Halloween, Sabrina decides to throw a party at their place-and soon regrets the decision when she must repair the love of two monsters, Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, when Roxie gets in the way of their meaningful relationship. Meanwhile, Salem stalks a college girl, and Hilda and Zelda’s outfits may not seem to be all that for the galaxy opening.

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Image result for sabrina the teenage witch MURDER ON THE HALLOWEEN EXPRESSSabrina takes a holiday idea from Salem and brings her friends on the spooky Mystery Train for a Halloween adventure. There’s just one problem: It’s in the Other Realm. Sabrina soon learns that the mortals can leave only if she solves the puzzling mystery when she goes back into something out of a 1920 mystery movie.Image result for sabrina the teenage witch HALLOWEENSabrina new how to do cool Halloween episodes, with a all but on season having a episode to Halloween there is a lot to enjoy. It show had grown throughout the years when viewing these in order. they are a must watch over Halloween.

REVIEW: DRIVE ME CRAZY

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CAST

Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey)
Adrian Grenier (Harvard Man)
Stephen Collins (No Ordinary Family)
Mark Metcalf (Buffy)
Faye Grant (V)
Susan May Pratt (Adrift)
Ali Larter (Legalley Blonde)
Lourdes Benedicto (V 2009)
Keri Lynn Pratt (Cruel Intentions 2)

FILM: 'DRIVE ME CRAZY' BY JOHN SCHULTZ.

Nicole Maris (Melissa Joan Hart) and Chase Hammond (Adrian Grenier) live next door to each other. Nicole lives with her divorced mother and Chase’s mother died of cancer, making them two teens living with their single parents. However, they are worlds apart. Nicole is up on the latest fashions; Chase, on the latest protest. She wouldn’t miss a pep rally or basketball game with her scheming socialite friends; he can usually be found in a dark coffee room with his friends who don’t care what they wear.
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Nicole wants a dream date with the star basketball player, but right before it was certain they were going together, he falls in love with a cheerleader. Meanwhile, Chase’s “non-conformist” girlfriend, Dulcie (Ali Larter) dumps him for another man. Now that they have something in common, Nicole and Chase reluctantly join forces to navigate the land mines of high school love.Their scheme: date each other to attract the interest and jealousy of their respective romantic prey. It works all right: they both get the person they wanted. But in the midst of planning a gala centennial celebration, Nicole and Chase find that the one they always wanted is closer than they ever realized. Finally, they dump their original dates and fall in love with each other. There is still one big twist that could ruin their relationship forever in the end. After the celebration ends, they go back home only to find out that their parents have fallen in love and will move in together, which would make them step-siblings. However, the movie ends with the feeling that they aren’t going to let that fact stop their relationship.
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With a screenplay that owes more than a nod to Clueless, Heathers and Pump Up The Volume, original it is not, but as popcorn pictures go, Drive Me Crazy is slick, entertaining and full of youthful exuberance. It manages to charm without affectation, and will leave you with a smile on your face even if your teenage years are just a memory