I just finished watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix and I'm excited about the next season, which is already on order. I knew nothing about this show before it popped up in my Netflix queue and i only took a chance on it because I had finished binging The Americans and didn't know what else to watch. I decided I'd watch one episode and see how it went.
To be completely honest, I was expecting some sort of Goosebumps-esque reboot of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch series that I used to watch back when I was a kid. I also wondered if they'd have an animatronic cat to play Salem- something that always slightly bugged me when I watched the old series. Instead, I discovered a series that is quite binge-able and very recommendable. (And they use a real cat the whole time, never using a creepy, stuffed animal making jerky movements.)
In this show, Sabrina is a half-mortal who grew up with her two aunts, knowing that she was a witch. Her two aunts raised her from the time she was a baby, after her parents died in a crash. Hilda's persona in The Chilling Adventures is similar to that of the Hilda in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, although The Chilling Adventures Hilda is less witty and more saccharine. Zelda's character, sometimes cruel but always capable, is definitely a departure from that of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sabrina, herself, is a lot less immersed in awkward high school angst and more so in the social injustices in both the mortal and the witching world. The Harvey in the Chilling Adventures is a lot more nuanced than the goofy Harvey in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and her friends Rosalind and Susie give a lot of depth to the series. Ambrose, not present in the original series, is a welcome addition to the cast.
Should you watch?
I'll always have a soft-spot in my heart for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch of my youth but The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina of my adulthood is a welcome adaptation of the Sabrina comics. If you like your witches feisty, your tales dark, and the sprinkling in of current social issues, this might be your show. If you prefer more a slapstick series, this may not be the show for you.