It is a lesser-known TV factoid that Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, did a pilot in the 90s about two witches and their talking cat raising a teenage girl in the sticks, and was pretty irked that it got canned.  To make things worse, ABC launched ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’ a couple of years later, raising questions of whether or not her idea was plagiarized and made more wholesome for TGIF.  In fairness, Elvira’s peekaboo sexy schtick might have made a hard sell on network television, but the question of which witch would be more fun is one for the ages, leading to today’s sitcom query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn on this one, as Melissa Joan Hart is amazing, but Elvira is…  Elvira, asking: Which witch would you pick for all your mystical needs: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark or Sabrina, the Teenage Witch?


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  1. Elvira. From what I have seen of the old Sabrina sitcom and the new netflix adaptation I don’t think I would get the results that I would ask for, if it was a witch for hire situation. Plus the Elvira pinball game is a ton of fun.

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