The first season of Charmed aired from October 1998 until May 1999 and consists of 22 episodes. It was released on DVD in 2004 as a box-set without any extras. It was released as part of a complete collection in 2008.
The discovery that they are descendants of a long line of witches finds three sisters battling demons and warlocks – and occasionally each other.
When the beautiful Halliwell sisters inherit a house from their grandmother and discover a secret "Book of Shadows", they learn that they each have a unique power. The strong-willed Prue (Shannen Doherty) can move objects, reserved Piper (Holly Marie Combs) is able to freeze time, and the uninhibited Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) sees the future. Individually, each is strong, but it is only by putting aside their differences and banding together as the "Power of Three" that they will be able to protect the innocent and vanquish evil. Each exciting episode in this richly layered series is a supernatural adventure brewing with suspense and humor.
- Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell (22/22)
- Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell (22/22)
- Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell (22/22)
- T.W. King as Andy Trudeau (21/22)
- Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris (17/22)
- Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt (7/22)
- Neil Roberts as Rex Buckland (6/22)
- Leigh-Allyn Baker as Hannah Webster (5/22)
- Cristine Rose as Claire Pryce (5/22)
- Carlos Gómez as Inspector Rodriguez (3/22)
- Jennifer Rhodes as Grams (2/22)
- Billy Drago as Barbas (1/22)
- Finola Hughes as Patty (1/22)
- Shawn Christian as Josh (3/22)
Notes and TriviaEdit
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- If one of the supporting characters does not appear in a particular episode, his and her name also doesn't appear in the opening credits.
- The DVD box-set of this season was released on the first of February 2004 in region 1 (The U.S., Canada) and for all other regions in May, April, June or July. It does not include any bonus features, much to the chagrin of fans. None of the other Season DVDs would until Season 8; the final season.
- A limited edition of the DVD box-set was released with a red cover instead of a purple one. It also included a tarot pack.
- The opening credits underwent several changes during the first five episodes. The order of the main cast was changed, as well as several effects and clips.
- Alyssa Milano was put before T.W. King and Dorian Gregory after the fourth episode, with the and remaining before her name.
- The nameless shots for every character were originally very short, rather like a flash but became longer shots in which the character used a power (however, for mortal characters, this would be a regular close up of the actor).
- The effects on how the names appeared on screen changed as well. For the pilot episode the names faded in, while horizontally moving into place. For the second and third episode, a blue scroll that spelled "Charmed" appeared as the names faded in. And since the fourth episode onwards, a scroll that spells "Charmed" quickly rolls onto screen and reveals the actors name.
- The third episode's opening credits featured new clips for each character, however, no effects were placed on them. The triquetra which appears in the title shot was also missing (although a blurred version can be seen when "Charmed" fades away).
- The main three actresses, Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano appeared in every episode of the season. The male leads did not:
- T.W. King did not appear in "That '70s Episode", however, he is featured in the opening credits as his character did appear as a child.
- Dorian Gregory did not appear in "Thank You for Not Morphing", "Dead Man Dating", "The Fourth Sister", "The Truth is Out There... and It Hurts", "Feats of Clay", "The Wendigo", "Which Prue is It, Anyway?" and "That '70s Episode".
- An Unaired Pilot used a different Phoebe Halliwell portrayed by Lori Rom. Alyssa Milano was cast as Phoebe after Rom left for personal reasons. Additionally, Andy Trudeau was portrayed by Chris Boyd but ultimately replaced by T.W. King. While the pilot was re-shot, some scenes from the original version were re-used, while adding additional scenes to extend it to its full broadcast running time.
- T.W. King left the series at the end of this season for unknown reasons. It is rumored that:
- This season's promotional photos of Shannen Doherty were used for a movie she starred in called "Satan's School for Girls".
- The sisters' individual powers each developed to a slight extent over the course of the first season, though no new powers were developed. Prue learned how to channel her telekinesis with her hands starting from Out of Sight after using her eyes for most of the season, Piper quickly got the catch of freezing at will and unfreezing, and Phoebe could receive premonitions on command, see into the past as well as the future and her power gave her awareness of a time loop.