Charmed is an American television series that originally aired from October 7, 1998, until May 21, 2006, on The WB Television Network.The series was created in 1998 by writer Constance M. Burge and was produced by Aaron Spelling and his Spelling Television company, with the show runner being writer-director Brad Kern.The series narrative follows the four Halliwell sisters — Prue, Piper, Phoebe and, later, Paige. They are the culmination of the most powerful line of good witches in history. The sisters, despite being perceived as normal women by the non-supernatural community, are known as The Charmed Ones in the magical community, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives against evil beings, such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to hold normal working lives in San Francisco. Keeping their paranormal identities separate and secret from their ordinary lives forms part of the series' tension and challenges, with the exposure of magic having far-reaching consequences on relationships, and having resulted in a number of police and FBI investigations throughout the series.The first episode, "Something Wicca This Way Comes", garnered 7.70 million viewers, breaking the record for the highest rated debut for the Warner Brothers Network.In January 2006, producer Brad Kern declared that Charmed was the longest running hour-long series featuring all female leads (Murder She Wrote having only a singular lead, and The Facts of Life being a 30-minute sitcom).The series finale, "Forever Charmed", ended with a season high of 4.49 million viewers.Since June 2010 Zenescope Entertainment have been publishing an officially licensed comic continuation of the series Charmed. Author Paul Ruditis, who has had previous experience with the Charmed universe after writing several Charmed tie-in novels, will be acting as lead writer of the series. So far 12 issues of the comics are expected.In 1998, the Warner Brothers Television Network began searching for a drama series, and looked to Spelling Television, which had produced the network's most successful series 7th Heaven, to create it. Expanding on the popularity of supernatural-themed dramas, the production company explored forms of mythology to find mythological characters they could realize with contemporary storytelling.In order to create the series, Burge was hired as the creator as she was under contract with Spelling Television after conceiving the drama Savannah.When the theme of witchcraft was first pitched to her, she was aware of stereotypes of witches (flying brooms, black cats, and warts). After Wicca research, she changed her perspective and aimed at telling a story of good witches who looked and acted like ordinary people. With this, her initial concept was a series set in Boston, Massachusetts about three friends and roommates who were all witches.However, executive producer E. Duke Vincent lacked confidence, asking "Why would anybody want to watch a show about three witches?" He proposed that the series focus on family values and developed the series-long mantra of it being about "three sisters who happen to be witches, not three witches who happen to be sisters." Spelling warmed to Burge's ideas and, after the concept was re-crafted to be a series about three sisters (now living in San Francisco) descended from a line of witches,it was pitched to the Warner Brothers's Susanne Daniels, who liked it, allowing the series to begin development.Shannen Doherty, having worked with Spelling on Beverly Hills, 90210, auditioned for the role of Piper Halliwell but won the role of Prue Halliwell. After the third season, Doherty left the series. The reasons for Doherty leaving the series have never been made public.Doherty's best friend, Holly Marie Combs, known as Kimberly Brock from the series Picket Fences, became interested in the script and won the role of middle sister Piper Halliwell, although she auditioned for the role of Prue Halliwell.The series was titled Charmed after Spelling's suggestion of House of Sisters was dropped, and the three lead roles were cast to Doherty, Combs, and Lori Rom. Burge wrote the pilot's script. They filmed a 28-minute version (the "unaired pilot", never aired on network television) with which the series was picked up by the WB. The majority of the pilot had to be re-filmed after Rom quit and Alyssa Milano took her role.Upon its debut, Charmed received the largest audience for a series premiere in the network’s history.The first season of twenty-two episodes was picked up by Warner Brothers after two shows aired.Executive producersThe two executive producers from Spelling Television were its creator, Spelling, and Vincent, who maintained their roles until the series ended. Burge became an executive producer when she was hired to create the series and write the pilot. After the short "unaired pilot" was shown to the WB and the series was picked up by the network, Kern was recruited as the fourth executive producer and as the show runner in order to decipher how the series would develop over the course of its run. While Kern remained with the show until its end, between the second and third seasons Burge was not an executive producer. She remained as executive consultant until the end of season four when she left Charmed.Writing and format Scripting was done by a large number of writers. Kern did the most writing, with a total of 26 episodes, as well as directing one of them. The writers with the most writing credits other than Kern include:Daniel Cerone, Curtis Kheel, Zack Estrin, Chris Levinson, Krista Vernoff, Sheryl J. Anderson, Monica Breen, Alison Schapker, Cameron Litvack, and Jeannine Renshaw. Burge wrote seven episodes for the first and second seasons before leaving her position as executive producer.Scripting was carried out after group brainstorms took place, discussing the events of the episodes, the emotions of the characters, and the mythology involved. Robert Masello, an executive story editor for the series, credits himself as the only demonologist hired for a series, in order to add his experience to the storyline.“ Charmed is the only show that has a licensed fully bonded demonologist, which is me, on staff and as a result because I've written books about demonology and the occult of witchcraft, I'm there to answer questions about how a demon would behave. ”However, as Combs revealed in The Women of Charmed documentary, the series aimed at following a mythology created by fantasy, and not adhering to Wiccan rules too closely, for fear of coming under criticism for either not being "technically correct enough" or missing the truth completely.Between the second and the third season, Burge left, leaving her former position to executive producer Kern. Burge remained as creative consultant until season four.Burge's departure resulted in changes in the story structure of the show, from a "demon of the week" system to using third- or half-season-long story arcs. In addition, more importance was given to the protagonists' personal lives.The serial connection of episodes culminated in the second half of season four. Despite the ratings increasing during season four's final story arc from 4.19 to 4.21, Warner Brothers asked Kern to abandon the serial system. This led to the largely episodic structure of season five, and resulted in the two systems being balanced from the sixth season onwards.Logo and symbols During the show's run, the Warner Brothers Television Network used two official logos to represent the series. The first was used during the first and second seasons and featured the name Charmed underlined and with a triple-aspect symbol above it. The second logo was introduced at the start of the third season and remained until the series ended. It was written in a different font and is still underlined and sometimes featured a triquetra above the name. This logo was designed by Margo Chase. Although the second logo replaced the first in all promotional material by the Warner Brothers, such as posters and television adverts, the first remained to be used on official merchandise after the third season, including on the covers of the novel series, the DVDs, the official Charmed magazine and the Charmed Comics.Music Charmed shares the theme song "How Soon Is Now?" by love spit love, with the 1996 Columbia Pictures feature film, The Craft, appearing under the opening credits in a cover by Psychedelic Furs frontman Richard Butler's hiatus band, Love Spit Love. The song was originally written and composed by The Smiths. Unusually, the series has had three different end title themes (by Tim Truman, J. Peter Robinson and Jay Gruska), with the theme used dependent on the tone of the episode. In stripped (daily) reruns on US cable tier TNT, "How Soon Is Now?" appears in a 5-second abbreviated 'tag' form to accommodate additional advertising; no music appears under closing credits as they are 'stacked' under an ad or over the succeeding show's opening tag.The song appeared on the soundtrack album TV Themes: Popular Favorites, released by the St. Clair record label on September 6, 2005,as well as its follow-up TV Themes: Sex and the City and Other Favorites, on August 30, 2005.It also appeared on Your Favorite Television Themes, released by Artemis Strategic on June 7, 2005.The song always appeared on the compilations in its full-length version of 4 minutes and 20 seconds.Unfortunately for the producers, the song's license expired before the Season 8 DVDs went into production. After efforts to get it back in time for the Region 1 release failed, it was replaced by a generic hard-rock instrumental theme.
"Before Melinda was burned at the stake, she vowed that each generation of Warren witches would become increasingly stronger, culminating in the arrival of three sisters the most powerful witches the world has ever known."Phoebe Halliwell, "Something Wicca This Way Comes" (series premiere)(Written by Constance M. Burge)In 1998, Prue, Piper, and Phoebe Halliwell move back into their childhood home, Halliwell Manor, after their Grams' (Penny Halliwell) funeral. By accident, Phoebe discoveres their family's secret book, the Book of Shadows, and learnes that they come from the most powerful witches ever to walk the earth, destined to protect innocents and the world from demons and warlocks. Thinking it's a joke or something she (Phoebe) reads an inscription from the book "activating" their powers.Each sister gained a special power along with the ability to cast spells and brew potions. Prue, the eldest, had the power of telekinesis – the ability to move objects with her mind. This later evolved to the point of being able to astral project, or move her astral form outside of her body. Piper, the middle sister, has the power to affect molecules, at first to slow them down until they stop, effectively “freezing” people/objects. As she grows more proficient, she can freeze only certain people or only certain objects or body parts as she wishes. Her powers grow to being able to make molecules move so fast that they explode. Phoebe, the youngest, initially possesses the power of premonition, which evolves into being able to receive visions of both the future and the past. She later picks up the powers of empathy (the ability to both sense and tap into others' emotions) and levitation. When Prue is killed in the Season 3 finale, Piper and Phoebe discover that they have a half-sister, Paige Matthews, who is the daughter of their mother and her Whitelighter. Paige's Whitelighter blood mixes with her witchcraft heritage to give her a form of telekinesis, though she has to verbally call for objects to “orb” them where she wants them. As she learns to control the dual sides of her ancestry, Paige also learns how to orb herself and others (the Whitelighter form of teleportation), and eventually she receives her own charges to train and protect as they learn witchcraft and develops the ability to heal others with the touch of her hand.Although each sister is quite powerful in her own right, their powers are enhanced by their collective power, the Power of Three, said to be the most powerful magical force ever formed. Their powers are rooted in their bond as sisters, and it is their love for each other that makes them so strong.During the first two seasons the sisters would face various evil beings from week to week. However, they discover that their true enemy is the Underworld's ruler, Source of All Evil. The Source is discovered to be behind all the attacks on the sisters and becomes the main villain during Season 4 until he is finally vanquished. After this a season long storyline was introduced and a good being/opponent along with it.On top of the supernatural issues in Charmed, the characters had to contend with serious issues in the day-to-day world of the mortals, such as relationships, careers, marriage, childbirth, illness and the deaths of their loved ones. The sisters also had to fight to prevent the exposure of the existence of magic to the community at large, contending with several police and FBI investigations.Characters See also: List of Charmed Characters The Charmed Ones Charmed character Shannen as Prue.First appearance Something Wicca This Way Comes Last appearance Forever Charmed Created by Constance M. Burge Portrayed by Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty adults Information Aliases The Charmed Ones Current members:Piper Halliwell,Phoebe Halliwell,Paige Matthews.Deceased members:Prudence Halliwell.
Witches.Family Parents: Patricia Halliwell, Victor Bennett, and Sam Wilder Maternal Grandparents: Penelope Halliwell and Allen Halliwell.
Prudence "Prue" Halliwell – (Shannen Doherty) (Seasons 1–3) 67 episodes (Including the unaired pilot) Born October 28, 1970, Prue is the eldest sister. Born with telekinesis, she handles her power so well that she is often referred to as the "super-witch". She is strong-willed, feisty and intelligent, so she often takes charge of situations and has always been overprotective of her two sisters, Piper and Phoebe. Having spent her childhood taking care of her two younger sisters after the death of their mother, she feels responsible for them and shows a fierce determination at whatever she does, including fighting demons. This sense of responsibility occasionally leads to clashes with the more free-willed Phoebe, but the two grow closer as the series progresses. Though at times Prue lets pride dictate how she handles things, she never lets her personal life interfere with her work life. On May 17, 2001, three years into the craft, she is killed by Shax, a powerful demonic assassin sent by the Source of All Evil. While in the episode "Death Takes a Halliwell" the Angel of Death foreshadows Prue's death, the season-three finale, "All Hell Breaks Loose", remains as a cliffhanger. Prue's death is not established until the premiere episode of the fourth season, "Charmed Again", in which we begin the season with an anguished Piper trying to resurrect her spirit. Instead, the sisters' grandmother appears, telling her that Prue is safe and with their mother and that seeing her now would only hurt her chances at accepting that Prue was not going to come back. It is explained that (in the previous season's finale) before Tempus the demon reset time, Prue and Piper were both attacked by Shax and left near death. After Tempus turned back the clock, Phoebe was caught in the underworld and unable to intervene. She had been forced into the Underworld by The Source in exchange for Tempus' services. So unlike the first time, when Leo had arrived with barely enough time to save both of them, this time he rescued his wife, Piper, but was unable to save Prue. Doherty never appears as Prue again, not even in family photos. In the fifth season episode "Cat House", during the "flashbacks" that the girls visit, only her back is shown, and also she is seen as a dog, when she was transformed in Season 3. Even in the afterlife, Prue is said to still help her sisters; it is suggested that she sometimes turns the pages of the Book of Shadows. In the season seven finale, Prue's influence is seen when her astral projection power is summoned via a spell by the sisters, which allows them to finally defeat Zankou,after which Piper says, "Thank you, Prue" when the power's effect has ended. Also, in the later seasons Prue's telekinetic 'jingle' can be heard whenever the front door of the manor closes by itself. The jingle sounds the same way it was heard when Prue herself would close the door with a wave of her finger in the first and second seasons.
Piper Halliwell – (Holly Marie Combs) (Seasons 1–8) 179 episodes (Including the unaired pilot) Born August 7, 1973, Piper is the middle child. Upon Prue's death, she becomes the eldest and most powerful sister. Her powers include the ability to freeze time, temporarily suspending objects, enemies and movement. At first, her powers were limited to the room or area she was currently in, but as the series progressed, her mastery over the power grew to much higher levels, allowing her to freeze and unfreeze specific parts of a person's body and on a much larger scale. Just as Piper was unable to freeze other good witches at first, by the end of the series she had gained the ability to do so, using her freezing power to stop Billie. Later, Piper's power grew to allow her to blow up objects at will (through molecular combustion) by rapidly speeding up the movement of atoms instead of slowing them to a stop, causing their molecular bonds to separate from one another, usually killing low level demons in one blast and often creating an accompanying fiery explosion. Although initially afraid to use this new and highly destructive power for fear of hurting someone, she eventually becomes skilled enough in the use of her new power to attack and injure enemies without making them explode if she chose, or to cause only a small break in an object's structural integrity, causing it to fall apart or crack without being completely combusted. Piper is the most concerned with having a normal life of the three, and always has reservations about her life as a Charmed One. When she becomes a Charmed One, she is quiet and reserved, often having to mediate between Prue and Phoebe. As the show progresses, she gains a stronger persona and takes more authority after Prue dies. She eventually becomes the mother of two sons Wyatt and Chris, with her husband Leo Wyatt, and goes to great lengths to protect her children, as Wyatt is believed to be the chosen child and many demons, warlocks and witches are after him. In the series finale, the final montage shows her with a daughter and later a granddaughter.Piper's love of food steers her to a culinary career, which leads her to open her own club, and as revealed in the last episode, her own restaurant. She is the best potion-maker among the Charmed Ones, an outgrowth of her abilities as a cook. Holly Marie Combs, portraying Piper, is the only cast member who appears in every episode of Charmed, including the original unaired pilot.
Phoebe Halliwell – (Alyssa Milano) (Seasons 1–8) 178 episodes Phoebe, born November 2, 1975 is the baby of the family and is a spontaneous, free-spirited young woman. She was born with the power of premonition, which enabled her to see into the past as well as the future, usually locating a demon in need of vanquishing or an innocent in need of saving. Her powers often served as the catalyst for that episode's mission. Her premonitions can usually only be accessed by making physical contact with an item or person that is somehow linked to the vision she experiences. Later, this ability allows her to project herself into the future and the past, which gives her a much more in-depth look at what is to come or what has already happened. Finally, after desiring for a long time that her powers would evolve and she would possess an "active power" (unlike the involuntary nature of her premonitions), Phoebe gains the power of levitation, which she often combines with her proficient martial arts skills and kickboxing. Later, she also gains the power of empathy, which allows her not only to feel the emotions of others, but also to copy the powers of someone attacking her (since the Charmed Ones' powers are directly linked to the emotions of those who use them). Then later, Phoebe loses access to all of her active powers (she keeps only her ability to cast Power of Three spells and make potions), because she misused her abilities for personal gain. She later regains the power of premonition.She is a romantic, and becomes a successful columnist and author. For most of her life, she had a turbulent relationship with Prue, but the two eventually grew very close. After Prue's death, she becomes the middle sister. Her longest relationships are with Cole Turner, which lasted over 2 years and produced a son, but The Seer steals their son (to her own demise), and with Coop, a Cupid. In 2006, the Angel of Destiny marries Phoebe and Coop, as seen in the series finale, and they eventually have three daughters. She continues to work at the Bay Mirror and writes a book on finding love. When the property was given a green light to go to series, actress Rom (from the pilot) was unavailable. Producer Aaron Spelling called Milano, fresh from her short-term guest appearance on Melrose Place, to fill the role. Major portions of the first episode were re-shot, some scenes rewritten and new scenes added to create a full one-hour debut episode titled "Something Wicca This Way Comes". Alyssa Milano is one of two main cast members (along with Holly Marie Combs) to have appeared in all of the aired episodes. * Paige Matthews – (Rose McGowan) (Seasons 4–8) 112 episodes Born on August 2, 1977, Paige is the youngest of the four and is the half-sister of Piper, Prue and Phoebe. She has Prue's power of telekinesis but with a twist because she is half whitelighter. She has the power to orb things to her. Prue only had to think about something to move it, Paige must reach out to it and call for it, this is known as 'tele-orbing'. She also has the Whitelighter abilities of Orbing and Glamouring (to shapeshift into a different human appearance). She finally receives the power to heal in the middle of season 8. After a secret love affair with her Whitelighter, Samuel Wilder, the Charmed Ones' mother, Patty Halliwell, gave birth to a fourth daughter. In fear of their daughter's safety and the legacy of the other sisters, the fourth daughter was orbed to a church and entrusted to the arms of a nun named Sister Agnes. She was told that the baby would be in great danger otherwise, and to be sure the baby's name begins with a "P". Sister Agnes, later in "Charmed Again (Part 2)", described what had happened to a troubled Paige, who was investigating her origin while being manipulated by the Source of All Evil. The nun told Paige she had come from "angels", because she had witnessed the parents appear in an orbing of lights. As a baby, Paige was adopted by the Matthews family, and she grew up as an only child unaware of her magical roots. While in school, Paige often got into trouble. Her adoptive parents died in a car accident with Paige in the car. However, she closed her eyes and orbed out, which saved herself but not her parents. Paige had no memory of how she had survived, and she found out that she had orbed out of the car in the Season 4 episode "A Paige from the Past". Her personality is bold and vibrant, adding a new dynamic to the show from Season 4 onwards. Paige comes into the craft quickly, and aids in the vanquish of The Source of All Evil. She is driven to become a "full-time witch" and has a hard time finding a career. After the death of Gideon, Paige begs the Elders to keep Magic School open. They agree only if Paige becomes the headmistress and runs the school to guarantee the students' safety. Eventually, she resigns and hands the role over to her brother-in-law Leo Wyatt. Paige marries mortal parole officer Henry Mitchell, and they have twin daughters and a son, Henry Jr.
Supporting Leo Wyatt – (Brian Krause) (Recurring Seasons 1-2, Episode 13; Regular 2–8) 154 episodes Leo Wyatt is the sisters' Whitelighter in the beginning, and soon becomes romantically involved with Piper but since he is a Whitelighter and Piper a witch, their relationship is rocky, with the Elders postponing their engagement until they can prove they can balance their careers and their relationship. Leo's magical promotions provide the show's portrayal of a supernatural ladder of success and struggle between career and family. His relationship with Piper is the first of many conflicts between the Halliwells and the Elders. He becomes the husband of Piper. In the later series Leo becomes an Avatar in order to save his family from the everlasting battle between good and evil, until he is made human again as a result of the Elders deciding he can no longer struggle being an Elder and Piper's husband without consequences. He is father to Wyatt Halliwell, Chris Halliwell and Prudence Melinda Halliwell. Darryl Morris – (Dorian Gregory) (Seasons 1–7) 71 episodes Morris was Trudeau's partner in Season 1 and takes over the role as the Halliwells' police connection after Trudeau's tragic death. He continues to cover up for the sisters once he learns their secret, even after the events which lead to him almost being executed through a lethal injection, if reluctantly, until his wife later forces him to move to the east coast. After almost being executed, he angrily lets it be known he wants nothing more do do with the Halliwells and refuses to talk to them, answer calls or help them get police files. However, he finds out the Charmed Ones were willing to give up their powers to save him and realizing how much good the sisters do for the community, Morris forgives them and he still considers them family. Cole Turner – (Julian McMahon) (Seasons 3–5, Guest Season 7) 57 episodes Cole is a half-demon, half-human. He is a District Attorney (DA) and first meets and is seen on Season 3, Episode 1 where he defends a case for the Charmed Ones'. Cole and Phoebe fall in love and he later on reveals that he is Belthazor (his demon half) to Phoebe. Phoebe tells her sisters that she vanquished him, though she did not. Later on he comes back and they get married after time. He becomes the Source of All Evil and gets Phoebe pregnant. Phoebe eventually comes to her senses and vanquishes Cole for good with her sisters. Cole finds a way to come back but after an unpleasant welcoming, keeps his distance and watches secretly over Phoebe, unseen and unheard. Christopher Perry "Chris" Halliwell – (Drew Fuller) (Guest Seasons 5, 7 & 8, Regular Season 6) 25 episodes Chris is Piper and Leo's second son. He came from the future to help defeat the Titans and save his elder brother Wyatt from turning evil. Originally using the alias Chris Perry, he served as the Charmed Ones' Whitelighter for most of Season 6 after Leo was promoted to Elder. Phoebe finds out Chris is actually Leo and Piper's younger son in The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell. His adult form dies at the hands of Gideon just before he is born. He later reappears twice, once in Someone to Witch Over Me and again in the series finale. Billie Jenkins – (Kaley Cuoco) (Season 8) 22 episodes Billie is Paige's charge, and a student of the sisters for most of the show's final season, helping them to maintain their normal lives. At first overconfident in her abilities, her talents eventually rival those of the sisters. She spent most of the season trying to find her elder sister Christy, who had been kidnapped 15 years ago by demons. She does not know, however, that Christy has been turned evil under the demons' influence. After Christy briefly sways her to betray the Halliwells, Billie eventually sides with them in the series finale and is forced to kill her sister in self-defense. Andy Trudeau – (Ted King) (Season 1) 22 episodes Trudeau is the sisters' childhood friend and Prue's love interest for years. In the episode "that 70s episode" a young Andy is seen in the manor. He serves as the sisters' initial connection to the police force once he learns of the girls' supernatural activities, as well as the first conflict between the girls' secret and normal lives. The demon Rodriguez kills Trudeau while he is trying to protect Prue in the finale of season one. Two years later, in the finale of season 3, Prue is killed by the demon Shax, and is assumingly reunited with Andy. In the unaired pilot, this character was portrayed by actor Chris Boyd. Dan Gordon – (Greg Vaughan) (Season 2) 18 episodes Dan moves into the house next door with his niece, Jenny, and over time, falls in love with Piper. They date for a time. However, as much as Piper wants a normal relationship, Dan cannot take the place of Piper's first love, Leo. He later moves away, at the end of season two. Jenny Gordon - (Karis Paige Bryant) (Season 2) 4 episodes Jenny moves into the house next door with her uncle, Dan. Her parents were over seas and left her in his care until she reunited with her parents later in season two.RecurringRelative-Victor Bennett – (James Read – Seasons 3–8) The Halliwell sisters' father. Little Chris Halliwell (Season 6, guest seasons 7 and 8) Piper's younger son. Patricia "Patty" Halliwell – (Finola Hughes – Seasons 1–5, 7–8) The Halliwell sisters' mother. Penelope "Penny" Halliwell – (Jennifer Rhodes) The Halliwell sisters' grandmother. Little Wyatt Halliwell – (Jason & Kristopher Simmons – Seasons 5–8c) Piper's elder son. Older Wyatt Halliwell – (Wes Ramsey – Seasons 6–8) Piper's elder son from the future. Samuel Wilder – (Scott Jaeck – Seasons 2, 5 & 8) Paige's father and Patty's whitelighter.Friends and associates Glen Belland – (Jesse Woodrow – Seasons 4–5) Paige's best friend. Kyle Brody – (Kerr Smith – Season 7) Agent of Homeland Security; one of Paige's boyfriends. Coop – (Victor Webster – Season 8) He's a Cupid sent by the Elders to help Phoebe with her love life. Coop is Phoebe's future husband. Bob Cowan – (David Reivers – Seasons 4–5) Paige's boss. Jason Dean – (Eric Dane – Seasons 5–6) Phoebe's former romantic interest. Christy Jenkins – (Marnette Patterson – Season 8) Billie's kidnapped sister. Henry Mitchell – (Ivan Sergei – Season 8) Paige's love interest and later, husband Sheila Morris – (Sandra Prosper – Seasons 5–7) Darryl's wife. Elise Rothman / Aunt Jackieb – (Rebecca Balding – Seasons 1, 4–8) Phoebe's friend and boss. Inspector Sheridan – (Jenya Lano – Seasons 6–7) Darryl's partner. Sophie – (Amanda Sickler – Seasons 5–8) Phoebe's assistant and friend.NotesActor Anthony Denison originally played the Halliwells' father in the first season episode "Thank You for Not Morphing" in which he was named Victor Halliwell. This was later changed by the end of the first season when, in "That 70's Episode", it is stated that Halliwell is Patricia's maiden name. Victor's surname was changed to Jones in the second season episode "Pardon My Past" (where it is listed in a family tree) and then finally to Bennett, in season three, when James Read assumed the role.Rebecca Balding had a guest role in the first season episode "The Fourth Sister" in which she played a woman named Jackie. The actress later returned in the fourth season as a new character, Elise Rothman, Phoebe's boss at The Bay Mirror.The Simmons twins were only officially credited in one season seven episode, "Imaginary Fiends", and from the eighth season episode "12 Angry Zen" onwards.Guest artistsMany popular artists have guest-starred on the show, the majority playing at Piper's nightclub, "P3" , which was introduced in the second season. * Barenaked Ladies * Pat Benatar * Michelle Branch * Collective Soul * Paula Cole * The Cranberries * Dishwalla * The Donnas * Fastball (band) * The Flaming Lips * Goo Goo Dolls * Idol * Loudermilk * Ziggy Marley * Marvelous 3 * Dave Navarro * Orgy (band) * Beth Orton * Liz Phair * Janice Robinson * Rebekah Ryan * Smash Mouth * Snake River Conspiracy * Steadman * Andy Stochansky * Paul Van Dyk * Billy ZaneGuest starsMany famous or soon-to-be-famous actors have had guest spots on episodes of Charmed. These include:Amy Adams, Tobin Bell, Gil Birmingham, Booker T, Brigid Brannagh, Stephanie Beacham, Bruce Campbell, Charisma Carpenter, David Carradine, John Cho, Melinda Clarke, Misha Collins, Coolio, Daniel Dae Kim, Eric Dane, Alana de la Garza, Janice Dickinson, Robert Englund, Oded Fehr, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Melissa George, Dax Griffin, Bug Hall, Elisabeth Harnois, Siena Goines, Danielle Harris, James Hong, Kathryn Joosten, Agim Kaba, Alicia Keys, Tara Strong, Nick Lachey, Cheryl Ladd, Rachelle Lefevre, Jason Lewis, Costas Mandylor, Louis Mandylor, Jenny McCarthy, Christina Milian, Lochlyn Munro, Marisol Nichols, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Adrian Paul, Ron Perlman, Zachary Quinto, Norman Reedus, Kerry Washington, Antonio Sabato Jr., Chris Sarandon, Armin Shimerman, Kerr Smith, Michelle Stafford, Scout Taylor-Compton, T.J. Thyne, Ashley Tisdale, Michael Trevino, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Arnold Vosloo, Nate Gamble, Michael Weatherly, Rainn Wilson, Peter Wingfield, Billy Zane, Rachel Luttrell.The series began its first season on October 7, 1998 and aired for eight years until its finale on May 21, 2006. During its eight seasons, 178 episodes were aired, making Charmed the longest running hour-long television series with all female leads.The series ended when its American network was shut down to merge into a new network station. Each season consists of 22 episodes with the exclusion of the fifth and sixth seasons which contain 23 episodes including their double-episode premiers and double-episode finales. Charmed has gathered several awards and nominations.The series was nominated for four Saturn Awards during its run, including Best Network Television Series for its first season and two nominations for lead actress Shannen Doherty. Rose McGowan won a Family Television Award in 2005 for Favourite Sister, whilst co-star Alyssa Milano has been nominated for a Kids' Choice Award and Teen Choice Award. McGowan, after having also appeared in feature film Grindhouse, also won a Spike Award for Femme Fatale in 2007. Charmed won two ASCAP Awards for its music composers, Tim Truman and Jay Gruska, and has received recognition for its young actors, having been nominated for five Young Artist Awards, with guest star Alex Black winning once for his role in the fourth season episode "Lost and Bound". The series has also received further nominations from the International Horror Guild, TV Guide Awards, Teen Choice Awards, amongst others.NAACP Image Awards, which honors African Americans, nominated Janice Cooke Leonard for an Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series award in 2006. Charmed has also been acknowledged abroad, having being nominated for a Spanish TP de Oro and having won a Cable Guide Award in the United Kingdom for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series in 2001. Executive producer Aaron Spelling has also won several awards for his contribution to television, including a BAFTA for Excellence in Television, and a Producers Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.In 2006, Spelling Television and series producer Brad Kern declared Charmed as the longest running hour-long series in television history featuring all female leads.The record applies only to hour-long television series with multiple female leads (The Facts Of Life being the longest running 30-minute show with all-female leads, and Murder She Wrote being the longest running hour-long show but with a singular female lead). Kern stated "It's a remarkable accomplishment... It's something we're all immensely proud of", whilst lead actress Rose McGowan described it as "a huge achievement".In 2000, Cult TV Awards placed Charmed within its top 100 cult television series of the century at number forty-four. In 2007, AOL Television ranked each Charmed One within its top fifteen of the greatest witches in television history—Paige twelfth, Prue ninth, Phoebe seventh and Piper third. In 2008, the girls again appeared on AOL TV Squad's list of the 20 Top TV Witches, but Paige had moved to thirteenth, Prue had moved to tenth, and Phoebe and Piper remained at seventh and third respectively. Despite its longevity, a loyal following and critical acclaim, some of the stars of the show have claimed it was never promoted very extensively by The WB (especially in comparison to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran on the same network for five years). Just before the series finale, Combs said that they'd "never been treated that well" by The WB, and McGowan said that the network considered them its "ugly stepchild.Charmed has gathered several awards and nominations.The series was nominated for four Saturn Awards during its run, including Best Network Television Series for its first season and two nominations for lead actress Shannen Doherty. Rose McGowan won a Family Television Award in 2005 for Favourite Sister, whilst co-star Alyssa Milano has been nominated for a Kids' Choice Award and Teen Choice Award. McGowan, after having also appeared in feature film Grindhouse, also won a Spike Award for Femme Fatale in 2007. Charmed won two ASCAP Awards for its music composers, Tim Truman and Jay Gruska, and has received recognition for its young actors, having been nominated for five Young Artist Awards, with guest star Alex Black winning once for his role in the fourth season episode "Lost and Bound". The series has also received further nominations from the International Horror Guild, TV Guide Awards, Teen Choice Awards, amongst others.NAACP Image Awards, which honors African Americans, nominated Janice Cooke Leonard for an Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series award in 2006. Charmed has also been acknowledged abroad, having being nominated for a Spanish TP de Oro and having won a Cable Guide Award in the United Kingdom for Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series in 2001. Executive producer Aaron Spelling has also won several awards for his contribution to television, including a BAFTA for Excellence in Television, and a Producers Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award.In 2006, Spelling Television and series producer Brad Kern declared Charmed as the longest running hour-long series in television history featuring all female leads.The record applies only to hour-long television series with multiple female leads (The Facts Of Life being the longest running 30-minute show with all-female leads, and Murder She Wrote being the longest running hour-long show but with a singular female lead).Kern stated "It's a remarkable accomplishment... It's something we're all immensely proud of",whilst lead actress Rose McGowan described it as a huge achievement.In 2000, Cult TV Awards placed Charmed within its top 100 cult television series of the century at number forty-four.In 2007, AOL Television ranked each Charmed One within its top fifteen of the greatest witches in television history—Paige twelfth, Prue ninth, Phoebe seventh and Piper third.In 2008, the girls again appeared on AOL TV Squad's list of the 20 Top TV Witches, but Paige had moved to thirteenth, Prue had moved to tenth, and Phoebe and Piper remained at seventh and third respectively.Despite its longevity, a loyal following and critical acclaim, some of the stars of the show have claimed it was never promoted very extensively by The WB (especially in comparison to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran on the same network for five years). Just before the series finale, Combs said that they'd "never been treated that well" by The WB, and McGowan said that the network considered them its "ugly stepchild.