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 The series narrative follows three sisters, known as the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time, whose prophesied destiny is to protect innocent lives from evil beings such as demons and warlocks. Each sister possesses unique magical powers that grow and evolve, while they attempt to maintain normal lives in modern day San Francisco. Keeping their supernatural identities separate and secret from their ordinary lives often becomes a challenge for them, with the exposure of magic having far-reaching consequences on their various relationships and resulting in a number of police and FBI investigations throughout the series. The first three seasons of Charmed focus on the three Halliwell sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano). Following the death of Prue in the third season finale, their long-lost half sister, Paige Matthews (Rose McGowan), assumes her place within “The Power of Three” from season four onwards.

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Charmed 53 In 1998, after the three sisters’ (Piper, Phoebe, Prue) grandmother dies, Phoebe moves from New York to the Halliwell Manor to live with her sisters. When Phoebe comes across the family’s Book of Shadows (a family heirloom book containing centuries of knowledge, spells, and magic learned or created by the Halliwell matriarchs), Phoebe learns that she and her sisters are the most powerful witches ever known in the history of Witchcraft and the world, destined to protect both innocents and the world at large from demons, warlocks, and other evil creatures. Phoebe, reasonably thinking the book is a novelty, reads the book’s initial inscription—an inscription which also happens to be the incantation which activates the Halliwells’ “Charmed” powers once all of the sisters are back at the manor.

By the end of the first episode, each sister learns that she has a unique power and that they can each cast spells and brew potions. Prue, the eldest, had the power of telekinesis—(the ability to move objects with her mind), and in season two she develops the power of astral projection. Piper, the middle sister, has the power to effectively “freeze” people and objects. As she grows more proficient, she learns how to freeze only certain people or objects or body parts, as she wishes. In season three, her powers grow even more, as she is able to make molecules move so fast 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 levitation in season three, and empathy in season six, the latter allowing her to sense and tap into others’ emotions and sometimes, powers.

During the first two seasons, the sisters would face various evil beings from week to week. However, they discover in season three that their true enemy is The Underworld‘s ruler, the Source of All Evil. Prue is later killed in the season three finale by The Source’s personal assassin, Shax. While grieving Prue’s loss, Piper and CharmedPhoebe discover that they have a half-sister—Paige Matthews, who had been the secret love child of the sisters’ witch mother and her guardian angel (“Whitelighter”), Sam Wilder. Paige’s abilities represent her dual heritage as both a witch and Whitelighter; like Prue she possesses a form of telekinesis, but she has to verbally call for objects to teleport (“orb”) them to their intended destination. As she learns to control the dual sides of her ancestry, Paige also learns how to orb herself and others, and eventually she receives her own Whitelighter charges to train and protect as they learn witchcraft. Paige, after falling in love with her future husband, develops the ability to heal others with the touch of her hand in season eight.

The Source, responsible for all of the attacks on the sisters, becomes the main villain during season four until he is finally vanquished. After The Source is vanquished, an annual season-long storyline and several antagonists were introduced in subsequent seasons (the “Big Bad” television format). These included Phoebe’s ex-husband Cole Turner until mid-season five; the scheming, misguided Whitelighter Elder, Gideon, throughout season six; the Avatarsconsequentalist Utopia-advocating neutral beings— until mid-season seven; the demon Zankou, until the season seven finale; and in season eight, powerful sister witches Billie and Christy, who fall under the influence of the evil demonic Triad (who earlier featured as early-season three antagonists). 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.

The sisters also faced romantic storylines. Prue’s featured love interest included Inspector Andy Trudeau, a childhood friend, who dies in the season one finale and a co worker, Jack Sheridan. Piper’s central love interest throughout the series is the sisters’ Whitelighter Leo; their early relationship was problematic due to the forbidden nature of witch-Whitelighter relationships, and so in season two a love triangle forms with Piper, Leo and her neighbor Dan Gordon. Eventually, the two manage to marry and consecrate their union in season three, and have two sons—Wyatt, in season five, and Chris, in season six. The couple separate due to supernatural circumstances at the end of the fifth season, and later reunite in the sixth; the final episode shows them to have a daughter, many grandchildren, and grow old together. Phoebe’s relationship history involved many dates in the first two seasons, and a tortured relationship with half-demon Cole Turner in the show’s third, fourth and fifth seasons; they had a turbulent marriage in the fourth, and in the fifth he played the role of an aggressive ex. Phoebe had a number of multi-episode mortal boyfriends in subsequent seasons before meeting a cupid, Coop, in the eighth season, whom she marries and has three children with in the finale episode flashforward. Paige, like Phoebe, had several multi-episode mortal boyfriends, as well as male witch and magic “addictRichard Montana (season six) and unstable FBI agent-come-Whitelighter Kyle Brody (season seven). In the eighth season, she becomes committed to mortal parole officer Henry Mitchell, whom she marries and—in flashforwards—is shown to have three children with.


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Charmed 20 Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell, the eldest sister who has the power to move objects with her mind using telekinesis with a direct line of sight. As the series progresses, Prue learns how to channel her telekinetic powers through her hands, and also gains the power of astral projection, which allows her to be in two places at once. She sacrificed a majority of her childhood to help raise her sisters Piper and Phoebe, after the death of their mother Patty and the abandonment of their father Victor Bennett. Prue is the strongest of the Halliwell sisters, as she usually takes charge of situations that involves demons and warlocks. In the season three finale, Prue is killed by Shax, a powerful demonic assassin sent by The Source of All Evil.


 

Charmed 21Holly Marie Combs as Piper Halliwell, the second eldest sister who has the power to freeze her surrounding environment. As the series progresses, she also gains the power to cause objects to spontaneously explode. Piper starts off as the middle child of the Halliwell sisters, but later becomes the oldest sister after Prue dies. One of the recurring struggles for Piper is her attempt to maintain a normal life despite her destiny of defeating the forces of evil in San Francisco. In season three, she marries her whitelighter Leo Wyatt, and as the series progresses, they have two children—Wyatt (born in season five) and Chris (born in season six).


 

Charmed-22Alyssa Milano as Phoebe Halliwell, the third sister with the power of premonition, which enables her to see into the future as well as the past. As the series progresses, she also gains the powers of levitation and empathy. Phoebe starts out as the youngest and most rebellious of the Halliwell sisters. Because of her free-spirited nature, she often comes into major conflicts with Prue, but the two eventually mend their relationship. She later becomes the middle sister after Prue dies and the series introduces her younger half-sister Paige. One of the recurring struggles for Phoebe is her attempt to find a career and true love.


 

Charmed 23Rose McGowan as Paige Matthews, the youngest half-sister who has the power to move objects with her mind by orbing objects from one location to another through a vocal command. She is the daughter of Patty and her whitelighter Sam Wilder, making Paige a half-witch and half-whitelighter. Paige was given up at birth to protect her from the wrath of The Elders if they were to discover her whitelighter heritage. At the beginning of season four, she goes on to help reconstitute the Charmed Ones by assuming her place within The Power of Three. As the series progresses, Paige also inherits a variety of whitelighter powers such as orbing, sensing, glamouring and healing. One of her recurring struggles is finding an identity for herself outside of her role as a Charmed One.


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Charmed 24Brian Krause as Leo Wyatt, the Charmed Ones’ whitelighter who has the powers to orb, heal, sense, levitate, glamour and hover. Leo is introduced into season one as the sisters’ handyman who is hired to fix up their house, but they later discover that he is their whitelighter. Leo’s whitelighter duties often causes problems for his marriage to Piper and their family. Their relationship is the first of many conflicts between the sisters and The Elders.

 


 

Charmed 27Dorian Gregory as Darryl Morris, a lieutenant in the San Francisco Police Department. Darryl is introduced into season one as the partner of Detective Andy Trudeau. At first, Darryl is suspicious of the sisters’ recurring connection to mysterious murders and crimes. However, a few months after Andy’s death, the sisters reveal to him that they are good witches trying to bring justice and protection to the world. Throughout the series, Darryl helps the sisters cover up unsolved cases related to demonic activity, as well as granting them favors and giving them general support. After season seven, Darryl and his family move to the East Coast.


 

Charmed 28Julian McMahon as Cole Turner, known to the supernatural world as the demonic assassin, Belthazor. Cole has the powers to teleport and throw projective energy balls which could stun or kill. He is introduced into season three as an Assistant District Attorney sent by The Triad to kill the Charmed Ones, but instead falls in love with Phoebe. Though Cole eventually completely rids himself of his demonic nature and marries Phoebe in season four, he later returns to evil after he unwillingly becomes the new Source of All Evil. As the Source, Cole is eventually vanquished by the Charmed Ones, only to come back from death itself in his attempts to win Phoebe back. Driven insane, Cole is, through his own doing, once again killed by the sisters in the fifth season.


 

Charmed 29Drew Fuller as Chris Halliwell, the second son of Leo and Piper. Chris is introduced into the season five finale as a whitelighter from the future who helps assist the sisters against magical beings known as The Titans. In season six, Chris reveals that he is Leo and Piper’s son and has traveled back in time to prevent his older brother Wyatt from growing up to be the evil dictator he becomes in the future. In the season six finale, adult Chris is killed by an Elder named Gideon and baby Chris is born.


 

Charmed 25Kaley Cuoco as Billie Jenkins, introduced into season eight as a young college student and a new charge for Paige. She has the power to move objects with her mind using telekinesis. Billie spends most of the season trying to find her eldest sister Christy, who was kidnapped 15 years earlier by The Triad. Billie is eventually reunited with her sister, but does not know that she has been turned evil under the influence of demons. After Christy briefly sways her to betray the Charmed Ones, Billie eventually sides with them in the series finale and is forced to kill her sister in self-defense.


 

Charmed 26Ted King as Andy Trudeau, introduced into season one as the sisters’ childhood friend and Prue’s high school sweetheart and first love. He works as a detective for the San Francisco Police Department and is coincidentally assigned to almost every police case that involves the sisters. Andy eventually discovers that they are witches and serves as the sisters’ initial connection to the police force. In the season one finale, Andy is killed by the demon Rodriguez, who also happens to be one of the Internal Affairs officers investigating Andy’s unsolved cases.


 

Charmed 36Greg Vaughan as Dan Gordon, introduced into season two as the sisters’ new next-door neighbor. Dan and Piper become romantically involved after Piper and Leo break up due to the strenuous nature his whitelighter duties place on their relationship. Piper later breaks up with Dan and reconciles with Leo. At the end of the season, Dan moves to Portland to take a job offer.

 


 

Charmed 62Karis Paige Bryant as Jenny Gordon, Dan’s niece who temporarily moves in with him for school because her parents are in Saudi Arabia on business. Whilst living with her uncle, Jenny forms a bond with the sisters and often turns to them for advice on female issues that she is not comfortable talking to her uncle about. Midway through season two, Jenny moves back with her parents when they return to the United States.

 

 


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Charmed 32Wyatt Matthew Halliwell is the first child of Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Leo (Brian Krause), who made his first appearance during the season five episode “The Day the Magic Died”. At first, Wyatt is played by an unknown and uncredited baby. Starting in the season five episode “Necromancing the Stone”, infant Wyatt is played by twins Jason and Kristopher Simmons until the series finale “Forever Charmed“. In two episodes, young, pre-teen Wyatt is played by two other actors: Ryan Bradford Hanson in the season seven episode “Witchness Protection”, and Tanner Fox in “Forever Charmed”. As an adult, in flashforward and in time travel stories, Wyatt is played by Wes Ramsey.


 

Charmed 33Penny Halliwell (also known to her family as Grams), played by Jennifer Rhodes, made her first appearance during the season one episode “Is There a Woogy in the House?”. She is the mother of Patty Halliwell (Finola Hughes) and the grandmother of Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Paige (Rose McGowan). A powerful and no-nonsense woman, Penny possesses the power of telekinesis and the skill with it to deflect or reflect many spells or powers used by evil adversaries. She also added many potions and spells to the Book of Shadows. After Patty died, Penny raised Prue, Piper and Phoebe on her own. She died of a heart attack six months before the events of the first season, but has appeared several times in the series as a spirit.


 

Charmed 34Patty Halliwell, played by Finola Hughes, made her first appearance during the season one episode “From Fear to Eternity”. She is the mother of Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Paige (Rose McGowan). Patty was married to Victor Bennett, which resulted in the three Halliwell daughters and then had a post-martial affair with her whitelighter Sam Wilder (Scott Jaeck), which resulted in her fourth daughter Paige. Patty kept her fourth pregnancy a secret because The Elders would not approve; Patty and Sam gave the baby up for adoption (resulting in the Matthews last name) shortly after she gave birth. Patty was killed by a water demon on February 28, 1978, but her spirit occasionally visits her children. Like Piper, Patty had the power to freeze time, and she was briefly able to have premonitions while carrying Phoebe.


 

Charmed 35Victor Bennett, played by Anthony Denison (season one) and James Read (seasons three to eight), made his first appearance during the season one episode “Thank You for Not Morphing”. He is the ex-husband of Patty Halliwell (Finola Hughes) and the father of Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano).After his divorce to Patty and her death, Victor left his daughters to be raised by their grandmother, Penny Halliwell (Jennifer Rhodes) after constantly fighting with her about how to raise the girls. Victor reappears in his daughters’ lives after they become witches and restores the relationship with his daughters.


 

Charmed 37Elise Rothman, played by Rebecca Balding, made her first appearance during the season four episode “The Fifth Halliwheel”. She is the editor and boss of The Bay Mirror, where Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) works as an advice columnist. When Elise first appears in Charmed, her advice columnist is Karen Young (Molly Hagan). At the time, Karen was infected by a demonic power, which made her hate Elise and want to kill her. Phoebe then took over for Karen and did her column. Afterwards, Karen tells Elise the truth about the column; Elise fires her and hires Phoebe in her place. The two start off with a professional, work relationship, often having verbal disputes about deadlines and what not. As the series progresses, they develop a unique bond as friends. When The Charmed Ones fake their deaths in the beginning of season eight, Elise openly admits that Phoebe is her best friend and considers her as the daughter she never had.


 

Charmed 38Christy Jenkins, portrayed by Marne Patterson, was the tragic older sister of The Charmed Ones’ protégé Billie Jenkins who was kidnapped by evil demons when she was seven and Billie was five years old. Christy’s abduction was engineered because the Scabber demonsas part of a demonic prophecy of a means to destroy The Charmed Ones. Ironically, the sisters become the tutors and protectors of the younger sister, while she works to find and free her older sibling from the forces of evil twisting and shaping the older Christy. As season eight’s ratings fell off for the network as a whole, the decision to end the series came to be embedded in the writing with Christy as the vehicle triggering a final battle which would allow Piper to regain Leo.


 

Charmed 39Kyle Brody, played by Kerr Smith, made his first appearance during the season seven episode “Charrrmed!”. He works as a federal agent for Homeland Security. Kyle first appears in San Francisco to help Darryl Morris (Dorian Gregory) and Inspector Sheridan (Jenya Lano) with a case involving the Halliwell sisters. He reveals that he knows the sisters are witches. When they catch the sisters using magic, Kyle shoots Inspector Sheridan with a tranquilizer dart and allows the sisters to escape. He helps cover for Piper (Holly Marie Combs), who was recruited by the Angel of Death (Simon Templeman), by telling the press that he faked her death for a top secret mission.Kyle finds out about Paige’s (Rose McGowan) powers not long after, due to her accidentally orbing out of his apartment. He tells Paige that he does not want to expose them or hurt them, and that he just needs their help to find out who killed his parents.


 

Charmed 40Drake dè Mon was a powerful Mercury Demon who struck a deal with a sorcerer to make him human for a year, on the condition that he give up his immortality after experiencing life with a human soul. Drake met the Charmed Ones near the end of this year, when he applied for the position of Literature Professor at Magic School. He became romantically involved with Phoebe Halliwell and reminded her of her capacity to love before he moved on.

 


 

Charmed 41Zankou, played by Oded Fehr, made his first appearance during the season seven episode “Witchness Protection”. He is a powerful upper-level demon who got released from his prison by a group of demons who believe he is the only one who could prevent the impending attack of The Avatars. Zankou helps The Charmed Ones in their fight with The Avatars along with Leo Wyatt (Brian Krause) and Kyle Brody (Kerr Smith), after realizing that The Avatars’ Utopia threatens the survival of demonic existence, as well as the free will of all others. When the threat of The Avatars passes, Zankou begins to mobilize The Underworld in hopes of controlling it. After several attempts, he manages to steal the Book of Shadows and tries to control the Nexus. Zankou gets vanquished when he absorbs the Nexus into his body and The Charmed Ones cast a banishing spell to destroy it.


 

Charmed 42The Triad first appear in Season 3, and are played by Amir Aboulela, Rick Overton and Shaun Toub. At this time, they work for The Source. The Triad demon-hosts in Season 3 are males, and have black eyes. They wear long dark red-like robes, with an upside down pentagram behind it. Each of them possesses multiple powers (including fireballs, teleportation, summoning demons, manifesting objects, etc.). When they become aware of the existence of the Charmed Ones, they begin sending demons after them. They were the nemesis of the Charmed Ones for the first three years of the series, while they were still being commanded by the Source. When all of their previous demons fail, they order upper-level demon Belthazor, to go after the Charmed Ones, Belthazor comes very close, but falls in love with Phoebe, which leads to him killing the Triad by throwing an athame into one, snapping another’s neck and using an energy ball on the third.


 

Charmed 43The Source of All Evil is the dominant power of evil in the Charmed universe. It strives to install its reign of terror over the world by leading hoards of demons in its attempt to enslave humanity. Only one obstacle blocks its path: it must eliminate the Charmed Ones and take hold of their powers. When Prue died, the Source was certain it had overcome the Power of the Three, but now the Charmed circle has be reconstituted and their powers strengthened. The Source can no longer send lesser demons against them, it must personally intervene to put an end to the Halliwell Sisters. Piper, Phoebe and Paige must once again vanquish the forces of evil to overcome the Source.


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Charmed
a dark blue triquetra over a darker blue background that fades to black near the edges with the word "charmed" in capital letters across the center using a light-blue, medium-sized font
Genre Supernatural drama
Comedy-drama
Horror
Fantasy
Action
Format Serial drama
Created by Constance M. Burge
Starring Holly Marie Combs
Alyssa Milano
Rose McGowan
Shannen Doherty
Brian Krause
Dorian Gregory
Julian McMahon
Drew Fuller
Kaley Cuoco
T.W. King
Greg Vaughan
Karis Paige Bryant
Opening theme How Soon Is Now?” by Love Spit Love (Cover version)
Composer(s) J. Peter Robinson
and others
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 178 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brad Kern
Constance M. Burge
Aaron Spelling
E. Duke Vincent
Camera setup Panavision, Single-camera
Running time 40–45 minutes
Production company(s) Spelling Television
Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original run October 7, 1998 – May 21, 2006

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