The Stephens's Beds
During the eight years of Bewitched,
Darrin and Samantha had three different beds. The first was used the first
two seasons; the second was used for four seasons, three through six; and
the third was used the last two seasons, seven and eight.
The first bed was used only during
the black & white seasons.
The headboard was a simple light color (assume white) box with a trim
piece on the front, and a square column post at either end.
The headboard was set about three feet in front of a closet with vertical
There was usually some decoration on the top of the headboard, and
frequently a clock radio. This radio moved between the center and
right side of the bed, and varied from a white to a wood grain finish
- The headboard appeared 17 times in the 36 episodes of
the first season, and 11 times in the 38 episodes of the second
#s 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 30, 32,
#s 38, 40, 42, 45, 48, 55, 63, 64, 68, 71, and 74
Beginning with the color
episodes the headboard was changed and the bed relocated. The
headboard is now up against a wall with pictures on it. The second
headboard was a wood bookcase headboard, divided into five compartments
with the center compartment being wider that the two on either side.
There was a cutout trim on the end of the headboard. There appears
to be sliding doors that will cover either of two compartments. These
doors look like drawers to match the dresser that has been added to
the room. The left side door is usually in place on the left end.
Depending on the episode, the right door is either missing, covering
the right end, covering the second space from the right, or between
the first and second spaces on the right. Again a clock radio is frequently
visible, sometimes white, sometimes wood grain, and moves from the
center to the right from time to time. As usual, the entire headboard
is not visible in some episodes. From the camera angle usually used,
the left side will be visible first. This headboard appeared 33 times
in the 126 episodes made during this time.
- In the 33 episodes of the third season, the headboard
was seen 12 times. In the 33 episodes of the fourth season, the
headboard appeared 12 times. In the 30 episodes of the fifth season,
the headboard was seen 9 times. In the 30 episodes of the sixth
season, the headboard was seen three times.
#s 75, 77, 80, 81, 86, 91, 95, 96, 98, 99, 104, and 107
#s 108, 111, 113, 119, 120, 121, 123, 131, 132, 135, 138, and
#s 142, 145, 149, 155, 156, 158, 164, 165, and 168
#s 174, 184, and 199
- The doors show on both ends in 14 episodes:
#s 75, 104, 108, 113, 121, 123, 135, 140, 142, 156, 164, 174, 184,
- The door shows on the left end only in 10 episodes:
#s 77, 80, 81, 96, 98, 105, 119, 138, 165, and 168
- The door is on the right only in # 95.
- The doors are on the left and right center in 2 episodes:
#s 149 and 158
The doors are on the left and half way
between right and right center in # 145.
The doors are on the left and right center,
but in the second scene the right door is on the far right in
A small radio is seen in # 96
- A large white radio is seen in the center in 12 episodes:
#s 113, 135, 138, 140, 145, 149, 155, 156, 158, 164, 184, and 199
- The radio is on the right in 2 episodes:
#s 108 and 168
- A brown radio is in the center in 3 episodes:
#s 75, 123 and 132
- The radio is on the left hand nightstand in # 247
It is noted that there is no radio in #s 77, 81,
111, and 165.
In seasons seven and eight, the headboard
is now a brass frame. Same wall, same pictures behind the headboard
to start, but the pictures varied during the two seasons. The numbers
for the seventh and eighth seasons can be misleading, since in season
seven, five shows were set in Salem, and in season eight, seven shows
were set in Europe, with the remaining eighteen shows taking place
- The headboard appears five times in the 28 episodes of
season seven. In the 26 episodes of season eight, the headboard
appears only three times.
#s 202, 212, 215, 221, and 222
#s 247, 251 and 252
If the viewer is using cut episodes (as is usually aired in syndication)
it is possible that the bed scenes may be cut out of some episodes,
and thus not be seen. For example, in most cut versions of # 25, "Pleasure
O'Riley," the entire opening scene of Sam and Darrin in bed is
It is interesting to note the decrease in the headboard,
and corresponding bedroom, scenes over the years. The first year was
the most, and the next four were a little less, but constant. There
was a dramatic drop off beginning in the sixth season when Sargent
replaced York as Darrin. After Sargent took over as Darrin, not only
were the number of headboard scenes cut, the number of times Samantha
and Darrin were in bed together dropped drastically. The drop in the
bed appearances in the fifth season is not as much as might be expected
since Darrin (York) did not appear in 10 episodes made that year.
- Samantha and Darrin appear in bed together
in the following episodes
(Appearing together means both in nightclothes and in or
on a bed prepared for sleep):
#s 6, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 25, 30, 32, and 36
#s 40, 45, 48, 55, 63, 64, 68, 71, and 74
#s 77, 80, 81, 86, 95, 96, and 104
#s 123, 131, and 135
#s 145, 155, 156, 158, and 165
#s 215, 221, and 222
# 235 (in English castle)
- Samantha is seen in bed alone in 9 episodes:
#s 4, 5, 9, 23, 38, 42, 75, 113, and 199
- Darrin is seen alone in bed in 11 episodes:
#s 17, 20, 38, 107, 108, 111, 119, 138, 149, 164, and
- Darrin usually had the left side of the bed, Samantha
the right. This varied in 5 episodes:
# 96 - Together, Samantha on left
# 111 - Darrin alone on right
# 135 - Together, Samantha on left
# 142 - Darrin alone on right
# 149 - Darrin on right
- A monkey (Clio Vanita) sneaks into the Stephens's bed
in # 155.
- Samantha and Darrin appear not in, but above
the bed in # 113.
The average number of times shown in bed together for the York years
(Adjusted for the absence of York in 10 episodes in season
5 and 2 episodes in each of seasons 3 and 4) is .192 times
per episode or once every 5.23 episodes. The peak was in the first
year when the average was once every 4 episodes. In the Sargent era
the average was .06 per episode or once every 16.8 episodes.