Set aside the first season’s cheesy plot points, the turn-of-the-century questionable graphics and the last season’s poor choices, and “Charmed” is actually a really good show.
The characters are well fleshed out, with hopes and dreams and fears that, despite the constant demon attacks, the audience can still relate to.
I’m not going to lie, though. It can be hard to get into.
The first few episodes, it’s hard to get past the sub-par graphics, questionable acting and the cheesy storyline.
Despite those, something made me hang on long enough to get caught up in the characters’ lives.
I’m not doing a good job at conveying how great this show is. So, let me try this again.
I think, more than anything, it’s the characters that make this show so amazing in the start.
The plot and the storyline leave something to be desired, it’s true. But the characters, not their actors and actresses, make this show worth watching.
“Charmed” tells the story of three sisters in San Francisco who inherit their family’s manor after their grandmother passes away.
They were never particularly close, but once they discover that they’re all witches, and they were born that way, they also discover a bond that runs deeper than their past differences.
From there, they are thrown into a life of fighting demons and warlocks as the legendary Charmed Ones, a force of good so great that they instantly become a target for all things evil looking to move up in the underworld hierarchy.
The first season is questionable. I’ve said that more than once.
But, if you can get past it, things really pick up by the second and third seasons, and you might just find yourself hooked.
After you get the first season out of the way, the storyline really starts to take off and the writers start to plan bigger than just the next 40 minutes of screen time.
By the fourth and fifth seasons, the writers have stretched the storyline.
Each individual episode still has its own plot and story, of course, but they all fit as pieces of the puzzle into the overarching story.
By then, you’re hooked on the characters. You have been with them for so long and through so much, changes in their lives not only as witches but as women, you’re invested. Isn’t that what makes any good story?
If the writers can get you invested in what happens to the characters, you’re basically a goner.
And that’s what they did here.
While there are lots of characters worth mentioning throughout the show, I think that Piper and Phoebe, played by Holly Marie-Combs and Alyssa Milano, respectively, deserve specific mentioning considering how crucial they are to the story as two of the three sisters that make up the Charmed Ones.
There’s only so much I can say without throwing in a spoiler or two, but I think these two characters and the women that play them deserve special recognition because of just how relatable they are throughout the eight seasons that “Charmed” is made of.
Not only are their personalities relatable on a human form – completely throw aside the fact that they have special powers and they are still the same characters.
Their personalities don’t change just because they’re witches. But the way they react to the situations they come in contact with as women, in their love and professional lives, are relatable as well.
They handle the situations as women more often than as witches. And I think this is what makes all the difference in how relatable they are as characters.