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So, what do you make of Netflix's dark Sabrina reboot?

I won’t lie, I’m disappointed.

IF YOU’RE ANYTHING like me, you’ll have been waiting with extreme anticipation for the Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot.


It finally arrived to Netflix on Friday, to a lot of buzz. I lowered my expectations of reliving the glory days of the Pancake song, mitosis is, and Sabrina liking to clap erasers when it was announced that it would be a darker, more sincere interpretation.

Sabrina began as an archie comics character, the vision of her flying on a vacuum over the skies of Westbridge after a Violent Femmes gig wasn’t really portrayed on paper.

PastedImage-37917 Source: Archie Comics/Dan DeCarlo

No, this Sabrina was a half witch, half mortal, that found dark and challenging times ahead of her as she faced her 16th birthday.

Her cat Salem didn’t speak, she lived in Greendale, and she visits the Magic Realm instead of the Other Realm. 

The one thing that remained the same, was her lovely boyfriend Harvey Kinkle. 

The Netflix reboot dismisses the idea that the sitcom ever existed, and picks up where the comics began. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina were published in 2014 and added a horror layer to the carefree teen’s life.


Sabrina still lives with her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, and her warlock cousin Ambrose.  Salem is her ‘familiar’, aka assistant in magic. She must choose between becoming a full witch, or living life as a mortal.

Without spoiling anything, all I can say is things get dark.

It’s a completely different vibe and watch from the original sitcom, which was expected. However, does it work? This feels like it could be a completely different character. 

Sabrina seems to be trying to teach us every life lesson and debate on morality all at once, while evil attempts to take her down at every opportunity. 

Seriously, can we get a BSB cameo or a river of candy corn up in here.


Currently, the show has a 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is generally being well received by critics. Netflix viewers however, have some issues. 

It’s not that it’s hated, it’s just, ‘meh’.

Have you watched it yet? What do you think? 

Poll Results:

It was fine (631)
I haven't watched it and have no interest  (492)
I LOVE it (396)
I really didn't like it (246)
I hated it (93)

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