"Sisters at Heart" is the 13th episode of the seventh season of
Bewitched, an American Broadcasting Company fantasy television sitcom.
This Christmas episode aired on December 24, 1970, and again the
following December. In one storyline, Darrin Stephens (Dick Sargent)
fails to land a million-dollar advertising account after a toy company
owner mistakes a black woman for Darrin's wife. The man changes his
attitude after Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) uses witchcraft
to make him see everyone, including himself, as having black skin. At
the invitation of Montgomery and her husband William Asher, who directed
the episode, "Sisters at Heart" was initially written by 22 black
students from Jefferson High School (pictured), a school in a poor Los
Angeles neighborhood. This episode, Montgomery's favorite, received the
Governors Award at the 23rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Montgomery's
biographer Herbie Pilato wrote that the theme of overcoming prejudice is
central to Bewitched and that "no [other] episode of the series more
clearly represented this cry against prejudice".
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On this day, Christians reflect on their faith and celebrate the
birth of Jesus Christ. This occasion inspires families and communities
to come together, share what they have, and give back to those less
fortunate. May we take this time to reflect on our many blessings, and
remind our loved ones how much they mean to us.
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