Phoebe Halliwell returns from New York and moves back into the family’s Halliwell Manor in San Francisco to live with her sisters Prue and Piper. When Phoebe discovers the family’s Book of Shadows in the attic, she learns that she and her sisters are the most powerful witches ever known, destined to protect both innocents and the world at large from demons, warlocks, and other evil creatures. Phoebe, reasonably suspecting the book to be a novelty, reads its initial inscription—unaware that it also happens to be an incantation activating the sisters’ supernatural powers once all three are reunited in their ancestral home.
The final episode’s flashforward montage reveals Piper, Phoebe, and Paige to have three children each with their respective husbands.
This show was very representative of its time, meaning there is a lot of queer coding going on, where you think one of the sisters is queer, but she’s not. For what it’s worth, this was back when Xena was still on the air, and Aaron Spelling was the most prolific producer out there.
Charmed achieved a cult following and popularity on The WB with its first episode “Something Wicca This Way Comes” garnering 7.7 million viewers, breaking the record for the network’s highest-rated debut episode. And even now Charmed was the second most binge-watched series on streaming platforms in 2012. The show has lasting power.
The show was rebooted by The CW with a new cast for the 2018-19 season.