Good Witch

Good Witch

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If you're a fan of Hallmark movies then Good Witch definitely for you. Follow Cassie Nightingale and her family as they enchant the residents of Middleton and its visitors in this perfectly sweet, very family friendly tv show.

Good Witch has had quite the evolution. The first of the Good Witch movies was made by the Hallmark Channel all the way back in 2008 and was unsurprisingly named The Good Witch.

It was hugely successful and so six more made for tv movies followed over the next six years. Each is focused on Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell) as she settles into life in Middleton, a quintessential all American town outside of Chicago.

But fans wanted more and in 2015 it was decided to turn the franchise into a tv show with the first season airing eight episodes. Fast forward a few years and we are seven seasons in – the first five which are available to stream on Netflix outside of the US! In the US you can watch it on Hallmark's streaming only service.

Good Witch is definitely not for everyone. It is an idyllic, if somewhat wholly unrealistic view of life but it is sweet and positive and really great to watch with kids.

Essentially Cassie Nightingale is a witch of sorts. There are no wands or potions or spells, it's more about intuition and the more subtle ability to know exactly what people need to solve their problems.

Her daughter Grace (Bailee Madison) shares her gifts, as does her cousin Abigail (Sarah Power) and that's because they are descendants from the Merriwicks, who we have to assume were also very gifted.

It is these talents that Cassie uses to help the townsfolk of Middleton and along with her gift shop called Bell, Book & Candle – she also has the perfect solution for whatever ails them.

From the beginning of the original movie, Cassie Nightingale's life changes considerably. So when we meet her in the tv series she is the newly widowed Cassie Nightingale and lives in her B&B with family members Grace and George, her father in law.

But it's when she gets new next door neighbours that things really heat up. Because this is when Dr Sam Radford (James Denton) and his son Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond) come into her life. Over seven seasons their relationship blossoms with some ups and downs along the way.

Throw in a few recurring characters from the town including Mayor Martha Tinsdale (Catherine Disher) and cafe owner Stephanie (Kylee Evans) and what viewers get is the very easy to watch Good Witch.

It is a wholesome drama where everything is ideal, nobody ever has a hair out of place, makeup and clothing are immaculate. Everyone is beautiful and the town is perfect. It is Hallmark all wrapped up in a beautifully hand crafted bow!

And genuinely that's what's charming about it. It takes you on a magical journey and provides escapism in abundance and all of the characters are incredibly likeable. The stories flow and the lives of the Middleton residents and their Grey House B&B guests are all quite lovely.

Full of wholesome messages and good enough to capture the entire family's attention, it's either your cup of tea or it's not but if it's the kind of thing you generally like then you'll love it!

How Many Seasons Of Good Witch Are On Netflix?

In the United States, all seven seasons have been aired on the Hallmark Channel. Netflix also has distribution rights and added season six and season seven in September 2021.

However, in the UK there are still only five seasons available to stream on the platform.

There have been plenty of rumours about when the final seasons of Good Witch will actually be aired in the UK but as of today, nothing has been confirmed by Netflix.

Unfortunately, none of the seven movies that preceded the tv series are available on Netflix or Amazon Prime – yet.

The Cast Of Good Witch

Catherine Bell plays Cassie Nightingale, the character that the series is based on. It's her intuitive charm that keeps the show running and Bell stars in all 76 episodes as well as all of the Good Witch movies. In real life she has quite a life, moving from the UK to California when she was just two years old.

She went to UCLA to study biology/ pre-medicine, but she dropped out to become a model in Japan. She was in over 200 episodes of JAG but is now a main player for the Hallmark Channel and is in a lot of their films.

When Dr Sam Radford moves in next door to Cassie, the Good Witch changes direction. And this is largely due to how good James Denton is in the role. Most will recognise him from his time in Desperate Housewives as Mike Delfino. You can also check him out in Devious Maids and Selfie Dad.

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Bailee Madison plays Cassie's daughter Grace who starred in the first five seasons before leaving. But she did return for a couple of guest appearances in the series finale. Madison has been in Just Go with It with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Once Upon a Time and the hit teen musical, A Week Away on Netflix.

Sarah Power plays Abigail Pershing, Cassie's cousin. Unlike Cassie, Abigail has no problem using her witch powers to get what she wants though over time she does evolve into a more moral person. In real life, she has had roles in American Gothic and Killjoys, is married to Peter Mooney and has one child.

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5 Comments

  1. I love this Netflix series as escapism .
    I love Martha the Mayor , a great character:)
    All the acting is good.
    A nice mixture of storylines

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  2. Meant to say good feeling show! Oops

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  3. I love this show, and really Hallmark movies in general. Just a feeling show.

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  4. Love the show. Really enjoy kindness most of VM the characters share.
    Absolutely dislike Abigail, she is a mean self serving manipulative jerk. I’m on season. Hopefully she’s written off soon

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    • This is now over a year later since above comments by LOLO about Abigail. Thank goodness she offers a little diversion. Nothing can be much more milktoast than this series. Compared to the “stuff’ that we see today.. This is easy to watch..It’s calming in these trying times..sorry Karen , I enjoy it..

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