Essex & Washington St, Salem, MA
- Neighborhood: Salem
In 2005, the TV Land cable network erected a 9-foot-tall bronze monument to Samantha Stephens, the housewife witch played by Elizabeth Montgomery in the 1960s TV sitcom Bewitched. Then a critic complained, “It’s like TV Land going to Auschwitz and proposing to erect a statue of Colonel Klink.” Point taken, but Salem sold its soul to the entertainment devil decades ago. In fact, episodes of Bewitched filmed in Salem are said to have kickstarted Salem’s Halloween happenings. Unfortunately, this Samantha looks like a refugee from Planet of the Apes sitting upon a moldy croissant moon.