All 23 episodes from the fifth series of the popular American television drama about three sisters who also happen to be witches, and who are sworn to protect the innocent from the dark forces that threaten them. In this series, the sisters try to help a mermaid on the run from an evil Sea Hag, and a boy with mysterious powers turns the girls into comic book superheroes so they can fight a deadly enemy. Episodes are: ‘A Witch’s Tail (Part 1)’; ‘A Witch’s Tail (Part 2)’; ‘Happily Ever After’; ‘Siren Song’; ‘Witches in Tights’; ‘The Eyes Have It’; ‘Sympathy for the Demon’; ‘A Witch in Time’; ‘Sam I Am’; ‘Y Tu Mummy Tambien’; ‘The Importance of Being Phoebe’; ‘Centennial Charmed’; ‘House Call’; ‘Sand Francisco Dreamin”; ‘The Day the Magic Died’; ‘Baby’s First Demon’; ‘Lucky Charmed’; ‘Cat House’; ‘Nymphs Just Wanna Have Fun’; ‘Sense and Sense Ability’; ‘Necromancing the Stone’; ‘Oh My Goddess (Part 1)’; and ‘Oh My Goddess (Part 2)’.
Sexy, silly, sardonic, somber: the fifth season of Charmed finds the Charmed Ones–sisters Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), Piper (Holly Marie Combs), and Paige (Rose McGowan)–on an emotional roller coaster. Yet they’re also in a fairly comfortable groove with one another. McGowan, who joined the cast in year 4 as a replacement for Shannen Doherty, is now a perfect fit, turning Paige into a self-deprecating, uber-witch whose clipped dialogue meshes beautifully with Milano’s neurotic phrasing and Combs’ no-nonsense bark.
Season 5 ties up a lot of loose ends, heralds some major shifts in the show’s running narrative, and ushers in a couple of new characters. One of the latter is Piper’s baby by husband Leo (Brian Krause), the angelic Whitelighter whose role as an emissary of the heavenly Elders changes dramatically in the two-part finale, “Oh, My Goddess!” Before that happens, however, Phoebe must contend with the reappearance of her husband, the demon Cole (Julian McMahon), who is determined to win her back by proving his evil nature is under control. As usual, all the sisters must use the Power of Three to protect a number of vulnerable mortals, and even some immortals. Among these are a mermaid whose immortality is sought by a greedy demon, several wood nymphs frolicking in the streets of San Francisco, and married men targeted by a hot Siren with a killer kiss. Season highlights include “Happily Ever After,” in which characters from multiple fairy tales come to life; “Lucky Charmed,” a fun story introducing a demon-vanquishing Leprechaun; and “Sense and Sense Ability,” a clever drama in which Phoebe goes deaf, Piper becomes blind, and Paige turns mute as the result of a wicked witch’s spell. The aforementioned finale sees all three sisters officially acknowledged as the goddesses they truly are. But it also introduces a new, major character, Chris (Drew Fuller), who seems benevolent but may very well be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We shall see. —Tom Keogh