Continuing in the grand tradition of talking animals on TV, Salem, the cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, brought a biting wit and true comic relief to a show that was usually sorely lacking in both. Salem was actually a warlock who was sentenced to 100 years as a cat with no special powers as punishment for his misdeeds, so he was a creature accustomed to immense respect, trapped in a feline’s body.

To get the character to work, the show’s crew used a combination of shots of real cats and animatronics when a scene required Salem to speak. He didn’t always look realistic, but he brought a different type of humor to the show than its human cast could provide.

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