1. Yo man, remember that freaky robot cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

 

2. To me that show represented the height of the family-friendly multicam sitcom's dominance on television.

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3. The Show's creators cited a concern for animal cruelty when they decided to use an animatronic puppet for the role of Salem Saberhagen

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4. Looking back on it now, there's some real uncanny valley stuff, moments where the puppeteers nail it, and others... not so much



5. Such a weird mix of bad and good special effects



6. Puppets are always funnier than CG, this is known.

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7. He was a former witch who was punished to live as a cat for his misdeeds

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8. Our main glimpse of this was that weird flashback where Salem was in his human form and tried to start a worldwide magical coup while several followers (including Sabrina's aunt?) chanted "Witch Power"! So that's neat.



9. There's just something so goofy about this puppet born from a pre 9/11 America, that weird early 2000s period

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10. This show had a level of shameless camp you don't see these days

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