These magic-wielding, ghost-talking, vampire killing wives are the best on TV.
Last week I ran a list of the 7 best husbands on Sci-Fi television. While some of you thought I dropped the ball on a few of these, lots of fan favorites made it into the mix. This week, I foolishly tried to take a slightly different angle for the ladies' side. Instead of going with the best wives of Sci-Fi TV, I tried to be a hero and go for "supernatural"*. (Not the Santana concept album.) And the pickings are slim. Some of the best supernatural shows in TV history (True Blood, Reaper, Supernatural and Pushing Daisies) feature almost no decent wives (note: Sam's mom on Reaper was put between a rock and a hard place, admittedly). So, the search was far and wide and nearly included the Highlander's barely wife Anna MacLeod. Here are the spell-slinging, zombie stabbing best wives on supernatural TV (in no particular order):
Melinda Gordon (The Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt): The titular character is a heck of a wife. Because of her ability to, ugh, whisper to ghosts, Melinda is able to rescue her husband Jim Clancy from death itself (though at someone else's expense). Read: Ghost Whisperer: What Ghosts Teach Us About Love
Jeannie (I Dream Of Jeannie, Barbara Eden): Yes, yes, she started calling Major Tony Nelson (the awesome Larry Hagman) "master," every guy's fantasy, but the dynamic between the two was never so one-sided. Eventually, the devotion that she felt for him was reciprocated and she didn't even have to show her belly button.
Phoebe Halliwell (Charmed, Alyssa Milano): Sure, Rose McGowan's Paige was married; I'm just more of a Phoebe fan. I know Phoebe has been married a few times (though some were coerced), but she finally found a great match in Coop. How can someone with the powers of premonition and empathy be a bad wife?
Lily Munster (The Munsters, Yvonne De Carlo): Sure, the show was a bit of a rip-off of The Addams Family and Lily was even more of a rip-off of Morticia Addams. But there was something so much more likeable about Lily. The feminist ground-breaker was equal parts independent and giving. She was also a hot number as she and Herman were amongst the first TV couples filmed in bed together.
Anne Bracknell-Bannerman (The Dead Zone , Nicole DeBoer): After her fiancée (and baby's daddy) Johnny Smith (Anthony Michael Hall), falls into a coma, the loyal Anne holds out for a long, long time. Eventually, she feels he won't pull through and marries all-around mensch Walt Bannerman. Johnny beats the coma but Anne sticks with Walt.
Samantha Stephens (Bewitched): Samantha's nose twitch could light a guy's heart on fire. And she doesn't seem to miss a beat when her husband suddenly looks like another man. She deals with lots of mischief from her magic family and she and Darrin have a very modern and respectful partnership throughout most of the series.
Honorable Mention: Helen Girardi (Joan Of Arcadia, Mary Steenburgen): I don't really know this show but by virtue that it was Mary Steenburgen, I'm guessing she was a fantastic wife. Mary Steenburgen Mary Steenburgen Mary Steenburgen Mary Steenburgen.
*"Supernatural," in this case, refers to shows featuring goblins, ghosts and things that go bump in the night (and the people that keep us safe from them). No robots and flying people in capes.
**I know it's weak mentioning Bewitched and I Dream Of Jeannie in the same list; like Reality Bites and Singles, you have to choose one and ignore the other.
Please sound off with others who should have made the list using the "supernatural" criteria above.
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