Growing up with “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” as a kid meant that no matter how great your own high school experience was, you knew it wouldn’t be as cool as Sabrina Spellman’s. She had a talking cat, an Other Realm in her linen closet, and one amazing '90s-era wardrobe. Who could compete with that?
To celebrate the beloved show that was “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” let's take a look at what its stars have been up to since.
Melissa Joan Hart
She first made her name on the Nickelodeon series “Clarissa Explains It All,” but her role as Sabrina made Melissa Joan Hart’s name one of the biggest among 'tween TV fans in the mid- to late-'90s. (And let's not forget her rom-com "Drive Me Crazy," which co-starred Adrien Grenier.) But her post-“Sabrina” career has been less magical, with a couple TV movies, like 2007’s “Holidays in Handcuffs,” and a stint on “Dancing With the Stars” on her résumé. However, in 2010, Hart teamed up with former “Blossom” star Joey Lawrence to create the TV series “Melissa & Joey,” and its third season is set to premiere this spring.
From 2009 to 2011, Hart also owned a candy shop called SweetHarts in California. She has been married to husband Mark Wilkerson since 2003, and they have three sons. Her memoir “Melissa Explains It All: Tales from my Abnormally Normal Life” is scheduled for release this fall.
Sabrina’s cat Salem provided the comic relief, and actor Nick Bakay provided the unmistakable voice. His face might be harder to recognize, but he has also appeared in cameos on “That '70s Show,” “Not Another Teen Movie,” and reprised the role of Salem on “The Simpsons.” He was a producer on “The King of Queens,” and co-wrote the film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” with actor Kevin James. He also had a recurring role in the Brad Garrett sitcom “’Til Death,” which he also produced.
Bakay is also a sports columnist and commentator for ESPN.
Nate Richert got his break as Sabrina’s boyfriend Harvey, but other than that, he hasn’t been up to much since the show ended, other than the 2004 scifi thriller “Gamebox 1.0” co-starring another TGIF icon: Danielle Fishel from “Boy Meets World.” Richert's Wikipedia page lists him as a “former actor,” because now he's focusing on a career as a solo musician. He released his debut album "Halogen Moon," "an eclectic collage of original songs with vintage style," this past December.
Jenna Leigh Green
We loved to hate the villainous Libby Chessler on the small screen, but Jenna Leigh Green took to the big stage after the show ended. She has performed in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Romeo and Juliet,” among other productions in Los Angeles, opened “bare: a pop opera” in New York, and played Nessarose in the North American tour of “Wicked,” where she also understudied the starring role of Elphaba. Green made her Broadway debut in 2006, when she joined the New York City cast of “Wicked” as Nessarose.
Lindsay Sloane played Sabrina’s loveable high school best friend Valerie Birkhead, but you might recognize her as Big Red, the cheer captain from hell from the 2000 Kirsten Dunst comedy “Bring It On.” She also played Jay Baruchel's ex-girlfriend in "She's Out of My League" and Charlie Day’s fiancée in 2011's “Horrible Bosses.”
Sloane married talent agent Dar Rollins in 2004, and they have a one-year-old daughter, Maxwell Lue.
Her role as Sabrina's reasonable, whip-smart aunt Zelda is the biggest contribution to the entertainment world that Beth Broderick has given us. Since then, she's had small parts in "CSI: Miami," "Supernatural," "The Closer," and "ER" and even a recurring role on "Lost" as Kate's mother. Her last credit is an independent film called "Fly Away," in which she plays the mother of an autistic girl.
Breaking away from her cast mates, Caroline Rhea is perhaps better known today for projects that followed "Sabrina." She left her role as Sabrina's goofy aunt Hilda to host the talk show "The Caroline Rhea Show" in 2002, filling in the spot left open by Rosie O'Donnell. She also hosted the first two seasons of "The Biggest Loser," and has returned to her beginnings as a stand-up comic with the 2011 special "Caroline Rhea and Friends." Now, she voices Linda Flynn in "Phineas and Ferb" and hosts the Slice network's Canadian food reality program "Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition."
If only Melissa Joan Hart could snap her fingers and bring us all back to 1996, when we sat cross-legged on our couches with a giant bowl of microwave popcorn, getting ready to start watching TGIF. Those were the days.