As someone who grew up slightly obsessed with television, I've often found myself wishing that I could reach into the screen and steal some of the imaginary powers that sitcom heroines seem to have so much fun with, like these:

The Magical Nose Twitch: Samantha Stephens, Bewitched: The best part of Samantha Stephens' spell-casting technique is its subtlety: all she has to do is wiggle her nose, and magic happens. The Nose Twitch is to magic what the eye roll is to bitchiness: it's simple, quick, and terribly effective—unless it goes wrong, and even then it's okay, because hilarity typically ensues. Why can't we all have such a marvelous ability? I wiggle my nose about eighteen times a day, but sadly, all it means is that I'm allergic to pollen.


Extraterrestrial Ability To Stop Time On Earth: Evie, Out Of This World: The only thing I remember about this show is Evie's magical finger gesture, which allows her, in Zack Morris fashion, to call a time out for Earth and stop the world from spinning. Oh, the possibilities!


Morphing:, Alex Mack, The Secret World Of Alex Mack: I can not tell you how many times I've thought of Alex Mack while being locked out of my house/car. The whole melt-slide-regenerate thing could really come in handy, no?


Spell Casting: Sabrina Spellman, Sabrina The Teenage Witch: Sabrina's finger-flick spell solutions remind me a bit of Mary Poppins' ability to clean by snapping, in that she's able to pretty much clean up any mess with the flick of her wrist. Sabrina's spells can often backfire, but overall, she's able to make most of her dreams come true. And, apparently, she can make cookies appear out of nowhere, which is pretty damn magical, indeed.


Psychic Abilities: Raven Baxter, That's So Raven: The downside of Raven's visions is that they don't always have context, and she's never quite sure what they really mean until they come true. Still, a warning of the future might be helpful, especially when big decisions are being made. Also? She has one of the best theme songs ever.

Any other powers you wish you could steal from the ladies of television? Feel free to share them in the comments.