Charmed is a WB television series that aired from 1998 to 2006, and is about a family of sisters who also happen to be witches. The sisters are Prue, Piper and Phoebe in the first half of the series; a cast change meant that the line-up became Piper, Phoebe and Paige in the second half of the series.

The opening episodes of Season 5 featured some mermaid bits. The two-parter's title is "A Witch's Tail" and in the first half, a mermaid named Miley (Jaime Pressly) shows up to the witchs asking for help. In what is a nod to Hans Christian Andersen's story, Miley has made a deal with a Sea Hag to gain legs in order to find love. When the episode starts, the Hag claims that Miley has lost, and has to give up her immortality as part of the bargain. Miley escapes and asks the three witch sisters (aka "The Charmed Ones") to help her.

Part One ends with the middle sister of the Charmed Ones, Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), having been accidentally transformed into a mermaid herself. Phoebe doesn't want to be transformed back into a human due to heartache she doesn't want to deal with, so she swims off into the big blue ocean, leaving her sisters and problems behind. Part Two of A Witch's Tail reunites Phoebe with her sisters, as they try to convince her that life under the sea isn't better than anything they got up there.

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