Lots of people are Al fans and lots of Al fans are people... uh, wait a minute... you know what I mean. I'm talking about mutual admiration. I can't say for sure that Al is a fan of Melissa and Melissa a fan of Al, but the evidence sure points that way.
JawaHutt reports that on the December 12, 1997 episode of "Sabrina," Libby says, "Well, anyway, I checked out the 'Weird Al' Yankovic website and I'm thinking of linking it on my page.
Amanda Cohen did some investigating and found out that Al might have a "friend" on the show. Frank Coniff and Joel Hodgeson, both formerly of MST3K, work for "Sabrina." Coniff is a story editor, and Joel is a "magic consultant" for about half the shows. There are TONS of Al references on MST3K.
Orion Bob notes that in the 1997 Chrismas episode of "Sabrina," Sabrina dressed up like Santa and gave a young boy a spatula as a Christmas present.
Sabrina's boyfriend's name is none other than Harvey.
David Tanny reports that there was a 27 year gap between the time Melissa Joan Hart's series "Sabrina" debuted in 1996 and the time the Filmation cartoon version of "Sabrina" debut in 1969.
HotSMP reports that there was an episode of "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" that mentioned 27. It was when her friends were over and they suggest astonishments. Sabrina suggested the #11 thing to be astonished with. Anyway, they did some quick math and said something like, "Wow, and that makes 27."
On the February 20, 1998 evening's show, Sabrina showed the new girl in school to her locker:
Sabrina: "What's your locker number?"
New girl: "27."
Jon! "Bob" Katz reminds us that on Melissa Joan Hart's old show ("Clarrisa Explains It All"), in one episode they were driving and you see a sign that says "Lake - 27 miles."
"Sabrina: The Animated Series" was bound to have a large wackiness quotient also. The show had Savage Steve Holland as executive producer. He's the man behind "Eek! The Cat" which had a celebrity voice cameo by "Weird" Al Yankovic.
At the "American Music Awards" on January 27, 1997, here's the conversation that happened.
Sinbad: He's the funny man who changed "Lump" into "Forrest Gump" (sic), and "Gangsta's Paradise" into "Amish Paradise", and she's the star of "Sabrina The Teenage Witch". Here to present the next award are "Weird Al" Yankovich (sic) and Melissa Joan Hart.
Al: I'm here tonight....with my hot muffin of love
On "The Weird Al Show," while Al was surfing channels, he came across a show called "Sabrina The Teenage Fish."
On the September 23, 1999 episode of "Talk Soup," Al hung around and commented on various talk shows. The first show he commented on was Melissa Joan Hart's appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.