Castlevania, Designing Women and Sledge Hammer debut alongside Crocodile Dundee, while this very week in 1996 marks the 20th anniversary of Weezer’s Pinkerton and the Nintendo 64! In 2006 we were all told to save the cheerleader, save the world while Tom Goes to the Mayor wraps up.
Other topics covered include:
–The Name of the Rose and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer debut alongside Paul Hogan’s Aussie romp
-Satirical police sitcom Sledge Hammer debuts, making fun of 80s movies 10 years before anyone else, kinda?
–Season 3 premiere of Who’s The Boss, where Angela is fired from her executive job when Tony forgets to give her a message that causes her to lose an account. Which raises the question; can the jobless Angela truly be The Boss?
–Season 6 premiere of Simon & Simon. A show starring Gerald McRaney and Jamison Parker as odd-couple brothers who are also private eyes. It has an excellent theme that probably sounds familiar
-Final episode of Press Your Luck
–The Dallas episode “Return to Camelot” airs. Following the previous season’s cliffhanger where Bobby Ewing mysteriously appeared alive in the shower by his wife after dying at the end of the previous season. Here’s the retcon scene
–Castlevania releases on FDS, US in 1987. Had to switch sides halfway through but for the most part the game is the same, title screen is different but yeah. Has a horror film motif, film reel look plus it’s a hunter barbarian man versus Dracula, mummies, Frankenstein, medusa, just a grab bag of public domain creatures.
-New Order’s Brotherhood releases, including “Bizarre Love Triangle”
–Pinkerton – Weezer’s second album, disillusionment with rock lifestyle, success in general
Best of the Beast – Iron Maiden compilation, new song Virus
Sheryl Crow – second album, Change Would Do You Good, If it makes you happy, 3x platinum
How Bizarre – OMC’s only album, with the title track
–2 Days in the Valley, Extreme Measures and Secrets & Lies hit theaters. Try to remember them!
–Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Clueless series premieres. Both are adapted shows. Sabrina is based off an Archie comics property and stars Clarissa herself (Melissa Joan Hart) as the eponymous witch who has similarly magic aunts and a talking cat. The first season features Paul Feig as a regular character named Mr. Pool who is Sabrina’s favorite teacher. It would air for seven seasons.
–Series premiere of Early Edition, a fantasy drama about a man (played by Friday Night Light’s Kyle Chandler, also known as the main detective in Wolf of Wall Street), who mysteriously gets the next day’s newspaper every morning and sets out on preventing the terrible events of each day. It would last four seasons.
–Season 8 premiere of Seinfeld, “The Foundation,” where George discovers that Susan was rich and instead of inheriting her money, he’s put in charge of her charity foundation
-Season 3 premiere of friends, entitled “The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy” because in 1996 when the internet wasn’t as bountiful Jennifer Aniston in a princess leia costume was a pretty big deal
–Weird Al’s “White & Nerdy” is part of his latest album, Straight Outta Lynwood
-The Guardian, Open Season and School for Scoundrels debut in theaters.
-Series finale of Tom Goes to the Mayor, the first major collaboration between Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. The final episode featured Todd Barry as another ex-husband of Tom’s ex-wife, and they play the Crossfire-eque Cock-O-Block to pass the time
–Ugly Betty, a Mexican telenovela adapted to America which was a brief phenomenon featuring America Ferrera, hot off The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
-Just Cause turns 10, as does Baten Kaitos: Origins and Valkyrie Profile 2
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