A bloodthirsty plant terrorizes America while Japan discovers Kid Icarus and Charlie Sheen strikes an iconic pose for Oliver Stone. This week in 1996 saw Beavis & Butt-Head Do America and Scream hit theaters, while 2006 brought us Rocky Balboa and Dick in a Box.
Lady and the Tramp returns to theaters as Platoon, No Mercy Little Shop of Horrors and King Kong Lives begin their runs.
12/16/86 – The Growing Pains episode “The Kid” airs, in which Ben finds a homeless orphan on the street and the family takes her in. She initially plans to rob the Seavers until she learns the Christmas spirit from them.
12/17/86 – The Perfect Strangers episode “A Christmas Story” airs, in which Larry is snowed in and can’t fly home to Wisconsin, so he begrudgingly spends it with Balki. Here’s a clip of the end where Balki gives Larry his present after Larry gives Balki a stereo with a Wayne Newton tape:
12/19/86 – Babes in Toyland premieres on NBC, featuring an all-star 1980s cast. Here’s a promo from a few years later
12/20/86 – William Shatner hosts Saturday Night Live and stars in the “Get a Life” skit where he makes fun of Trekkies
Kid Icarus launches in Japan for the Famicom Disk System. Called Myth of Light on FDS, similar to Metroid and SMB, kind of in between and not as good as either one. Had an allure to it back then but now it’s not a lot of fun and there’s been no remake or attention given to it… kind of a lost character / franchise. 3D version has saves, so you can avoid passwords that way.
Guns & Roses – Live Like a Suicide, 4-song EP
Walk Like an Egyptian is #1, The Bangles. Album was released at the beginning of the year but is just now getting a third single, and this would go on to be one of the most popular songs of 1987.
I Love You Always Forever – song by Donna Lewis, was everywhere right about now, and this is also the week I got my driver’s license! Was kept from the #1 position almost the entire summer because of the macarena.
Unbreak my Heart is still #1, but not a lot else is happening.
Ghosts of the Mississippi, One Fine Day, My Fellow Americans, Scream and Beavis & Butt-Head Do America release in theaters.
12/17/96 – The Ellen episode “Fleas Navidad” airs, where Ellen finds herself hesitant to go on a mexican xmas vacation with her friends when she can’t leave her new dog alone. While her coming out episode is still four months away, this clip at the end does hint at it
12/18/96 – The TV movie The Munsters Scary Little Christmas airs, with Sam McMurray as Herman Munster and Bug Hall (Alfalfa from the Little Rascals movie) as Eddie. The family tries to raise Eddie’s christmas spirit after the family moves from Transylvania to LA
12/19/96 – The Martin episode “Scrooge” airs, where Martin is visited by Christmas ghosts who take the form of his friends, but most importantly, Sheneneh has a famous suitor.
Mega Man 8 releases in Japan, while Terrinigma releases in the UK. Nothing for the US!
In with Say it Right, will briefly top charts in 07 but is all over the radio by now
Beyonce Still #1
Nas, Bow Wow, Joey McIntyre have new albums
Rocky Balboa, We Are Marshall, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Good Shepard and Night at the Museum release in theaters.
12/16/2006 – Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! finishes its two year run after 52 episodes.
12/17/06 – The Showtime show Sleeper Cell ends its run after 2 seasons and 18 episodes
12/19/2006 – 13th and final episode of Help Me Help You airs, which starred Ted Danson as a group therapist who’s JUST AS WACKY AS HIS PATIENTS!
12/22/2006 – The FOX lawyer show Justice is cancelled after 12 episodes.
12/18/2006 – Identity premieres on NBC, a game show where contestants must match a group of 12 people on stage with correct information about each one, winning 500K if every person on stage is matched correctly.
12/16/2006 – Justin Timberlake hosts SNL and a famous digital short premieres
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