This week: in 87, Star Trek The Next Generation, Full House, and A Different World debut, while Princess Bride charms crowds. In 97, Seymour Skinner is a fraud while Lamb Chop is served for the last time. 07 is sci-fi heaven as Halo 3 hits Xbox, Family Guy meets Star Wars, and Big Bang Theory makes bad nerd jokes.
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Best Seller: James Woods and Brian Dennehy
Real Men: James Belushi and John Ritter wacky cop comedy that was barely released
The Big Town: Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones
A Month in the Country: Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh
The Princess Bride: Cary Elwes, Robin Wright
9/24/87 – A Different World Debuts
9/22/87 – Full House debuts
9/23/87 – Final episode of My Little Pony’s original run. It would be revived in 1992 and REALLY REVIVED in 2010
9/28/87 – ALF-Gilligan’s Island Crossover
New releases: “The Hunger” by Michael Bolton, his big breakthrough, “Raise Your Fist and Yell” by Alice Cooper, “Music for the Masses” by Depeche Mode, “Hall of the Mountain King” by Savatage, “Wendy and Lisa” eponymous debut, “Man of Colours” by Icehouse, and “Strangeways, Here We Come,” the final album by The Smiths, which includes “Girlfriend in a Coma” and “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish.”
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson is no. 1
New releases: “Tubthumper” by Chumawabma, “Good Feeling” by Travis, “Homogenic” by Bjork, “Evolution” by Boyz II Men, “Hang-Ups” by Goldfinger, “Time Out of Mind” by Bob Dylan
“Honey” by Mariah Carey is still no. 1
Soul Food: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox
The Edge: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
The Trojan War: Jennifer Love Hewitt
9/22/97 – Dharma & Greg debuts
9/25/97 – Union Square and Veronica’s Closet debut in the plum Must See TV slots
9/26/97 – Meego debuts on TGIF, starring Bronson Pinchot as an alien
9/26/97 – Final episode of Lamb Chop’s Play Along airs
9/28/97 – The Simpsons episode “The Principal and the Pauper” airs, retconning Seymour Skinner as “Armin Tamzarian.” Maybe the first “Worst Episode Ever”?
Discworld 2, Mega Man X4
“The Pretender” by the Foo Fighters
New releases: “Echoes Silence Patience and Grace” by the Foo Fighters, “Rise of the Tyrant” by Archenemy, “Born Into This” by The Cult, “White Chalk” by PJ Harvey, “Welcome to the Zoo” by Gorilla Zoe, “The Shepherd’s Dog” by Iron & Wine, “Still Feels Good” by Rascal Flats, “Songs About Girls” by will.i.am and “The Dethalbum” by Dethklok.
The Kingdom: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner
Lust, Caution: Tony Leung, Tang Wei
Feast of Love: Selma Blair, Morgan Freeman
No. 1 at the box office: The Game Plan: Dwayne Johnson
9/24/07 – Chuck debuts on NBC and Big Bang Theory debuts on CBS
Heroes Season 2 debuts with “Four Months Later”
09/23/07 – The Simpsons season 19 premiere “He Loves to Fly and He D’ohs” airs, with guest stars Lionel Ritche and Stephen Colbert, but the intro has many callbacks to the Simpsons Movie.
9/23/07 – The Family Guy season 6 premiere episode “Blue Harvest” begins the trilogy of Star Wars parodies/homages
Jackass The Game! And also some shooter called Halo 3