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October 6

October 6, 1968 – The Disney Anthology Episode “Pacifically Peeking” Premieres on Television

“You know, a book be like a ship: it can take ye to places you’ve never seen before.”

On October 6, 1968, the episode of the Disney Anthology, entitled “Pacifically Peeking,” premiered on NBC. It was directed by Ward Kimball and Hamilton Luske, with story by Bill Berg, narration by Mel Leven, and featured Paul Frees as the voice of Moby Duck, the author of the titular book. Moby Duck takes viewers on a cruise of the Pacific Ocean, with the episode bringing together animation and education.

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October 1

October 1, 1955 – Mickey Mouse Appears on the Cover of TV Guide

“Mickey And His Club”

On October 1, 1955, to promote the new show Mickey Mouse Club, a picture of Mickey in his bandleader outfit, along with some snapshots from the show, graced the cover of TV Guide. The guide covered the week of October 1 – October 7. The show was scheduled to premiere that week on October 3rd on ABC.

September 21

September 21, 1986 – The Golden Girls Wins Three Emmy Awards

“I am the lucky one who gets to come up and pick up this golden girl, but Estelle, and Rue, and Bea, and I all thank you. We’re a matched set; you can’t split us up.”

On September 21, 1986, the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. There, out of nine nominations (many for the same category), the NBC comedy series The Golden Girls walked away with 3 Primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (for the episode “A Little Romance”), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for actress Betty White (who appeared in the series as Rose Nylund), and Outstanding Comedy Series. The series won the final award against such series as Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Kate & Allie.

September 18

September 18, 2004 – The Animated Series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! Premieres

“Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce go, defeating any foe!”

On September 18, 2004, the first Jetix original animated series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! premiered on ABC Family as part of the Jetix programming block. The story revolves around Chiro on the planet Shuggazoom, who teams up with the five robotic monkeys that make up the superhero team Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce. The series lasted for four seasons with 52 episodes, and was cancelled on a cliffhanger. It starred Greg Cipes as Chiro, Kevin Michael Richardson as Antauri, Corey Feldman as Sparx, Tom Kenny as Gibson, Clancy Brown as Otto, and Kari Wahlgren as Nova.

September 13

September 13, 1997 – The Animated Series 101 Dalmatians: The Series Premieres on ABC

“I’m seeing lots of spots, plenty of polka dots. Get those puppies!”

On September 13, 1997, animated series 101 Dalmatians: The Series premiered on ABC as part of the One Saturday Morning programming block. Based on the 1961 animated feature film One Hundred and One Dalmatians and the original book The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, the series features the pups living on the “Dalmatian Plantation,” specifically looking at three pups: Lucky, Rolly, and Cadpig. The series lasted for two seasons with a total of 65 episodes. It featured Pam Segall and Debi Mae West as Lucky; Kath Soucie as Anita, Rolly, and Cadpig; Jeff Bennett as Roger; Tara Charendoff as Spot; April Winchell as Cruella De Vil; David Lander as Horace; Michael McKean as Jasper; Charlotte Rae as Nanny; Kevin Schon as Pongo; and Pam Dawber as Perdita.

August 20

August 20, 2015 – The ABC Series Astronaut Wives Club Ends

“Behind these heroes are the housewives making their own headlines.”

On August 20, 2015, the limited series The Astronaut Wives Club aired its last episode. The ten-episode mini-series was based on the book of the same name by Lily Koppel, centering on the wives of the Mercury Seven, a group of astronauts that flew spacecraft for Project Mercury. When NASA named the men who were part of the Mercury Seven, their wives were thrust into the public spotlight, and the group of women banded together to get through the good and bad times. The series starred JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Betty Grissom, Yvonne Strahovski as Rene Carpenter, Dominique McElligot as Louise Shepard, Odette Annable as Trudy Cooper, Erin Cummings as Marge Slayton, Azure Parsons as Annie Glenn, and Zoe Boyle as Jo Schirra. The final episode touches on the landing of Apollo 11 on the moon.

August 11

August 11, 1991 – The Television Documentary Queen: The Days of Our Lives Premieres

“An informative and sometimes tragic look into the lives of four childhood friends that would come to form the band Queen.”

On August 11, 1991, the television special Queen: The Days of Our Lives premiered on television. Directe by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, and hosted by Guns And Roses front man Axl Rose, the documentary is a 90-minute look at the lives of the band members and how they formed the group Queen. It featured interviews with the members of the band, as well as special concert footage and behind-the-scenes clips. This documentary was especially poignant, as lead singer Freddie Mercury would pass away a few months later on November 24th.