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This Day in Television History – September 14th, 1967 – Batman’s “Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” Airs

A popular sidekick character from the Batman universe made her television debut on this day in history.

“Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin” is the third season premiere of the Batman live-action series from the 1960s. Written by Stanford Sherman, it first aired on September 14th, 1967 on ABC.

enter batgirl

Courtesy: Warner Bros. / FOX / DC Comics

In the episode, the daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner, Barbara, is kidnapped by the Pengin, who wants to marry her. Batman and Robin are called in on the case, but it turns out the damsel in distress may not be as helpless as she seems!

Batgirl becomes a main character in the series as of this episode, played by Yvonne Craig. The third season premiere also is when a change of format takes place in the show—moving from two episodes a week to only one.

This Day in Television History – September 14th, 1985 – Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears Debuts

One of Disney’s earliest television animated series made its debut on television history.

Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears was an animated series created by Jymn Magon and Art Vitello for television. It first aired on September 14th, 1985 on NBC.

gummi bears

Courtesy: Disney

The animated series focused on the adventures of anthropomorphic creatures known as the Gummy Bears. The series combined fantasy and adventure elements with a comedic touch. The voice cast included June Foray, Katie Leigh, Paul Winchell, Corey Burton and many others.

The theme song for the series was composed by Silversher & Silversher, who also composed the theme song to another Disney animated hit, TaleSpin.

It was one of the earliest television efforts from Disney, along with The Wuzzles. Unlike The Wuzzles, however, it was a successful series, lasting several seasons for over 90 episodes.

The series has been partially released on DVD, but not completely as of this time.

This Day in Video Game History – September 14th, 1994 – Super Punch-Out!! Released

A sequel to a hit boxing game was released on this day in video game history.

Super Punch-Out!!, developed and published by Nintendo, was released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on September 14th, 1994.

super punch out

Courtesy: Nintendo

The game was a sequel to Punch-Out!! released on the Nintendo, which itself was inspired by a Nintendo arcade game from 1983.

Like other games in the series, the boxing action in the game focuses on patterns and finding the right time for the player, controlling the character Little Mac, to strike his opponents for damage and knock-outs.

The game featured an array of colorful characters for Little Mac to fight against. Although it wasn’t as widely-successful as the original home title in the series, Super Punch-Out!! did receive generally positive reviews. It was later released for the Wii and WiiU virtual consoles as a digital download.

The next true sequel in the Punch-Out!! series wouldn’t come until 2009 for the Nintendo Wii.

This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Pinky & The Brain Debuts

Two popular characters from Animaniacs got their own spinoff on this day in history.

Pinky & The Brain originated as characters in the Animaniacs television series that debuted in 1993. Both were lab mice that had gained sentience through experiments at Acme Labs. Brain has hyper-intelligence and wants to rule the world, while Pinky is more satisfied with the simpler things in life.

pinky and the brain animated series

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

The main character of Brain was voiced by Maurice LaMarche and Pinky was voiced by Rob Paulson.

The popular characters had their own television show debut on September 9th, 1995. It would air between Saturday mornings and in primetime.

The series was known for its witty dialogue and references along with its over-the-top situations. It would last 65 episodes through 1998. The entire series has been released on DVD.

Pinky and the Brain would spin-off into another show, Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain, which combined the two characters with Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures.

This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sega Sports NFL2K Released

Sega’s latest football series, which would become a beloved sports franchise, had its first release on this day in history.

Developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega, NFL2K was released for the Sega Dreamcast alongside the console’s launch on September 9th, 1999.

nfl2k video game

Courtesy: SEGA / NFL

The game was the only football game on the Dreamcast, since the system did not get supported by Electronic Arts.

It received extremely positive reviews from critics for its graphics, gameplay, and commentary. That commentary, uniquely, was provided by voice actors Terry McGovern, Jay Styne and Marcia Perry.

The series would continue on the Dreamcast through NFL2K2, and move to other consoles following the end of Sega’s hardware era.

The series continued until NFL2K5, when Electronic Arts made an exclusive deal with the NFL and NFLPA for video game rights.

NFL2K5 is still considered by some to be one of the best football video games of all time.

This Day in Television History – September 9th, 1995 – Freakazoid! Debuts

A unique, comedy-based superhero animated series made its debut on this day in television history.

Freakazoid!, created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini along with Tom Ruegger, made its debut on Kids WB on September 9th, 1995.

freakazoid animated series

Courtesy: Warner Bros.

The animated series was about a young teenager named Dexter who can transform into an eccentric superhero named Freakazoid thanks to a computer virus. The series features many fourth-wall-breaking gags, surreal jokes, references to comics and other media and more.

The lead character is voiced by Paul Rugg, with other voices provided by Ed Asner, Craig Ferguson, Tress MacNeille, Ricardo Montalbon, and more.

The show would last for two seasons, with 24 episodes airing through 1997. Freakazoid! would later be released on DVD.

This Day in Video Game History – September 9th, 1999 – Sonic Adventure Released

The first fully-3D adventure in the popular Sonic the Hedgehog franchise was released on this day in history.

Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999.

sonic adventure

Sonic Adventure, developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega, was released as a launch title for Sega’s new Dreamcast console in North America on September 9th, 1999. (Courtesy: Sega)

The game allows the player to play as one of six different characters in a storyline that crosses over and combines. Sonic and Tails feature traditional platforming across 3D stages, while other characters such as Amy Rose, Big the Cat and Knuckles feature other styles of gameplay.

In the game, the characters face Eggman, who has released a new monster named Chaos, who becomes stronger with each Chaos Emerald found.

There is also a virtual pet sub-game where the character raises unique creatures named Chao.

Sonic Adventure was the first fully 3D game in the Sonic franchise, after the limited levels included in the Saturn release, Sonic Jam. The game also featured a full voice cast for the first time, led by Ryan Drummond and also featuring Corey Bringas, Jennifer Douillard, and Michael McGaharn.

The game was a hit and received a good amount praise from fans and critics. Once the Dreamcast was discontinued, Sonic Adventure was enhanced and released for systems like the GameCube. It was later available for download on systems like Xbox 360.