Category Archives: TV History

Today in TV History – November 5th, 1993 – Animaniacs’ “Katie Ka-Boo” Airs

Another of one Animaniacs’ many colorful characters debuted on this day in television history.

“Katie Ka-Boo” is a short from the animated series, Animaniacs, that debuted on November 5th, 1993. It was written by Nicholas Hollander and Deanna Oliver.

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In the episode, young teenager Katie Ka-Boom, who transforms into a monster when made angry, brings home a new boyfriend. But, it’s not a boy–it’s Chicken Boo!

The episode is the first featuring Katie Ka-Boom, who starred in a variety of shorts throughout the series. It’s also a crossover with another Animaniacs short staple, the chicken who loves disguises–Chicken Boo.

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This Day in Television History – October 29th, 1997 – Star Trek: Voyager’s “Scientific Method”

The crew is subjected to experiments in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

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“Scientific Method” is the 7th episode of the 4th season of Star Trek: Voyager. Written by Lisa Klink (with story by Sherry Klein and Harry Kloor), it first aired on UPN on October 29th, 1997.

In the episode, crew members are acting strangely or feeling out-of-sorts, and no one seems to know why. When the Doctor makes a shocking discovery, he must covertly recruit the help of Seven of Nine to discover the secret of the aliens experimenting on the crew.

This Day in Television History – October 12th, 1992 – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Relics” Airs

A crewmember from the original Federation Starship Enterprise meets the crew of the Enterprise-D in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that aired on this day in television history.

“Relics” is the 4th episode of the 6th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Written by Ronald D. Moore, it first aired in syndication on October 12th, 1992.

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In the episode, the Enterprise comes across a massive construction in space built around a sun—a Dyson Sphere. While investigating it, the also find a crashed Federation ship on the surface of the sphere and on that ship is the long-lost Montgomery Scott, former Chief Engineer of the original Enterprise.

James Doohan reprises the role of Scotty that he played throughout the original Star Trek series and its first seven spinoff films.

This Day in Television History – October 12th, 1998 – Pokémon’s “Pokémon Scent-Sation!” Airs

When Ash is kept out of his next gym battle, his foes actually seem to want to help him out!

“Pokémon Scent-Sation” is the 26th episode of the 1st season of the Pokémon anime to air in the United States, on October 12th, 1998.

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In the episode, after commenting in a shop about how perfume is a waste of money, Ash is kicked out, which prevents him from a battle to get his next Pokémon badge. To his surprise, Team Rocket offer to help him—by disguising him as a girl to get in! Have they changed their ways or is their another scheme at work?

Ash earns the Rainbow Badge in this episode, his fifth in the show’s first season.

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.

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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.

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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 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.