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This Day in TV History – February 20th, 1999 – Pokemon’s “The Song of Jigglypuff” Airs

An episode featuring a fan-favorite singing Pokemon debuted in the US on this day in television history.

“The Song of Jigglypuff” is the 43rd episode of the 1st season of the Pokemon anime to air in English. It first debuted in the United States on February 20th, 1999.

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Courtesy: 4Kids / Nintendo / VIZ Media / The Pokemon Company

In the episode, the main characters encounter the unique balloon Pokemon named Jigglypuff, who wants to sing her song, but keeps putting everyone to sleep while doing soon. In the meantime, Team Rocket has their own sinister plans in mind!

Jigglypuff (known as Purin in the original Japanese Pocket Monsters series) has become a fan favorite from the Pokemon series, including being a playable character in the popular Super Smash Bros. video game series.

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This Day in TV History – February 10th, 1999 – Star Trek: Voyager’s “Bliss” Airs

A Star Trek: Voyager episode where the crew has seemingly found a quick way back to Earth first aired on this day in television history.

“Bliss” is the 14th episode of the 5th season of Star Trek: Voyager. Written by Robert Doherty (with story by Bill Prady), the episode first aired on UPN on February 10th, 1999.

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In the Star Trek: Voyager series, the crew is several decades from friendly space, trying to get home. In this episode, they seem to have discovered a wormhole that will lead them straight back to Earth. But, it seems that only Seven of Nine is questioning this all-too-easy solution to Voyager’s problems, and could discover something that won’t help the ship, but could destroy it.

This Day in TV History – February 4th, 2012 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Read It and Weep” Airs

An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with a message about reading aired on this day in television history.

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“Read it and Weep” is the 16th episode of the 2nd season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The episode was written by Cindy Morrow and first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2012.

In the episode, Rainbow Dash finds herself injured and in the hospital, unable to fly. She becomes bored, until she comes across a book about Daring Do, an adventurer she finds she is relating to. But, Dash is afraid that if she is found reading, other ponies will think she’s an egghead!

The character of Daring Do, somewhat based on other adventure heroes like Indiana Jones, debuts in this episode through the aforementioned book.

This Day in TV History – February 4th, 2011 – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s “Suited for Success” Airs

An episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic involving the “Art of The Dress” first aired on this day in television history.

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“Suited for Success” first aired on The Hub network on February 4th, 2011. The episode, the 14th of the first season, was written by Charlotte Fullerton.

In the episode, with the anticipated “Grand Galloping Gala” fast approaching, dress shop owner Rarity offers to help improve the dresses of her friends. But, she soon finds their increasingly-specific demands have left her questioning her decision, and those of her friends.

The episode continues the plotline of the “Grand Galloping Gala” first established in “The Ticket Master” and would continue in the first season’s finale.

“Art of the Dress” is an original song that is featured in this episode, along with a reprise. The song was composed by Daniel Ingram, with Rarity’s singing voice provided by Kazumi Evans.

This Day in TV History – January 30, 1988 – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Unnatural Selection” Airs

An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the crew must work to uncover the secrets of a disease that causes rapid aging aired 30 years ago today.

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “Unnatural Selection” was the seventh episode of the second season of the show. Originally airing in syndication on January 30th, 1988, it was written by John Mason and Mike Gray.

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In the episode, the crew encounters a Federation ship where all the crew seems to have died of old age. Tracing their last path back to a colony of genetically-enhanced children, Dr. Katherine Pulaski finds herself infected as she and the crew work to try to discover the origin of the mysterious ailment.

This Day in Television History – January 30th, 1994 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “Armageddon Game” Airs

Have two of Deep Space Nine’s crewmembers been killed? That’s what the rest of crew have to discover in an episode that aired on this day in television history.

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“Armageddon Game” is the 13th episode of the 2nd season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Written by Morgan Gendel and directed by Winrich Kolbe, it first aired in syndication on January 30th, 1994.

In the episode, Chief O’Brien and Dr. Bashir are at a space station around an alien planet, helping two races eliminate deadly biological weapons. But, a surprise attack happens, forcing the two down to the planet, and infecting Chief O’Brien. Meanwhile, the aliens claim to the rest of Deep Space Nine’s crew that the two died in accident.

Rosalind Chao plays her recurring role as Keiko O’Brien in the episode.

This Day in TV History – January 24, 1993 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s “Babel” Airs

A Star Trek episode involving a mysterious condition that makes people speak what seems like gibberish aired on this day in television history.

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Words get mixed up thanks to a mysterious virus. Courtesy: Paramount / Viacom / CBS

“Babel” was the fifth episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s first season. Written by Michael McGreevey and Naren Shankar (story by Sally Caves and Ira Steven Behr), it aired in syndication on January 24, 1993.

In the episode, one-by-one, the crew of the space station succumbs to a mysterious condition that makes them appear to speak nonsense, and be unable to comprehend words. As more of the station falls ill, it’s up to Major Kira to try to find someone who could help solve the increasingly-desperate situation.