By all accounts, it appears September is one of THE best months for pop culture TV and film, with previous years giving us Star Trek, The Addams Family, a handful of supernatural hits and so much more.
Here are just a few pop culture milestones the month of September has delivered us in the past.
Sept 1963 – Dream teams assemble
Marvel debuted two epic supergroups on the pages of The X-Men #1 and The Avengers #1. Flash forward a few decades and their onscreen adaptions are huge.
Sept 1, 1902 – Sci-fi takes over the big screen
Hailed as one of the first sci-fi films, French adventure flick A Trip To The Moon premiered.
Sept 3, 2008 – Sons Of Anarchy premieres
Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword) rode onto the scene as Jax Teller in FX hit Sons Of Anarchy, a show that ran for seven seasons to much acclaim and spawned new spin-off Mayans MC.
Sept 4, 1995 – A Warrior Princess is born
Xena: Warrior Princess hit the small screen, launching Lucy Lawless into pop culture stardom.
Sept 7, 2008 – Vampires take over HBO
It was 10 years ago that supernatural drama True Blood premiered on HBO, instantly winning over the masses and becoming a pop culture classic.
Sept 8, 1966 – “Beam me up, Scotty.”
Sci-fi TV changed forever with the premiere of Star Trek on NBC in the US. The network also debuted Tarzan on the same night. Star Trek: The Animated Series premiered the same day in 1973.
Sept 9, 2011 – Captain Jack Harkness signs off
Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood aired its final episode, with beloved November “Supa-Star” John Barrowman bidding farewell to Captain Jack Harkness in an episode titled The Blood Line.
Sept 9, 1998 – Spyro The Dragon hits PlayStation
The first Spyro game was released, with everyone’s favourite purple dragon and his dragonfly sidekick, Sparx, embarking on a journey to stop Gnasty Gnorc in Spyro The Dragon. Two decades on and it still holds up.
Sept 10, 1993 – “I want to believe.”
Chris Carter’s seminal sci-fi series The X-Files premiered, starring Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder. Its original run lasted 202 episodes before it wrapped in 2002 and was revived in 2016. The acclaimed show celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Sept 10, 2009 – The Vampire Diaries premieres on The CW
It seems the month of the September has produced gold for lovers of vampire dramas in the past, with The Vampire Diaries – starring “Supa-Stars” Ian Somerhalder and Daniel Gillies – also making its debut.
Sept 12, 1993 – Superman spin
Starring November “Supa-Star” Dean Cain as Superman alongside Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman put a unique spin on a classic tale, winning over fans across the globe. It’s another classic series that premiered 25 years ago this month.
Sept 13, 1985 – A plumber out of water
Nintendo released classic platformer Super Mario Bros, the console follow-up to 1983 arcade game Mario Bros.
Sept 13, 2005 – *Carry On My Wayward Son plays*
The world fell in love with Winchester brothers as Supernatural premiered, also introducing pop culture fans to father figure Jeffrey Dean Morgan who would later go on to play The Walking Dead’s Negan.
Sept 17, 1978 – Battlestar Galactica takes flight
In another big win for sci-fi lovers, ABC released Battlestar Galactica, kickstarting a massive cult following.
Sept 18, 1964 – “They’re creepy and they’re kooky.”
The mysterious and spooky world created by American cartoonist Charles Addams was brought to life on the small screen with the premiere of The Addams Family. The classic series would later be revived on the big screen, featuring Supa-Star Alumni Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester, November Supa-Star Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams and more.
Sept 19, 1928 – Mickey levels up
The iconic short Steamboat Willie played at New York’s Colony Theatre, marking Mickey Mouse’s first screen appearance.
Sept 19, 2006 – Vampire by day
An epic action-horror series kicked off with the release of blockbuster film Underworld, following the adventures of vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale).
Sept 20, 1977 – Jumping the shark
A pivotal moment in TV history unfolded as the Fonz jumped a shark on Happy Days, resulting in the classic phrase “jumping the shark”.
Sept 21, 1937 – A hobbit and a wizard enter a shire
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit hit shelves, setting in motion a fantasy saga that changed the genre forever.
Sept 22, 2004 – Lost makes a splash
The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 washed up on a mysterious island, leading to a gripping six seasons of Lost. The show starred “Supa-Star” Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle.
Sept 25, 2006 – Powers to the people
Fans were introduced to Noah and Claire Bennet, Peter Petrelli, Hiro Nakamura and more when NBC premiered Heroes. Its short-lived revival, Heroes Reborn, ran from 2015 – 2016.
Tune in next month when we unpack some classic moments from October’s pop culture past.
Lead image: November “Supa-Stars” Ian Somerhalder and Daniel Gillies in The Vampire Diaries