September 18 in Sci-Fi History: Theme Songs to Live By

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Sep 18, 2017

This day in sci-fi history turns out to be a huge day for television premieres. You're about to have a lot of different theme songs stuck in your head, so prepare yourselves:

First, it was on this day in 1964 that The Addams Family debuted on ABC:

 

Also, on this day in 1965, Get Smart debuted:

 

Also on this day in 1965, I Dream of Jeannie premiered:

 

Also! Three pretty exciting birthdays on this day in sci-fi history, gang ...

First, Beth Grant was born on this day in 1949. A native of Gadsden, Alabama, Grant studied acting and directing at East Carolina University, and as far as sci-fi movies go, you’ve seen her in some real doozies. She was most recently in American Gods and appeared in Pushing Daisies, Jericho ... and also Donnie Darko, where she definitely questioned your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

 

It was also on this day in 1970 that Aisha Tyler was born in San Francisco. She went to high school with Margaret Cho (!!), then went to Dartmouth and was a member of a co-ed fraternity. She definitely recently appeared as herself on both Supergirl and The Comeback, and she's been a big part of Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, and 24.

But mainly, she’s Lana Kane on Archer.

Tyler is consistently amazing and at her best when she’s not at all safe for work:

 

And finally, on this day in 1973, James Marsden was born. Yep. Cyclops himself.

 

Marsden has also been in a ton of insane sci-fi movies and TV shows, including Enchanted, Westworld, a bunch of the X-Men movies, Hop, Disturbing Behavior, Superman Returns …the list goes on. Marsden was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, got his first acting gig on The Nanny, and has two children.

Tomorrow: Holy Greatest Batman ever, Batman.