September 20 in Sci-Fi History: The Premiere of Firefly

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Sep 20, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

One of the best things about science fiction is that it’s capable of creating genres within the genre. On this day in sci-fi history, we were given two of the greatest shows of the "group of attractive people in a spaceship" oeuvre.

First, on this day in 1979, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century premiered.


It sort of had everything. Erin Gray, Twiki the robot, all kinds of things.


But also, perhaps mainly ... team, it was on this day in 2002 when Firefly premiered.


We don't have to tell you how incredible this show was; it's still called out constantly on message boards, social media, wherever anyone can get their voice heard. And with good reason.


Plus – endlessly quotable!


And there was, of course, the Serenity movie that came out in 2005 ...


We love Firefly for a lot of reasons, but mainly because it had Sean Maher and Jewel Staite:


There's also this gorgeous video about the fan base and the history of the show:


If you haven't watched the series in a while (or never have), get in there. It's time.

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