Remember back in June, when every week there was some big movie premiere in sci-fi history that we went nuts over? That's what September is like for TV shows. You'll see some HUGE premieres in TV the next few days, but today specifically, let’s dive in with arguably the largest science fiction television premiere ever.
It was on this day in 2004 that Lost premiered on ABC. Spoiler: the plane crashes.
Look, pilot episodes are not usually the best episodes of any television show. But Lost’s pilot is spectacular, if not pretty misleading:
If you haven’t gone back and watched some of the incredible “real-time” videos that fans have made, you should know they are absolutely worth it. The idea is that the show portrayed the plane crash in several different ways. And fans have now taken all those disparate episodes and put together what was happening everywhere as it went.
If you’re a fan of the show and you haven’t yet gone down this road, may we suggest them?
Also on this day in 1964, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. premiered on NBC. The show was broadcast in black and white to start, and then switched to color in 1965. Starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, the show lasted four seasons and was recently made into a movie starring either Matt Bomer or Henry Cavill, but like, who can tell? The theme song is, again, pretty catchy and super '60s.
It was also on this day in 1976 that Charlie's Angels premiered on ABC. Starring a ton of actresses including Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith, Cherly Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts. We get that it’s not really science fiction or fantasy – but honestly, it’s adjacent. Nobody’s hair stays in place when they run like that.
Tomorrow: Meet George Jetson.