September 24 in Sci-Fi History: Muppets and Munsters

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Sep 24, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

On this day in 1936, Jim Henson was born.

We can’t say enough about how grateful we are for this. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Henson was always pretty into puppets. While a freshman in college, he created Sam and Friends, a televised sketch-comedy puppet show.

He helped with the early days of Sesame Street, giving way to Bert and Ernie.

Eventually, Henson took the Muppets into prime time with “The Muppet Show” in 1976.

This gave way to a ton of movies. Staring with The Muppet Movie (1970)

The Great Muppet Caper

The Dark Crystal (1982)

Labyrinth (1986)

In 1990, Henson died very suddenly of pneumonia and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. He was later inducted into the Disney Legends plaza and The Hollywood Walk of Fame. He left an indelible mark on culture, and the Muppets continue to thrive.

Also on this day in 1964, The Munsters premiered on CBS.

This was just about one week after the premiere of The Addams Family on ABC, though The Munsters were portrayed as a bit more working-class than the Addamses.  The series ran for two years before being canceled and finding new life in syndication, where it spawned The Munsters Today in 1988:

Tomorrow:  Barbara Eden meets Godzilla