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Today in Nerd History | January 12

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on January 12th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BATMAN ’66

In 1966, Batman premiered on ABC. This Batman show was a campy, live-action television series that featured Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin, who fought against various colorful supervillains in Gotham City.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The show was not ABC’s first choice for a comic-themed show. They wanted to make shows based on Superman or Dick Tracy, but the rights were not available.

  • The network worried that the show would be an epic failure. They screened the pilot for a test audience, who gave it a very low rating. But the show became a huge hit when it aired, attracting millions of viewers and creating a cultural phenomenon.

  • The show was famous for its campy style and humor. It often broke the fourth wall, used colorful sound effects, and featured celebrity guest stars. Some of the famous faces who appeared on the show were Vincent Price, Liberace, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bruce Lee.

KING OF THE HILL | 1997

In 1997, King of the Hill premiered on FOX. King of the Hill is an American animated sitcom that follows the life of Hank Hill, a propane salesman in Texas, and his family and friends. The show depicts the everyday struggles and joys of middle-class Americans in a realistic and humorous way.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Boomhauer’s voice is based on an angry voicemail that a viewer left on Mike Judge’s answering machine, complaining about Beavis and Butt-Head.

  • The theme song is titled “Yahoos and Triangles” and was performed by an Arizona band called The Refreshments.

  • Hank Hill’s character was inspired by Tom Anderson, an elderly neighbor of Beavis and Butt-Head who often said “That boy ain’t right”.





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