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 20th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
BREAKING BAD | 2008
In 2008, Breaking Bad premiered on AMC. Breaking Bad is a crime drama television series about a chemistry teacher who turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, alongside a former student, after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
- Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, was supposed to die in the first season, but Gilligan changed his mind after seeing Paul’s chemistry with Cranston.
- The show has many references to the number 737, which is also the name of a plane model. In season two, a plane crash is caused by Jane’s father, who is an air traffic controller. The plane’s number is 737, and the episodes before the crash are titled “Seven Thirty-Seven”, “Down”, “Over”, and “ABQ” (the airport code for Albuquerque).
- The show’s most watched episode was the series finale, “Felina”, which drew 10.3 million viewers. The title is an anagram of “finale”, and also a reference to the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins, which Walt listens to in the car. The song is about a man who dies for his love, Felina.
- The show won 16 Emmy Awards, including four for Cranston as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, three for Paul as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and two for Gilligan as Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
THE FOUNDER | 2017
In 2017, The Founder premiered in theaters. The Founder is a movie that tells the story of how Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman, transformed the McDonald brothers’ small burger stand into a global fast-food empire, by using ruthless tactics and betraying their original vision.
- The movie is based on a true story, but some details are not accurate. For example, the McDonald brothers had already started franchising their restaurant before they met Ray Kroc.
- Michael Keaton, who plays Ray Kroc, met the real Kroc once when he was a teenager working at a Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s. He said Kroc was “very charismatic” and “a force”.
- Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, who play the McDonald brothers, had to wear fat suits and prosthetic noses to resemble their characters. They also had to learn how to make burgers the McDonald’s way, which involved a precise system of assembly and timing.