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 September 24th in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.
BOY MEETS WORLD
In 1993, Boy Meets World premiered. This popular American television sitcom ran for seven seasons, chronicling the coming-of-age experiences and everyday adventures of Cory Matthews, his best friend Shawn Hunter, his girlfriend and later wife Topanga Lawrence, and their mentor and teacher Mr. Feeny.
Nerdy Fact: This was the show of disappearing sisters. Not only did Cory’s sister Morgan disappear for a long stretch of time, but Shawn had a sister named Stacy that was only mentioned once in the episode “Cory’s Alternative Friends”. She never appeared on the show again and Shawn was later referred to as an only child. Topanga’s family tree was also inconsistent. She had an older sister named Nebula who appeared in one episode, but was never mentioned again.
In 2007, The Big Bang Theory premiered. This is a sitcom about four nerdy scientists and their friends in California. It has 12 seasons and 279 episodes of humor, geek culture, and romance.
Nerdy Fact: Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, is not a Trekkie in real life. He has never watched Star Trek and had to learn the Vulcan salute from Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny.
In 2007, Chuck premiered. This is an action comedy show about a computer geek who accidentally downloads top-secret spy information into his brain and becomes involved in various missions with his CIA and NSA handlers.
Nerdy Fact: The televisions in the Buy More store, where Chuck worked as part of his cover, always displayed images or footage that related to what was happening in the episode. For example, in “Chuck Versus the Helicopter”, they showed helicopters.
In 2014, Black-ish premiered. This sitcom follows the lives of an upper-middle-class black family as they deal with various personal and social issues in a predominantly white neighborhood.
Nerdy Fact: The show is heavily influenced by the work of Norman Lear, who created groundbreaking sitcoms like All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Good Times. The show’s creator, Kenya Barris, has said that Lear is his idol and mentor.
Also in 2014, Constantine premiered. This is a dark and witty supernatural drama based on a DC Comics character, starring Matt Ryan as a demon hunter and occult expert who battles the forces of evil with the help of his friends and an angel.
Nerdy Fact: The show only lasted one season before getting canceled in 2015. Later in the year, Matt Ryan’s Constantine made a guest appearance on Arrow, officially joining the Arrowverse as a team member of the Legends of Tomorrow a few years later.
In 2017, Star Trek: Discovery premiered as the launch title for a new streaming service, CBS All Access (later renamned Paramount+). This science fiction series follows the adventures of the starship Discovery and its crew across different time periods and galaxies.
Nerdy Fact: The show has many connections to previous Star Trek shows and movies, such as featuring characters like Spock, Pike, Sarek, and Harry Mudd. It also references events like the Battle of the Binary Stars, the Mirror Universe, and the Red Angel.
Today in Nerd History is produced by Radio Matt & Deidra for Rise & Shine, Nerds, LTN’s official Nerdy Morning News Show.