Nov. 18, 2021

This Day in Halloween: The TV mini-series version of Stephen King's "It" starring Tim Curry premieres on ABC in 1990. / Illustration by Melissa Kim

It premieres on ABC in 1990. The first adaptation of Stephen King’s novel is a two-night miniseries and stars Harry Anderson, John Ritter, Annette O’Toole and Tim Curry.  The boundary-pushing program is a hit and over time, develops a cult following despite the limitations of TV at the time and only measured approval from King.