This Was Television On December 14

1999: Sunnydale goes silent

By its fourth season, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was beginning to command critical attention as something more than a genre show on a teen-oriented fifth network. The tenth episode that season, “Hush,” raised the stakes for its creative ambitions further. Written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon, almost two-thirds of the episode lacks any spoken dialogue. An immediate fan favorite, “Hush” went on to become the only Buffy episode to receive an Emmy nomination in a non-technical category, for Outstanding Writing for a Drama. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Morey Amsterdam, comedy writer (d. 1996); Lewis Arquette, character actor (d. 2001); James T. Aubrey, CBS prez (d. 1994); Patty Duke, identical cousins (66); Don Franklin, SeaQuester (52); Vanessa Hudgens, musical high-schooler (24); Spike Jones, parodist (d. 1965); Ted Raimi, mighty warrior (47); KaDee Strickland, private practitioner (37); Michaela Watkins, SNLer (41); Hal Williams, cop (74).

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