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Star Trek: The Original Series
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"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 8, 1966 - June 3, 1969
Network(s): NBC (1966-1969)
Created by: Gene Roddenberry
Distributed by: NBC
Starring: William Shatner
Leonard Nimoy
DeForest Kelley
George Takei
Walter Koenig
Nichelle Nichols
James Doohan
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 79 (+ 1 unaired pilot)
Next show: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973 - 1974)


Star Trek: The Original Series (referred to as Star Trek, prior to any spin-offs) is an American science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry for NBC. It is the first show in the long-running Star Trek franchise.

Plot

Star Trek revolves around Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise and his crew, who are set on a five-year mission to explore new worlds.

Why it Rocks

  1. This show has a lot of historical value for television:
    • It was one of the first shows to have a racially diverse cast, like the African-American Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and Japanese-American George Takei as Sulu.
    • It was the first American TV series to feature a Russian character (Pavel Chekov) as one of the protagonists, at a time where Russians were usually portrayed in American media as villains.
    • It was the first TV show to have an onscreen interracial kiss, between Kirk and Uhura in "Plato's Stepchildren".
  2. Great music compositions, including the main theme and the fight theme from "Amok Time".
  3. Good cast, including William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock.
  4. The USS Enterprise personnel such as Kirk, Spock, and Bones are compelling characters.
  5. Apart from the USS Enterprise, there are plenty of memorable characters, such as Gary Seven, Khan Noonien Singh, Harry Mudd, the Guardian of Forever and others.
  6. Lots of great episodes, like "The Trouble with Tribbles", "Amok Time", "A Piece of the Action", "Mirror, Mirror", "The Enemy Within", "The City on the Edge of Forever", and so on.
  7. Spawned famous quotes like "Beam me up, Scotty!", "I'm a doctor, not an X" and "He's dead, Jim".
  8. Some episodes have very good moral messages, like "The Omega Glory" showing how dangerous blind patriotism and nationalism can be, and "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" having an anti-racism message.
  9. While the show got cancelled in 1969 and moved to syndication, it became popular enough to eventually recieve a continuation in the form of Star Trek: The Animated Series and 6 theatrical movies.
  10. If it wasn't for this show, there would've been no Star Wars or future Star Trek installments.

Bad Qualities

  1. As this show was made in the 1960's, some moments in the series age poorly nowadays, like Rand being molested by Kirk's evil duplicate in "The Enemy Within".
  2. Some of the effects look rather cheesy, even in the remastered versions.
  3. The third season was somewhat inferior compared to the first two, as the show's budget was slashed in half, and Gene Roddenberry wasn't involved in its production. Most of the episodes in this season aren't actually outright bad, but there's three infamously poor ones ("Spock's Brain" and "The Way to Eden", which are at least hilariously bad, and "And The Children Shall Lead", which is just completely awful with no redeeming qualities in the slightest), and the rest of the episodes are pretty average.

Trivia

  • During the show's initial run on NBC, this series led to increased sales of color TV sets.
  • The communicators used by the USS Enterprise's crew inspired the creation of mobile cellphones.
  • In 2002, there was an episode of Futurama titled "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", which revolves around Fry, Leela and Bender going to the forbidden world of Omega 3 to find the tapes of all the old Star Trek episodes and movies after it was banned by the 3000's. Most of the cast members of the Original Series reprise their roles, with the exception of DeForest Kelley (who died in 1999) and James Doohan (whose health was declining at the time).

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