- "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."
- ―Captain Kirk
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|Running time:||60 min.|
|Episodes:||78 (+ unaired pilot)|
|Production company:||Desilu Productions; Paramount Television|
|Executive producers:||Gene Roddenberry; Herbert F. Solow|
|Producers:||Robert H. Justman; Gene L. Coon; Edward K. Milkis; Fred Freiberger|
|Principal cast:||William Shatner; Leonard Nimoy; DeForest Kelley; James Doohan; Nichelle Nichols; George Takei; Walter Koenig; Majel Barrett|
|First aired:||September 8th, 1966|
|Last aired:||June 3rd, 1969|
Star Trek was an American science fiction television series that aired for three seasons on NBC from 1966 to 1969, spanning a total of seventy-eight episodes, plus one unaired pilot. Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek has proven to be one of the most beloved and enduring sci-fi franchises of all time, spawning four live-action spin-off programs, an animated series and (to date) twelve feature films. There have also been numerous novels, comic books, video games, reference guides and other media that have added to the growing mythology of Star Trek over the years. All episodes of the series have been made commercially available on VHS and DVD formats. Beginning in 2006, all episodes of the series were digitally remastered with all new visual effects and music. The refurbished episodes have been converted from the original film to a high-definition format.
|James T. Kirk||William Shatner||James Kirk is the Captain of the USS Enterprise. Quick-witted and daring, he uses his ingenuity to get his crew out of many complex situations. He has garnered the respect of his crewmates both through his ingenuity and command presence, but also through his charm and passion. He is more than just the crew's superior officer. He is their friend.|
|Mister Spock||Leonard Nimoy||Spock is the first officer and science officer aboard the Enterprise. Half human and half Vulcan, he stands apart from the rest of his colleagues, preferring to embrace the ways of logic over emotion. Although he's the second in command, he is never addressed by rank and is referred to only as Mister Spock.|
|Leonard "Bones" McCoy||DeForest Kelley||Leonard "Bones" McCoy is the chief medical officer aboard the USS Enterprise. Unlike Spock, McCoy is completely governed by his emotions and his compassion often takes the form of great anxiety or sometimes even anger. McCoy spends most of his time in the medical bay with his nurse Christine Chapel, but also spends a lot of time on the bridge of the Enterprise and is frequently requested to go on away missions where his medical expertise is needed.|
|Montgomery "Scotty" Scott||James Doohan||Known to his friends as Scotty, Montgomery Scott is the chief engineer of the Enterprise. Though he is friendly and cordial to all his crewmates, Scotty's closest friend is the Enterprise herself. He knows everything there is to know about the ship and can be called upon at a moment's notice to make hasty repairs. Scotty spends most of his time in Engineering, but occasionally accompanies the command crew on away missions.|
|Sulu||George Takei||Hikaru Sulu is the helmsman of the USS Enterprise and arguably, one of the best pilots in Starfleet. He performs his duties with exacting professionalism and never questions the orders of a superior officer. Outside of piloting, Sulu also enjoys the art of fencing, though he rarely has the ideal opportunity to engage in the sport.|
|Chekov||Walter Koenig||Pavel Chekov is the navigator of the USS Enterprise. Russian born, he is extremely proud of his heritage and tends to exaggerate the accomplishments of the Russian people. According to Chekov, Russians were responsible for the creation of everything from the wheel to trans-warp drive.|
|Uhura||Nichelle Nichols||Nyota Uhura is the communications officer of the USS Enterprise and can always be found manning her station at the rear of the bridge. She is responsible for screening incoming communications and deciphering sub-space signals and relaying them to the captain. During her off-hours, Uhura engages in a variety of activities including singing, dancing and music.|
|Nurse Chapel||Majel Barrett||Christine Chapel is the attending nurse of the Enterprise and works directly under Doctor Leonard McCoy. Chapel secretly suppresses an unrequited love for the ship's first officer Mister Spock. In addition to a professional friendship with Dr. McCoy, Chapel was particularly close to Uhura.|
Season one of Star Trek aired from September, 1966 to April of 1967, spanning a total of 29 episodes. The original pilot for Star Trek was a black and white episode filmed from November to December of 1964 entitled "The Cage". The episode featured actor Jeffrey Hunter in the role of Captain Christopher Pike and was rejected by NBC studio executives. A second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was recorded and was the first color episode, as well as the first episode to feature William Shatner in the infamous role of Captain James T. Kirk. The only returning cast member from "The Cage" was actor Leonard Nimoy who reprised his role as Spock, albeit with a drastically altered personality dynamic. Majel Barrett, who played Number One in "The Cage" became a recurring cast member playing the role of nurse Christine Chapel beginning with "The Naked Time". Due to the expository nature of this second pilot however, executives felt that "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was too plodding to air as the initial pilot and it ultimately aired as the third episode of season one following "The Man Trap" and "Charlie X". As the first official episode of the series, "The Man Trap" first aired on September 8th, 1966.
- Series premiere; introduction of main characters ("Where No Man Has Gone Before")
- Return of Captain Pike ("The Menagerie")
- Introduction of the Romulans ("Balance of Terror")
- First time travel episode ("Tomorrow is Yesterday")
- Introduction of Khan Noonien Singh ("Space Seed")
- Introduction of the Klingons ("Errand of Mercy")
- Formation of the Organian Peace Treaty ("Errand of Mercy")
Season Two of Star Trek aired from September, 1967 to March of 1968 spanning a total of 26 episodes. Although the production quality of season two was equal to that of season one, the series budget was slightly less than that of season one with an estimate of $185,000 US. Despite this, season two provided several set upgrades including refurbished work on the bridge, an expanded engineering section and an auxiliary control set.
- First appearance of the planet Vulcan (Amok Time)
- Spock goes through Pon Farr (Amok Time)
- Introduction of the Mirror Universe (Mirror, Mirror)
- Introduction of Spock's parents (Journey to Babel)
- Introduction of Tribbles (The Trouble With Tribbles)
Season Three of Star Trek aired from September, 1968 to June of 1969 spanning a total of 24 episodes, the lowest number of episodes per season. It is generally regarded as the weakest season of the series and the budget was lowered by $5,000 per episode from season two, allowing the production crew an estimated $180,000 for each episode. Almost all of the scenes were shot on sound stages and the production quality of the sets was greatly diminished from that of previous seasons. Season three also suffered due to the loss of many of their top developers including series creator Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry feuded with NBC executives when Star Trek was pushed from its promised 8:00 pm time slot to 10:00 pm, which would haved yielded a smaller viewing audience. Following this, Roddenberry left the series to work for MGM, but still maintained his title as executive producer of the show. Several of the programs long-term writers likewise left the series, including script consultant D.C. Fontana. The final episode of the series aired on June 3rd, 1969.
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- In the "Epidemiology" episode of the TV sit-com Community, Chevy Chase's character, Pierce Hawthorne, dressed up in a costume similar to Captain Kirk's classic gold tunic uniform.
- Star Trek: The Original Series: Season One (HD)
- Star Trek: The Original Series: Season Two (HD)
- Star Trek: The Original Series: Season Three (HD)