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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."
Captain Kirk
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Star Trek
Star Trek TOS 001
Information
Title: Star Trek
Format: Live-Action
Running time: 60 min.
country: USA
Network: NBC
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 78 (+ unaired pilot)
Production
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
Air dates
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.

Characters Edit

Image Character Actor Description
James T. Kirk 001 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.
Spock 001 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 McCoy 001 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 Scott 001 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.
Hikaru Sulu 001 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.
Pavel Chekov 001 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.
Nyota Uhura 001 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.
TOS 3x15 003 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.

Seasons Edit

Season One

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.

Highlights

Season Two

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.

Highlights

Season Three

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.

Hightlights

Episodes Edit

Season One Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 The Man Trap September 8th, 1966
1x2 Charlie X September 15th, 1966
1x3 Where No Man Has Gone Before September 22nd, 1966
1x4 The Naked Time September 29th, 1966
1x5 The Enemy Within October 6th, 1966
1x6 Mudd's Women October 13th, 1966
1x7 What are Little Girls Made Of? October 20th, 1966
1x8 Miri October 27th, 1966
1x9 Dagger of the Mind November 3rd, 1966
1x10 The Corbomite Maneuver November 10th, 1966
1x11 The Menagerie (Part 1) November 17th, 1966
1x12 The Menagerie (Part 2) November 24th, 1966
1x13 The Conscience of the King December 8th, 1966
1x14 Balance of Terror December 15th, 1966
1x15 Shore Leave December 29th, 1966
1x16 The Galileo Seven January 5th, 1967
1x17 The Squire of Gothos January 12th, 1967
1x18 Arena January 19th, 1967
1x19 Tomorrow is Yesterday January 26th, 1967
1x20 Court Martial February 2nd, 1967
1x21 The Return of the Archons February 9th, 1967
1x22 Space Seed February 16th, 1967
1x23 A Taste of Armageddon February 23rd, 1967
1x24 This Side of Paradise March 2nd, 1967
1x25 The Devil in the Dark March 9th, 1967
1x26 Errand of Mercy March 23rd, 1967
1x27 The Alternative Factor March 30th, 1967
1x28 The City on the Edge of Forever April 6th, 1967
1x29 Operation - Annihilate! April 13th, 1967


Season Two Edit

Episode Title Airdate
2x1 Amok Time September 15th, 1967
2x2 Who Mourns for Adonais? September 22nd, 1967
2x3 The Changeling September 29th, 1967
2x4 Mirror, Mirror October 6th, 1967
2x5 The Apple October 13th, 1967
2x6 The Doomsday Machine October 20th, 1967
2x7 Catspaw October 27th, 1967
2x8 I, Mudd November 3rd, 1967
2x9 Metamorphosis November 10th, 1967
2x10 Journey to Babel November 17th, 1967
2x11 Friday's Child December 1st, 1967
2x12 The Deadly Years December 8th, 1967
2x13 Obsession December 15th, 1967
2x14 Wolf in the Fold December 22nd, 1967
2x15 The Trouble With Tribbles December 29th, 1967
2x16 The Gamesters of Triskelion January 5th, 1968
2x17 A Piece of the Action January 12th, 1968
2x18 The Immunity Syndrome January 19th, 1968
2x19 A Private Little War February 2nd, 1968
2x20 Return to Tomorrow February 9th, 1968
2x21 Patterns of Force February 16th, 1968
2x22 By Any Other Name February 23rd, 1968
2x23 The Omega Glory March 1st, 1968
2x24 The Ultimate Computer March 8th, 1968
2x25 Bread and Circuses March 15th, 1968
2x26 Assignment: Earth March 29th, 1968


Season Three Edit

Episode Title Airdate
3x1 Spock's Brain September 20th, 1968
3x2 The Enterprise Incident September 27th, 1968
3x3 The Paradise Syndrome October 4th, 1968
3x4 And the Children Shall Lead October 11th, 1968
3x5 Is There in Truth No Beauty? October 18th, 1968
3x6 Spectre of the Gun October 25th, 1968
3x7 Day of the Dove November 1st, 1968
3x8 For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky November 8th, 1968
3x9 The Tholian Web November 15th, 1968
3x10 Plato's Stepchildren November 22nd, 1968
3x11 Wink of an Eye November 29th, 1968
3x12 The Empath December 6th, 1968
3x13 Elaan of Troyius December 20th, 1968
3x14 Whom Gods Destroy January 3rd, 1969
3x15 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield January 10th, 1969
3x16 The Mark of Gideon January 17th, 1969
3x17 That Which Survives January 24th, 1969
3x18 The Lights of Zetar January 31st, 1969
3x19 Requiem for Methuselah February 14th, 1969
3x20 The Way to Eden February 21st, 1969
3x21 The Cloud Minders February 28th, 1969
3x22 The Savage Curtain March 7th, 1969
3x23 All Our Yesterdays March 14th, 1969
3x24 Turnabout Intruder June 3rd, 1969
000 The Cage Unaired original pilot


Notes & Trivia Edit

Parodies Edit

  • 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.

Collections Edit

See also Edit

Media

The World of Star Trek

Star Trek miscellaneous

External Links Edit



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