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Star Trek: The Original Series 

Star Trek (original title)
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In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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Gene Roddenberry
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Nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 10 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Leonard Nimoy ...  Mr. Spock / ... 80 episodes, 1966-1969
William Shatner ...  Capt. Kirk / ... 79 episodes, 1966-1969
DeForest Kelley ...  Dr. McCoy / ... 76 episodes, 1966-1969
Nichelle Nichols ...  Uhura / ... 70 episodes, 1966-1969
James Doohan ...  Scott / ... 66 episodes, 1966-1969
Eddie Paskey ...  Lt. Leslie / ... 60 episodes, 1966-1968
George Takei ...  Sulu / ... 52 episodes, 1966-1969
Walter Koenig ...  Chekov 36 episodes, 1967-1969
Majel Barrett ...  Nurse Chapel / ... 36 episodes, 1966-1969
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A 1960's sci-fi action adventure series set in the 23rd century based around the crew of the USS Enterprise, representing the United Federation of Planets (including earth) on a five-year mission in outer space to explore new worlds, seek new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. The Enterprise is commanded by handsome and brash Captain James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk. Kirk's two best friends are Commander Spock (last name unpronounceable to humans) the ship's half-human/half-Vulcan Science Officer and First/Executive Officer (i.e. second-in-command) from the planet Vulcan, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy. They along with a crew of approximately 430, including helmsman Lieutenant Hikaru Kato Sulu, navigator Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov, communications Officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, and chief engineer Lieutenant Commander Christopher Jorgensen "Scotty" Scott -- confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they ... Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Welcome aboard the United Space Ship Enterprise. Where it goes, no program has ever gone before. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek: TOS See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(79 episodes)

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Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)| Dolby Digital (re-mastered version)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Most episodes revolve around Kirk, Spock, and/or McCoy. Producers often proclaimed intentions to feature stories focusing on the supporting characters. While Scotty achieved greater prominence in some episodes as the show went on, promised episodes centering around Sulu, Chekov, or Uhura never materialized. For this reason, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), and all henceforth series in the Trek franchise, having taken great care to make use of their complete ensemble casts. See more »

Goofs

The deck locations for Kirk's Quarters, Sickbay and Transporter Room vary (usually between decks 4-7) throughout the series. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Kirk: There's no such thing as the unknown- only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.
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Crazy Credits

Robert Lansing is the only guest star on this series to be billed at the top of the program - just after the episode's title - rather than in the end credits. After the words, "Assignment: Earth", came, "Guest Star Robert Lansing as Mister Seven." See more »

Alternate Versions

The episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" features background music on the VHS and laser release that's different than the broadcast version. The original music has been restored for the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dick Knost Show (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme
Music credited to Alexander Courage, although it strongly resembles the main title music for 'Hollow Triumph (1948)' by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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Not Stuck in the Sixties
28 April 2005 | by billgbgSee all my reviews

Does anyone need an introduction anymore to this great series? In the beginning Desilu said yes to the budget and schedule of Roddenberry only because there were many space stories being pitched and picked up in the mid-sixties, and this was going to be theirs. NBC used Star Trek to compete with Lost in Space, which was already on CBS the year before.

NBC being the all color network made the series very high key in lighting and primary-colored in the uniforms and the instrument displays, to better sell color TV at the time.

There were so many innovations shown on the screen from Dr.McCoy's diagnostic helpers to the auto door movements to hand communicators, transporters, phased light weapons, all of which impressed viewers. Added to that, they all seemed like they really worked!

People have said that Star Trek was the first to show an alien working harmoniously on a space crew and this is not fully true. You might laugh now, but in 1950 there was a very popular, well written, well acted radio and TV series called "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" that had that very element working for it. Nothing much was very ground breaking on that show except that the acting was a cut above other shows. Roddenberry did go a few steps farther with Star Trek, adding a multi-racial crew and women having real authority as crew members or aliens.

Prior to Star Trek, the "alien" or "other" was a concept meant to inspire fear and justify violence. However it seemed that the series delighted in reversing this. Repeatedly the aliens are shown to be less dangerous than thought: the Talosians want the best for Capt. Pike, Balok isn't so bad, the Salt Creature is meant to be pitied, and so on. However if the villain was inanimate or a Frankenstein composed of man's ignorance, say NOMAD or the Planet Killer, then all violence the Federation can muster could be justified.

For my money Roddenberry, who appeared to be a casting couch throwback producer from an "Ed Wood" era, accomplished nothing so amazingly wonderful prior to Star Trek, and certainly nothing afterward that ever surpassed this singular achievement. He fought to keep Mr. Spock in the show and oversaw all the writing for a stable consistency,(I'm not a Harlan Ellison fan), so from this perspective, you could say he was born to create Star Trek then step off the stage. His whole life after Trek seemed warped by the show's gravity, and often he was pulled back into it for the 1987 follow on series and the first round of feature films.

Some audience members may prefer TNG, or the feature films. They may look back at the 1966 debut of Star Trek as merely "the future looked a lot like the Sixties". But why is it that the pure human emotions in those 79 episodes still attracts new converts? There must be something there that's communicating beyond the show's original five year mission. Star Trek still works as an adventure; one that considers human drama primary. That is unusual for any science fiction based story, wouldn't you say?


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