Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The Enterprise picks up untrustworthy entrepreneur Harry Mudd accompanied by three beautiful women who immediately put a spell on all the male crew members.


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Stephen Kandel (teleplay by), Gene Roddenberry (story by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Roger C. Carmel ... Harry Mudd
Karen Steele ... Eve McHuron
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Maggie Thrett Maggie Thrett ... Ruth
Susan Denberg ... Magda
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Jim Goodwin Jim Goodwin ... Farrell
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Gene Dynarski ... Ben
Jon Kowal Jon Kowal ... Herm
Seamon Glass Seamon Glass ... Benton
Jerry Foxworth Jerry Foxworth ... Guard


After stopping a vessel in space, Kirk and the crew find a very odd captain with a very strange cargo. The captain of the vessel is Harcourt Fenton Mudd - known as Harry to his friends - and the cargo are three lovely women he is transporting as brides for lonely men on distant planets. Kirk has a major problem: while trying to rescue Mudd and his women from his disintegrating ship, the Enterprise's lithium crystals used to power the engines were destroyed. They travel to a nearby mining colony where Mudd sets about to arrange marriages for the women, interfering with Kirk's plan to buy the crystals. All the time, the ship's orbit is deteriorating and risks burning up in the atmosphere. Written by garykmcd

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13 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


This marks the first appearance of the sound stage cyclorama used for different planets throughout the series, which was lighted with different coloured filters, to give an appearance of many unique-coloured atmospheres. Associate producer Robert H. Justman came up with this idea after realizing that reusing the same cloudy background from the two pilots, over and over again, would result in all planets looking the same. Justman personally decided the backdrop colours for each episode. Problems often arise when the colored gels either faded or burned up after a short while in front of a hot light, and the burning gels made an unbearable odour on the set. The backdrop lighting used in this episode for Rigel XII, with tornadic streaks in it, was also utilized in Star Trek: The Enemy Within (1966). See more »


Mudd's height is stated in feet an inches. Earth, and Starfleet, has long switched to the metric system in this century. See more »


Ben Childress: And what the devil happened to your looks anyway?
Eve McHuron: I got tired of you. I slumped.
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song See more »


Referenced in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) See more »


Theme From Star Trek
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"Blast that tin-plated pot!"
1 April 2009 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

Mudd's Women is a very typical monster-of-the-week Star Trek episode, and as a sci-fi story it isn't that interesting. Why, then, do fans love it so much? Because even the most predictable of concepts can be forgiven when when a character such as Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) is on screen.

Mudd's appearance on the Enterprise is a lesson in comedy: his ship is located during a routine mission, with the man and his crew beamed up before the vessel is destroyed. Then, when Kirk asks him about the crew (three women), he candidly replies, with a Scotty-like accent: "Oh no, Captain, that's me cargo.". As it turns out, good old Harry, who travels under another name because of his criminal record, specializes in finding beautiful women and selling them to lonely men. He obviously knows what he's doing, since his "cargo" has a spell-like effect on every male crew member of the Enterprise, Spock not included. However, when the ship runs short of fuel and has to negotiate with workers on a nearby planet, the truth about Mudd's business starts to emerge, and it might as well mean the end of Kirk's five-year mission.

As said before, the story isn't very original, as anyone who knows his genre fiction should be able to figure out the "twist" about halfway through the episode. And yet the whole thing is quite enjoyable, largely thanks to Carmel, who plays Mudd exactly as he ought to be portrayed: weirdly charismatic, ambitious and unapologetically sleazy. To call him a villain isn't quite accurate: he's just one of those unreliable fellas it's hard to admire, but impossible not to laugh at.

Additionally, Mudd's women contains one of Spock's best responses to Dr. McCoy's "human" provocations: "The fact that my internal disposition differs from yours, Doctor, pleases me no end.". In short, classic Trek.

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