Star Trek (1966–1969)
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The City on the Edge of Forever 

When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Harlan Ellison, Gene Roddenberry (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
Joan Collins ... Edith Keeler
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
James Doohan ... Scott
George Takei ... Sulu
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
John Harmon ... Rodent
Hal Baylor ... Policeman
David L. Ross ... Galloway
John Winston John Winston ... Transporter Chief
Bart La Rue Bart La Rue ... Guardian (voice) (as Bartell La Rue)
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Storyline

When an accident causes Dr. McCoy to go temporarily insane, he escapes to a strange planet. There, the search party discovers a device left by a superior, vanished civilization, a time portal that plays the history of Earth for them - but then Bones jumps through it into the past, causing a change in history important enough to make the Enterprise vanish. Kirk and Spock, who fortunately made a tricorder recording, must attempt to go through to just before McCoy's arrival and stop him from changing history in the United States during the Great Depression, where they have no advanced technology available. Written by KGF Vissers

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Harlan Ellison's original script later won the Writers' Guild of America Award. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy jumps through the portal, Capt Kirk is next seen finishing a dive to try to tackle him. However, he was 2-3 seconds late. He ended up 3 feet away from the portal with Spock between him and the portal. He probably would not have dived after nothing. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Kirk: You were actually enjoying my predicament back there. At times, you seem quite human.
Spock: Captain, I hardly believe that insults are within your prerogative as my commanding officer.
Capt. Kirk: Sorry.
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Crazy Credits

Script Supervisor is written as "SCPIPT SUPERVISOR...GEORGE A. RUTTER" in the credits. This happened on at least two other episodes in season one. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bring Back... Star Trek (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodnight, Sweetheart
Written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Heard playing from the radio repair shop (with an uncredited vocal performer) and later as part of Fred Steiner's instrumental score (also uncredited)
Due to copyright issues, this music was replaced on some releases in the 1980s and 1990s
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Truly the best episode
25 December 2006 | by isles4nrowSee all my reviews

"A City on The Edge of Forever" is truly the best Star Trek episode. In only it's first season, this Star Trek episode co-starred Joan Collins as Edith. It really brings out your true emotions after watching it. The acting is terrific as is the costumes and sets. It is cleverly written and directed. Even the musical scores are good. A lot of effort went into this episode and it paid off. I believe it may have even won an Emmy or was at least nominated for one. I recommend non-Trekie's to watch this episode, and when finished will be hooked on a great show. I love this one! I can watch this one over and over again. Live long and prosperous!


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