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"Space...The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!"

The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III then moved on to explore the stars. Humanity has allied with other alien races and formed the United Federation of Planets, and Starfleet serves as its exploratory and military branch. Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise explores the galaxy with a crew of 430 men and women, contacting new life forms, conducting diplomat missions, and exploring the unknown.

Star Trek premiered on NBC after executive producer and creator Gene Roddenberry produced not one but two pilots to convince them of the quality of his show. The series ran two years but never achieved good ratings despite building a small but solid fan following. A letter-writing campaign convinced NBC to run a third season, but Roddenberry left in protest and the network buried the show in a late Friday night time slot.

After its three-year run Star Trek began running syndication where it was discovered by legion of new fans and became a phenomenon. This led to an animated series, six movies, and four spin-off television shows. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history.

Aside from its three main stars, Star Trek featured a large cast of reoccurring guest stars that includes James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney. Other notable guest stars include Diana Muldaur, Gary Lockwood, Ricardo Montalban, Sally Kellerman, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, John Colicos, Roger C. Carmel, William Campbell, Ted Cassidy, Michael Ansara and Elisha Cook, Jr. Notable writers for the series include Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon, George Clayton Johnson, Jerry Sohl, Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, and D.C. Fontana.moreless

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    DeForest Kelley

    Dr. Leonard Horatio "Bones" McCoy

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    • I hate Star Trek!

      1.0
      I hate everything about Star Trek. The Enterprise, Kirk, Spock, everybody and everything. Why has this crap became a media franchise?!!!!
    • My 200th And Final Review

      10
      After this review, I will not be making any more reviews on this site.



      Star Trek is hands down one of the best sci-fi series of all time. Even after all these years, it still holds an impact on us all and even younger generations enjoy it.



      The special effects are amazing for low budget and the settings feel very colorful. Kirk is an amazing Captain and first officer/science officer Spock and chief medical officer McCoy compliment each personality very well. Spock acts as the voice of logic, determining the best way to handle the situation. McCoy acts as the voice of reason, determining the most humane course of action, and Kirk acts as the balance, combing both bits of advice to save the day.



      The settings are well done and even though it's low budget and most aliens still look like humans, it's still very believable that they are on other planets.



      It's so successful there are 5 other televisions series, tons of comic books and novels, and a film series.moreless
    • A new TV series is due

      10
      A new Star Trek TV series is due. It's PAST-due. Get Wil Wheaton to reprise his role as Wesley Crusher and, with whatever excuses are deemed necessary, have him had already gone back to the Academy. He is now captain of his own ship, a deep space explorer vessel, and is seeking new lifeforms, etc . . .

      Make it happen!!
    • Folks, nothing can beat the original show.

      9.5
      Ok, so some of the special effects were really cheesy. But the plots had real drama in them, the acting, the eerie musical scores, even the love stories... all were extremely memorable. Aliens were not just cardboard cutout variations on a theme, all looking like actors wearing bad masks. Such contrivances were not needed. When the crew landed on a spooky planet and a strange creature with glowing eyes materialized in the fog and summoned them, a chill ran down your spine that you would not soon forget... Here we had some truly strange-looking beings that could be frightening, both in their appearance and in the powers they had... There were talking rock creatures, witches with powers of transmutation, rogue drones, vampire clouds, even a shootout at the OK Corral, mandated by a bizarre race of telepaths. Much historical and mythological material was often drawn upon, and at various times the crew encountered ancient Greek gods, Roman emperors, American Indians, hippies, mobsters, and even Abraham Lincoln... Sometimes you giggled a bit at the inevitable anachronisms. But you were never bored for a minute, and the sense of unfettered imagination and wonder, so lacking in today's rather sterile productions, was ever present.moreless
    • Special Effects!

      9.0
      I loved the original Star Trek, apart from some of the AWFUL and obviously low-budget, special effects. Some of them were pretty cool, but the white rubber killer chicken in one is a joke to this day. I loved the interaction, most of the stories were very new and fresh, as AuntSueNihgCh stated, and the idea of Russians and Americans getting along, as well as the original . (in science fiction, not My Favorite Martian) was amazing. It WAS a different age, a new and original show, and it will live on as a cultural icon.moreless
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    60s, Thrillers, Time Travel, for geeks, space travel