Star Trek (1966-69)

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Star Trek was a 1960s television series about space explorers in the 23rd century. The series was simply called Star Trek, but is now often referred to as The Original Series when distinguishing it from other Star Trek series produced later.

The series introduced characters that subsequently became household names, such as Captain Kirk (played by William Shatner) and Spock, the half-human half-Vulcan first officer (played by Leonard Nimoy).


The American-produced series was created by Gene Roddenberry, and premiered on NBC September 8, 1966 and ended June 3, 1969.

The show, set in the 23rd century, featured a crew of space explorers traveling around the galaxy in a Constitution-class starship called the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. The show did not immediately catch on with viewers and was cancelled due to low ratings, but soon established a strong following in syndication that saw the show become much more popular than it had ever been in its original run. The original TV show became a franchise. Many different spin-offs of the original program have since been made, the last of which was a prequel with the original Enterprise starship.

The Original Series

The main characters from the original series were:


The original series spawned six films, as well as a reboot.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

William Shatner, James Doohan, and Walter Koenig would reprise their roles as Kirk, Scott, and Chekov in Star Trek: Generations (1994), the first movie to feature the cast from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Kelvin Timeline Films

  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek XIV (TBA)

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