|“||"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-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 narration spoken by William Shatner (Captain Kirk) at the beginning of every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series|
Star Trek is a successful science-fiction franchise that began as a television series and has expanded to include films, an animated cartoon show, comics books, newspaper comics strips, novels, toys, games and more.
The original Star Trek TV series premiered in 1966. Set in the 23rd century, it showed the adventures of the crew of the Starship Enterprise led by Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner). The series attracted a devoted fanbase. It lasted 3 years, and was nearly cancelled twice but was saved by letter-writing campaigns.
After being cancelled, Star Trek lived on in books and comics, then a TV animated series. It was revived in 1979 with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which led to 5 sequels.
In 1987, a new TV series debuted- Star Trek: The Next Generation. This resulted in a renewed interest in the franchise and spawned 3 additional TV series over the next 15 years (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise) and additional films with the Next Generation cast.
Interest in the franchise waned in the early 2000s, but Star Trek found new life in 2009 with a film directed by J.J. Abrams. Leonard Nimoy reprised his role as Spock (and did so again in the sequel).
- Some of the Star Trek feature films have become RiffTrax productions.
- Many references to Star Trek occur throughout Mystery Science Theater 3000. These include references to specific episodes (such as the appearance of Finnegan in The Thing That Couldn't Die) as well as more general references to series (such as William Shatner's singular acting style).
- Wil Wheaton (who played Drake in Experiment #1101 Reptilicus) was an original member of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His character Wesley Crusher left the series in Season 4, but made return appearances afterwards.
- A sign on the Deep Space Nine set listed the various shops and offices on the titular space station's promenade, including one shop called "Tom Servo's Used Robots."