Set in the 23rd century. Earth has survived World War III and has moved on to explore the stars. Humanity has allied itself with alien races and formed the United Federation of Planets, and Star Fleet serves as its exploratory and military branch. James T.Kirk the Captain of the Starship Enterprise explores the galaxy with a crew of 430.
Last Episode03x24 Turnabout Intruder Aired: Jun. 03, 1969
- The Enterprise speeds to help a science party on Camus II after receiving their distress call. Upon arriving at Camus II, the Enterprise's …
Series Fun Facts
- James Doohan was cast largely for his ability to speak in multiple accents and dialects. Gene Roddenberry had no set nationality or ethnic background in mind for the Enterprise's Chief…
[show]James Doohan was cast largely for his ability to speak in multiple accents and dialects. Gene Roddenberry had no set nationality or ethnic background in mind for the Enterprise's Chief Engineer. Upon being cast, Doohan tried out many accents for the character, and along with Roddenberry determined that the Scottish accent worked best. Doohan also pointed out the history of great engineers of Scottish origin or descent, most notably Robert Fulton.
- Jeffrey Hunter accepted the lead role of Captain Christopher Pike in "The Cage," the first pilot episode of Star Trek but declined to film a second Star Trek pilot, requested by NBC in 1965,…
[show]Jeffrey Hunter accepted the lead role of Captain Christopher Pike in "The Cage," the first pilot episode of Star Trek but declined to film a second Star Trek pilot, requested by NBC in 1965, deciding to concentrate on films. Footage from the original pilot was subsequently adapted into a two-part episode called "The Menagerie" and screened in 1966. It wasn't until 1988 that it was screened intact as a filler episode in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series due to a writers strike.
- The character of Uhura was one of the first black regular characters on any series (predating Diahann Carroll's groundbreaking lead role as a young, widowed nurse and single mother in Julia…
[show]The character of Uhura was one of the first black regular characters on any series (predating Diahann Carroll's groundbreaking lead role as a young, widowed nurse and single mother in Julia by two years), and she was especially significant because her character avoided many of the stereotypes that were common among depictions of African Americans in TV at the time. Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, has said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself told her how important it was for her to keep playing the role, since it was so rare to see a positive portrayal of a black character on television. During her interview for the documentary Trekkies, Nichols said that she later heard from at least one viewer for whom King's words had been true as a child: when the actress Whoopi Goldberg (who later went on to star in Star Trek: The Next Generation) first watched Star Trek: The Original Series, she yelled out, "Momma! There's a black lady on TV, and she ain't no maid!" During a 2011 "Storycorps" interview, Carl McNair, brother of Ronald McNair (the second black person in space and one of the seven astronauts who died in the January 28, 1986, Challenger explosion), recalled the impact that watching "Star Trek" had on Ron: "Now, Star Trek showed the future where there were black folk and white folk working together. I just looked at it as science fiction, 'cause that wasn't going to happen, really. But Ronald saw it as science possibility. He came up during a time when there was Neil Armstrong and all of those guys; so how was a colored boy from South Carolina - wearing glasses, never flew a plane - how was he gonna become an astronaut? But Ron was one who didn't accept societal norms as being his norm, you know? That was for other people. And he got to be aboard his own Starship Enterprise." During the 1970s and '80s, because of her status as the first black person "in space," NASA hired Nichols (during the mid-1970s) to help recruit minority and female astronauts to the program. As a result, NASA Astronaut Group 8 (selected in January 1978) yielded the astronauts she helped sign including Col. Guion Bluford (the first African American in space), Dr. Judith A. Resnik (the first Jewish American person in space), and Dr. Ron McNair. Four of the astronauts (Judith Resnik, Ron McNair, Ellison Onizuka, and Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee) recruited from NASA Group 8 perished in the Space Shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986 - which later was commemorated during the introduction of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.