Sep. 08, 1966
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Star Trek: The Original Series

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.

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  • James Doohan (Scotty) lost his right middle finger during World War II. Most of his scenes are shot to hide it. However, it is very noticeable in "Star Trek" (1966) {Catspaw (#2.7)}. When Scotty is holding a phaser pistol on Kirk and Spock, only two fingers are holding the butt of the phaser. This is also noticeable in "Star Trek" (1966) {The Trouble with Tribbles (#2.15)}, when Kirk's food comes out of the food dispenser filled with tribbles and Scotty walks in carrying a big load of tribbles.
  • "Star Trek" (1966) {Shore Leave (#1.15)} has the only scene in which the U.S.S. Enterprise is seen orbiting a planet from right to left. The U.S.S. Enterprise also does this briefly in the parallel universe, in the pre-credits sequence of "Star Trek" (1966) {Mirror, Mirror (#2.4)}, but by the beginning of Act I, it is again orbiting from left to right.
  • Due to budget constraints, the element of "parallel" or "mirror" Earth planets was used on several occasions to keep set and make-up costs down. (i.e. "Star Trek" (1966) {Miri (#1.8)}, "Star Trek" (1966) {Bread and Circuses (#2.25)}, "Star Trek" (1966) {A Piece of the Action (#2.17)}, "Star Trek" (1966) {Patterns of Force (#2.21)} and more.)
  • Martin Landau was originally offered the role of Commander Spock. Leonard Nimoy had appeared on The Lieutenant, an earlier series produced by Gene Roddenberry, who at the time thought that the actor would be well cast as an alien (when he ran out of choices). Nimoy inspired the creation of the character. Shortly after Star Trek: The Original Series's cancellation, he took over the role of disguise-expert on Mission: Impossible (1966) when Landau left that show. Mission: Impossible was also filmed on the same lot, therefore, when "Star Trek" ended, Nimoy merely went next door to go to his new job. Also, Landau would go on to star in another science fiction space exploration television series, Space: 1999 (UK), whose last season was produced by Fred Freiberger, who also produced Star Trek's final season.
  • Shortly after the cancellation of the series, the staff of the marketing department of the NBC TV network confronted the network executives and berated them for canceling Star Trek, the most profitable show on the network in terms of demographic profiling of the ratings. They explained that although the show was never higher than #52 in the general ratings, its audience profile had the largest concentration of viewers of ages 16 to 39, the most sought after television audience for advertisers to reach. In other words, the show, despite the low ratings, had the precise audience advertisers hungered for, which was more than ample justification to consider the show a big success.
  • In 2000, the show was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the largest number of spin-off productions, which included the feature film series and the numerous television series.
  • Many elements of the Spock character were improvised by Leonard Nimoy during production. For instance, the "Vulcan neck pinch" was his suggestion during filming of "Star Trek" (1966) {The Enemy Within (#1.5)} for how Spock could subdue an opponent. The "Vulcan salute" was created during the production of "Star Trek" (1966) {Amok Time (#2.1)} using a version of a traditional Jewish religious hand gesture as a distinctive Vulcan greeting.
  • Lloyd Bridges was approached to play Capt. Pike in the original pilot "Star Trek" (1966) {The Cage (#1.0)} but turned it down believing that a science-fiction show would hurt his career. Jeffrey Hunter, who played Capt. Pike, was replaced after his salary demands were deemed to be too high.
  • Gene Roddenberry originally conceived the Klingons as looking more alien than they do in the series, but budget restriction prevented this, although a very metallic cast to the skin was added to the make-up design in the third season. When the show finally was made into a series of movies, the higher budget and demands of film finally enabled what Rodenberry had envisioned to come to fruition. The resulting continuity break between TOS and all other Star Trek projects was addressed by a humorous comment from Gene Roddenberry, as a 'difference between Northern and Southern Klingons.' On-screen explanations were played with. In "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) {Trials and Tribble-ations (#5.6)} where members of DS9 travel back in time, Dr. Bashir and Miles O'Brien speculated about the differing appearance being the result of genetic engineering or viral mutation. Worf said it was something Klingons "do not discuss it with outsiders.' In the fourth and final season of the fifth "Star Trek" series Star Trek: Enterprise a two-parter comes up with an explanation which turns out to be a combination of those two things.
  • Gene Roddenberry once hypothesized that the Enterprise carried a platoon of Starfleet Marines, but they never appeared onscreen in the original series. The Starfleet Marines would eventually make an appearance, but not until Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The idea was revived with the addition of a group of "space marines" - called MACOS - beginning in the 2003-2004 season of Star Trek: Enterprise.
  • One of the writers, D.C. Fontana, was told to use the initials "D.C." by Gene Roddenberry because networks at the time generally wouldn't hire women writers. Her first name is Dorothy.
  • Grace Lee Whitney was supposed to be the lead female character, hence her prominent role as Yeoman Janice Rand in the first season. However, the producers let go of the character after the first half of the first season, much to the fans' regret. Whitney, however was asked back for most of the Star Trek movies, reprising her role as Janice.
  • Diana Muldaur who appeared in "Star Trek" (1966) {Return to Tomorrow (#2.20)} and "Star Trek" (1966) {Is There in Truth No Beauty? (#3.5)} later played the character of Dr. Katharine Pulaski during season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although she appeared in almost every episode of the season, she was never considered a regular.
  • Malachi Throne provided the voice of the Talosian Keeper in the first pilot "Star Trek" (1966) {The Cage (#1.0)}, which was also Leonard Nimoy's first "Star Trek" appearance. Throne was also with Nimoy for his final "Star Trek" television appearance, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) {Unification II (#5.8)}.
  • Both pilots for Star Trek: The Original Series - "Star Trek" (1966) {The Cage (#1.0)} and "Star Trek" (1966) {Where No Man Has Gone Before (#1.3)} - were the only episodes not filmed at the current-day Paramount Studio lot in Hollywood. They were filmed at the present-day Sony Pictures Culver Studios in Culver City, California.
  • Jerry Goldsmith was Gene Roddenberry's first choice to write the theme for this series. Years later, Goldsmith wrote the theme to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which later was used for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • In the first season of Star Trek: The Original Series, only William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy had their names appear in the opening credits. It wasn't until the start of the second season that the opening credits were slightly extended to include DeForest Kelley as well. The names for James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei have all appeared in the closing credits for all three seasons of the show, since they didn't always appear together in every episode.
  • In the hallways of the Enterprise there are tubes marked "GNDN", these initials stand for "goes nowhere does nothing".
  • The series' opening theme has lyrics which were never used (although they were published in the book "The Making of Star Trek", by Stephen J. Whitfield). The lyrics were written by Gene Roddenberry, not so they would be sung on-screen (which he never intended or even wanted), but so he could take a co-writer credit, and receive residual payments for the theme's use alongside the theme's composer, Alexander Courage. Roddenberry did this nearly a year after the show was first aired, taking advantage of a contract clause, of which Courage claimed not to have been aware. Although Courage never took the matter to court, he expressed resentment on numerous occasions to the way Roddenberry "swindled" fifty percent of the popular theme's royalties from him. Roddenberry's response was, "Hey, I have to get some money somewhere. I'm sure not going to get it out of the profits of Star Trek." After the first season of Star Trek, the two never worked together again - although the music has been used in various forms in many of the spin-off projects.
  • Mark Lenard, best known for his role as Sarek, Spock's father, was the first actor to play a member of all three of the major alien races: Romulan ("Star Trek" (1966) {Balance of Terror (#1.14)}), Vulcan ("Star Trek" (1966) {Journey to Babel (#2.10)} and other entries), and Klingon (Star Trek: The Motion Picture).
  • The slanting crawlway that leads up to the warp-drive nacelles is referred to as a "Jefferies tube." This is a reference to Art Director Walter M. Jefferies.
  • When NBC was promoting Star Trek: The Original Series in magazines, all shots of Spock's pointed eyebrows and ears were airbrushed out of the pictures because NBC thought that no one would watch the show due to Spock's resemblance to the Devil. However, this concern was quickly invalided upon the series' airing with Spock becoming not only one of the most popular characters, but also a sex symbol with young female viewers, an audience reaction no one in the cast or crew anticipated.
  • On at least two occasions ("Star Trek" (1966) {Miri (#1.8)} and "Star Trek" (1966) {The City on the Edge of Forever (#1.28)}) the exterior Mayberry set from The Andy Griffith Show was used. In "City," as Kirk walks Edith home, they pass by the easily recognizable courthouse, Floyd's barbershop, Emmett's repair shop, and the grocery.
  • In several episodes, prop beverage bottles were modified from existing alcohol bottles. Aldeberan Whiskey bottles were Cuervo Gold 1800 Tequila bottles. Bottles used for Saurian Brandy were George Dickel Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey carafes.
  • According to the Hollywood Entertainment Museum, as of fall 2003 only a few pieces of the original 1960s bridge survive. The museum, on Hollywood Boulevard, incorporates two original turboshaft doors into its Star Trek display, while a Los Angeles bookstore reportedly owns the original Captain's chair.
  • Mr. Spock was played as much more emotional and "human" in the original rejected pilot, "Star Trek" (1966) {The Cage (#1.0)}. This is very noticeable during the flashback sequences of "Star Trek" (1966) {The Menagerie: Part I (#1.11)} and "Star Trek" (1966) {The Menagerie: Part II (#1.12)}. The flashbacks were simply scenes from the original pilot, re-edited into the new episodes.
  • Ranked #1 in TV Guide's list of the "30 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (June 28, 2007 issue).
  • The Star Trek crews from all the "Star Trek" series were ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (August 1, 2004 issue).
  • Spock's farewell remark "Live long and prosper" was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (August 21-27, 2005 issue).
  • Scotty's full name is Montgomery Scott. The name was improvised on the spot by James Doohan and Gene Roddenberry: 'Scott' because Roddenberry liked Doohan's Scottish brogue, and 'Montgomery' because it's Doohan's middle name.

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