Star Trek: The Original Series – 1966 – 1969 – 3 Seasons / 79 Episodes – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley.
This sci-fi show takes place in the Milky Way Galaxy in the year 2260. A crew works aboard the Starship Enterprise, defending the United Federation of Planets while exploring different areas in the galaxy around them. This crew consists of iconic characters, including: Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner), Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (played by DeForest Kelley), and first officer and science officer Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy). The most notable part of this show that most fans know by heart is the opening statement, which reads: “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.”
This show was able to survive for three seasons, but was canceled before a fourth season due to low ratings. However, several years after being canceled, the show became incredibly popular as the result of being rotated into broadcast syndication. Soon after there were many new television shows created after it, in addition to several incredibly popular films and millions of dollars in merchandise. Now Star Trek is known as one of the most influential television shows of all time, and new generations of people are constantly being introduced and turned into fans.
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