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Star Trek: The Original Series 

Star Trek (original title)
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In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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Gene Roddenberry
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Tuesday, June 3, 1969

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Leonard Nimoy ...  Mr. Spock / ... 80 episodes, 1966-1969
William Shatner ...  Capt. Kirk / ... 79 episodes, 1966-1969
DeForest Kelley ...  Dr. McCoy / ... 76 episodes, 1966-1969
Nichelle Nichols ...  Uhura / ... 70 episodes, 1966-1969
James Doohan ...  Scott / ... 66 episodes, 1966-1969
Eddie Paskey ...  Lt. Leslie / ... 60 episodes, 1966-1968
George Takei ...  Sulu / ... 52 episodes, 1966-1969
Walter Koenig ...  Chekov 36 episodes, 1967-1969
Majel Barrett ...  Nurse Chapel / ... 36 episodes, 1966-1969
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A 1960's science fiction action adventure series set in the twenty-third century based around the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, representing the United Federation of Planets (including Earth) on a five-year mission in outer space to explore new worlds, seek new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. The Enterprise is commanded by handsome and brash Captain James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk (William Shatner). Kirk's two best friends are Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy) (last name unpronounceable to humans) the ship's half-human/half-Vulcan Science Officer and First/Executive Officer (i.e. second-in-command) from the planet Vulcan, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley). They, along with a crew of approximately four hundred thirty, including helmsman Lieutenant Hikaru Kato Sulu (George Takei), navigator Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov (Walter Koenig), communications Officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), and chief... Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Welcome aboard the United Space Ship Enterprise. Where it goes, no program has ever gone before. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek: TOS See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(79 episodes)

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Mono | DTS (re-mastered version)| Dolby Digital (re-mastered version)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although frequently referred to as a "low-budget series", this is only in comparison to the costs of series made in the following decades, adjusted for inflation. The typical budget per episode of this show was almost equal to an episode of contemporary series such as Lost in Space (1965) and Mission: Impossible (1966). See more »

Goofs

Metric measurements are used most of the time but occasionally, imperial units sneak in: The decompression chamber in Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed is measured in inches of mercury, and in Star Trek: The Original Series: Metamorphosis Zefram Cochran states that the temperature is seventy two degrees,. See more »

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[Opening narration]
Capt. Kirk: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
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Crazy Credits

In the latter part of the first season, the credit, in all-uppercase, for "SCRIPT SUPERVISOR", has the first word misspelled "SCPIPT". See more »

Alternate Versions

Footage from the episodes "The Trouble with Tribbles" and "Mirror, Mirror" was used in a special episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) in the late 1990s entitled "Trials and Tribble-ations," which featured the stars of DS9 digitally inserted into the original footage. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Theme
Music credited to Alexander Courage, although it strongly resembles the main title music for 'Hollow Triumph (1948)' by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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The magic was in the interaction between the characters.
25 November 2003 | by whitikauSee all my reviews

I have loved Star Trek since I first watched it as a child. However, the series which followed - Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Enterprise - although generally still entertaining, seem to me to have left out the element which made the original series so special. Namely, the interaction between the characters, particularly Spock, Jim, and Bones.

So well written, and generally well acted.

With Bones (Dr Leonard H McCoy) being the opposite to Spock in terms of personality, so that the two of them always found something to argue about. Jim (Captain James T Kirk) in the middle, as a referee, displaying faults and strengths taken from both extremes. Extremes in the sense of McCoy being a very caring, compassionate, yet also highly emotional character. Representative of humanity, perhaps. Spock, the dry, cold, logical, emotionless Vulcan. Jim "a man of deep feelings", as Spock once said, yet also no stranger to thorough analysis of whatever situation the crew found themselves in. Bones seeking always to heal, to return everybody he met (whether friend or foe, human or otherwise) to as close to perfect health as possible. Frustrated by the fact that he (Bones) could not fully understand, for example, Spock's Vulcan anatomy. All three of them the closest friends. All three displaying unwavering loyalty toward each other - even though Spock would have found the suggestion of his displaying such a human quality to be insulting.

The dynamics involved, the interaction, led to brilliant moments of humour. A science fiction programme to be not only enjoyed for the imaginative stories and the themes, but also for the humour, for the humanity.

Which is not to suggest that the other characters were in any way second rate. Scotty's loyalty and his supreme confidence in his engineering abilities, Chekov's almost adolescent playfulness and humour, Sulu's loyalty, honour, and physical prowess, Uhura's dedication to duty and femininity in a masculine world, all added important and welcome elements to what I still consider to be the best science fiction television series ever.

The special effects were often laughable, the sets cheap and often reused, but the humanity, the character interaction, the stories, imagination, the brilliant writing... all added up to something very special indeed.


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