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Star Trek (Franchise) (1966 -present)

Star Trek is an American media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, called Star Trek and now known as “The Original Series“, debuted on September 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC.

It followed the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise on its five-year mission, the purpose of which was “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!”. The USS Enterprise was a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century. The Star Trek canon includes the Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, and further adaptations in several media.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by C. S. Forester‘s Horatio Hornblower series of novels, Jonathan Swift‘s Gulliver’s Travels, and television westerns such as the Wagon Train. These adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films.

Five other television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager are set contemporaneously with the Next Generation, and Enterprise is set before the original series in the early days of human interstellar travel. The most recent Star Trek television series, Star Trek: Discovery, airs exclusively on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of the Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films.

In 2009, the film franchise underwent a reboot with the creation in an alternate timeline, or the Kelvin Timeline, named after a starship featured in the film Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016), was released to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. Two additional television series are in development, Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks. Appearing on CBS All Access, they are scheduled to debut in 2020.

Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades.[1] Fans of the franchise are called “Trekkies” or “Trekkers”. The franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, figurines, novels, toys, and comicsStar Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series has its own full-fledged constructed languageKlingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek. In addition, viewers have produced several fan productions. As of July 2016, the franchise had generated $10 billion in revenue, making Star Trek one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.[2]

Star Trek is noted for its cultural influence beyond works of science fiction.[3] The franchise is also noted for its progressive civil rights stances.[4] The Original Series included one of television’s first multiracial casts.

Logo as it appears in The Original Series, Star Trek
Logo as it appears in The Original Series
Films and television
Film(s)The Original Series films
The Motion Picture (1979)
II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
III: The Search for Spock (1984)
IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
V: The Final Frontier (1989)
VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
The Next Generation films
Generations (1994)
First Contact (1996)
Insurrection (1998)
Nemesis (2002)
Reboot (Kelvin Timeline) films
Star Trek (2009)
Into Darkness (2013)
Beyond (2016)
Television seriesPremiere series
The Original Series (1966–1969)
Sequels to The Original Series
The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
Voyager (1995–2001)
Picard (upcoming series)
Prequels to The Original Series
Enterprise (2001–2005)
Discovery (2017–present)
Animated seriesThe Animated Series (1973–1974)
  1.  Italie, Hillel (July 2, 2007). “Like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek,’ Potter is a modern phenomenon”The Seattle TimesAssociated Press. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved October 19,2011.
  2. ^ Lee, Mary (July 26, 2016). “Business of ‘Star Trek’: Franchise celebrates 50th anniversary”CGTN. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Saadia, Manu (January 13, 2017). “Why Peter Thiel Fears “Star Trek””The New YorkerISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved May 28,2017.
  4. ^ Reagin, Nancy R (March 5, 2013). Star Trek and History. Wiley Pop Culture and History. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & SonsISBN 9781118167632.
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