WORLDKINGS - On This Day - September 08, 2021 - Star Trek makes its television debut, 1966


( The Star Trek series premiere aired on NBC in the fall of 1966. It would go on to become a cult classic, but it didn't start out that way.

The show, which is now known as "Star Trek: The Original Series," was canceled after three seasons, due to low ratings. NBC even considered canceling it after two seasons, but fans were able to save it with a letter-writing campaign.



Taking place in the 23rd century, the show followed Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise. The creator, Gene Roddenberry, was inspired by Gulliver's Travels, and marketed the series as a western in space. He was also influenced by the space programs of the time, making "to boldly go where no man has gone before" part of the Enterprise mission after a similar statement appeared in the 1958 White House booklet "Introduction to Outer Space."



The original pilot episode was called "The Cage" and it was filmed in 1964, but didn't air in its complete form until 1988, as part of a retrospective special. The network rejected the pilot, but ordered a second one. The first episode to air in 1966 was called "The Man Trap."



The original cast included Captain James T Kirk, First Officer Mr Spock, Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Chief Engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Communications Officer Nyota Uhura, and Helmsman Hikaru Sulu.

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