Was Star Trek a Movie or Series First?

Was Star Trek a Movie or Series First?

Star Trek is a science fiction franchise that has been around for over five decades. It has gained a massive following and loyal fanbase, with numerous movies, TV series, books, and other media adaptations. But the question remains – was Star Trek first a movie or series?

The Original Series

The answer is that Star Trek was first a television series. The original Star Trek series debuted on NBC in the United States on September 8, 1966. The show was created by Gene Roddenberry and starred William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.

The original Star Trek series ran for three seasons, from 1966 to 1969, and consisted of 79 episodes. Despite its short run, it became a cult classic and laid the foundation for the entire Star Trek franchise.

The Movies

After the cancellation of the original TV series in 1969, there were no new Star Trek stories until 1979 when the first movie in the franchise was released.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, directed by Robert Wise and starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy reprising their roles as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock respectively, premiered on December 7th of that year.

From there on out, there were a total of thirteen movies released under the Star Trek name – six featuring the original cast from The Original Series (TOS), four focused on The Next Generation (TNG) cast, three featuring characters from both TOS and TNG franchises combined.

The Television Shows

In addition to movies, many more television shows have been produced under the Star Trek franchise name. In 1987, Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered and ran for seven seasons, followed by Deep Space Nine, which ran for seven seasons from 1993 to 1999. Voyager aired from 1995 to 2001 and Enterprise aired from 2001 to 2005.

The Reboot

The most recent addition to the Star Trek universe are the reboot movies. The first movie, titled simply Star Trek, was released in 2009 and featured a new cast playing the original characters. The reboot movies have been successful at bringing in new audiences while still pleasing long-time fans of the franchise.

In Conclusion

In summary, Star Trek was first a television series that premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being cancelled. It was not until ten years later that the first Star Trek movie was released. Since then, there have been twelve more movies and four additional television shows produced under the Star Trek name.

The longevity of this series is a testament to its enduring appeal and popularity among fans worldwide.