Did you know that the first episode of the television show Star Trek was broadcast in 1966? When Star Trek was first presented, it was not very popular; the television show was cancelled after 3 seasons. Over time, it has become one of the most popular and culturally influential television series of all time. The Star Trek franchise now includes 5 additional television series, thirteen movies, video and board games, books, toys, fan conventions and more.
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The first episode aired, “Man Trap” was not actually the first produced.
Star Trek has been described as a ‘Space Western’. In some senses, it was a ground-breaking show. Despite its futuristic setting, the show addressed social issues such as racism, sexism, and global war. It was the first American television show to feature a scripted interracial kiss and featured women in non-traditional roles of leadership and science. Star Trek has been mentioned by many scientists, both male and female, as an inspiration and influence in their decision to pursue a career in science.
During the second season of the Original Star Trek series, the show was in danger of being cancelled. Fans of the show started a letter writing campaign to save the show. NBC received more than 100,000 letters of support for “the best science fictions show on the air”. The show was renewed. When the show was threatened with cancellation during the third season, fans tried another letter writing campaign, but to no avail. The decision to cancel Star Trek has been ranked as one of the top 5 ‘TV blunders’.
Isaac Asimov served as an advisor on some of the Star Trek projects. Initially, Asimov wrote a critical essay regarding the scientific accuracy of the show. Roddenberry responded respectfully explaining the production limitations of producing a weekly series. Asimov wrote a follow-up essay stating that despite the scientific inaccuracies, Star Trek was an engaging and intellectually challenging science fiction show. After this exchange, Roddenberry and Asimov became friends.