Since Star Trek's debut on September 8th, 1966, it has gone on to become a pop culture touchstone that has spawned a hearty collection of spin-off shows, comics, video games and animated cartoons.
Although the original series died a premature death in 1969, it was able to rise from the ashes like a phoenix thanks to The Next Generation, which brought Trek back from the brink and enabled it to survive to this day.
There have been five major television shows and an animated series, for a total of 725 episodes and 12 feature films. What is perhaps the most amazing about this is the diversity that you'll find between each series, allowing for a unique viewing experience with all of them.
The kitschy 1960's sci-fi of The Original Series is a stark contrast to Deep Space Nine's more real-world, grounded point of view.
Creator Gene Roddenberry often spoke of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations", which couldn't be more accurate when describing the different shows. The characters, the worlds and the stories always feel special to each series, a remarkable achievement that has allowed Trek to thrive for 50 years.
With 725 episodes to choose from, limiting it to 30 was a challenge, but some things are more important than the tribulations. Engage!