10 Most Inappropriate Moments In Star Trek: The Original Series

To boldly go where no one should really go, to be honest...


When it debuted in the 1960s, Star Trek was one of the most progressive shows television had ever seen. However, it couldn't escape from the fact that it was still a TV show made in the 1960s, whether it pretended to be in the 23rd Century or not. As progressive as it was, it wasn't completely void of the occasional troubling moment of now-outdated sixties values.

Sometimes, this was simply the supremacy of Star Trek's strict censors, who saw their sci-fi spaceship serial spreading swingin' sixties standards and swiftly said "sorry, but no." Other times, it was down to a lack of understanding from the underutilised writers who undertook underrepresented issues they were undereducated in and ended up with undercooked ideas and underwhelmed fans. Even more often, the crew of the Enterprise were just being really silly.

Whether it's inappropriate conduct in the workplace, wildly backwards thinking, or just plain old outdated ideas, these are some of the strangest, most uncomfortable moments on board the USS Enterprise. Set your phasers to 'stunned', because what follows are some ship-shaped spaceship shenanigans that should shock you silly.


Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).