In 1966 the first episode of Star Trek aired. Now a sci-fi classic,
at the time no one was sure if it would even find an audience. Find an
audience it did. But, despite its popularity NBC continued to have
qualms about the quirky show. After two seasons NBC began acting on their doubts. They moved Star Trek to a 10 pm time slot and cut its budget: slowly killing any chance for a renewal.
didn't stop the series. Syndication helped the show find a wider
fan-base, and after rerunning for 17 years it had become the most
popular show in syndication. A year later a new series would follow in
the footsteps of the original and the franchise would continue to grow.
Currently, there are two Star Trek series airing simultaneously.
the years, there have been seven live-action series, an animated series
and a web-series. That's 769 episodes and thirty-five seasons of Star
Trek shows. Plus thirteen films, six of which were nominated in the
Academy Awards and one of which won an Oscar. It takes something special
for a franchise to last over half a century and still be so well loved.
But, what happened behind the scenes? Here's a look at ten facts even hardcore Star Trek fans might not know.