Today Star Trek turns 44. On September 8th at 8:30PM, 1966 NBC aired the first episode of Star Trek – "The Man Trap" (which was actually the 6th episode produced). So today TrekMovie looks back to 1966 to see how Star Trek got its start with a selection of videos promoting the show.
44 Years – and still going
As recently noted by William Shatner, when Star Trek began in 1966 "nobody knew that Star Trek was going to be successful". From the beginning the series struggled in the ratings and after three seasons it was gone, but not for too long. By the 70’s the show re-emerged as a force in syndication, eventually leading to a planned return to TV (in "Star Trek: Phase II") which morphed into the first feature film, leading to ten more films, and four more live action series. The success of the 2009 Star Trek movie is a testament to the timelessness of Gene Roddenberry’s original vision of a hopeful future.
Season 1 opening of "Star Trek"
1966 Videos: Don’t Miss Star Trek – In Color!
This promo describes the show and the "Vulcanian" (via Genius 7277 on YouTube)
Here is another promo for the new series (via bbordenlon2 on YouTube)
[Note: promo shows September 15th which was the official fall season premiere date, but NBC wanted to try to get the jump on ABC and CBS by having a “Sneak Peek Week” and they thus debuted shows a week early – thx Bill Hiro]
Here are 1966 interviews with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner pitching the new Star Trek series (via OldWorldTelevision on YouTube).
Here is the original TV promo for "The Man Trap" (via ShipHunter on YouTube).
More 1966 Video: The world Star Trek entered
Here is a video retrospective of the television landscape in 1966, which also discusses Star Trek (GoodTV on YouTube).
POLL: Where you there to see it?
Did you witness the birth of Star Trek? Were you even alive to see it?