CBS has added more streaming Star Trek content to the web. Star Trek: The Animated Series is now available online via free (ad-supported) streaming, joining the original Star Trek and Star Trek: Enterprise. Details below.
Watch Kirk and Spock animated on the web
CBS has added Star Trek: The Animated Series to its online streaming offerings. All 22 episodes of the series are available for ad-supported streaming at StarTrek.com, on the Star Trek page at CBS.com, and also at the CBS-owned TV.com.
The animated Star Trek series ran for two seasons in 1973 and 1974. With the exception of Ensign Chekov, all the regular characters from Star Trek appear in the series, and all are voiced by the original actors. James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett voiced most of the guest characters as well. Although the Filmation-produced series was aimed at kids and made on a budgetary shoe-string, Star Trek: The Animated series still produced some good Star Trek. The show included episodes written by veteran Star Trek writers D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold and Samuel A. Peeples as well as sci-fi author Larry Niven. The show even offered follow-on stories to some original Star Trek episodes, such as Gerrold’s "More Tribbles, More Troubles". But in the end the show was still kids TV, as this clip demonstrates.
Star Trek: The Animated Series is the third Star Trek show for CBS to make available for online streaming. The original Star Trek became available in 2008 and in 2010 they added Star Trek: Enterprise, with both shows available in HD. Hopefully soon we will see Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager also make it online, even if they could only be made available in standard definition.