Watch: 5 Star Trek Sketches From 4 Decades Of Saturday Night Live


Tonight NBC’s Saturday Night Live kicks off their 40th season. Over the years the show has had some fun with another show that began decades ago on NBC – Star Trek. We have compiled 5 Star Trek sketches from over the years starting with a sketch from the first season in 1976 all the way through to 2009. Watch them below.

Flashback: 4 Decades Of SNL and Star Trek

The Last Voyage of the Enterprise
Season 1, Ep. 22 (1976)

The first, and probably the best, Star Trek sketch from SNL featured NBC executives boarding the Enterprise to cancel the show, with John Belushi playing Kirk, Chevy Chase as Spock, Dan Akroyd as McCoy (and Scotty’s voice), and guest star Elliot Gould as the NBC executive.

Star Trek V: The Restaurant Enterprise
Season 12, Ep. 8 (1986)

With William Shatner hosting it was inevitable the show would do a Trek parody, this time the premise is the Enterprise had been bought by the Marriot Corporation which had turned it into a restaurant, and Khan (played by Dana Carvey) was a health inspector.

Star Trek Convention (Get A Life!)
Season 12, Ep. 8 (1986)

From the same episode with Shatner hosting, this time Bill plays himself at a Star Trek convention. Titled “Star Trek Convention,” the infamous sketch is better known for Shatner’s famous exclamation to the gathered Trekkies to “get a life!.” This phrase even inspired Shatner’s later “Get a Life!” book and “Get a Life!”documentary about Trek fans.

Love Boat: The Next Generation
Season 19, Ep. 12 (1994)

When Patrick Stewart hosted another Trek parody was inevitable, this time the premise combined Star Trek: TNG with The Love Boat with the Enterprise as a "Galaxy Class Cruiseship Pacific Princess."

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Weekend Update w/ Pine, Quinto and Nimoy
Season 34, Ep. 21 (2009)

As part of the promotion of the 2009 Star Trek movie, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto appeared on the "Weekend Update" portion of the show, with Leonard Nimoy also popping in.

NOTE: There was one sketch not available online. “Star Trek Democrats” from SNL’s season 17 featured the 1992 Democratic presidential candidates campaigning at a Star Trek convention.

Let’s hope that SNL and Star Trek continue to live long and prosper together for decades to come, and hopefully meet again as well.


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