The original Star Trek just had its 54th anniversary—and the groundbreaking series that launched a franchise spanning decades is still collecting accolades.
TCA honors Star Trek
The Television Critics Association has announced the winners of the organization’s 36th Annual TCA Awards. In addition to honoring the best programs and performances of the latest television season, each year the TCA hands out a Heritage Award for a landmark television series. This year that series is Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek.
Today the TCA rolled out announcements for their awards on social media, including this message on Twitter about their 2020 Heritage Award:
Our Heritage Award winner honestly needs no introduction, but let’s try anyway. It’s perhaps the most significant sci-fi series in American TV history, and it spawned a massive, sprawling franchise that continues to this day. But everything goes back to the original
You can see the post for Star Trek from their Instagram feed below.
Past winners of the TCA Heritage Award include The Simpsons, 60 Minutes, The West Wing, The Sopranos, M*A*S*H, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. TCA winners were determined by votes cast by the TCA’s broad network of more than 250 professional TV critics and journalists in the United States and Canada.
TCA had more to say about Star Trek in the official awards announcement:
TCA was proud to bestow the Heritage Award upon Gene Roddenberry’s landmark 1966 sci-fi epic Star Trek, in recognition of the groundbreaking series which brought the future to life—illustrating a unique vision that is equal parts hopeful and cautious as it explored issues such as bigotry, religion, politics, sexism, and human rights through timeless stories of love, war, intrigue, and adventure in outer space—with the help of a strong cast that was among the first to feature an African-American in a significant leading role.
Due to COVID, there was no official TCA Awards ceremony this year, but Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry accepted the award via remote video, which you can see on the official Star Trek site.
Keep up with all Star Trek history at TrekMovie.com.