Star Trek Celebrates 50 Years
To commemorate 50 years of boldly going where no one has gone before, And There Came A Day presents a weekly countdown to September 8, 2016 – 50 years to the day of the premiere of Star Trek.
Though it was not the first episode of Star Trek filmed and it wasn’t even the second pilot lensed (that was Where No Man Has Gone Before), The Man Trap was the first episode of Star Trek ever aired. On Thursday, September 8, 1966, Star Trek was first shown on NBC.
No one could have predicted what would follow: a genuine science fiction phenomenon. This television show was cancelled after its first season, but fans generated a massive letter writing campaign – the first of its kind in television history – that saved it for a second season. Following season two, the show was cancelled again only to, again, but resurrected by fan letter writing. From those humble beginnings, Star Trek has spawned four television series (with a fifth to come in 2017), 12 movies (with a thirteenth – Star Trek Beyond coming out in July 2016) and a massive entertainment empire.
Who could have thought it in 1966?