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It's been over forty years after the original productions and Star Trek is still a force to be reckoned with. The legions of fans have supported the literally hundreds of television episodes from numerous series and spin-offs, as well as eleven movies. Someone has to be out there watching all this stuff and they're called Trekkies!

Star Trek: Original Series 1966-1969

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The original television series was created by Gene Roddenberry and took several years of production before it was ready for primetime. The series ran from September 1966 through September 1969 and consisted of 79 episodes. Television viewers did not like the series, it had low ratings and low advertising revenue.

The show was in danger of being canceled several times. According to one source it's said that Lucille Ball, head of Desilu Studios, "single handledly kept Star Trek from being dumped from the lineup.*" The second season wasn't any better for the show and at that time a write-in campaign of over 1,000,000 letters saved the show. The show was renewed, but was stuck in a bad time slot where it couldn't survive.

*Source: IMDB.com

Star Trek Spin-off Series

In the 1970s Star Trek went into syndication, quickly developing a cult following and has since spawned numerous movies and additional television series. There has even been a movie made about the fans, Trekkies in November 2002.

Star Trek Animated: Premiering in September 1973. The animated series picked up from the original Star Trek series. The thirty minute series consisted of 22 episodes. The voices were many of the characters of the original series.

Phase II, was to air in 1978, but did not get completed because of different reasons, including the Paramount Television network never getting off the ground. Several parts of the series were later incorporated in Star Trek movies.

Additional television series included

Star Trek, The Next Generation: This series premiered in 1987, running for 176 episodes. This series was set in the 24th century, decades after the original Star Trek. The show won 18 Emmys. Deep Space Nine: The show ran from 1993 - 1999 also with 176 episodes. Deep Space Nine won three Emmys.

Star Trek Voyager: This series was in production from 1995 - 2001 with 172 episodes, winning six Emmys.

Star Trek Enterprise: 2001 - 2005 with 98 episodes was a prequel series, set 100 years before the original Star Trek series. The series takes place on the Earth Ship Enterprise NX-01. This series won four Emmys.

Collectibles and Tribbles

Star Trek Tribble
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What is there? Everything including video games, books and even a museum in Vegas. And of course there are loads of collectibles, everything from comics, magnets, figures, ships to thimbles, cookie jars, PEZ on and on .. One favorite collectible is the Tribble, which is also from a fan favorite episode.

How William Shatner changed the World

And what has Star Trek done for non-trekkies. There was a show on the History Channel several years ago, How William Shatner changed the World. As kids watched the show, they started growing up expecting and wanting the same technology. With our cell phones, laser and scalpel free surgery and communicators, it the series was definitely a look into the crystal ball of a lifestyle to come.

Star Trek Movies

Leonard Nimoy with wife at Star Trek Premiere
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  1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  2. Star Trek II: Wrath of Kong
  3. Star Trek III: Search for Spock
  4. Star Trek IV: Voyage Home
  5. Star Trek V: Final Frontier
  6. Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country
  7. Star Trek: Generations
  8. Star Trek: First Contact
  9. Star Trek: Insurrections
  10. Star Trek: Nemesis
  11. Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek Current Promotions

Kelloggs has a series of promotional items either available inside the boxes or by mail. Items include t-shirts, flash drive, movie tickets, badges and a Star Trek plate. Burger King: Star Trek toys and figures in each kids meal, as well as a set of Star Trek promotional glasses to purchase for $1.99 each.
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