STAR TREK DAY | September 8
Fans across the globe celebrate Star Trek Day on September 8 to remember the timeless legacy Star Trek has made on society and pop culture.
On September 8, 1966, a television series pilot known as Star Trek was introduced on American television. Aiming for an adult audience, this was the was the first time a scientific fiction series would explore morality through scientific narratives. Most movies or television shows would contain science but would often create conflict of suffering and injustice to solve problems. However, Star Trek was different. The series would put actors in the forefront making scientific arguments, while providing peaceful solutions to problems without using violence.
What was the first episode of Star Trek? In a galaxy far, far away “The Man Trap” aired as the pilot episode for Star Trek: The Original Series. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision to successfully deliver a storyline of intergalactic drama full of diversity, acceptance and hope became a reality on todays date. Though the series intention was to be a fictional story, Star Trek would become a futuristic franchise, showcasing humans living in harmony with space and Earth.
The Starship Enterprise
The original cast of the Star Trek series was one of the most diverse looking characters ever seen on television at the time. The main crew consisted of:
- Ship Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
- First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
- Chief Medical Officer: Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelly)
- Opening Credits Narrator: William Shatner
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. ~ William Shatner
- Watch the original Star Trek pilot series.
- Host a Star Trek Marathon with your friends and family.
- Dress up in your favorite Star Trek character and host a Treki party.
- Learn Klingon (the official Star Trek language).
- Find a Star Trek convention and attend.
- Introduce Star Trek to a new generation.
- Post your Star Trek moments on social media and tag #StarTrekDay.
For 56 years, Star Trek has been captivating audiences across the world. Now considered one of the most successful franchise, the legacy of the original series continues to greet millions of fans. In 2022, Paramount+ is paying special tribute to fans by hosting a variety of celebrations honoring Star Trek through the years.
- Destination Star Trek Germany – September 23-25, 2022
- Star Trek: The Cruise VI – February 24 through March 3, 2023 (Los Angeles)
For more information visit the Star Trek Day website.