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For the original television series, please see Star Trek: The Original Series. For the eleventh film, please see Star Trek (film).
For additional meanings of "Star Trek", please see Star Trek.

Star Trek is a science fiction franchise comprising twelve films, six television series, numerous novels, comics, video games, reference works, roleplaying games, along with many hundreds of collectibles.


Originally, Star Trek was a product of Desilu Studios, as created by Gene Roddenberry in a first draft series proposal "Star Trek is...", dated 11 March 1964.

Beginning with a single pilot episode, "The Cage", filmed in 1964, Star Trek was not placed on the schedule of the NBC network until a second pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", was produced in 1965.

Star Trek officially went into production on April 21, 1966 and ran for three seasons until it was canceled in 1969. Four years later, the series returned to NBC as a Saturday morning animated series which ran from 1973 to 1974.

No new production of Star Trek took place until 1979, when Star Trek: The Motion Picture took the franchise into feature films, where they have continued to be made periodically since. However, Star Trek did not return to television until 1987, with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Following three more spin-off productions, the 20052006 TV season was the first since 1987 without a new Star Trek series being broadcast, though all series remain in syndication.

As a result of a 2005 split between the former Viacom and CBS, any future Star Trek television productions will fall under the ownership of CBS Television Studios. Via licensing agreements, future films continue to be produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures. A twelfth film was released in 2013.

Currently, licensees of Star Trek products (reference works, novels and collectibles) include Art Asylum toys, Pocket Books, and IDW Publishing. Older licenses for previously produced material belong to numerous companies.

Production history

See also: Production timeline.

The Original Series

Star Trek: The Original Series premiered on NBC's fall schedule on 8 September 1966.

  • Desilu/NBC, Gene Roddenberry, 1966–1969

The Animated Series

Star Trek: The Animated Series

  • Filmation/NBC, Gene Roddenberry, 1973–1974


Star Trek films

Live-action television series

Unproduced projects

Overseas adaptations

Star Trek has been aired around the world throughout its run of television and movie series. Most often, it has been translated into the native language of each country in question. During this time, the titles, characters, and so forth have been changed as they move from language to language.

Variations of the Star Trek title

  • Albanian: "Udhëtimi yjor"
  • Bulgarian: "Стар Трек"
  • Chinese: "星际迷航"(first appeared in TAS, meaning "traveling in Space")
  • Croatian: "Zvjezdane staze"
  • French: "La Patrouille du Cosmos (TOS). All other series and films were using the english version 'Star Trek' moniker, followed by French language subtitle"
  • German: "Raumschiff Enterprise" (this is actually "Starship Enterprise" translated. Also used for "The Next Generation", as "Raumschiff Enterprise: Das Nächste Jahrhundert" ("Starship Enterprise: The Next Century"))
  • Greek: "Σταρ Τρεκ"
  • Hebrew: מסע בין כוכבים (meaning "Journey Between the Stars")
  • Hungarian: "Űrszekerek" (rarely used especially in connection with the movies, meaning "Space Wagon Trains")
  • Japanese: "宇宙大作戦" ("Uchū Daisakusen") (only used in reference to TOS, meaning "Big Operations in Space")
  • Latin: "Stelliter"
  • Macedonian: "Ѕвездени Патеки" (Szvezdeni Pateki)
  • Polish: "Gwiezdna wędrówka"
  • Portuguese (Brazil): "Jornada nas Estrelas"
  • Portuguese (Portugal): "O Caminho das Estrelas"
  • Russian: "Звёздный путь"
  • Serbian: "Звездане стазе, Звјездане стазе"
  • Slovenian: "Zvezdne Steze"
  • Spanish: "Viaje a las Estrellas" (meaning "Voyage To The Stars")
  • Turkish: "Uzay Yolu"
  • Ukrainian: "Зоряний шлях"

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