The last episode of the original Star Trek series airs on television
The creator of Star Trek
, Gene Roddenberry, had Gulliver’s Travels
in mind when he pitched his idea for a new science-fiction TV show to television executives. Featuring William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and the crew of the Starship Enterprise
, the show earned loyal followers; some of whom wrote angry letters when the network put the show in an unpopular time slot.
After it was cancelled the following year, market research showed that in fact Star Trek
had been profitable for advertisers, but it was too late to revive it. Still, tons of spin-off shows, from reruns of the original episodes to new programs like Voyager
, have capitalized on the public’s early fascination with Roddenberry’s original concept.