Roddenberry with Space Shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, California (1976)
Logo as it appears in The Original Series
The original starship Enterprise
Roddenberry during his senior year of high school (1939)
Robert Horton and Ward Bond
The Starfleet emblem as seen in the franchise
William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in action, from the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", 1966
Leonard Nimoy first worked with Roddenberry on The Lieutenant.
1962 cast. Top: John McIntire, Terry Wilson. Bottom: Scott Miller, Frank McGrath.
Star Trek creator, producer and writer Gene Roddenberry
Title used for the first season
Roddenberry appearing in an advertisement for MONY in 1961
Back row: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Terry Wilson. Front row: Michael Burns, Frank McGrath.
Commander Spock and Captain James T. Kirk, played by Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, pictured here in the original series
Spock, Kirk and the Enterprise, 1968.
William Shatner and Sally Kellerman, from "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the second pilot of Star Trek
Robert Horton as Flint McCullough
The actors who played the Captains on the first five Star Trek series, together in London at Destination Star Trek
"Spock's Brain" was the first episode of the third season.
Some of the main cast of Star Trek during the third season
Robert Fuller as Cooper Smith
The Animated Series logo
Promotional photo of the cast of Star Trek during the third season (1968–1969). From left to right: James Doohan, Walter Koenig, DeForest Kelley, Majel Barrett, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, and George Takei.
Roddenberry at a Star Trek convention in 1976
John McIntire as Chris Hale
The Next Generation logo
Shatner and Julie Newmar (1967)
Roddenberry (third from the right) in 1976 with most of the cast of Star Trek at the rollout of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Rockwell International plant at Palmdale, California
Guest stars Dan Duryea and Jane Wyman with John McIntire, 1962
Deep Space Nine logo
The Captains, together in London at Destination Star Trek
Majel Barrett at a Star Trek convention in 2007
Carolyn Jones in a 1961 appearance
Voyager logo
James T. Kirk
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry and Rod Roddenberry in 2008
Ann Sheridan in "The Mavis Grant Story," 1962
Enterprise logo
Spock
Roddenberry's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr. and Ward Bond in John Ford's feature film, Wagon Master (1950), one of the primary cinematic inspirations for the series. Ford dressed Bond identically to this, with the black hat and checkered shirt, in the Wagon Train episode that Ford later directed titled "The Coulter Craven Story" featuring many regulars from Ford films, including John Wayne.
Discovery logo
Leonard McCoy
Picard logo
Montgomery Scott
Lower Decks logo
Nyota Uhura
Prodigy logo
Hikaru Sulu
Strange New Worlds logo
Pavel Chekov
Reboot(Kelvin Timeline) film series logo
Christine Chapel
A pinball machine themed for Star Trek: The Next Generation
Janice Rand
Testbed Space Shuttle Enterprise, named after the fictional starship with Star Trek television cast members and creator Gene Roddenberry in 1976.
ISS-42 astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti pays tribute to actor Leonard Nimoy, with a Vulcan salute in 2015 from space
An occupied Borg "alcove" prop on display at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum
Jeri Ryan, appearing at the Creation Star Trek convention in 2010; she was nominated for three Saturn awards and won for Best Supporting Actress in 2001

Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew.

- Star Trek: The Original Series

Eugene Wesley Roddenberry Sr. (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer, and creator of Star Trek: The Original Series, its sequel spin-off series Star Trek: The Animated Series, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

- Gene Roddenberry

Star Trek is an American science fiction media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry, which began with the eponymous 1960s television series and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.

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It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS) to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began.

- Star Trek: The Original Series

As a freelance writer, Roddenberry wrote scripts for Highway Patrol, Have Gun – Will Travel, and other series, before creating and producing his own television series, The Lieutenant. In 1964, Roddenberry created Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons before being canceled.

- Gene Roddenberry

The series influenced the development of Star Trek, pitched as "Wagon Train to the stars" and launched in 1966.

- Wagon Train

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower series of novels, Jonathan Swift 1726 novel Gulliver's Travels, the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, and television westerns such as Wagon Train.

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Armed with this background, he characterized the new show in his first draft as "Wagon Train to the stars".

- Star Trek: The Original Series

Roddenberry and Katz next took the idea to Mort Werner at NBC, this time downplaying the science fiction elements and highlighting the links to Gunsmoke and Wagon Train. The network funded three story ideas and selected "The Menagerie", which was later known as "The Cage", to be made into a pilot.

- Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry said he pitched Star Trek as "Wagon Train to the stars", referring to the concept of a recurring cast on a long journey with famous guest stars becoming the focus of various stories.

- Wagon Train

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