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Star Trek: The Original Series

Star Trek was a science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. It later spawned several spin-off series, and is hence known as Star Trek: The Original Series for clarity. See Star Trek for a more general overview.

Set in a relatively optimistic vision of the 23rd century, it follows the exploits of the Starship Enterprise and its crew, whose stated goal was to explore space, seek out new life and civilizations and to "boldly go where no man has gone before...".

This series debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966 and the last episode aired on June 3, 1969. The show was canceled two years before the end of the storyline's called-for "five year mission" due to low ratings. However, during the 1970s Star Trek became popular in syndication, eventually leading to a motion picture[?], five sequels, four additional television series, and four additional movies based on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The lyrics to the theme music were published in the book The Making of "Star Trek."

Beyond the rim of the starlight
My love is wandering in starflight
I know he'll find in star clustered reaches
Love strange, love a star woman teaches
I know his journey ends never
His star trek will go on forever
But tell him while he wanders his starry sea
Remember me, remember me.

As reported by Herb Solow[?] and Robert Justman[?] in their book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, Gene Roddenberry wrote them without composer Alexander Courage[?]'s knowledge, and without intending for them ever to be sung, so that he would nevertheless get a 50% share of the music's performance royalties. (This practice is old and common in the music publishing business, although some consider it ethically dubious.)

See also: List of Star Trek TOS episodes

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