Star Trek is a science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry airing on NBC from September 8, 1966, to June 3, 1969. Although the original series was titled Star Trek, it has acquired the retronym Star Trek: The Original Series (ST:TOS or TOS) to distinguish it from the series spinoffs that followed, and from the Star Trek universe or media franchise that they make up. Set in the 23rd century, the original Star Trek follows the adventures of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew, led by Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner), his First Officer Spock, a.k.a Mr. Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy), and his Chief Medical Officer Leonard McCoy (played by DeForest Kelley). William Shatner's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose: "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."
- "Underneath the superficial is an extremely intelligent concept that speaks to what most of us want to believe—that mankind is inherently good and that we can overcome our problems and enter into a prosperous future." Science Fiction & Society
- "What Star Trek has to convey about technology is probably its most insidious contribution to domination...Always at home in a sterile container in which they represent society, the crew could not be more cut off from the natural world. In fact, as the highest development in the mastery and manipualtion of nature, Star Trek is really saying that nature no longer exists." p. 133, John Zerzan. 2002. Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization. Los Angeles: Feral House. ISBN 092291575X.