Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment created by Gene Roddenberry that first appeared this date in 1966. The first series, now referred to as The Original Series, ran for three seasons. It followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise, a 23rd Century exploration vessel. In creating the first Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by Westerns such as Wagon Train. In fact, the original series was originally described as Wagon Train to the Stars. These adventures continued in six feature films and four spin-off television series.
In 2009, the film franchise underwent a “reboot” set in an alternate timeline, titled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. A sequel to that film, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered on May 16, 2013. A thirteenth film feature and sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released in July 2016, to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. A new Star Trek TV series, titled Star Trek Discovery, will premiere in January 2017 on the digital platform CBS All Access.
Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies. The series has its own full-fledged constructed language, Klingon. And it’s responsible for the ubiquitous slogan: “Beam me up, Scottie.”
Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions, including the cell phone and tablet computers. The franchise is also noted for its progressive civil rights stances. The Original Series included one of television’s first multiracial casts. (from me and Wikipedia)