127. Star Trek
The Star Trek franchise is one of the
and most successful franchises in the entertainment industry.
Star Wars, which is a very popular movie
, Star Trek crosses both film and television boundaries.
Trek precedes Star Wars by about 10 years,
been developed in the mid-1960s for television.
Star Trek series was a ground-breaking show that
many sensitive issues that existed in the 60s.
show featured a multi-cultural cast that included white,
, Asian, and female actors. This was unheard of
the 60s. During that time period, nearly all
on American TV had only white cast members.
few minority actors in these shows usually had
roles that depicted them as gardeners, butlers, outlaws,
misfits. For the first time in television history,
members of society had positive role models depicted
TV. This diversity led, in large part, to
popularity of Star Trek.
The original series ran
only three seasons, but gained a large fan
in the years following its cancellation in 1969.
spawned many future series. In all, there have
five television series and 11 films in the
Trek franchise, which is nearly twice the number
Star War films to date.
Some of the
covered in the original series were racism, homosexuality,
bias, religion, and drugs. The series developers did
shy away from these important social issues. The
creator of the series had a difficult time
his show to the networks because of this.
executives felt American viewers were not ready to
these issues into their homes, but the series
very successful soon after it was launched.