How Many Episodes Were There in "Star Trek: The Original Series"?


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"Star Trek: The Original Series" aired 79 episodes. The series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 with the episode "The Man Trap." The show was almost cancelled after the second season, but a letter-writing campaign by fans saved it. The final episode, "Turnabout Intruder," aired on June 3, 1969.

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Creator Gene Roddenberry filmed the first pilot, "The Cage," in December 1964. NBC rejected the show as too cerebral but allowed Roddenberry to film a second pilot with new characters, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," which became the fourth episode. Footage from original pilot was repurposed as flashbacks in the two-part episode, "The Menagerie."

After its cancellation, "Star Trek: The Original Series" spawned an animated series, four more live-action series and 12 movies. J.J. Abrams re-imagined the original series characters and timeline for his movie "Star Trek" in 2009, launching a new series of movies.

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