Even fluent Klingon speakers don't know everything about Star Trek: The Original Series. You might know the title sequence narration by heart but did you know that the theme song has official lyrics? Or that the words “Beam me up, Scotty” are never actually said on the show?
These history of Star Trek: The Original Series is riddled with myths and misunderstandings. But the show has a rich history including a small, but significant role in the Civil Rights movement, and struggle to make it onto the air, and a defining role in building the foundation for modern fandom.
Even if The Original Series isn’t your favorite Star Trek, or even if sci-fi isn't your thing, there’s no denying that Star Trek was and remains one of the most important and groundbreaking shows in television history. Its cast, crew, and creator were committed to boldy going where no one had gone before. By doing so, they have left a lasting impact on the galaxy.
So grab some synthale or a cup of tea, Earl Grey, hot, and check out these Star Trek facts.
It Wasn’t The First Show To Feature An Interracial Kiss – But It Was Still ImportantPhoto: NBC
The Original "Number One" Was A WomanPhoto: NBC
Martin Luther King Jr. Convinced Uhura To Stay On The ShowPhoto: Dick DeMarsico / Wikimedia Commons
The Vulcan Salute Is Actually A Jewish BlessingPhoto: NBC
The Theme Song Has LyricsPhoto: NBC
The Costumes Were Made In A SweatshopPhoto: NBC