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Star Trek: a tarnished jubilee (Intro)

The Star Trek cast and producer pose with a namesake spacecraft.

Fifty years ago this fall (8 September 1966), a new kind of science fiction television show had its premiere. Mr. Gene Roddenberry, who created it, did not rely on dazzling but absurd effects. He left that to his competitor, Irwin Allen. Instead, Roddenberry relied on character development. His show had characters people could not only believe, but love. That single element of the writer’s craft guaranteed the success of Star Trek. No other dramatic franchise in science fiction comes close. Four successor series, a fifth in development, and now thirteen motion pictures, attest to that success.