I’m a fan of the original Star Trek series that ran on NBC from September 8, 1966, to June 3, 1969. 79 episodes aired before it was cancelled. Dedicated fans of Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy), McCoy (DeForest Kelley) and the rest of the crew made Star Trek so popular in syndication that Star Trek: The Animated Series was created in 1973. The animated series ran for 22 episodes over two seasons.
The fine folks at MeTV have posted 12 Fascinating Facts about Star Trek: The Animated Series. Before you click over for the full story, here are my thoughts on three of my favorite facts…
Leonard Nimoy demanded that Nichelle Nichols and George Takei were cast. (The budget for Star Trek: The Animated Series, like most cartoon series of this era wasn’t huge. There wasn’t enough in the budget to bring back Walter Koenig who played Chekov. Some members of the cast had to provide the voices for multiple characters. Hats off to Leonard Nimoy for taking a stand to keep Nichols and Takei on board. – Craig)
It was the first Star Trek series to win an Emmy award. (This is surprising since most folks would figure that the original series would have won at least one Emmy along the way. – Craig)
Filmation originally wanted the series to be about adolescent Starfleet cadets. (I’m really glad that this idea didn’t win out. Star Trek: The Animated Series provided more proof that the original series was still popular with fans and helped pave the way for the big budget Star Trek feature films with the original cast returning. – Craig)