Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)

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The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the Galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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 Captain James T. Kirk / ... (22 episodes, 1973-1974)
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This animated series continues the adventures of the USS Enterprise, taking advantage of the visual freedom of animation to present stories with more alien elements. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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8 September 1973 (USA)  »

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(22 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Though many do not consider this cartoon to be part of the "official Trek continuity," this series featured episodes that were direct sequels to popular live-action Star Trek (1966) episodes. The titular rogue from Star Trek: Mudd's Women (1966) and Star Trek: I, Mudd (1967) made his third appearance in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Mudd's Passion (1973). The setting of Star Trek: Shore Leave (1966) was revisited in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Once Upon a Planet (1973). Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) was followed up in Star Trek: The Animated Series: More Tribbles, More Troubles (1973), which was based on a rejected script from The Original Series' third season. (TOS also intended to make a third Mudd adventure.) This tradition of revisiting previous episodes inspired the film series to make Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) as a follow-up to _"Star Trek" (1966) {Space Seed (#1.22})_, and cameo appearances by Tribbles in numerous Trek films and TV shows. Another unused TOS idea, that Captain James Kirk's middle name is Tiberius, was used in Star Trek: The Animated Series: Bem (1974) and later confirmed in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). See more »

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Director Hal Sutherland was color blind and could not tell the difference between light gray and pink. In some episodes, uniforms and spacecraft which were supposed to be light gray are colored pink. See more »

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Excellent show; brief run
3 January 2002 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Despite being only a half hour in length, this show was consistently good. Several of the plots were just as intricate as the original series; a few of them revisited old locations (the "Shore Leave" planet; the "Guardian of Forever") and characters (Harry Mudd) from the original series. The show was easily head and shoulders above the rest of the Saturday morning lineup.

The only real problem I had with the series is that so few of them were made (just 22); NBC simply ran the same episodes again and again. It turns out that the reason was the show's audience--children, mostly preteens, who were willing to watch the same episodes repeatedly.

All in all, it was exciting to see a new Star Trek series just four years after the original was cancelled. After this, it would be six years before the somewhat lackluster Star Trek: The Motion Picture and over a decade before the next series. Consider this a fitting coda for fans of the original series.


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