Though Star Trek is now one of the most popular shows on television, with sequel TV programmes such as The Next Generation, film franchises and a gigantic following, back when it was being first broadcast it wasn’t so much of a hit.
Created by Gene Roddenberry in 1964, it was considered to be a niche show on NBC, and was almost cancelled three times, but was saved by all the backlash producers got when fans heard their beloved show would be taken off the air.
When the news leaked the first time round, in January 1968, that the show would be leaving our screens, the network was overcome with more than a million letters pleading for the show to keep broadcasting.
There was NO way that the producers could have ignored that kind of dedication, because they listened to the fans and announced how they would be continuing the Enterprise’s 5 year journey.
The December of that year NBC announced plans to cancel the show, which was met with a great amount of uproar. 500 fans from a Caltech arranged a march outside of Burbank studios in protest, but that did nothing to stop the network’s decision.
Executives decided to end the series after the season three finale “Turnabout Intruder” in 1969.
Unfortunately for the original crew members of the Starship Enterprise, they never got to finish their five-year mission, leaving fans disappointed and demanding more content.
That wasn’t the end of Star Trek altogether but it easily could have been if it hadn’t been for the thousands of fans who wanted it to keep broadcasting. Due to having a bad time slot on television which affected the viewing figures, and not enough support on a daily basis from the network, the show had little argument to continue being funded.
But thankfully the original series was not the only chance we had to follow Captain Kirk and his crew through space, as viewers had several films to sink their teeth into, as well as the getting to know the new crew members in the sequel series Star Trek: The Next
Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.