Sure, a 42nd anniversary usually isn’t a celebrated milestone, but when we’re talking about a television series — no, an institution – such as Star Trek, we can make an exception.
As Wired.com notes, Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild debuted on network television on Sept. 8, 1966, running for just three seasons before it was canceled for low ratings. But, oh what a glorious — and, admittedly, often cheesy — three seasons they were, eventually spawning five spin-off series, 10 movies (soon to be 11), and countless novels and comic books.
And what other TV show has had such an impact on popular culture?
So, happy 42nd anniversary, U.S.S. Enterprise!