The 10 best Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, ranked

It’s hard to imagine today, but back in the late 1960s, the original Star Trek was not considered a hit.

The ambitious science fiction series was constantly on the brink of cancellation and was cut short only three years into its planned five-season run.

This year’s season of HBO’s Succession was viewed by roughly 8 million households a week, which makes it a hit by today’s standards.

Star Trek’s audience only grew once it went into reruns in the early 1970s, and by the time Star Trek:

The Motion Picture hit theaters in 1979, it was a genuine cultural phenomenon.

Today, the Star Trek franchise is considered one of the crown jewels of the Paramount library.

Though arguably outshined by its most prosperous spinoff, Star Trek:

The Original Series holds up remarkably well for a vision of our future imagined nearly 60 years in our past.

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