Beam Me Up, Scotty: Star Trek celebrates 50 years

The "Star Trek" crew, from right in front: DeForest Kelley, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Back row from right: James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei and Nichelle Nichols (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)

One of the most iconic franchises in the galaxy celebrates its 50th anniversary today.

'Star Trek' debuted on television 50 years ago today on September 8, 1966 with episode one, "The Man Trap."


During that time, we've seen more than 700 television episodes and 12 movies still viewed the world over.



The original 'Star Trek' series ran for just 79 episodes from its premiere to it's final episode, "Turnabout Intruder," on June 3, 1969.

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