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Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and currently under the ownership of CBS. The franchise began in 1966 with the television series Star Trek, later referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series. This series, its spin-off shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the film series make up the core of the franchise's mythos. While the critical response to much of the franchise varies, many individual Star Trek episodes and films have won awards and honors including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards and an Academy Award.

Westerns such as Wagon Train, along with the Horatio Hornblower novels and Gulliver's Travels, inspired Roddenberry when he created the first Star Trek. It followed the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of an exploration vessel of a 23rd century galactic "United Federation of Planets" — the Starship Enterprise. This first series, now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. These adventures continued in the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Four spin-off television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation, followed the crew of a new Starship Enterprise set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, set contemporaneously with The Next Generation; and Star Trek: Enterprise, set before the original series, in the early days of human interstellar travel. Four additional The Next Generation feature films were produced. In 2009, the prequel of the original series (set in an alternate timeline) Star Trek featuring a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original Enterprise appeared. A sequel to this film, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered on May 16, 2013.

Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon since its beginning. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies or Trekkers. The franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, figurines, novels, toys, and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas which opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series even has its own full-fledged constructed language, Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek and its fans, despite the end of Star Trek episodes on TV, and several fan productions have been produced in that void.

Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions such as the cell phone. Moreover, the show is noted for its progressive civil rights stances. The original series included one of television's first multiracial casts, and the first televised inter-racial kiss. Star Trek references can be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the cartoon series South Park.

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John de Lancie, made his Star Trek debut in "Encounter at Farpoint" as Q.
"Encounter at Farpoint" was the first episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was originally aired in broadcast syndication on September 28, 1987. The episode introduced the crew of the USS Enterprise-D and the recurring character of Q (John de Lancie) who would go on to appear in every season of The Next Generation except for one and both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. In the plot, the ship is sent to Farpoint Station to investigate it, and after being intercepted by Q and placed on trial for the crimes of humanity, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew manage to reveal the truth about the station. The plot was developed from a story which originally saw the Enterprise encounter an alien lifeform the size of a space ship which had been enslaved by an alien race, and the crew attempts to free it. The plot was re-written and Q added in order to lengthen it to a double-length episode. DeForest Kelley made a guest appearance as Admiral Leonard McCoy in the episode. The episode was broadcast on 98 independent stations and 112 network affiliates, gaining a viewing audience of 27 million and the series was immediately called the "highest-rated syndicated one-hour drama series on television". Reviews at the time was mixed and compared the episode to The Original Series, while later reviewers mostly praised it.

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Grace Lee Whitney, photographed in 1975
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John de Lancie appeared as Q throughout Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Director Leonard Nimoy, in 2011
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a 1986 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth feature film based in the Star Trek franchise and completes the story arc begun two films earlier. The former crew of the USS Enterprise finds Earth in grave danger from an alien probe attempting to contact humpback whales. After directing The Search for Spock, cast member Leonard Nimoy was asked to direct, and given greater freedom regarding content. Nimoy and Harve Bennett conceived a story with an environmental message and no clear-cut villain. Dissatisfied with the first screenplay, Paramount hired The Wrath of Khan writer and director Nicholas Meyer. The Voyage Home was shot extensively on location; many real settings and buildings were used as stand-ins for scenes set around and in the city of San Francisco. Special effects firm Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) assisted in postproduction and the film's special effects. The Voyage Home premiered on November 26, 1986, becoming the top-grossing film in the weekend box office. The film's humor and unconventional story were well received and it was financially successful, earning $133 million worldwide. The film earned several awards and four Academy Award nominations for its cinematography and audio.

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