star trek nbc 'Star Trek' celebrates 45 years of living long and prospering; Series debuted Sept. 8, 1966It was a show that boldly went where no one had gone before. The iconic TV series “Star Trek” debuted 45 years ago Thursday (Sept. 8).

The space-based series, created by writer and futurist Gene Roddenberry, ran for only three seasons and just 79 episodes on NBC, but its impact continues through today. It spawned 11 movies, five TV series as well as countless books, comics and games.  

To celebrate the occasion, Leonard Nimoy who played Mr. Spock in the original series, tweeted, “45 years ago. The start of an amazing voyage. Thanks to all for the support for so long!! LLAP.”

“LLAP” is, of course, short for “Live long and prosper,” one of the series’ iconic phrases including “Beam me up Scotty” and “I’m a doctor, not a…”

The series propelled actors like William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk, and George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu, to cult status. It also pave the way for other mainstream science fiction projects like “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

And it all started 45 years ago.

Or as Shatner writes on Twitter, “Seems like yesterday. Happy Anniversary Star Trek!”

Posted by:David Eckstein