Happy 48th Birthday, Star Trek! (September 6 in Canada, September 8 in the U.S.)

CTV Television Network logo from 1966 to 1975

Star Trek Phase II would like to take a moment to wish “happy birthday” to Star Trek—The Original Series.

Hardcore fans of Trek know that although Star Trek was produced by Desilu Studios and Norway Productions at the behest of the National Broadcast Company (NBC), NBC itself made much of their programming available to various business partners in other markets.  Indeed, some of NBC’s programming was made available to CTV—the first private (non-governmental) television broadcast network in Canada.

In one of those odd, overlooked footnotes in history, Star Trek–The Original Series (TOS) actually made its world premiere on Tuesday, September 6, 1966.  That evening, CTV aired the episode “The Man Trap” throughout Canada.  Star Trek was actually a good fit for CTV for all the same reasons it was a good fit for NBC: CTV had just switched from black-and-white to color broadcasting just a few days earlier—starting September 1, 1966.  So all the bright wacky colors of Star Trek would be a real draw to Canadian viewers–whom I guess were limited to spending ten months of each year looking at white snow outside their windows–and all of their television time watching The Friendly Giant and Hockey Night in Canada.

Of course, two days later—on Thursday, September 8, 1966 at 7:30 p.m., NBC aired “The Man Trap,” in the United States during “Sneak Peek Week.”

So whether you celebrate Star Trek’s “birth” as September 6 when it was first shown on television or September 8 when it was first shown on U.S. televsion on NBC, a happy birthday shout-out to Star Trek TOS is always in order right around this time of year.

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About Gregory L. Schnitzer

Gregory L. Schnitzer is Co-Executive Producer on the fan-based Internet series Star Trek Phase II (formerly known as Star Trek New Voyages). Greg is a Registered Nurse and is generally in charge of Emergency Medical Services at the Star Trek Phase II shoots. He also generally serves as the production's Property Master and on-again, off-again Set Decorator. Born and raised in the beautiful but smoggy San Fernando Valley (which he still calls "home"), in real life, Greg is a Registered Nurse and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and currently works in the field of Health Information Management at various facilities and in various capacities in the Washington, D.C., greater metropolitan region.