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Star Trek: The Animated Series (formally entitled Star Trek), the Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, was a continuation of the voyages of the USS Enterprise, previously featured in the original Star Trek series.


On the television network NBC, 22 episodes of The Animated Series were aired between September 1973 and October 1974. Reruns continued on NBC through 1975. The series was produced by the experienced animation house Filmation and the episodes were scripted by professional science fiction and Star Trek writers, including Larry Niven, D.C. Fontana, David Gerrold and Samuel A. Peeples.

Some of the stories were sequels to episodes from the original series, such as "More Tribbles, More Troubles" (the follow-up to "The Trouble with Tribbles"), "Once Upon a Planet" (a sequel to "Shore Leave"), and "Mudd's Passion" (the follow-up to "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd").

With the exception of Ensign Chekov, all of the regular characters from the original series continued to appear, voiced by the original actors from that series (Chekov was absent to cut down on costs of hiring the voice actors, although Walter Koenig penned an episode of the series). Dr. McCoy is a full commander, and Nurse Chapel is a full lieutenant. New characters, such as Arex and M'Ress, were also featured. The show was the most expensive animated show on the air at the time, primarily because six "name" actors from Star Trek: The Original Series provided the voices for their characters. Nearly all the aliens and guest characters were voiced by James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols and Majel Barrett, although some actors reprised their roles from the original series.

Among the returning guest actors (and characters) were Mark Lenard (as Sarek), Roger C. Carmel (as Harry Mudd), and Stanley Adams (as Cyrano Jones). Although the characters Amanda Grayson, Robert Wesley, Kyle, Kor, Koloth and Korax returned in The Animated Series, their voices were provided by the aforementioned voice talents of Majel Barrett, James Doohan, and writer David Gerrold (as Korax).

The show featured a handful of new technologies like the recreation room (later the idea was reused in TNG, where it was known as a holodeck) and the aqua-shuttle. It also features many non-humanoid alien species (and even some alien officers aboard the Enterprise) who could not have been featured within the original series' budget.

With the release of The Animated Series DVD release, the studio appears to have changed its stance, and is leaning towards the animated series being part of established Star Trek canon. [1] [2] [3] Previously, The Animated Series was not considered part of established Star Trek canon by Paramount Pictures. References from the series have gradually become more accepted in other Star Trek series, most notably on Deep Space Nine and Enterprise (see the Background section below for the complete list of references). Gene Roddenberry said that if he had known there would be more live-action Star Trek in the future, the animated series would have been far more logical and "canonable," or he might not have produced the animated series at all.

In 1975, the series won a Daytime Emmy Award in the area of "Best Children's Program" for the 1974-1975 television season, the only best-series Emmy ever won by Star Trek. It beat out Captain Kangaroo and The Pink Panther. Lou Scheimer accepted the award. The episode submitted to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for consideration of the show was "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth".

The series, which lasted two years, could be viewed as the completion of the Enterprise's five-year mission. D.C. Fontana personally views all 22 episodes as year four. StarTrek.com considers the season collectively to represent the fifth and final year of the mission. [4]

A DVD collection of the complete series was released on 21 November 2006 for Region 1.


Starring the voices of


Also starring the voices of


Season 1 (16 episodes)


Season 2 (6 episodes)



According to Voyages of Imagination, the Animated Series was officially removed from canon at Gene Roddenberry's request in 1988. [5]

Despite official canon policy, Memory Alpha recognizes The Animated Series as a valid resource. There are also recent indications from the official website that TAS may be re-added to the official canon.[6] [7] See also the Canon Policy.

Writers from later Star Trek series have integrated various references from the series into their works. The following references were used in subsequent series:

Other non-canon productions have also made reference to TAS:

Production inconsistencies

One unfortunate reality of an animated television series is the occasional color discrepancy.

The most notable color discrepancy was shown with several appearances of the color pink. Unknown to the rest of the production staff, the director, Hal Sutherland, was color blind, so to him, pink was light gray. The following images were unintentionally featured in the color pink:

Several other unintentional coloring issues cropped up, including the brief cut to James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy and Christine Chapel wearing Starfleet uniforms from the wrong division.

As a result of the use of recycled footage, there were also many instances of randomly misplaced characters and equipment. Recurring inconsistencies in this vein include the random appearance of Lt. Kyle in several transporter room scenes close-up shots of Scotty using operating the transporter controls, the interchanged appearances with Uhura and M'Ress at the communications station, and the appearance of characters on the bridge while simultaneous appearing in another section of the ship or on the surface of a planet.

The Animated Series also made substantial changes to set locations used in the original series:

  • A second turbolift is installed on the bridge, next to the main viewscreen.
  • The bridge stations are rounded, and form a perfect circle, instead of the hexagonal TOS bridge set.
  • The access stairs to the upper level engineering deck (seen in TOS seasons 2 and 3) are gone.
  • A speaker grille is often shown in close-ups, but no such speaker appeared on the original bridge set.

See also

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