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The following are Star Trek parodies and pop culture references that have aired on live action television shows.


1000 Ways To Die[]

In the final episode of the final season, the title "Death, The Final Frontier" was a direct reference to the famous catchphrase "Space, The Final Frontier". Also, Ron Perlman narrated the anthology.

2 Broke Girls[]

Featuring Steven Weber.

"And the Past and The Furious"[]

Max makes multiple TOS jokes whenever she or Caroline opens the Lamborghini's doors.

"And the Crime Ring"[]

Max compares the bar they go to to sell their T-shirts to Ten Forward and says to watch out for Whoopi Goldberg "in a crazy hat."


Featuring John Billingsley, Michael Reilly Burke, Bob Gunton, Roger Cross, Alexander Siddig, James Cromwell, Michelle Forbes, Gregory Itzin, Penny Johnson, Jeffrey Nordling, Zachary Quinto, Kurtwood Smith, Connor Trinneer, Peter Weller, and Kara Zediker.

"Day 7: 11:00pm-12:00am"[]

Bob Justman and Rick Berman were two characters considered as replacements for the White House Chief of Staff in this episode. They were named after Star Trek producers Rick Berman and Robert H. Justman by episode writers Brannon Braga and Manny Coto.

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2point4 Children[]

One of the recurring characters in the British sitcom 2point4 Children was a rival plumber to Ben called Jake Klinger, nicknamed Jake The Klingon, who was a hardened Trekkie (or Trekker as he insisted).

"Beam Me Up, Scotty"[]

Ben's rival plumber, Jake the Klingon is said to have died, and is supposed to be having a Star Trek-themed funeral. But in actual fact, he doesn't turn out to have died, and like Spock, makes a return from the dead. In fact, Jake has faked his death. Much to his chagrin, his wife Bill attended as Beverly Crusher despite Ben's insistence the funeral was "strictly old series".

"Seven Dials"[]

Another episode featuring Jake the Klingon, Ben's rival. This episode has more of a Prisoner theme than a Trek one though.

"The Man Who Knew Too Much"[]

This episode is laden with science fiction references, and again features Jake the Klingon.

30 Rock[]

Featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Scott Lawrence, the Beastie Boys, John Cho, Maulik Pancholy and Padma Lakshmi.

In "The Head and the Hair", Liz Lemon compares a handsome guy's eyes to the tractor beam of the Death Star, at which point Jenna Maroney interrupts with ""No Liz, do not talk about stuff like that on your date. Guys like that do not like Star Trek", which Liz angrily corrects as ""Wars!".

In "Believe in the Stars", Tracy says he watched Boston Legal nine times before realizing it wasn't a new Star Trek (presumably due to it starring William Shatner).

In "Reunion" Tracy Jordan asks an elevator ""How come they're aren't any Puerto Ricans on Star Trek!? They got every race and life-form in the galaxy, except for Puerto Ricans! What's up with that?!"

"Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter"[]

Several new nicknames are suggested for Toofer, including Splock, which comes from "black Spock".

"Emanuelle Goes To Dinosaur Land"[]

Tracy Jordan is revealed to have grown up on the corner of 157th Street and Lieutenant Uhura Avenue (of New York). Note that this is apparently a real street, or rather a nickname for the real Convent Avenue. [1]

3rd Rock from the Sun[]

With recurring roles for William Shatner, Shay Astar and Jim Beaver.

"Hotel Dick"[]

Features a science fiction convention, at which George Takei makes an appearance, talking about Star Trek. Furthermore, a few Star Trek-themed cosplayers can be seen in the public.

7 Days In Hell[]

Queen Elizabeth II says she only knighted "the bald guy from Star Trek" as a joke.

7th Street Theater[]

Star mission

A scene from "Star Mission"

The episode "Star Mission" is patterned after Star Trek, and makes use of uniforms from various 24th century-set series.


Academy Awards 2013[]

During the opening monologue of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, James T. Kirk (William Shatner) broadcasts from the 23rd century – and on what looks like the USS Enterprise-A's bridge – to prevent host Seth MacFarlane from performing several skits that would cause him to receive poor reviews.

According to Jim[]

ABC sitcom whose guest stars included Rosalind Chao, and Nana Visitor.

"Wedding Bell Blues" (S04E27)[]

Andy recalls a friend in his sci-fi film club becoming a starship chaplain online and having married a Klingon and a Romulan to each other, constituting what "the Federation is all about", according to Andy.

"The Stick" (S05E14)[]

Andy, the sci-fi buff, admits of having sci-fi themed "mantasies", one of them featuring a man dressed as a 24th century yellow Starfleet officer, and another dressed as a Klingon.

"The Thin Green Line" (S05E20)[]

Ryan claims to have always wanted to yell, "KHAAAAANNNN!", but laments that you can't work it into casual conversation. Later, while drunk, he yells it over the phone.

"The Grill II" (S06E15)[]

Andy has a Klingon burial shroud for sale at his garage sale.

Adventures in Wonderland[]

In the claymation story segment in the episode, "Whose Carrots are They, Anyway", a young boy named Timmy has a picture of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D is his room.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[]

Marvel Comics adaptation featuring Titus Welliver, Ron Glass, Glenn Morshower, Neal McDonough, Brad Dourif, and William Sadler, and occasionally directed by Roxann Dawson and Jonathan Frakes.

"The Man Behind The Shield"[]

Coulson says that Ivanov was just another redshirt to him.


Fitz exasperatedly says "Beam me up, Scotty" when being interrogated about the team's disappearance.

Alarm für Cobra 11[]

This long-running German buddy cop / action series featured a few references. In the 2010 episode "Tag der Finsternis", Detective Ben Jäger is attenting his high school reunion where a nerdish former classmate, Nico is nicknamed "Mr. Spock" and pranked with a "F*ck You Mr. Spock" sign stuck on his back.

In the 2009 feature-length episode "Das Ende der Welt", a billboard advertisement of Star Trek can be seen.


ALF (which stands for "Alien Life Form") is an ET stuck with an earth family in this US sitcom. ALF refers to Captain Kirk in Someone to Watch Over Me: Part 1, and also says "Hey Scotty, beam me up!" in "The Boy Next Door" episode. In "Take a look at me Now", ALF says "Live long and prosper" to Raquel; in "Running Scared", ALF records a "captain's log", and there are several other references to Star Trek in the series.

All Quiet on the Preston Front[]

The brainy character Private Simon Matlock is nicknamed Spock.

All That[]

In this Nickelodeon comedy show, a frequent sketch, entitled "USS Spaceship", was a parody of Star Trek. It featured Captain Tantrum (Amanda Bynes), a child commander of the starship, who got her way by screaming and shouting. The crew encountered various comedic aliens, such as Crouton or the Queen of the Hoganoids, who mostly relented when Captain Tantrum screamed and cried.

Alpha House[]

In the episode "The rebuttal" a poll numbers expert compares a senator's situation to the Kobayashi Maru test.

The Amanda Show[]

"Episode 13"[]

In the "Blockblister" sketch, a woman comes into the store dissapointed that the video she rented is not Star Trek. The Biokey family tells her she actually rented their spoof of Star Trek, Star Drek. When the video is shown, it features Blini and Biscotti acting as crew members in space, Blini pretened to shot Biscotti with her phaser and Bescotti pretending to beam himslf up to the Underprise. When refusing to pay, the customer says "Live Long and Suffer" to the family and a customer.

American Housewife[]

Starring Diedrich Bader.

The second season episode "Finding Fillion", which partially takes place at a science-fiction convention, features multiple people wearing Next Generation uniforms, including a teenager dressed up as Data.


"Sense and Sensitivity"[]

Cordelia states that "Mr. and Mrs. Spock need to mind meld now" when referring to Angel and Kate.


Cordelia thinks "that bald guy from Star Trek" would make a great narrator, but is not specific as to whom (presumably Patrick Stewart).

Angel of Christmas[]

In this 2015 TV movie, a character tells another one to "Enjoy the ride, the destination will unfold", to which she responds by asking whether he had made it up or stole it from an old Star Trek.

Animal Practice[]

"The Two George Colemans"[]

Juanita, a black woman who's dressed up as Daddy Warbucks, angrily says to a passerby that she isn't "the captain from Deep Space Nine".

The Aquabats! Super Show![]

In the season two episode "The Return of the Aquabats!", the upgraded BattleTram is equipped with missiles with "NCC-1701" printed on the sides.

Arrested Development[]

In the episode "A New Start", butter is swapped for a Star Trek chess set at a barter-based restaurant called CW Swappigans.


Starring Michael Dorn.

The Return[]

The scene with Slade threatening to leave Oliver and Thea imprisoned in his cell on Lian Yu is a reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, with the quote "I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her... marooned for all eternity...".

The Candidate[]

Jessica says she wants to take Moira Queen's place as mayor. On Star Trek Voyager, Jessica's actress Jeri Ryan played a Borg named Seven of Nine and Moira's actress Susanna Thompson played the Borg Queen. There were several episodes where it was said or insinuated that Seven of Nine wanted to take the Borg Queen's place.

Beacon of Hope[]

When Thea bursts into Felicity's office just after the latter's mother, she claims that they are like Tribbles, creatures from the Star Trek franchise which are known for their often-excessive reproduction rate. Additionally, when one of the mechanical bees enters Oliver's body and begins replicating, Curtis compares it to Borg, a group of aliens from the same franchise who forcibly transform individuals into drones by injecting nanoprobes into their bodies.

Lost in the Flood[]

During the hacking battle over Rubicon, Cooper Seldon taunts Felicity that they are going to "once more unto the breach." This is from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, which Curtis recognizes.


Cisco refers to the stasis that the heroes are being kept in as "a little alien, a little Star Trek – J. J. Abrams style", referring to the 2009 film, Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which were directed by J. J. Abrams.

At the Movies[]

In their syndicated television program, Chicago-based film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel reviewed all Star Trek feature films from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock to Star Trek: Insurrection. After Siskel's death in 1999, Richard Roeper replaced him on the show. Ebert and Roeper reviewed Star Trek Nemesis in 2002.

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman[]

HBO's 1993 remake of the B-movie classic (featuring William Windom, Hamilton Camp, Hilary Shepard Turner, Stephen Rowe, Patricia Tallman, and Chris Doyle). The last scene features Harry Archer (Daniel Baldwin) and two other husbands in a spaceship, wearing costumes reminiscent of the TOS uniforms.

Attack of the Show![]

The February 9, 2006 live episode of G4's Attack of the Show! aired a pre-recorded skit making a parody of Star Trek's mirror universe. Kevin Pereira left his office cubicle and walked towards the studio, passing along the way various people doing their jobs, one putting up a poster for a blood drive, and two others shredding papers. Pereira entered the empty sound stage and, looking for something to do, walked through the mysterious door on the back of the set and entered into a bending and wavering corridor, at the opposite end of which one can see an identical door. Kevin went through to the other end into a seemingly identical sound stage and headed back out to the hall where the same employees were toiling away. Only, now they were sporting goatees and carrying out various acts of violence, one employee shredding another's arm in the paper shredder, and another hammering a bloodied animal onto the wall.

The skit cut to what was presumably that day's later live broadcast. Sarah, Wil, and Brendan were all on the couch answering chat questions. Sarah asks Kevin's answer to a chatter's question regarding the PS3 versus the Xbox 360. Wil hands him a mace upon which he goes to torture the chatter in a segment dubbed "Fresh Blood," in contrast to the normal show's "Fresh Ink." That bit references the fact that they are really tired of receiving that question, as they have mentioned in many shows. Kevin begins to torture the man exclaiming, "This evil world rules!"

Later in the real show, a chatter asked Kevin if he found the bearded Sarah sexy. He said yes, claiming that the entire alternate dimension was hotter, trying to make a joke from the fact that he has a goatee in real life. Another chatter asked if Kevin got away with anything in the alternate universe. Kevin claimed he was able to double-dip at the craft service table. (This was even more humorous, as no G4 shows had any form of craft services, only a break room with various forms of free canned sodas.)

Another episode features the USS AOTS (Nebula-class, no registry number) being attacked by a B'Rel-class Bird-of-Prey. Kevin, Olivia, and two unnamed engineering personnel try to fend off the attack, eventually leading up to the Bird-of-Prey's captain (Wil in Klingon makeup) making demands for a graphic with obscene narration. Despite Kevin apparently being the captain of the USS AOTS, Olivia accepts the demands because she has motion sickness.

Despite the exterior shots depicting a ship whose class was not commissioned until 2357, the uniforms are those from 2265.


Babylon 5[]

Bad Sugar[]

This Britcom was never picked up, but the pilot was released. In it, there is a scene in which two characters exchange insults in the form of expressions with the word "bitch" inserted in them. One of these is "Revenge is a bitch best served cold".


A Star Trek-themed robot called The Brainsters of Triskellian competed in Seasons 3.0 and 5.0 of the televised robot fighting tournament when it aired on Comedy Central.

Battlestar Galactica[]


Paramount Television produced sitcom for CBS Broadcasting, starring Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond host Ted Danson and Terry Farrell. This was the show Farrell either left Deep Space Nine for, or became employed at, directly after she was fired/forced to leave/let go – reports on the exact circumstances under which this happened remain to this day unclear and contradictory.

In one episode of the series, Bob remarks that his ex-wife was "hit by more lasers than the Starship Enterprise."

Being Human (American)[]

The second episode of the series refers to Star Trek. In addition, Sam Witwer is a regular on the show and plays the role of the vampire Aiden.

Episode 23 "Dream Reaper" a recurring character by the name of Zoe attempts to help Sally out of a dream she is trapped in, and enters through what she calls a "Mind Meld", prompt Aiden to ask about it while showing the hand gesture.

Being Erica[]

In the episode "Erica the Vampire Slayer", the character IF uses Odo to explain to Erica what a shapeshifter is. Erica later uses the phrase "Live long and prosper" to say goodbye to IF.

Better Off Ted[]

"Lust in Translation"[]

Scientists Lem and Phil create a universal translator. In one scene, Ted's line "Greta, can we talk?" is translated into Klingon, and subtitled as "Human female! You will speak!"


In the 1968 episode "Samantha's Secret Saucer" (guest starring Hamilton Camp), when Tabitha flies her toy spaceship, Aunt Clara tells her, "You're a better spaceman than Doctor [sic] Spock".

The Big Bang Theory[]

Big Time Rush[]

Guest starring Ed Begley, Jr., Robert Pine, Jonathan Schmock, and featuring voice actors Tara Strong, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny, Phil LaMarr, and Jess Harnell.

In "Big Time Girl Group", the music video for "I Know You Know" was possibly inspired by some of Star Trek referrences.

Black Mirror[]

Debuting in December 2011 and set in the near future, Black Mirror is a British Channel 4 produced cautionary tale anthology series in which present-day technological and socioeconomic developments and their impact on societies are scrutinized. Inspired by the legendary and similarly conceived American The Twilight Zone series, the British series is picked up by the streaming service Netflix.

"Playtest" (S03E02)[]

In this episode, the character Cooper upon being asked if he is ready to start a virtual reality simulation enthusiastically answers "beam me up, lock and load".

"USS Callister" (S04E01)[]

This episode is an overt Star Trek parody that uses an online game based on a classic TV show – called Space Fleet – to explore the theme of misogyny and cyberbullying.

After that episode debuted in December 2017, reports that a spinoff based on it was being discussed emerged in January 2017. [2] [3] The viability of such a potential move was validated at the 2018 Emmy Award ceremonies, where this episode alone picked up six nominations out of eight in total for the entire fourth season, of which it won no less than four, including the most prestigious one in the category "Outstanding Television Movie". [4] This actually turned out to an embarrassment for the franchise it had drawn its inspiration from as the first season of Star Trek: Discovery only secured two nominations in minor technical categories that year, despite an elaborate publicity campaign by CBS Broadcasting to achieve much more, and neither of which won. [5] [6]


Long-running crime series revolving around the unlikely partnership between the cocky and jaded FBI agent Seeley Booth and the emotionally detached forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, and like Star Trek's Leonard McCoy, nicknamed "Bones" by Booth.

"A Boy in a Bush" (S01E05)[]

When down-to-Earth FBI agent Seeley Booth contrasts Angela Montenegro's humanistic and emotional responses to her colleague's detached scientific, academic approach in regard to the remains of a murdered child they are tasked to investigate, he states, "Angela didn't get the same training the rest of you got on Planet Vulcan."

"The Superhero in the Alley" (S01E12)[]

When Zack Addy admits he never read comic books, Jack Hodgins surprised lists a couple of franchises including Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate, and Battlestar Galactica.

"The Resurrection in the Remains" (S11E05)[]

In this crossover episode with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci's show Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane angrily snarls "Do I look as though I have just beamed down from the planet Vulcan!?" when Hodgins comments on his 18th-century clothing.

Boston Legal[]

Boston Legal is a legal comedy-drama that aired on ABC from 2004 to 2008. The series stars William Shatner in his Emmy-winning role as egotistical and sometimes senile attorney Denny Crane. Also starring in the series is Rene Auberjonois of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fame as Paul Lewiston.

Given Shatner's and Auberjonois' association with Star Trek, several Trek-related in-jokes have crept into the series. In addition, many actors (most having played aliens) who have guest-starred on Star Trek have popped up in guest roles. Trek regulars who have made appearances are Ethan Phillips, Jeri Ryan, Michelle Forbes, Scott Bakula, and Armin Shimerman; two actors who make numerous appearances (both as judges) are Ron Canada and Henry Gibson, while Joanna Cassidy had a recurring role as Shatner's love interest. John Larroquette (the Klingon Maltz in ST III) joined the Boston Legal cast in Season 4, having previously played an attorney, Dan Fielding, on Night Court.

"Finding Nimmo"[]

In this episode, Denny takes his friend and fellow attorney, Alan Shore (played by James Spader), to Nimmo Bay in Canada to get over a recent break-up. While staying the night in a cabin, Alan reads a book on sea lice and explains to Denny that the lice are called "cling-ons." Denny replies to this by asking "Did you say "Klingons?" The German translation of this episode is using a different wordplay in which Shore says "Dance on the ecological Vulcan" and Denny replies "Did you say Vulcan?".

"The Cancer Man Can"[]

William Shatner in Boston Legal

Shatner using his "communicator"

Denny receives a new cell phone as a gift from his new girlfriend (played by Star Trek: Enterprise guest actress Joanna Cassidy). When Denny flips the phone open, it makes the chirping sound of an original series communicator. The episode was directed by original series guest star Lou Antonio.

"Helping Hands"[]

Denny and Paul (Shatner and Auberjonois) argue about Denny being the "captain" of the office and Paul just being a "boatsman" after Paul gave Denny his marriage contract.

"...There's Fire!"[]

While dancing with his new wife Beverly (Joanna Cassidy), Denny met Troy, a friend of Beverly who is working as a realtor in Hawaii. Beverly proposed that the couple should have their first home on Hawaii and Denny replied "...and what should I do? Beam to Boston every day?".

"Trial of the Century"[]

In keeping with the show's penchant for breaking the fourth wall, William Shatner's character Denny Crane, tells a flock of reporters that he "once captained his own space ship."

See also[]


In the fifth live show, "Weapons Grade Y-Fronts Tour", Eddie Hitler's time-traveling toilet, the TURDIS, is allegedly powered by a dilithium crystal; after wasting time with a meaningless questionnaire, he claims that he was "waiting for the dilithium crystal to reach optimum temperature".

Boy Meets World[]

In a first season episode, Cory Matthews thinks that his teacher, Mr. Feeny, believes fellow classmate Stuart Minkus to be "the next Captain Kirkicard" (mistaking Søren Kierkegaard for both James Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard.) In a second season episode, when Cory is given an assignment to do a biography on a person, he claims his "more interesting" subject will be "Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise." When his teacher, Mr. Turner, protests, he claims that "Captain Kirk is a fictional character. The guy is sixty-three years old and wears a tribble on his head."

In "Danger Boy", Mr. Feeny is clearly heard shouting "Warp factor ten, Mr. Sulu!" as the car for the most dangerous roller coaster built departs the station.

Breaking Bad[]


In the episode "Sunset" Walter White calls Saul Goodman for advice on getting rid of The RV. Saul asks Walter if he hasn't made any precautions. He says "Starship Enterprise had a self-destruct button, I'm just sayin'"

"Blood Money"[]

In August 2013, the TV series Breaking Bad featured an extended conversation about Star Trek in the mid-season premiere, "Blood Money", of the show's fifth and final season. Characters Brandon "Badger" Mayhew and Skinny Pete (very stoned) discuss Star Trek, and Pete (while smoking from a bong) claims that every time a character uses the transporter, the original person is actually destroyed, and the transporter simply makes a perfect copy (a "color xerox") at the target location. This greatly disturbs Badger, who asks if this means there were something like 147 different Kirks during the run of the TV series, each of whom were killed and replaced by a duplicate when they used the transporter. Pete confirms this is exactly what he is saying, and cites that Dr. McCoy rarely uses the transporter because as a doctor, he knows what it actually does to people.

Badger and Pete go on discussing Star Trek, and Badger describes an idea for a Star Trek script which he has had for a long time. In his script, the crew's mission has been boring and uneventful for some time, so they decide to hold a pie-eating contest in the mess hall – "tulaberry pies". Pete says that he doesn't know what tulaberries are, to which Badger responds "Tulaberries, from Gamma Quadrant, yo." Pete sharply interjects "That's Voyager, dude." Annoyed, Badger continues by saying, "Okay, blueberries. They're eating blueberry pie."

Badger goes on to explain that the pie-eating contest comes down to just Spock, Kirk, and Chekov. Pete thinks Kirk would have room to spare, but Badger insists that Spock is winning because of his heightened Vulcan metabolism. Kirk has to admit defeat, but the only other crewmember still in the contest besides Spock is Chekov. Ingeniously, Chekov and Scott collaborated to rig the contest, so as soon as Chekov eats a pie Scott uses the transporter to beam his stomach contents out into space, so he can eat an infinite amount of food. Spock is becoming very frustrated and doesn't understand how Chekov can keep eating. Unfortunately, Lt. Uhura then comes into engineering and Scott, distracted by her "pointies," hits the wrong button, and suddenly Chekov is vomiting up blood – Scott accidentally beamed his internal organs out into space as well.

Breaking In[]

Starring Christian Slater.


Oz has the TOS Enterprise's captain's chair in his office. He says it was a gift from William Shatner for taking care of a stalker problem: Oz' Klingonese-speaking employee Cash, who is shown standing in Shatner's yard wearing a sciences blue TNG uniform.

"White On White On White"[]

Oz gives Cash the Vulcan nerve pinch as punishment for contradicting him.

"The Contra Club"[]

Oz calls Cameron "Chekov" before making him sit down in the Enterprise's captain's chair.

"The Blind Sided"[]

Cash wants to mind meld with Cameron to learn about Cameron's night of sex with Melanie.

Buck Rogers[]

Relva VII matte painting's original appearance as Aldebaran II in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

The future Relva VII Starfleet Academy facility

Several names from Star Trek, most notably Captain Christopher Pike, can be heard in "background dialogue" (PA announcements, etc.) in several 1979 first season episodes.

In the first season two-part episode "The Plot to Kill a City", an "Aldebaran II spaceport" appeared, which was executed as a matte painting and created by future Star Trek Visual Effects Producer Dan Curry. The painting reappeared a short time later in the same season episode "Planet of the Amazon Women", co-written by former Original Series Producer D.C. Fontana, as the "Zantia spaceport". Later, Curry used his painting to create a slightly different version which was subsequently featured as the Relva VII Starfleet Academy facility, seen in The Next Generation first season episode "Coming of Age", in effect becoming one of his very first contributions to the franchise.

The pilot feature that started off the Universal Studios television series, had been served by visual effects cameramen Hoyt Yeatman, Dave Stewart and Scott Squires, albeit uncredited. Also working on the pilot was Michele Small as production assistant as well as Curry's matte painting colleague Syd Dutton. Tim McHugh started out his Hollywood career on the series in a similar function as held by Small. Fully titled Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and a remake of the studio's own 1930s serials, the by Glen A. Larson developed series was intended as a replacement for his own Battlestar Galactica, the studio had cancelled the same year when Buck Rogers started its two-season run in 1979.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer[]

The makeup and prosthetics for this series (and its spin-off Angel) was done by Optic Nerve Studios, who later was contracted as such for Star Trek: Discovery.

In the season one episode "Prophecy Girl", Xander proclaims "I'm sorry, calm may work for Locutus of the Borg here, but I'm freaked out and I intend to stay that way."

In a season five episode, Xander also quotes James T. Kirk in saying "Kill us both, Spock" in a situation where he, like Kirk in "The Enemy Within", had been split into two beings.

In season six episode "Seeing Red", Willow and Tara explain to Buffy and Xander that they've deciphered all the documents from the "Stooges" (Warren Mears, Andrew Wells and Jonathan Levins) on everything except one document. Xander recognizes it as Klingon love poems.

Later, in the final season, after Xander has a bad date with a demon, he asks Willow to "gay him up." He starts talking about attempting to fantasize about Scott Bakula, who another character dreamily identifies as Jonathan Archer.

Buiten de Zone[]

This Flemish-language Belgian TV series often parodied popular culture, including on a few occasions Star Trek.

"De Jongerenfoon"[]

Already in the first episode, "de jongerenfoon", an on-the-scene reporter reporting from the moon ends his report by saying "beam me up, Scotty" and being beamed away.

"Kitch en kunst"[]

The episode "Kitch en kunst" (Kitsch and art) parodies the perceived tendency of Flemish films to focus on farmers according to one character by showing, among other genres, a bit from a film described as science fiction: it shows "farmer Spock" piloting a harvester, and coming upon giant potatoes, which he reports by communicator to "farmer Scotty".


The episode "Gevaar" (Danger), features extended drug-induced hallucinations. At one point a character imagines herself to be Princess Leia from Star Wars, who is captured by Darth Vader aboard the Death Star, only to be rescued by an original series landing party including Mister Spock.


This German comedy show featured a regular sketch entitled "Unser (T)Raumschiff" (Our Spaceship, with a pun on Traum meaning dream), which was a parody of the original Star Trek series (known as Raumschiff Enterprise in German), revolving around the misadventures of the starship Surprise, and its all gay crew, including Captain Kork, Mr. Spuck, Schrotti, etc. Its success led to the feature film spin-off (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1.


Canada's Worst Driver 2 (Eye of the Needle Challenge)[]

While one of the contestants were speeding up, their nominator/friend was calling out warp factors matching the miles per hour "warp 6.7" which translated into 67 mph.

A Carol Christmas[]

William Shatner plays the Ghost of Christmas Present in this 2003 TV movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Whenever he and the titular character move from one location to another, they use the transporter effect, as a homage to Shatner's role in Star Trek. James Cromwell plays the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Carol Burnett Show (Original)[]

In Star Trip, Captain Quirk (Harvey Korman) and a very emotional Mr. Spook (Sid Caesar) encounter Virginia Robot a live bomb played by Carol Burnett.

In Mrs. Invisible Man, Carol asked her invisible husband to feed the baby, also invisible, some antidote. Within seconds, someone walked down the living room with the antidote. It turns out that Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) appeared, making Carol shocked.

Carol Burnett Show (1991 revival)[]

In one episode skit, the Enterprise passes through the "Estrogena Nebula" and all the crew have their genders reversed. Kirk is played by Carol Burnett, Spock by Andrea Martin.

Caroline In The City[]

Starring Amy Pietz.

"Caroline and the Bad Back"[]

Del says "Excuse me, Captain Kirk!" when Richard angrily kicks him out of the chair at his drafting table.


A police series in which mystery novelist Richard Castle serves as permanent consultant to the NYPD, teamed up with detective Kate Beckett. Penny Johnson became a series regular in the show's fourth season; Robert Picardo and Michael Dorn appeared in recurring roles, with Jonathan Frakes as an occasional director. Guest stars include Linda Park.

"Hell Hath No Fury" (S01E04)[]

Castle tells daughter Alexis "you have the bridge, Number One."

"Ghosts" (S01E08)[]

This episode features a a paraplegic sailor as a supporting character called "Captain Pyke."

"The Final Frontier" (S05E06)[]

Castle mentions Star Trek as an example of good sci-fi. He also speaks in William Shatner cadence when talking about real-world laser blasters. When sitting in the captain's chair on the Nebula 9 Fan Experience set (obviously patterned after the "Trekdom" phenomenon), he delivers Picard's "Let's make sure that history never forgets the name Enterprise" line from TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise". Beckett also describes the Nebula 9 character Lieutenant Chloe in terms that make her similar to Jadzia Dax. Jonathan Frakes, director of the episode, cameos at the beginning as a convention attendee getting Castle's autograph. The murderer also refers to a character in the show who was revived by an "Andorian empath".

Armin Shimerman puts in a cameo as a science-fiction gadget inventor, owner of the initially darkened premises Castle and Beckett enter, finding themselves caught in targeting laser beams, emulating a signature Borg scene as featured in Star Trek: First Contact.

"Deep Cover" (S06E12)[]


"Wait a minute, wait, we are demonstrating two-dimensional thinking here, like Khan in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

Beckett without missing a beat:

"Khan didn't realize the Enterprise was below him"


"Right, so if we are the Enterprise, that means that Gemini is..."


"...above us."

Discussion between the two main characters, trying to ascertain the whereabouts of an antagonist in a multilevel library.

"Clear and Present Danger" (S07E03)[]

Beckett and Castle investigate someone who worked with a top secret company that developed a personal cloaking device. They use fire extinguisher foam to flush out the character who is evading their capture while wearing it, like Kirk and Spock do to find a Gorn intruder. (Star Trek)

"Dead From New York" (S07E22)[]

One of the people they are questioning in a sketch comedy show creator's murder mentions having appeared in a show or film called Star Fleet.

Crossover connections[]

Chappelle's Show[]

One of the sketches on Chappelle's Show involved a revelation that Jedi (from Star Wars) were molesting their Padawans. A Star Trek fan dressed like Spock expressed his belief that the fleet commanders of the Federation would never allow molestations to occur. However, before he can finish his thought, a Star Wars fan dressed like Darth Maul gives him a wedgie.


"Dark Imaginings"[]

In the 19th episode of the fourth season, George Wendt's character Norm Peterson tells John Ratzenberger's character Cliff Clavin he is "boldy going where no man has gone before".

"Loathe and Marriage"[]

In the 15th episode of the eleventh season from 1993, Woody (Woody Harrelson) is asked about his wedding gift for Serafina Tortelli. He said it is a set of Star Trek steak knives. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) then jumped off his barstool and said this gift was originally from him and Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) for Woody's wedding. While Woody described them as "the ugliest thing he ever saw", Frasier said about them they were "delightfully whimsical and very utilitarian". Later, Nick (Dan Hedaya) and Loretta (Jean Kasem) also appear at the wedding reception and Loretta is carrying a present which is also a Star Trek steak knives set.

Childrens' Hospital[]

D'Ghor Koru and Stern

Lt. D'Ghor Koru and Captain Stern wait for transport

In the episode "Joke Overload", Captain Stern from the starship Navoa is admitted to the hospital from a "Starfleet event nearby" while being treated by Lieutenant D'Ghor Koru, a Klingon medical officer in a red uniform. Stern is eventually cured by a transducer unit implanted into his arm to fight the Borg techovirus. Shortly after this, a moving comment by D'Ghor Koru leads to him and Dr. Lola Spratt having sex atop Captain Stern in the ER. Stern, Koru, and Spratt eventually try to save two people who were impaled on the same flagpole using a phaser with its polarity reversed, which surprisingly works for a moment before both die. Stern and Koru then signal their starship for transport as the rest of the doctors walk out of the room.

The Chaser's War On Everything[]

In season 2 episode 7, there is a sketch of the "Starship Preposterous", which is clearly a parody of TOS. The Chaser team mocks the use of elaborate scientific names and the way in which the crew get themselves into and out of trouble. In the deleted scenes there are more sketches which never made it to air – including one where the crew ask why every alien they meet is six feet tall and bipedal.

Chicago Fire[]

Featuring Raphael Sbarge, Gordon Clapp, Rachel Nichols, and Michelle Forbes.

"A Nuisance Call"[]

Shay confuses Cylons for Klingons when Otis is describing the original Battlestar Galactica to her.

"Two Ts"[]

Logan asks if a Halligan lying on the apparatus floor is a Lirpa, causing him and Otis to talk about "Amok Time".


Produced by Robert Duncan McNeill and featuring Bonita Friedericy, Tony Todd, Faran Tahir, John Larroquette, Melinda Clarke, Lisa LoCicero, Ethan Phillips, and Scott Bakula.

"Chuck Versus the Sandworm"[]

Morgan says that Chuck can quote Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan word for word.

"Chuck Versus the Nemesis"[]

Chuck and Bryce speak Klingonese to each other, in one situation so Chuck could confirm to Bryce without alerting the enemy that he was wearing body armor.

“Chuck Versus the Crown Vic”[]

Chuck, Jeff, and Lester visit a yacht belonging to Lon Kirk, and Lester thinks of Captain Kirk.

"Chuck Versus the Fear of Death"[]

Agent Rye does the Vulcan nerve pinch to a guard and initially claims he learned it from Star Trek, then says he really learned it in Bangladesh despite being a fan of the show.


British children's comedy series, featuring the Chuckle Brothers duo which included the Sketch "Chuckle Trek – the Lost Generation".

Cinema Insomnia[]


In the episode "Creature", Mr. Lobo uses the phrase "boldly goes where no one has gone before" ("also luckily for Astronaut John, the slightly softer and more man-friendly Susan boldly goes where no one has gone before.") and the Vulcan salute saying "Klaatu barada nikto", referencing the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.

"The Last Man on Earth"[]

As the last man on Earth, Mr. Lobo decides he could open his Star Trek: The Next Generation action figure "Louisiana Klingon Fisherman Worf with Crawdad Chomping Action" from its original package.

Further information

Clarissa Explains It All[]

In the forth season episode "The Flu", Clarissa imagines that she takes command of the Enterprise when the other crewmembers go ill. This short scene features a recreation of the TOS bridge complete with genuine TOS-era uniforms.

In another episode, she imagines being visited by typical Grey aliens, one of whom asks her about Cardassians.

2009 CMT Awards[]

An extended comedy skit that opened this awards show (broadcast June 16, 2009) saw country singer Taylor Swift placed in several out-of-character circumstances, such as a rap video and the new Star Trek. In the latter, Swift was outfitted in a Starfleet uniform, given Vulcan ears, and digitally placed in Kirk's stead during the scene in the film where he and Scott are brought to the bridge, giving evasive, sarcastic responses when ordered by Spock to answer his questions – when host Bill Engvall, also in uniform arrives on the bridge, she vaporizes him with her phaser. [7]

The Colbert Report[]

Clips from "Sins of The Father" are used in an episode of The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert "mistakes" Kurn for 2008 US Republican Presidential primary candidate Rudy Giuliani, and the scene of Picard rhetorically asking, "What does this say about an empire that holds honor so dear?" is used.

In February 2008, Colbert honored Lieutenant Worf in his 3rd Annual Ethnic Minute, titled "African Chinese History New Year's Month Minute."

In an April 2009 edition of the show's "Better Know A District" segment (interviews with members of the US Congress in which Colbert asks highly inappropriate questions, which, knowing the interview is satirical, are sometimes met with equally inappropriate answers), Colbert and New York congressman Dan Maffei, an acknowledged Trek fan, donned fake mirror Spock goatees for much of the interview, playfully attributing the questions, and answers such as "I enjoy cocaine", to their "evil twins". The segment also ended with Maffei giving Colbert a Vulcan salute.

In the May 9, 2013 episode, LeVar Burton gives his VISOR to Carey Mulligan so she can read The Great Gatsby. He later puts it on himself and is beamed up.


In the episode "Fade In To Murder", guest starring William Shatner and featuring Walter Koenig, a portrait of Shatner as James T. Kirk can be seen in Ward Fawler (Shatner)'s living room.

The Comedy Central Roast of...[]

...William Shatner[]

Balok, adult

Clint Howard as an adult Balok

Cable network Comedy Central produced a two-hour roast of William Shatner which aired on August 20, 2006, with Shatner being the butt of numerous Star Trek-related jokes. During the TV special, Shatner sat on a replica of the command chair of the USS Enterprise. Bartenders in the background were dressed as Orion slave girls. Jason Alexander served as emcee and roastmaster. The roast performers included George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Andy Dick, and Sarah Silverman. Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, Rene Auberjonois, and Rosalind Chao were in the live audience. Clint Howard also appears in the roast reprising his role of Balok who had developed a bit of a drinking problem, being addicted to tranya.

...Charlie Sheen[]

William Shatner was a roaster on the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen, which aired on September 19, 2011, and several Star Trek-related jokes were made by, and directed at, him. It was hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Shatner joked about how he'd slept with green women and how to shock people in his day, he'd have to do stuff like kiss a black woman or let an Asian drive.

Comic Book Men[]

Comic Book Men is a reality television series set at Kevin Smith's New Jersey comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. Lots of collectibles are shown passing through the store, including, unsurprisingly, occasionally Star Trek merchandise.

The very first episode, "Junk", already sees the sale of Star Trek: The Next Generation commemorative plates at a flea market.

The episode "Ghostbusting at the Stash" features a technical manual.

The episode "Con Men" features a Star Trek Into Darkness Captain Kirk doll.

The episode "Dukes of Jersey" shows the store selling a Mego Star Trek USS Enterprise playset.

The episode "Uhura’s Uhura" has Nichelle Nichols visiting the store to buy an Uhura Mego doll. She ends up reenacting her famous interracial kiss with store regular Brian Johnson.

The episode "The Esposito Collection" reveals that Mike considers Data one of his top two robots of all time. The same episode is signed off by Keven Smith saying "Live long and prosper, children."

In the episode "Sucka M.C.", a sub-mariner no1 comes up at the store, and Brian comments that he looks like Spock in a speedo.

A major portion of the episode "The Captain and the Clerk" is devoted to an interview of Kevin Smith with William Shatner. Many of his classic Star Trek performances are discussed, including the funeral of Spock, which Smith calls one of his favorite performances ever, and Kirk shouting "Khaaan", which he offers as an example illustrating his argument that Shatner is one of the most memorable actors of the last fifty years.

At the end of the episode "Hometown Heroes", Kevin Smith announces that just like a wrongheaded network executive back in the day, they'll have to "end this enterprise".

"Pac-Ming" features a discussion on what real athlete could be a Flash Gordon-type character. Tom Brady is mentioned, though it is erroneously claimed that if he went in space he could "out-Kirk Kirk".

In "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Stash", he cast discusses what one element from the Star Trek universe they would want in the Star Wars universe and vice versa.

Comic Relief[]

In the sixth special, a special segment was produced on the bridge and observation lounge sets from Star Trek: The Next Generation during the seventh season and guest-starred Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, and Marina Sirtis as Commander Riker, Data, Dr. Crusher, Worf, Geordi La Forge, and Counselor Troi, respectively. In the segment, Data and La Forge beam back to the Enterprise after discovering some artifacts from 20th century Earth on a planet. The artifacts turn out to be a VHS cassette of a Comic Relief special and some articles of clothing ("TEE-shirts" and "SWEAT-shirts" as Data describes them), with Data explaining that the purpose of Comic Relief was to raise funds to fight homelessness in the United States. La Forge downloads the VHS tape into the Enterprise computer, revealing a still photograph of Comic Relief hosts Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg; however, Data and the rest of the crew mistakenly refer to her as "Whoo-pie." While Worf ponders "what kind of name is 'Whoo-pie'?", Dr. Crusher notices that "Whoo-pie" looks an awful lot like Guinan. When she ponders if "Whoo-pie" and Guinan are one and the same, the entire crew replies with "Nahhhh." As Data explains what the shirts were for (they were given out to donors to the Comic Relief pledgers), La Forge laments that the 50/50 cotton/polyester blend that comprised the shirts didn't interact well with the transporter, causing them to singe. Troi asks how well the special did, and Data replies that the previous specials raised over twenty million dollars which went towards helping homeless people and that the mantra used by Comic Relief, which used humor throughout, was "Where there's laughter, there's hope".


This long-running (2009-15) NBC sitcom was filmed on Paramount Stage 31, and starred an ensemble cast including Gillian Jacobs and Danny Pudi.

"Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples"[]

During a discussion about resurrection, Spock and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan come up.


Pierce dresses up as James T. Kirk for a Halloween party. Later Troy attacks him with the words "Beam this up, Scotty. In your face!". The episode also features narration by George Takei.

"Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking"[]

Pierce arranges for LeVar Burton to meet Troy. LeVar asks him if Troy knew him from Star Trek: The Next Generation; Troy confirms this in the following scene when he cries "Set phasers to love me!"

"Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy"[]

Britta picks up a hat owned by Abed emblazoned with the words "Trekkies do it in the Final Frontier".

"Remedial Chaos Theory"[]

Depicting the aftermath of the episode's "darkest timelime", Abed cuts out several brown felt goatees resembling the one bore by Spock in the mirror universe. After declaring his intentions to return to the prime timeline and kill the good versions of themselves, the rest of the group leaves, leaving Abed and Troy to don their goatees and dub themselves "Evil Troy and Evil Abed".

"Studies In Modern Movement"[]

First appearance of "the Dreamatorium", a play room used by Abed Nadir and Troy Barnes. It looks exactly like the style of holodeck used on the USS Enterprise-D, and has a similar function in the series, except for the fact that there is no imaging technology, instead relying on the user's imagination.

"Geothermal Escapism"[]

Troy is given a universal translator at the start of the episode, before he goes to sail around the world with LeVar Burton: Abed tells him to "Engage" as he departs. During the credits, Troy reads a list of questions about TNG for LeVar, including "Why don't they call it 'Planet Trek'? You never go to a star, not one time."


Starring Rachel Nichols, Brian Markinson, Roger Cross, and Tony Amendola.

"Matter Of Time"[]

Carlos asks Keira "Did anyone tell you you watched too much Star Trek as a kid?" because she's so well-versed in the physics of antimatter.

Coronation Street[]

A character named Cathy who is a hoarder says "Space. the final frontier...", referring to the now empty space in her recently de-cluttered house.

Aiden's sister Kate mentions the clothing company Underworld going where no clothing store had gone before.


British sitcom of the early 2000s, featuring the lives of people in their early thirties. The American style humor has given it a cult following on the other side of the Atlantic.

"The Girl With Two Breasts"[]

Steve uses Original Series metaphors to convince Jeff to talk to a girl, "Right Mr. Spock, put the Enterprise on red alert... Captain Kirk, it is time to shag the alien's girlfriend... Jeff, beam over". Not doing as Steve tells him but continuing the Star Trek conversation, Jeff then responds by saying "Do you remember when Captain Kirk would see a beautiful woman the screen would go all misty? I thought his eyes were steaming up because he was so excited. Every time I talked to a girl I tried to make my eyes steam up."

"My Dinner in Hell"[]

Mariella Frostrup can be heard talking about the cast of the Original Series during her live broadcast near the end of the episode.

"The Melty Man Cometh"[]

Jeff says "the engines cannae take it" while putting on a Scottish accent, an obvious impression of Montgomery Scott.

Criminal Minds[]

Guest stars include Anton Yelchin and Jonathan Frakes.


The I'm a doctor, not a... meme is brought up.

"The Big Game"[]

Reid challenges people to ask him about Star Trek episodes so that he can tell them the plot, identify the alien races in the episode, and quote Dr. McCoy. Hotch asks him to name the episode in which an alien entity named Sargon takes over Kirk's body. Reid not only names TOS: "Return to Tomorrow", but performs all the tasks he mentioned.

"The Popular Kids"[]

Scientific errors on Star Trek are discussed, with Reed pointing out that since it was made so long ago, there aren't really many.

"The Uncanny Valley"[]

  • Jonathan Frakes guest stars as Dr. Arthur Malcolm.
  • Garcia brings up the Redshirt phenomenon when mentioning the unsub's unfortunate childhood circumstances: She was doomed[…]. Like red-shirted ensign in Star Terk doomed

"What Happens at Home..."[]

Reid tells the new member of the unit, Ashley Seaver, that the famous phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" was never really uttered in the original Star Trek series.

Crossing Jordan[]

Coproduced by Damon Lindelof, starring Miguel Ferrer and Jerry O'Connell, and featuring W. Morgan Sheppard.

In one episode, Bug says he's working on a fan fiction story in which Kathryn Janeway has to have sex with a Borg.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation[]

Starring Paul Guilfoyle, Wallace Langham, and Liz Vassey, and Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond host Ted Danson, and featuring guest appearances by Brenda Strong, Gregg Henry, Brenda Bakke, Bruce McGill, Jolene Blalock, Dina Meyer, Kate Vernon, Melinda Page Hamilton, Bruce Davison, Raymond Cruz, Enrique Murciano, Kellie Waymire, Alicia Coppola, Neal McDonough, Ray Wise, Armin Shimerman, Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond participant Peri Gilpin, Scottie Thompson, Don Stark, Nana Visitor, and John Billingsley.

"Random Acts of Violence"[]

To show Greg that Archie was the better choice for a specific kind of evidence analysis, Nick asks Archie about a particular Trek episode involving a time portal. Archie replies, "Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, or Enterprise?"

"Monster in the Box"[]

Lab Technician David Hodges has a cat named Kobayashi Maru, in reference to the famed scenario. As one of the guys is about to make the Star Trek reference, another guy cuts him off before he finishes, possibly because uttering the franchise would have raised legal issues with CSI's studio. He calls the cat "Mr. K" or "Kobe."

"Theory of Everything"[]

The team begins finding bodies that have green blood. While it is found that the victims had extremely high levels of sulfur in their systems which caused the green blood, Hodges and DNA tech Wendy Simms argue over the particulars of Vulcan blood. While Hodges believes it is sulfur that makes Vulcan blood green, Wendy corrects him, saying it is actually copper, revealing herself to be a Star Trek fan.

"A Space Oddity"[]

Written by former Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writers Naren Shankar, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle, contains a subplot about the remaking of an old science fiction program named "Astro Quest", leading to a murder on a science fiction convention. Hodges, while inspecting a corpse, addresses detective Jim Brass and says "He's dead Jim". He turns out to be a huge fan of "Astro Quest", along with his assistant, Wendy Simms. Hodges daydreams about the two of them being "Commander Bishop" and "Yeoman Malloy" from the show (an apparent spoof of Captain Kirk and Yeoman Rand). Another part of the episode parodies "The Gamesters of Triskelion" with Wendy spoofing Shahna, and another makes Wendy into an Orion slave girl analogue from "The Cage". The title itself is a parody of the classic title 2001:A Space Odyssey, while "Astro Quest" is both a parody of Galaxy Quest and Star Trek (Astro is a synonym for Star while Quest is a synonym for Trek). The subplot, about a young director/producer remaking an old series with a brand new concept, angering fans is a direct reference/parody of the backlash Ronald D. Moore (who cameos as the first person to denounce the remake) experienced when remaking Battlestar Galactica.

CSI: Cyber[]

Starring Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond host Ted Danson.

"Why Fi"[]

Tech genius Daniel Krumitz is compared to Captain Kirk and the cyber crimes command center CTOC is his bridge.

CSI: Miami[]

Featuring guest appearances by Gregg Henry, Jolene Blalock, Robert Beltran, Raymond Cruz, Malcolm McDowell, Emily Bergl, Chris Pine, Johanna Watts, and Tim Russ.

"Fade Out"[]

A seemingly mob-related murder occurs. Investigation by Horatio and the team leads them to a pair of film students who are writing a screenplay which describes the crime exactly as it occurred. Those students hence become suspects. In a scene during which the two are working on their script, they discuss a character who has the line "Today is a good day to die," a reference to the timeless Klingon saying. One of the boys then suggested that that character be black, referring to Worf, played by Michael Dorn. Delko later mentions how the two have used every cliché in the book.


The investigators confront a suspect at a Halloween party in Klingon makeup who talks to them in Klingonese. One of the investigators translates and when his associates look at him funny indicates he learned it years ago.

"Wheels Up"[]

The episode's murder victim is a roller derby girl who goes by the name "Wrath of Connie."


Featuring Symba Smith, Dominic Keating, Neal McDonough, and Madchen Amick.

"Corporate Warriors"[]

A guy is killed during a festival. They go to his home and the refrigerator appears to be full of alcohol where one of the detectives says "Our victim looks like he was on some sort of Star Trek diet, you know, the kind where people have evolved past needing to eat real food."

Curb Your Enthusiasm[]

Guest starring Anton Yelchin

In the ninth season episode "The Accidental Text on Purpose", Larry David asks Leon if he's ever seen the movie Arabesque, leading Leon to wonder if that is "one of those Star Trek movies.


"Starting On The Wrong Foot"[]

Jonathan Frakes guest-stars as himself, putting the moves on Cybill after they do some sci-fi project together even though she won't date actors. On set he asks her to come with him as he will be a guest of honor on a Star Trek convention this weekend. He said, "maybe you'll like to beam down there with me?". When Cybill refused his advances, he said to her she should lower her shields and let him in and that they could "boldly go where no one has gone before".

Later, when Cybill asks her ex-husband Ira to tell Frakes over the phone that they're together, saying he's "the second-in-command of the starship Enterprise," Ira responds, "Listen, Nimoy, stay away from my woman!" Her daughter Zoe says she'd date him regardless of him being already married because he's "the #2 guy on the Enterprise! If the bald guy dies, he's the boss!" When nobody responds to his knocking at the door, Frakes pulls out a flip phone, says into it to try Candace Bergen's house, and beams out.

Besides Jonathan Frakes, the episode also features Trek actor Stephen Root as well as an unknown background actor.

"A Who's Who for What's His Name"[]

Picard double on Cybill

The "Captain Picard" lookalike

During the funeral ceremony for talent agent Arthur Minnow, played by Brian Keith, Cybill hired film and television lookalikes to let the widow Evelyn Minnow, played by Angela Paton, believe everyone cared for her husband. Among the lookalikes was a Captain Jean-Luc Picard double wearing the TNG command division uniform and a Whoopi Goldberg lookalike.

The episode also features regular background actor William Steinfeldt.

"Cybill Does Diary"[]

Sex Trek on Cybill

The Sex Trek adult movie

While visiting a video rental shop, Cybill and Maryann discover several adult movies including Sex Trek: The Next Gyration. Maryann commented, "...look, they do sci-fi."

This episode features Trek background actors William Steinfeldt and William Ward as well as an unknown actor.



Produced by Seth MacFarlane and featuring Glenn Morshower.

"Doubles Trouble"[]

Both Eli and Warner say "Wrath of Khan" after Eli reiterates Khan's "From Hell's heart, I stab at thee!" line from Moby Dick.

"Comic Book Issues"[]

Eli says that some toy phasers were stolen from his storage unit.

Dawson's Creek[]

In the episode "Escape from With Island", Dawson explains that there must be a logical explanation to the events that happening on the island to which his friend, Pacey Witter (played by Joshua Jackson), retorts with "well, why don't you send us a postcard, Spock, because I, for one, am not sticking around to find out."

DC's Legends of Tomorrow[]

In the episode "Marooned", Ray Palmer (the Atom) imitates recording a captain's log and says he feels like Captain Kirk. Kendra Saunders (Hawkgirl) says she prefers Picard. Palmer complains that Picard is sexless, but Saunders brings up Vash. Later, when piloting, Palmer says he's feeling more like Sulu.

Dead Ringers[]

A sketch on the television version of the British show Dead Ringers featured a sketch wherein Christopher Eccleston, then recently cast as the title character in the Doctor Who revival, goes home to tell the news to his parents. However, his parents are revealed to be fanatical Trekkies, and as such deeply disappointed.


Recurring cast member Anna Hopkins once spent $100 to get a photo of herself with Patrick Stewart. On the production side, several former Star Trek alumni were working on the digital visual effects for the series. These included, among others, Gary Hutzel, Doug Drexler, David Takemura, Douglas E. Graves, and Derek Ledbetter. They were aided by former Foundation Imaging artists Sean Jackson, Dave Morton, and Kyle Toucher. Their work on this series has earned them a 2013 Emmy Award nomination.

"I Almost Prayed"[]

Nolan says Spock's "The needs of the many..." line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. (Season 2, Episode 13)

Degrassi: The Next Generation[]

  • On the show, there is a character named James Tiberus Yorke, a reference to Captain Kirk.
  • "The Next Generation" concept in the title was taken from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • In the episode, 'It's Raining Men' a television host can be heard saying "Pavel Chekov was on the Starship Enterprise."

Desperate Housewives[]

Starring Teri Hatcher, Brenda Strong, Mark Moses, Neal McDonough, Kevin Rahm, Alfre Woodard, and Vanessa Williams.

Dimension 404[]

In the first episode, "Matchmaker", a character is offered "the warp speed tour".


In this sixth season episode, Felicity Huffman's character Lynette Scavo describes the friends of her son while talking about sex with him, "First of all, we've seen your friends and trust me, Pimpo, Braces, and Beam me up Scotty are not gettin' any."


Dexter is a series on Showtime based on the novels written by Jeff Lindsay. Denise Crosby guest-starred on it.

"That Night, a Forest Grew"[]

When the police are examining a letter the "Bay Harbor Butcher" sent to the local paper, Angel Batista picks out the quote "You can't depend on your eyes, when your imagination is out of focus", to which Vince Masuka laughs and says "He's a Trekker, that shit's straight from Deep Space Nine." Angel corrects him, saying it's a Mark Twain quote, to which another cop responds, "Twain was never on Deep Space Nine, he was on Next Generation."

Dharma & Greg[]

In the 1998 first season episode "The Cat's Out of the Bag" (Episode 20) of the sitcom Dharma & Greg, Jane is going to a Star Trek convention because she "like[s] middle-aged men who are virgins".

The sitcom creators would later explore the "Trekkie" theme in exhaustive detail when they created their hugely popular, and heavily Star Trek referencing 2007 sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which eclipsed Dharma & Greg, a moderately popular one in its day, in success by far.

Diagnosis: Murder[]

On the television show Diagnosis: Murder, there have been at least two major parodies/major references to Star Trek. The first was in the episode "Alienated", in which case one of the main characters, Jesse Travis, believes he was abducted by aliens. He is then pursued by a local top-secret government agency official (played by George Takei) he is sure he is on to something. When he goes to a support group for people who have had encounters (led by a character played by Majel Barrett, also featuring a character played by Grace Lee Whitney), he meets another fanatic, who is sure the government is after the two of them (played by Walter Koenig) Also featured in the episode is Wil Wheaton, who plays the character of Gary Barton, and Bill Mumy as Parker Craddick.

In the 1996 episode "Murder by the Book", after Jeri Ryan had joined the cast of Star Trek: Voyager, she played murder suspect Melissa Barnes. At the end of the episode, she is present at the marriage of a main character over the radio waves, to the character's husband in the Navy serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), which to get over static, the characters all scream loudly "ENTERPRISE!".

Doctor Blake Mysteries[]

At one point, Dr. Blake tells someone, "I'm a doctor, not a policeman."

In another episode, a police officer tells him, "You're not a shrink. You're a GP".

Doc Martin[]

In one episode, Dr. Ellingham is asked by a patient if he'll drive her home. He responds with "I'm a doctor, not a taxi driver."

Doctor Who[]


In the two-part episodes "The Public Eye" and "The Left Hand", Topher Brink invents a portable device that will cause an active to fall unconscious. Topher names the device a disruptor and makes a direct reference to Star Trek and the origins behind the name.

In the episode titled "Stop-Loss", Anthony Ceccoli is released from his contract at the L.A. Dollhouse and is shortly thereafter forcibly recruited into a secret military operation, where the operatives are implanted with a chip that allows everyone to share a hive mind, as well as to see through one another's eyes.

The Drew Carey Show[]

"What's Wrong with This Episode IV"[]

Gabe Koerner - Drew Carey Show

Gabriel Koerner appearing on The Drew Carey Show

The Drew Carey Show's 2001 April Fools Day episode, which contained many intentional errors featured Gabriel Koerner. During later re-broadcast, arrows were used to point out these intentional "mistakes." Gabe is supposed to be wearing a red Star Trek shirt.



Long running British soap opera, in which the deceased character Bradley Branning was a Star Trek fan. A DS9 DVD was frequently seen as a prop in his house and his ringtone was that of the Star Trek: The Original Series theme. A suite from Star Trek Nemesis was played at his funeral and other characters commented that a cake Billy Mitchell gets, iced with the words "Beam me up!", is in bad taste for the wake. When reminiscing about his dead son, Max suggested remembering him by wearing Star Trek costumes and making "some speech about the Final Frontier".


"Murder Ex Machina"[]

One of Sherlock's hacker friends, Mason, asks to be paid for his services with a "(Jean Luc) Picard, 1701, "Tapestry" edition in its original packaging".


Featuring Alan Dale, Malcolm McDowell, Autumn Reeser, Alice Eve, and Melinda Clarke. A movie based on the series came out in 2015, which also has a reference to Star Trek.

"I Love You Too"[]

Is set at Comic-Con. At least one person in an Enterprise era uniform is seen among the background crowd.

Unknown episode[]

Drama is said to have played a Klingon on Star Trek: Voyager.


NBC's long-running medical drama series featured among others Leland Orser, Scott Grimes, Mädchen Amick, Clancy Brown, Ed Lauter, Michelle Hurd, Kirsten Dunst, Maury Sterling, Steven Culp, Daniel Dae Kim, Liz Vassey, Paul Dooley, and Louise Fletcher, in recurring roles. Guest stars included a young Anton Yelchin in his first television appearance, as well as Chase Masterson, Jessica Gaona, and Chris Pine.

"Mars Attacks"[]

Injured people from a science fiction convention are taken to the hospital, among them a man who cut his own ears to resemble a Vulcan.

ESPN's Around the Horn[]

  • In one episode of Around the Horn, Los Angeles Times writer J.A. Adande gave the Vulcan salute during his opening statement, for which the other panelists on the show ridiculed him.
  • Panelist Woody Paige once had written on his blackboard "How do I set my laser printer to stun?"
  • On the September 28, 2010 episode, Host Tony Reali compared the show's new set, which debuted the day prior, to the Starship Enterprise.


Starring Star Trek: New Frontier audiobook narrator Joe Morton and Salli Elise Richardson, and featuring Matt Frewer, Olivia d'Abo, Billy Campbell, Wil Wheaton, Wallace Shawn, and Saul Rubinek.

"Dr. Nobel"[]

Sheriff Carter is undergoing an experiment with an experimental device made to connect brains, and asks: "Is this some kind of Vulcan mind meld?"

"Insane In The P-Brane"[]

The entire episode shares the same premise as TNG: "The Next Phase".

"Up In The Air"[]

Jo calls Deputy Andy "Mister Data."

"Clash of The Titans"[]

Holly is relieved to know that Fargo likes both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation as well.

Everybody Hates Chris[]

In the episode "Everybody Hates Halloween", Greg is dressed as Spock for Halloween.

Everybody Loves Raymond[]

Guest stars include Suzie Plakson.

"The Ball"[]

Ally, Ray's daughter, is visited by her uncle Robert, who is dressed as Santa Claus. When she pulls his fake beard off, Robert tries to salvage the situation by saying that he "assumed the body of a life form that... you would accept.", to which Ray quips, "Robert you're Santa. Not a Klingon.", which is also a variant on the "I'm a doctor, not a..." snowclone.

"Debra's Sick"[]

Debra asks Ray to take her temperature with an ear thermometer. Looking at the design of the instrument, he asks her if he should set it to "stun".

"Bad Moon Rising"[]

Frank refers to a woman's menstrual cycle as "The Enemy Within".

"Pet Cemetery"[]

Robert begins his tribute to Pumpernickel, Ally's pet hamster, at the animal's funeral by saying, "Death... the final goodbye.", with the same gravitas as "Space... the final frontier."


An Anglo-American co-production, in which famous actors and celebrities make cameo appearances. It revolves around the lives of two extras who bump into these people during the course of their work. Each episode is named after the main cameo.

In the Patrick Stewart episode, Andy Millman (played by Ricky Gervais) meets Stewart, playing a parody of himself who is trying to get a self-penned film produced which basically involves him going around seeing women naked. After Millman fails to recognize Stewart's "Make it so" quote having never seen The Next Generation, Stewart assumes that Millman's partner didn't let him watch it. When Millman replies that he is in fact single, Stewart says to him "You're not married, you haven't got a girlfriend... and you've never watched Star Trek?". Millman passes on a sitcom script to Patrick Stewart, whose company, called Picard Productions passes it on to the BBC (after Millman falsely promises to rewrite it to include naked women, at Stewart's request), which ensures Andy's sitcom success in season 2. In the Sir Ian McKellen episode, Millman also mentions his encounter with Patrick Stewart.

In 2005, Stewart received an Emmy Award nomination for appearing in this show. He had stepped in when Jude Law pulled out of the show to appear in Alfie.


Family Matters[]

In the fifth season episode entitled "Money Out the Window", a loan shark who is owed money by Eddie and Steve introduces himself as "Bones." Steve asks him "as in the doctor on Star Trek?" to which Bones replies, "No. Bones, as in 'I break them.'"


Farscape contains numerous references to Star Trek. The show's lead character, John Crichton, is a self-acknowledged sci-fi fan. As the sole Human on the crew, none of his crewmates ever get the references.

Crossover writers for both series include Keith R. A. DeCandido, Carleton Eastlake, Clayvon C. Harris David Kemper, Richard Manning, Naren Shankar, and Harry Werksman.

"PK Tech Girl"[]

Having spotted an enemy ship, Crichton says, "Shouldn't we be doing warp a thousand by now?"

"They've Got a Secret"[]

Crichton suggests a book on leviathan pregnancy could be co-written by Doctor Spock and Mister Spock.

"Till the Blood Runs Clear"[]

A guest character's name is Rorf, which Crichton mishears as Worf.

"Durka Returns"[]

Aeryn lists "The Liberation of Mintaka III" among Captain Durka's achievements.

"Family Ties"[]

Crichton compares his relationship with his crewmate D'Argo to that between Kirk and Spock.

"Crackers Don't Matter"[]

Another character exclaims "Revenge is a dish best served cold" from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, to which Crichton responds, "I hate it when villains quote Shakespeare" (referring to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).

"Home on the Remains"[]

Crichton mentions Captain Kirk.

"A Clockwork Nebari"[]

Dealing with an alien race called the Nebari, Crichton asks them, "Isn't that your Nebari Prime Directive?"

"Self-Inflicted Wounds Part 1: Could'a, Would'a, Should'a"[]

Crichton claims to somewhat understand a very technobabble-like conversation because he's watched "all kinds of Star Trek".

"Green Eyed Monster"[]

A star is referred to as Mintaka III.

"Losing Time"[]

Crichton nicknames a DRD (diagnostic repair drone) "DRD Pike," because he communicates with it using "one blink for yes, two for no," just as Pike did in "The Menagerie".


When a villain appears suddenly, Crichton asks him if he beamed in.

"Revenging Angel"[]

This episode was a mix of animation and live action, in which a cartoon D'Argo finds himself plastered to the front of the deflector dish of the USS Enterprise as it flies through space, at which point a Montgomery Scott-like voice notes that they've hit something. Later, Crichton compares himself to James T. Kirk, to which another character responds, "That was a television show, John. And he did Priceline commercials!"

"Crichton Kicks"[]

In this episode Crichton faces off against a group of pirates/scavengers. At one point he challenges them by shouting the phrase "Get the hell off of my ship!" in Klingon (the phrase was created using the actual Klingon language created by Marc Okrand). He remarks afterwards that the "translator microbes" (Farscape's equivalent of the universal translator) couldn't handle Klingon. He later also refers to the raiders as Klingon (and they do physically resemble Klingons).

"I Shrink, Therefore I Am"[]

Crichton refers to his crewmate D'Argo (who has recently been made captain of their ship) as "Captain James T. D'Argo."

"A Prefect Murder"[]

Crichton does Montgomery Scott impressions.

"Unrealized Reality"[]

Crichton exclaims "I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash, or Arthur frelling Dent."

"A Constellation of Doubt"[]

Crichton's nephew refers to his uncle as "the first and only Human to boldly go where no man has gone before."

"We're So Screwed, Part 2"[]

Crichton flashes the Vulcan hand signal.

"The Peacekeeper Wars"[]

Crichton promises, "The next Ferengi we see, we run. No questions later."

Fat Actress[]

This seven episodes lasting comedy series was created, produced, and written by Kirstie Alley, who is starring as herself. It co-stars Rachael Harris as her makeup artist Kevyn Shecket. Other Trek performers who appeared in it include Phil Morris, Suzanne Lodge, Devron Conrad, Alex Zimmerman, Cindy Sorensen, Hiro Koda, Chris Palermo, Steve Upton, Michael Wiseman, David Shannon, Wallace Shawn, Susan Rossitto, Joe Gieb, Christopher McDonald, Nancy Thurston, Bill Smitrovich, and Kimberly Broumand.

"Big Butts" (S01E01)[]

During a conversation in a diner restroom guest actor Phil Morris told the character Eddie Falcon (Bryan Callen) that he liked Alley's performance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, said "she was a fine ass Vulcan."

Father Ted[]

A cult Irish sitcom about three priests and their housekeeper. Although the TV series contained little or no science fiction content, the titular character first appeared on the RTÉ radio show The Starship Róisín, where he was a star ship chaplain alongside parodies of Spock and Kirk.

Additionally, in "Night of the Nearly Dead", Ted rereads William Shatner's TekWar.

FishCenter Live[]

In the American television series FishCenter Live, the starship USS Fishcenterprise (NCC-1065) is featured on the show. It was first shown in the episode broadcast Thursday, December 13, 2018.

In the episode broadcast Thursday, February 13, 2020, the hosts play a clip from 2015 of the old co-host Drew. In his workspace, Drew has four Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars (Star Trek Calendar Poster (2016) (2015), Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2009) (2008), Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2010) (2009), Star Trek: Ships of the Line (2011) (2010)) and Hot Wheels models of the USS Kelvin from the 2009 film Star Trek and USS Vengeance from the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.

For All Mankind[]

An alternate history series developed for streaming service Apple TV+ revolving around the premise that it was the Soviet Union that had won the spacerace by putting the first man on the Moon, instead of the USA. The series was conceived by its showrunner Ronald D. Moore who brought with him the writer/producer team he had previously worked with on Deep Space Nine and Battlestar Galactica, David Weddle and Bradley Thompson in addition to his personal production associate Maril Davis. Other former Star Trek production colleagues who later on joined the production team included Naren Shankar, Joe Menosky, Mike and Denise Okuda. Former Star Trek performers included David Gautreaux in a guest role, whereas Linda Park recurred in the second season as a newscaster.

Moore has stated in several interviews that as far as he was concerned, that his alternate history show was "(…)like the road to Star Trek. This is like the road that gets you to that kind of optimistic future where technology is our friend and where we solve a lot of the problems here on earth and we go forward as a better race". [8]

"Hi, Bob" (S01E07)[]

Forced to rewatch a taped episode of The Bob Newhart Show over and over again during their long stay on the American moonbase Jamestown, astronaut Danielle Poole proves herself to be a hardcore "Trekkie", when she correctly identifies John Fiedler as a former guest star on The Original Series in the episode "Wolf in the Fold".

"The Weight" (S02E05)[]

After veteran NASA astronaut Ed Baldwin has ran into hot water with his wife Karen, he suggest as a goodwill gesture to go see the recently released Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan film. Karen confesses that she had already seen the film with their daughter while also, in a spiteful mood, dropping the "and then Spock dies" bomb.

"Triage" (SO2E09)[]

After tensions rise dramatically upon the assault by Soviets on the American moonbase, the planned goodwill coupling of the Apollo-Soyuz modules, both already in orbit around Earth, is seemingly put on hold forever, much to the frustration of Apollo commander Danielle Poole. Poole decides on her own to push ahead regardless, surmising it will ease tensions considerably by quoting James T. Kirk, "We're Human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands. But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers. But we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes. Knowing that we're not going to kill today." Her co-astronaut correctly identifies the quote stemming from The Original Series, which Poole acknowledges as ""A Taste of Armageddon", Season 1, episode 23, first aired February 23rd, 1967". "Hardcore," her colleague concedes appreciatingly. Poole's hunch incidentally, turns out to be correct, as the Apollo-Soyuz coupling actually pushes the world back from the brink of starting a third world war.

FOX NFL Sunday[]

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel occasionally gives his picks for the week's games in a William Shatner/James T. Kirk impression. He once said. "I'm the... quarterback! Which would... mean... I'm the captain!"

Franklin & Bash[]

Starring Malcolm McDowell, with guest appearances by Robert Pine, Jason Alexander, John de Lancie, Peter Weller, Daniel Roebuck, and Gates McFadden.


Pindar describes Infeld's office building as being Borg-like.

"Good Cop/Bad Cop"[]

Karp derisively calls Infeld's firm "Deep Space 9."


Frasier contains several jokes and references to Star Trek. Star Kelsey Grammer, who plays Dr. Frasier Crane, had appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Captain Morgan Bateson in TNG: "Cause And Effect" (Grammer is admittedly a Star Trek fan). Supporting cast member Dan Butler had appeared in VOY: "Vis à Vis" as Steth. Frequent guest star Bebe Neuwirth, who played Dr. Lilith Sternin, also guest-starred on The Next Generation as Lanel in TNG: "First Contact". Another one-time TNG actor, Saul Rubinek, who played Kivas Fajo in TNG: "The Most Toys", had a recurring role as Donny Douglas in the show's seventh through tenth seasons. The Frasier sets on the Paramount lot were also located beside the sets from The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and the first three seasons of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Produced by Paramount Television, the sitcom Frasier was a direct spin-off of the hugely successful Cheers sitcom – featuring Kirstie Alley as member of the principal cast in later seasons – , also produced by Paramount. The series was based upon one of its progenitor's principal characters, Frasier, already played by Grammer, with most of the others – including Neuwirth but excluding Alley – later making guest appearances in Frasier as their Cheers alter egos. Frasier has rivaled its progenitor in acclaim, popularity, and success. Cheers itself was considered one of the greatest triumphs of Brandon Tartikoff, then head of NBC, the network that aired both Cheers and its spin-off. Incidentally, Tartikoff declined purchasing The Next Generation for his network, which had aired The Original Series back in the 1960s, yet also became directly responsible for the inception of not only Cheers, but once head of Paramount Pictures of both Deep Space Nine and the Next Generation film series as well. Rick Berman, before he became the head of the Star Trek franchise, had been the main executive, responsible for studio production oversight of Cheers. Her role in Cheers has propelled Alley to stardom, and was often cited as the reason why she has never reprised her role as Saavik in Star Trek. (see article background for particulars)

"Frasier Crane's Day Off"[]

After Frasier overdoses on medication to combat his flu, in his delirium, he goes down to the KACL radio station and locks himself inside the broadcast booth to continue hosting his show. His producer, Roz Doyle, calls security to come and fetch him, claiming "Captain Kirk's got control of the bridge and he's gone insane!"

"The Candidate"[]

Frasier and Niles support a candidate for Congress only to later learn that he believes he was once abducted by aliens. After deciding that it was probably a one-time incident brought on by stress, the brothers agree to continue supporting him. Frasier says the candidate still needs to seek professional help and asks Niles whether he'd treat him. Niles responds "I'm a doctor, not a miracle worker."

"The Last Time I Saw Maris"[]

KACL's resident Star Trek fanatic Noel Shempsky (played by Star Trek: Voyager guest actor Patrick Kerr), who keeps an autographed photo of Captain Kirk in his cubicle, seeks Frasier's support on a petition to the producers of Star Trek suggesting a new character: "the all powerful space vixen Rozalinda, four-breasted queen of the planet Rozniak." Frasier signs the petition, much to the chagrin of Roz.

"Roz, A Loan"[]

At the end of the fifth season, Frasier inadvertently got all of his colleagues fired as the owner dropped the talk format and went to Salsa. Noel Shempsky remained at the station as he spoke fluent Spanish. On his return, Frasier asks how he's doing and Noel replies that he's still working on his English-Klingon dictionary. Frasier then asks how do you say "goodbye" in Klingonese (Krish-Krush) which Noel doesn't initially pick up the subtle hint. Frasier upsets Roz and in order to make amends, he changes his pompous, ego-centric return speech into one extolling Roz's virtues. Noel discovers the switch and begins reading from it to which Frasier angrily yells "Krish-Krush, Noel, Krish-Krush."

"Star Mitzvah"[]

Frasier seeks Noel's help to learn Hebrew to speak at his son Frederick's bar mitzvah. Noel agrees, only if Frasier can obtain for him Scott Bakula's autograph at a nearby Star Trek convention (one he cannot attend personally due to William Shatner's presence and Shatner's restraining order against him). Frasier, however, is unable to fulfill Noel's request. Out of revenge, Noel instructs Frasier in the Klingon language, which he claims is Hebrew. He later learns that Frasier did obtain one of Joan Collins' wigs from TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" for him, and is greatly moved, but too late to catch Frasier and admit his revenge plan. Frasier delivers his speech at Frederick's bar mitzvah in Klingon, much to everyone's embarrassment, except for a Trekkie friend of Frederick's who later translates the speech from Klingon to English for Frasier's son, noting it's much more beautiful "in the original Klingon." This is a parody of Chancellor Gorkon's line "You have never experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon," from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

"Lilith Needs a Favor"[]

While Lilith travels on an airplane to visit Frasier in Seattle, she sits next to a man, Albert, (played by Brent Spiner) whom she describes as "white as a sheet." The man replies "actually, I'm always this pale." As Data, Spiner's makeup required him to have a pale skin complexion.

"The Show Must Go Off"[]

Frasier finds one of his childhood heroes, Jackson Hedley, at a sci-fi convention he attends to buy comic books for his son, Frederick. Hedley, a former Shakespearean actor, has been making a living on the convention circuit ever since he was cast in the television show Space Patrol. Frasier and Niles decide to produce a show, and cast Hedley, hoping that he will be able to restart his career. They soon discover that Hedley is a talentless ham, only they couldn't see it when they were children.

While at the convention, Frasier asks a man dressed as a Klingon for help finding the comic books and thanks him by saying "You're a fierce but helpful people." Roz also runs into Noel and a friend of his; they're both wearing Original Series-era Starfleet uniforms.

"Star Trek: Voyager Audition"[]

Voyager Frasier

"Captain! I believe they want to breed with us!"

Although not an episode of Frasier, the principal cast of Frasier participated in a live on-stage sketch on the occasion of an official Star Trek 30th anniversary studio celebration, where they were "recreating their audition" for Voyager, although the actors (David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney (complete with easy chair and beer can), Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, and Moose the dog) were in-character as their Frasier persona, being dressed in Starfleet uniforms notwithstanding. Absent from the sketch were principal cast regular Kelsey Grammer and supporting cast regular Dan Butler, both of whom having played other characters on The Next Generation and Voyager, respectively.

The sketch had Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) trying to command Voyager with these "wacky crewmembers." However, trouble begins when Roz won't stop talking to someone about an Aldebarian that she is going to have a date with, which prompts Niles to quip "Sounds like this Aldebarian is about to boldly go where so many have gone before." Then, an alien message cannot be received after First Officer Niles engages a banality filter which keeps Voyager from being bothered by any messages that are "overly insipid or jejune." When Captain Janeway orders him to disengage it, he laments that he can't even "get my phaser to stop flashing twelve o'clock." Lieutenant Daphne suggests using her alien telepathic powers to communicate with the alien ship, but Janeway claims that she's not from another planet, she's just from England. When she uses her psychic abilities, she finds a strong sense of the aliens expressing a desire to breed with the Voyager crew, but quickly realizes that she's actually sensing Niles. A Klingon enters the bridge from the turbolift with Eddie, Martin's dog, and complains he was found on the Klingon homeworld digging up azalea bushes after the Klingons just finished landscaping. Martin offers him a strip of latinum which appeases the Klingon, but claims if Eddie does it again, the Klingons will destroy the Federation, to which Janeway claims "that sounds reasonable." Ultimately, the crew's bickering annoys Janeway to the point that she activates Voyager's auto-destruct sequence and destroys the ship.

The performance has been registered and is featured in the celebratory documentary, Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond.

Freaks and Geeks[]

In the pilot, Neal Schweiber asks permission to sit at a lunch table with two other geeks by impersonating captain Kirk, addressing them as Bones and Spock, and asking them if he could join them in the Enterprise mess room because he's so hungry he could eat a tribble. When Bill doesn't get it, he sarcastically claims he's impersonating John Wayne.

In "Tests and Breasts", a sex ed teacher is able to deduce that an anonymously submitted question comes from Sam because he's the only one with Star Trek notebook paper.

Fresh off the boat[]

In "Blind Spot", when Evan contracted chicken pox, his mother Jessica Huang quarantined him by sending him to the front lawn. During the quarantine, both made the Vulcan salute across the window glass as Jessica Huans said the famous line, the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air[]

  • In the opening of the episode "Will Gets a Job," Will acts out the crew of the original Enterprise while using the oven. One notable reference is the "I'm a doctor, not a..." paraphrase, when Will says, "Jim, I'm a doctor, dammit, not a short-order cook!"
  • The episode "Eye, Tooth" guest stars William Shatner as himself, in which Carlton's obsession with him (as well as Star Trek) causes him to stalk Shatner and follow him to a bar.
    • When Will attempts to prevent Carlton from playing pool with Shatner, an argument leads to the two of them accidentally breaking Shatner's tooth. Will points out that they'll have to take him to the dentist, and Carlton says, "Don't worry, Jim. We'll get you there, warp speed!" Shatner answers, "get a life!" The two follow him to the dentist, and attempt to turn off the laughing gas that Shatner is using, but unintentionally set the gas free. As it fills the whole room, Will, Carlton, and Shatner get high on the gas and imitate Star Trek characters.
      • Shatner hugs Will and says, "Spock, is that you? Your ears are the same but something's different!" He then turns to Carlton and says "Uhura! Hey, open up a hailing frequency!" After laughing some more, Carlton replies in a Scottish accent: "Captain! The dilithium crystals are almost gone! The matter-antimatter reactors are failing!" Shatner responds, "Scotty, you're... black!" Afterwards, he jumps up and says, while high, "The bridge, it's changed! Spasers on spun... Oh, my tooth! Bones, fix it!" To which Will replies, "Dammit, Jim. I'm a black boy from Philly, not a doctor!"
    • Before Shatner appears on Hilary's show, an Asian man walks by. Shatner, still high, grabs him and says "Sulu, where you been? And why are you out of uniform?"


Friends contains a few references to Star Trek by Chandler Bing and Ross Geller, who are referenced as being nerds throughout the series.

"The One With the Sonogram at the End"[]

Ross shows the gang the sonogram of his child, and the group makes jokes while trying to decipher the image. Joey asks, "What are we supposed to be seeing here?" to which Chandler replies, "I don't know, but I think it's about to attack the Enterprise."

"The One With the List"[]

During calling the printer company's hotline, Chandler gets angry, because he notices they watch Star Trek in the background. Later during the call he is told that Spock is hugging his father (something which never happened in the show).

"The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends"[]

Chandler tells Ross that an incident involving Phoebe's boyfriend is a no-win scenario. He calls the situation the Kiryat Moriah. Ross informs him that the no-win scenario is actually called the Kobayashi Maru, and that the Kiryat Moriah was the name of hotel they stayed in when traveling in Israel.

"The One With the Cat"[]

Rachel is trying to make Ross angry by saying things he doesn't agree with. She says "I do think Kirk was smarter than Spock". Ross pretends not to be angry and leaves, and then Chandler turns to Rachel and asks "You were kidding about the Kirk/Spock thing though, right?"

"The One With the Cuffs"[]

An encyclopedia salesman is testing Joey's knowledge, to prove that Joey really needs an encyclopedia. He asks "What do you know about vulcanized rubber?". Joey replies: "Spock's Birth Control."

"The One With the Secret Closet"[]

Chandler and Joey are trying to open a closet in Monica's apartment to find out what is inside it. There is a moment when Chandler shouts in an over-the-top manner, "There's got to be a way!", to which Joey replies "Easy there, Captain Kirk".


Produced by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and featuring Leonard Nimoy.


Robert Jones, a prisoner who managed to build a teleporter in a previous episode, is described as "clever enough to Star Trek himself out of a maximum security German prison".

"The Road Not Taken"[]

A conspiracy theorist (played by Clint Howard) claims to be Spock, and that renegade future Romulans are trying to change the timeline by creating super soldiers, like Khan Noonien Singh. He also mentions Sarek, the Federation, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and his apartment number is 1701.

"The Plateau"[]

Two people thinking alike is described as a Vulcan mind meld.

"The Man From The Other Side"[]

After discovering a Star Trek convention on a list of local events, Peter Bishop mentions that he has promised to take his father, and so pretends he didn't see it.

Full Frontal[]

In this '90s Australian TV sketch show, there is a parody of The Next Generation with Eric Bana playing Worf (with a crab on his forehead). This was before Bana's film stardom and appearance in 2009's Star Trek.

Full House[]

In the eighth season episode entitled "Leap of Faith", D.J. and Stephanie attempt to convince Michelle that she suffers from "Schmedrick's Disease" which causes baldness, which they believe to have plagued Captain Picard.


Gilmore Girls[]

In the first season episode "Emily in Wonderland", Lorelai states she does not know what goes on in Rachel's mind because she's not a Vulcan.

In the second season episode "The Ins and Outs of Inns", Lorelai and Rory discover that Luke was a Trekkie in high school, and keep on teasing him with several Star Trek references. Later Rory says her mother is one "beam me up Scotty" reference away from being the victim of one, referring to a murder.

In fourth season's "In the Clamor and the Clangor", Rory and Lorelai discuss William Shatner and his role as Captain Kirk.

In the sixth season episode "The Real Paul Anka", April asks Luke, if he had never seen the original Star Trek series.

Also in the sixth season, in "The UnGraduate", Lorelai says she needs dilithium crystals to repair the warp drive in her Jeep.

Still in the sixth season, in "I'm OK, You're OK", Lorelai tells Kirk to take his dippy Star Trek device and go.

In seventh season's "The Long Morrow", Lorelai mentions that "Space is the final frontier."


Featuring Gregg Henry, Victor Garber, Daniel Roebuck, and Whoopi Goldberg.

"Saturday Night Glee-ver"[]

Jesse St. James equates being in Vocal Adrenaline with being part of the Borg Collective.

Good Eats[]

Good Eats is a cooking show on FoodTV staring Alton Brown. Alton uses many pop culture references including Star Trek.

"Deep Space Slime"[]

The title of the episode, which focusing on gelatin desserts, references Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

"A Curious Yet Tasty Avocado Experiment"[]

In this avocado-themed episode, Alton interacts a parody of Spock who uses the Vulcan nerve pinch.

"Pretzel Logic"[]

The last question of the episode was, if yeast were to star in a horror or sci-fi film, they'd most likely play: a) Mummies b) Zombies, or c) Tribbles

The answer: "All of the above. They start out dry as mummies, they reanimate like zombies, and then, they reproduce like those gosh darn tribbles. So, how'd you do? Ah, who cares, let's make them."

The Golden Girls[]

The Golden Girls was a 1980s NBC sitcom about four older, previously married women who share a house together in Miami, Florida and have misadventures about life and love. The show guest-starred Robert Picardo, Jerry Hardin, George Coe, John Schuck, Richard Riehle, Stanley Kamel, Paul Dooley, Keone Young, Leland Orser, Scott Menville, Matt McCoy, Hilary Shepard Turner, and Earl Boen.

"Even Grandmas Get the Blues"[]

Sophia tells Dorothy that she's going to teach her their family's Special Sauce recipe for the Festival of the Dancing Virgins which Dorothy refuses to do as she says that she was going to be busy teaching an honors program class, and that it is going to be a challenge as she's going to have students who know that Anton Chekhov was a brilliant Russian playwright and not "the guy who was the navigator on the Enterprise." Rose then says "I didn't know the guy from Star Trek wrote plays."

Gossip Girl[]

A second season episode is titled "The Wrath of Con", paying tribute to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


Hardcore Pawn[]

Season 7, episode 3 titled "Monster Deals" features a man at the pawn shop to sell some Star Trek merchandise. Some examples include models of the Enterprise (NX-01) and USS Voyager. Another item is a Deep Space Nine syndication media kit that was sent out to local TV stations in the United States that aired DS9 in syndication.

Hawaii Five-0 (2010)[]

Developed by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, starring Daniel Dae Kim, and guest-starring Cary-Hiroyuki, William Sadler, Sidney Liufau, Autumn Reeser, Clyde Kusatsu, Spencer Garrett, Glenn Morshower, Peter Weller, George Takei, Robert Picardo, Rosalind Chao, and Terry O'Quinn.

McGarrett's girlfriend is an intelligence officer on the aircraft carrier Enterprise. The series' pathologist Max Bergman is an ardent "Trekkie" and is played by Masi Oka who had already played the similarly obsessed character Hiro Nakamura during his prior tenure on the cult series Heroes.

"Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"[]

Hawaii Five-O Sisko

A comic book convention attendee dressed as Sisko

The investigation takes Steve and Danno to a comic book convention, where Danno calls a Trekkie in a First Contact uniform "Captain Kirk." The Trekkie gets offended and says he's actually Benjamin Sisko, using the rank of commander despite wearing a captain's rank device on his collar. That offense goes even further when Danno mentions Uhura when discussing black Trek characters.


Max's car key fob is a miniature USS Enterprise-A and his license plate says "WARP 9".


Max has transferred his "WARP 9" license plate to a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro similar to the one Danno drives, saying he had to sell off all his DS9 action figures to get enough money to pay for it.


McGarrett gives a wire-wearing civilian the Vulcan salute and says "Live long and perspire" before sending him into a criminal's lair.

"Ke Koho Mamao Aku"[]

Max responds "Like Wrath of Khan" when Sanjit says "It's on." Later it's revealed their feud is over Sanjit sniping an old mint-in-package Janice Rand action figure, which he gives to Max to complete a collection. They give each other the Vulcan salute and say "Live long and prosper" after Max repeats Spock's "I have been and shall always be your friend" line in gratitude.

"La Po'ino (Doomsday)"[]

Max says that "Per Lieutenant Kelly, I just finished performing what I refer to as warp speed autopsy."

"Hoa 'Inea (Misery Loves Company)"[]

The scene of James T. Kirk knocking out his drill thrall from "The Gamesters of Triskelion" precedes Steve McGarrett's explanation for his Valentine's Day black eye.

"Elua La Ma Nowemapa (Two Days in November)"[]

While attempting to lip read a conversation on an old video, one of the terms "read" is "Captain Kirk".

"Ua malo'o ka wai (The Water Is Dried Up)"[]

Jerry disobeys a direct order not to tell anyone where the Five-0 team is going and ultimately winds up saving their lives by calling for backup. When Steve mentioned that he'd disobeyed, Jerry replied, "I know, but so did a man named James Tiberius Kirk in a little movie called Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. And, like him, I'm prepared to accept the consequences."

Henry Danger[]

Henry Danger is a TV show about a teenage boy named Henry Hart (Jace Norman) who gets an after-school job as the sidekick to superhero Captain Man (Cooper Barnes).

"Car Trek"[]

The episode's title is an obvious parody of the franchise.

"Dream Busters"[]

This episode features a green lady who looks similar to an Orion.

"Opposite Universe"[]

This episode is a parody of TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".

"Space Invaders, Part 1"[]

In a scene in this episode, Captain Man recites the beginning of the Star Trek intro: "Space: the final frontier," and his voice sounds like that of James T. Kirk. He then has to revise the sentence after Henry points out other frontiers: Henry says that oceans are also an "unexplored frontier," and Captain Man then says "Space: one of two final frontiers." Henry then points out that many parallel universes have probably gone unexplored, and he references the events that occurred in "Opposite Universe" when he and his friend Charlotte went to a parallel universe, and Captain Man then says "Space: one of many, many remaining frontiers."

"The Trouble with Frittles"[]

This episode's title is a parody of TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles".

Here's Lucy[]

Starring Lucille Ball. Guest stars include Janos Prohaska, Parley Baer, Ricardo Montalban, Joyce Perry, Jack Perkins, Francine Pyne, and Booker Bradshaw. It also contains several snowclones of the "I'm a doctor, not a..." phrase.

"Lucy's Safari"[]

Gorboona aka mugato

The gorboona

The mugato costume, sans horn, is used for a rare gorilla/baboon hybrid called the "gorboona".

"Lucy's Replacement"[]



When Lucy Carter comes into the Unique Employment Agency's office and sees EXMO III (a large computer that her brother-in-law and boss Harry has rented to replace her), she asks him, "What's this, a leftover from Star Trek?"


Heroes (2006-2010) was a NBC aired science fiction series about ordinary Humans who discover they have extraordinary powers. Its regular cast member Zachary Quinto later went on to play Spock in Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond. In addition to casting Star Trek alumni (like George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Dominic Keating, Michael Dorn, and Malcolm McDowell), Heroes makes many references to Star Trek. In particular, Hiro Nakamura, a Japanese character who can bend space and time, is an admitted Star Trek fan and often equates his power to events that take place on Star Trek. Hiro's sister is played by later Star Trek: Picard guest star Tamlyn Tomita, who made three appearances on the show.


Hiro and Ando talk about Star Trek

Hiro compares his powers to Star Trek

Hiro describes his power to bend space and teleport. His friend Ando Masahashi sarcastically says that it's "like Star Trek". Ando says that Hiro's "powers beyond any mere mortal" are like Spock's. He then suggests that Hiro use his Vulcan death grip when he is dragged back to his desk by his boss. Later, Hiro expresses his desire to "boldly go where no man has gone before". Ando mocks, "Beam us up, Scotty!".

"Don't Look Back"[]

Heroes, 9th Wonders comic

The prophetic "9th Wonders!" references Star Trek

A prophetic comic book, "9th Wonders!", Issue #14, depicts Star Trek-related conversation Hiro and Ando had previously. Later, when Hiro inexplicably finds himself having teleported from Tokyo to New York City, he explains his himself by comparing his abilities to Star Trek's transporters. He punctuates his explanation with the Vulcan salute.


Hiro greets an acquaintance with the Vulcan salute.


Kaitos limo

Kaito Nakamura's limo bears familiar numbers and letters

Hiro's father, Kaito (portrayed by George Takei) gets into a limo with the license plate "NCC-1701".


Hiro Vulcan salute

Hiro is fond of the Vulcan salute

A woman calls the Japanese Hiro "Sulu" just before punching him and locking him in a closet. When he is freed, he gives a Vulcan salute and says, "I come in peace."


Hiro parts ways with Ando; each give a Vulcan salute to the other. Additionally, a newly-introduced character's hometown is Bozeman, Montana.

"How to Stop an Exploding Man"[]

Ando reminds Hiro that his whole life, Star Trek gave him heroes and role models.

"Cold Wars"[]

When Nathan tells Danko that he wants his brother, Peter, caught with "no bloodshed", Danko orders his men saying, "Hear that? Phasers on stun."

"Cold Snap"[]

Hiro and Ando are told to find "Matt Parkman" (played by Greg Grunberg). When they find a baby with the same name, Hiro and Ando wonder how such a thing could have occurred. Hiro explains that on The Next Generation, a transporter accident caused something similar to happen ("Rascals").

Hiro's blog[]

Hiro's real world blog(X) is organized by stardate and is labeled as a "Captain's Log." References to Star Trek including signing off with "live long and prosper," wishing the series a 40th happy birthday, and a representation of the Prime Directive.

"The Agent"[]

In chapter 7 of the online iStory "The Agent", Anna Korolenko calls Rachel Mills "Scotty" and tells her to take her up. Rachel replies that the line is "Beam me up, Scotty" and then teleports Anna and herself.

Crossover connections[]

Further information

The High Life[]

In this short-lived 1995 BBC sitcom about the staff of a fictional airline, the character of Captain Hilary Duff (the name is a coincidence: the actress-singer of that name did not rise to fame until some years later) is portrayed as a fantasist, who at one point in the pilot episode appears to believe he is actually in Star Trek, claiming to pilot the Enterprise and telling people to "live long and prosper". In one of the show's surrealist touches, at the end of one scene he actually beams out of the staff lounge, seen by the viewer but not by the other characters who are nonplussed to turn around and find him gone.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)[]

The BBC series is based on Douglas Adams' series of novels. Like the later British series Red Dwarf, it satirizes many common science fiction tropes including on-board computers, giant computers and teleportation (beaming). In one episode, the line "to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before..." appears.

Hollywood Weapons: Fact or Fiction?[]

This Outdoor Channel series investigates if certain popular moments in TV shows and movies is plausible in real life. In episode 8, "Terry vs. Gorn", host Terry Schappert revisits TOS: "Arena" and specifically the moment where Kirk creates a homemade cannon to attack the Gorn captain. The episode goes out of its way to have the feeling of the original series, including recreating the original bridge and donning the classic uniforms.

As done in the series, it was proven that just randomly grabbing materials and expecting it to create the normal manufactured and refined gunpowder is impossible and the chemicals would just fizzle out. However, it was proven that the cannon he made could be used to injure the Gorn.

Homeboys in Outer Space[]

In the 1996-1997 sci-fi series spoof Homeboys in Outer Space, guest stars were Ethan Phillips, James Doohan, and George Takei. Doohan played a recurring role as a Montgomery Scott analogue called Pippen (presumably a play on the name of basketball player Scotty Pippen).


In the second season episode "I'll Fly Away", Virgil while driving a surveillance van in the dark orders the people in the back to dim their lights, because "it's like the starship Enterprise in here".

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show[]

In the pilot episode, "Honey, We've Been Swallowed By Grandpa", Wayne tells his son, "Ensign Nicholas, make it so", when initializing the shrinking machine, to which he replies, "Engage".

In the episode "Honey, They Call Me the Space Cowboy", Ar'nox, an alien visitor mentions Talos IV and tranya.

The series starred Barbara Alyn Woods as Diane Szalinszki.

Hot in Cleveland[]

In the 2013 episode "Cleveland Fantasy Con" (S04E06) Joy manages to fulfill one of her longtime fantasies by starting to date fireman Sean. However, her enthusiasm is dimmed considerably when it turns out that Sean is a diehard "Trekkie", who is thrilled to learn that Joy has never seen Star Trek as it affords him a chance to educate her in the ways of Star Trek. "Wow. We're going to change that tonight," Sean states enthusiastically, "I'm going to boldly go where no man has gone before." "Unlikely", Joy's sarcastic roommate Elka retorts.

Unlike her onscreen persona, Joy actress Jane Leeves has had some experience with the Star Trek phenomenon in her previous role as Daphne in the legendary sitcom Frasier, known in Star Trek circles for its celebratory 30th anniversary "Voyager audition" special.

House, MD[]

Starring Jennifer Morrison and featuring guest appearances by John Cho, Greg Grunberg, Leslie Hope, John Larroquette and Kurtwood Smith.

"Don't Ever Change"[]

Kutner casually mentions that he's a Dahar Master of the Klingon Empire.

"97 Seconds"[]

One of the doctors takes the patient's blood and it is green. In the next scene is Dr. House talking with his team and asks, "Is he Vulcan? If 'no' then what makes Nimoy bleed green?"

"Big Baby"[]

Dr. House describes Foreman and Thirteen's new-found relationship as Foreman having "Boldly gone where no man had gone before.", referring to Thirteen's bisexual orientation.


Thirteen comments that it's suspicious that the patient's girlfriend has several changes of clothes. Taub thinks her suspicions are unfounded and sarcastically states "As opposed to the same Starfleet-issue tunic?"

How I Met Your Mother[]

Featuring Jennifer Morrison, Ray Wise, and John Cho.

In "The Duel", Robin ends a bad date with an implausible (but true) excuse, after which her nerdy date curses her by saying "You have no honor" in Klingon.

In "Lucky Penny", Ted remarks that usually when he stumbles upon a bunch of people camped out in line waiting for something, there tends to be a storm trooper or a Klingon to give some indication of what the line is about.

In "The Playbook", a bartender says he's giving up on datinq to focus on his Star Trek fan fiction. The scene cuts immediately to a wedding photo with him and his bride both wearing TNG-style duty uniforms in command red.

In the episode "Mom and Dad", a character is shown to have become offended because Marshall called her a trekkie, which she claims is "our word".

William Shatner was also referred to as one of several great people who were Canadian in "the rehersal dinner".


Hyperdrive is a British science fiction sitcom in the basic Star Trek ship of exploration mold, which featuring many cliches including holodeck-like recreation rooms and a race called "The Red Shiny Robots of Vortis" which seem inspired by the Borg.

In the second season episode "Artifact", the Queppu leader says he believes on Earth it is said "Revenge is a dish best served on a bed of rice", which Teal corrects as "cold".



Featuring Tim Russ, Don Stark, Andrew Hill Newman and Vince Deadrick, Jr..

In "iGive Away a Car", Spencer buys a "Proton Cruiser" from the movie "Galaxy Wars", a small fighter spacecraft (similar to a Star Wars X-wing or a Battlestar Galactica Viper), which has nacelles loosely resembling those of a Constitution-class starship, and uses a communicator similar to the ones in The Original Series.

In "iPsycho", Sam uses a Vulcan Neck Pinch on Nora, which is completed tolerated by Gibby, then fells down. This movement is a reference to Spock.

In "iOMG", Principal Franklin (played by Tim Russ) announces to all the students at night for the project and closes with "Study well, and Prosper". This is a reference to most Vulcans, including Tuvok.

In "iApril Fools", Spencer, dressed as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, told Carly, Sam, and Freddie to go to a future episode as T-Bo, as a genie, was inside the bubble. He energizes them and beams inside the bubble. Then Carly asked Spencer if iCarly airs on reruns, which Spencer unintended to.

In "iBattle Chip", Gibby bought a phaser, supposedly from Galaxy Wars (actually from Space Trek), to show Carly, Sam, and Freddie for demonstration. Then at the Groovie Smoothie, Sam hits a bully with a buttersock and drags him to the table, which Carly accidently let go of the phaser. Seconds later it broke. Then Freddie had fixed the phaser to a very realistic version that fires real laser beams to heat mode. Finally, refuses to demonstrate in the web show, Gibby mistakenly set it to overheat and Spencer throws it at the hall, where Chip and his friend makes a fly trap for Spencer to arrive. Then it exploded and Chip flies off and stick on the elevator doors.

Impractical Jokers[]

A deleted scene taken from the episode "Bellydancer", the friends are teaching people CPR. In the deleted scene, Murr is forced to instruct his student to count in Klingon when the student is doing CPR on a dummy.

The second season episode "Birds and the Bees", one of the challenges is to share a secret that the other people say. During Murr's turn, he is instructed to say to a stranger that Spock and William Shatner beat him up for running his mouth up,

In Living Color[]

"The Wrath of Farrakhan"[]

The Wrath of Farrakhan

"The Wrath of Farrakhan"

Former calypso singer and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (played by Damon Wayans) boards the Enterprise to liberate the ship's crew from their Anglo-Saxon captain (played by Jim Carrey). When the desperate Kirk pleads with science officer Spock, "What are we going to do?", the Vulcan responds "What do you mean... we?... Caucazoid?" Spock reminds the captain that, as a Vulcan, he is the strongest and most intelligent member of the crew, yet is still second in command. "...and I'm a better director than you." Then Kirk grabs a type 1 phaser and tries to kill Farrakhan but fails, so Kirk screams, "FARRAKHAN!!"

"Star Trek VII: The Really Last Voyage"[]

An aging crew of the Enterprise escapes from a retirement home only to be lured back by the promise of tapioca pudding and bingo. Highlights include Sulu leaving the Enterprise's left blinker on since Rigel V and crashing the ship into an asteroid, which knocks Captain Kirk's hairpiece off. When Sulu detects a deadly gas coming from engineering, Montgomery Scott hails the bridge and claims he's "lost all control of (his) bowels", to which Kirk reminds him that he should be wearing his "Starfleet Depends." Later, Spock reminds Kirk that he is approaching pon farr and remarks "you're looking pretty good to me." After Spock has "fallen and can't get up", Bones comes to the bridge, wheeling in a wheelchair, degenerated to a skeleton complaining "I'm a corpse, not a doctor!" As his crew leaves the ship, Kirk records in his log that six sequels wasn't too bad for a B-grade TV show that was canceled light years ago.

"Why Star Trek: Next Generation Black Characters?"[]

Black aliens with body parts on their heads visit the battle section of the Enterprise-D.

See also[]

In The House[]

The episodes "The Stuff That Dream are Made of" has a dream sequence where the cast members of the show act like they're in a amalgam of the Original Series and The Next Generation. Episode guest star is George Takei.

Inspector Gadget (2015 Series)[]

In the main room of the HQ, the beeping sounds from the bridge of the USS Enterprise can be heard in the background.

The IT Crowd[]

The episode "Reynholm vs Reynholm" features the character of Douglas Reynholm in court, and at one point the court reviews a Star Trek TOS-themed sex tape he created. Reynholm fils the role of Kirk, surrounded by the other characters who are all being played by young girls referred to as "female-Spock", "female-McCoy", etc.


In the episode "Liv and Let Clive", the character Ravi Chakrabarti compares his modern television equipment to having his own holodeck.

In the episode "Astroburger", the character Johnny Frost tells of his drug-related experiences, where he discussed the "big questions" with a friend, including "Kirk or Picard?".

In the episode "Heaven Just Got a Little Bit Smoother", the character Don-E quotes James T. Kirk from Star Trek Into Darkness with "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".

In the episode "Chivalry is Dead" the series' lead Liv Moore compares Fillmore-Graves, the company effectively controlling Seattle, to the Borg. When her friend Peyton Charles does not understand the reference, Liv tells her if she keeps dating Ravi she will, indicating him to be a Trekkie.



Guest-starring: Dean Stockwell, Steven Culp, Scott Lawrence, Terry O'Quinn, Corbin Bernsen, Zoe McLellan, Neal McDonough, Leon Russom, Claudette Nevins, Phil Morris, Tamlyn Tomita, Alan Dale, Faran Tahir, Alicia Coppola, David Andrews On the show JAG, Lt. Bud Roberts, Jr. is a fan of Star Trek. He even went so far as to name one of his kids after James T. Kirk.


In 1999, actors from Star Trek: Voyager appeared on Jeopardy. Tim Russ and Robert Picardo were dressed in their full outfits, while Ethan Phillips was in the makeup chair. [9]

Leonard Nimoy's two autobiographies (I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock) were part of a category on celebrity bios on 26 February 2016.

An episode from July 2015 featured categories entitled "Live 'Long'" (words with the word "long" in them) and "Prosper", with the final category being entitled "Leonard Nimoy". [10]

On 4 April 2016, as part of a category about TV characters' nicknames, one question asked which nickname McCoy had long before Temperance Brennan did ("Bones").

On 8 February 2017, a contestant mentioned her school having one of Kirk's lines from "The Deadly Years" as their motto: "There's a lot more to running a starship than answering a lot of fool questions."

On 11 July 2017, the last two categories in Double Jeopardy were named "Shaka" (re: Shaka Zulu) and "When The Walls Fell" (re: walls that fell), providing a subtle reference to "Darmok".

On 19 April 2018, the video game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy was mentioned in a category about fictional students.

On 16 January 2024, the cliffhanger of William Riker giving the order to fire on an assimilated Picard was mentioned.

Celebrity Jeopardy[]

In 2022, Wil Wheaton's Final Jeopardy bet was $1701, the Enterprise's number.

Coincidentally, the category "Pick a 'Card'" had the answer "Patrick Stewart has played this Starfleet captain in film and on television." Wheaton was not able to supply the question, as he was unable to ring in first, causing him to amusingly state "How dare you! How dare you!" after the player who buzzed in first apologized.

Just Shoot Me![]

Guest-starring Elizabeth Dennehy's father Brian Dennehy, Rebecca Romijn, Kristanna S. Loken, and Andy Dick. Principal cast member Enrico Colantoni appeared in Galaxy Quest.

"Two Girls For Every Boy"[]

Elliot asks where Spock and Kirk are going to sit when Jack shows him his new office guest chairs.

"A Divorce To Remember"[]

Dennis explains his attendance of a cat show to Adrienne despite her demands he not do so that he was simply following the last wishes of his imaginary Desert Storm commanding officer Captain "Picardemonger."


Brent Spiner appears as himself in the episode "Joey and the Premiere" of the Friends spin-off, attending a Hollywood movie premiere party, where Joey is also invited. He keeps on chasing Spiner to answer for his questions regarding Star Trek: The Next Generation, who claims that he's willing to talk about anything, except Star Trek.


Kenan and Kel[]

In one of the episode epilogues, Kenan opens a communicator, and utters "Beam me up, Scotty", to which both he and the terrified Kel make their exit from the stage, via dematerializing with the transporter effect.

The Kids Are Alright[]

Featuring Paul Dooley.

In the episode "Mass for Shut-ins", William Cleary mentions that he wishes to learn the Star Trek theme on the theremin.

The Killing[]

In the third season episode "reckoning", Spock and mind melding are mentioned.

King of Queens[]

Merrin Dungey plays a major role on the series as "Kelly Palmer".

In "Frozen Pop", a pillow featuring the Enterprise is seen.

Spence (Patton Oswalt) contrasts his Dark Shadows (an obscure vampire soap opera) convention with a Star Trek one, saying unlike Trek, they don't happen every year; if he misses one, he'll have to wait three years for the next one.

In the eighth season episode "Shear Torture", Spence tells Lou Ferrigno, he's a loser with Spock ears. In another episode, Arthur (Jerry Stiller) goes to a Star Trek convention, dressed in a TOS redshirt uniform.

Knight Rider[]

The second season opener ("Goliath") features Garthe Knight, the evil twin brother of Michael Knight, whose only distinguishing feature is his goatee, an obvious reference to Spock's mirror universe counterpart in TOS: "Mirror, Mirror".

Knight Rider 2000[]

A slightly-malfunctioning KITT uses a sonic stunning pulse on James Doohan, much to Michael's chagrin. Michael goes to the actor's aid, telling KITT that he "pulsed Scotty" while a supposedly disoriented Doohan weakly mumbles Scott-esque technobabble.

As a note of interest, one of the characters says Doohan played Scott "in The Original Series and all ten movies". As of the actual year 2000, there had only been nine Star Trek movies released, and Doohan only appeared in seven of them.


The Langoliers[]

This 1995 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novella co-stars Dean Stockwell. When a character bursts out in anger, another one asks him if he's ever seen Star Trek, because if he won't shut up, he will demonstrate Spock's famous nerve pinch on him.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien[]

Spock flip

A Vulcan's opinion of Star Wars fans

A sketch, aired on 17 May 2002, featured "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog" interviewing Star Wars fans lined up for the opening of "Attack of the Clones". The bit climaxed with a man dressed as Spock giving the fans an alternate version of the Vulcan salute. [11]

In another sketch, in which O'Brien attempted to combat another network's plan for a big October event, one of the promotions suggested is Spock-tober, in which the same character as the Triumph sketch appeared on the show. The Spock character has appeared as a throw-away joke on several other occasions.

The Spock character, who was played by Late Night writer Michael Gordon, visited the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction in another comedy bit.

In one of the "Celebrity Survey" segments, aired on 12 September 2006, the fake question "The 40th Anniversary of Star Trek..." is answered as: Leonard Nimoy: "Makes me realize what a long journey it's been." William Shatner: "Is a marvellous occasion for reflection." Conan O'Brien: "Was actually two years ago, because the original unaired pilot episode, "The Cage", starring Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike, was filmed in 1964, thus making Star Trek a distinct fictional universe fully forty-two years ago, and not forty as the media would have you believe."

Further information


This Kafkaesque Flemish program featured a regular sketch, "Wally in Space". It was an absurd parody of the original series set on a ship captained by Belgian singer Eddy Wally, a Liberace-like cult figure.

Law and Order[]

During the episode "Corpus Delicti," Claire Kincaid sarcastically tells Jack McCoy that her "transporter beam was down" when she was running late before court.

Crossover actors


A TNT heist-caper series which has starring Aldis Hodge as Trekkie hacker Alec Hardison and guest-starring Jeri Ryan, Wil Wheaton, Armin Shimerman, Brent Spiner, Noa Tishby, Clancy Brown, Spencer Garrett, Richard Cox, Robert Pine, Saul Rubinek, Erick Avari, Leon Rippy, Gregg Henry, and Andy Mangels, and had Jonathan Frakes as a director on some episodes. Keith R.A. DeCandido and Greg Cox each authored a tie-in novel for it.

"The Nigerian Job"[]

While posing as a nerdy computer technician, Eliot explains away his musculature as being due to dressing up as a Klingon at conventions.

"The Order 23 Job"[]

Hardison wants to use Trek movies as intercom codes, with the odd-numbered ones meaning "all's well" and the even-numbered ones meaning "there's a problem," eventually using "Doctor Wrath O'Khan" as a warning to Eliot.

"The Maltese Falcon Job"[]

Hardison quotes Spock saying "I have been and shall always be your friend" just before destroying his van as a distraction to save his friends.

"The Cross My Heart Job"[]

Eliot gets Hardison's attention over the airport PA system by having them page "Kirk Picard."

Earlier in the episode, Hardison complains about having to rely on stone knives and bearskins.

"The Last Dam Job"[]

Wil Wheaton's character says he wants to dress Sophie up like Deanna Troi as a condition of doing the job.

"The First Contact Job"[]

Eliot uses the alias "Willy Riker". Jonathan Frakes directed.

Leverage: Redemption[]

"The Muddy Waters Job"[]

Eliot uses the alias "Armus Vagra" which references Armus and Vagra II from TNG: "Skin Of Evil".

Lip Sync Battle[]

A special one hour episode featuring Zoë Saldana going up against Zachary Quinto aired in June 2016. [12]

Little Britain[]

In season one, Daffyd is complaining to Myfanwy that gays don't have anything to do in Llandewi Brefi. After looking in the paper, they discover that a gay Trekkies group is meeting right there, right now. Three men are dressed as Spock, Uhura and possibly Kirk. Myfanwy says that Daffyd likes Star Trek, to which he replies "Well I don't like Deep Space Nine." Daffyd then doubts the Trekkie men are gay but one of them says "He was hung like a Klingon!" Annoyed that there are other gay men there, Daffyd tells them that Myfanwy wants them to leave and they storm out.

The Lone Gunmen[]

In the episode "Like Water for Octane", a young Richard "Ringo" Langly tells his father that in the future everyone will be eating food pills, "like on Star Trek."

In "Tango de los Pistoleros", a new missile invisible to radar is described as a Romulan cloaking device.

In "The Lying Game", a metal detector is referred to as a tricorder, and the man using it as Mr. Spock.


Co-starring Scott Bakula.

In the second season episode "Looking for Results", Kevin introduces Patrick to the game Top Trumps, and explains that there are cards around numerous themes including Star Trek.


To promote Star Trek, the episode "The Variable" featured an alternate title sequence with the USS Enterprise.

Sawyer has called Jin "Sulu" and Desmond Scott. (Jin is played by Daniel Dae Kim, who was a guest actor on both Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise)

In "What Kate Does", Dogen has a baseball on his desk like Captain Sisko.

A life-size poster of Captain Kirk is visible in Damon Lindelof's office in the Season 3 DVD extra "Lost in a Day", at the "4:39 pm Los Angeles" segment.

"All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues"[]

In this episode Boone and Locke discuss redshirts. (Locke is played by Terry O'Quinn, who was a guest on Star Trek: The Next Generation.) Red shirts became a motif since this episode, with several characters dying while wearing one.

"Do No Harm"[]

During a flashback, Jack Shephard confides in his father before his wedding that he is having difficulty writing his vows, to which Christian Shephard responds with "you're a doctor, not a writer." This is a reference to the famous catch phrase of Doctor Leonard McCoy.

"The Lie"[]

Neil dies while wearing a redshirt. Locke remarks by that Kirk "sounds like a piss-poor captain" after the redshirt curse is pointed out to him.

"This Place is Death"[]

In this episode anthropologist Charlotte Lewis makes a sarcastic joke about being able to speak Klingon, in addition to Korean.

Crossover performers


In Homewrecker, Ella Lopez manages to put together a broken champagne glass and proudly exclaims "Ta'von'lu", which she claims is Klingonese for "The King is dead", calling it a reference to three-dimensional chess played on Star Trek.


MacGyver (2016-21 series)[]

In the episode "Bozer + Booze + Back to School", a college student is subdued by a shoulder grab knockout, which a character calls the Vulcan nerve pinch.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade[]


The West Harrison High School marching band of Gulfport, Mississippi, USA performed the song/track "Enterprising Young Men" from the Star Trek soundtrack.


"Star Trek: Deep Stain Nine"[]

From the very first episode, MADtv parodied Trek with this "sequel" set aboard a laundry starship.

"Kirk and Spock Variety Hour"[]

A "lost pilot" from 1975; Kirk (Will Sasso), Spock (Pat Kilbane), McCoy (guest star Tim Conlon) and Uhura (Debra Wilson) perform comedy skits with special guests Sammy Davis, Jr. (Phil LaMarr) and Phyllis Diller (herself). Featuring the June Taylor Tribbles.

"Estrella Viaje"[]

A Spanish-language version of Star Trek (one of several "Spanish remake" skits the show did).

"Martin Lawrence's Brushes with Death 4"[]

Hosted by William Shatner (Sasso); parody of Fox specials focusing on actor Martin Lawrence's "bouts with exhaustion".

"The Captain Kirk Show"[]

Kirk (Sasso) and Spock (Kilbane) host a David Letterman-type talk show, complete with a Top Ten List and a "man on the street" segment where Spock goes up to total strangers on the street and talks to them. Martha Stewart (Mo Collins) appears on the show.

"Shatner's Sperm Bank"[]

Shatner (Sasso) tries to convince a woman (Alex Borstein) to purchase his sperm for in vitro fertilization.

"Hollywood Squares: UPN Stars"[]

Parody of the game show with rapper/actress Eve (Daniele Gaither) and a Klingon from Star Trek: Voyager (Jordan Peele) as the only two "celebrities".

Note: Debra Wilson – or actually, just her voice – was featured as Captain Lisa Cusak in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Sound of Her Voice". She also provided the computer voice for the Star Trek: The Experience Klingon Encounter.

Mad Men[]

Mad Men is a series set in the 1960s, reaching the 1966 first season of Star Trek in its fifth season. One fifth season episode, "Christmas Waltz", features the character Paul Kinsey who has fallen on hard times and has his hopes pinned on a Star Trek spec script called "The Negron Complex". He gets in touch with his former colleague Harry Crane, who is a media buyer and thus could slip the script to NBC, or even Mr. Roddenberry himself. Although the script is said to be very bad, Kinsey thinks it would be good enough to open season 2. Crane however doubts that a second season will even be made.

Interestingly, the premise featuring a race of Negrons who are enslaved to pick cotton for a race called the Caucasons, the twist being that the Negrons are white, is very similar to an actual story idea proposed in Star Trek is....

Major Crimes[]

"Skin Deep"[]

Detective Provenza summons a colleague to meeting by saying "Spock, you're wanted on the bridge" and remarking to another person staying behind "Chekov, you have the helm."

"Moral Hazard"[]

Gus reminds Rusty that he has already paid for tickets to Star Trek and insists on taking him to the movie. The episode originally aired in August 2016, slightly after the release of Star Trek Beyond, which may be the specific movie reference intended.

Malcolm in the Middle[]

"Hal Grieves"[]

After Hal's father (who had been played by Christopher Lloyd) dies and he becomes depressed, his friend, Abe first call Leonard Nimoy (actually voiced by Nolan North) to get him talk to Hal, then invites George Takei (appearing as himself) to cheer him up. In this episode they talk about Star Trek and mention both TOS: "The Squire of Gothos" and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Man Like Mobeen[]

In "Moving Food", when Eight asks who Uncle Khan is, Mobeen replies that he is from Star Trek and that they would watch it later. The counter clerk who overhears this then gives them the Vulcan salute, and Eight refers to Khan as "Star Trek Man" later in the episode.

Married... With Children[]

"A Three Job, No Income Family"[]

In this season 3 episode, Al Bundy takes a second job at a fast food restaurant called "Burger Trek", whose theme centers around the original Star Trek series, complete with TOS-inspired uniforms (which has a burger speared by a rocketship) worn by employees, the manager (played by Pauly Shore) being referred to as the captain, Al Bundy being called "Crewman Bundy" and the cashier area being referred to as the bridge. Al is expected to say "woosh" every time he sends the burgers down to the cashier area. His manager also reminds him of the mission they have to accomplish, which is "to go where no burger has gone before". Another announcement asks that "the crewman who overflowed the toilet please report to the bridge".

"Married with Aliens"[]

Al is visited by a group of aliens, who steal his socks as a resource to fuel their spaceship. At the end of the episode he makes the Vulcan salute while saying goodbye to them.

"Kelly Does Hollywood: Part 2"[]

Al tries to sell an idea for a television series called Shoe Trek, about "a shoe salesman in the 23rd century", to a producer, but he's turned down. Later he sees the show on TV (with a character named Mr. Sock), realizing they stole his idea.

"If Al Had a Hammer"[]

Kelly tells her brother, Bud "I'm sure lots of cool guys spend their Friday night watching Star Trek reruns hoping to catch a glimpse of Klingon Kleavage."

"The Goodbye Girl"[]

Recently employed at a TV based theme park, Kelly tells her family of her day, which involved a rather large woman being stuck in a turnstile. Kelly, thinking quickly for once, decided to grease her up with butter and then "I went over to Star Trek Land, hot-wired the Enterprise and sent it up where no man has ever gone before."

"No Ma'am"[]

Marcy says to Al: "Shut up, Klingon."

"The Hood, the Bud & the Kelly: Part 2"[]

Jefferson says "You know, Captain Kirk was wrong. The final frontier isn't space, it's the roof."

"Calendar Girl"[]

Bud needs twelve beautiful woman for a calendar. Kelly suggests his "Lieutenant Uhura doll" to be one of them.


In the episode "We Had a Dream", a murder victim's address is given as 1701 Pike's Way.

The series co-starred Jake Weber.

Men Behaving Badly[]

British sitcom following the exploits of two young men with slightly sexist attitudes who share an apartment, and their girlfriends.

"Watching TV"[]

In this British sitcom, the entire episode of "Watching TV" takes place as Gary, Tony, Dorothy, and Deb are sitting in the lounge watching an episode of Star Trek. Although the title is not mentioned, it is obvious from their descriptions the episode is TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever". Communicator noises can be heard, and there is also a mock up of Star Trek music, presumably to avoid copyright issues. Occasional lines can be faintly overheard including a conversation presumably between Kirk and Uhura in which she says "But sir, that is not the command frequency."

As a fan of the series, Gary is keen to point out its classic status, calling it "part of our heritage", stating that it is as fresh as it always has been, and that it has taught an entire generation about science, the Klingon language and how a crew of different nations can work together, "especially when there's no bloody Italians."

Deborah asks "What's happening now?" and Gary says that "they're teleporting down to the planet to find Bones." Deborah asks "what do they want bones for?" Dorothy points out that "Bones is the name of the doctor." Deborah asks if he is a "bone doctor", and Gary does not know the answer. (Sawbones is an old American nickname for surgeons.)

Dorothy comments on "Uhuru" (sic) and her clothing, to which Gary replies, "Nothing wrong with a bit of sexy." Dorothy says it is the most popular TV show ever, but they could only give her a desk job in a skirt which "only just covers her knickers". And asks, "what's that taught a whole generation?" Deborah says it must be a "bit boring wearing the same thing every day, you'd think they could add accessories." Gary says, "Well we obviously missed the episode called 'Scotty Goes Shopping for a Nice Little Waistcoat."

Tony comes back in, and Deborah explains it, saying "the one who overacts has jumped through this big doughnut thing which has gone dark. So the chubby one, and the one with a face like a sad donkey have jumped through the doughnut as well." Gary explains that "Bones has gone through the "Guardian of Forever's time portal... To unfreeze time." Kirk's voice can be heard talking about a "strange temporal anomaly".

As she is unfamiliar with the series, Deb often asks questions, and has to be corrected when she calls Spock, Spong.

Gary also mentions when he was a child that he believed the captain's log was a real wooden log he kept in his office, to the amusement of Dorothy and Deborah.

Tony also asks questions, but of a more irrelevant nature, such as how they clean the windscreen (referring to the viewscreen), if Kirk has a glove compartment, and whether the bridge crew swivel their chairs when no one is looking. He and Gary also do a duet impression of the door "swoosh". Tony also suggests replacing Chekov with "Bianca from 'Eastenders'" and Emma Forbes instead of Mr Sulu, and Carol Smiley in the engine room, and the Spice Girls as the ship's doctors.

Gary says, "Funny how the actors never really worked again." (Which is untrue.) Deborah says she "saw the actor playing 'Spong' in something else." Gary says Shatner appeared in "DJ Hooker" (sic), "which ran for two series."

Talking of Kirk's love life, Deborah says, "It must be difficult to form a relationship when the only people you meet are from a different planet."

Another program comes on, a documentary about the police, and Tony flips open the TV remote in the style of a communicator, says "beam us up, Scotty" and all four disappear with a transporter effect. This is extremely unusual for this sitcom, because while it is exaggerated it tend to stick to being realistic.

The Mentalist[]

Coproduced by Peter Lauritson with recurring appearances by Gregory Itzin and Malcolm McDowell and guest appearances by Robert Pine, Casey Biggs, John de Lancie, and Linda Park, as well as John Billingsley and Connor Trinneer together in one episode. Robert Duncan McNeill directed at least one episode.

One recurring story line is the pursuit of a serial killer named "Red John," a possible play on Redjac.

"Red Rum"[]

Agent Rigsby compares witchcraft to other "nerdy" lifestyles such as Star Trek or yoga.

"Red Hot"[]

Zoe McLellan plays a woman with the last name "Bajoran," a coincidental reference to her role of Tal Celes.

"The Red Mile"[]

Ethan Phillips plays a character helping alleged victims of alien abductions. His character is named "Newsom Kirk", the last name being commented upon as an amusing coincidence.

Mercy Point[]

A sci-fi hospital drama starring Star Trek: New Frontier audiobook narrator Joe Morton and featuring Salli Elise Richardson.

One of the ads for it had the tagline "Think of it as Deep Space 911."

Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers[]

Skull wonders if the Alien Rangers ever met Captain Kirk.


Simon is able to discover the presence of a shapeshifter, having watched Star Trek.

Misfits of Science[]

This short-lived 1980s superhero / sci-fi series co-starred Kevin Peter Hall. The series featured production design by John Jefferies, set decoration by John M. Dwyer, and music by Basil Poledouris.

In the main characters' laboratory, a picture of the original USS Enterprise can be seen on the bulletin board.

In the episode "Guess What's Coming to Dinner", a scientist (James Sloyan)'s son says, referring to his father's crackpot home laboratory: "I mean I really want them to find me in there on the starship Enterprise, right?" Sloyan's character also says ""What would Captain Kirk say? Beam me aboard, Scotty." At another point, Billy (Dean Paul Martin) says: ""We're talking major breakthroughs. We're talking to go where no man has ever gone before."

In another episode, a character asks: "Is Captain Kirk under siege by the Klingons?".

Mr. Show with Bob and David[]

This sketch show occasionally featured Sarah Silverman.

One sketch of the second season episode "The Biggest failure in Broadway history" features an iguana called Sulu, who while not explicitly linked to the Star Trek character, is the last in a long series of pets named after science fiction characters)

Mock the Week[]

The British comedy panel show Mock the Week regularly features an improvisation round called "Scenes we'd like to see", a topic on one episode being "Deleted lines from Star Trek". The suggestions are:

  • (Hugh Dennis mimes flipping a communicator) "Kirk to Enterprise." (He moves around) "OK, how about if I stand over here?"
  • (Frankie Boyle speaks gibberish) "Scotty, that's the most convincing your accent has ever been."
  • Frank Skinner: "Captain, I can see an alien ship. It's not showing up on the RADAR. It's a circular vessel with some sort of lettering and numbers – oh, no, sorry, it's my tax disc."
  • Hugh Dennis: "I have no emotion. My mother was a Vulcan, my father was Gordon Brown."
  • Russell Howard: "All right, which one of you ate my Scotch egg?"
  • Frankie Boyle: "This is the Federation of Gay Planets. Open your docking bay and prepare to be boarded."
  • (Russell Howard mimes pulling a towel between his legs) "Tell you what, Spock, your towel is a lot softer than mine."
  • Gina Yashere: "Captain's log, just seen some aliens. O-M-G W-T-F L-O-L smiley face."
  • Frankie Boyle: "Who are these terrifying aliens?" "You can't call them that anymore, captain. It's 'Uhura' and 'Sulu.'"
  • (Hugh Dennis puts on a German accent) "Vilkom to ze SS Enterprise Mister Ecclestone."
  • Andy Parsons: "Now which one of you put your red top in the washing with all the yellow ones?"
  • (Russell Howard acts effeminately) "There's going to be some changes around here. They call me 'Captain Tattybojangles.'"
  • Frankie Boyle: "What's wrong, Captain Picard?" "What's wrong? I'm a serious Shakespearean actor and I'm talking to ambassador of the fucking worm people!

Another episode featured the topic "Things you wouldn't hear in a blockbuster movie", to which Hugh Dennis suggested "There's good news and bad news captain. We can't find Spock, but we have found Nemo and someone thinks they've spotted Private Ryan."

In another episode's round of "What is the Question", the panelists are asked what question would give the answer of "one in five hundred". Jack Whitehall jokingly suggests "How many Star Trek fans have touched a real woman?".

Modern Family[]

In the third season episode "Virgin Territory" Cameron says "Revenge is a dish best served cold" when finding his Tupperware in Claire's house, referencing the quote Khan made in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

In the fifth season episode "The Wedding, Part One", Alex mistakes a Star Wars reference her father Phil makes as one from Star Trek.

In the eighth season episode "Five Minutes", a student in Alex's dorm is overheard saying that they are "firing up" a hologram of the Starship USS Enterprise in five minutes.

In the tenth season episode "Supershowerbabybowl", Phil hears the noise coming from Haley's ski pants, and comments that it sounds like the doors opening on the Starship Enterprise.


In the first season episode "Hakeem's New Flame," Moesha feels guilty about being responsible for Hakeem finding out his new girlfriend is two timing him in public, comparing it to violating the Prime Directive, which her friend, Kim, who doesn't feel so guilty, because she wants Hakeem to herself, responds with "Never interfere with the course of life on an alien planet?"

In the second season episode "Basket Case," Moesha's opening monologue parodies the opening theme music to the original series by showing a shot of space, and continuing with a paraphrase of Kirk's intro, when she says, "Space, the final frontier. What boys who think they're men say they need when they're afraid of getting too close. Q's new mission: To explore new relationships with new girls from new neighborhoods. To boldly ask me to chill after I'd made time to see him whenever he wanted me to. I just don't get it. It's like a space maggot ate through his brain or something. I wish Q were more like Mr. Spock, because then he'd know that the logical thing to do is stick with me."

Mork and Mindy[]

In the first season episode "Mork Runs Down", Mork gives someone a Vulcan nerve pinch after saying that he'd seen it on TV.

In the fourth season episode "Mork, Mindy and Mearth Meet MILT", Mork and Mearth beam home, only to have William Shatner "crossbeam" between them. There's some playful banter before Shatner says, "Beam me up, Orson" and vanishes. Mork then comments "Wait a minute. You've got to tell me if they kill off Spock or not." The episode aired four months before the premiere of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Also, the series featured a number of reused costumes from Star Trek: The Original Series, most notably Mork's space suit, which was a modified version of the costume worn by Phillip Pine as Colonel Green in "The Savage Curtain". In the first season episode, "Mork Goes Public" another character can be seen wearing an environmental suit from "The Naked Time", complete with a helmet from "The Tholian Web". [13]

The Muppet Show[]

Pigs in space bridge

Bridge of the USS Swinetrek

"Pigs in Space" was a mixed parody of both Star Trek and old science fiction serials. It was a repeated skit on The Muppet Show and involved the adventures of a number of pigs on a space ship known as the USS Swinetrek.

In the Muppets Tonight spin-off during the 1990s, "Pigs in Space" returned as "Deep Dish Nine: The Next Generation of Pigs in Space" with a new crew and spaceship. One such sketch featured an appearance by Leonard Nimoy.

In an 1980 episode featuring singer Joan Baez as celebrity guest, Baez mentions the "Enterprise communicators".

After The Muppet Show, the Muppets have been cited as spoofing and referencing Star Trek on several occasions. See the Star Trek article at the Muppet Wiki for a list.

Murdoch Mysteries[]

The episode "Marked Twain", featured William Shatner as the titular author. He mentions having been a riverboat captain at one point (which the author was), and references something about non-interference with one's way of life.

Later in the same season, in the episode "Barenaked Ladies", a factory owner is named James Kirkham.

My Hero[]

"The Party's Over"[]

In episode 1.06, "The Party's Over", when Tyler tells Mrs. Raven that Janet is going out with the superhero Thermoman, Mrs. Raven sarcastically remarks "and I'm shacking up with Captain Kirk".


In episode 2.05, "Nemesis", Janet and her alien boyfriend George go to his school reunion. As the guests are aliens, it is disguised as a sci-fi convention. Several of the guests wear TOS-era Starfleet uniform; George wears a gold command division uniform, Janet wears a red operations division uniform, and two men are seen to be wearing blue science division uniforms. When Janet finds she has a hole in her tights, she says that if anyone notices she could say it's a phaser burn.

"Space Virus"[]

In episode 4.05, "Space Virus", Piers gets Tyler to be on his show due to his delusions. He asks how many multiple personalities he has and Tyler says that Mr. Spock is one of his multiple six personalities.

My Parents Are Aliens[]

At the start of series 8 there are two characters Dan and Dinesh who become friends with someone who owns rare comics. When he says that his going to sell them for a fortune Dinesh says the Klingon phrase "Hab SoSlI' Quch!" which translates as "Your mother has a smooth forehead". Dan then says "you speak Klingon".

My Phone Genie[]

In episode two, "Home Movie", Gene puts Jaz and her friends into various movie settings when Jaz wishes that her Saturday afternoon could be more interesting than just watching DVDs. One setting is the bridge of a spaceship fighting a low-budget space battle against a Klingonesqe alien reminiscent of Star Trek: The Original Series. Jaz and Gene wear the alternate reality Starfleet uniform seen in Star Trek, which was based on the mid 2260s-early 2270s uniform worn in The Original Series. Strangely, Gene wears a gold command division uniform, while Jaz wears a red operations division uniform, even though Jaz is in the role of the captain.

Mystery Science Theater 3000[]


In the episode "Mini Myth Mayhem", the second team tested if Kirk's hastily fashioned gunpowder and bamboo cannon from the TOS episode "Arena" was feasible. After testing, the result of "Gorn Cannon," as they dubbed the myth, was "Busted." The bamboo wasn't strong enough to contain the explosion, and 32 experimental formulations with the raw ingredients (as Kirk had found on the asteroid) failed to yield the commercial grade gunpowder that was needed for the proper explosive force. Even with the Bamboo reinforced at the bottom and using commercial grade powder, bamboo still shattered, "killing" their Kirk stand-in dummy (whom the team dressed in a red shirt). The Gorn cutout, staged at a similar distance to the event, was only grazed.


The Nanny[]

Daniel Davis co-stars as butler Niles in all 145 episodes of the series.

"The Nanny" (S01E01)[]

In the pilot episode of the series, Fran Fine told C.C. Babcock that her uncle Jack threw a weekend bar mitzvah with a Star Trek theme they're still talking about.

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service[]

Featuring Alicia Coppola, Dina Meyer, Enrique Murciano, Stephanie Niznik, Marina Sirtis, Scottie Thompson, Susanna Thompson, Terry O'Quinn, Salli Elise Richardson, Leslie Hope, Jeri Ryan, Martha Hackett, Scott Bakula, Zoe McLellan (who appeared in its parent show JAG with David Andrews), and Linda Park. A subtle hint is made in the series to Starfleet Medical, as the NCIS Chief Medical Examiner's ambulance, featured on several occasions throughout the series from its second season onward, carries the symbol that was originally designed by Lee Cole and Rick Sternbach for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, but which has never gained formal real world recognition. [14]

NCIS and its spin-offs are (co-)produced by CBS Studios (formerly CBS Paramount Television), the Alma Mater of televised Star Trek, and the main series was as of 2020 steamed alongside Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access.

The series and its spin-offs were developed and produced under the aegis of television division CEO Les Moonves, and considered as one of his greatest triumphs for the conglomerate.

"Marine Down" (S01E09)[]

"Ducky," the NCIS Chief Medical Examiner, asked Special Agent Tony DiNozzo if he knew what a trocar was, to which he replied "I'm guessing it's not an alien on Star Trek."

"Vanished" (S02E03)[]

DiNozzo gives Special Agent Timothy McGee the Vulcan salute after the he finds an alien mask and magnet planted in a crop circle.

“Jeopardy” (S03E22)[]

Special Agent DiNozzo says that he’s worried Agent David will use the “Vulcan death grip” on him. Coincidentally, this episode also guest stars Tim Russ and Connor Trinneer.

"Witch Hunt" (S04E06)[]

McGee can speak some Klingonese, after the NCIS team gatecrash a Halloween party, where one of the suspects is dressed up as a Klingon. The man in costume was able to say "your mother has a smooth forehead", and "Klingons don't surrender", both in Klingon, and brandish a toy bat'leth, before team leader Jethro Gibbs tackles him. Later, upon seeing the suspect unnerved by Gibbs' silent "interrogation", DiNozzo says, "(Is) General Kang crying or is that just sweat?", to which McGee, after thirty minutes alone with Gibbs, "even Klingons have their limits"; discussing the case itself, DiNozzo tells McGee that, "According to six people, Worf here was at the party when the little girl was kidnapped." After questioning, DiNozzo attempts to tell his boss that the man was clearly not the kidnapper, and Gibbs responds, "Of course not. Ever read a Klingon's face?... it ain't that easy."

“Jet Lag” (S07E13)[]

Tony calls a flight attendant “Mr Spock”, and later tells him to “live long and prosper”.

"The San Dominick" (S12E05)[]

Ellie Bishop goes through a no-win test when participating in joint training exercises between NCIS and the Coast Guard; McGee mentions Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the Kobayashi Maru scenario to her when she's upset about failing, also mentioning in passing that their direct boss, Gibbs, had passed the test. In order to understand where she did go wrong, Bishop subsequently reviews Wrath of Khan and afterward makes a faux pas by assuming that Gibbs (who, unbeknownst to her, is standing right behind her), like Captain Kirk, had cheated on the test.

"Rendezvous" (S14E24)[]

NOAA employee Curtis Hubley does a bad imitation of Shatner as Kirk, saying "Full power, Scotty."

"All Hands" (S19E11)[]

Numerous overt Star Trek references are made in this episode, when a situation arises aboard the civilian research ship Stargazer. We learn that Agent Parker (who, along with resident "Trekkie" McGee, immediately make the Star Trek connection with the USS Stargazer) prefers Star Trek: The Original Series over The Next Generation, contrary to McGee who is partial to the latter. Later on he proves his "Trekkie" status when he broadcasts Alexander Courage's Star Trek Theme, he is keeping on the playlist of his mobile, over the radio as a distress signal. While they are speaking in the elevator, Director Leon Vance mentions he preferred Deep Space Nine, after McGee referenced Star Trek yet again by equating his relationship with the department's IT techs to a Borg hive mind. Additionally, McGee's two former IT technician colleagues discuss Voyager later on, the female one not accepting any criticism of that series when her male collegue opines that the series only became interesting after Jeri Ryan had been signed as Seven of Nine.

With the exception of Enterprise (presumably because referencing this series was deemed "too cute" as that series lead Scott Bakula is also the lead in NCIS's sister series NCIS: New Orleans), this episode marks the first time that almost all classic Star Trek live-action series are referenced in a single episode of the NCIS franchise. The stated references also touch upon the presumed popularity of the classic series along the predominant demographics of their respective fanbases; TOS and TNG which are assumed to be primarily popular among white males, DS9 among Afro-Americans (to which Director Vance belongs), and VOY among females.

It has yet to be determined why this particular episode had been so heavy on Star Trek references.

Jeri Ryan incidentally, had previously guest-starred as Rebecca, Gibbs' ex-wife number two in the season twelve episode "Check".

NCIS: Los Angeles[]

Featuring Miguel Ferrer, Jonathan Frakes, Cyia Batten, Alicia Coppola, and Spencer Garrett.

"Search and Destroy"[]

Sam Hanna remarks, "Spock says, logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end", quoting Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Then he says, "Gotta love Star Trek."


Callen locks himself in a room where a potentially lethal virus has been released, to protect his coworkers. Two weeks later, he wakes up to find himself recovering in a CDC hospital room after being given an antidote. This parallels Kirk's sacrifice and two-week unconscious period in Star Trek Into Darkness.

"The Grey Man"[]

When discussing how best to extract a women and her seven year old daughter from a restaurant guarded by drug cartel members, Deeks says that his plan is to live long and prosper.

"If the Fates Allow"[]

Deeks described Beale's new mustache as "you're growing a Tribble on your face", after Beale came into a large sum of money, and began radically changing his lifestyle.

NCIS: New Orleans[]

Starring Scott Bakula, Necar Zadegan, and Zoe McLellan, and featuring Steven Weber and Dean Stockwell. Guest stars include Leslie Hope. Labtechnician Sebastian is the popculture "nerd" in the series, Star Trek included.

"You'll Do" (S01E21)[]

When Sebastian tries to describe the effects of flunitrazepam on a person, he asks, "You ever see that episode of Star Trek when Kirk gets tanked up on Saurian Brandy?", but nobody gets the reference.

"How Much Pain Can You Take?" (S01E22)[]

Sebastian describes a fragmented bullet as "Enterprise at the end of Search for Spock shattered," then clarifies by saying that "like at the end of Voyage Home, I was able to reconstruct one of the bullets just enough to analyze it." When he tries to explain why the bullets aren't in the ballistics database, he's told "As long as the answer doesn't include another Star Trek reference."

"Identity Crisis" (S04E12)[]

In an effort to impress an old highschool flame who has sought him out for help and is also an IT specialist, Sebastian pretends he is Captain Kirk addressing Lieutenant Saavik. However, she does not get the reference, after which Sebastian tries to explain The Wrath of Khan to her and Saavik's role in it, but soon realizes he is making little headway and concedes that he almost certainly did not stand a chance with her back in the day.

The Newsroom[]

Featuring Salli Elise Richardson.


Maggie calls Jim "James Tiberius Harper" when berating him about taking Lisa out for Valentine's Day.


Maggie calls Jim "James Tiberius Harper" a second time while berating him for fraudulently telling Lisa that he loved her.

"The Blackout Part 2: Mock Debate"[]

Jim says to Lisa that they have a Vulcan mind meld going on between them.

"Red Team III"[]

Don partially gets out Spock's "The needs of the many..." line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan before Jerry cuts him off.

"Oh Shenandoah"[]

Jim has watched Star Trek on his iPad on a plane, which his partner Maggie confuses for Star Wars. Jim remarks that both are excellent examples of genius, though different in every way. Later in the episode, he is again seen watching Star Trek: The Original Series on his iPad.

Night Court[]

Starring John Larroquette, with Brent Spiner appearing in a recurring role prior to the start of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"Yet Another Day in the Life" (Season 6, Episode 22)[]

Two groups of Trekkies – one dressed in TOS uniforms and the other in TNG uniforms – are brought before the court for fighting at a convention. At the end of the case, the leader of the TNG group, a man dressed as Geordi La Forge, beams out of the courtroom.

"To Sleep, No More" (Season 8, Episode 19)[]

Bull wins a toupee in a contest and chooses the "Shatner Turbo 2000". The hairpiece has the side effect of making the wearer overwhelmingly attractive to women.

Night Court (2023)[]

Sequel to the 1980s series with John Larroquette reprising his role as Dan Fielding. In the second season episode "Wrath of Comic-Con", Fielding dresses up as a Klingon (which "seems familiar" to him) to blend in the Comic-Con crowd at the courthouse and hide from an ex-girlfriend. When asked about his name, Fielding says "Maltz", the name of Larroquette's Klingon character from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.


Featuring Ethan Phillips, Wil Wheaton, Christopher Lloyd, Connor Trinneer, and Gregg Henry.

unknown episode[]

Larry explains the TOS Enterprise's chain of command succession to Megan.


Larry's cellphone ringtone is a communicator chirp.

"Friendly Fire"[]

Jordan Farmar tells Larry he'd seen the new Star Trek three times while making a simulated space shuttle orbiter reentry flight.


The Office (US)[]

The Office was an NBC sitcom based on the BBC series of the same name adapted for American television. The show focused on the day-to-day lives of the employees of the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in a mockumentary-style format and featured Rainn Wilson as salesman Dwight Schrute. The show also guest-starred Idris Elba, Ed Begley, Jr., Robert Pine, Tig Notaro, Spencer Daniels, Bill Hader, and Christian Slater.

"The Alliance"[]

Regional Manager Michael Scott tries to boost morale in the office by having an office birthday party and has receptionist Pam Beesly find out whose birthday is coming up and mentions Meredith Palmer, even though her birthday is a month away. Michael decides to throw the party anyway and says that Pam should lighten up and have some fun. He then takes his cell phone and uses it like a communicator to "contact" Spock asking if there are any signs of life down there, and then pretending to be Spock uses his phone to scan his office like a tricorder and replies that "there are no signs of life down there. Only a wet blanket named Pam."

"Christmas Party"[]

In a deleted scene, Michael speaks of his employees as various North Pole figures, but when he gets to Dwight, dressed for the occasion with the green hat and pointed ears of an elf, he says that Dwight "looks like Spock to me" – which annoys Dwight to no end, since he has another, correct set of ears for Spock at home.

"Casino Night"[]

While the Trek connection is not mentioned in the episode, Darryl Philbin, the African-American warehouse manager who often amuses himself by introducing a gullible Michael to comically inaccurate representations of black culture, teaches him an elaborate "ghetto" handshake, part of which involves putting making a Vulcan salute and connecting their hands in the open space between the middle and ring fingers.

"Business Ethics"[]

After Dwight claims to "never" take personal time during work hours, Jim Halpert, his supervisor/tormentor, and Andy Bernard, the co-worker he can't stand, have a conversation in which, among other things, they claim Klingons (like Wookiees) are a race in Dwight's beloved Battlestar Galactica (as well as calling Ronald D. Moore's "re-imaginined" series a "shot-for-shot remake" of the original), daring Dwight to intervene, which would not be work-related and prove him wrong.

"The Delivery"[]

Witnessing Jim and Pam talking to customers about their unborn child, Dwight thinks that they are abusing their situation to ring up sales so he decides he needs a baby to get more sales, and because he is lonely. He goes to Angela Martin to be the mother of their child, which she agrees to and they begin developing a parental contract between them with Dwight trying to include Worf as a potential name for their baby, though Angela tells him no Star Trek names.

"Pam's Replacement"[]

When Andy, Kevin Malone, and Darryl are talking about the recent jam session they did with CEO Robert California and his musician friends, Andy mentions how one of the musicians, Lisa toured with singer Chaka Khan, to which Kevin says "Are you serious? From Star Trek?" confusing Chaka Khan for Khan Noonien Singh.

"Andy's Ancestry"[]

Erin Hannon attempts to teach herself to speak French to impress Andy's educated family, but Dwight says that won't impress them and he decides to teach her the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones. When Erin later finds out that Dothraki is a made-up language, Dwight tells her how people laughed at Klingonese at first, and now she can major in it.

"Junior Salesman"[]

Dwight is tasked with finding a part-time replacement for Jim and Clark Green feels he is ready for the position, citing his key role in various sales, but Dwight wants someone who he can be sure will not team up with Pam against him. During the interview, Dwight tries to stump Clark by asking him what he would do if a customer who ordered enough paper to qualify for a volume discount now wants to return half the stock and he can’t rebate the sales price or credit for future purchases because he brokered the deal for a third party. Clark answers that it's a classic no-win situation, so he’d Kobayashi Maru it. Dwight gets peeved as it's another perfect answer and he tries to stump him with another question, but Clark says the interview’s over and he get the job as he just Kobayashi Maru'd the whole process. Dwight says no, but Clark says he did and that Star Trek rules, which Dwight agrees, but he still won't hire Clark.

Orange is the New Black[]

Orange is the New Black was a comedy-drama series on Netflix based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, about her experiences in a women's prison. The series followed protagonist Piper Chapman, a woman sentenced to 15 months in a woman's federal prison for her part in a drug smuggling operation ten years before the start of the first season and her experiences in and out of prison along with the experiences of a diverse ensemble and starred Kate Mulgrew as inmate Galina "Red" Reznikov and Michael Harney as Corrections Officer and prison supervisor Sam Healy.

"WAC Pack"[]

Red uses her political power to install someone to the Woman's Advisory Council over Nicky. Nicky, who views Red as her true mother, complains that she thought she was Red's right hand woman. "I thought I was your Spock." In a later episode, Red admits that she trusts Nicky more than any other woman at the prison.

"A Whole Other Hole"[]

Larry makes up a story about having met his "wife" Polly at a Star Trek convention, where they were both dressed as Klingons.

"It Sounded Nicer in My Head"[]

Alex Vause is offhandedly called "Playboy's Vulcan of the month".

"Turn Table Turn"[]

Caputo accidentally threatens to come down on two inmates like the wrath of Khan, instead of the wrath of god.

"Full Bush, Half Snickers"[]

A number of characters discuss how consequential '67[!] is as to bucking established order, with JFK, RFK, and the first interracial kiss on Star Trek. This presumably relates to the episode "Plato's Stepchildren", which in reality aired in 1968.

"Be Free"[]

In the season six finale, a scene is featured where Badison is trying to establish a hand signal at which her people will attack. The first signal is shot down as denoting scissoring, and the second for being the Shocker, after which she settles down on the Vulcan salute, which is described as "the shocker for Trekkies".

Orphan Black[]

In the episode "Variable and Full of Perturbation", Cosima asks Scott "do you need me to beam me up, Scotty?" after he learns her nature as a clone.

In the third season episode "Formalized, Complex, and Costly" Felix calls Scott "lieutenant Scotty", which he corrects as "lieutenant commander" even after Cosima claims he is barely a Trekkie.

The Orville[]

The Outer Limits (1995-2002 series)[]

In the fifth season episode "Alien Radio", disc jockey Stan Harbinger says UFO believers are "even lower on the food chain than Trekkies".

In the same season episode, "Better Luck Next Time", a detective tells his partner (played by Megan Gallagher), that the man claiming to be invaded by an alien parasite, "might be missing from a Star Trek convention".

In the sixth season episode "Down to Earth", set at a UFO convention, a character tells another UFO believer that aliens can "liquidate you faster than you could say Ceti Alpha V". Later in the episode, the same man uses the Vulcan nerve pinch on another character.

The 1990s revival of the original The Outer Limits series was narrated by Kevin Conway as the "Control Voice", and featured many Star Trek alumni in guest roles, including Erich Anderson, Rene Auberjonois, Daniel Benzali, Clancy Brown, Len Cariou, Kim Cattrall, Gordon Clapp, Bill Cobbs, Gary Cole, Roger Cross, Ronny Cox, Bruce Davison, Nicole de Boer, John de Lancie, Michael Dorn, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Forbes, Robert Foxworth, Matt Frewer, Megan Gallagher, Victor Garber, Joel Grey, Bob Gunton, Leslie Hope, Clint Howard, Robert Ito, Doug Jones, Robert Joy, Mimi Kuzyk, Andrea Martin, Malcolm McDowell, Robert Duncan McNeill, Leonard Nimoy, France Nuyen, Leland Orser, Ron Perlman, Robert Picardo, Harve Presnell, Claire Rankin, Saul Rubinek, Alan Ruck, William Sadler, Chris Sarandon, Michael Sarrazin, John Savage, Alan Scarfe, Dwight Schultz, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, David Ogden Stiers, Dey Young, Kate Vernon, Nana Visitor, David Warner, Steven Weber, Kenneth Welsh, and Wil Wheaton.

The series' writing / producing staff included Naren Shankar, Manny Coto, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Tracy Tormé, and Joseph Stefano. Joseph L. Scanlan and Adam Nimoy directed episodes, while Joel Goldsmith wrote several scores for the series, and Mary Jo Slater served as casting director.


Parker Lewis Can't Lose[]

In the third season episode 'Summer of '92', there is a scene at a swap meet where Jerry is trying to sell a model of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture to a potential buyer played by Michael Dorn, who asks (in Worf's voice): "How do I know those are the authentic photon torpedo tubes?"

Parks and Recreation[]

Starring Adam Scott.

"Born & Raised"[]

Star Trek Into Darkness (although at that point still unnamed and simply referred to as a Star Trek sequel) is mentioned, and Ben Wyatt wonders if the romance between Uhura and Spock will continue.

The Paul Hogan Show[]

Sketch show featuring the pre-Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan. It led to his national fame within Australia.

Trek is parodied on several occasions, notably as "Star Trot" featuring a Spock with ears somewhat like Prince Charles and an Australian character seemingly based on Scotty, and also a send up of the tagline "To go boldly where no man has gone before" showing Captain Kirk going into the ladies' toilet.

Peep Show[]

In the fourth season episode "Holiday", Jez calls Mark Scotty, and tells him to engage warp factor three. Mark's inner monologue then considers Jez to be "cross breeding with aliens" while he is "down with the probably cancer causing engines".

In the sixth season episode "Das Boot", Mark sarcastically asks his wife if she's decided to name their child Spock among other weird names.

Perfect Strangers[]

In "Just Desserts", when Larry suggests that selling Balki's bibi-bobkas could prove to be a good venture in American free enterprise, Balki misinterprets him by asking if he'll get to meet Captain Kirk and Scotty, to which Larry corrects him by saying "No, Balki, that's the starship Enterprise."

In "Car Tunes", when Balki and Larry hide in Larry's car trunk to try and find out who's been stealing his car stereo, the car begins to move with them trapped inside and running out of air, leading Balki to describe his plan to escape, having seen it in TOS: "Day of the Dove" where the Klingons seize control of the life support system of the Enterprise leading Captain Kirk to tell Scotty "you've got to get us out here!" with Scott replying "I can't give you any more power! We're out of dilithium crystals!" and Dr. McCoy griping "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a machine!"

Power Rangers[]

Various seasons of the series has had the following actors/actresses, including:

Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers[]

The episode "Water You Thinking?" has Skull make several Trek references, including if the Alien Rangers could defeat a Klingon and later asking if they met Captain Kirk.

Power Rangers Turbo[]

The episode has the Rangers looking for a detonator Divatox left at a power plant. While watching them trying to locate it, the villainess states that "They couldn't find pointy ears at a Star Trek convention.".

Power Rangers in Space[]

The sixth season of Power Rangers features a galactic theme, with some of the show's dialogue and the sets, especially the bridge of the rangers' Astro Megaship, clearly inspired by Star Trek. The show even features a "simu-deck," that in one episode suffers a breakdown, as well as food synthesizers that function very similar to a replicator.

Power Rangers Dino Charge[]

In the episode "Deep Down Under," before the Dino Charge Rangers' Plesio Charge Megazord's final strike against Meteor, Shelby says "Let's make space his final frontier!"

The Price is Right[]

During the 12th season premiere (which aired on September 12, 1983), one of the showcases dealt with archaeologists of the future discovering long-lost prizes from The Price is Right showcases buried underground, complete with the theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture playing over several prize descriptions.

A 33rd season showcase entitled "Star Schlep" dealt with an incompetent crew of models (in TNG-era uniforms) trying to pilot their ship while encountering prizes along the way.

Project: ALF[]

One of the doctors asks ALF if he knows about Star Trek. He replies, "It's the show which those people watch who have no lives". This TV movie featured Miguel Ferrer and John Schuck in the cast.


The USA Network detective series Psych heavily referenced Star Trek and also starred Corbin Bernsen as Shawn's father Henry. Steven Weber, Ray Wise, Malcolm McDowell, William Shatner, Madchen Amick, Diedrich Bader, Diora Baird, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Weller, Olivia d'Abo, Paul Sorvino's daughter Mira Sorvino, and Jeri Ryan have also guest-starred.

"Game, Set... Muuurder?"[]

Shawn and Gus are hired to locate a woman named "Deanna Sirtis," whose name was apparently derived from Deanna Troi and Marina Sirtis.

"Shawn vs. the Red Phantom"[]

Shawn and Gus investigate a crime at a comic book convention. In order to enter the convention without tickets, they pose as George Takei's assistants. Takei appears as himself – he is initially confused by the strangers who claim to know him, but is soon convinced by their story and their promise to bring him fresh blueberries. Gus, an admitted Trek fan, salivates over the prospect of spending time with one of his idols. Shawn, however, has only a fleeting knowledge of Takei, never quite getting the name Sulu correct, and mistaking basic Trek facts.

"American Duos"[]

A reference to Star Trek: The Motion Picture is made, which begins with Shawn and Gus watching an American Idol-like reality show called American Duos. Attempting to convince Shawn that Duos is not simply a copy-cat show, Gus states that, on Duos, two people sing at the same time and they must be in sync with each other – to become one with each other, "like V'Ger and Stephen Collins in Star Trek I."

"If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?"[]

Shawn mentions the title of a class as "Physics II: The Wrath of Khan".

"Rob-A-Bye Baby"[]

There's a security company named "Startek" and Shawn continues to call the second-in-command of Startek "Spock".

"Cog Blocked"[]

Gus gives the hostess "Spock", "Picard", and "Data" as part of the massive list of names to check against her reservation list.

"Not Even Close ... Encounters"[]

Geordi La Forge's VISOR appeared in the collection of Dennis, and was later worn by Gus.



When discussing retro-reflective cloaks in episode 12 of season 9, Stephen Fry comments that cloaking devices are at an early stage, but that the Romulans have them.

Quantum Leap[]

Starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, and guest-starring Terry Farrell and Tamlyn Tomita.

"Star Light, Star Bright"[]

Sam Beckett leaps into the body of an elderly man who encounters a UFO. While Al tries to get Sam to stop obsessing over the sighting he says the following quote, "A little reading? About flying saucers and little aliens and Beam Me Up, Scotty?"


A 1970s sci-fi comedy on NBC that had numerous references to Trek throughout its short run.

Queer as Folk (original UK Version)[]

In Episode 2 of the first season, a geeky character is approached by someone saying "beam me up, Scotty. Klingons on the starboard bow, that's your thing, innit?" (apparently referencing the song Star Trekkin by the Firm). However, it turns out he is not so much a Star Trek fan but rather a fan of Doctor Who.


The Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear[]

Jon tells Stephen there's corbomite in Stephen's water bottle.

Red Dwarf[]

British science fiction comedy Red Dwarf is set aboard a derelict mining ship in the far future. The first episodes were made several years into the run of TNG, and there are a number of similar tropes, e.g. Rimmer is a sentient hologram (with an H on his forehead to distinguish him from Humans), there is an android character, Kryten, who is trying to discover his Humanity (including emotions and sexual experience) and there is also a speaking supercomputer Holly (which has gone senile due to millions of years alone in space). Unlike the Enterprise computer, Holly rarely gets things right. A number of episodes are also set on a shuttlecraft, which has to be fixed up regularly. Besides the hologram Rimmer, many episodes are set in holographic alternate realities such as the "Better than Life" game. There is also a Talkie Toaster, which might be seen as a parody of the voice activated food replicator; tractor beams and various shapeshifting characters. The Red Dwarf universe also has an equivalent to Starfleet in the Space Corps.

Its creators vowed to steer clear of robots and aliens early on, as they thought they were cliché. Robots in fact made an early appearance while aliens never have, in contrast to Trek. The latter have been replaced plotwise with G.E.L.F.s – genetically engineered life forms which could be seen as an extreme analog to Augments.

The episodes "Holoship" and "Trojan" feature uniforms similar in structure to those in use from the late 2270s to 2350s and from 2373 onward, respectively. The unmade episode "Identity Within" would have featured the Cat going on a pon farr-style sex rampage.


The episode features Camille, a pleasure GELF, who turns into each crew member's ideal mate, much like the TOS episode The Man Trap[!]. Each crew member sees her differently simultaneously.


Kryten's nanobots/nanites take over Red Dwarf and steal it beginning a thirteen episode story arc, which begins at the start of season five. In the episode Nanarchy,the crew discover exactly who stole their ship, and try to communicate with the nanites, in what might be seen as a parody of Wes Crusher's unintentional release in the TNG episode "Evolution".


In the episode "Bodyswap", Rimmer and Lister swap bodies so that Rimmer can exercise Lister's body without the latter having to do any work. When Lister's body winds up in worse shape afterward, having swapped back, Rimmer tries to shift the blame by pointing out problems Lister already had, stating. "Urine should only be green if you're Mr. Spock."

"The Last Day"[]

In the episode "The Last Day" at the end of season 3, Mechanoid Kryten is to be replaced by a newer model and has been ordered to terminate himself. His crewmates rally round him in support, promising to reject the replacement. Astonished, Kryten remarks "Is this the Human value you call 'friendship'?" In response, a hungover Lister replies "Don't give me the Star Trek crap, it's too early in the morning."


The episode "Legion" had Kryten telling Rimmer he would use an "Ionian Nerve Grip" to knock him out, only to then hit him on the head with a vase.


"Psirens" features space sirens that try and lure men to their doom, in a much more extreme idea explored in "The Lorelei Signal".

Also to be seen are a number of derelict ships taken from other franchises, including a Vor'cha-class ship. [15] Furthermore the scene in which the crew tries to decide which of two Listers is the real one makes it one of many series homages to "Whom Gods Destroy".

"Back to Earth"[]

In "Back To Earth", the four main characters mention that "transporting" is a method of travel used on Star Trek. Kryten uses a Psi-Scan, an instrument analogous to a tricorder which appears in a number of other episodes.


The episode "Epideme" mentions a universal translator. In most other cases Kryten translates, but such a device is hinted at elsewhere.


"Terrorform" features a planetoid on which fantasies go horribly wrong and could be seen as a parody of Shore Leave Planet.

"Demons and Angels"[]

"Demons and Angels" features a triplicator, which resembles a replicator, but which goes horribly wrong, by producing two replications – one being exceedingly good and the other horribly bad.


The first episode of this BBC political satire series featured a sketch in which a technology company had developed a virtual reality game which allowed CEOs of multinational corporations to experience what it would be like to pay tax. The room in which it is set is black with yellow squares, identical to a holodeck.


In the season four episode "Santa Claus", Roseanne finds out that Darlene has befriended the owner of a bookstore who would like to take Darlene to a Star Trek convention with her. She tells Roseanne that she understands why she would say no, but reassures her that she and her husband are "perfectly normal people who just happen to dress up like Romulans once or twice a year."

Royal Pains[]

Featuring Zoe McLellan, Padma Lakshmi, and Bob Gunton.

"Fools Russian"[]

When Brody offers to let Evan and Paige get married on one of his space tourism flights, Evan reenacts the lirpa fight between James T. Kirk and Spock from TOS: "Amok Time" with him. The discussion later leads to going through the other series to find space weddings, such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, which Brody says "doesn't count." Later, Evan wants his nickname to be "Tiberius," and he and Brody quibble over whether to call Sacani "Spock" or "Bones."


Sabrina the Teenage Witch[]

In the episode "Gift of Gab", Sabrina praises Adrienne Barbeau, appearing as herself in the episode, for her role of Cretak in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Barbeau appeared in the episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges".

Salute Your Shorts[]

In the show's summer camp setting, character Sponge Harris organized a Star Trek club for some of his fellow campers. His bunkmate, Bobby Budnick, gave him a hard time about this, once jokingly calling him Spock.

Saturday Night Live[]


In the episode "Top of the Hour", Harrison Wright talks about setting "tazers to stun".


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Justin Lin is the executive producer of several episodes, and was one of the writers of the pilot.

Guest stars include Corbin Bernsen, Nazneen Contractor, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond participant Peri Gilpin. Episode directors include LeVar Burton.


An airplane pilot character is named "Captain Pike". Also, a character uses the phrase "punch it" (Star Trek) to refer to stepping on the accelerator of a car.

"Plutonium Is Forever"[]

Agent Cabe Gallo gets locked in a nuclear facility that is about to melt down, referencing Spock's death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Kirk's death in Star Trek Into Darkness. (Unlike them, he escapes alive.)

"Forget Me Nots"[]

An ex-Secret Service agent calls Sylvester "Cupcake". This is also what Hendorff calls Kirk in the bar fight scene in Star Trek.


A scientist named Jim dies in a chamber that fills up with sarin gas. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

"Tech, Drugs, and Rock'n'Roll"[]

Walter sucks the air out a room, leaving Toby unable to breathe, in order to rescue a building full of people. (Needs of the many) (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

"Djibouti Call"[]

A minor character is named "Major Janeway".

"Faire is Foul"[]

Sylvester rallies his fellows nerds at the Renaissance fair to stop two crooks with a speech in which he mentions the phrase "Live long and prosper".

"The Bunker Games"[]

Sylvester defeats a computer by occupying it fully with a conundrum like Kirk did many times in Star Trek: The Original Series.

"Dork Day Afternoon"[]

Toby expresses the need to get his sperm sample to the fertility clinic at warp speed.

seaQuest DSV (1993-1996)[]

Starring Marco Sanchez, seaQuest DSV (1993-96) featured a similar format to Star Trek; where Trek was set in space and aboard a starship, seaQuest DSV was set underwater and aboard a submarine. The visual effects, in the form of the fledgling technique of CGI, for the series were produced by visual effects company Amblin Imaging, which was especially established for this series, counting among its staffers Robert Bonchune. Both company (for the first two seasons of Voyager) and Bonchune later worked on Star Trek, whereas Bonchune's supervisor, Michael Shea, was at the time engaged (and later married) to Star Trek art department staffer and model maker Dana White. Long serving Star Trek Production Illustrator John Eaves has served as the series' storyboard artist, whereas Joe Conti started out his career as digital artist, working on seaQuest DSV. Additionally, Naren Shankar has served the final season of the series as writer/producer directly after his tenure on the Star Trek franchise.

The series, running for three seasons, was produced by Universal Studios. Actually, the series was an unadulterated and clearcut Star Trek franchise emulation attempt, as Universal was one of the major Hollywood studios that became increasingly envious of Paramount Pictures for its long-lived financial success it enjoyed with their Star Trek franchise. Former seaQuest production staffer Ben Betts confirmed, "They definitely wanted to have something like Star Trek. They wouldn't say that aloud, but that was what they were going for. They were trying to find Star Trek under water. Everything was there, except for the stories. They didn't have enough of a Human element so they'd get caught up in the technology...kind of fall back on the technology to bail everybody out by the end of the episode. It was plain as day to people working on the show. Everything was right. They were spending the money to make the graphics look good, the CGI looked great, the sets were well lit, they had a pretty good cast...but it didn't work. It still wasn't Star Trek." (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager, pp. 50-51, 54) Becoming a minor, obscure footnote in science fiction television history, seaQuest DSV has all but been forgotten, whereas Eaves and Betts himself, like Amblin and Bonchune, went on to work for the Star Trek franchise.

The failure of the series though, eventually led up to Universal revisiting its old Battlestar Galactica franchise, ultimately resulting in Ronald D. Moore's revamped version, which started its run in 2003.

Set homages[]


JTK-NCC1701 in seaQuest DSV

SeaQuest DSV - Dream Weaver-Nomad

Nomad in seaQuest DSV

  • In "Hide and Seek" (S01E17), when Milos Tezlov (played by William Shatner) appears on a seaQuest vidlink, the ID code at the bottom of the screen reads "JTK-NCC1701", referring to "James T. Kirk" and the registry number of the USS Enterprise in the classic Star Trek series. The other ID at the top is the date we shot that live video chat 1-25-1994 on Stage 17 at Universal Studios, Los Angeles. Later, when Tezlov's enemies demand the seaQuest turn him over, the ID code on the vid-link reads "WS-NC-1701A", referring to William Shatner and the newer Enterprise-A from Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • The bridge on the seaQuest II was designed to resemble the bridge of the USS Enterprise-D from The Next Generation. (Specifically, the command column where Captain Bridger, Commander Ford, and Lieutenant O'Neill usually sat resembles the command center where Picard, Riker, and Troi usually sat.)
  • The chair in the holographic-projection room aboard the seaQuest II – as seen in such episodes as "Vapors" (S02E04) and "The Sincerest Form of Flattery" (S02E06) – is the same kind of chair as the captain's chair from the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The chair was also used in the "execution tape" in "Splashdown" (S02E20).
  • In "Dream Weaver" (S02E14), when the Stormer plunges to his death, he lands beside a monument to the "Nomad Probe", which was launched in 2002, designed to seek out new lifeforms, a reference to the Nomad probe featured in the classic Star Trek episode TOS: "The Changeling".
  • The sign of "The Dagger's Sheath", a club featured in the episode "Smoke on the Water" (S03E03), is written in the title typeface of The Next Generation.
  • In the episode "Equilibrium" (S03E07), Bridger uses a small craft that is known as a "DS9 shuttle".

Dialogue references[]

Further information


In the episode "The Apartment", Seinfield talks about how he'd like his living room to be like the bridge of the (original) Enterprise.

The episode "The Foundation" includes several Star Trek moments: Jerry quoting Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at a funeral, Kramer describing his katra as part of his martial arts discipline and telling Elaine that Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was better than Wrath of Khan, and George looking up and bellowing as the camera spins around him, a parody of the famous sequence from Wrath of Khan.

The bellowing-and-spinning camera sequence would be parodied again in the episodes "The Dealership" and "The Susie."

The show also featured Armin Shimerman (Quark) in the episode "The Caddie" where he played Kramer's new golf caddie, who was known as Stan the Caddie.

Note: Castmember Jason Alexander (George Costanza) is a self-proclaimed huge Trek fan and expert on The Original Series. He portrayed both Kurros in "Think Tank" and Captain Kirk in the UPN special Ultimate Trek: Star Trek's Greatest Moments.

Seven Days[]

Starring Alan Scarfe.

In one episode, main protagonist and time traveller Frank Parker was accidentally trapped in an evil alternate universe/timeline in which the USA is some kind of military/fascist regime, and he got in confrontation with a twisted, sadistic mirror version of Captain Craig Donovan who acted like some type of Gestapo-like officer and sported a slight goatee similar to the one the mirror Spock had in the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror". In addition, writings in this universe were shown inverted, as if you were looking directly into a mirror.


This special aired in 1995 after the first season of Star Trek: Voyager and the third season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and was created by Shadoe Stevens. The car driving scene in the montage included what sounded like a type 2 phaser sound from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. The very end of the special contains the sound when the Enterprise-D enters warp drive in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Shannara Chronicles[]

This short-lived (2016-17) series produced for broadcaster MTV (in September 1985 acquired by Star Trek owner Viacom, [16] currently Paramount Global) co-starred John Rhys-Davies. Set in a distant future, after a nuclear cataclysm which has destroyed Human civilization as we know it, the series revolves around an Earth where magic has replaced science and is inhabited by Humans and their mutated offspring, elves, trolls, gnomes and dwarfs, all at odds with each other, though with elves as the dominant (sub-)species. After an ancient evil is set to re-enter the world, an elf, elf-Human hybrid, and a Human are sent on a quest to find a defense against this evil, forced to set aside their differences.

"Utopia" (SE01E08)[]

Villagers watching TMP scene in The Shannara Chronicles

Witnessing the once peaceful co-existence between Humans and "elves" in a distant past

In this episode the three heroes chance upon a Human settlement, where its inhabitants are dead set on re-initializing Human civilization as it was before the fall. In order to do this, they are collecting as many ancient artifacts as possible as they are able to, trying to reverse-engineer the science behind it, not entirely unsuccessfully as they are able to generate electricity, in a world otherwise devoid of it. One of the items they have procured is an old movie projector and what they believe to be an actual historical recording depicting some of the achievements of the ancient Humans, shown in a recurrent festival. What they have actually obtained was a Super 8 film reel of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in which Captain James T. Kirk and Spock are seen in discussion aboard USS Enterprise, also fleetingly seen, and likewise taken as proof of the great achievements of ancient Humans. This the settlers take as evidence that elves (mistaking Spock for one, as they, like Vulcans, have pointed ears) and Humans have worked harmoniously together in a dim and distant past. Shortly after the showing the village is overrun and destroyed by trolls, its inhabitants killed and with the three heroes barely escaping with their lives.

Shown in "Utopia" was an alternate take of Scene 156 from the single reel variant of the Super 8 release, in which only Spock and Admiral Kirk were seen discussing in the officers' lounge, with Kirk entering; the theatrical cut had Doctor Leonard McCoy present in the scene as well, with Kirk and McCoy awaiting an entering Spock.


Modern-day Sherlock Holmes starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

"The Hounds of Baskerville"[]

John Watson tries to sooth Holmes, after he rambles about emotions being "the grit on the lens; the fly in the ointment" by saying "All right, Spock, calm down."

Shooting Stars[]

In the second episode of the sixth series, presenter Vic Reeves takes guest Liz McClarnon to the center of the stage, accompanied by the Star Trek theme. Vic then points upwards as if looking to the stars before saying "look, that one's two hundred watts!", and the two then waltz to the music.

Silicon Valley[]

Featuring Matt McCoy.


A note card in the Weaknesses quadrant of the SWOT board Gilfoyle and Dinesh have set up on not telling Blaine his stunt calculations are incorrect says "BLAINE’S FUNERAL TELEVISED; PREEMPTS "STAR TREK: TNG" MARATHON."


Throughout the sixth episode of the fourth season, JJ is seen recording captain's logs at night about what has happened during the day. The original series theme is also briefly played at the conclusion of the episode.

Sleepy Hollow[]

Created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and featuring Clancy Brown, Steven Weber, Victor Garber, and John Cho.


Ichabod Crane mentions the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" and Captain James T. Kirk when he and Abbie Mills discuss that they can't tell Betsy Ross that they're from 2016 rather than 1777.

Sledge Hammer[]

Guest-starring Armin Shimerman.

"Big Nazi on Campus"[]

When Sledge says goodbye to a character named McCoy (played by Ray Walston), he at first calls him "Bones" before correcting himself.


In "Slidecage", Rembrandt says "It looks like something out of Star Trek – the lost episode."

SMTV Live[]

SMTV Live (Saturday Morning Television Live) was a children's entertainment and sketch show broadcast on ITV1 from 1998 to 2003. One of the recurring sketches, SMTV 2099 parodied Star Trek: the three presenters, Catherine "Cat" Deeley and Anthony "Ant" McPartlin & Declan "Dec" Donnelly wore TOS-style uniforms in a set resembling the bridge of the original Enterprise. Each episode incorporated the same gag of Dec's captain drawing co-ordinates onto a transparent board, that resembled a pair of breasts.

When Ant and Dec left the show, the sketch was appropriately retitled SMTV 2099: The Next Generation.

The Sopranos[]

In the episode "Cold Cuts", the Klingon proverb "Revenge is a dish best served cold" is quoted.


This British sitcom, written by and starring Simon Pegg, and directed by Edgar Wright, contains frequent references to various film and television series, including Star Trek.

Not only does the bedroom of Pegg's character, Tim Bisley, have a Next Generation poster on the wall, but the shop in which he works also contains several items of Star Trek merchandise.

  • Pegg also included a reference to Spaced in Star Trek Beyond, which he co-wrote. At one point on the USS Franklin bridge Kirk tells Spock to "skip to the end", a phrase heard a number of times throughout the series.


In the episode "Chaos", Bisley specifically makes a reference to the idea that the odd numbered Star Trek movies are worse than those which are even, when discussing the idea of certainties. Not only was Pegg's first appearance as Montgomery Scott in the 2009 Star Trek movie, the eleventh in the series, but he also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond, the thirteenth. This is something which he has commented on several times in interviews. [17] [18]

A prominent cardboard cutout of Captain Kathryn Janeway can be seen in the comic book store.


Daisy is seen playing with a foam Bat'leth.


Tim has a poster of Seven of Nine above his bed in this episode.

Space Pirates[]

In the British children's show Space Pirates, there is a character called Zorst who talks about news and tells jokes. In these jokes he sometimes mentions aliens called Clingons who like clinging on to things; these are, of course, named after Klingons, though they do not look like them.

Space Trek[]

Produced by TVO Kids, a short kid's show where "Captain Kent" discusses space science. There's a Vulcan character who also appears.

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Spenser: Pale Kings and Princes[]

Starring Avery Brooks and Barbara Williams. Follows the TV show Spenser: For Hire which Brooks also starred in with Carolyn McCormick.

When Felipe Esteva asks Spenser "Do you know who I am?", Spenser replies "Ricardo Montalban? I loved you in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."

Square One TV[]

A dual parody also involving American Bandstand features Captain Jamie Lee Curt and Science Officer Sprock of the Starship Interface (James T. Kirk and also referential of Jamie Lee Curtis, Spock, USS Enterprise) accidentally beaming into a recording of American Blandstand with Rick Clark. Curt tries to imitate 1950s Human slang, while Sprock retains his standard mode of speech.

St. Elsewhere[]

In the episode "Tears of a Clown", Doctor Victor Ehrlich (Ed Begley, Jr.) says that Shirley has "beamed away to another planet".

In the episode "Rites of Passage", a character says the magnetic response scanner is "something out of Star Trek.

In the episode "Close Encounters", the theme from Star Trek can be heard when a character is switching television channels.

Besides Begley, this classic 1980s medical drama series starred Norman Lloyd and William Daniels. Kavi Raz, Bruce Greenwood, France Nuyen, Ronny Cox, Alfre Woodard, and Jane Wyatt appeared in recurring roles.

Stargate franchise[]


Short-lived British sitcom of which only six episodes were made. Its title Starhyke is a wordplay upon Star Trek (hike = trek). Curiously, while the series seems to have made an effort to include actors who have appeared in Stargate, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Babylon 5, and Red Dwarf, Trek performers are conspicuous by their absence. Nonetheless it makes copious direct and indirect references to the franchise.

The main characters' names are references to The Next Generation, with their genders swapped – Captain Blowhard, Wu Off, and a robot called Dotty, all of whom are female, and Doctor Striker, who is male. The bridge is also clearly modeled on the Enterprise and crew members "beam up" through "molly ports". Each episode also opens with a captain's log.


The plot involves the crew having to travel back in time in order to save the world from an alien threat, and includes a scene where crew members interact with present-day Earth. There is also a use of the "I'm a Doctor not a..." line.

"Lucy in the Sky"[]

A trader brings on board a furball creature called a "Veruvian Hamster" which looks suspiciously like a tribble and causes a nuisance in the ship. Captain Blowhard also mentions that the ship runs on "diamond salt crystals" that she is willing to trade for chocolate.

"Kill Jill"[]

The grouchy alien Wu Off flies into a rage over a crew member spilling her coffee on her, saying that her "honor was insulted" and saying her ancestors would have ripped someone's arms out. She claims she wanted to put Tac-lava worms into him, so they could bury themselves into his brain Ceti eel style. She is accused of having put half the crew into sick bay.

Popyatopov also says "Dammit, I'm an engineer, not a bouncer".

"Plug and Play"[]

The opening scene starts a conversation filled with Star Trek-style technobabble about how to deal with an oncoming space anomaly, only for it to turn out to be a piece of dirt on the viewing screen, because the bridge hadn't been cleaned properly.

Sally says "I'm an engineer, not a dancer."

Star Patrol![]

Star patrol title card

Star Patrol!

Director Jonathan Frakes filmed this science fiction Star Trek spoof set in the 25th century as a potential pilot for a new television series in April 1999. [19] It was not picked up by 20th Century Fox but released in 2000. It was written and produced by the Keyes brothers Bob, Chip, and Doug.

Filmed at Paramount Pictures after Star Trek: Deep Space Nine wrapped, this eighteen minute pilot features several sets, props, and costumes which were previously and later seen on Star Trek.

Mercury cockpit, star patrol

The cockpit of the Mercury

The model of the lead starship, the U.A.P. Icarus, later appeared twice on Star Trek: Voyager. First as an alien spectator starship in the seventh season episode "Drive" and then as a Vojean/Wyngari starship in the episode "Q2". The viewscreen of the Icarus was a re-use of the USS Defiant viewscreen. The second starship, the transport Mercury was a re-use of the Bajoran sub-impulse raider previously seen in TNG: "Preemptive Strike" and DS9: "The Siege" and "Shadows and Symbols". The cockpit section of the Mercury was a re-dress of a class 2 shuttle. The Zenuvian starship can be seen as the cytoplasmic lifeform vessel in the Voyager episode "Nothing Human".

Zenuvians, star patrol

The Zenuvians

The makeup used to portray the Zenuvians can be seen in several Star Trek productions where it was used to portray the Tygarians and the Ankari. The Zenuvian captain wore the golden headdress which was previously worn by Nehemiah Persoff as Palor Toff in the Star Trek: The Next Generation third season episode "The Most Toys". The uniforms worn by the lead actors as Ranger uniforms were later re-used for the Star Trek: Voyager seventh season episode "Body and Soul" where they represent the Lokirrim uniforms worn by Megan Gallagher, Fritz Sperberg, David Starwalt, Robin Morselli, and Tom Morga.

It starred Charles Rocket as Captain Vance Omega of the U.A.P. Icarus. His tactical officer Lieutenant Vena was played by actress Sara Ramirez whose species, the winged Vecturian, resembled the Klingons with their honor and traditions. Pat Kilbane played Ensign Carp, the science officer. The background Rangers of the Icarus were played by Tom Miller, Robin Morselli, Brian Demonbreun – who also worked as stand-in for Charles Rocket – Kathi Cook, Michael Bailous, and Chris Kennedy. According to Tom Miller, he played the navigator Argus while Kathi Cook has on her resume that she played Ensign Posey.

The episode also features Paget Brewster as Lieutenant Rachel Striker, Ed O'Neill as her father, Admiral Striker, Jason Alexander as Commander Jeffrey Pommerance, Bill Chott as the Zenuvian captain, Eric Jungmann as Stevie Omega, and Mel Johnson, Jr. as the first doctor.

Steve Oster worked as producer on it and Jonathan West as director of photography. Other behind the scenes Trek staffers include first assistant director Louis Race, boom operator Todd Overton, graphic artist Denise Okuda, digital artist Lee Stringer, visual effects supervisor David Takemura, grip Michael T. James, camera operator Kris Krosskove, and assistant editor Noel A. Guerra.

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Storage Wars[]

"Old Tricks, New Treats" (S04E09)[]

Herb Brown and Mike Karlinger comment on Barry Weiss' glasses, which have lights on the sides and jokingly mentioning that they did not think Geordi La Forge from Star Trek was showing up at the auction.

"Bid Strong and Prosper" (S05E8)[]

Gabriel Koerner flanked by two fellow ''Trekkies'' on the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant grounds

Koerner flanked by two fellow "Trekkies" for his cameo on Storage Wars

In this 23 September 2014 episode, Jarrod and Brandi Schulz come across a couple of replicas from Master Replicas in the storage locker they have won at auction. They take the two items, a Original Series communicator with a by William Shatner signed certificate of authenticity and Jean-Luc Picard's hand phaser from Star Trek: First Contact replicas, to the grounds of the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant (the site frequently used as the location of Starfleet Academy/Starfleet Command) where they are met by three Trekkies in Star Trek attire from the local Los Angeles Star Trek club for a value estimate of their winnings. Spokeperson for the commitee is former production staffer Gabriel Koerner. [20] [21] And while Jarrod was unable to refrain himself from insulting and ridiculing the Star Trek fanbase throughout the entire episode, even he was pleasantly surprised when their two replicas were estimated by the fans at a for him advantegeous value of US$4,000, something a more respectful Brandi had suspected all along.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip[]

Starring Steven Weber and featuring Akiva Goldsman, Donna Murphy, and Cyia Batten.

"The Option Period"[]

Matt Albie (Matthew Perry) gestures at a phone and says "Ring!", and the phone rings. As Matt and Danny Tripp celebrate Matt's guess, Matt exclaims "That was some Vulcan mind meld mojo and I was right in the kitchen!"

Suite Life on Deck[]

"Starship Tipton"[]

A robot from the future arrives on the ship, tries to kill Zack to advert his descendant from causing a catastrophe that was about to happen, then sends them to the future after a compromise and they try to figure how to fix the situation. Everything parodies Star Trek, and even includes a guest appearance from George Takei as London Tipton's great-great-great-great-great grandson Rome Tipton.

Sullivan and Son[]

Featuring Ann Cusack.

"Open Mic Night"[]

Owen and Carol creepily reenact Spock's final moments in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, causing the Pittsburgh Reader critic to declare that it confirms the Kirk/Spock homoeroticism.


Starring Stephen Macht's son Gabriel Macht.

"Play The Man"[]

Harvey mentions the Kobayashi Maru scenario when explaining to Mike why he should go avoid going to trial in the firm's annual mock trial competition. This prompts Mike to ask "You're a Trekkie?" to which Harvey proudly replies "Captain Kirk is The Man."

"Break Point"[]

Alison asks Donna how she gets mail from the mail room and Donna responds "transporter beam".


When Harvey asks Mike how America how we won World War II, Mike answers that "Spock didn't let Kirk save Joan Collins from getting hit by that car," referencing the events of TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever". Harvey reminds Mike that they had already won and Kirk just would have changed the course of history. Mike asks if he is Spock or Kirk, Harvey tells him that he is Uhura. Mike notes that he "walked right into it."

"She's Mine"[]

Louis quote's Spock's "The needs of the many..." line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Tensou Sentai Goseiger[]

The name of Great King Monsu Doreiku (大王モンス・ドレイク Daiō Monsu Doreiku), the leader of Universal Annihilation Army Warstar, the first of the three evil forces that battle the Goseigers, comes from Star Trek (スタートレック Sutā Torekku) in Japanese, as all Warstar members have names that are modifications of the Japanese names of American science fiction films. "Warstar" itself is from Star Wars.

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger[]

Most of the control consoles used aboard the Zangyack space ship are copies of the LCARS computer interface seen in Star Trek.