!!Listed Trivia:

* ActingForTwo - Kirk in two episodes and the 6th movie.
* CreatorBacklash:
** Creator/HarlanEllison's opinion of "The City On The Edge Of Forever" is in the Creator Backlash Hall Of Fame.
** Grace Lee Whitney had some choice words about the episode "The Enemy Within" later on:
-->"At the end of "The Enemy Within," there is a badly botched attempt at humor. In a poorly motivated and out of character moment, Mr. Spock needles me about my feelings towards the evil Kirk (who came to be called "the Imposter," even though he was supposedly every bit as much a part of the "real" James T. Kirk as the good Kirk). There is almost a nasty leer on Spock's face as he says to me, "The Imposter had some very interesting qualities, wouldn't you say, yeoman?" My response was to ignore the jibe. I can't imagine any more cruel and insensitive comment a man (or Vulcan) could make to a woman who has just been through a sexual assault! But then, some men really do think that women want to be raped. So the writer of the script (ostensibly Richard Matheson - although the line could have been added by Gene Roddenberry or an assistant scribe) gives us a leering Mr. Spock who suggests that Yeoman Rand enjoyed being raped and found the evil Kirk attractive!"
* CreatorCameo: Gene Roddenberry himself voiced the ship's cook in "Charlie X".
* DawsonCasting:
** Robert Walker was 26 years old when he played 17-year-old Charlie Evans in "Charlie X".
** Michael J. Pollard (27 years old) and Kim Darby (19) play pre-pubescent children in "Miri".
* FakeNationality: William Shatner and James Doohan (both Canadians) play an American and an Scotsman, respectively. Walter Koenig is a partial case: his parents were Russian Jews but Koenig himself was an American citizen playing the Russian Chekov. Nichelle Nichols (an American) played Uhura, whose native language is established as Swahili, implying Uhura is from somewhere in eastern Africa. Worst of all was Mexican Ricardo Montalban playing the implied South Asian Khan Noonien Singh.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: The 40th anniversary "Remastered" versions (also known as TOS-R), which (contentiously) replace the original practical effects (mostly involving ships, planets and [[AlienSky their skies]], and phasers) with CGI.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Lt. Cdr. Gary Mitchell in the second pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before" is played by Gary Lockwood, who also played Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey. No wonder HAL wasn't too happy with him...
* HeyItsThatVoice: In the Japanese dub:
** Kirk is voiced by Masaaki Yajima, who voiced [[GiantRobo Dr. Kusama]] and [[ShinMazinger Zeus]].
** Scott is voiced by the late Osamu Kobayashi and later by KenjiUtsumi ([[FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]])
* HeyItsThatSound - The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gASm1AMYGHk transporter sound effect]] was based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0hs4KrkFp8#t=0m30s part of the "Tardis taking off" sound effect]] in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34FsrucOOBY sound effect for the photon torpedoes firing]] was taken from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUY1KYEABz0 the green disintegrator rays]] in ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* LifeImitatesArt: This show inspired so many things - including possibly its ultimate triumph, as Nichelle Nichols's role on the show was the inspiration for Dr. Mae Jemison, ''America's first female African-American astronaut'', who later did a cameo on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** And for the Bluetooth headset.
** The show is often credited as the inspiration for cell phones, but it also accurately predicted the tablet PC.
** The military and many high-level police agencies are experimenting with non-lethal heat and sound beams to disperse riots and disarm attackers without killing them. PhasersOnStun anyone?
* NoBudget: In order to cut costs, incidental music avoided scoring anything for violins. Melodies in the strings are played by violas. Violinists charge that much more, apparently.
** Also, [[StockFootage space and bridge scenes is recycled over and over]], and a few props and sets are recycled into later episodes.
* TheOtherDarrin: Shatner's predecessor, Jeffery Hunter, played Captain Pike in "The Cage". This footage was later re-used in "The Menagerie", with Pike himself appearing a motionless deformity in an iron lung-type device. This was primarily to disguise the fact that Hunter was unavailable; this new Pike was played by a lookalike (such as he is) named Sean Kenney. What's interesting is that Captain Pike was retconned into Kirk's predecessor, as well; He was the original Captain of the ''Enterprise'', with Mr. Spock as his science officer. This is still canon in the Abrams film, in which Bruce Greenwood plays Pike.
** Kenney would later appear as a bridge crewmember in "Arena" and "A Taste of Armageddon".
* RedShirt: Although the TropeNamer, the first red-shirted casualty doesn't appear in series until episode 7 ("What Are Little Girls Made Of?"); the very first casualties are blue-shirted Science Team and gold-shirted Command squaddies.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld I don't always play Redshirts, but when I do, I survive the whole episode.]] (Johnathan Goldsmith appears in the second episode, "The Corbomite Maneuver.")
* UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge: Inverted - it should be noted that the demographic information that led to the Rural Purge wasn't available from Neilsen before 1970 or so; had it been, ''Trek'' would've benefited since it attracted advertisers' favored demographics.
* ScienceMarchesOn: In one episode, Spock rightly points out that "evolution is man evolving from apes" is a grossly misleading and deliberate mischaracterization--but describes evolution as life forms [[EvolutionaryLevels evolving from "lower" to "advanced" stages]]. Now, evolution is understood as life forms changing over time to suit their environment. While they ''usually'' become more complex than their ancestors, they do sometimes become less complex if losing a trait 1. makes them more successful in their environment or 2. doesn't hurt them either way.
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The transporter was created because it would be too expensive to have the crew land on the planets in a shuttle every episode.
* ThrowItIn: According to legend, the stagehands didn't like Shatner very much, so in the episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," they continued the avalanche of tribbles much longer than was scripted (including the final tribble that bounces off his head at the end). Shatner can clearly be seen glancing up at the prop men with annoyance.
** During production of "Where No One Has Gone Before," Gary Lockwood found the silver contact lenses painful and difficult to see through. Gary Mitchell's imperious stare is a result of Lockwood having to look down his nose through the pinholes in the lenses.
** The Vulcan mind-meld, neck pinch and salute are all examples of this. All were suggestions made by Creator/LeonardNimoy. In the case of the first two, they replaced more mundane, conventional ideas in the original scripts (respectively, a simple interrogation in "Dagger of the Mind", and Spock slugging evil Kirk with a pistol butt in "The Enemy Within").
* VindicatedByReruns: Possibly the TropeCodifier. It was a modest ratings success until Creator/{{NBC}} developed the habit of [[ScrewedByTheNetwork switching its timeslot around]]. The [[ExecutiveMeddling extensive rewriting of scripts]] and lack of immediate success made many of its more talented writers leave, which caused [[SeasonalRot the quality to slip noticeably in a short time]]. It was canceled after the second season, but quickly UnCanceled following an extensive letter-writing campaign from its fans. The third season saw even worse ratings, and NBC canceled it for real. Shortly afterwards, American television industry discovered the use of {{demographics}}. When stations noticed that, according to the new standards of how ratings were calculated, ''Star Trek'' should have been one of the most successful shows on TV (and that NBC had killed what could have been their golden goose), they were rushing to throw on ''Star Trek'' reruns to attract the young demographic that it had been popular with. It didn't take many years of reruns before the show's modest fanbase grew into a force to be reckoned with. The rest is history.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/NichelleNichols revealed in 2011 that she auditioned for Spock. If she had gotten THAT part, the show's Kirk-Spock-[=McCoy=] dynamic would have changed and would have unforeseen ramifications for the careers of: Creator/LeonardNimoy (the actual Spock), Kirstie Alley, Robin Curtis (the two actresses who played Saavik in the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan 2nd]][=/=][[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock 3rd]][=/=][[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome 4th]] films), Kim Cattrall (Lt. Valeris in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}''), Tim Russ (Lt. Tuvok in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), Jolene Blalock (T'Pol on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'') and perhaps Creator/ZacharyQuinto, who already had a part on NBC's show ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and may not have appeared in the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film at all.
** Actually, the producers had Nichols read Spock's part in her audition because the Uhura part hadn't been written yet or even named. She had them describe Spock's character to her, instead of Uhura, "so you can see whether or not I can act."
** The episode "Spectre of the Gun" (the one set at the O.K. Corral) was originally planned to be filmed on an existing Western town set on the backlot. However, serious budget cuts for the series' third season made this impossible. So, it was instead made on a soundstage in a surreal, incomplete, plainly artificial environment. Though some (including Creator/LeonardNimoy) were skeptical over this move, it's now largely viewed to have been a good choice for the story.
** James Hong (a.k.a. [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina David Lo Pan]]) auditioned for Sulu, but was passed over in favor of George Takei.
** Creator/JamesDoohan had tried several different accents as Scotty before settling on a Scottish accent.
* WordOfGay: Inverted. Since Creator/GeorgeTakei has come out of the closet, many have speculated that Sulu is gay too, but Takei asserted that Sulu [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble was/is/will be]] straight.

!!This series is the TropeNamer for:

* AirVentPassageway
* BeamMeUpScotty
* BeardOfEvil
* BoldlyComing
* CaptainsLog
* FascinatingEyebrow
* All three components of the FreudianTrio:
** TheKirk
** TheSpock
** TheMcCoy
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe
* HesDeadJim
* ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder
* KirksRock
* KirkSummation
** ShutUpKirk
* MarySue: From ''Fanfic/ATrekkiesTale''.
* MirrorUniverse
* RedShirt
** MauveShirt
** RedShirtArmy
* ScottyTime
* SpaceWhaleAesop: From ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''.
* SpockSpeak
* StrawVulcan
* TheissTitillationTheory: Named for the show's costume designer, William Ware Theiss.
* VulcanHasNoMoon
* WagonTrainToTheStars
* WeComeInPeaceShootToKill: From "[[FilkSong Star Trekkin']]".
* WhereNoParodyHasGoneBefore: Shares its name with the title of the fourth season episode of ''{{Futurama}}'', whose plot was an homage to and an AffectionateParody of everything ''Franchise/StarTrek'', particularly the original series and its movies.

!! This series [[ImageSource provides the page image]] for:

* ChekovsGun
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel (top half)
* TheEmpire
* EnergyBeings
* EverythingSensor
* EvolutionaryRetcon (left half)
* ExplosiveInstrumentation
* FreudianTrio
* HistoricalDomainCharacter (bottom-left)
* TheKirk
* TheMcCoy
* PlanetOfHats
* PressurePoint
* ProudScholarRaceGuy
* RedShirt
* RedShirtArmy
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
* SocialSemiCircle
* TheSpock
* TeleportersAndTransporters (fan-art)
* TeleporterAccident
* TheissTitillationTheory

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