Star Trek Season 1 Review

I’m going to hit upon some key points here.

The first season was a tremendous opening season. Out of 29 episodes I had 11 with 5 stars. Only one episode was under 3 and that one was at least interesting. Some of the most classic episodes are in Season 1 but we have more in Season 2. We will also see a new crew member Pavel Chekov, a Russian who joins the crew in the 2nd season. The Monkees were huge at the time so the producers wanted to have their own “Davy Jones” for the girls watching.

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Lucille Ball... without her, it might not have happened. She wasn’t in on the creative side of the show but she and her studio Desilu did help finance Star Trek. A studio accountant named Edwin “Ed” Holly is on the record saying “If it were not for Lucy, there would be no Star Trek today.

Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand… only after 8 total episodes Yeoman Rand just vanished from the series. Janice Rand was supposed to be a major character on Star Trek but was written off the show after season 1. Gene Roddenberry once stated that Whitney’s firing was purely financial. Whitney tells a different story. Only a few days before her firing, she was sexually assaulted by a studio executive on the Star Trek set. Whitney discussed the incident in her autobiography years later and, although she deliberately did not mention the executive by name, stated that she had a hard time believing the assault wasn’t at least in some way related to her exit from The Original Series.

Gene Roddenberry later apologized for giving in to pressure from the network to let Whitney go, even going so far as to say that writing Janice Rand off “was the dumbest mistake” he had ever made. To show how much she was loved by the fans and cast…she returned when the movies started in 1979.

William Shatner once said that their budget was lower than what it takes to cater a cast and crew in today’s time. What they had were great writers and good actors who had extremely good chemistry. The leading three men will always be known for their roles in this series. William Shatner as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and DeForest Kelley as “Bones” or Doctor McCoy. The supporting cast was great also…with  Majel Barrett as Nurse Chapel, Nichelle Nicols as Nyota Uhura, George Takei as Hikaru Sulu, Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov, and James Doohan as Scotty. I can’t forget Grace Lee Whitney who should have been in the entire series.

Thank you all for reading each Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have some more in front of us and I’m looking forward to it.





Tomorrow morning we will kick off our last TV draft round! We have 8 more TV Shows coming…we all want to thank you… the readers who have made this possible and a fun experience. I also want to thank the bloggers who have reviewed all of these shows and we have covered every decade from the 1950s until now. Below are the picks that began in January and will end on July 3. Thank you… Paula, Lisa, Dave, John, Keith, Mike, Liam, Vic, Hanspostcard (who started it), and Kirk for all of the reviews below.
Round 1 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1. Doctor Who Vic
2. The Sopranos Mike
3. Bozo’s Circus John 
4. Barney Miller Max
5. The Wire Kirk
6. Police Squad Keith
7. Only Murders in the Building (OMITB) Paula
Round 2
1. The Odd Couple Mike
2. Cartoon Town John 
3. Fawlty Towers Max
4. Rockford Files Kirk
5. Mission Impossible Keith
6. Firefly Vic
Round 3 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 Hogan’s Heroes John 
2 Seinfeld Mike
3 Starsky & Hutch Vic
4 Perry Mason Keith
5 Upload Paula
6 Lovecraft Country Lisa
7 King Of The Hill Dave
8 Adam 12 Max
Round 4 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 Breaking Bad Mike
2 The X-Files Vic
3 Columbo Keith
4 Six Feet Under Paula
5 Shameless Lisa
6 Friends Dave
7 Monkees Max
8 JAG John 
Round 5 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 Sisters Vic
2 30 Rock Keith
3 One Day At A Time Paula
4 Ray Donovan Lisa
5 Emergency Dave
6 The Andy Griffith Show Max
7 CSI: Miami John 
8 Mad Men Mike
Round 6 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 The Twilight Zone Max
2 Tell Me Your Secrets Paula
3 My Name Is Earl Lisa
4 Ed Dave
5 Get Smart Keith
6 The Unicorn John 
7 The West Wing Mike
8 The Gong Show Max
Round 7 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 All In The Family Paula
2 Trailer Park Boys Lisa
3 Downton Abbey Dave
4 Life On Mars Max
5 Burn Notice John 
6 Friday Night Lights Mike
7 The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Liam
8 The Honeymooners Keith
Round 8 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 New Tricks Lisa
2 SCTV Dave
3 WKRP In Cincinnati Max
4 The Two Ronnies John 
5 Star Trek: Voyager Mike
6 Siskel & Ebert Liam
7 Sherlock Keith
8 Curb Your Enthusiasm Paula
Round 9 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 Jeopardy Dave
2 Saturday Night Live Max
3 Riverboat John
4 Suits Mike
5 The Kids In The Hall Liam
6 Arrested Development Keith
7 L.A. Law Paula
8 Resident Alien Lisa
Round 10 TV Show Who Posted Home Site
1 Max
2 John
3 Mike
4 Liam
5 Keith
6 Paula
7 Lisa
8 Dave