The complete animated Star Trek series is available today for the first time on DVD. The half-hour NBC series ran for 22 episodes from 1973 to 1974 as a Saturday morning kid’s show.
In addition to the original voices of William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and most of the other key cast members, the animated series boasted participation from several writers of the live-action series—including DC Fontana.
Since the one-hour live-action Star Trek series, which ran from 1966 to 1969, was canceled after only three seasons on NBC, some fans consider the two-season animated series as the concluding years of Kirk’s first five-year mission as captain of the Enterprise.
Paramount, however, no longer considers the animated Star Trek part of the official Trek timeline. All novels and comic books are also among the merchandise Paramount sells or licenses while maintaining they are unofficial.
The animated series was produced by Filmation, a leading animation studio during the time period. Other well-known Filmation titles include The New Adventures of Superman (1966), The Archie Show (1968), Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976), The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle (1979), and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
The four-disc animated Star Trek set marks the last Trek production to make it to DVD. The other five Star Trek television series and ten movies are already available.