Star Trek was one of the first science-fiction franchises to see widespread popularity. It began as a television series in 1966 and actually didn’t do very well at first. NBC was so unhappy with the show’s ratings that it threatened to cancel the show during the second season. The network ultimately renewed the series, but moved it to what was commonly called the “Friday night death slot”. The series was subsequently canceled after the third series.
The years following the original series saw a major cult following that quickly made the series more popular than it ever was while it was on the air. An animated series ran from 1973 to 1974 and the first major motion picture came out in 1979, but Star Trek ultimately wouldn’t return until 1987, when The Next Generation premiered.
Star Trek has seen various ups and downs ever since. As of this year, the franchise has had 13 feature films and 6 separate television series – the 7th, named Discovery, will premiere in 2017.
We hope you enjoy these Star Trek tattoos whether you like the franchise or not.