Star Trek: The Animated Series

Watch Star Trek: The Animated Series

  • TV-Y7
  • 1973
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (6,478)

Among fans of this cult classic it is called ST:TAS for short. This is the animated adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise as they roam the galaxy in search of new worlds and new races. The show aired for two consecutive seasons on the NBC network beginning in 1973 and ending its run in 1974. Each of the twenty two episodes are a half of an hour in length. This series was a joint venture between Paramount Productions and Filmation. Originally the idea was to have younger officers assigned to each of the important crew members. This could only be done if series creator Gene Roddenberry agreed to sign away creative control. He refused and instead made sure the animated series would continue to follow the plot lines and ideas he originally envisioned. The show began on September 8, 1973 and was aired on Saturday morning's ensuring the time slot would be best suited for children. While it aired originally in the United States it was dubbed into many different languages allowing the episodes to air worldwide. The series also won a Daytime Emmy Award. This series had two interesting and important things to note. One was the introduction of a holodeck. On the animated series it is known as the rec room but it is indeed the first such appearance of a holodeck of any kind. The other had to do with the space suit. In order to allow the characters to breathe outside the ship the animators decided to create a specialized suit that the characters would wear. This modified suit consisted of a belt drawn around the characters waist that created a yellow colored field around them.

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The Counter-Clock Incident
6. The Counter-Clock Incident
October 12, 1974
The Enterprise inadvertently locks a tractor beam on a ship diving into a nova, and finds itself pulled into a bizarre parallel universe where time flies backward and the crew becomes younger at an alarming rate.
How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
5. How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth?
October 5, 1974
Backtracking a mysterious probe, the Enterprise confronts a ship in the form of a giant feathered serpent. Its captain, Kukulkan, insists on putting Kirk and others through a test to determine if they have grown sufficiently to receive his wisdom.
Albatross
4. Albatross
September 28, 1974
The Enterprise goes to the planet Dramia II to deliver medical supplies, only to have McCoy arrested and put on trial for deliberately spreading a disease that wiped out an entire colony. Now Kirk must clear his friend's name before the doctor is executed.
The Practical Joker
3. The Practical Joker
September 21, 1974
After avoiding a Romulan ambush by entering a strange energy cloud, the Enterprise finds itself at the mercy of an insane ship's computer that indulges in a series of increasingly aggressive practical jokes.
Bem
2. Bem
September 14, 1974
The Enterprise plays host to Ambassador Bem, an arrogant member of a neutral race. However, Bem endangers all of their lives when he conducts a test of suitability upon Kirk and Spock during an exploratory mission on a primitive planet.
The Pirates of Orion
1. The Pirates of Orion
September 7, 1974
Spock is stricken ill with a disease that is fatal to Vulcans. With time running out, the Enterprise must rendezvous with another ship carrying the cure. However, Orion pirates hijack the shipment and Kirk must deal with them before Spock dies.
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Among fans of this cult classic it is called ST:TAS for short. This is the animated adventures of the crew of the USS Enterprise as they roam the galaxy in search of new worlds and new races. The show aired for two consecutive seasons on the NBC network beginning in 1973 and ending its run in 1974.

Each of the twenty two episodes are a half of an hour in length. This series was a joint venture between Paramount Productions and Filmation. Originally the idea was to have younger officers assigned to each of the important crew members. This could only be done if series creator Gene Roddenberry agreed to sign away creative control. He refused and instead made sure the animated series would continue to follow the plot lines and ideas he originally envisioned.

The show began on September 8, 1973 and was aired on Saturday morning's ensuring the time slot would be best suited for children. While it aired originally in the United States it was dubbed into many different languages allowing the episodes to air worldwide. The series also won a Daytime Emmy Award.

This series had two interesting and important things to note. One was the introduction of a holodeck. On the animated series it is known as the rec room but it is indeed the first such appearance of a holodeck of any kind. The other had to do with the space suit. In order to allow the characters to breathe outside the ship the animators decided to create a specialized suit that the characters would wear. This modified suit consisted of a belt drawn around the characters waist that created a yellow colored field around them.

Star Trek: The Animated Series is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on September 8, 1973.

Where to Watch Star Trek: The Animated Series

Star Trek: The Animated Series is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Star Trek: The Animated Series on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+ and Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    September 8, 1973
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (6,478)