Star Trek was an American science fiction franchise that began as a television series that ran from 1966 to 1970, and later spawned an animated series and numerous films. The original Star Trek series featured Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Christopher Pike of the USS Enterprise, and broke significant ground in the realm of special effects and the mainstreaming of science fiction plots. The original cast returned to lend their voices in Star Trek: The Animated Series from 1973 to 1976 and returned to appear in Star Trek: Phase II, except for Leonard Nimoy, who is replaced by a full Vulcan officer, Xon. The series ran from five years from 1978 to 1982. The original cast returned to appear in five movies between 1982 and 1991, with mixed critical and commercial success.
Following Star Trek III in 1986, a new series began in 1987 featuring a new cast and set eight decades in the future with a new crew for the Enterprise; this would be the premise of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation, which featured Patrick Stewart as Captain Karl Heinz Jurgen. This show ran for seven years, from 1987 until 1994, and spawned five spinoff films. Starting in 1990, there was a spinoff series called Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon, which ran for eight seasons until 1998, when it was cancelled with a cliffhanger, a film was produced in 2000 to conclude the story arc, where the Oberon crew meet the crew of the Next Generation. In 1993, another spinoff, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted, the series ran from 1993 to 1999, and yet another spinoff, Star Trek: Voyager debuted in 1995, which ran until 2001.
In 2001, there was an additional spinoff series starring called Enterprise, set prior to The Original Series, which ran until 2009. Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise never spawned movies.
In 2009, a reboot film featuring the cast of the original series was made, starring Nick Stahl as Kirk, Aaron Eckhart as Pike and Zachery Quinto as Spock.