Exactly 50 years ago today, on September 8, 1966, the very first episode of Star Trek entitled The Man Trap, aired on NBC. Fans have been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this iconic franchise all year long, which included special panels at Comic-Con and, of course, the release of the latest movie Star Trek Beyond. Today, as fans around the world wish this franchise a happy golden birthday, a new trailer has surfaced featuring some of the best moments in a half century of Star Trek.
The trailer was posted on the franchise's social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, and these channels even encouraged fans to send out their best selfies, using Spock's iconic Vulcan salute. The franchise Twitter page has been retweeting some of their favorite responses all day, including a few from franchise veterans like Karl Urban, who plays Bones in the current film franchise, the iconic William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and many more. Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Susan Kelechi Watson from NBC's upcoming series This Is Us even took a selfie from Stage 32 on the Paramount lot, where both their show shoots now, and the original Star Trek was shot.
Last weekend, CBS Interactive Products teamed with ReedPop for a 50th Anniversary convention. This three-day event was filled with interactive exhibits, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, screenings and much more. While this iconic franchise will no doubt have an enduring legend that will surely last another 50 years, it will continue to grow with a new TV series debuting next year.
Bryan Fuller, the creator of hit shows like Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, will debut the new Star Trek TV series entitled Star Trek Discovery on CBS in January 2017. After this special preview, the show will debut on the brand new streaming service CBS All Access. Unfortunately, very little is known about the show at this point, but with the 2017 debut coming soon, hopefully more details will be released.
Along with the trailer, we've compiled some some of our favorite tweets celebrating the Star Trek franchise's 50th Anniversary below. You can also follow the #StarTrek50 and #LLAP50 hashtags if you want to send out your own Vulcan salute selfie. Take a look at the trailer and some of the Star Trek Twitter tributes below.