Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and owned by CBS and Paramount Pictures. The first series debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. It followed the galactic adventures of James T. Kirk played by William Shatner and the crew of the starship Enterprise, an exploration vessel of a 23rd-century interstellar ‘United Federation of Planets’. Star Trek has been a cult
phenomenon for decades with fans being called Trekkies or Trekkers. Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions, including the cell phone & tablet computers.