Star Trek is without argument the most influential and recognizable science-fiction television series ever produced. The cultural significance of the Star Trek franchise cannot be overstated, not just for its presence as a standard bearer for TV sci-fi, but for its work in introducing scientific concepts to mass audiences and advancing the notions of tolerance and equality within popular culture.
If you're looking for a single, epiphanous moment to signify the importance of Star Trek to both television and society at large, this is it: The first scripted interracial kiss in American TV history happened on Star Trek, in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren" between Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura. That the Star Trek franchise also inspired almost every modern mobile gadget, from the smartphone to the tablet computer, is simply icing on the cake.
Yet, for all its well-earned accolades, Star Trek has been scandalously overlooked by major television awards. In fact, in the nearly 50 years that Star Trek has been on the air, with six television series and over 700 episodes to its credit, only once has any Star Trek show won a non-technical Emmy award.
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