Last Updated on January 14, 2022 by scottkandh
This blog post is about something that I normally don’t write about on my blog, Star Trek. Usually I write about growing your blog, starting a blog, monetizing your blog, or boosting your SEO. Today I’m taking a break to write about something that a love of us love, the old Star Trek Original series television show that aired in the early 1960’s. I’ve been a fan of the show since about 5th grade so I guess by all rights that makes me a Trekkie. If you’re a Trekkie I think you’ll like this post too.
For effective SEO, I’m going to abbreviate future occurrences of Star Trek and abbreviate them to ST.
Two distinct advantages that you’ll get out of this post are:
- It provides a complete Star Trek TOS episode list and
- You’ll be provided with ST posters from all of the Original ST episodes.
With the fact that William Shatner has finally gone into space in real life today (Oct 13, 2021) as an astronaut, I’m going to be pinning this fabulous pin to my Pinterest account today. Here you’ll find a whole bunch of great ST poster covers from various episodes.
What is Star Trek?
ST is an American science fiction media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry, which began with the eponymous 1960s series. ST debuted on NBC on September 8, 1966. The show tells the tale of the crew of the starship USS Enterprise and its five-year mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before”
When did ST originate?
Dreamed up by writer and former Air Force pilot Gene Roddenberry, ST began life as a humanistic science fiction TV show on September 8, 1966. Though The Original Series, as it was later dubbed, was canceled after only three seasons, it would turn out to have unprecedented cultural influence.
Who owns Star Trek?
In the 2005 Viacom/CBS split, the old Viacom became the CBS Corporation and a new Viacom was created. This new company owns Paramount Pictures, which in turn owns the rights to the first ten ST movies in full.
If you’re looking to find a pin within a certain episode you can also go to my new Pinterest Board called Star Trek TOS. All of the pins are in their respective board based on the name of the episode. I hope you’ll check it out at Star Trek TOS pins. On this post you’re sure to find a Star Trek poster that has your favorite Star Trek TV show. featured.
Some of the pins are also from the new ST movie with Chris Pine. If you liked to watch ST you’ll enjoy this post to remind you of your favorite TOS episode.
With the fact that William Shatner has finally gone into space in real life today (Oct 13, 2021) as an astronaut, I’ve created a new pin (depicted below).
In addition to the ST TOS characters in Pixar there’s also a post that I wrote. It’s a Star Trek Glossary that includes members that were on ST The TV show or ST movies. I’ve tried to include all of the main characters from the ST cast into the glossary.
At the present moment, this blog post has exceeded 11,000 Social Shares on Pinterest and still growing strong. I’m hoping to have 12,0000 social shares by the end of the year. In order to reach that goal I’ve added one of my pins with the most number of Pinterest impressions at an impressive 75K impressions.
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Below is the Idea pin that I’m referring to that’s actually on my Pinterest board. Since to the best of my knowledge you can’t put a Pinterest Idea pin in a blog post, I’ve included a picture of the Pinterest Idea pin and a link to my Pinterest account – PinArtwork Blogger where you can easily see the Pinterest Idea pin right at the front of all the pins.
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If you are a big fan of ST, you are going to want to check out my post about Trials and Tribble-ations. It’s a tribute to ST at their 30th Anniversary – https://pinartwork.com/deep-space-nine-presents-a-tribute-of-star-treks-the-trouble-with-tribbles-called-trials-and-tribble-ations/
In the immortal words from Annie you’re never fully dressed without a smile.
So that you don’t have to bounce around, below is a gallery of all the ST TOS pins (in no particular order). If you would prefer to look at them in order, then continue reading. To see exclusively the pins that I’ve made in Adobe Photoshop, please visit Star Trek TOS – An awesome collage of Star Trek – The Original Series Poster pins.
This ST t-shirt (below) shows Leonard McCoy, Captain James T. Kirk, and Spock ready to beam from the Enterprise to a new location using the ship’s transporter. The shirt reads Beam Me The Hell Outta Here! We’ve all had those days when we’d like to be the Starship’s transportee, and be instantly beamed away. Unfortunately, the transporter won’t be invented until 2121 by Emory Erickson, who will be known as the “Father Of The Transporter”.
All of my ST pins on this page are on my Pinterest Board (see PinArtwork Blogger, 2nd image below) which also includes pins for Star Trek – The Next Generation. If you’d like to see the pins for ST TNG click on the image below. Disregard the comment on the pin, it needs to get updated. There are pins for every ST-TNG episode.
As a self-proclaimed Trekkie, I’m curious to see how many of the episodes that I’ll be able to recognize by the name of the episode and it’s corresponding images. By watching the television show I can normally tell which episode of ST it is within the first couple of minutes.
My challenge to you while you are looking at these is to do the same. So I’ve written this blog post in a different fashion. If you want to partake in this challenge here’s how you’d go about it. Scroll your mouse down so that you see the bottom of the picture and see if you can recognize it (the entire episode) with just three or four poster covers. Score 1 point for each that you got right. Use the table at the bottom of this to keep track of your score. The table at the bottom also links to each episode.
I’m not the one who created these beautiful images for most of the ST episodes. That credit goes to Michael Schuh. I’ve added his “exclusive” pins to a separate post called Star Trek TOS Phenomenal Collage Pins by Michael Schuh.
This blog post has an image for every episode. I hope you like what I created for Season 3, episodes: 8, 14, 15, and 20.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so now I’ve added a 2nd pin to every episode, most of these I recognize now with a 2nd pin but there are a few that still look unfamiliar.
Star Trek Posters
01 – The Cage – Pilot episode for ST
This was the start of the show, the pilot episode. I actually saw the Menagerie for before I saw this episode. So I thought it was very clever for ST to introduce the pilot episode and put a different spin on it. Notice how different Spock looks in this episode. His relationship with Captain Kirk was also much stronger than in the pilot.
02 – Where No Man Has Gone Before – The first pilot for the show was rejected so this is the rare 2nd pilot which is also the 3rd episode or the first show for Season 1.
1. Where No Man Has Gone Before
2. The Corbomite Maneuver
This one looks totally unfamiliar.
On Comedy Central’s August, 2006 roast of William Shatner, Clint Howard reprise his role as Balok in an older, grown-up form addicted to tranya. If you’re a fan of ST, you’ll want to see this.
3. Mudd’s Women
There were two shows with Mudd, the one that I’ve seen more than the other is I, Mudd. This one doesn’t look familiar.
4. The Enemy Within
I think this is the one that a duplicate of Kirk is made And at the end they join up again.
5. The Man Trap
This was the totally first episode of ST I ever saw. I remember because I call this episode the Salt Water Buffalo.
6. The Naked Time
This one doesn’t look very familiar other than I remember Commander Sulu having a sword fight. I think it was because of some chemical that was on one of the containers that was beamed aboard the ship at the beginning of the show.
Update: I was very close. It wasn’t wasn’t chemicals that were transported aboard. It was a parasite that traveled by perspiration from one person to another and infect them as well. I watched the show and I noticed a few things that I hadn’t noticed before:
- The Naked Time is the first instance of the Enterprise where it traveled back into time.
- I read that this episode leads to the Naked Now from “ST TNG” . Off hand I don’t know the correlation between the two so I need to look at the Naked Now for a refresher. Duh, that’s the one where they race to find a cure for a virus and we see that Jean Luc has feelings for Dr. Crusher.
- Naked Time is the premise that allows them to go back into time for Tomorrow is Yesterday where the Enterprise travels back in time to the 1960s.
- The Enterprise again uses the same method of time-travel to return to the 1960s in “Assignment: Earth”.
7. Charlie X
The actor that played Charlie in this looks so familiar that I don’t remember what else he went on to play in other roles. But this I remember because he has special powers.
8. Balance of Terror
I’m taking a wild stab that this is where we meet Spock’s dad for the very first time or it has something to do with Romulans.
Update: This is the episode in which the Enterprise meets Romulans for the first time. The Commander of the Romulan ship also played Spock’s father Sarek in later episodes of TOS and TNG, and the movies from both of them.
9. What are Little Girls Made Of?
I think this is the same guy that played Lurch in the Addams Family. It’s not one of my favorite episodes.
10. Dagger of the Mind
This is one of my least favorite episodes to watch because they lock Captain Kirk in that room with the beam that drives people mad.
I know this episode involves a lot of kids that are left on a planet all alone. I thought that the girl’s name was Mary but it’s actually Miri (pronounced Mee ree). Not one that I enjoy watching too much.
12. The Conscience of the King
I believe this is one that Captain Kirk recognizes one of the actors in a Shakespearean play as someone that is a wanted war criminal. Riley was in this too, he also appeared in The Naked Time. He almost died in this episode, but I don’t think we ever see him again.
13. The Galileo Seven
I recognize the one guy from Land of the Giants. But I can’t recollect this episode. This is actually harder than I thought to not go by any other clues.
I later watched this episode. It’s about the Galileo Seven that went out to check a phenomena and then accidentally crashed landed on the planet below. Spock is in charge of the group to get them back to safety and out of harm’s way.
14. Court Martial
I like this one because Kirk is tried for murder and they cleverly isolate the guy that was supposedly killed by honing in on his heartbeat. They do this by using a microphone that mutes the sound of heartbeats. In this episode of Court Martial, Spock plays 3-D chess against the ship’s computer. If you click on the image below, you’ll be able to order the Tridimensional chess set as depicted in ST.
15. The Menagerie, Parts I and II
This show was based on the pilot episode. Cleverly done but long and drawn out. No wonder that the pilot was canceled that they had to reinvent another way to show it.
Majel Barrett played Number One. Over the course of ST you’d see her in many other different roles:
- She played the recurring role of Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series
- Lwaxana Troi on “ST TNG”
- She’s also the voice that you hear on ST TNG and in many other ST franchises (series and movies).
The Cage was the very first episode of “Star Trek” ever produced.
The Cage was the intended pilot; however, it was rejected because it appeared to be complex. A rare thing happened, for the first time in the history of television, a 2nd pilot was made called Where No Man Has Gone Before.
In all of the Star Trek The original Series shows, The Menagerie is the only show that was a two-part episode. At the end of The Menagerie we see rare footage: “To be concluded next week.” Two part episodes of Star Trek wouldn’t occur until Star Trek The Next Generation did parts I and II of the iconic The Best of Both Worlds.
What was really clever about The Menagerie is the use of the expensive footage taken from the unaired episode (of the Cage) and incorporated into a two-part episode
16. Shore Leave
This one is right out of Alice in Wonderland with Alice, the rabbit,a knight in shining armor, and Kirk’s friend Finnigan. At the end all is okay and it’s actually quite a nice place after all.
17. The Squire of Gothos
Not of my favorite episodes. The Squire of Gothos is actually a child that has been left alone to play with his toys and the crew is saved by his parents.
Tidbit: It has been brought to my attention that the actor playing the Squire of Gothos was also in the Trouble with Tribbles. Now I want to go back and watch that episode one more time.
If you like this episode it reminds me of the one with Captain Picard where he is stranded alone with someone, the Walls fall – eyes open wide. The pin in the upper left appears to be his pin, but it doesn’t have his trademark signature.
19. The Alternative Factor
20. Tomorrow is Yesterday
I like time travel and maybe this episode explains why I like the idea of time travel so much.
21. The Return of the Archons
This one I didn’t like that much. I think it ends up being a machine that is in control of everything that is stopped by Kirk and Spock. I can’t help but notice that Star Wars may have first started with Star Trek (with Kirk in the red-cloaked cape).
22. A Taste of Armageddon
The faces are familiar but I don’t remember the story. Update: After 500 years of war being fought by simulated war, Kirk brings the treaty to an end and destroys the disintegration machines.
23. Space Seed
The premise for the movie, the Wrath of Kahn. Here’s our first intro to the same actor in both movies. Great episode.
24. This Side of Paradise
No clue. Update: I watched this episode it’s about some spores that affect your emotions and gives you perfect health. Tidbit: I also discovered that the outfit that Spock wore as trousers in this episode were the same trousers used in Spock’s Brain.
25. The Devil in the Dark
A creature in the mines called the Horta.
26. Errand of Mercy
Vaguely familiar. I recognize the faces of the Klingon and that’s about all.
27. The City on the Edge of Forever
One of my personal favorites. Again, it involves Time Travel. Great episode. Spock has to hide his pointed ears. If you look closely there’s a close resemblance of this episode to the one of STTNG that involves Mark Twain and Data hides his strength and his identity. This episode starred Joan Collins in one of the most memorable Star Trek episodes ever.
|Edith Keeler: “One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energy — maybe even the atom. Energy that could ultimately hurl men to other worlds in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world, and to cure their diseases. They’ll be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for.”|
28. Operation: Annihilate!
Not enough clues. Kirk goes to the planet where his brother, sister-in-law, and nephew live. The planet has been invaded by an alien life that forces them to do their will. Spock is the first one that gets bitten by the alien life force.
I don’t like this one because the special effects were very cheesy (to say the least). They didn’t spare any expense. NOT! For example, if you look really close at the aliens at the end and we see them as they really are you can see the strings attached to the puppets.
This one looks so familiar but I can’t recall it off of the top of my head without seeing it. I’m positive I’d recognize it once it starts.
3. Friday’s Child
Nothing looks familiar from this image.
4. Who Mourns for Adonis?
I like Greek mythology but this episode was over the top about aliens who think there are Gods. Not one of my favorites to watch. The God in this is proclaiming that he’s Apollo.
5. Amok Time
This one is a classic Star Trek episode where Spock and Kirk have a battle because Spock is consumed with a Vulcan ritual that compels him to battle (for love).
Spock: “We shield it with ritual and custom shrouded in antiquity. You humans have no conception. It strips our minds from us. It brings a madness which rips away the veneer of civilization. It is the “pon-far” — the time of mating.”
McCoy: “You can’t tell me that when you first saw Jim alive, that you weren’t on the verge of an emotional scene that would have brought the house down!”
Spock: “Merely my quite logical relief that Starfleet had not lost a highly proficient captain.
Kirk: Yes, Mr. Spock, I understand.”
McCoy: “Of course, Mr. Spock, your reaction was quite logical. In a pig’s eye!”
6. The Doomsday Machine
One of the most boring Star Trek episodes. Not much of a plot. I think Star Trek One was based on this episode which is why the 1st Star Trek movie is one of the worst in Star Trek history.
7. Wolf in the Fold
This is one where they are trying to find an alien who happens to be the one who is between Kirk and Scotty. I can’t recall the exact details, except for a scene that has some weird laughing near the end.
8. The Changeling
It’s an episode much like Star Trek The Motion Picture. The main difference is that in this episode the star is Nomad. And in the motion picture, Nomad’s name was changed to Vger 9short for Voyager).
9. The Apple
This appears to be the Paradise Syndrome episode, but it’s not. Therefore I can’t recall this one, but the actor’s face looks very familiar.
10. Mirror, Mirror
One of my favorite episodes where Kirk, Uhara, and two others switch places with their counterparts on another version of Star Trek. But they are the bad Star Trek counterparts of themselves.
11. The Deadly Years
I think they all get older but I don’t recall the specifics.
12. I, Mudd
Mudd’s robots don’t understand a lot of the human nuances. This is his 2nd appearance on the show as Mudd. I can’t recall the 1st.
13. The Trouble with Tribbles
I don’t even need to see an image on this one, it’s one of the most recognizable Star Trek episodes. Tribbles are multiplying like nuts and taking over every area of the ship until they are poisoned by some food.
14. Bread and Circuses
The actor playing Septimus was also Mr. Atoz in All our Yesterdays.
15. Journey to Babel
The guy with the horns in his head is the bad guy. This is the episode where we meet Spock’s Mom for the first time.
16. A Private Little War
I think this is the one that Kirk is imprisoned by a girl who plays several different roles. Not very familiar. Update: I had this confused with a similar episode in ST TNG. In this episode, Kirk gets attacked by an ape like creature with poisonous fangs. He gets healed and is trying to prevent a war.
17. The Gamesters of Triskelion
Kirk, Uhara, and two others are forced to fight and train like gladiators and sold to the highest bidders. The bidders aren’t even human.
19. The Immunity Syndrome
The Enterprise had been monitoring communications with the U.S.S. Intrepid and all of a sudden Spock has a “feeling” that all of the members aboard the Intrepid have suddenly lost their lives (a Vulcan feeling of awareness). Their death was caused by a giant amoeba that is about ready to reproduce and they realize that they need to stop it and destroy it so that it doesn’t take over the galaxy.
20. A Piece of the Action
It’s like going back to old Chicago and the Capone era in the Prohibition period. Where’s Elliott Ness when you need him?
21. By Any Other Name
The two in the middle are aliens and they try to take over the ship. Not a personal favorite. Update: Watching this was fun this time. Because I wasn’t aware that there was a gag repeated in ST-TNG episode called Relic when Scotty asks Data, What is it? Data smells it and replies, it is green.
23. Return to Tomorrow
On the surface this looks like Spock’s Brain, but it’s not.
24. Patterns of Force
Kirk and Spock land in a place that closely resembles Nazi, Germany. They end up saving the day and exposing the mastermind at the top of the image at the end (who’s actually behind it all).
24. The Ultimate Computer
I think this is the episode where we hear the final destruction countdown for the very first time that has been used in several different episodes. The computer tries to take over the ship.
25. The Omega Glory
Captain Tracy was also Simon van Gelder in “Dagger of the Mind”.
Quote from this episode: “Look at these three words written larger than all the rest, and with special pride never written before or since — tall words, proudly saying “We the people” .. these words and the words that follow … must apply to everyone or they mean nothing.”
26. Assignment: Earth
This was a very good episode that I believe was a spin-off for another TV show about a spy. You need to keep your eye on his cat. Terri Garr was in this episode too. She’s best known for her roles in Young Frankenstein and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This episode is where she got her kick start in show business.
1. Spectre of the Gun
This should have been called Gunfight at OK Corral. Where’s there’s a shoot out with some of the best guns in the world.
2. The Paradise Syndrome
Kirk is affected by a machine that causes him to lose his memory and falls in love with one of the natives and then suddenly recalls his memory at the end and they (Kirk and Spock) once again save the day.
3. The Enterprise Incident
The premise for let’s impersonate some other race like Romulan or Vulcan. I like the comment from Kirk about getting his ears back to normal at the end. Captain Kirk and Spock are under secret orders from Starfleet to receive the cloaking device from the Romulans.
4. And the Children Shall Lead
5. Spock’s Brain
Aliens have taken Spock’s brain. Dr. McCoy is guided by alien technology and Spock to restore his brain successfully.
6. Is There in Truth No Beauty
So very familiar. This is the episode in which Dr. Pulaski from ST TNG made her first appearance on Star Trek. One of the guys loved her so much and then went mad after looking at the Ambassador. They are so hideous they cause people to go mad if seen with the naked eye. He sent them into the far reaches of space and only the ambassador can save them.
7. The Empath
Without saying a word, the Empath captures our attention. I’ve only seen this episode two or three times. I’ll need to hunt this one down and see it.
8. The Tholian Web
Didn’t need a picture for this one. Kirk is in a space suit and he’s presumed dead. But he keeps phasing in and out around various places on the ship.
9. For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
10. Day of the Dove
11. Plato’s Stepchildren
Not one of my favorites. The guy at the top tries to help the crew but is punished for his trying to aid them.
12. Wink of an Eye
13. That Which Survives
Lee Meriweather, better known as Cat Woman from the Batman show. She is programmed to kill for certain people but the crew members save Kirk by not letting her touch Kirk.
14. Let That be your Last Battlefield
15. Whom Gods Destroy
16. The Mark of Gideon
17. The Lights of Zetar
Not familiar. The Enterprise is heading to Memory Alpha and along for the voyage is Lieutenant Mira Romaine who Commander Montgomery Scott has fallen in love with, gets invaded by a mysterious energy storm that attacks her.
18. The Cloud Minders
Vaguely familiar. Update: I watched this episode and felt like it was the first time I had seen it.
19. The Way to Eden
Familiar but not one of my favorite episodes.
20. Requiem for Methuselah
This could be the only episode that I might have missed. It doesn’t look at all familiar. I watched this episode and it felt like I was watching it for the very first time.
21. The Savage Curtain
Abraham Lincoln and some other heroes from the past help Kirk and Spock.
22. All our Yesterdays
It’s much like the one that they go back in time. There are different portals of time and they have to choose the correct portal.
23. Turnabout Intruder
Now I remember, this is where Kirk and someone change into each other.
24. Elaan of Troyius
Somehow I missed this episode so I’ve added it to the list. I’ll update the information after I’ve watched this episode. All I can remember is that she doesn’t have a lot of good manners.
For the other 13 Star Trek movies listed below, please look at my post Star Trek movies from Best to Worst.
Star Trek Movies
Star Trek I – The Motion Picture
Star Trek II – The Wrath of Kahn
Star Trek III – The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home
Star Trek V – The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country
ST TNG Movies
ST TOS Reboot Movies
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Into Darkness
Note: Star Trek Into Darkness was actually before Star Trek Beyond. I moved it here so that I could share one of my favorite scenes which occurred at the beginning of the movie that was a major premise of the movie (don’t interfere with the Prime Directive) and sets the tone for the entire movie. See the pictures depicted below and you’ll get a better understanding of what I’m trying to describe.
First, I’ll show them (all 16 pics) one at a time and then I’ll lay them out in a different layout so that you can see the pictures a little better side by side to bring out the effect that the spaceship is taking off.
Now here’s the 16 pics that I was mentioning above which brings the Starship Enterprise into view for us and the natives that witnessed a Starship for the very first time. Notice how they draw it in the sand and then it takes off!