On this day in 1966 (also known as stardate 1513.1) the first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC; although The Man Trap was the first episode to be broadcast, it wasn't the first to be produced. That honour goes to Where No Man Has Gone Before, which also comes first in the Star Trek universe's current official timeline. The network chose to air The Man Trap a week before the show's previously announced debut because executives felt it dealt with all the characters (and their back stories) more fully.
The Man Trap was written by George Clayton Johnson and directed by Marc Daniels. It. Stars. William Shatner. As. Captain. James T. Kirk... You know, back when he was hot - before the booze and coke removed all the planes from his face and tone from his musculature. Good times...
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