It will be wrong if we call Star Trek a simple TV series, it created a genre by itself. Its impact on the pop culture is undeniable and rivals only by Star Wars.
Star Trek was created by Scifi guru Gene Roddenberry and starred legendary actors like William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei etc. They actually became legends doing Star Trek. The show intercepted people’s minds and took them to a galactic journey where no man has ever gone before. Star Trek literally became a sub-religion and these characters are revered as gods. It is only amongst a few Scifi shows where many of the predictions and gadgets that were thought to be used in future became true. Like smartphones, ipads, google glass etc. A version of these things were used in this franchise long before they became reality. Star Trek is considered to be on of the most scientifically accurate space exploration TV shows.
The Synopsys of the show was like this
“The adventures of the USS Enterprise, representing the United Federation of Planets on a five-year mission in outer space to explore new worlds, seek new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. The Enterprise is commanded by handsome and brash Captain James T. Kirk. His First Officer and best friend is Mr. Spock from the planet Vulcan, and Kirk’s Medical Officer is Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. With its crew of approximately 430, the Enterprise battles aliens, megalomaniacal computers, time paradoxes, psychotic murderers, and even Khan!”
The show’s 1st outing was only three seasons long. After it was canceled there was so much public outcry that it had to be brought back to life. After the conclusion of TV series a total of four movies, two highly successful long running TV spinoff’s and one animated TV series was made.
The latest movie was released in 2016 called Star Trek Beyond and more movies are slated to release. A new big budget Star Trek TV series is already announced and currently in production. So one can image what a big franchise it is.
Because it survived through the dedications of its fans (Trekkies) so it can be called a Sci-Fi show that truly is made for its fans.