To Boldly Go Where No Beer Has Gone Before

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the original Star Trek series debuting on TV. Now it is an empire that spans movies, TV, video games, comics, books, and even beer—but we’ll come back to that in a minute.

“Star Trek: The Original Series” only lasted three seasons, canceled after low ratings. However, its ‘80 episodes enabled it to live on in syndication, building what became an incredible fanbase of Trekkies (or Trekkers). The show even spawned conventions where the stars of the shows and movies appear for panels, presentations, and autograph signings. William Shatner famously mocked these events in a 1986 skit on “Saturday Night Live,” where he told the convention goers to “Get a life!” It’s a classic.