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‘Star Trek’ Cast Members Celebrate Show’s 50th Anniversary

Cast members from all five “Star Trek” shows celebrated the franchise’s milestone anniversary on social media Thursday.

Fifty years ago today, the very first episode of the original “Star Trek” series — “The Man Trap” — debuted on TV. The 1996 Variety review predicted the show’s demise, “The opener won’t open up many new frequencies after this sampler.”

How wrong the reviewer was.

Five decades after the debut, the franchise is still going strong, with a sixth show coming in 2017 and a 14th movie planned (following this summer’s “Star Trek Beyond”).

William Shatner (Captain Kirk), Brent Spiner (Commander Data), Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), and Scott Bakula (Captain Archer) recorded a congratulatory tribute to the show:

Rodd Roddenberry, son of “Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and frequent “Trek” actress Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, tweeted that his father would be “incredibly touched,” followed by the hashtag celebrating the anniversary, #StarTrek50.

William Shatner also took to social media to wish “Star Trek” a happy birthday.

Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura in the original series, posted an optimistic message of hope.

George Takei, who originated Sulu, also tweeted an inspirational quote from Roddenberry.

Jon Cho, who plays Sulu in the “Trek” reboot, kept his message short and sweet:

Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” did not tweet directly, instead retweeting a message from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with the Vulcan proverb, “May you live even longer & continue to prosper.” Ablright had visited the cast while in 2001 while they were filming “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

Brent Spiner, who played Data, fondly remembers watching the first episode as a teen.

His costar LeVar Burton played Geordi LaForge while hosting the popular PBS show “Reading Rainbow,” which tweeted “Happy #StarTrek50.”

Which “Trek” was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.

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