Incredibly, the original series that was launched in 1966; and that spawned a series of films and spin-off shows, only lasted three years on-air. In addition to creating an enormous and dedicated following, Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions such as the cell phone, personal computers and automatic opening doors. Moreover, the show is noted for its progressive era stances on a wide variety of social issues. In fact, the original series included one of television’s first multiracial casts. Creator Roddenberry once stated: “By creating a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles”. And yes this one may have made the top 30 because we are secretly trekkies!