Star Trek was groundbreaking when it launched in 1966. A multi-racial crew, including a half-human/ half-Vulcan first officer and as Whoopie Goldberg recounts from her first time seeing the show as a child: “a black lady on television who isn’t a maid.”

Star Trek had a progressive political foundation and celebrated diversity without making it an issue (the series featured the first interracial kiss), touched on pre-marital sex (Captain Kirk sitting on the bed pulls on his boots in Yeoman Janice Rand’s berth), and addressed other issues of the 1960s, focusing on humanitarian and peace-keeping missions–and was the first time fans had ever rallied to save a show.