Star Trek
Season 1, Episode 0 (1965): “The Cage”
by Gene Roddenberry, Robert Butler

Star Trek - Season 1, Episode 0

Title: “The Cage”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 1965

Publisher: Desilu Productions NBC
Written by: Gene Roddenberry
Directed by: Robert Butler

3 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Spock Spock hero scientist
CBR Scale: M Vulcan religion
human; Starfleet...  NBC Paramount Pictures, etc. 448
The Enterprise The Enterprise supporting character group
  Starfleet Desilu Productions NBC 284
Starfleet Starfleet
supporting character group
  [1st app: Star Trek - Season 1, Episode 0 (1965)] Desilu Productions NBC 821

This was the original pilot episode, filmed from November 27 to mid-December 1964 for the original "Star Trek" series. Post-production work was finished on the episode in early 1965, but the episode bears a 1964 copyright date. The network wanted changes to the series after seeing this episode, and so a new pilot was filmed, and this episode was not actually aired in its original form until 2 decades later (on 24 December 1988), although much of the footage was re-worked and featured in the 2-part "Menagerie" episode later in the first season.