First broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the USA on 5 January, 2013, thus was the 29th episode in the "The True Story" documentary series.
It was also broadcast in the UK by Channel 5 on 9 May, 2013 and by Arte, in France, on 9 September 2016.
Running for 45 minutes, the documentary broached the subject of Star Trek from two angles. First, it chronicled in broad strokes the genesis of the franchise, from the inception of Star Trek: The Original Series through cancellation and resurgence in syndication and subsequent fandom, to its rebirth in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
The second approach was the discussion of the current state of both the theoretical and practical development of the various scientific basic principles, that served, as per Gene Roddenberry's dictum, as a believable basis at the time for The Original Series. For this second approach, several real-world scientists were interviewed, not a few of them unabashedly admitting they went into their chosen field of profession because of Star Trek: The Original Series.
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