This Day in Pop Culture History: September 8, 1966

Star Trek (The Original Series) debuted September 8th, 1966, 53 years ago today.

To celebrate, we thought we’d give you some facts about the famous sci-fi franchise.

1. Cost of production

Each episode of the first season cost $190,000 to produce (roughly 1.4 million in 2019 money). Season two cost $185,000 per episode, and season three cost $175,000 per episode.

2. Ebay Shenanigans

You can buy seven screen worn costumes from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) for $150,000. That’s about $21,000 each. What a deal!

3. Spock and Kirk were real life friends

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were close friends following their time on the show. Nimoy was Shatner’s best man at his fourth wedding in 2001. Following Nimoy’s death in 2015 Shatner remarked “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."

4. Shatner sells his kidney stone

William Shatner sold his kidney stone in 2006. It sold for $25,000 and, in addition to another $20,000 raised by the cast and crew of Boston Legal, it went towards building a house for Habitat for Humanity.