50 years ago today the first episode of Star Trek was broadcast on network TV. Here is a documentary from the Smithsonian about the Star Trek show and cultural phenomenon:

[ Update: See also this new Smithsonian program (its embedding is disabled) about Star Trek and the technologies that it has inspired.]

Fan made versions of Star Trek have greatly improved in production quality and story making over the years. This is especially true of the Star Trek Continues series, whose episodes often include recognizable professional actors.

Here are some episodes in the Star Trek Continues video collection, including Embracing the Winds, just released this week: