Star Trek is a science fiction franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. The franchise is currently owned by CBS and Paramount Pictures. The first show in the series is Star Trek, which premiered in 1966 and ran for three seasons. The series has since had several spinoffs, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. The franchise also has several movies based on the original and subsequent Star Trek series. The original Star Trek series has since become an American cultural icon and has a large international cult following, known as “Trekkies.” The series originally starred William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy. Pop culture icon George Takei starred as Hikaru Sulu. The adversarial relationship between Takei and Shatner both on the set and after taping concluded has been well-documented in the tabloid press.