1. Star Trek
TV show aired from: The Original Series 1966 – 1969 (NBC); The Animated Series, 1973 - 1974 (NBC); The Next Generation, 1987 - 1994 (first-run syndication); Deep Space Nine (1993 - 1999 (first-run syndication); Voyager, 1995 - 2001 (UPN); Enterprise, 2001 - 2005 (UPN)
Movie’s release year: 2009
The Star Trek brand is one of the longest-running and most storied franchises in all of film and television history. Not that we even needed to tell you that. Not only has Gene Roddenberry’s creation spawned numerous television series, movies, books, games, and just about every other creative entity you can imagine, there have even been a few critically acclaimed documentaries about the franchise’s fans made. Now that’s serious.
Despite Star Trek’s rabid, ever-growing fan-base, a funny thing happened in 2009: It gained a few million more fans. People that might have previously thought of the series as only geek candy they couldn’t (and wouldn’t try to) understand were suddenly enamored with the classic story, the interesting characters, and the legendary status of the franchise.
All this as a result of a 2009 “reboot” film created by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, amongst others. The film hit theaters and soon after became a huge critical and commercial success, and, most impressively, made liking Star Trek hip again. Quite a feat.