Since its premiere in January 1993, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE has set ratings history, garnered 15 Emmy nominations and four Emmy Awards, received critical acclaim and successfully upheld legendary futurist and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future. The fifth season of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, the #1 drama series in first-run syndication, will continue to bring viewers quality dramatic television with even more action and adventure as Captain Sisko and the crew face a variety of new challenges. Led by executive producers Rick Berman and Ira Steven Behr, the fifth season of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE continues to explore new avenues of the Star Trek universe while honoring Roddenberry's optimistic vision in which the human race triumphs over greed, aggression and prejudice.
A variety of suspenseful plot lines are in development for the show's fifth season. In a season premiere packed with explosive action and political intrigue, Captain Sisko (Avery Brooks) and the Deep Space Nine crew must undertake an extremely dangerous mission to expose the Klingon leader Gowron as a Changeling. Sisko and his team must disguise themselves and infiltrate the Klingon homeworld to stop a war that could destroy the Alpha Quadrant. In another very special episode, produced in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, Captain Sisko and the Deep Space Nine crew will be thrown back in time to visit the original crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Incredible special effects will allow Captain Sisko and his crew to come face-to-face with the "Star Trek" crew and some unwanted guests... the Tribbles!
The fourth season of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE left a variety of characters in unusual situations which will be explored further in the fifth season. Since the typically cold and pragmatic Chief of Security Odo (Rene Auberjonois) was stripped of his Changeling powers by his fellow Shapeshifters, he must explore life as a human - with all its difficulties - for the first time. Additionally, Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) is carrying the baby of Chief O'Brien (Colm Meaney) and his wife Keiko (Rosalind Chao) and will experience motherhood for the first time.
When the series debuted the week of January 4, 1993, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE became the highest-rated series premiere in syndication history. Entitled "Emissary," the series premiere earned an outstanding 21.0 NTI* rating and ranked #1 against all network prime time programming. The series premiere beat such traditional top 10 network series as "Murder, She Wrote," "Home Improvement," and "Murphy Brown."
Since its premiere, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE has ranked among the top ten hour-long series on television and soared to the #1 position among new hour-long series on television among men, 18-49. During the February 1994 sweep period, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE outperformed "Oprah" and "Roseanne" (syndicated) among women, 18-49.
The Star Trek series have long been known to attract a wide array of notable guest stars lured by the legacy of the phenomenon. While "Star Trek: The Next Generation" attracted such notables as world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, Los Angeles Laker James Worthy and Fleetwood Mac's namesake Mick Fleetwood, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE has added to the impressive list of Star Trek guest stars. In just four seasons, the series has been graced with the performances of Oscar-winning actress Louise Fletcher, theatrical greats Philip Anglim and Richard Beymer, as well as the artistry of Fritz Weaver, Chris Sarandon, Bernie Casey, Mary Crosby, John Glover, Steven Weber and Brian Keith, among others.
The original "Star Trek" series experienced humble beginnings in 1966 on the NBC network. After its first season, the low-rated show faced cancellation and was only renewed for a second and third year after an estimated one million devoted fans wrote the network and salvaged the "Star Trek" series. Although the series was eventually canceled in 1969, it has become a national treasure and is still seen in syndication 30 years after its debut.
In May 1994, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" surpassed non-network boundaries and set a new precedent in television syndication. For the first time in Emmy Award history, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" earned an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Drama." Not only was this achievement a first for the series, but also the first time in a decade that a syndicated show was honored with an Emmy nomination in this category. The series won 16 Emmy Awards, a Peabody and a Hugo during its original production.
* Based on NSS/NTI, week of 1/4/93 - 1/10/93.
Roddenberry's compelling vision of the future has proven to hold a timeless appeal as evidenced by the growing Star Trek phenomenon. From network to syndication, from television to motion pictures, Star Trek has garnered one of the most loyal followings in entertainment history. With the launch of the fourth Star Trek series, "Star Trek: Voyager," in January 1995, another inscription was engraved in the Star Trek legacy.
In January 1993 STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, the most highly-anticipated show in television history, premiered and yet another era of Star Trek history was written, with new ideas and new discoveries. As Gene Roddenberry proved, the future lies in ideas, not in technology, which has been the emphasis that maintains Star Trek's popularity and keeps the world awaiting the new adventures promised by the fifth season of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE.