[Star Trek] USAToday: Best TOS Episodes

For all its influence, the original Star Trek ran for just 79 episodes, from its Sept. 8, 1966 premiere, “The Man Trap,” to “Turnabout Intruder,” its June 3, 1969 finale. (Was it a coincidence that in both episodes, a woman – or shape-shifting facsimile – was after Captain Kirk or one of his crewmen?).

In between were some classics, many quality hours and, of course, a few duds (Spock’s Brain, anyone?).

But which were the best? USA TODAY asked those close to the original series for their favorites, and we offer a few of our own.

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