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15 other space-based sci-fi franchises to cure your Star Wars blues

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Star Trek

The long-standing rival to Star Wars, Star Trek is a mega-franchise in its own right with a long list of cinematic films, and an even longer list of TV episodes as well as comic books, games, and video games.

Star Trek has a more Earth-centric storyline and plays on humankind’s ambitions to explore the galaxy in peace – to boldly go where no one has gone before. There is a lot of content to consume here so much like Star Wars there is a fan group for everyone to take part in.

The original TV series ran for only 3 seasons from 1966 to 1969 where it earned its global cult following as reached overseas markets. Ironically it was the success of its now rival Star Wars in 1977 which lead to Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and its mega-popular sequel Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

After a few more largely forgettable films Star Trek successfully returned to the small screen in the late 80s with the acclaimed Star Trek the Next Generation. The Next Generation drove several spin-off series including Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise ending in 2005.

After some time off, Star Trek returned to the big screen with Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek: Beyond (2016).

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