Star Trek, retroactively also referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series, is an American sci-fi television series that was produced by Desilu Productions and Paramount Television. It premiered in the United States on NBC from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969. When the BBC acquired the rights to air the show in the United Kingdom starting in 1969, several episodes were either banned or censored.[1]


UK censorship[]


(the following is in UK broadcast order)

Season 1[]
  • Episode 12: "The Man Trap"
    1. The scene that shows Spock punching Nancy two times was cut.
    2. Any scene that shows the vampire creature's true appearance were cut.
Season 2[]
  • Episode 2: "The Enemy Within"
    1. The scene that shows "evil" Kirk attempting to assault Janice was cut.
Season 3[]
  • Episode 7: "Miri"
    1. After its initial airing, the episode was banned from reruns due to viewers complaining about the episode's content. (This episode has aired on the BBC since 1990.)
  • Episode 10: "The Lights of Zetar"
    1. The scene that shows the dying women turning green was cut.
Banned episodes[]
  • "Plato's Stepchildren"
    1. BBC banned the episode due to its sexual content. (The episode began airing on the BBC later, starting on December 22, 1993.)
  • "The Empath"
    1. BBC banned the episode due to the episode's violent content. (The episode began airing on the BBC later, starting on January 5, 1994.)
  • "Whom Gods Destroy"
    1. BBC banned the episode due to it containing a large amount of violence. (The episode began airing on the BBC later, starting on January 19, 1994.)

German censorship[]


Season 2[]
  • Episode 21: "Patterns of Force"
    1. ZDF skipped this episode during the series' original run in Germany in 1968 due to featuring Nazi uniforms and insignia, as well featuring a character stating that Nazi Germany was "the most efficient society ever created", making the episode considered unfit for entertainment in Germany. (The episode was eventually dubbed into German in 1995 and released on VHS, it later started to be broadcast in original English language with German subtitles on Sat.1 Pay TV channel in 1996, later, dubbed in German on pay TV channel DF1 in 1999 and later, on public network channel ZDFneo on 4 November 2011.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The DVD home videos are completely uncut, and every other country has it completely uncensored.


  1. Star Trek: Looking Back at the BBC’s Ban and Censorship by Alastair Stewart, Den of Geek. 2016-12-06.

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