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Star Trek: The Original Series was released on the Betamax format in the US, UK and Australia throughout the 1980s.

US releasesEdit

The first releases of the series on Betamax in the US took place in 1980. Paramount Home Video issued five volumes with two episodes each under the "Television Classics" banner. A further one-off release took place in 1982 under the Paramount Gateway Video label of the episode "Space Seed" coinciding with the theatrical release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

A complete release of the series would eventually follow starting from 1985. Paramount issued episodes in batches (or Groups as they called them) every few months in broadcast order (though the tapes were numbered in production order). Each tape contained a single episode and each Group had around 10 episodes each. Both parts of "The Menagerie" were issued on a single tape. These releases concluded in 1988 with the release of Groups 7 and 8 which featured the remaining 18 episodes. Some of these later episodes were released in both in Betamax-sized boxes and VHS-sized boxes with a "Beta" sticker and appropriate ISBN barcode added.

"The Cage" was released twice. The first had the black & white scenes from Gene Roddenberry's copy of the original episode and was released in November 1986. Following the discovery of the missing color scenes a "All-Color Collector's Edition" was released in 1989.

Season 1Season 2Season 3
Box sets and other collections
Tape Cover Episodes Release Date Reference
Season 1
1
"The Man Trap"
February 1985 60040-06
2
"Charlie X"
February 1985 60040-08
3
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
February 1985 60040-02
4
"The Naked Time"
February 1985 60040-07
5
"The Enemy Within"
February 1985 60040-05
6
"Mudd's Women"
February 1985 60040-04
7
"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
February 1985 60040-10
8
"Miri"
February 1985 60040-12
9
"Dagger of the Mind"
February 1985 60040-11
10
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
February 1985 60040-03
11
"The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
May 1985 60040-16
12
"The Conscience of the King"
May 1985 60040-13
13
"Balance of Terror"
May 1985 60040-09
14
"Shore Leave"
May 1985 60040-17
15
"The Galileo Seven"
May 1985 60040-14
16
"The Squire of Gothos"
May 1985 60040-18
17
"Arena"
May 1985 60040-19
18
"Tomorrow is Yesterday"
May 1985 60040-21
19
"Court Martial"
May 1985 60040-15
20
"The Return of the Archons"
May 1985 60040-22
21
"Space Seed"
November 1985 60040-24
22
"A Taste of Armageddon"
November 1985 60040-23
23
"This Side of Paradise"
November 1985 60040-25
24
"The Devil in the Dark"
November 1985 60040-26
25
"Errand of Mercy"
November 1985 60040-27
26
"The Alternative Factor"
November 1985 60040-20
27
"The City on the Edge of Forever"[1]
November 1985 60040-28
28
"Operation -- Annihilate!"
November 1985 60040-29
Season 2
29
"Amok Time"
November 1985 60040-34
30
"Who Mourns for Adonais?"
November 1985 60040-33
31
"The Changeling"
April 1986 60040-37
32
"Mirror, Mirror"
April 1986 60040-39
33
"The Apple"
April 1986 60040-38
34
"The Doomsday Machine"
April 1986 60040-35
35
"Catspaw"
April 1986 60040-30
36
"I, Mudd"
April 1986 60040-41
37
"Metamorphosis"
April 1986 60040-31
38
"Journey to Babel"
April 1986 60040-44
39
"Friday's Child"
April 1986 60040-32
40
"The Deadly Years"
April 1986 60040-40
41
"Obsession"
November 1986 60040-47
42
"Wolf in the Fold"
November 1986 60040-36
43
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
November 1986 60040-42
44
"The Gamesters of Triskelion"
November 1986 60040-46
45
"A Piece of the Action"
November 1986 60040-49
46
"The Immunity Syndrome"
November 1986 60040-48
47
"A Private Little War"
November 1986 60040-45
48
"Return to Tomorrow"
November 1986 60040-51
49
"Patterns of Force"
November 1986 60040-52
50
"By Any Other Name"
November 1986 60040-50
51
"The Cage"
Color/B&W Version
November 1986 60040-01
52
"The Omega Glory"
September 1987 60040-54
53
"The Ultimate Computer"
September 1987 60040-53
54 No image yet.
"Bread and Circuses"
September 1987 60040-43
55
"Assignment: Earth"
September 1987 60040-55
Season 3
56
"Spock's Brain"
September 1987 60040-61
57
"The Enterprise Incident"
September 1987 60040-59
58
"The Paradise Syndrome"
September 1987 60040-58
59
"And the Children Shall Lead"
September 1987 60040-60
60
"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
September 1987 60040-62
61
"Spectre of the Gun"
September 1987 60040-56
62
"Day of the Dove"
April 1988 60040-66
63
"For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
April 1988 60040-65
64
"The Tholian Web"
April 1988 60040-64
65
"Plato's Stepchildren"
April 1988 60040-67
66
"Wink of an Eye"
April 1988 60040-68
67
"The Empath"
April 1988 60040-63
68
"Elaan of Troyius"
April 1988 60040-57
69
"Whom Gods Destroy"
April 1988 60040-71
70
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
April 1988 60040-70
71
"The Mark of Gideon"
April 1988 60040-72
72
"That Which Survives"
April 1988 60040-69
73
"The Lights of Zetar"
April 1988 60040-73
74
"Requiem for Methuselah"
April 1988 60040-76
75
"The Way to Eden"
April 1988 60040-75
76
"The Cloud Minders"
April 1988 60040-74
77
"The Savage Curtain"
April 1988 60040-77
78
"All Our Yesterdays"
April 1988 60040-78
79
"Turnabout Intruder"
April 1988 60040-79
80
"The Cage"
All-Color Collector's Edition
1989 60040-99

Box sets and other collectionsEdit

Release Reference Cover Episodes Release Date
Star Trek - Television Classics Vol. 1 No image yet.
"The Menagerie, Part I"[2]
"The Menagerie, Part II"
1980
Vol. 2 No image yet.
"Amok Time"
"Journey to Babel"
1980
Vol. 3 No image yet.
"Mirror, Mirror"
"The Tholian Web"
1980
Vol. 4
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
1980
Vol. 5 No image yet.
"Balance of Terror"
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
1980
Star Trek: Space Seed 60040 No image yet.
"Space Seed"[3]
July 1982
Star Trek - The Collector's Edition TOS Collector's Edition
All episodes
1986-1991

UK releasesEdit

A few Betamax tapes were issued in the UK by CIC Video and other labels in the early 1980s. All of these releases used packaging identical to the VHS releases with sometimes only a sticker being placed on the cover and spine to tell them apart.

Release Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date Catalogue Number
Mountain Video
Shore Leave
"Shore Leave"
N/A 1980 VCF 1/025
EVC
Where No Man Has Gone Before
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
N/A 1981 EVC039
EVC
The Menagerie
"The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
N/A 1981 EVC199
Mountain Video
Trouble with Tribbles
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
N/A May 1982 VCF 1/081
Mountain Video
Amok Time
"Amok Time"
N/A June 1982 VCF 1/080
Mountain Video
Dagger of the Mind
"Dagger of the Mind"
N/A June 1982 VCF 1/082
Videon
Trouble with Tribbles
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
N/A Unknown N2
CIC Video
Arena releases
"Space Seed"
"The Changeling"[3]
PG[4] April 1983 BEL 2057
"Miri"
"The Empath"
PG[4] December 1983 BEL 2075
CIC Video
Star Trek Double Bill!
"Whom Gods Destroy"
"Plato's Stepchildren"
PG[4] October 1984 BER 2084

Australian releasesEdit

At least one rental tape was released in Australia in 1987 by CIC-Taft Home Video.

Episodes Cover Classification Release Date Catalogue Number
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
PG 1987 BEE 60040

FootnotesEdit

  1. "Special Home Video Version" - Due to copyright issues the original recording of the music "Goodnight, Sweetheart" was replaced.
  2. This release is slightly edited to present the episode in one part, rather than two parts. The credits at the end of the episode and the closing credits are removed from Part I and the opening teaser recounting the events from Part I and the regular opening sequence are removed, instead doing a quick fade-out and cut into the first act of Part II.
  3. 3.0 3.1 This release also included a trailer for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Originally released without a certificate, predating the Video Recordings Act 1984.

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