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Star Trek: The Original Series has been released on VHS in multiple countries since the technology was developed.

US releases Edit

Unofficial releases of episodes in the United States began in the late 1970s, with photo developer/video rental outlet Fotomat among those who issued episodes on VHS and Betamax. In 1980, Paramount Home Entertainment (then known as Paramount Home Video) released ten selected episodes on VHS in the United States, in five volumes of two episodes each: "The Menagerie, Part I"/"The Menagerie, Part II", "Amok Time"/"Journey to Babel", "Mirror, Mirror"/"The Tholian Web", "The Trouble with Tribbles"/"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield", and "Balance of Terror"/"The City on the Edge of Forever". A special one-off release of "Space Seed" (Paramount Gateway Video VHS 60040) occurred in 1982 to tie in with the premiere of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The complete series was finally released over the course of the late 1980s, including both versions of "The Cage", first with Gene Roddenberry's workprint version, along with an introduction by Roddenberry produced especially for the VHS release in 1986, and the full-color version of the episode in 1989. The workprint version, complete with Roddenberry intro is available on Volume 40 of the original DVD releases and the TOS Season 3 DVD set. The color version was also released in 1995 on a tape by Paramount with "Where No Man Has Gone Before", as part of a four-tape boxed set featuring the pilots for the first four series.

Paramount reissued the VHS tapes in 1993 with new packaging and collectible Skybox trading cards for each episode.

CBS Video Library/Columbia House also issued tapes of the series in 1986, featuring two episodes per tape. For most of the run of the library releases, the introductory volume was "The Menagerie, Part I" and "The Menagerie, Part II".

Paramount fully phased out releases of the series on VHS by the end of the 1990s-early 2000s.

UK releasesEdit

Specific episodes of The Original Series were first released by CIC-Arena Video in the early 1980s. The series in its entirety was released twice in the UK by CIC Video - a two-episode-per-tape release from 1988-1991, and a three-episode-per-tape release from 1996-1998. The original releases were deleted on 29 March 1996.

Release dates for the original 21 releases are not known. Dates in italics are approximations based on release frequency, where no exact date is available. UK products are normally released on a Monday.

Original releaseEdit

The original CIC Video release was continuous, and did not separate out seasons. Consequently, the volume containing the final episode of a season will also have the first episode of the next season.

Season 1Season 2Season 3
Vol. Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date Catalogue Number
1 TOS vol 1 UK VHS cover
"The Cage"[1]
U unknown VHR 2207
Season 1
2 TOS vol 2 UK VHS cover
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
U unknown VHR 2210
3 TOS vol 3 UK VHS cover
"Mudd's Women"
"The Enemy Within"
U/PG[2] unknown VHR 2244
4 TOS vol 4 UK VHS cover
"The Man Trap"
"The Naked Time"
PG/U[2] unknown VHR 2247
5 TOS vol 5 UK VHS cover
"Charlie X"
"Balance of Terror"
U unknown VHR 2250
6 TOS vol 6 UK VHS cover
"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
"Dagger of the Mind"
U/PG[2] unknown VHR 2253
7 TOS vol 7 UK VHS cover
"Miri"
"The Conscience of the King"
PG unknown VHR 2256
8 TOS vol 8 UK VHS cover
"The Galileo Seven"
"Court Martial"
PG unknown VHR 2258
9 TOS vol 9 UK VHS cover
"The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
PG unknown VHR 2274
10 TOS vol 10 UK VHS cover
"Shore Leave"
"The Squire of Gothos"
PG unknown VHR 2275
11 TOS vol 11 UK VHS cover
"Arena"
"The Alternative Factor"
PG unknown VHR 2295
12 TOS vol 12 UK VHS cover
"Tomorrow is Yesterday"
"The Return of the Archons"
PG unknown VHR 2305
13 TOS vol 13 UK VHS cover
"A Taste of Armageddon"
"Space Seed"
PG unknown VHR 2306
14 TOS vol 14 UK VHS cover
"This Side of Paradise"
"The Devil in the Dark"
PG unknown VHR 2307
15 TOS vol 15 UK VHS cover
"Errand of Mercy"
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
U unknown VHR 2311
Season 2
16 TOS vol 16 UK VHS cover
"Operation -- Annihilate!"
"Catspaw"
U unknown VHR 2328
17 TOS vol 17 UK VHS cover
"Metamorphosis"
"Friday's Child"
PG unknown VHR 2329
18 TOS vol 18 UK VHS cover
"Who Mourns for Adonais?"
"Amok Time"
PG unknown VHR 2343
19 TOS vol 19 UK VHS cover
"The Doomsday Machine"
"Wolf in the Fold"
PG unknown VHR 2352
20 TOS vol 20 UK VHS cover
"The Changeling"
"The Apple"
U unknown VHR 2353
21 TOS vol 21 UK VHS cover
"Mirror, Mirror"
"The Deadly Years"
U unknown VHR 2356
22 TOS vol 22 UK VHS cover
"I, Mudd"
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
U 2 April 1990 VHR 2357
23 TOS vol 23 UK VHS cover
"Bread and Circuses"
"Journey to Babel"
PG 2 April 1990 VHR 2358
24 TOS vol 24 UK VHS cover
"A Private Little War"
"The Gamesters of Triskelion"
PG 2 April 1990 VHR 2359
25 TOS vol 25 UK VHS cover
"Obsession"
"The Immunity Syndrome"
U 7 May 1990 VHR 2360
26 TOS vol 26 UK VHS cover
"A Piece of the Action"
"By Any Other Name"
U 4 June 1990 VHR 2361
27 TOS vol 27 UK VHS cover
"Return to Tomorrow"
"Patterns of Force"
U 2 July 1990 VHR 2379
28 TOS vol 28 UK VHS cover
"The Ultimate Computer"
"The Omega Glory"
U 6 August 1990 VHR 2380
Season 3
29 TOS vol 29 UK VHS cover
"Assignment: Earth"
"Spectre of the Gun"
U 3 September 1990 VHR 2381
30 TOS vol 30 UK VHS cover
"Elaan of Troyius"
"The Paradise Syndrome"
PG 3 September 1990 VHR 2382
31 TOS vol 31 UK VHS cover
"The Enterprise Incident"
"And the Children Shall Lead"
PG 3 September 1990 VHR 2383
32 TOS vol 32 UK VHS cover
"Spock's Brain"
"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
PG 1 October 1990 VHR 2384
33 TOS vol 33 UK VHS cover
"The Empath"
"The Tholian Web"
PG 1 October 1990 VHR 2385
34 TOS vol 34 UK VHS cover
"For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
"Day of the Dove"
PG 7 January 1991 VHR 2430
35 TOS vol 35 UK VHS cover
"Plato's Stepchildren"
"Wink of an Eye"
PG 7 January 1991 VHR 2431
36 TOS vol 36 UK VHS cover
"That Which Survives"
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
U 7 January 1991 VHR 2432
37 TOS vol 37 UK VHS cover
"Whom Gods Destroy"
"The Mark of Gideon"
PG 4 February 1991 VHR 2433
38 TOS vol 38 UK VHS cover
"The Lights of Zetar"
"The Cloud Minders"
PG 4 February 1991 VHR 2434
39 TOS vol 39 UK VHS cover
"The Way to Eden"
"Requiem for Methuselah"
PG 18 March 1991 VHR 2435
40[3] TOS vol 40 UK VHS cover
"The Savage Curtain"
"All Our Yesterdays"
"Turnabout Intruder"
PG 18 March 1991 VHR 2436

Re-releaseEdit

Each episode in the series features an introduction by either James Doohan or George Takei or Walter Koenig. This edition made use of new transfers of color corrected and cleaned-up footage, at the time called "digitally mastering", originally done four years earlier for the Japanese LaserDisc editions Star Trek: Log 1 - Log 3. Released at the beginning of the DVD age this edition only saw a limited production run, in anticipation of the first DVD release of the Original Series.

Season 1Season 2Season 3
Vol. Cover Episodes Certificate Release Date Catalogue Number
Season 1
1.1 TOS 1.1 UK VHS cover
"The Cage"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
U 24 June 1996 VHR 4301
1.2 TOS 1.2 UK VHS cover
"Mudd's Women"
"The Enemy Within"
"The Man Trap"
PG 8 July 1996 VHR 4302
1.3 TOS 1.3 UK VHS cover
"The Naked Time"
"Charlie X"
"Balance of Terror"
U 8 July 1996 VHR 4303
1.4 TOS 1.4 UK VHS cover
"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
"Dagger of the Mind"
"Miri"
PG 5 August 1996 VHR 4304
1.5 TOS 1.5 UK VHS cover
"The Conscience of the King"
"The Galileo Seven"
"Court Martial"
PG 9 September 1996 VHR 4305
1.6 TOS 1.6 UK VHS cover
"The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
"Shore Leave"
PG 7 October 1997 VHR 4306
1.7 TOS 1.7 UK VHS cover
"The Squire of Gothos"
"Arena"
"The Alternative Factor"
PG 4 November 1996 VHR 4307
1.8 TOS 1.8 UK VHS cover
"Tomorrow is Yesterday"
"The Return of the Archons"
"A Taste of Armageddon"
PG 2 December 1996 VHR 4308
1.9 TOS 1.9 UK VHS cover
"Space Seed"
"This Side of Paradise"
"The Devil in the Dark"
PG 30 December 1996 VHR 4309
1.10 TOS 1.10 UK VHS cover
"Errand of Mercy"
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
"Operation -- Annihilate!"
U 13 January 1997 VHR 4310
Season 2
2.1 TOS 2.1 UK VHS cover
"Catspaw"
"Metamorphosis"
"Friday's Child"
PG 3 February 1997 VHR 4311
2.2 TOS 2.2 UK VHS cover
"Who Mourns for Adonais?"
"Amok Time"
"The Doomsday Machine"
PG 24 February 1997 VHR 4312
2.3 TOS 2.3 UK VHS cover
"Wolf in the Fold"
"The Changeling"
"The Apple"
PG 10 March 1997 VHR 4313
2.4 TOS 2.4 UK VHS cover
"Mirror, Mirror"
"The Deadly Years"
"I, Mudd"
U 7 April 1997 VHR 4314
2.5 TOS 2.5 UK VHS cover
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
"Bread and Circuses"
"Journey to Babel"
PG 5 May 1997 VHR 4315
2.6 TOS 2.6 UK VHS cover
"A Private Little War"
"The Gamesters of Triskelion"
"Obsession"
PG 2 June 1997 VHR 4316
2.7 TOS 2.7 UK VHS cover
"The Immunity Syndrome"
"A Piece of the Action"
"By Any Other Name"
U 23 June 1997 VHR 4317
2.8 TOS 2.8 UK VHS cover
"Return to Tomorrow"
"Patterns of Force"
"The Ultimate Computer"
U 21 July 1997 VHR 4318
2.9[4] TOS 2.9 UK VHS cover
"The Omega Glory"
"Assignment: Earth"
PG 22 August 1997 VHR 4319
Season 3
3.1 TOS 3.1 UK VHS cover
"Spectre of the Gun"
"Elaan of Troyius"
"The Paradise Syndrome"
PG 1 September 1997 VHR 4320
3.2 TOS 3.2 UK VHS cover
"The Enterprise Incident"
"And the Children Shall Lead"
"Spock's Brain"
PG 29 September 1997 VHR 4321
3.3 TOS 3.3 UK VHS cover
"Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
"The Empath"
"The Tholian Web"
PG 6 October 1997 VHR 4322
3.4 TOS 3.4 UK VHS cover
"For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
"Day of the Dove"
"Plato's Stepchildren"
PG 20 October 1997 VHR 4323
3.5 TOS 3.5 UK VHS cover
"Wink of an Eye"
"That Which Survives"
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
U 24 November 1997 VHR 4324
3.6 TOS 3.6 UK VHS cover
"Whom Gods Destroy"
"The Mark of Gideon"
"The Lights of Zetar"
PG 5 January 1998 VHR 4325
3.7 TOS 3.7 UK VHS cover
"The Cloud Minders"
"The Way to Eden"
"Requiem for Methuselah"
PG 2 February 1998 VHR 4326
3.8 TOS 3.8 UK VHS cover
"The Savage Curtain"
"All Our Yesterdays"
"Turnabout Intruder"
PG 2 March 1998 VHR 4327

Box sets and other releasesEdit

Vol./Set Cover Episodes Certificate[5] Release Date Catalogue Number
Mountain Video
Shore Leave
TOS Shore Leave UK Pre Cert Video
"Shore Leave"
N/A 1980 VCF 1/025
EVC
Where No Man Has Gone Before
TOS WNMHGB UK Pre Cert Video
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
N/A 1981 EVC039
EVC
The Menagerie
TOS The Menagerie UK Pre Cert Video
"The Menagerie, Part I"
"The Menagerie, Part II"
N/A 1981 EVC199
Mountain Video
Trouble with Tribbles
TOS Trouble with Tribbles UK Pre Cert Video
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
N/A May 1982 VCF 1/081
Mountain Video
Amok Time
TOS Amok Time UK Pre Cert Video
"Amok Time"
N/A June 1982 VCF 1/080
Mountain Video
Dagger of the Mind
TOS Dagger of the Mind UK Pre Cert Video
"Dagger of the Mind"
N/A June 1982 VCF 1/082
Videon
Trouble with Tribbles
TOS Trouble with Tribbles Videon UK Pre Cert Video
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
N/A Unknown N2
CIC-Arena Video releases CICArena - Space Seed
"Space Seed"
"The Changeling"[6]
PG[7] April 1983 VHL 2057
CICArena - Empath
"Miri"
"The Empath"[8]
PG[9] December 1983 VHL 2075
Star Trek Double Bill! CIC Video - Plato's Stepchildren
"Whom Gods Destroy"[10]
"Plato's Stepchildren"[11]
PG[12] October 1984 VHR 2084
The Cage All Colour Collectors Edition[13] The Cage All Colour Edition UK VHS cover
"The Cage"
U 2 July 1990 VHR 2374
Star Trek - The Three Beginnings Three Beginnings cover
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
PG 31 January 1994 VHR 2827
Star Trek - The Four Beginnings Four Beginnings collection exterior
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
PG 1995  
Star Trek - 30th Anniversary Trial Pack No image yet.
"The Cage"
15[14] 2 January 1996  
Star Trek: The Original Series - Tricorder Pack TOS Tricorder pack
"The City on the Edge of Forever"
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
PG 3 June 1996 VHR 4373
Star Trek - Greatest Battles Greatest Battles exterior
"Balance of Terror"
"The Doomsday Machine"
12 16 November 1998 VHR 4732

FootnotesEdit

  1. Mixed colour/black & white picture.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Curiously, the cover for this volume displays a double certificate, indicating that episodes were rated for releases separately, instead of as a single volume.
  3. A three episode tape to end the series. This was likely more profitable to produce and market than a single episode release.
  4. Two episode tape.
  5. In the case of sets, the certificate is over the set as a whole (unless stated otherwise).
  6. This release also included a trailer for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
  7. Originally released unrated, the volume received a rating after 1985.
  8. This release was the first time this episode could be seen in the UK - the BBC having banned it from its original airing in 1971 (the episode would not be seen until 5 January 1994).
  9. Originally released unrated, the volume received a rating after 1985.
  10. This release was the first time this episode could be seen in the UK - the BBC having banned it from its original airing in 1971 (the episode would not be seen until 19 January 1994).
  11. This release was the first time this episode could be seen in the UK - the BBC having banned it from its original airing in 1971 (the episode would not be seen until 22 December 1993).
  12. Originally unrated, the volume received certification after 1985.
  13. Released after an all-colour print of the episode was uncovered.
  14. This rating (provided by Amazon.co.uk) appears anomalous - all four pilot episodes individually are rated no higher than PG.

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