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A television studio on Viden during the production of Welcome to the Family.

Television (abbreviated TV) was one of the most popular entertainment mediums on Earth in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

A television was one of many attractions at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The new invention was described as a radio with pictures. Years later, Herbert Rossoff would insult the work of Julius Eaton and Kay Eaton, suggesting it was so bad as to make one want to buy a television. (DS9 novelization: Far Beyond the Stars)

Roberta Lincoln had great familiarity with contemporary television programming, frequently making references to such. (TOS novels: Assignment: Eternity, The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1, The Eugenics Wars: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2)

By 2020, no space shows were even shown on television, a fact Shaun Christopher cited to show how public interest in space exploration had faded. (TOS novel: The Rings of Time)

By 2040, television become outdated and finally obsolete. (TNG episode: "The Neutral Zone") Following television's demise, the popularity of stage plays saw a resurgence. (TNG novel: Debtors' Planet)

Post-21st century[]

Despite the obsolescence of the medium, several programs remained familiar in popular culture for years to follow:

Trip Tucker likened a story told by crewmate T'Pol to a tale from The Twilight Zone. (ENT episode: "Carbon Creek") The series' introduction of the horizon with starfield was an image that Spock saw in the mind of Roberta Lincoln just before severing a meld. (TOS novel: Assignment: Eternity) Vic Fontaine was a fan of The Twilight Zone, during its 1959-1964 run. Odo said Rod Serling (Rodserl) sounded like a Romulan name. (DS9 novels: The Fall of Terok Nor, The War of the Prophets, Inferno)

Christopher Pike owned an antique TV set in his quarters aboard the USS Enterprise in 2254. (TOS episode: "The Cage")

In 2275, episodes of old television and film series were presented in the USS Enterprise recreation room. (TOS novel: My Enemy, My Ally)

In 2375, Nog watched several films and television series while living in Vic Fontaine's casino. These included Shane, The Searchers and The Untouchables. (DS9 episode: "It's Only a Paper Moon")

Tom Paris was an avid fan of television, and B'Elanna Torres gave him a mid 20th century television with remote control so that he could watch old programs. (VOY episodes: "Memorial", "Workforce")

Television Programs of Note[]

See also: Star Trek within Star Trek