Undeniably these two franchises are the biggest sci-fi franchises in pop culture history. Both heavily involve space travel and sci-fi concepts, and the fact that the both have the word “Star” in their names invited comparisons right from the beginning. This is truly a debate that’s been around for decades, and with the opening of a new chapter in one of the sagas this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to revisit it.
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First Year of Existence: 1966 (TV)
First Movie: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” 1979
Television Series: 5: The Original Series (1966–1969), The Next Generation (1987–1994), Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), Voyager (1995–2001), Enterprise (2001–2005)
Animated Series: 1: Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1974)
Total Number of Movies: 12: “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989), “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991), “Star Trek: Generations” (1994), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998), “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002), “Star Trek” (2009), “Star Trek: Into Darkness” (2013)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross of Films: $1,495,393,272
Video Games: 76
Star Trek is a franchise that has seen several successful iterations, both on tv and in film. It has spanned nearly fifty years (47), and is still going strong. The torch has passed from show to show and cast to cast, and because of that, it’s still earning itself new generations of fans.
First Year of Existence: 1977
First Movie: “Star Wars” 1977
Television Series: None
Animated Series: 4: Star Wars: Droids (1985-1986), Star Wars: Ewoks (1985-1986), Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005), Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-current)
Total Number of Movies: 7 “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), “Return of the Jedi” (1983), “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999), “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” (2002), “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005), “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Animated, 2008)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross of Films: $4,382,359,868
Video Games: Over 100
The “Star Wars” franchise is viewed (at this point) as two distinct trilogies. The original trilogy, which is a widely beloved, pop culture cornerstone, and the “prequels”, which, although financially successful, are widely reviled by most fans. With the sale of Lucasarts to Disney, however, fans literally have “A New Hope”.
So there you have it folks! Some of the measurables in these two enormous franchises!
Which will you pick? Will it be a galaxy far, far away, or will you boldly go where no man has gone before? The choice is yours!
Let’s hear it!