Star Trek: Voyager premiered on Jan. 16, 1995, and ran for seven seasons on the newly minted UPN, right up until the series finale, “Endgame,” aired on May 23, 2001. The fourth live-action Star Trek TV series — preceded by Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine — Voyager was the first to feature a female captain in Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) as part of the main cast.
Created by Trek veterans Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor, Voyager followed the crew of the USS Voyager (NCC-74656) as they became stranded in the Delta Quadrant, stuck 70,000 light-years away from Earth on the far side of the Milky Way Galaxy — an entirely uncharted area of space for the Federation. The crew must unite with members of a Maquis ship when Starfleet members are killed in the pilot episode, so they can work together in order to make their way back home, a journey estimated to take 75 years. Literally boldly going (although they had no choice in the matter) where no one has gone before.
Like most Star Trek series, it took a while for Voyager to find its footing, but the beauty of the show was that it boasted a great cast with amazing chemistry and introduced several new alien species, such as the Kazon, the Vidiians, the Talaxians, the Ocampa, the Krenim, the Hirogen, the Malon, and more. It also firmly established the Delta Quadrant as the home of the Borg and introduced the very popular Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in the Season 4 premiere episode, "Scorpion: Part II."
In the video below, we a look back at Voyager for an in-depth retrospective at the Star Trek series, revealing some intriguing tidbits and facts about the show that some of you may never have heard of before. Like this fun fact: Six out of the 10 most watched/rewatched Star Trek shows on Netflix are Voyager episodes.
So sit back, relax, and beam aboard our retrospective of Star Trek: Voyager. Then, if that's just not enough Star Trek goodness for you, go check out our oral history of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, too.
Additional reporting by Nathalie Caron.