Aired/Released

1966-1969

Directed by

Many

TV Show/Film

Star Trek / TOS

Organization

Federation Starfleet

Played By

Nichelle Nichols

Five-Year Mission Destination:
Explore uncharted deep space for a five year period

“Nyota Uhura was a Human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. She served as a communications officer aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Enterprise-A under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Uhura was of African descent. She was fluent in Swahili and had an aptitude for mathematics.” – Star Trek Wiki

Famously, Nyota Uhura and James Kirk shared the first on-screen interracial kiss on American television. “The scene was seen as groundbreaking, even though the kiss was portrayed as having been forced by alien mind control. According to Nichelle Nichols’s 1994 autobiography Beyond Uhura, the scene was, at the behest of NBC executives worried that Southern affiliates might refuse to air the episode, filmed with and without the kiss, but Nichols and Shatner consciously sabotaged the non-kiss takes so that there would be no choice but to leave the kiss in the final version.” – Star Trek Wiki