Why 'Star Trek' Fans Should Thank Lucille Ball of 'I Love Lucy'

By Jacob Shelton
Left: William Shatner and DeForest Kelley on Star Trek. Right: A cleverly edited image depicting Lucille Ball in a Star Trek uniform (though it's actually Ball's head on Grace Lee Whitney's body). Sources: (IMDB; Pinterest)

Star Trek couldn't have happened without Lucille Ball of I Love Lucy. Though the two shows seem like opposites, they're connected by Desilu Productions, a studio founded by Ball, who believed in the voyages of the starship Enterprise even if the networks didn't.

The next time you’re thinking about how you want to cosplay for Comic Con, instead of going as Captain Kirk or some green-blooded Vulcan, why not dress up as the true savior of Star Trek -- Lucille Ball? That’s right, the five-year mission of the crew aboard the starship Enterprise and its subsequent films, spin-off television shows, games, and whatever else you can think of wouldn’t have existed without the success of I Love Lucy. Ball stood behind this offbeat, thinking person’s science fiction drama even after the production costs spiraled out of control and the initial pilot fell out of orbit at NBC.