Sunday, April 28th 2013. I feel like saying:
Thank you Gene Roddenberry!

Here is my summary of the plot of almost every "science-fiction" show, movie, and TV-series:
One group of "good" beings is at war with another group of "bad" beings, and there is lots of chasing, shooting, killing, and general ass being kicked.

In other words, we have two gangs involved in gang warfare. Bloods and Crips. Cops and Niggers. A bunch of immature juvenile delinquent punks that don't know how to communicate with anything short of fists and bullets.

And generally, the "good" group is headed by a white-ish caucasian-ish humanoid, and the "bad" guys are aliens with darker skin, monstrous-looking features and disgusting habits.
The major exception to the rule is Star Trek. (The various TV series, NOT the movies)! Star Trek was about Exploration, Comradarie, Team, Social Values. It was philosophical. It was thought-provoking. They were not a "gang of warriors" but a "team of explorers".

And all of that was because of the vision of one man: Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry created the original series (with William Shatner as Capt. Kirk), and 20 years later was still in charge of the second series (with Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard) until his death in its 5th season.

I have just completed a year-long project of watching every episode of every Star Trek in sequential order!  There was:
TOS: The Original Series (3 seasons, 1966-68, with William Shattner as Capt. James T. Kirk)
TNG: The Next Generation (7 seasons, 1987-1994 with Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard)
DS9: Deep Space Nine (7 seasons, 1993-99, with Avery Brooks as Capt. Benjamin Sisko)
VOY: Voyager (7 seasons, 1995-2001, with Kate Mulgrew as Capt. Kathryn Janeway)
ENT: Enterprise (4 seasons, 2001-2005, with Scott Bakula as Capt. Jonathan Archer).
Following is a comment from a Wikepedia article which well communicates one of the many reasons I love Gene Roddenberry. Underlined italics are mine. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation
While staff enjoyed the creative freedom gained by independence from a broadcast network's Standards and Practices department, the first season [of The Next Generation] was marked by a "revolving door" of writers, with Gerrold, Fontana, and others quitting after disputes with Roddenberry. Roddenberry "virtually rewrote" the first 15 episodes because of his "dogmatic" intention to depict human interaction "without drawing on the baser motives of greed, lust and power". Writers found the show's 'bible' constricting. It stated for example that "regular characters all share a feeling of being part of a band of brothers and sisters."
Thank you Gene, for that "dogmatic" adherence to your vision. Also from the same article:
The premiere [of TNG, in 1987] became the first television episode to be nominated for a Hugo Award since 1972. Six of the season's episodes were each nominated for an Emmy Award. "11001001" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, "The Big Goodbye" won for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series, and "Conspiracy" won for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series. "The Big Goodbye" also won a Peabody Award, the first syndicated program... to do so.
Thank you Gene, you did good!