Similarly, is there anyone in the United States who would not be able to recognize the classic Starfleet uniform, the USS Enterprise, or maybe even Mr. Spock?
I don't think so.
Fifty years ago, on September 8, 1966, a small television show produced by a small TV studio named Desilu made a huge debut on NBC-TV. Although Star Trek had gone through two different, equally entertaining pilot episodes, the show chosen to air first was "The Man Trap," which was actually the fifth episode filmed. It didn't cause much stir.
Pop in an Original Series into the DVD player, or catch an episode on Me-TV and yeah, the costumes were cheesy and the acting was sometimes over. the. top. But generally speaking, Star Trek presented a future where we had not blown each other up, and where we could now all get along as we headed out into the stars.
That was a great message to have in 1966, and resonates to this day.
*According to the AC Nielsen ratings, the top ten TV series of the 1966-1967 season were, in order: Bonanza, Red Skelton, Andy Griffith, The Lucy Show, Jackie Gleason, Green Acres, Daktari, Bewitched, Beverly Hillbillies, and Gomer Pyle.