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Wagon Train to the Stars

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All of the characters are on a ship that travels through space, a "space" ship, if you like. Exotic locations like Adventure Towns or the Planet of Hats are just a "hyperjump" away.
The term comes verbatim from Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star Trek: The Original Series to NBC in the middle of the 1960s, and references the early Western show Wagon Train, which was about a wagon train making its way west. The original is now less well known than the "...to the stars" phrase, making it an example of the "Weird Al" Effect.
Note that these shows need not necessarily take place in outer space. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, for example, was essentially a Wagon Train to the Stars show, underwater. (so, recycled in the ocean?)
The ship is often enough, as in Wagon Train, a colonization/settlement effort that never quite gets to its destination, at least until the finale. In this case, the ship is likely to be a massive, self-sustained, multigenerational community - essentially a mobile city in space, which allows making use of tropes typical to both The Quest and The Siege basic plots as the heroes both have a goal in mind and are concerned with protecting their way of life until it can be reached.
If the ship has no fixed destination (Doctor Who, Firefly) then this overlaps with Walking the Earth, sharing most of the same tropes. In either case, it may feature the Bold Explorer.
Compare Space Western, Space Opera.
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Galaxy Express 999. Bonus point for having the main characters travel in an ACTUAL space train.
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Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go, in later seasons.
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For the record, Deep Space Nine was compared to another Western, The Rifleman.
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Uchuu Senkan Yamato, especially the "Quest For Iscandar"
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 has a spaceship ("or should I say faceship?!")
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Stargate Universe, however, fits this perfectly.
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Super Mario Galaxy (though without the spaceship).
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has a spaceship ("or should I say faceship?!")
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Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. There is a colony ship which is traveling to another planet. Evil aliens keep attacking and damaging it, and some of the damage can't be repaired, so while they started off with 10 engines, by the end they have only one, then zero. But, they did eventually get to their destination, which was covinently the home planet of the alien team member none of them had any way of knowing it was beforehand.
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The second season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
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Kingdom Hearts makes this a prominent (and very convenient) aspect of gameplay.
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While the Galaxy in Mass Effect has a very effective and fast hyperspace highway network and the player never quite goes out of their way to explore new frontiers, the Normandy, her crew and the assorted adventures they have over the course of an overarching plot remain the heart and soul of the series' appeal.
The Quarian race have been living the life of space nomads for the past 300 years. While most of the spacefaring species are organized in the Citadel Council, the quarians lost their homewold in a Robot War and have been living on spaceships ever since. They travel the stars as scavengers who salvage wrecked ships, until one day they find a way to take back their ancestral home with the protagonist's help.
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Animorphs: The journey that Marco, Santorelli, Menderash, Jeanette, Tobias and Jake take aboard the Rachel to find the Blade ship was this, at least according to Marco. We never get the details of their adventures, though.
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Stargate SG-1 has often been this, especially in its first seasons. Technically, it doesn't take place on a spaceship, but there's not much practical difference between a base that stays inside a mountain and has a gate to a new world each week, and a ship that actually travels to a new world each week.
Stargate Universe, however, fits this perfectly.
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Star Trek and spinoffs (except Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which was set on a space station) is both the Trope Maker and the Trope Codifier. The trope is the phrase Gene Roddenberry used to pitch the show to network executives.
It's also the name of a Star Trek book.
The book in question is LITERALLY that, details in the Lit section.
For the record, Deep Space Nine was compared to another Western, The Rifleman.
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Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito is a literal Wagon Train Through The Books.
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