Star Trek movies in order: Chronological and release

Untangle the different timelines and get the popcorn: Here are the Star Trek movies in order — both chronological and release.

Commander Spock from Star Trek (2009)

  • Chronological order
  • Prime Timeline

The Original Series movies

The next generation movies.

  • Kelvin Timeline
  • Release order

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So long as movies stick numbers on the ends of their titles, it’s easy to watch them in order. Once they start branching out, however, things can get a little muddled, especially when reboots come along and start the whole process over from scratch. 

You may have heard that the even-numbered ones are good and the odd-numbered ones are not. That’s spot on for the films starring the cast of The Original Series (aka Kirk and friends) falls apart once you reach the tenth entry in the series. It would probably be worth your while to have this list of the Star Trek movies, ranked worst to best around to steer clear of the clunkers. Look, we’re not going to pretend everything here is worth two hours of your day, we’re just letting you know which came out after which.

Should your Trek appetite remain unsatiated after your movie watchathon, feel free to pull from either our list of the best Star Trek: The Original series episode s or best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes . Either one will set you up for a weekend jam-packed with great Trek moments. Consult our Star Trek streaming guide for all the details on where to watch the movies and shows online 

Star Trek movies: Chronological order

Below is the quick version of our list if you just need to check something to win an argument, but it comes with a lot of in-universe time travel-related caveats that we'll explain below.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek: Prime Timeline

The first thing you need to know about the Star Trek films is that while they travel back and forth in time, they also diverge into two (for now) different timelines. The films of the original crew (well, the first iteration of them, anyway – more on that later) are all in what is known as the Prime Timeline. 

Within the Prime Timeline, the movies are then split between The Original Series movies and The Next Generation movies.

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

  • Release date: December 8, 1979
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

This is the film that brought the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise to the big screen. An energy cloud is making its way toward Earth, destroying everything in its path. Kirk and crew intercept it and discover an ancient NASA probe at the heart of the cloud. Voyager – known as V’ger now – encountered a planet of living machines, learned all it could, and returned home to report its findings, only to find no one who knew how to answer. It’s a slow-paced film, and the costumes are about as 70s as they come, but there’s classic Star Trek at the heart of this film.

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

  • Release date: June 4, 1982
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban

Ask a Star Trek fan what the best Star Trek movie is and more often than not, you’ll get Khan as your answer. A sequel to the events of the “Space Seed” episode of The Original Series, Khan is a retelling of Moby Dick with Khan throwing reason to the wind as he hunts his nemesis, James T. Kirk. Montalban delivers a pitch-perfect performance, giving us a Khan with charisma and obsession in equal parts.

3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

  • Release date: June 1, 1984

Spock might have died in The Wrath of Khan, but this third entry set up the premise for his return, with the creation of the Genesis planet. Essentially a heist movie in reverse, Search for Spock has the crew defying orders from Starfleet in an attempt to reunite Spock’s consciousness with his newly-rejuvenated body. It’s not a great movie, but it does include two very important events: the rebirth of Spock and the death of Kirk’s son at the hands of the Klingons. That’ll be important a few flicks from now.   

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

  • Release date: November 26, 1986
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Catherine Hicks

If Star Trek fans don’t say Khan is the best Star Trek movie, odds are very high they say Voyage Home is. It’s a funny film where the mission isn’t destruction, but creation – or more accurately, repairing the devastating effects of humankind’s ecological short-sightedness. 

A probe arrives at Earth, knocking out the power of everything in its path as it looks for someone to respond to its message (yeah, it happens a lot). This time, however, the intended recipient is the long-extinct blue whale. To save Earth, Kirk and co. go back in time to 1980s San Francisco to snag some blue whales. The eco-messaging isn’t exactly subtle, but it doesn’t get in the way of a highly enjoyable movie.

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

  • Release date: June 9, 1989

A writers’ strike and Shatner’s directorial skills (or lack thereof) doomed this film before a single scene was shot. The core plot is actually pretty good: Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise so that he can meet God, which he believes to be… himself. Some Star Trek fans have an odd fondness for this movie, as it showcases the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy when they’re off-duty.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

  • Release date: December 6, 1991
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer

Right, so if that Star Trek fan you’ve been talking to doesn’t choose either Khan or Voyage Home as the best Star Trek movie ever, they almost certainly name Undiscovered Country (and if they don’t, they have highly questionable taste, frankly). The Klingon moon of Praxis explodes, putting the entire Klingon race at risk. The Enterprise hosts a diplomatic entourage of Klingons, much to Kirk’s discomfort. 

Remember how Klingons murdered Kirk’s son? Well, he certainly hasn’t forgotten. Kirk’s lingering rage makes him the perfect patsy for the murder of the Klingon Chancellor, sending him and McCoy to a prison planet and setting the stage for war. Christopher Plummer is perfection as a Shakespeare-quoting Klingon general with no taste for peace.

7. Star Trek: Generations

  • Release date: November 18, 1994
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

And thus the torch is passed from the crew of The Original Series to that of The Next Generation. It’s a bit of a fumble, to be honest, but they all did their best to get Kirk and Picard into the same film and have it make sense. Malcolm McDowell plays Soran, a scientist who will stop at nothing to control the Nexus, a giant space rainbow that exists outside of space-time. 

Soran lost his family when his home world was destroyed and he wants to re-join them (or at least an illusion of them) in the Nexus. He’s not so much a villain as a tragic figure, but the Nexus makes a meeting between Kirk and Picard possible. Not all that sensible, but possible.

8. Star Trek: First Contact

  • Release date: November 22, 1996
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige

Okay, no, for real, if your Star Trek pal didn’t pick Khan or Voyage Home or… oh, nevermind. Cueing off the iconic two-part episode “Best of Both Worlds,” in which Picard is assimilated by the Borg, First Contact sees the collective traveling back in time in order to disrupt First Contact, the day Earth’s first foray into space attracted the attention of the Vulcans, kicking off the events that would eventually lead to Starfleet’s victory over the Borg. The Borg Queen torments Picard with visions of the past and tempts Data with humanity, going so far as to give him some human skin. 

The fight with the Borg aboard the Enterprise is thrilling, and the work on the surface to get first contact back on track is fun. Plus, there’s just nothing like Patrick Stewart turning it up to 11 as he lashes out at the enemy that haunts his dreams.

9. Star Trek: Insurrection

  • Release date: December 11, 1998
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, F. Murray Abraham

Essentially an episode inflated for the big screen, Insurrection is about the Federation conspiring to displace a planet’s population in order to harvest the planet’s unique resource – super healing metaphasic particles. In addition to the rejuvenating natural resource, the Ba’ku also have access to exceptional technology, which they shun in favor of a more simple lifestyle. 

Data malfunctions, the villains are Federation allies (and former Ba’ku!), Picard gets to knock boots with a local – Insurrection is the very definition of “fine.” Chronologically, Insurrection is relevant for rekindling the romance between Riker and Troi, but not much else.

10. Star Trek: Nemesis

  • Release date: December 13, 2002
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy

Before he mumbled his way into our hearts as Bane, Tom Hardy was Shinzon, a clone of Picard the Romulans created in an eventually abandoned attempt to infiltrate Starfleet. Shinzon is dying, and all that will save him is a transfusion of Picard’s blood. Unfortunately, Shinzon also happens to be a megalomaniac who happens to want to destroy all life on Earth and maybe a few other planets, too, if he’s feeling saucy. 

Nemesis is notable mostly for killing Data with a noble sacrifice, only to resurrect him moments later in a duplicate body found earlier by the Enterprise crew.

Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline

The last of the Prime Timeline movies failed to impress at the box office, so it was a few years before anyone tried to bring the Enterprise back to the big screen. Rather than lean on any of the TV crews, this new slate of movies would serve as a reboot, welcoming new audiences while honoring long-time fans. Welcome to the Kelvin Timeline. (For all the ins and outs, check out our Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline explained article).

11. Star Trek

  • Release date: May 8, 2009
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Back to the beginning! Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” McCoy as they meet and join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Though the plot is a relatively straightforward affair of a Romulan named Nero trying to destroy the Earth. His anger borne out of grief, what matters most is how it all came to be. In the future, Spock – the Prime Timeline version – tries to save Romulus from being destroyed by a supernova, but fails. Both his ship and Nero’s are kicked back in time, setting off a chain of events that diverge from the original, “true” timeline. 

The name “Kelvin” refers to the U.S.S. Kelvin, the ship heroically captained by Kirk’s father, which is destroyed in the opening moments of the movie.

12. Star Trek Into Darkness

  • Release date: May 16, 2013
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch

The benefit of the Kelvin Timeline is that it not only allows Star Trek to explore canon material – such as Khan (he of the Wrath) – but to do something completely new with it. Khan features heavily in Into Darkness, but he has no beef with Kirk. Instead, a Starfleet Admiral is threatening the lives of Khan’s crew, forcing them to craft weapons of mass destruction. 

Khan inevitably eludes captivity and strikes out against Starfleet, killing Captain Pike (and a bunch of others) in the process. Kirk and company eventually take Khan down, but not before Kirk sacrifices himself to save his crew. Don’t worry, these things don’t last in either Star Trek timeline, as Kirk gets better moments later thanks to *checks notes* Khan's super blood.

13. Star Trek Beyond

  • Release date: July 22, 2016
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba

Beyond leans into the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy now that they’ve had some time together, much to the movie’s benefit. The Enterprise is lured to Altamid under false pretenses, leading to much of the crew being marooned on the planet. The architect of the deception was Krall, who wants an opportunity to return to a galaxy where war is the order of the day. 

Beyond is a significant point in the timeline for two reasons. First, it sadly marked the death of Spock Prime due to the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Second, it culminates in the Enterprise embarking on the five-year-mission that started everything back in 1966.

Star Trek movies: Release order

If you can't be bothered remembering two different orders for the Star Trek movies then we've got good news for you — the release order is identical to the chronological order that we've shown above (accounting for the Kelvin timeline as it's own entity anyway).

The full run of Star Trek films currently tops out at 13 entries; the fate of the 14th was hidden within a nebula of conflicting information. “Star Trek 4” was slated for December 22, 2023, but given that filming had yet to begin as of July 2022, it seems inevitable that date will change. Back in February 2022, Paramount that the principal cast would be returning for the fourth installment of the Kelvin timeline, a claim quickly disputed by the agents of those selfsame actors. Awkward.

Soon after, however, Chris Pine eventually signed on the dotted line, and his shipmates reached their own agreements. As of right now, Kirk (Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban, assuming he can make it work around filming of The Boys), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldaña), and Sulu (John Cho) are all ready to beam up and get filming. Sadly, this will be the first of the Kelvin films to not feature Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov. Yelchin died in an accident at his home in 2016. It’s currently unclear if Chekov will be recast or if a different character will take his place on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Though the Kelvin timeline is often referred to as “J.J. Abrams Trek,” he won’t be directing Star Trek 4; Matt Shakman will take on that responsibility, leaving Abrams to produce. As for what it will be about, that’s anyone’s guess, but Chris Pine told Deadline he hopes this one tells a smaller story that appeals to the core Trek audience. “Let’s make the movie for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek,” he said. “Let’s make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great.” It’s a strategy that makes sense; the disappointment with recent Trek films hasn’t been their content so much as their box office. A Trek film with a smaller scope (and budget) would almost certainly have a very healthy profit margin while also resonating with the fanbase.   

With no new announcements coming from San Diego Comic-Con 2022, it seems that we’ll have to wait for any more insight into the next Star Trek film. Sill, recent comments from Paramount CEO Brian Robbins have us cautiously optimistic: “We’re deep into [Star Trek 4] with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively,” he told Variety . 

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How to Watch Star Trek in Order: The Complete Series Timeline

The full star trek timeline, explained..

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Ever since 1966’s premiere of the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the entertainment world has never been the same. This franchise that has boldly gone where no property has gone before has captured the hearts and minds of millions around the world and has grown into a space-faring empire of sorts filled with multiple shows, feature length films, comics, merchandise, and so much more. That being said, the amount of Star Trek out in the world can make it tough to know exactly how to watch everything it offers in either chronological or release order so you don’t miss a thing. To help make things easier for you, we’ve created this guide to break down everything you need to know about engaging with this Star Trek journey.

It used to be a bit trickier to track down all the Star Trek shows and movies you’d need to watch to catch up, but Paramount+ has made it a whole lot easier as it has become the home of nearly all the past, present and future Star Trek entries.

So, without further ado, come with us into the final frontier and learn how you can become all caught up with the adventures of Kirk, Picard, Janeway, Sisko, Spock, Pike, Archer, Burnham, and all the others that have made Star Trek so special over the past 56 years.

And, in case you're worried, everything below is a mostly spoiler-free chronological timeline that will not ruin any of any major plot points of anything further on in the timeline. So, you can use this guide as a handy way to catch up without ruining much of the surprise of what’s to come on your adventure! If you’d prefer to watch everything Star Trek as it was released, you’ll find that list below as well!

How to Watch Star Trek in Chronological Order

  • How to Watch Star Trek by Release Order

1. Star Trek: Enterprise (2151-2155)

Star Trek: Enterprise is the earliest entry on our list as it takes place a hundred years before the adventures of Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew of Star Trek: The Original Series. The show aired from 2001 to 2005 and starred Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer, the captain of the Enterprise NX-01. This version of the Enterprise was actually Earth’s first starship that was able to reach warp five.

While the show had its ups and downs, it included a fascinating look at a crew without some of the advanced tech we see in other Star Trek shows, the first contact with various alien species we know and love from the Star Trek universe, and more.

2. Star Trek: Discovery: Seasons 1 and 2 (2256-2258)

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This is where things get a little bit tricky, as the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery take place before Star Trek: The Original Series but Seasons 3 and 4 take us boldly to a place we’ve not gone before. We won’t spoil why that’s the case here, but it’s important to note if you want to watch Star Trek in order, you’ll have to do a bit of jumping around from series to movie to series.

As for what Star Trek: Discovery is, it's set the decade before the original and stars Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham, a Starfleet Commander who accidentally helps start a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. She gets court-martialed and stripped of her rank following these events and is reassigned to the U.S.S Discovery.

3. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2259-TBD)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds also begins before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series and is set up by Star Trek: Discovery as its captain, Anson Mount’s Christopher Pike, makes an appearance in its second season. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Pike first appeared in the original failed pilot episode “The Cage” of Star Trek: The Original Series and would later become James T. Kirk’s predecessor after the original actor, Jefferey Hunter, backed out of the show.

Fast forward all these years later and now we get to learn more about the story of Christopher Pike and many other familiar faces from The Original Series alongside new characters. It’s made even more special as the ship the crew uses is the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, the very same that would soon call Kirk its captain.

4. Star Trek: The Original Series (2265-2269)

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The fourth Star Trek series or movie you should watch in the order is the one that started it all - Star Trek: The Original Series . Created by Gene Roddenberry, this first Star Trek entry would kick off a chain reaction that would end up creating one of the most beloved IPs of all time. However, it almost never made it to that legendary status as its low ratings led to a cancellation order after just three seasons that aired from 1966 to 1969. Luckily, it found great popularity after that and built the foundation for all the Star Trek stories we have today.

Star Trek: The Original Series starred William Shatner as James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock, but the rest of the crew would go on to become nearly as iconic as they were. As for what the show was about? Well, we think Kirk said it best during each episode’s opening credits;

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise . Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

5. Star Trek: The Animated Series (2269-2270)

While Star Trek: The Original Series may have been canceled after just three seasons, its popularity only grew, especially with the help of syndication. Following this welcome development, Gene Roddenberry decided he wanted to continue the adventures of the crew of the Enterprise NCC-1701 in animated form, and he brought back many of the original characters and the actors behind them for another go.

Star Trek: The Animated Series lasted for two seasons from 1973 to 1974 and told even more stories of the Enterprise and its adventures throughout the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2270s)

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The first Star Trek film was a very big deal as it brought back the crew of Star Trek: The Original Series after the show was canceled in 1969 after just three seasons. However, even it had a rough road to theaters as Roddenberry initially failed to convince Paramount Pictures it was worth it in 1975. Luckily, the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and other factors helped finally convince those in power to make the movie and abandon the plans for a new television series called Star Trek: Phase II, which also would have continued the original story.

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, James T. Kirk was now an Admiral in Starfleet, and certain events involving a mysterious alien cloud of energy called V’Ger cause him to retake control of a refitted version of the U.S.S. Enterprise with many familiar faces in tow.

7. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (2285)

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a sequel to Star Trek: The Motion Picture written, but Paramount turned it down after the reception to that first film was not what the studio had hoped for. In turn, Paramount removed him from the production and brought in Harve Bennett and Jack B. Sowards to write the script and Nicholas Meyer to direct the film.

The studio’s decision proved to be a successful one as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is considered by many, including IGN, to be the best Star Trek film. As for the story, it followed the battle between Admiral James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise vs. Ricardo Montalban’ Khan Noonien Singh. Khan is a genetically engineered superhuman and he and his people were exiled by Kirk on a remote planet in the episode ‘Space Seed’ from the original series. In this second film, after being stranded for 15 years, Khan wants revenge.

8. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (2285)

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock continues the story that began in Wrath of Khan and deals with the aftermath of Spock’s death. While many on the U.S.S. Enterprise thought that was the end for their science officer, Kirk learns that Spock’s spirit/katra is actually living inside the mind of DeForest Kelley’s Dr. McCoy, who has been acting strange ever since the death of his friend. What follows is an adventure that includes a stolen U.S.S. Enterprise, a visit from Spock’s father Sarek, a run-in with Klingons, and so much more.

9. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2286 and 1986)

While it is undoubtedly great that Kirk and his crew saved Spock, it apparently wasn’t great enough to avoid the consequences that follow stealing and then losing the Enterprise. On their way to answer for their charges, the former crew of the Enterprise discover a threat to Earth that, without spoiling anything, causes them to go back in time to save everything they love. The Voyage Home is a big departure from the previous films as, instead of space, we spend most of our time in 1986’s San Francisco.

10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2287)

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier once again brings back our favorite heroes from Star Trek: The Original Series, but it’s often regarded as one of the weakest films starring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, etc. In this adventure, our crew’s shore leave gets interrupted as they are tasked with going up against the Vulcan Sybok, who himself is on the hunt for God in the middle of the galaxy.

11. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2293)

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is the final movie starring the entire cast of Star Trek: The Original Series, and it puts the Klingons front and center. After a mining catastrophe destroys the Klingon moon of Praxis and threatens the Klingon’s homeworld, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon is forced to abandon his species' love of war in an effort to seek peace with the Federation. What follows is an adventure that calls back to the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall and serves as a wonderful send-off to characters we’ve come to know and love since 1966, even though some will thankfully appear in future installments.

12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (2364-2370)

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After you make it through all six of the Star Trek: The Original Series movies, it’s time to start what many consider the best Star Trek series of all time - Star Trek: The Next Generation . The series, which starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, ran from 1987 through 1994 with 178 episodes over seven seasons.

There are so many iconic characters and moments in The Next Generation, including William Riker, Data, Worf, Geordi La Forge, Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher, and many of these beloved faces would return for Star Trek: Picard, which served as a continuation of this story.

While we are once again on the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation, this story takes place a century after the events of Star Trek: The Original Series. However, there may just be a few familiar faces that pop up from time to time.

13. Star Trek Generations (2293)

While Star Trek Generations is the first film featuring the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew, it also features a team-up that many had dreamed of for years and years between Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain James T. Kirk.

Our heroes are facing off against an El-Aurian named Dr. Tolian Soran, who will do whatever is necessary to return to an extra-dimensional realm known as the Nexus. Without spoiling anything, these events lead to a meeting with these two legendary captains and a heartfelt-at-times send-off to The Original Series, even though not every character returned that we wished could have.

14. Star Trek: First Contact (2373)

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Star Trek: First Contact was not only the second film featuring the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it also served as the motion picture directorial debut for William Riker actor Jonathan Frakes. In this film, the terrifying Borg take center stage and force our heroes to travel back in time to stop them from conquering Earth and assimilating the entire human race.

This movie picks up on the continuing trauma caused by Jean-Luc Picard getting assimilated in the series and becoming Locutus of Borg, and we are also treated to the first warp flight in Star Trek’s history, a shout-out to Deep Space Nine, and more.

15. Star Trek: Insurrection (2375)

Star Trek: Insurrection, which unfortunately ranked last on our list of the best Star Trek movies, is the third film starring the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew and followed a story involving an alien race that lives on a planet with more-or-less makes them invincible due to its rejuvenating properties. This alien race, known as the Ba’Ku, are being threatened by not only another alien race called the Son’a, but also the Federation. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew disobey Federation orders in hopes to save the peaceful Ba’Ku, and while it sounds like an interesting premise, many said it felt too much like an extended episode of the series instead of a big blockbuster film.

16. Star Trek: Nemesis (2379)

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The final Star Trek: The Next Generation movie is Star Trek: Nemesis , and it also isn’t looked at as one of the best. There are bright parts in the film, including Tom Hardy’s Shinzon who is first thought to be a Romulan praetor before it’s revealed he is a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, but it also features a lot of retreaded ground. There are some great moments between our favorite TNG characters, but it’s not quite the goodbye many had hoped for. Luckily, this won’t be the last we’ll see of them.

17. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2369-2375)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the fourth Star Trek series and it ran from 1993 to 1999 with 176 episodes over seven seasons. Deep Space Nine was also the first Star Trek series to be created without the direct involvement of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, but instead with Rick Berman and Michael Piller. Furthermore, it was the first series to begin when another Star Trek Series - The Next Generation - was still on the air.

The connections between The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine don’t end there, as there were a ton of callbacks to TNG in Deep Space Nine, and characters like Worf and Miles O’Brien played a big part in the series. Other TNG characters popped up from time to time, including Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and certain Deep Space Nine characters also showed their faces in TNG.

Deep Space Nine was a big departure from the Star Trek series that came before, as it not only took place mostly on a space station - the titular Deep Space Nine - but it was the first to star an African American as its central character in Avery Brooks’ Captain Benjamin Sisko.

Deep Space Nine was located in a very interesting part of the Milky Way Galaxy as it was right next to a wormhole, and the series was also filled with conflict between the Cardassians and Bajorans, the war between the Federation and the Dominion, and much more.

18. Star Trek: Voyager (2371-2378)

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Star Trek: Voyager is the fifth Star Trek series and it ran from 1995 to 2001 with 172 episodes over seven seasons. Star Trek: Voyager begins its journey at Deep Space Nine, and then it follows the tale of Kate Mulgrew’s Captain Kathryn Janeway (the first female leading character in Star Trek history!) and her crew getting lost and stranded in the faraway Delta Quadrant.

The episodes and adventures that follow all see the team fighting for one goal: getting home. Being so far away from the Alpha Quadrant we were so used to letting Star Trek be very creative in its storytelling and give us situations and alien races we’d never encountered before.

That doesn’t mean it was all unfamiliar, however, as the Borg became a huge threat in the later seasons. It’s a good thing too, as that led to the introduction of Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine, a character who would continue on to appear in Star Trek: Picard and become a fan favorite.

19. Star Trek: Lower Decks (2380-TBD)

Star Trek: Lower Decks debuted in 2020 and was the first animated series to make it to air since 1973’s Star Trek: The Animated Series. Alongside having that feather in its cap, it also sets itself apart by choosing to focus more on the lower lever crew instead of the captain and senior staff.

This leads to many fun adventures that may not be as high stakes as the other stories, but are no less entertaining. There have already been three seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the fourth season is set to arrive later this summer.

The series is also worth a watch as it is having a crossover with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds that will mix the worlds of live-action and animation.

20. Star Trek: Prodigy (2383-TBD)

Star Trek: Prodigy was the first fully 3D animated Star Trek series ever and told a story that began five years after the U.S.S. Voyager found its way back home to Earth. In this series, which was aimed for kids, a group of young aliens find an abandoned Starfleet ship called the U.S.S. Protostar and attempt to make it to Starfleet and the Alpha Quadrant from the Delta Quadrant.

Voyager fans will be delighted to know that Kate Mulgrew returns as Kathryn Janeway in this animated series, but not only as herself. She is also an Emergency Training Holographic Advisor that was based on the likeness of the former captain of the U.S.S. Voyager.

The second season of Star Trek: Prodigy was set to arrive later this year, but it was not only canceled in June, but also removed from Paramount+. There is still hope this show may find a second life on another streaming service or network.

21. Star Trek: Picard (2399-2402)

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Star Trek: Picard is the… well… next generation of Star Trek: The Next Generation as it brings back not only Partick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, but also many of his former crew members from the beloved series. The story is set 20 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis and we find Picard retired from Starfleet and living at his family’s vineyard in France.

Without spoiling anything, certain events get one of our favorite captains back to work and take him on an adventure through space and time over three seasons and 30 episodes.

The show had its ups and downs, but the third season, in our opinion, stuck the landing and gave us an “emotional, exciting, and ultimately fun journey for Jean-Luc and his family - both old and new - that gives the character the send-off that he has long deserved.”

22. Star Trek: Discovery: Seasons 3 and 4 (3188-TBD)

While Star Trek: Discovery begins around 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series, the show jumps more than 900 years into the future into the 32nd Century following the events of the second season. The Federation is not in great shape and Captain Michael Burnham and her crew work to bring it back to what it once was.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to end after the upcoming fifth season, which will debut on Paramount+ in 2024.

How to Watch Star Trek by Order of Release

  • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966 - 1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973 - 1974)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1984)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 - 1999)
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995 - 2001)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 - 2005)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017 - Present)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2020 - 2023)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020 - Present)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2021 - TBA)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022 - Present)

For more, check out our look at the hidden meaning behind Star Trek’s great captains, why Star Trek doesn’t get credit as the first shared universe, if this may be the end of Star Trek’s golden age of streaming, and our favorite classic Star Trek episodes and movies.

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How to watch Star Trek in order

Whether you're wanting to check out the Original Series or Discovery, figuring out how to watch Star Trek in order is a breeze with this easy guide!

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Is it just us or is figuring out how to watch Star Trek in order getting more and more complex with each passing year? The prospect of watching Star Trek in order would be daunting for even the most decorated of starship captains with multiple series being brought to life on both the big and small screens. But fear not Trekkies - we've got you covered!

If you've ever tried to watch the Marvel movies in order , you'd be forgiven for thinking that was the most complicated franchise on the planet, but we kid you not - it has nothing on Star Trek. The 55-year-old sci-fi franchise includes nine (soon to be 11) TV shows and 13 movies and it spans 1000 years, making for one super complicated and vast timeline.

So, what is the best way to watch Star Trek in order? Well, that depends. For you purists out there, you might like to opt for viewing this franchise by release date, just like all the original Trekkie fans did back in the day. This will allow you to follow along as they did and get a similar experience. While the timeline does jump around, ( Star Trek: Discovery , for example, is set at the end of the 32nd century but was released before Star Trek: Picard , which is set in the 24th century), it gives you a more complete picture. 

Because the Star Trek franchise involves movies and TV series that take place at different times, another option is to watch everything in chronological order. This means you get to start with something a little bit more modern, but the one problem with this is that references will often be made to films you've not yet seen, which could make certain elements difficult to follow. 

To be honest, just like we recommend in our guide to how to watch the Star Wars movies in order , it really is a matter of personal preference. As long as you have one of the best TVs , you'll find you enjoy this franchise no matter what order you decide to watch it in.

So, without further ado, here's how to watch Star Trek in order - based on release date and in-universe continuity...

Star Trek TV shows and movies in chronological order

This is probably the list you're looking for if you're trying to figure out how to watch Star Trek in order. It's where things get really interesting, as Star Trek movies and TV shows have a habit of jumping around the franchise's chronology with sequels, prequels and bits in between. There are even two distinct timelines – but don't worry, we'll explain all that.

The original ‘Prime’ timeline was started by the Original Series, the Next Generation-era TV shows, and the first ten movies, The alternative ‘Kelvin’ timeline, meanwhile, was created in JJ Abrams’ first Star Trek (2009) to allow the familiar Enterprise crew of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov to have new adventures without contradicting canon . To avoid confusion, we've defined the two timelines as separate entities below.

This list doesn't, however, include all of the brief Short Treks – short stories which are mostly set around the Star Trek: Discovery era – and adventures where Starfleet crews time-travelled to the eras before any of the shows/movies are set (eg visits to 1986 in The Voyage Home and 2063 in First Contact). We've also left out upcoming Discovery spin-off Star Trek: Section 31 , since it's not yet in production. (Also, we're not entirely sure exactly when it'll be set.)

Let's start with everything in one big list. 

  • Star Trek: Enterprise (seasons 1-4)
  • ‘The Cage’
  • Star Trek: Discovery (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Star Trek: The Original Series  (seasons 1-3)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series 
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture 
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan 
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock 
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home 
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier 
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country 
  • Star Trek: Generations (opening sequence)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (seasons 1-5)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (seasons 6-7), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 3-4), Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 1-2)
  • Star Trek: First Contact 
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (seasons 5-6), Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 3-4)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection 
  • S tar Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 7), Star Trek: Voyager (season 5)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (seasons 6-7)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis 
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • Star Trek (2009) – Prime timeline sequences
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Star Trek: Discovery (season 3-)
  • Short Treks: 'Calypso'

If you watch in the order given above, you'll get a continuous ‘history’ of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 32nd centuries according to the Star Trek timeline. That said, you will notice some odd discrepancies – thanks to the time in which respective shows were made, the technology in prequel show Star Trek: Discovery is significantly more advanced than what Kirk and Spock used in the Original Series.

Below, we'll explain how the different eras of the shows and movies break down for context. 

Note that Gene Roddenberry's original pre-Kirk Star Trek pilot, 'The Cage', is counted as an instalment of the Original Series. You'll usually find it listed as a bonus episode as part of season one when you're watching it on streaming services.

Star Trek: Enterprise era (22nd century) Begins and ends with: Star Trek Enterprise seasons 1-4

About a century before James T Kirk and his crew embark on their famous five-year mission in Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Jonathan Archer leads Earth's first steps into the wider universe.

Star Trek: The Original Series era (23rd century) Begins with: 'The Cage' Ends with: Star Trek: Generations (opening sequence)

For many this is the most familiar era of Star Trek, since it involves Kirk, Spock and the classic Enterprise crew.  

This section of the Trek timeline kicks off with the original unaired Star Trek pilot, 'The Cage' . Next up in franchise chronology are the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery , which work as a prequel to the Original Series (they even feature a younger version of Spock), but it's all change in season 3 – the events of the season 2 finale send the crew into the distant future of the 32nd century. More on that later...

Upcoming spin-off Strange New Worlds will follow the adventures of Captain Pike, Number One and Spock on the Enterprise after the USS Discovery travelled to the future. And at some point after that, Captain James T Kirk will take command of Starfleet's most famous ship – a role he filled throughout The Original Series , The Animated Series and the first six Star Trek movies ( Star Trek: The Motion Picture , The Wrath of Khan , The Search for Spock , The Voyage Home , The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country ).

The latest point we've seen (so far) in the 23rd century era is James T Kirk being taken away by the Nexus ribbon in the prologue of Star Trek: Generations . This is the event that allows Kirk to meet Picard when the Next Generation crew take on the mantle of headlining the big screen franchise.

Star Trek: The Next Generation era (24th century) Begins with: Star Trek: The Next Generation Ends with: Star Trek (2009) – Prime timeline sequences

The richest, most complicated period in Star Trek chronology. During The Next Generation era, Star Trek was experimenting with the idea of a shared universe years before Marvel got in on the act, with three TV shows (TNG, Deep Space Nine and Voyager ) and four movies ( Generations , First Contact , Insurrection and Nemesis ) interweaving through the same timeline – Voyager's Captain Kathryn Janeway even shows up in Star Trek: Nemesis as a newly promoted admiral.

New animated comedy spin-off Lower Decks is set a year after Picard and the Next Generation crew's final mission in Star Trek: Nemesis, while Nickelodeon kids' cartoon Star Trek: Prodigy will see Kate Mulgrew reprising her role as Voyager's captain, Kathryn Janeway. That suggests it will presumably be set at a similar point in the Star Trek timeline.

In JJ Abrams' first Star Trek movie (2009), the destruction of Romulus and Spock Prime's accidental trip back to the pre-Original Series era (in the Kelvin timeline) also take place after the events of Nemesis.

In the list above, we've shown how the movies (roughly) fit into the chronology of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. 

Picard era (turn of the 25th century) Begins with: Picard Ends with: ???

Aside from glimpses of the destruction of Romulus in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Picard gives us our first post-Star Trek: Nemesis look at what the United Federation of Planets has become. 

Since we last saw Jean-Luc Picard, he's retired to his vineyard in France, an android uprising on Mars has led to a ban on all synthetic life, and a disabled Borg Cube (known simply as the 'Artifact') is being mined for technology.

Distant future (32nd century) Begins with : Star Trek: Discovery season 2 (finale) Ends with: ???

In order to save the galaxy, the brave crew of the USS Discovery set off on a one-way mission 900 years into the future in Star Trek: Discovery 's season 2 finale. Their 32nd century destination is new territory for Star Trek – thanks to the mysterious 'Burn', most of the dilithium in the galaxy has been destroyed, making warp travel impossible. As a result, the Federation is a shadow of its former self – even Earth has decided to go it alone.

This isn't, however, the furthest Star Trek has ventured into the future – Short Trek ' Calypso ' is set on the Discovery in a distant future where the ship's computer has become sentient.

Star Trek's alternate 'Kelvin' timeline explained

In 2009's Star Trek movie directed by JJ Abrams, Spock Prime tries to save Romulus from a supernova, inadvertently creates a black hole while doing so, and gets pulled into the past, along with Romulan mining vessel the Narada. Once there, the Narada attacks the USS Kelvin on the day James T Kirk is born. The ship is destroyed as Kirk's father, George, sacrifices himself to save the rest of the crew. 

When all that happens, the alternative ‘Kelvin’ timeline is created, with events unfolding in parallel (but with remarkable similarity) to the original Prime timeline.

Got all that? There are just three movies set in the Kelvin timeline:

  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek TV shows and movies in release date order

  • Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • ‘The Cage’ (previously unavailable Star Trek pilot from 1965, given VHS release in 1986)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) 
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (2017-)
  • Short Treks (2018-2020)
  • Star Trek: Picard (2020-)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020-)
  • Star Trek: Prodigy (2021, TBC)
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (TBC)

Considering The Original Series was cancelled after just three seasons in 1969, it's remarkable that Star Trek is still around half a century later. But as the show's popularity grew in syndication on US TV, Trek fandom became a big enough force for the five-year mission to resume via Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973. Most of the original cast – with the notable exception of Walter Koenig (Chekov) – were enticed back to voice their characters. 

Then, helped by Star Wars turning sci-fi into the hottest genre in Hollywood, Star Trek beamed onto the big screen with 1979's The Motion Picture . The original crew headed up five more movies ( The Wrath of Khan , The Search for Spock , The Voyage Home , The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country ) before bowing out in 1991. The ’80s also gave the world a hint of the Star Trek that never was when 'The Cage' , the original unaired pilot, was released on VHS in 1986 (it appeared on TV two years later). Of the pilot crew, only Leonard Nimoy's Spock went on to reprise his role in the TV show, though footage from 'The Cage' was used extensively in the Original Series’ only two-parter, 'The Menagerie'. 

While the Enterprise was making it big in cinemas, the franchise returned to its TV roots in 1987 with The Next Generation . Set over 70 years after Kirk and Spock's final mission, it featured a new crew – led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard – on board a new starship Enterprise. The Next Generation was arguably even more successful than the Original Series, spawning two spin-off series: Deep Space Nine (which began in 1993) played with the Trek format by focusing on a space station, while Voyager (1995) dumped its crew on the other side of the galaxy, hundreds of light years from home. 

The Next Generation crew also fronted four movies of their own ( Generations , First Contact , Insurrection and Nemesis ) between 1995 and 2002.

After Voyager came to an end in 2001, Star Trek left the Next Generation era behind, and went in a completely different direction – Star Trek: Enterprise was a prequel set a century before Kirk and Spock's adventures. Enterprise lasted only four seasons, however (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager all made it to seven), and was canceled in 2005.

These were also dark times for the movie branch of the Trek franchise, as the disappointing box office performance of Nemesis had put the film saga on hiatus – it wasn't until 2009 that Star Trek warped back onto the big screen. 

Future Star Wars: The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams (already hot property as director of Mission: Impossible 3 and co-creator of Lost) gave the franchise an action blockbuster makeover, recasting Kirk, Spock and the rest of the original crew as rookies on their first mission. The reboot, simply titled Star Trek , made more than twice as much at the box office as any of its predecessors, and two sequels ( Star Trek into Darkness , Star Trek Beyond ) followed. 

Star Trek belatedly returned to TV in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery . Set a decade before the Original Series, it was a darker, more serialized Trek than we’d seen before – more in tune with the prestige shows of the so-called Golden Age of TV. As it’s turned out, it was just the beginning of Star Trek's renewed assault on TV...

A series of brief Short Treks appeared online ahead of Discovery's second season, while The Next Generation follow-up Star Trek: Picard left spacedock in January 2020. Animated series Lower Decks followed in August 2020, and Discovery spin-off Strange New Worlds – featuring Anson Mount's Captain Pike, Rebecca Romijn's Number One and Ethan Peck's Spock on the pre-Kirk Enterprise – is now in production. 

There's also another cartoon offering heading for the Alpha Quadrant, in the form of animated kids show Star Trek: Prodigy.

And there's potentially even more to come, as the much-talked about Michelle Yeoh vehicle Section 31 is still in development. But with Paramount Plus programming boss Julie McNamara telling Variety that the streaming service's current aim is to debut "a new Trek every quarter", we may have to wait for Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks and/or Strange New Worlds to stand aside before we get a new TV iteration of Trek.

To keep things simple, all the shows above are listed by the date their first episode aired. While the chronology does jump around if you watch Star Trek in order of release date, there are some benefits. For example, the prequel shows assume a fair bit of knowledge of earlier series, like the Borg's appearance in Star Trek: Enterprise episode 'Regeneration', or Star Trek: Discovery's revelations about the ultimate fate of Christopher Pike (the Enterprise captain in 'The Cage', who later shows up in 'The Menagerie'). Moments like that undoubtedly make more sense in the context of later events in the Star Trek timeline. 

How to stream Star Trek TV shows and movies

If you just want to know how to stream the 13 Star Trek movies and eight TV shows in the US and the UK, we've laid it out below. 

In the US, the newly rebranded Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access) is definitely the place to go, with every TV show available to watch. In the UK, Netflix hosts all the Star Trek series except for Picard and Lower Decks.

Watching the 13 Trek movies is a rather more complex affair, with the films spread across numerous streaming services in the US and UK – and some of them you'll have to pay to rent/buy.

The TV shows

  • Star Trek: The Original Series ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Voyager ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Picard ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks (US: Paramount Plus US: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Generations ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek: First Contact ( US: Paramount Plus UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection ( US: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis ( US: Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video UK: Only available to rent/buy)
  • Star Trek 2009 ( US: DirectTV UK: Sky Cinema/Now TV)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness ( US : FX Now UK: Amazon Prime Video)
  • Star Trek Beyond ( US: Amazon Prime, Hulu UK: Amazon Prime Video)

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Richard is a freelance journalist specialising in movies and TV, primarily of the sci-fi and fantasy variety. An early encounter with a certain galaxy far, far away started a lifelong love affair with outer space, and these days Richard's happiest geeking out about Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel and other long-running pop culture franchises. In a previous life he was editor of legendary sci-fi magazine SFX, where he got to interview many of the biggest names in the business – though he'll always have a soft spot for Jeff Goldblum who (somewhat bizarrely) thought Richard's name was Winter.

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How to watch the Star Trek movies and TV shows in order

Michileen Martin

When the USS Enterprise first brought audiences aboard in 1966, few imagined that Star Trek: The Original Series ( TOS ) would spawn a media empire half a century later — including both live-action and animated Star Trek series, as well as more than a dozen Star Trek movies.

Star Trek: Enterprise

Star trek: discovery, seasons 1 and 2, star trek: the original series, star trek: the animated series, the original six star trek movies, star trek: the next generation, seasons 1 to 5, tng, seasons 6 to 7 and star trek: deep space nine, seasons 1 to 2, ds9, season 3; star trek: voyager, season 1, and star trek: generations, ds9, seasons 4 to 5; voyager, seasons 2 to 3; and star trek: first contact, ds9, seasons 6 to 7; voyager, seasons 4 to 5; and star trek: insurrection, voyager, seasons 6 to 7, and star trek: nemesis, star trek: lower decks.

  • The Kelvin Timeline — Star Trek (2009) to Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Star Trek: Picard

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As the Star Trek universe expands, so does its fictional timeline, and for fans who want to know exactly what happened and when, it’s getting a little difficult to navigate. That’s why we put together a guide to enjoying all of Star Trek’s canonical films and series in chronological order .

If you’re new to Star Trek, be warned: We’ll do our best to avoid spoilers, but for the sake of clarity, here and there, a tribble-sized reveal will have to make its way through the cracks.

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While Star Trek: Enterprise proved to be the last of the Trek revival series (it ended in 2015 after four seasons) until Star Trek: Discovery ‘s premiere 12 years later, ironically, it’s your first stop on any franchise-wide binge. Beginning in 2151 — a little over a century before the events of TOS — Enterprise  has no United Federation of Planets, no Prime Directive, and no shields.

Considering how often time travel comes up in Star Trek, it shouldn’t be a surprise that while most of the events of  Enterprise  take place long before any other shows or films, there are a few exceptions. Some leftover Borg from 1996’s  Star Trek: First Contact  show up in season 2, a season 3 two-parter connects with TOS ‘ The Tholian Web  episode, and the series finale surprisingly crosses over with the Star Trek: The Next Generation  ( TNG ) season 7 episode The Pegasus .

Star Trek: Discovery ‘s premiere takes place a little over a century after the Enterprise  finale and roughly a decade before TOS . The United Federation of Planets has been formed, and Discovery  opens with its first destructive war with the Klingon Empire.

If you’re doing a franchise-wide binge, make sure to schedule TOS ‘s pilot episode The Cage  before season 2 of Discovery . It’s Captain Christopher Pike in the Enterprise’s captain’s chair in the pilot, played by the late Jeffrey Hunter. Anson Mount plays Pike in season 2 of Discovery , and the events of The Cage  are critical to the plot.

At the end of season 2,  Discovery  jumps ahead over 900 years into the future, so you should probably wait a bit before getting back to it.

Finally, the series that started it all with its iconic trio: The always pensive and logical Spock (Leonard Nimoy), the always complaining Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), and between them, the adventurous James T. Kirk (William Shatner).

It can be a little jarring to watch The Original Series  after Discovery . Not only is it weird to see a spaceship run on dials, buttons, and paper printouts after witnessing a ship like Discovery — where every panel looks like it was designed personally by Tony Stark —  but particularly in season 1, it’s clear TOS  hadn’t yet worked out everything about the Federation and Starfleet. For example, in one early episode, McCoy makes a joke implying that rather than being Earth’s allies, the Vulcans were conquered by humans.

While the original crew’s live-action adventures went on hold after  TOS ‘ final season, in 1973, almost the entire regular cast — save for Walter Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov in TOS — returned to voice their characters in Star Trek: The Animated Series ( TAS ). They were joined by a couple of new alien crew members who would’ve been nearly impossible to make work in a live-action series of the time.

Even though it originally aired as a Saturday morning cartoon, TAS  is impressively faithful to the canon. We see the return of recurring characters like Harry Mudd and Spock’s father, Sarek, and even minor details from  TOS  — such as a brief mention of Spock’s childhood pet — are faithfully reproduced in  TAS .

If you get this deep into the Trek-wide binge and are getting tired of TV episodes, this will be a nice break. Kirk, now an Admiral, muscles his way back into the Captain’s chair in 1979’s  Star Trek: The Motion Picture  and the timeline continues through Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home , Star Trek V: The Final Frontier , and ending with 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .

TNG ‘s first five seasons enjoy the single longest chronology of all the franchise’s shows to go uninterrupted by other series or films. While there were plenty of naysayers who never thought the series would last or live up to the original,  TNG  outlives  TOS  by four seasons, and its success would help make even more spin-offs viable.

For its final two seasons,  TNG  shares time with the first two seasons of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  ( DS9 ). Still traumatized by the death of his wife at the hands of the Borg, Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) takes command of a space station overlooking the newly liberated Bajor.

Make sure to not start DS9  until at least after watching TNG ‘s Rascals  episode — chronologically, it’s Chief Miles O’Brien’s (Colm Meaney) final episode of TNG  as a member of the ship’s crew, after which he jumps ship to become the Chief of Operations on  DS9 .

Deep Space 9 enjoys precious little time at the end of its second season and the beginning of its third as the only Star Trek  game in town. Early in its third season, it’s joined by the beginning of  Star Trek: Voyager, and in fact, part of Voyager ‘s premiere episode takes place on the DS9 space station guarding the Bajoran wormhole.

Originally tasked with capturing the rebellious Maquis, Voyager ‘s Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) soon finds herself and her crew thrown across the galaxy, and both Starfleet and Maquis have to work together to begin the long journey home.

About midway through  DS9 ‘s third season comes the first film to feature the  TNG  crew — 1994’s  Star Trek: Generations , which features the first and only meeting between Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and TOS ‘s Captain Kirk.

Season 4 of  DS9  opens with the fan-favorite episode The Way of the Warrior , with Michael Dorn joining the show’s regular cast as Worf — but don’t worry, they keep sneaking him onto the Enterprise for the movies anyway. Seasons 4 and 5 of DS9  run fairly concurrently with seasons 2 and 3 of Voyager . Early in season 5 of DS9, the Starfleet uniforms change to gray, and that change is reflected on the Enterprise in  TNG ‘s first motion picture, 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact , pitting the TNG crew against fan-favorite villains the Borg, set toward the end of  DS9 ‘s fifth season and  Voyager ‘s third.

With  Voyager ‘s fourth season comes the game-changing addition of Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, while back in the Alpha Quadrant on DS9 , open war rages between the Federation and the tyrannical Dominion. The Dominion War lasts until the very end of the series, which unfolds around the same time as the end of  Voyager ‘s fifth season. In the meantime, the eighth Trek film, 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection , takes place fairly early in DS9 ‘s final season.

For its final two seasons,  Voyager  gets to fly all on its own. The lost ship’s journey culminates in the two-part Endgame , with the heroes confronting the Borg while making a desperate attempt to get back home.

And in the final Trek film before J.J. Abrams steps in to create the so-called Kelvin Timeline stories, 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis  takes place about a year after the  Voyager  finale, and the film doesn’t forget about the show. One of  Voyager ‘s lead characters makes a cameo, and since the show ended, they’ve gotten enough pips on their collar to give Captain Picard orders.

In 2020,  Trek  fans were introduced to one of the most unique series in the franchise — the animated  Star Trek: Lower Decks . Partly inspired by the  TNG  final season episode Lower Decks , focusing on the usually anonymous crew members we see milling in the background aboard Starfleet ships and space stations, the series feels like Star Trek with a couple of dashes of  Rick & Morty . In spite of its goofiness,  Lower Decks  is canonical, and its first season begins in 2380 — one year after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis .

The Kelvin Timeline — Star Trek (2009) to Star Trek Beyond (2016)

The films of what’s come to be known as the Kelvin Timeline have an interesting, if confusing, place in Trek chronology.

Rather than acting as a prequel, as some thought it would, 2009’s Star Trek introduces a whole new timeline. In the prime timeline’s 24th century, the Romulan sun goes supernova. Romulus is destroyed, and both Spock and the Romulan mining ship Narada are sucked into a black hole and sent backward in time. Coming out the other side in the 23rd century, the Narada — captained by the vengeful Nero (Eric Bana) — destroys the Kelvin, creating a new timeline.

So, in one sense, the three Abrams-era films — Star Trek , 2013’s  Star Trek Into Darkness , and 2016’s  Star Trek Beyond  — come between the events of Lower Decks and those of  Star Trek: Picard , because that’s when the Romulan sun goes boom. But in another sense, they run partly concurrent to the events of  Discovery ‘s first two seasons and between those seasons and TOS . We’re putting it here because, all things considered, it’s the less confusing option.

We can only imagine where (and when) the events of subsequent seasons will take Captain Picard and his new friends, but the first seasons of  Star Trek : Picard  are set at the end of the 24th century, in 2399. Since we last saw him in Star Trek: Nemesis , Picard’s been promoted to admiral, led an ultimately abandoned evacuation of Romulus, and left Starfleet in protest. In spite of the time that’s passed, the series’ opening episode makes it clear Picard is still not over a tragic loss he suffers in the final  TNG -era film.

While  Discovery  begins as a prequel series, in its third season, it becomes something different. At the end of season 2, the heroes jump forward over 900 years into the future, and the galaxy is a changed place.

A little over a century before the events of  Discovery season 3, a cataclysmic event known as The Burn destroys almost all the dilithium in the galaxy, killing untold numbers of space-bound people and making warp technology almost useless. As a result, while the Federation still exists, it’s fractured, with its number of member planets shrinking from around 350 to 38.

Among the major historical events to have occurred between the 24th and 32nd centuries, we learn that at one point, Spock’s dream of reuniting the Vulcan and Romulan people has become a reality, with both races giving Vulcan the new name of Ni’Var. There was also a series of conflicts known as the Temporal Wars, whose events led to such destruction that all forms of time travel have been banned within the Federation.

What’s next for Trek?

Along with future seasons of  Discovery ,  Picard , and  Lower Decks  on their way — not to mention the possibility of future films — the timeline of Star Trek is always changing. While there’s no firm release date,  Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is expected to release sometime in 2022. Anson Mount will reprise the role of Christopher Pike from season 2 of Discovery , and along with brand new characters, he will be joined by Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. The series promises to take place between the events of  Discovery ‘s second season and  TOS , as well as reportedly giving fans a more episodic format reminiscent of Trek’s earliest series . 

Timeline-wise, as far as some of the upcoming Trek series are concerned, there are a couple of unknowns. First, there’s the animated kids’ series, Star Trek: Prodigy , in which a group of alien teens commandeers a derelict Starfleet ship. According to TrekMovie ‘s April 2021 report, Prodigy ‘s first season begins in 2383, placing it between Lower Decks and Picard , assuming Lower Decks — which begins in 2380 — doesn’t go past 2383. If it does, then eventually, the two timelines will intermingle.

Likewise, there’s  Star Trek: Section 31 , which is still in development. Michelle Yeoh will reportedly lead the series in her role as the Mirror Universe version of Philippa Georgiou, and Shazad Latif is also believed to be returning as Ash Tyler. Our best guess is that Section 31 ‘s timeline will intermingle with that of  Strange New Worlds , but it’s too early to tell. While she initially joins the Discovery crew in the 32nd century, Georgiou is sent back to an undisclosed point in time in season 3’s episode Terra Firma, Part 2 .

We know the Star Trek timeline keeps getting more complex — not only because new properties keep getting added, but because the franchise’s heroes use time travel almost as often as they do phasers. But don’t worry. As Trek keeps trekkin’, we’ll keep updating our timeline guide.

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How to watch the Star Trek movies in order

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It’s a good time to be a Star Trek fan and watch all the Star Trek movies in order. With three active TV series ( Discovery , Picard , Lower Decks ) and three more in the works (Section 31, Prodigy, Strange New Worlds ), there are more Star Trek adventures airing now than at any point since the mid-90s. 

While Star Trek TV shows have come and gone since the ‘60s, Star Trek movies maintained a pretty consistent release schedule between 1979 and 2016. On average, we got a new film once every three years. But with the fourth move of the Star Trek reboot franchise allegedly canceled , we may be in for a long wait until we see the U.S.S. Enterprise on the big screen again.

Still, there’s one missing piece of the puzzle: Where are all the Star Trek movies? Unlike watching the Star Wars movies in order , you can't see every Trek film on the same service.

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In the meantime, there are thirteen Star Trek movies to watch (or rewatch), either on DVD or your favorite streaming services. I personally bought the Blu-ray collections so that I wouldn’t be at the mercy of shifting streaming schedules, but if you prefer an all-digital experience, these movies are almost always available somewhere online.

Star Trek movies in order of release date

Watching the Star Trek movies in release order is, for the most part, exactly the same as watching the Star Trek movies in chronological order. (There’s some time travel here and there, but the later films still follow “after” the earlier ones.) There are 13 films. The first came out in 1979; the last came out in 2016. 

The only issue is that they're spread out across a number of different subscription services. 10 of the 13 can be found on Amazon Prime Video, and seven of those are also on Hulu. FX Now and Fubo each have one Star Trek movie a piece, each film being a streaming exclusive (you'd need to buy or rent to watch otherwise). And then CBS All Access (soon to be Paramount Plus) and Pluto also have one film. 

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) : On Prime Video
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek: Generations (1994) : On Prime Video
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996) : On Prime Video
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) : On CBS All Access/Paramount Plus and Pluto
  • Star Trek (2009): On Fubo
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) : On FX Now
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016) : On Hulu and Prime Video

Hulu.

Star Trek is just one of many great things you can watch on Hulu . In addition to its acclaimed originals like High Fidelity and Shrill, Hulu streams next-day airings of current TV shows and library content from FX.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has a huge library beyond Star Trek movies. Not only do they have a ton of top movies and TV shows, they've got a lineup of acclaimed originals. They've got everything from Fleabag to Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to The Expanse to Jack Ryan. 

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On top of there not being one home for all the movies, there are a few small wrinkles in this plan, however. First: The Star Trek movies aren’t completely standalone. They require some knowledge of what happened in the Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation TV shows to fully grok. 

Furthermore, the 13 movies don’t tell one continuous story. Rather, they’re based on three separate iterations of the long-running franchise.

Star Trek movies in order of series

Just like the Star Trek TV shows, the Star Trek movies don’t all focus on the same characters and settings. While there’s a little bit of crossover (which we’ll cover below), the films generally fall into three categories.

The first category is based on Star Trek: The Original Series. This is your daddy’s Star Trek, complete with Kirk, Spock, McCoy, the original U.S.S. Enterprise and Scotty beaming people up. If you’ve ever heard about “KHAAAAN!” or “the one with the whales,” or “Shakespeare in the original Klingon,” this is where they come from.

They're all available on Prime Video, and almost all (The Voyage Home is missing) are on Hulu as well. 

Star Trek: The Original Series movies

Next up, there are the Next Generation movies. This is Gen X/Elder Millennial Star Trek, starring Picard, Data, Worf and the crew. The movies start off with the Enterprise-D, but transition to the sleeker Enterprise-E in First Contact. Generations features a crossover with some original series crewmembers, but the rest put the TNG cast front and center, with occasional Deep Space Nine and Voyager cameos.

You'll need at least two streaming services to see all of them.

Star Trek: The Next Generation movies

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Finally, there are the “reboot” Star Trek films, also known as the “Kelvin timeline” films. Kirk, Spock and McCoy take center stage again, but this time in an alternate reality, where events play out differently. This is Star Trek for the cool kids, complete with fast starships, pulse-pounding action and soundtracks populated by the Beastie Boys. (It’s not quite as mindless as it sounds — except for Into Darkness, maybe.) For the most part, these films don’t require previous Star Trek knowledge. But they do pick up where Nemesis left off, more or less, before winding the clock back.

This set is the splintered across services more than any of the others.

Star Trek reboot movies

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Star Trek episodes to watch first

TOS: The Original Series TNG: The Next Generation ENT: Enterprise

Watching the Star Trek movies is an extremely straightforward process, but they may be a little incomprehensible unless you’ve seen at least some of the TV series . (I watched the entire franchise , but that may not be practical for you.) The Motion Picture picks up after The Original Series ends; likewise with Generations and The Next Generation.

As such, here are some episodes you should watch if you’re going to dive into the movies. Generally, the movies stand on their own, but it might help to know about some of the supporting characters and subplots:

Episodes for Star Trek: The Original Series movies

  • Space Seed (TOS, S1, E22) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Errand of Mercy (TOS: S1, E26) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Journey to Babel (TOS: S2, E10) : On Hulu and Prime Video

Episodes for Star Trek: The Next Generation movies

  • Q Who (TNG: S2, E16) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • The Best of Both Worlds, Parts I and II (TNG: S3, E26 / S4, E1) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • Family (TNG: S4, E2) : On Hulu and Prime Video

Episodes for Star Trek reboot movies

  • Unification, Parts I and II (TNG: S5, E7 & E8) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • First Flight (ENT: S2, E24) : On Hulu and Prime Video
  • The Xindi (ENT: S3, E1) : On Hulu and Prime Video

Which Star Trek movies are good?

If you watch all 13 Star Trek movies, you’re signing yourself up for about 26 hours of screen time. That’s more than a casual fan may want to invest. Luckily (or unluckily?), not ever Star Trek film is created equal. For a long time, fans held that the even-numbered movies were good, while the odd-numbered ones were bad. That trend seems to have reversed with the recent reboot films, though: The odd ones are good, while the even one is, well, not.

In any case, if you want to start with the movies that are really worth your time, here they are:

I personally like some of the other ones quite a bit (Nemesis is better than you remember, and Generations has quite a few moving moments), but those should at least represent a good starting point.

And once you’re done with those, you can move onto Galaxy Quest: the best Star Trek movie that’s not actually a Star Trek movie.

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Have you ever wondered what the best way is to stream Star Trek from start to finish? Look no further.

Approaching the chronological watch of a franchise that’s been on over fifty years can be daunting. Especially with a science-fiction universe that has time travel, multiple universes, concurrent shows and entirely new timelines.

Fear not, as we have created a handy binge-watch guide using the Stardate of each series and film. Here is our guide on how to watch every Star Trek series and movie in the right order.

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Star Trek Enterprise

Star Trek: Enterprise was made to be a prequel to The Original Series and is, to this date, the earliest series by timeline.

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Star Trek Enterprise

The story revolves around the U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01, Earth’s first-ever warp five capable ship. It is captained by Jonathan Archer, who takes his crew deep into space. During the adventure, humans encounter many Star Trek alien staples for the very first time.

Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery is the first series to feature an officer as the main character. In this case, it’s Michael Burnham , the science specialist of the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031. In the first season, Michael and crew deal with a galaxy on the brink of war. In the second, they chase a mysterious entity known as “The Red Angel.” Star Trek: Discovery streams exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Star Trek Discovery

Spoiler alert: the end of the second season sees the Discovery jumping over 900 years forward in time. For timeline reasons, we have put this season further down the list.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds will follow Christopher Pike’s adventures with Spock and Number One aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise . This series will fill in the decade of time between Discovery and The Original Series .

Star Trek the original series

The series that started it all is the third chronologically. It starts in 2265 and follows the five-year journey of the U.S.S. Enterprise .

Premiere date: Sept 8, 1966

Star Trek follows the adventures of Captain Kirk and his First Officer Spock as they explore strange new worlds, and boldly go where no one has gone before.

Star Trek the animated series

The Animated Series takes place directly after The Original Series following the same characters. It is voiced by the main cast .

Star Trek the animated series

Some episodes act as sequels to stories from the first series, while others are concepts Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry didn’t get to use before The Original Series ended.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2273)

Approximately three years after his adventures aboard the Enterprise , Kirk is now an Admiral at Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco.

Star Trek the Motion Picture

When a mysterious cloud of energy begins wreaking havoc in space, Kirk reunites the Enterprise crew and blasts off to investigate.

Wrath of Khan

Twelve years later, Kirk and the Enterprise run into a familiar foe, the genetically-engineered superhuman Khan Noonien Singh .

Wrath of Khan

They first encountered Khan around 2265, during their original five-year mission. Now, in 2285, Khan has been released from exile and is seeking revenge on Kirk. The Enterprise must prevent him from getting hold of a powerful space weapon known as the Genesis device.

The Search for Spock

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock opens with the Enterprise returning from their mission against Khan.

Star Trek the Search for Spock

When McCoy begins to go insane, it’s revealed Spock has left his living essence inside the ship’s doctor. Kirk decides to take action, against Starfleet’s wishes, to save both of his officers.

Star Trek the Voyage Home

Kirk returns to Earth ready to take the heat for stealing and destroying the Enterprise in order to save Spock.

the voyage home

However, Starfleet has bigger problems. Problems that can only be saved by traveling back in time to San Francisco in 1986.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (2287)

One year later, Kirk and crew must take the brand new Enterprise -A into space to investigate the capture of Federation, Klingon and Romulan Ambassadors.

the final frontier

When the perpetrator has a connection to Spock, the mission becomes infinitely more complicated.

The undiscovered country

Six years later, Kirk and McCoy are framed for the assassination of the Klingon chancellor.

The undiscovered country

Together, the Enterprise -A and Sulu’s U.S.S. Excelsior must investigate and save the galaxy from entering an all-out war.

The Next Generation crew

Seventy years after the events of Star Trek VI , and nearly a full century after the initial five-year journey of the U.S.S. Enterprise , the U.S.S. Enterprise -D begins its own exploration mission.

Klingons and humans

Although humans and Klingons have found peace , there are still a myriad of hostile alien life forms for Captain Picard and crew to encounter.

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Approximately five years after the start of The Next Generation , the events of Deep Space Nine begin running concurrently with Picard’s voyage. Deep Space Nine does not take place aboard a Starfleet ship like the previous iterations.

Deep Space Nine cast

Instead, it focuses on the political, defensive and commercial space station Deep Space 9. It follows Commander Sisko as he deals with everything from minor bar fights to the threat of Dominion War.

Star Trek Generations

Star Trek Generations opens in 2293, after the events of Star Trek VI , but most of it takes place in 2371.

Star Trek Generations

The film is not only meant to be a passing of the torch from Kirk to Picard, but also the epic conclusion of Picard and crew's adventures aboard the Enterprise -D.

Star Trek Voyager

Star Trek: Voyager begins in 2371. After setting out from the Deep Space 9 space station, the Voyager and the Maquis vessel they are chasing are transported 70,000 light-years away from home.

Star Trek Voyager

Captain Janeway must unite the two factions and lead them on the long journey back to the Alpha Quadrant.

Star Trek First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact is the second Star Trek film to feature The Next Generation crew. When Picard disobeys orders and takes the newly-commissioned U.S.S. Enterprise -E into battle with the Borg, they find themselves 300 years in the past.

Star Trek First Contact

There they must help preserve Earth’s first-ever contact with alien life forms, thereby protecting their future.

Star Trek Insurrection

The mission: save the peaceful planet Ba’ku from being exploited for resources by the Federation during the Dominion War. The Dominion War is covered extensively during the final two seasons of Deep Space Nine .

Star Trek: Nemesis

Four years later, with the events of Deep Space Nine and Voyager already concluded, Picard and the Enterprise take their final mission together.

Star Trek Nemesis

Romulan’s new leader is wreaking havoc on the Federation. When the Enterprise investigates, they find he is a genetic clone of Picard.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Star Trek: Lower Decks is a forthcoming animated series that focuses on the junior officers of the U.S.S. Cerritos . It takes place after the events of Nemesis and premiered Aug. 6, 2020 on the CBS All Access streaming service. Star Trek: Lower Decks streams  exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and in Canada on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Star Trek Picard

Twenty years after his faceoff with Shinzon, Picard is retired and working his family’s vineyard. He mourns the loss of his friends and the planet Romulus (which was destroyed when its sun went supernova in 2387). Star Trek: Picard streams on CBS All Access in the United States,  in Canada on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave, and on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

Star Trek Picard

When a stranger with a connection to Picard’s past shows up asking for help, Picard is pulled into one last mission.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3

Discovery’s third season has not yet been released, but we are enthralled by the setup. Burnham and the gang have traveled approximately nine hundred years into the future. No series has taken place this far in the future, it’s exciting to see what the Discovery crew will encounter.

Kelvin Timeline

Now things get complicated. Remember when the planet Romulus was destroyed in 2387? A Romulan mining ship was sucked into the ensuing black hole, emerging in the year 2233.

Captain Nero Star Trek

There, its captain, Nero, destroys the U.S.S. Kelvin . This creates an alternate reality known as the Kelvin Timeline (the former timeline is known as the Prime Timeline.) The following trilogy of films takes place in this new reality, which we recommend viewing after the entirety of the Prime Timeline.

Star Trek 2009

In 2258, a more rebellious, fatherless Kirk is convinced by Captain Pike to join Starfleet. On the Enterprise’s very first mission, Kirk, Spock, and the rest encounter a vengeful Nero.

Star Trek 2009

The new crew must work together to prevent Nero’s Romulans from destroying the Federation. Along the way, they meet a familiar face from a different time.

Star Trek Into Darkness

A year later, Kirk is demoted after violating the Prime Directive in order to save Spock and the people of the planet Nibiru from a volcano.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Kirk is reinstated to chase down a terrorist, who has destroyed a key Starfleet facility. This is someone familiar to the Enterprise crew in a different timeline, Khan.

Star Trek Beyond

In the Kelvin Timeline, Kirk and the Enterprise start their five-year mission to boldly go where no one has gone before in 2260.

Star Trek Beyond

Beyond takes place in 2263. When the Enterprise is destroyed by a swarm of alien ships, the crew must regroup and defeat their powerful mutated leader.

Star Trek Short Treks

Short Treks is a series of mini-stories in the Star Trek universe. They serve primarily as a companion to Discovery and Picard . Star Trek: Short Treks stream exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access and in Canada on Bell Media's CTV Sci-Fi Channel and OTT service Crave.

Star Trek Short Treks

The short stories take place anywhere from 2239 to well beyond 3300. We recommend enjoying them last or sporadically throughout your viewing journey.

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Unlike  Star Wars , which is housed on  Disney+ , there’s currently no way to watch all 13  Star Trek  movies on a single streaming service. Instead, you need to boldly go (sorry) to multiple platforms in order to watch every movie in the legendary sci-fi franchise.

This article only covers Star Trek movies that were released theatrically. It doesn’t include TV series like The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine , or canonical adaptations across other media. Although having knowledge of The Original Star Trek Series and other Star Trek TV series is helpful, it's not essential for enjoying the movies.

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How to Watch the Star Trek Movies in Chronological Order

The Star Trek movies can be separated into three distinct eras. The first era covers the “Prime” timeline started by Gene Roddenberry’s original series from the 1960s and features James T. Kirk and Spock. This era spans six films, beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and ending with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .

The second era is spun off from Star Trek: The Next Generation and features characters from that TV series. Fittingly, these are known as The Next Generation films. Finally, the Kelvin timeline kicked off with the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek in 2009. This era is an alternate timeline featuring a significantly different history from the “Prime” universe.

If you watch all 13 Star Trek movies in one sitting, it takes you just over 25 hours. But if you add in the seven TV shows, that time climbs to nearly 25 days .

How to Watch the Star Trek Movies in Order of Release

The great thing about Star Trek is that the movies were released chronologically, so you’ll be following the exact same order as above if you want to watch them based on the release date.

The majority of the movies are available to stream on Amazon Prime or Paramount+ , but you also need to dip into other services like Fubo or SlingTV to track down the rest.

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This Is The Correct Order In Which To Watch The Star Trek Franchise

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in Picard

Don't look now, but "Star Trek" is a thing again. It's been a while — after redefining television in the 1960s and enjoying a resurgence in the '80s and '90s, the final episode of ""Star Trek: Enterprise" in 2005 marked the beginning of a dark period in which there was simply no "Trek" to be had. Then, in 2017, the drought ended with the premiere of " "Star Trek: Discovery ," and when it rains, it pours. "Discovery" heralded the arrival of a whole new era of ""Star Trek," and that's just the beginning — Paramount+ will soon play host to two new "Star Trek" shows, with three more currently in development, and there's a new movie scheduled for release in 2023 . Suddenly, we are awash in "Trek," which means that if you're unfamiliar with Gene Roddenberry's universe, it's a pretty good time to jump on board. Only where do you start with a franchise this big — and more importantly, what's the proper watch order?

These are the questions we're here to answer. While it's tempting to try and watch "Star Trek" chronologically, using either the fictional timeline or release dates, we recommend an order that's a bit of a blend of both. Following this list should result in an experience that provides a complete picture of what "Star Trek" is while also remaining easy to binge. With that in mind (and with the understanding that a few spoilers are unavoidable ), it's time to boldly go where every previous "Star Trek" installment has gone before!

The Original Series

When you watch "Star Trek," you really need to begin at the beginning. Not with Enterprise, which is set earlier in the "Trek" timeline than any show, but with "Star Trek" — or as it's lovingly called these days, "The Original Series." This is the show that ran on NBC from 1966 to 1969, forever altering the television medium, the science fiction genre, and the experience of being a fan. While some viewers may find the special effects laughable or the political themes unsubtle, the most astonishing thing about "TOS" is how well it holds up, even more than 50 years later. The first two seasons, in particular, are absolutely riddled with classic episodes, and while the third season is significantly worse due to changes in the creative team, it's still fun to watch William Shatner ham it up as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy raise a single Vulcan eyebrow as Mr. Spock, and the original Starship Enterprise soar through space. Most importantly, though, those first 79 episodes introduce rules, concepts, and even characters that "Star Trek" is still playing with today, from Class M planets and the Prime Directive to Khan and the Klingons.

The Animated Series

The unofficial fourth and fifth seasons of "Star Trek," "The Animated Series" aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974, after tempers had cooled somewhat between NBC and Roddenberry, who left "Star Trek" after its second season out of frustration with the network. Not only was the entire original cast back (minus Walter Koenig), but so was Roddenberry, and so was D.C. Fontana, Roddenberry's longtime assistant who had grown into one of the most celebrated "Trek" writers and had also departed after Season 2. Between the return of some of the show's original creative minds and cast, and the fact that animation allowed them to do so much more than live action special effects of the era, "TAS" is pure, undiluted "Star Trek."

It's never been made explicitly clear whether "TAS" is canon, but considering the number of "TAS" ideas re-used in later live-action shows, plus the introduction in "TAS" of canon pieces of backstory, like Kirk's middle name, it's silly at this point to believe otherwise. And it's required viewing for completists who want to see every televised adventure undertaken by the original Enterprise crew.

The first six films

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was released by Paramount in 1979, and while it's not an especially good film, it holds historical importance as the launching point for the "Star Trek" movie franchise. The real highlights in this part of the list, though, are the three films that followed. The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home essentially form their own trilogy of movies within the larger "Trek" saga, and are some of the most popular and critically acclaimed installments in the franchise. "The Wrath of Khan," in particular, tends to show up near the top of "best science fiction films in history" lists, making the titular Khan such an iconic villain that he was recast for the J.J. Abrams reboot movies, while "The Voyage Home" is probably the most charming "Star Trek" film, as the Enterprise travels to the past to rescue the humpback whale species from extinction.

Even the most dedicated binge-watcher can safely skip the horrendous fifth movie, "The Final Frontier," but "The Undiscovered Country" is an absolute masterpiece, and taken together, these six films provide a worthy capstone to the franchise's inaugural era.

It might seem counterintuitive to follow up the oldest "Star Trek" series with one of the newest, especially given that "Star Trek: Discovery" actually takes place prior to "The Original Series." But there's a good reason to jump from the tales of Kirk and Spock to the tales of Michael Burnham and...well, and Spock, who shows up in Season 2. "The Original Series" and its accompanying animated and film extensions are foundational to "Discovery," which is set shortly after the events of the rejected "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage." And characters from "The Cage" show up in Season 2 and are also appearing in their own spinoff, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds."

While an in-universe chronological watch order would put the first two seasons of "Discovery" before "TOS" and the third season at the very end (as the crew travels forward in time to the far future) it makes more sense to us to treat "Discovery" as its own story. The third season does occasionally reference "past" events from other shows, but that does lead nicely into the next "Trek" installment...

The Next Generation (Seasons 1-5)

For many Trekkies today, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was their introduction to the franchise, and for good reason. If any one series beyond the original can lay a claim to being the single most iconic "Star Trek" story, it's Next Generation, which premiered in 1987 and went on to not only have seven seasons of its own, but to jumpstart a chain of interlocking "Star Trek" shows that would thoroughly dominate the 1990s. Before that, though, the first five seasons of Next Generation stood alone, and if you're trying to get somebody instantly hooked on Trek, this might actually be the place to start, despite the fact that the first couple of seasons don't hold up incredibly well.

If you're absorbing all of "Star Trek," though, "Next Generation" has to be the place to start. After all, it's the next generation of what, exactly? The answer is the Starship Enterprise, which comes with an entirely new cast and crew, introducing the world to Worf, Data, Counselor Troi, and Geordi LaForge, and permanently branding the hearts of a thousand Trekkies with the image of Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard .

The Next Generation (Season 6) / Deep Space Nine (Season 1)

Okay, this is where it gets weird. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" debuted in January 1993, just a few months after "Next Generation" kicked off its sixth season — a season full of unmitigated classics, incidentally, from the return of Montgomery Scott in "Relics" to the legendary two-parter "Chain of Command." Picard even makes a cameo in the first episode of "DS9," which takes place aboard a space station and uses the ideas and events of earlier "Next Generation" episodes to inform characters like Commander Benjamin Sisko and Quark. It's essentially impossible to understand Sisko's backstory, for example, without first having seen the "Next Generation" episode "The Best of Both Worlds."

Despite the fact that they take place over roughly the same time period, we recommend watching the entirety of Season 6 of "Next Generation" followed by the entirety of Season 1 of "DS9," if for no other reason than the former has more episodes than the latter, making it a complicated process to intercut between them. But however you choose to do it, these two seasons really should be watched back to back.

The Next Generation (Season 7) / Deep Space Nine (Season 2)

Similarly, the second season of "DS9" coincides with the last "Next Generation" season. While it might lack the standout episodes of earlier seasons, Season 7 manages a few achievements. For one thing, it puts a bow on one of the most beloved shows in television history with a flourish, ending the program with an ambitious, timeline-jumping two-parter that ties directly into the events of the very first episode. It also inadvertently lays the groundwork for a much more modern "Trek" show with an episode about junior officers called "Lower Decks." But most importantly, it ties into and reinforces "Deep Space Nine," most notably in the penultimate episode "Preemptive Strike," which deals with concurrent "DS9" problems like the Cardassians and the Maquis.

By the end of Season 2, "DS9" has already proven capable of standing on its own, having picked up and ran with the Maquis threads from earlier "Next Generation" episodes, returned to the Mirror Universe first introduced in the original series, and introduced the Dominion and the Jem'Hadar, who will serve as the series' primary antagonists. But the stories of Picard and company were far from over...

Generations

The four feature films built around the cast of "Next Generation" are a direct continuation of the movies that came before, not least because the first one, 1994's "Generations," serves as a bridge between "TOS" and its descendant, and between Kirk and Picard, in about the most literal way you could imagine. This movie marks the final appearance of several characters from the original show, including Kirk himself (the one played by William Shatner, at any rate) which makes it a crucial piece of the "Star Trek" timeline, as does the introduction of Data's emotion chip. Of course, some might consider the movie worth it just to see Malcolm McDowell chew the scenery like he hasn't eaten in three days, and we can't say they're wrong.

"Generations" launched Picard's crew onto the big screen almost immediately after their exit from the small one, meaning they would continue to be the face of "Star Trek" for the remainder of the decade. But back in the realm of "Trek" TV, things were only heating up, as a new series prepared to take the field and challenge "DS9" for television dominance.

Deep Space Nine (Season 3) / Voyager (Season 1)

Once again, it's time to switch between two seasons of "Star Trek," as the third season of "DS9" overlaps with the debuting "Star Trek: Voyager." The first "Trek" series to feature a woman (Kathryn Janeway) in the captain's chair, "Voyager" also had a unique and fascinating premise. Much of the "DS9" action is driven by the existence of a nearby wormhole that leads to the Gamma Quadrant, a section of space far away from the Federation's native Alpha Quadrant. This allows the titular space station and its intrepid crew to encounter any number of new and dangerous alien species. "Voyager" goes even farther, literally — a solitary ship finds itself transported to the even more distant Delta Quadrant and spends the rest of the series trying to get home.

Due to this premise, there's no reason whatsoever to jump between individual episodes of these two seasons, as the events of one show don't affect the other in any way. But jumping between shows by the season provides a fun and accurate experience of what it was like to watch the interlocking "Star Trek" programs of the 1990s.

Deep Space Nine (Season 4) / Voyager (Season 2)

Like most "Star Trek" shows, "Voyager" takes a couple of seasons to find its feet, and Season 2 in particular contains some of its most notoriously bad episodes, from the tone-deaf Native American implications of "Tattoo" to Janeway and Voyager pilot Tom Paris turning into salamanders and having salamander babies together in "Threshold" to the utter abomination that is "Tuvix." At least it has the consideration to get them all out of the way early on.

"DS9," meanwhile, was encountering its own problems in Season 4, which took a sharp turn away from the burgeoning conflict with the Dominion and instead spent most of its time dealing with the newly antagonistic Klingon Empire. Fortunately, even as the overarching plot went briefly off the rails, the writing was getting better and better, and the diversion is, if nothing else, entertaining. As a bonus, Season 4 features one of television's first lesbian kisses, and also brings in Worf, the Klingon security officer from "Next Generation" — until Picard, Michael Dorn was the only actor to star in the main casts of two different "Star Trek" shows.

First Contact

As a result of his dual roles, Worf would spend the next several years hopping back and forth between television and the movies. One reason it's important to watch Season 4 of "DS9" prior to watching "First Contact," the second film starring the "Next Generation" cast, is because in order to include Worf in the story, the latter is obligated to include a scene in which the Enterprise rescues another ship called the Defiant, introduced in "DS9" and captained by Worf himself. Future "Next Generation" movies, which decline in quality moving forward, come up with increasingly hand-wavy reasons for his presence on the Enterprise bridge.

"First Contact" itself, however, is by far the best of the "Next Generation" films and one of the best "Star Trek" films in general, as the crew travels back in time to prevent the cybernetic hive mind known as the Borg from altering history. Not only is "First Contact" a great movie (and the film directorial debut of Jonathan Frakes, who plays Commander William Riker), it also kicks off a spectacular "Star Trek" run that can stand up against any other period in franchise history.

Deep Space Nine (Season 5) / Voyager (Season 3)

With Season 5, "DS9" gets back on track after the previous outlier season, quickly focusing around a single unified threat thanks to an alliance between the show's original antagonists the Cardassians and the Dominion. The presence of the sinister Changelings adds an intrigue element to the story, as any character could potentially be a Changeling in disguise — a concept that would be used to great effect years later in the 2004 reboot of "Battlestar Galactica." The season concludes with the official start of the Dominion War, a conflict that would dominate the remainder of the show.

"Voyager," meanwhile, was also getting back on track in its third season, which generally sees an uptick in quality — particularly toward the end, with episodes like "Before and After," "Real Life," and "Worst Case Scenario." Robert Picardo, who plays Voyager's holographic doctor, also gets to make a cameo in "DS9" as the Doctor's creator, Lewis Zimmerman, in the episode "Doctor Bashir, I presume." And Season 3 ends with the first installment of "Scorpion," which catalyzed "Voyager's" official rise to greatness in part thanks to a memorable new character.

Deep Space Nine (Season 6) / Voyager (Season 4)

These two overlapping seasons, airing in late 1997 and early 1998, represent the pinnacle of "Star Trek's" '90s golden age. In "DS9," the Dominion War is in full swing, the series' much-discussed religions themes are building in prominence, the mysterious Section 31 is introduced, foreshadowing its prominent role in both "Enterprise" and "Discovery," and most memorably, the showrunners do what almost no iteration of "Star Trek" has ever dared to do: permanently kill off a member of the main cast.

Casting changes are also a major part of Season 4 of "Voyager," which jettisons the little-loved character of Kes and officially introduces Seven of Nine , a liberated Borg drone played by Jeri Ryan who quickly joins the ranks of the franchise's most widely known characters. It's an oversimplification to suggest that the overall brilliance of Season 4 is the direct result of Ryan joining the cast, but no matter how much of it you attribute to her, it's a phenomenal season of television, filled from start to finish with some of the best "Voyager" episodes (and also "Retrospect," but we don't talk about that one).

Insurrection

It's not "First Contact," but 1998's "Insurrection" is still a pretty good "Next Generation" movie, another solid offering from Jonathan Frakes. While "Insurrection" doesn't interact much with the events of "DS9" or "Voyager," watching it at this point in the "Trek" timeline provides an overall context for the state of the Federation, which has been intermittently challenged, as the movie's primary villain points out, by the Borg, the Cardassians, and the Dominion. A sense of the Federation being assailed from all sides isn't strictly necessary for the film's story of familial betrayal on a planet that confers immortality, but it does make viewing it a more interesting experience (though again, the perfunctory inclusion of Worf simply because he's expected to be in "Next Generation" movies is potentially jarring for "DS9" fans who have become invested in his character development, which "Insurrection" largely ignores).

"Insurrection" is Frakes' last "Star Trek" movie as director (though he would later direct episodes of "Discovery" and "Picard") and marks the beginning of the end of the '90s "Trek" boom. There's still plenty of great "Trek" ahead, but the curve is now pointing down.

Deep Space Nine (Season 7) / Voyager (Season 5)

The final season of "DS9" represents one of the single greatest creative accomplishments in "Star Trek" history, as no "Trek" show to date has managed to stick such an ambitious and satisfying landing. In a unique move, the last 10 episodes of the season form a single, series-ending story, and the feature-length finale, "What You Leave Behind," is considered one of the greatest "Trek" episodes of all time. "DS9" had been great for at least two seasons prior to this one, but the success of Season 7 cemented it as a foremost jewel in the crown of the "Star Trek" franchise.

"Voyager," meanwhile, continued its stellar run of episodes, capping off a three-year rehabilitation effort that saw one of the franchise's shakiest shows become one of its best. It was good timing, too, because with "DS9" wrapping up ("What You Leave Behind" aired the week after the Season 5 "Voyager" finale, "Equinox"), Captain Janeway and her crew were suddenly the only starship in the galaxy. And you, intrepid binge-watcher, can finally stop switching between two different shows.

Voyager (Seasons 6-7)

Unlike "DS9," the final seasons of "Voyager" are not its best, though admittedly, after Seasons 4 and 5, that's a high bar to clear. Season 6 comes close with a steady stream of classics, introducing both the popular Holodeck scenario Fair Haven and the "Pathfinder" storyline that sees "Next Generation" vets Reginald Barclay and Deanna Troi join up as recurring characters. By Season 7, however, the quality of "Voyager" has begun to dip noticeably — the final season contains few memorable episodes and at least one extremely ill-conceived romantic subplot. It earns some redemption, however, with the two-part series finale "Endgame," which, whether you like it or not, at least fulfills the promise of the show's premise and comes to a definitive conclusion about whether the ship and its crew are ever getting back to the Alpha Quadrant. It's a moment that would have been easy to shy away from, and "Voyager" meets it head on.

"Endgame" aired in May 2001, and in retrospect, the title didn't only apply to "Voyager." The continuous story that "Star Trek" had been telling for the past 14 years over the course of three different shows and three different movies was over. There was, however, one last (incredibly depressing) chapter to get through.

The final "Next Generation" film, released in 2002, is by far the worst of them, and the worst "Star Trek" movie in general since 1989's "The Final Frontier." It was so bad, in fact, that it notoriously killed "Star Trek" — plans for a fifth "Next Generation" movie were scrapped after "Nemesis" bombed at the box office, and creatively, it's an absolute nightmare, introducing a Romulan sister planet with the unfortunate name of Remus, blatantly attempting to restart Data's entire character arc via a literal copy with the also unfortunate name of B-4, and tying these and other unfortunate decisions together with a nonsensical plot featuring Tom Hardy as a secret clone of Picard. After "Nemesis," the scuttling of future franchise installments can honestly be seen as a mercy killing.

"Star Trek" wasn't quite dead in 2002, however. While we've now officially made it through the combined stories of "Next Generation," "DS9," and "Voyager," there's one more show, independent from the others, that now enters the viewing order. And watching it involves going back to the very beginning... and even before that.

In a chronological viewing, "Star Trek: Enterprise" would actually be the first show you watch, since it takes place a hundred years prior to "The Cage." Indirectly spinning off from the events of "First Contact," it tells the story of Earth's first warp starship, appropriately named the Enterprise and captained by Scott Bakula's Jonathan Archer, and of humanity's early relationships with alien species like the Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, and Andorians. Despite its status as a prequel, the sheer degree to which "Enterprise" relies on its audience having knowledge of other "Star Trek" properties makes it almost impossible to recommend as an entry point. It fits much better here, as the official end of the franchise's second major era, especially given that the final episode, "These Are The Voyages...," frames itself as a holodeck simulation being watched by the Enterprise crew from "Next Generation."

"There Are The Voyages..." aired on May 13th, 2005. There wouldn't be another "Star Trek" show for more than 12 years. At this point, our watch order breaks away from order of release, but we feel strongly that it's how "Star Trek" from 1987 to 2005 should be watched.

Lower Decks

If you think 12 years is a long gap between "Star Trek" installments, that's nothing compared to the 45 years that went by between "Trek" stories told via animation. "Short Treks" was technically the first "Trek" show since "The Animated Series" to include animated episodes, and that aired in 2019, but 2020 gave us the first season of "Lower Decks," an entirely animated show about the people who don't get to hang out on the bridge.

The first franchise installment to ever concern itself primarily with characters who are not in command of a starship or space station, "Lower Decks" is the "Star Trek" equivalent of shows like HBO's "Harley Quinn" — an irreverent, adult-oriented comedy that revels in its TV-MA rating, delivering violence, sex, and swearing at warp speed frequencies. Chronologically, it's set shortly after the events of "Nemesis," but more importantly to the binge-watcher, it's the dessert following a feast — a vital dose of pure fun after absorbing almost four full decades of space drama.

The Kelvin timeline

After the box office failure of "Nemesis" brought an abrupt end to the "Next Generation" movies, there wasn't a new "Trek" film until 2009. And far from being a continuation of the existing movie franchise, this new version, simply called "Star Trek," was a reboot of "The Original Series," casting new, younger versions of Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the first Enterprise crew. Sequels to the reboot followed in 2013 and 2016.

Watching these three movies as part of a "Star Trek" binge is pretty much entirely optional, since they take place in an alternate timeline created when the USS Kelvin was destroyed in battle with time-traveling Romulan ship from the 24th century, leaving an infant James T. Kirk without a father in the process. Moreover, the trilogy is widely considered to be of uneven quality (though the third movie, "Star Trek Beyond," is considerably better than its predecessor, possibly due to the departure of director J.J. Abrams). Still, if you're going to watch them, this is the place in the viewing order to do it, as a key plot point of the first film — the Romulan sun going supernova — plays a major role in "Picard."

Short Treks

The Kelvin movies might not exert much direct influence over the larger plot of "Star Trek," but they played a major role in the future of the franchise by bringing in Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman is the showrunner on "Discovery," and with the exception of "Lower Decks," he has been directly involved in every modern "Trek" series. In 2018, after the successful first season of "Discovery" led to a new expansion of the "Star Trek" franchise, Kurtzman and co-creator Bryan Fuller (formerly a writer on "DS9" and "Voyager") premiered "Short Treks," an anthology series of short, unrelated stories. As of this writing, there have been two seasons and 10 total episodes, some live-action, some animated.

"Short Treks" spans almost the entire "Star Trek" timeline — two episodes are set in the period of time between "Enterprise" and "The Original Series," while a third takes place in the far future. As a result, watching it requires a sense of the entire scope of the "Trek" universe. It's the penultimate entry in this watch order, however, because the Season 2 finale, "Children of Mars," leads directly into the final entry: "Picard."

"Star Trek: Picard" is the first of the modern "Trek" offerings to look forward rather than back, giving us a story set after the events of "Next Generation," "DS9," and "Voyager." Indeed, not only does the series follow up with Jean-Luc Picard 20 years after we last saw him (and 12 years after the Romulan sun went supernova) but it also brings in an older version of Seven of Nine, once again portrayed by Jeri Ryan. As mentioned, Picard also ties into the most recent installment of "Short Treks," which involves a terrorist attack by synthetic life forms that eventually leads to a ban on their creation — one of the many plot elements of "Picard" that has drawn criticism for being inconsistent with the original utopian vision of "Star Trek."

With so many new "Trek" shows on their way, this list will quickly become outdated. But all the upcoming series will reward previous "Trek" viewing, from Janeway's return on "Star Trek: Prodigy" to a show focused entirely on Section 31. So if you're going to binge all of "Star Trek," you might want to get started now!

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Perhaps you've started watching Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and you're wondering where this whole thing (like the whole thing ) originated from. Maybe you're completely ingrained in the Star Trek universe but want to start all over from the beginning for the hundredth time. Whatever the case may be, you're currently reading this because you plan on watching or re-watching all of the Star Trek movies in order. No worries, we've got you all covered with everything you need to know before you get to it. When you're dealing with franchise that has been around many different decades and has had different iterations things can get a bit tricky.

We're going to break it down the best way we can.

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How Many Star Trek Movies Are There?

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All-in-all, there are thirteen total films in the Star Trek franchise as of this writing. That's the simple version. Now we're really going to break it all down.

Star Trek "Original Series" Movies in Order:

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  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Star Trek "Next Generation" Movies in Order

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  • Star Trek Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Star Trek "Kelvin Timeline" Movies in Order aka the "New" Star Trek Movies in Order

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  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

  • Release Date: December 8, 1979
  • Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nicholas
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: While it isn't required to watch Star Trek: The Original Series in its entirety before Star Trek: The Motion Picture , seasons one and two in particular can help prepare you for the overall pace of the movie and familiarize yourself with the characters as they are the ones that star in the film.

Ten years prior to the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture , the television series, Star Trek: The Original Series , was cancelled after three seasons. Despite the cancellation, Paramount Pictures had been lobbying for a feature film which originally began development in 1975, but was scrapped in 1977 for another television series that was to be titled Star Trek: Phase II . However, after the success of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind in 1977, plans for a feature film were put back into motion since that particular film showed that science-fiction movies could be successful.

Finally, after many years, Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released on December 8, 1979, as we just mentioned, it featured the cast from the television series. Adm. James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise is called upon by the federation to help contain an object that is on a crash course with earth. This object is an alien cloud that is wreaking havoc on everything getting in it's way. Kirk uses his leadership expertise to intercept the cloud, which eventually leads to an alien attack.

We then find out that Voyager aka V'Ger, a 20th-century Earth space probe previously believed lost in a black hole, was found by an alien race of living machines, learned all the information it could, returned home to report what they discovered, but that nobody knew how to respond to the findings. Some people believe that you can skip this film altogether, but if you want to say that you've watched every single Star Trek , you've gotta get it in.

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

  • Release Date: June 4, 1982
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: Similar to the first film, nothing is required to be watched in order to understand the movie. However, if you want to get super nerdy, you can watch "Space Seed" (season 1, episode 22) from the television series as that's when Khan is originally introduced.

Despite the mixed reviews of Star Trek: The Motion Picture , the follow-up Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released three years later on June 4, 1982. Many consider The Wrath of Khan to be the best Star Trek movie of all time, which makes for a fun debate amongst fans and movie critics. Adm. James T. Kirk and Capt. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are monitoring trainees at Starfleet Academy when they discover that another vessel from the United Federation of Planets is about to test the planet-creating Genesis Device, which leads to two of Kirk's officers being captured and a showdown.

The Wrath of Khan was a huge box office success, grossing $97 million at the box office along with positive reviews from critics.

3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

  • Release Date: June 1, 1984
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , you will need to watch The Wrath of Khan as this film is a continuation of the events that happened in that movie.

Fast forward two years later, Spock is dead. Or is he? Adm. James T. Kirk succeeded in defeating Khan, but that defeat apparently came with the cost of losing Spock. While investigating the Genesis planet from aboard the science vessel Grissom , they discover that Spock has been resurrected, but in the form of a child and that he has lost consciousness. The crew defies orders disables the USS Excelsior , and steals the Enterprise in the attempt to retrieve Spock's body. While The Search for Spock did gross $87 million at the box office (which in reality wasn't that much less than its predecessor), the film was still considered a "moderate" success compared The Wrath of Khan .

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

  • Release Date: November 26, 1986
  • Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nicholas, Catherine Hicks
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home completes the arc of The Wrath of Khan and The Search for Spock , so you will need to watch both in order to understand what's going on.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is another debate starter as it is frequently put up against The Wrath of Khan in terms of which one is better. In it, Adm. James T. Kirk and his crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve humpback whales — which is the key to communicating with a probe that's dangerously looking for somebody that understands it/them/whatever you want to call it. The plot is inexplicably corny 1980s, but you can't deny its charm as it pulled in $133 million worldwide at the box office, and received four Academy Award nominations for cinematography and sound.

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

  • Release Date: June 9, 1989
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: No required viewing, but it is recommended that you watch the previous films.

Alright, we're going to save you the trouble here — the mark was missed with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier . It has a case for being one of if not the worst Star Trek film of all time. That said, The Final Frontier centers around Sybok, the half brother of Spock, who hijacks the Enterprise in order to meet God, who he also believes is himself. Interesting. We're not going to say skip The Final Frontier completely, but we will say to have proper expectations before you watch.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

  • Release Date: December 6, 1991
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: While it's recommended you watch the previous films, it should be noted that some have started their Star Trek journey with The Undiscovered Country . You don't have to watch the television series to understand what's going on this film either.

Whenever Star Trek would take a step backward in terms of critical and commercial success, they would always follow it up with a stronger attempt. The Undiscovered Country is a whirlwind journey as Capt. Kirk and the USS Enterprise Crew are carrying Klingon Chancellor Gorkon (David Warner) to Earth as leverage for a peace treaty with the United Federation of Planets. Their ship gets confused for firing on a Klingon vessel, which kills Gorkon. This leads to Kirk and Leonard McCoy (DeForest Kelley) being arrested for murder as it is thought to be a revenge attempt by Kirk for the Klingons murdering his son. Now it's all left up to Spock to save the day.

7. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

  • Release Date: November 18, 1994
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, William Shatner
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: It is our recommendation that you watch at least a few episodes of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series that ran from 1987 to 1994, as the movies are set at the end of series and preceded by the 1994 series finale "All Good Things."

And here begins The Next Generation era of Star Trek . While not as captivating as the prior films, the movie had its own strong points as the Starship Enterprise gets sent to a giant energy field on the verge of engulfing two ships that presumably kills Capt. Kirk. Fast forward several years later, Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) learns that one of the survivors, Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell), has big plans to enter the field by destroying a neighboring star, and must be stopped. While The Next Generation received mixed reviews, it did gross $118 million at the box office, so it was a good first start to the new generation.

8. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

  • Release Date: November 22, 1996
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: "The Best of Both Worlds" (season 3, episode 26 and season 4, episode 1)

The story behind Star Trek: First Contact goes a little something like this — Paramount Pictures asked writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore to start working on the next film. Braga and Moore wanted to feature the Borg in the storyline, but Rick Berman, the producer, wanted the plot to focus on time travel. The solution? They decided to combine both ideas, pulling references from the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds" from Star Trek: The Next Generation , which served as both a season finale for season 3, and a season premiere for season 4.

First Contact features the crew following a Borg ship and traveling back in time to prevent the Borg from taking over the Earth in a past era. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) and a space travel guru (James Cromwell) are stuck trying to create the first time warp, whereas Capt. Picard and mdr. Data (Brent Spiner) are trying to battle the borg queen as she attempts to take over The Enterprise. Fun stuff.

9. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

  • Release Date: December 11, 1998
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: Any episode from The Next Generation and the previous movies in The Next Generation series.

When a mission to planet Ba'ku gets disrupted by a malfunctioning android named Data (Brent Spiner) taking the cultural task force hostage, Capt. Picard and crew learn that the Federation mission was actually a ploy by the Son'a to remove the inhabitants of Ba'ku. There's also the romance between Troi and Riker that gets rekindled in the process. While some may argue other Star Trek films are more dynamic, we'd argue that Insurrection stands on its own two feet.

10. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

  • Release Date: December 13, 2002
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Stuart Baird, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Tom Hardy
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: You could watch the entire Next Generation series and all the prior films before tackling Nemesis , but it also works as a standalone.

The final film of The Next Generation series sees Capt. Picard diverting Enterprise's trip to Cmdr. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Troi's (Marina Sirtis) wedding in order to negotiate a peace treaty with the Romulans. Pre-Bane Tom Hardy takes on the role of Shinzon, the new Praetor of the Romulans, who needs Picard’s blood to survive. The only problem is Shiznon is also trying to destroy the entire Earth and take everyone down with him, so there's that.

11. Star Trek (2009)

  • Release Date: May 7, 2009
  • Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: The 2009 Star Trek essentially restarts the whole series. You can watch it without having seen any of the prior series or movies.

Back to the beginning we go! We get re-introduced to Kirk, Bones, Spock and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew as they are dealing with the villainous Romulan commander Nero (Eric Bana) who's kinda threatening all of mankind. It's up to Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and everybody else to defeat Nero before it's too late. Nothing too complicated here — just a simple plot to introduce newcomers to the franchise.

12. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

  • Release Date: May 16, 2013
  • Extra Recommended Viewing: Star Trek (2009)

Capt. Kirk gets removed from his commander position by violating the Prime Directive, Admiral Pike replaces him, Spock gets transferred to another ship, and that's just the beginning. Khan is back, but he's actually kind of... somewhat... nice, and Kirk and the rest of The Enterprise team set out to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction which leads to a life or death battle. Fun stuff again.

13. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

  • Extra Recommended Viewing: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

And this is where the Star Trek movies (emphasis on movies) leaves us in this era until Star Trek 4 which is currently in development. Star Trek Beyond was about The Enterprise being deceived by Krall (Idris Elba), a vicious enemy who gets his energy from sucking the life out of his victims. Long story short, Krall needs an artifact that's on The Enterprise ship, and Kirk and the crew have got to battle against him. The events of Star Trek Beyond effectively serve as a prequel to the 1960s series, so you can actually watch Star Trek: The Original Series after this.

The Star Trek Movies in Release Order:

Unlike other franchises or universes , the Star Trek movies in order of release date is actually exactly the same as the chronological order.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture - December 6th, 1979
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - June 4th, 1982
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - June 1st, 1984
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - November 26th, 1986
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - June 9th, 1989
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - December 6th, 1991
  • Star Trek: Generations - November 18th, 1994
  • Star Trek: First Contact - November 22nd, 1996
  • Star Trek: Insurrection - December 11th, 1998
  • Star Trek: Nemesis - December 13th, 2002
  • Star Trek - May 7th, 2009
  • Star Trek Into Darkness - May 16th, 2013
  • Star Trek Beyond - July 22nd, 2016

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Abbreviation Guide

The 21st Century

The 22nd century, the 23rd century.

    (DIS,SNW,TOS,TAS)

The 24th Century

    (TNG,DS9,VOY,LDS,PRO,PIC)

The 25th Century

The 31st century, the 32nd century, introduction.

This Star Trek viewing guide will assist you through watching the entire franchise, based not on production dates, but on in-universe story order, all the way from the 21st to the 32nd centuries.  As it is a viewing guide and not a rigid chronology, some episodes are shifted to keep things as clear and fun as possible. The site is updated regularly to stay current.

To avoid spoilers, I’ve moved discussion of the thinking behind some less clear-cut decisions to a separate “methodology” page . Opinions and feedback are welcome!

Series Overview and Abbreviation Guide

Past Shows:

    TOS —> Star Trek - The Original Series (1964, 1966-1969)

    TAS —> Star Trek - The Animated Series    (1973-1974)

    TNG —> Star Trek - The Next Generation    (1987-1994)

    DS9 —> Star Trek - Deep Space Nine     (1993-1999)

    VOY —> Star Trek - Voyager (1995-2001)

    ENT —> Star Trek - Enterprise (2001-2005)

    SHO —> Star Trek - Short Treks (2018-2020)

    PIC —> Star Trek - Picard (2020-2023)

    MOV —> Theatrical Movies (1979-1991, 1994-2002, 2009-2016)

Current Shows:

    DIS —> Star Trek - Discovery (2017-2024)

    LDS —> Star Trek - Lower Decks (2020-)

    PRO —> Star Trek - Prodigy (2021-)

    SNW —> Star Trek - Strange New Worlds (2022-)

Series Overview and Abbreviation Guide: Star Trek Universe

April 5th, 2063:

Star Trek essentially begins on this date, when Zefram Cochrane creates faster-than-light travel (“warp drive”) allowing humans to meet extraterrestrial life, the Vulcans, for the first time. We will see this event later in the viewing order, but for now it’s just backstory.

2063: Star Trek: First Contact

We start with Star Trek: Enterprise (technically just titled Enterprise until season three). While the first in the timeline, this show was actually the sixth Star Trek series made, and includes many fun hints of future events.  We will mostly follow the release order, but will skip some episodes in Seasons two and four until later in the viewing order.

ENT     Season 1, episode 1    -     Broken Bow, Part 1

ENT     Season 1, episode 2    -     Broken Bow, Part 2

ENT     Season 1, episode 3    -     Fight or Flight

ENT     Season 1, episode 4    -     Strange New World

ENT     Season 1, episode 5    -     Unexpected

ENT     Season 1, episode 6    -     Terra Nova

ENT     Season 1, episode 7    -     The Andorian Incident

ENT     Season 1, episode 8    -     Breaking the Ice

ENT     Season 1, episode 9    -     Civilization

ENT     Season 1, episode 10    -     Fortunate Son

ENT     Season 1, episode 11    -     Cold Front

ENT     Season 1, episode 12    -     Silent Enemy

ENT     Season 1, episode 13    -     Dear Doctor

ENT     Season 1, episode 14    -     Sleeping Dogs

ENT     Season 1, episode 15    -     Shadows of P'Jem

ENT     Season 1, episode 16    -     Shuttlepod One

ENT     Season 1, episode 17    -     Fusion

ENT     Season 1, episode 18    -     Rogue Planet

ENT     Season 1, episode 19    -     Acquisition

2151: Enterprise Cast

ENT     Season 1, episode 20    -     Oasis

ENT     Season 1, episode 21    -     Detained

ENT     Season 1, episode 22    -     Vox Sola

ENT     Season 1, episode 23    -     Fallen Hero

ENT     Season 1, episode 24    -     Desert Crossing

ENT     Season 1, episode 25    -     Two Days and Two Nights

ENT     Season 1, episode 26    -     Shockwave, Part I

ENT     Season 2, episode 1    -     Shockwave, Part II

ENT     Season 2, episode 2    -     Carbon Creek

ENT     Season 2, episode 3    -     Minefield

ENT     Season 2, episode 4    -     Dead Stop

ENT     Season 2, episode 5    -     A Night in Sickbay

ENT     Season 2, episode 6    -     Marauders

ENT     Season 2, episode 7    -     The Seventh

ENT     Season 2, episode 8    -     The Communicator

ENT     Season 2, episode 9    -     Singularity

ENT     Season 2, episode 10    -     Vanishing Point

ENT     Season 2, episode 11    -     Precious Cargo

ENT     Season 2, episode 12    -     The Catwalk

ENT     Season 2, episode 13    -     Dawn

ENT     Season 2, episode 14    -     Stigma

ENT     Season 2, episode 15    -     Cease Fire

ENT     Season 2, episode 16    -     Future Tense

ENT     Season 2, episode 17    -     Canamar

ENT     Season 2, episode 18    -     The Crossing

ENT     Season 2, episode 19    -     Judgment

2152: Carbon Creek

ENT     Season 2, episode 20    -     Horizon

ENT     Season 2, episode 21    -     The Breach

ENT     Season 2, episode 22    -     Cogenitor

We are skipping episode 23 (“Regeneration”) for now, but will return to it later.

ENT     Season 2, episode 24    -     First Flight

ENT     Season 2, episode 25    -     Bounty

ENT     Season 2, episode 26    -     The Expanse

ENT     Season 3, episode 1    -     The Xindi

ENT     Season 3, episode 2    -     Anomaly

ENT     Season 3, episode 3    -     Extinction

ENT     Season 3, episode 4    -     Rajiin

ENT     Season 3, episode 5    -     Impulse

ENT     Season 3, episode 6    -     Exile

ENT     Season 3, episode 7    -     The Shipment

ENT     Season 3, episode 8    -     Twilight

ENT     Season 3, episode 9    -     North Star

ENT     Season 3, episode 10    -     Similitude

ENT     Season 3, episode 11    -     Carpenter Street

ENT     Season 3, episode 12    -     Chosen Realm

ENT     Season 3, episode 13    -     Proving Ground

ENT     Season 3, episode 14    -     Stratagem

ENT     Season 3, episode 15    -     Harbinger

2153: Similitude

ENT     Season 3, episode 16    -     Doctor's Orders

ENT     Season 3, episode 17    -     Hatchery

ENT     Season 3, episode 18    -     Azati Prime

ENT     Season 3, episode 19    -     Damage

ENT     Season 3, episode 20    -     The Forgotten

ENT     Season 3, episode 21    -     E-Squared

ENT     Season 3, episode 22    -     The Council

ENT     Season 3, episode 23    -     Countdown

ENT     Season 3, episode 24    -     Zero Hour

In its fourth and final season, Enterprise, under the guidance of a new showrunner, really takes advantage of its ability to foreshadow events in later chronologically-placed stories. Please pay attention to the episode numbers as we skip episodes 18, 19, and 22 for now and watch them later.

ENT     Season 4, episode 1    -     Storm Front, Part 1

ENT     Season 4, episode 2    -     Storm Front, Part 2

ENT     Season 4, episode 3    -     Home

ENT     Season 4, episode 4    -     Borderland

ENT     Season 4, episode 5    -     Cold Station 12

ENT     Season 4, episode 6    -     The Augments

ENT     Season 4, episode 7    -     The Forge

ENT     Season 4, episode 8    -     Awakening

ENT     Season 4, episode 9    -     Kir'Shara

ENT     Season 4, episode 10    -     Daedalus

ENT     Season 4, episode 11    -     Observer Effect

ENT     Season 4, episode 12    -     Babel One

ENT     Season 4, episode 13    -     United

ENT     Season 4, episode 14    -     The Aenar

ENT     Season 4, episode 15    -     Affliction

ENT     Season 4, episode 16    -     Divergence

ENT     Season 4, episode 17    -     Bound

2154: Babel One

ENT     Season 4, episode 20    -     Demons

ENT     Season 4, episode 21    -     Terra Prime

Although we will be moving on from Enterprise for now, we will return to watch the skipped episodes and the series finale later. Even so, the two-parter above is near-universally considered a better end-point for this point in the story.

2155: Terra Prime

The Earth-Romulan War, which was first mentioned in the original 1960s series, occurs here. Enterprise intended to cover this starting in the fifth season, but was unfortunately cancelled after Season Four. While we don't get to see the conflict on screen, its impact is felt throughout Enterprise and beyond. During the war, Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites form a loosely structured Coalition of Planets which manages to push back the Romulans. This Coalition leads directly to…

2156: The Earth-Romulan War

…the formation of the United Federation of Planets, the primary political organization of the Star Trek franchise.

From this point on, Star Trek focuses on the Federation, depicting its periods of peace, war, expansion, and decline, which will set the agenda for much of the franchise.

2161: United Federation of Planets

ENT     Season 1, episode 20    -     Oasis

ENT     Season 1, episode 21    -     Detained

ENT     Season 1, episode 22    -     Vox Sola

ENT     Season 1, episode 23    -     Fallen Hero

ENT     Season 1, episode 24    -     Desert Crossing

ENT     Season 1, episode 25    -     Two Days and Two Nights

ENT     Season 1, episode 26    -     Shockwave, Part I

ENT     Season 2, episode 1    -     Shockwave, Part II

ENT     Season 2, episode 2    -     Carbon Creek

ENT     Season 2, episode 3    -     Minefield

ENT     Season 2, episode 4    -     Dead Stop

ENT     Season 2, episode 5    -     A Night in Sickbay

ENT     Season 2, episode 6    -     Marauders

ENT     Season 2, episode 7    -     The Seventh

ENT     Season 2, episode 8    -     The Communicator

ENT     Season 2, episode 9    -     Singularity

ENT     Season 2, episode 10    -     Vanishing Point

ENT     Season 2, episode 11    -     Precious Cargo

ENT     Season 2, episode 12    -     The Catwalk

ENT     Season 2, episode 13    -     Dawn

ENT     Season 2, episode 14    -     Stigma

ENT     Season 2, episode 15    -     Cease Fire

ENT     Season 2, episode 16    -     Future Tense

ENT     Season 2, episode 17    -     Canamar

ENT     Season 2, episode 18    -     The Crossing

ENT     Season 2, episode 19    -     Judgment

2152: Dead Stop

Early 2230s:

An adaptation of an (actual) ancient African legend, told to a young girl we will meet again later as an adult, this is our first “Short Treks” episode. These mini-episodes are not tied to any specific time or place in the Star Trek franchise and will appear occasionally throughout this list.

SHO     Season 2, episode 5    -     The Girl Who Made the Stars

2230s: The Girl Who Made the Stars

2233 - A sidenote about universes/timelines:

There are two main “universes” in the Star Trek franchise: the Kelvin timeline (consisting of three feature films) and the Prime timeline (covering everything else). This year, 2233, is when events occur which split the universe into the Kelvin and Prime timelines. For now, we will stay with the Prime timeline in this viewing order, but keep in mind the Kelvin timeline for later. Note that there is a third universe, the "Mirror" universe, and occasional alternate timelines. However, for simplicity, our visits there will not be separated from the Prime episodes.

2233: Shatner and Pine

2233 (Prime):

The USS Kelvin flies through space, exploring strange new worlds.

Nothing happens.

All is well.

2233: USS Kelvin

SHO   Season 1, episode 3    -     The Brightest Star

2239: The Brightest Star

After a quick Short Trek in which we meet a young ensign reporting to his new ship, we reach the very first Star Trek content ever produced: The Cage, dating from 1964-65. Rejected by NBC for being "too cerebral," studio owner Lucille Ball convinced the network to give the show another chance at a pilot. While much of The Cage’s footage was reused in a later episode, "The Menagerie," we recommend that you don't skip either one. The character of Captain Pike becomes highly significant shortly, and both episodes offer valuable insights into him.

Viewing notes: When referring to the original 1960s "Star Trek," this guide (and most others) use the abbreviation TOS (The Original Series) to distinguish it from later series. TOS is available in two versions: the classic version as it aired in the 60s and an enhanced version with updated CGI effects. Unlike Star Wars, the remastered versions do not alter the stories in any way. Therefore, the version you choose to watch is a matter of personal preference, and we do not make any official recommendation.

SHO     Season 2, episode 1    -     Q&A

TOS     Season 0, episode 1    -     The Cage

2254: The Cage

We now begin Star Trek: Discovery, which is the seventh Star Trek series produced, but only the second series chronologically. It also is the first series to significantly revamp the visual designs, departing from the previous assumption that the 23rd century looked the same as it did in the original 1960s series. Discovery updates the designs, and we are trusted to accept that they have "always" looked this way, affecting uniforms, ships, alien makeup, and more. The Klingons, in particular, received a dramatic redesign, though it was significantly backtracked after the first season. These are not continuity issues, and should not be viewed as such, though we could certainly nitpick details if we chose to.

DIS     Season 1, episode 1    -     The Vulcan Hello

DIS     Season 1, episode 2    -     Battle of the Binary Stars

DIS     Season 1, episode 3    -     Context is for Kings

DIS     Season 1, episode 4    -     The Butchers Knife Cares Not for the Lambs Cry

DIS     Season 1, episode 5    -     Choose Your Pain

DIS     Season 1, episode 6    -     Lethe

DIS     Season 1, episode 7    -     Magic to Make the Sanest Man go Mad

2256: Discovery Cast

DIS     Season 1, episode 8    -     Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

DIS     Season 1, episode 9    -     Into the Forest I Go

Watching the franchise in this order presents a quirk in episode 10, where the USS Defiant is, to avoid spoilers, somewhere it shouldn't be. Our heroes don't know why, but the show assumes that we know the explanation. However, don't worry about it. We will get to the explanation when we reach 2268, but In the meantime, it is entirely unimportant to how the story in Discovery unfolds.

DIS     Season 1, episode 10    -     Despite Yourself

DIS     Season 1, episode 11    -     The Wolf Inside

DIS     Season 1, episode 12    -     Vaulting Ambition

DIS     Season 1, episode 13    -     What's Past is Prologue

DIS     Season 1, episode 14    -     The War Without, The War Within

DIS     Season 1, episode 15    -     Will You Take My Hand?

SHO   Season 1, episode 1    -     Runaway

SHO   Season 1, episode 4    -     Escape Artist

DIS     Season 2, episode 1    -     Brother

DIS     Season 2, episode 2    -     New Eden

DIS     Season 2, episode 3    -     Point of Light

DIS     Season 2, episode 4    -     An Obol for Charon

DIS     Season 2, episode 5    -     Saints of Imperfection

DIS     Season 2, episode 6    -     The Sound of Thunder

DIS     Season 2, episode 7    -     Light and Shadows

DIS     Season 2, episode 8    -     If Memory Serves

DIS     Season 2, episode 9    -     Project Daedalus

DIS     Season 2, episode 10    -     The Red Angel

DIS     Season 2, episode 11    -     Perpetual Infinity

DIS     Season 2, episode 12    -     Through the Valley of Shadows

DIS     Season 2, episode 13    -     Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 1

DIS     Season 2, episode 14    -     Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2

2257: Through the Valley of Shadows

I will avoid spoilers, but after watching the episode listed just above, it will be clear why we are pausing our viewing of Discovery, even though there are more episodes left to watch. We will come back to the series at the appropriate time and continue watching.

SHO   Season 2, episode 2    -     The Trouble with Edward

SHO   Season 2, episode 3    -     Ask Not

2250s:The Trouble With Edward

We now move away from the USS Discovery to follow Captain Pike, back in command of the Enterprise, for an absolutely delightful series that, while modern, deliberately throws back to 1960s Trek in many ways, not the least of which being the first chronological appearances of some characters we will continue to see for many years to come.

SNW     Season 1, episode 1    -     Strange New Worlds

SNW     Season 1, episode 2    -     Children of the Comet

SNW     Season 1, episode 3    -     Ghosts of Illyria

SNW     Season 1, episode 4    -     Momento Mori

SNW     Season 1, episode 5    -     Spock Amok

SNW     Season 1, episode 6    -     Lift Us Where Suffering Cannot Reach

SNW     Season 1, episode 7    -     The Serene Squall

SNW     Season 1, episode 8    -     The Elysian Kingdom

SNW     Season 1, episode 9    -     All Those Who Wander

Pay attention to the alternate future laid out in this next episode; we will see how the timeline actually plays out later in this chronology.

SNW     Season 1, episode 10    -     A Quality of Mercy

SNW     Season 2 episode 1    -     The Broken Circle

SNW     Season 2, episode 2    -     Ad Astra per Aspera

SNW     Season 2, episode 3    -     Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

SNW     Season 2, episode 4    -     Among the Lotus Eaters

SNW     Season 2, episode 5    -     Charades

SNW     Season 2, episode 6    -     Lost in Translation

We are skipping episode 7 here, as it is a crossover with a show we won’t get to for a hundred years or and won’t make sense unless you are already familiar with Lower Decks. Don’t worry, we’ll be coming back to it later.

SNW     Season 2, episode 8    -     Under the Cloak of War

SNW     Season 2, episode 9    -     Subspace Rhapsody

SNW     Season 2, episode 10    -     Hegemony

2250s:The Trouble With Edward

Here’s that second Original Series pilot Lucille Ball fought for, now with (most) of the classic 1960’s Star Trek crew. Still no Dr. McCoy, Uhura, or Chekov, Kirk has a different middle initial, the uniforms and sets still aren’t quite right… but we are for the first time recognizably in the world of the show that started it all.

TOS     Season 1, episode 3    -     Where No Man Has Gone Before

2265: Where No Man Has Gone Before

Just as a reminder - the original Star Trek may appear less advanced in terms of its designs and aesthetic compared to the other Star Trek shows we have watched so far, but this is only due to the limitations of television production at the time. This is not “true” in story terms - the technology and society in TOS should be read as on par with Discovery and Strange New Worlds, which all take place at roughly this point in the timeline.

To fully appreciate the development of the show, it's recommended to watch TOS in production order instead of by air date.  In general, don’t get too hung up on continuity with the rest of the franchise in these early days - they take quite a while to pin some stuff down that the rest of the franchise takes for granted.

TOS     Season 1, episode 10    -     The Corbomite Maneuver

TOS     Season 1, episode 6    -     Mudd's Women

TOS     Season 1, episode 5    -     The Enemy Within

TOS     Season 1, episode 1    -     The Man Trap

TOS     Season 1, episode 4    -     The Naked Time

TOS     Season 1, episode 2    -     Charlie X

Next up we revisit the events of SNW’s season 1 finale, “A Quality of Mercy”, and see how differently events play out with Kirk in command of the Enterprise.

TOS     Season 1, episode 14    -     Balance of Terror

TOS     Season 1, episode 7    -     What Are Little Girls Made of?

TOS     Season 1, episode 9    -     Dagger of the Mind

TOS     Season 1, episode 8    -     Miri

TOS     Season 1, episode 13    -     The Conscience of the King

TOS     Season 1, episode 16    -     The Galileo Seven

TOS     Season 1, episode 20    -     Court Martial

The Menagerie is largely reedited from The Cage, which we watched a while back, but don’t skip it - after spending so much time with Spock and Pike since, this episode is absolutely essential.

TOS     Season 1, episode 11    -     The Menagerie (Part I)

TOS     Season 1, episode 12    -     The Menagerie (Part II)

TOS     Season 1, episode 15    -     Shore Leave

TOS     Season 1, episode 17    -     The Squire of Gothos

TOS     Season 1, episode 18    -     Arena

TOS     Season 1, episode 27    -     The Alternative Factor

TOS     Season 1, episode 19    -     Tomorrow is Yesterday

TOS     Season 1, episode 21    -     The Return of the Archons

TOS     Season 1, episode 23    -     A Taste of Armageddon

TOS     Season 1, episode 22    -     Space Seed

TOS     Season 1, episode 24    -     This Side of Paradise

TOS     Season 1, episode 25    -     Devil in the Dark

TOS     Season 1, episode 26    -     Errand of Mercy

TOS     Season 1, episode 28    -     The City on the Edge of Forever

TOS     Season 1, episode 29    -     Operation: Annihilate!

2266: The City on the Edge of Forever

With the arrival of Chekov, the classic cast is finally complete.

TOS     Season 2, episode 7    -     Catspaw

TOS     Season 2, episode 9    -     Metamorphosis

TOS     Season 2, episode 11    -     Friday's Child

TOS     Season 2, episode 2    -     Who Mourns for Adonais?

TOS     Season 2, episode 1    -     Amok Time

TOS     Season 2, episode 6    -     The Doomsday Machine

TOS     Season 2, episode 14    -     Wolf in the Fold

TOS     Season 2, episode 3    -     The Changeling

TOS     Season 2, episode 5    -     The Apple

While Mirror, Mirror is the episode that first introduces the Mirror universe, we’ve already been there on Discovery. Enterprise had a two-part episode there too, actually, but that’s one of the ones we skipped for later viewing and will be arriving at shortly.

TOS     Season 2, episode 4    -     Mirror, Mirror

TOS     Season 2, episode 12    -     The Deadly Years

TOS     Season 2, episode 8    -     I, Mudd

TOS     Season 2, episode 15    -     The Trouble with Tribbles

TOS     Season 2, episode 25    -     Bread and Circuses

TOS     Season 2, episode 10    -     Journey to Babel

TOS     Season 2, episode 19    -     A Private Little War

TOS     Season 2, episode 16    -     The Gamesters of Triskelion

TOS     Season 2, episode 13    -     Obsession

TOS     Season 2, episode 18    -     The Immunity Syndrome

TOS     Season 2, episode 17    -     A Piece of the Action

TOS     Season 2, episode 22    -     By Any Other Name

TOS     Season 2, episode 20    -     Return to Tomorrow

TOS     Season 2, episode 21    -     Patterns of Force

TOS     Season 2, episode 24    -     The Ultimate Computer

TOS     Season 2, episode 23    -     The Omega Glory

TOS     Season 2, episode 26    -     Assignment: Earth

2267: The Trouble with Tribbles

TOS     Season 3, episode 6    -     Spectre of the Gun

TOS     Season 3, episode 13    -     Elaan of Troyius

TOS     Season 3, episode 3    -     The Paradise Syndrome

TOS     Season 3, episode 2    -     The Enterprise Incident

TOS     Season 3, episode 4    -     And the Children Shall Lead

TOS     Season 3, episode 1    -     Spock's Brain

TOS     Season 3, episode 5    -     Is There No Truth in Beauty?

TOS     Season 3, episode 12    -     The Empath

In one of the more fun examples of the shows tying together, the next three episodes we watch have a TOS episode leading into two of the Enterprise episodes we skipped, PLUS will finally explain why the Discovery detected the USS Defiant in the Mirror Universe.

TOS     Season 3, episode 9    -     The Tholian Web

ENT     Season 4, episode 18    -     In a Mirror, Darkly, Part I

ENT     Season 4, episode 19    -     In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II

TOS     Season 3, episode 8    -     For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky

TOS     Season 3, episode 7    -     Day of the Dove

TOS     Season 3, episode 10    -     Plato's Stepchildren

TOS     Season 3, episode 11    -     Wink of An Eye

TOS     Season 3, episode 17    -     That Which Survives

TOS     Season 3, episode 15    -     Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

TOS     Season 3, episode 14    -     Whom Gods Destroy

TOS     Season 3, episode 16    -     The Mark of Gideon

TOS     Season 3, episode 18    -     The Lights of Zetar

TOS     Season 3, episode 21    -     The Cloud Minders

TOS     Season 3, episode 20    -     The Way to Eden

TOS     Season 3, episode 19    -     Requiem for Methuselah

TOS     Season 3, episode 22    -     The Savage Curtain

TOS     Season 3, episode 23    -     All Our Yesterdays

TOS     Season 3, episode 24    -     Turnabout Intruder

2268: The Tholian Web

We finish Kirk's Five-Year Mission with Star Trek: The Animated Series. Is TAS in continuity? Debatable. In later years, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry liked to say it was not, but later works in the franchise certainly seemed to disagree, with Enterprise’s Vulcan arc as well as the first of the Kelvin films borrowing heavily from Yesteryear, Robert April appearing in Strange New Worlds, numerous references in Lower Decks, etc.,  so I see no reason not to consider it as canon as everything else. Besides, “La mort de l'auteur” means we don’t have to listen to Gene.

TAS     Season 1, episode 1    -     Beyond the Farthest Star

TAS     Season 1, episode 2    -     Yesteryear

TAS     Season 1, episode 3    -     One of Our Planets is Missing

TAS     Season 1, episode 4    -     The Lorelei Signal

TAS     Season 1, episode 5    -     More Tribbles, More Troubles

TAS     Season 1, episode 6    -     The Survivor

TAS     Season 1, episode 7    -     The Infinite Vulcan

TAS     Season 1, episode 8    -     The Magicks of Megas-tu

TAS     Season 1, episode 9    -     Once Upon a Planet

TAS     Season 1, episode 10    -     Mudd's Passion

TAS     Season 1, episode 11    -     The Terratin Incident

TAS     Season 1, episode 12    -     The Time Trap

TAS     Season 1, episode 13    -     The Ambergris Element

TAS     Season 1, episode 14    -     The Slaver Weapon

TAS     Season 1, episode 15    -     The Eye of the Beholder

TAS     Season 1, episode 16    -     The Jihad

TAS     Season 2, episode 1    -     The Pirates of Orion

TAS     Season 2, episode 2    -     Bem

TAS     Season 2, episode 3    -     The Practical Joker

TAS     Season 2, episode 4    -     Albatross

TAS     Season 2, episode 5    -     How Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth

TAS     Season 2, episode 6    -     The Counter-Clock Incident

2269: Yesteryear

Movie time! Some background here. Paramount was planning on making a new network, and intended a new Star Trek series, "Star Trek Phase II", to anchor it. Scripts were written, sets were built, and actors cast. When network plans fell through, and Star Wars became a hit, they decided to take one of those scripts and streeeeeeeeeetch it out into a movie.

So…. Is it way too long for the amount of plot it has? Yes, though it has its charms. And isn’t it basically a retread of Nomad from the episode "The Changeling" anyway? It is. And hey, isn’t that the pedophile Dad from 7th Heaven? mm-hmm. Anyway, if you have access to it I recommend the Director’s Cut, in which pacing is much improved and some particularly flawed effects are redone, but either version works story-wise.

MOV      Star Trek: The Motion Picture

2273: The Motion Picture

Following The Motion Picture, the franchise underwent a significant transformation with the release of the next film, adopting a different style and tone that many, including the author, believe resulted in the best Star Trek movie to date.

MOV      Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

MOV      Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Ephraim and Dot ’s continuity really makes no sense anywhere, but it’s cute so who cares. Anyway, this seemed the BEST place to put it.

SHO     Season 2, episode 4    -     Ephraim and Dot

2285: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

MOV      Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Or, to use the all-but-official secondary title, “The One With The Whales”

2063: Star Trek: First Contact

MOV      Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

2063: Star Trek: First Contact

A criminally underrated film.

MOV      Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Sidenote: The opening sequence of the film. Star Trek: Generations takes place here, a few months after The Undiscovered Country. I very much do not expect people to watch things in pieces, but as there IS a clear delineation in the film, you can, optionally , watch the beginning of Generations and stop when the “78 years later” caption comes up . Or you can just not worry about it, and watch the whole film in one sitting when we reach 2371.

2063: Star Trek: First Contact

We now jump forward 70-odd years to see a far more established Federation, and perhaps the most popular and beloved Star Trek series of all, Star Trek - The Next Generation. That said, it is extremely rough at the outset, so you’ll need to give it some time. I promise you, the series gets a lot better later on and absolutely earns the affection it still receives to this day.

TNG     Season 1, episode 1    -     Encounter at Farpoint, Part 1

TNG     Season 1, episode 2    -     Encounter at Farpoint, Part 2

TNG     Season 1, episode 3    -     The Naked Now

TNG     Season 1, episode 4    -     Code of Honor

TNG     Season 1, episode 5    -     The Last Outpost

TNG     Season 1, episode 6    -     Where No One Has Gone Before

TNG     Season 1, episode 7    -     Lonely Among Us

TNG     Season 1, episode 8    -     Justice

TNG     Season 1, episode 9    -     The Battle

TNG     Season 1, episode 10    -     Hide and Q

TNG     Season 1, episode 11    -     Haven

TNG     Season 1, episode 12    -     The Big Goodbye

TNG     Season 1, episode 13    -     Datalore

TNG     Season 1, episode 14    -     Angel One

TNG     Season 1, episode 15    -     11001001

TNG     Season 1, episode 16    -     Too Short a Season

TNG     Season 1, episode 17    -     When The Bow Breaks

TNG     Season 1, episode 18    -     Home Soil

TNG     Season 1, episode 19    -     Coming of Age

TNG     Season 1, episode 20    -     Heart of Glory

TNG     Season 1, episode 21    -     The Arsenal of Freedom

TNG     Season 1, episode 22    -     Symbiosis

TNG     Season 1, episode 23    -     Skin of Evil

TNG     Season 1, episode 24    -     We'll Always Have Paris

TNG     Season 1, episode 25    -     Conspiracy

TNG     Season 1, episode 26    -     The Neutral Zone

2364: Datalore

This season introduces the most popular and iconic character of the entire Star Trek franchise: Riker’s Beard. Fun fact: The writers strike this year means that not only does this slightly shorter season feature an actual Golden Girls-style clip show, the producers had to dip into episodes written for the early 70’s Phase II series that was never made. Will Riker and Troi were ALWAYS a revamp of the original plans for Will Decker and Ilia, but the season opener was literally written in the 70s with Ilia in the place of Troi.

TNG     Season 2, episode 1    -     The Child

TNG     Season 2, episode 2    -     Where Silence Has Lease

TNG     Season 2, episode 3    -     Elementary, Dear Data

TNG     Season 2, episode 4    -     The Outrageous Okona

TNG     Season 2, episode 5    -     Loud as a Whisper

TNG     Season 2, episode 6    -     The Schizoid Man

TNG     Season 2, episode 7    -     Unnatural Selection

TNG     Season 2, episode 8    -     A Matter of Honor

The series doesn’t truly find its footing until Season 3, but “The Measure of a Man” is widely considered TNG’s first “great” episode, a sign of many more to come. There is an extended version available of this episode - worth choosing if you have access to it, but not a problem if you do not.

TNG     Season 2, episode 9    -     The Measure of a Man

TNG     Season 2, episode 10    -     The Dauphin

TNG     Season 2, episode 11    -     Contagion

TNG     Season 2, episode 12    -     The Royale

TNG     Season 2, episode 13    -     Time Squared

TNG     Season 2, episode 14    -     The Icarus Factor

TNG     Season 2, episode 15    -     Pen Pals

TNG     Season 2, episode 16    -     Q Who?

TNG     Season 2, episode 17    -     The Samaritan Snare

TNG     Season 2, episode 18    -     Up the Long Ladder

TNG     Season 2, episode 19    -     Manhunt

TNG     Season 2, episode 20    -     The Emissary

TNG     Season 2, episode 21    -     Peak Performance

TNG     Season 2, episode 22    -     Shades of Gray

2365: Measure of a Man

TNG     Season 3, episode 1    -     Evolution

TNG     Season 3, episode 2    -     The Ensigns of Command

TNG     Season 3, episode 3    -     The Survivors

TNG     Season 3, episode 4    -     Who Watches the Watchers?

TNG     Season 3, episode 5    -     The Bonding

TNG     Season 3, episode 6    -     Booby Trap

TNG     Season 3, episode 7    -     The Enemy

TNG     Season 3, episode 8    -     The Price

TNG     Season 3, episode 9    -     The Vengeance Factor

TNG     Season 3, episode 10    -     The Defector

TNG     Season 3, episode 11    -     The Hunted

TNG     Season 3, episode 12    -     A Matter of Perspective

TNG     Season 3, episode 13    -     The High Ground

TNG     Season 3, episode 14    -     Deja Q

TNG     Season 3, episode 15    -     Yesterday's Enterprise

TNG     Season 3, episode 16    -     The Offspring

TNG     Season 3, episode 17    -     Sins of the Father

TNG     Season 3, episode 18    -     Allegiance

TNG     Season 3, episode 19    -     Captain's Holiday

TNG     Season 3, episode 20    -     Tin Man

TNG     Season 3, episode 21    -     Hollow Pursuits

TNG     Season 3, episode 22    -     The Most Toys

TNG     Season 3, episode 23    -     Sarek

TNG     Season 3, episode 24    -     Menage a Troi

TNG     Season 3, episode 25    -     Transfigurations

TNG     Season 3, episode 26    -     The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1

2366: Yesterday's Enterprise

TNG     Season 4, episode 1    -     The Best of Both Worlds, Part 2

TNG     Season 4, episode 2    -     Family

TNG     Season 4, episode 3    -     Brothers

TNG     Season 4, episode 4    -     Suddenly Human

TNG     Season 4, episode 5    -     Remember Me

TNG     Season 4, episode 6    -     Legacy

TNG     Season 4, episode 7    -     Reunion

TNG     Season 4, episode 8    -     Future Imperfect

TNG     Season 4, episode 9    -     Final Mission

TNG     Season 4, episode 10    -     The Loss

TNG     Season 4, episode 11    -     Data's Day

TNG     Season 4, episode 12    -     The Wounded

TNG     Season 4, episode 13    -     Clues

TNG     Season 4, episode 14    -     Devil's Due

TNG     Season 4, episode 15    -     First Contact

TNG     Season 4, episode 16    -     Galaxy's Child

TNG     Season 4, episode 17    -     Night Terrors

TNG     Season 4, episode 18    -     Identity Crisis

TNG     Season 4, episode 19    -     The Nth Degree

TNG     Season 4, episode 20    -     Qpid

TNG     Season 4, episode 21    -     The Drumhead

TNG     Season 4, episode 22    -     Half a Life

TNG     Season 4, episode 23    -     The Host

TNG     Season 4, episode 24    -     The Mind's Eye

TNG     Season 4, episode 25    -     In Theory

TNG     Season 4, episode 26    -     Redemption, Part 1

2367: The Best of Both Worlds

TNG     Season 5, episode 1    -     Redemption, Part 2

TNG     Season 5, episode 2    -     Darmok

TNG     Season 5, episode 3    -     Ensign Ro

TNG     Season 5, episode 4    -     Silicon Avatar

TNG     Season 5, episode 5    -     Disaster

TNG     Season 5, episode 6    -     The Game

TNG     Season 5, episode 7    -     Unification I

TNG     Season 5, episode 8    -     Unification II

TNG     Season 5, episode 9    -     A Matter of Time

TNG     Season 5, episode 10    -     New Ground

TNG     Season 5, episode 11    -     Hero Worship

TNG     Season 5, episode 12    -     Violations

TNG     Season 5, episode 13    -     The Masterpiece Society

TNG     Season 5, episode 14    -     Conundrum

TNG     Season 5, episode 15    -     Power Play

TNG     Season 5, episode 16    -     Ethics

TNG     Season 5, episode 17    -     The Outcast

TNG     Season 5, episode 18    -     Cause and Effect

TNG     Season 5, episode 19    -     The First Duty

TNG     Season 5, episode 20    -     Cost of Living

TNG     Season 5, episode 21    -     The Perfect Mate

TNG     Season 5, episode 22    -     Imaginary Friend

TNG     Season 5, episode 23    -     I, Borg

TNG     Season 5, episode 24    -     The Next Phase

TNG     Season 5, episode 25    -     The Inner Light

TNG     Season 5, episode 26    -     Time's Arrow, Part 1

2368: Unification

TNG     Season 6, episode 1    -     Time's Arrow, Part 2

TNG     Season 6, episode 2    -     Realm of Fear

TNG     Season 6, episode 3    -     Man of the People

TNG     Season 6, episode 4    -     Relics

TNG     Season 6, episode 5    -     Schisms

TNG     Season 6, episode 6    -     True-Q

TNG     Season 6, episode 7    -     Rascals

TNG     Season 6, episode 8    -     A Fistful of Datas

TNG     Season 6, episode 9    -     The Quality of Life

TNG     Season 6, episode 10    -     Chain of Command, Part 1

TNG     Season 6, episode 11    -     Chain of Command, Part 2

We now reach my personal favorite series: Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, which will eventually feature Star Trek’s first significant attempt at serialized storytelling. Like other shows in the franchise, it has a slow start, but once it gets going it’s a real joy. To stay in the correct chronological order, we’ll be bouncing between TNG and DS9, and later DS9 and Voyager, though we make occasional minor tweaks to avoid interrupting story arcs too much.

DS9     Season 1, episode 1    -     Emissary, Part 1

DS9     Season 1, episode 2    -     Emissary, Part 2

DS9     Season 1, episode 3    -     Past Prologue

DS9     Season 1, episode 4    -     A Man Alone

DS9     Season 1, episode 5    -     Babel

TNG     Season 6, episode 12    -     Ship in a Bottle

TNG     Season 6, episode 13    -     Aquiel

DS9     Season 1, episode 6    -     Captive Pursuit

DS9     Season 1, episode 7    -     Q-Less

TNG     Season 6, episode 14    -     Face of the Enemy

DS9     Season 1, episode 8    -     Dax

TNG     Season 6, episode 15    -     Tapestry

DS9     Season 1, episode 9    -     The Passenger

TNG     Season 6, episode 16    -     Birthright, Part 1

TNG     Season 6, episode 17    -     Birthright, Part 2

DS9     Season 1, episode 10    -     Move Along Home

DS9     Season 1, episode 11    -     The Nagus

TNG     Season 6, episode 18    -     Starship Mine

TNG     Season 6, episode 19    -     Lessons

DS9     Season 1, episode 12    -     Vortex

DS9     Season 1, episode 13    -     Battle Lines

DS9     Season 1, episode 14    -     The Storyteller

TNG     Season 6, episode 20    -     The Chase

TNG     Season 6, episode 21    -     Frame of Mind

TNG     Season 6, episode 22    -     Suspicions

DS9     Season 1, episode 15    -     Progress

TNG     Season 6, episode 23    -     Rightful Heir

DS9     Season 1, episode 16    -     If Wishes Were Horses

TNG     Season 6, episode 24    -     Second Chances

DS9     Season 1, episode 17    -     Dramatis Personae

DS9     Season 1, episode 18    -     The Forsaken

DS9     Season 1, episode 19    -     Duet

TNG     Season 6, episode 25    -     Timescape

DS9     Season 1, episode 20    -     In the Hands of the Prophets

TNG     Season 6, episode 26    -     Descent, Part 1

2369: Duet

By the end of this year we’ll have bid farewell to The Next Generation with the fantastic series finale “All Good Things,” we’ll have finally watched Enterprise’s far less popular series finale “These are the Voyages…”, and we will have been introduced to The Dominion, the major story driver for most of Deep Space Nine.

TNG     Season 7, episode 1    -     Descent, Part 2

DS9     Season 2, episode 1    -     The Homecoming

DS9     Season 2, episode 2    -     The Circle

DS9     Season 2, episode 3    -     The Siege

TNG     Season 7, episode 2    -     Liaisons

TNG     Season 7, episode 3    -     Gambit, Part 1

TNG     Season 7, episode 4    -     Gambit, Part 2

DS9     Season 2, episode 4    -     Cardassians

DS9     Season 2, episode 5    -     Invasive Procedures

TNG     Season 7, episode 5    -     Interface

TNG     Season 7, episode 6    -     Phantasms

DS9     Season 2, episode 6    -     Melora

TNG     Season 7, episode 7    -     Dark Page

DS9     Season 2, episode 7    -     Rules of Acquisition

DS9     Season 2, episode 8    -     Necessary Evil

TNG     Season 7, episode 8    -     Attached

TNG     Season 7, episode 9    -     Force of Nature

DS9     Season 2, episode 9    -     Second Sight

DS9     Season 2, episode 10    -     Sanctuary

TNG     Season 7, episode 10    -     Parallels

DS9     Season 2, episode 11    -     Rivals

DS9     Season 2, episode 12    -     The Alternate

TNG     Season 7, episode 11    -     Inheritance

TNG     Season 7, episode 12    -     Homeward

TNG     Season 7, episode 13    -     The Pegasus

ENT     Season 4, episode 22    -     These Are the Voyages...

DS9     Season 2, episode 13    -     Armageddon Game

TNG     Season 7, episode 14    -     Sub Rosa

TNG     Season 7, episode 15    -     Lower Decks

DS9     Season 2, episode 14    -     Paradise

DS9     Season 2, episode 15    -     Whispers

DS9     Season 2, episode 16    -     Shadowplay

TNG     Season 7, episode 16    -     Thine Own Self

TNG     Season 7, episode 17    -     Masks

DS9     Season 2, episode 17    -     Playing God

TNG     Season 7, episode 18    -     Eye of the Beholder

DS9     Season 2, episode 18    -     Profit and Loss

TNG     Season 7, episode 19    -     Genesis

DS9     Season 2, episode 19    -     Blood Oath

TNG     Season 7, episode 20    -     Journey's End

DS9     Season 2, episode 20    -     The Maquis, Part 1

DS9     Season 2, episode 21    -     The Maquis, Part 2

TNG     Season 7, episode 21    -     Firstborn

TNG     Season 7, episode 22    -     Bloodlines

DS9     Season 2, episode 22    -     The Wire

TNG     Season 7, episode 23    -     Emergence

DS9     Season 2, episode 23    -     Crossover

TNG     Season 7, episode 24    -     Preemptive Strike

DS9     Season 2, episode 24    -     The Collaborator

DS9     Season 2, episode 25    -     Tribunal

DS9     Season 2, episode 26    -     The Jem’Hadar

TNG     Season 7, episode 25    -     All Good Things, Part 1

TNG     Season 7, episode 26    -     All Good Things, Part 2

2370: All Good Things

Like Phase II was intended to do, and Discovery does again a few decades later, Star Trek - Voyager is launched at this point as the centerpiece of a new network: the short-lived UPN, home of Shasta McNasty and The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfieffer. Note that Voyager episode orders, particularly in season two, jump around a bit due to some production weirdness.

DS9     Season 3, episode 1    -     The Search, Part 1

DS9     Season 3, episode 2    -     The Search, Part 2

DS9     Season 3, episode 3    -     The House of Quark

DS9     Season 3, episode 4    -     Equilibrium

DS9     Season 3, episode 5    -     Second Skin

DS9     Season 3, episode 6    -     The Abandoned

DS9     Season 3, episode 7    -     Civil Defense

VOY     Season 1, episode 1    -     Caretaker, Part 1

VOY     Season 1, episode 2    -     Caretaker, Part 2

DS9     Season 3, episode 8    -     Meridian

VOY     Season 1, episode 3    -     Parallax

MOV      Star Trek: Generations

DS9     Season 3, episode 9    -     Defiant

DS9     Season 3, episode 10    -     Fascination

DS9     Season 3, episode 11    -     Past Tense, Part 1

DS9     Season 3, episode 12    -     Past Tense, Part 2

VOY     Season 1, episode 4    -     Time and Again

DS9     Season 3, episode 13    -     Life Support

DS9     Season 3, episode 14    -     Heart of Stone

VOY     Season 1, episode 5    -     Phage

DS9     Season 3, episode 15    -     Destiny

VOY     Season 1, episode 6    -     The Cloud

DS9     Season 3, episode 16    -     Prophet Motive

VOY     Season 1, episode 7    -     Eye of the Needle

DS9     Season 3, episode 17    -     Visionary

VOY     Season 1, episode 8    -     Ex Post Facto

VOY     Season 1, episode 9    -     Emanations

VOY     Season 1, episode 10    -     Prime Factors

DS9     Season 3, episode 18    -     Distant Voices

VOY     Season 1, episode 11    -     State of Flux

DS9     Season 3, episode 19    -     Through the Looking Glass

VOY     Season 1, episode 12    -     Heroes and Demons

DS9     Season 3, episode 20    -     Improbable Cause

DS9     Season 3, episode 21    -     The Die is Cast

VOY     Season 1, episode 13    -     Cathexis

DS9     Season 3, episode 22    -     Explorers

VOY     Season 1, episode 14    -     Faces

DS9     Season 3, episode 23    -     Family Business

VOY     Season 1, episode 15    -     Jetrel

DS9     Season 3, episode 24    -     Shakaar

VOY     Season 1, episode 16    -     Learning Curve

VOY     Season 2, episode 3    -     Projections

VOY     Season 2, episode 4    -     Elogium

DS9     Season 3, episode 25    -     Facets

DS9     Season 3, episode 26    -     The Adversary

VOY     Season 2, episode 6    -     Twisted

VOY     Season 2, episode 1    -     The 37’s

2371: Past Tense

VOY     Season 2, episode 2    -     Initiations

VOY     Season 2, episode 5    -     Non Sequitur

DS9     Season 4, episode 1    -     The Way of the Warrior, Part 1

DS9     Season 4, episode 2    -     The Way of the Warrior, Part 2

DS9     Season 4, episode 3    -     The Visitor

DS9     Season 4, episode 4    -     Hippocratic Oath

VOY     Season 2, episode 7    -     Parturition

DS9     Season 4, episode 5    -     Indiscretion

VOY     Season 2, episode 8    -     Persistence of Vision

VOY     Season 2, episode 9    -     Tattoo

VOY     Season 2, episode 10    -     Cold Fire

DS9     Season 4, episode 6    -     Rejoined

VOY     Season 2, episode 11    -     Maneuvers

DS9     Season 4, episode 7    -     Starship Down

DS9     Season 4, episode 8    -     Little Green Men

DS9     Season 4, episode 9    -     The Sword of Kahless

VOY     Season 2, episode 12    -     Resistance

DS9     Season 4, episode 10    -     Our Man Bashir

DS9     Season 4, episode 11    -     Homefront

DS9     Season 4, episode 12    -     Paradise Lost

VOY     Season 2, episode 13    -     Prototype

VOY     Season 2, episode 18    -     Death Wish

VOY     Season 2, episode 14    -     Alliances

DS9     Season 4, episode 13    -     Crossfire

VOY     Season 2, episode 15    -     Threshold

DS9     Season 4, episode 14    -     Return to Grace

VOY     Season 2, episode 16    -     Meld

VOY     Season 2, episode 17    -     Dreadnought

VOY     Season 2, episode 19    -     Lifesigns

VOY     Season 2, episode 20    -     Investigations

VOY     Season 2, episode 21    -     Deadlock

DS9     Season 4, episode 15    -     Sons of Mogh

DS9     Season 4, episode 16    -     Bar Association

DS9     Season 4, episode 17    -     Accession

VOY     Season 2, episode 22    -     Innocence

DS9     Season 4, episode 18    -     Rules of Engagement

DS9     Season 4, episode 19    -     Hard Time

DS9     Season 4, episode 20    -     Shattered Mirror

VOY     Season 2, episode 23    -     The Thaw

DS9     Season 4, episode 21    -     The Muse

VOY     Season 2, episode 24    -     Tuvix

DS9     Season 4, episode 22    -     For the Cause

VOY     Season 2, episode 25    -     Resolutions

DS9     Season 4, episode 23    -     To the Death

DS9     Season 4, episode 24    -     The Quickening

DS9     Season 4, episode 25    -     Body Parts

DS9     Season 4, episode 26    -     Broken Link

VOY     Season 2, episode 26    -     Basics, Part 1

2372: Tuvix

VOY     Season 3, episode 1    -     Basics, Part 2

DS9     Season 5, episode 1    -     Apocalypse Rising

DS9     Season 5, episode 2    -     The Ship

VOY     Season 3, episode 7    -     Sacred Ground

VOY     Season 3, episode 5    -     False Profits

VOY     Season 3, episode 2    -     Flashback

VOY     Season 3, episode 3    -     The Chute

VOY     Season 3, episode 6    -     Remember

VOY     Season 3, episode 4    -     The Swarm

DS9     Season 5, episode 3    -     Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places

DS9     Season 5, episode 4    -     Nor the Battle to the Strong

DS9     Season 5, episode 5    -     The Assignment

DS9     Season 5, episode 6    -     Trials and Tribble-ations

VOY     Season 3, episode 8    -     Future's End, Part 1

VOY     Season 3, episode 9    -     Future's End, Part 2

DS9     Season 5, episode 7    -     Let He Who is Without Sin

DS9     Season 5, episode 8    -     Things Past

VOY     Season 3, episode 10    -     Warlord

MOV      Star Trek: First Contact

Only took 222 years, but after this next episode, we’ll have completed all of Star Trek Enterprise.

ENT     Season 2, episode 23    -     Regeneration

DS9     Season 5, episode 9    -     The Ascent

VOY     Season 3, episode 11    -     The Q and the Grey

DS9     Season 5, episode 10    -     Rapture

DS9     Season 5, episode 11    -     The Darkness and the Light

VOY     Season 3, episode 12    -     Macrocosm

VOY     Season 3, episode 13    -     Fair Trade

VOY     Season 3, episode 14    -     Alter Ego

DS9     Season 5, episode 12    -     The Begotten

DS9     Season 5, episode 13    -     For the Uniform

VOY     Season 3, episode 15    -     Coda

VOY     Season 3, episode 16    -     Blood Fever

DS9     Season 5, episode 14    -     In Purgatory's Shadow

DS9     Season 5, episode 15    -     By Inferno's Light

VOY     Season 3, episode 17    -     Unity

VOY     Season 3, episode 18    -     Darkling

DS9     Season 5, episode 16    -     Doctor Bashir, I Presume

VOY     Season 3, episode 19    -     Rise

DS9     Season 5, episode 17    -     A Simple Investigation

DS9     Season 5, episode 18    -     Business as Usual

DS9     Season 5, episode 19    -     Ties of Blood and Water

VOY     Season 3, episode 20    -     Favorite Son

DS9     Season 5, episode 20    -     Ferengi Love Songs

DS9     Season 5, episode 21    -     Soldiers of the Empire

DS9     Season 5, episode 22    -     Children of Time

VOY     Season 3, episode 21    -     Before and After

VOY     Season 3, episode 22    -     Real Life

VOY     Season 3, episode 23    -     Distant Origin

VOY     Season 3, episode 24    -     Displaced

DS9     Season 5, episode 23    -     Blaze of Glory

VOY     Season 3, episode 25    -     Worst Case Scenario

DS9     Season 5, episode 24    -     Empok Nor

DS9     Season 5, episode 25    -     In the Cards

DS9     Season 5, episode 26    -     Call to Arms

VOY     Season 3, episode 26    -     Scorpion, Part 1

2373: Flashback

Voyager gets a much needed shot in the arm with the introduction of Seven of Nine, and Deep Space Nine delivers a great season as the Dominion War arc reaches full swing.

VOY     Season 4, episode 1    -     Scorpion, Part 2

VOY     Season 4, episode 2    -     The Gift

VOY     Season 4, episode 3    -     Day of Honor

VOY     Season 4, episode 4    -     Nemesis

VOY     Season 4, episode 5    -     Revulsion

DS9     Season 6, episode 1    -     A Time to Stand

DS9     Season 6, episode 2    -     Rocks and Shoals

DS9     Season 6, episode 3    -     Sons and Daughters

DS9     Season 6, episode 4    -     Behind the Lines

DS9     Season 6, episode 5    -     Favor the Bold

DS9     Season 6, episode 6    -     Sacrifice of Angels

VOY     Season 4, episode 6    -     The Raven

VOY     Season 4, episode 7    -     Scientific Method

DS9     Season 6, episode 7    -     You are Cordially Invited

VOY     Season 4, episode 8    -     Year of Hell, Part 1

VOY     Season 4, episode 9    -     Year of Hell, Part 2

DS9     Season 6, episode 8    -     Resurrection

VOY     Season 4, episode 10    -     Random Thoughts

DS9     Season 6, episode 9    -     Statistical Probabilities

VOY     Season 4, episode 11    -     Concerning Flight

DS9     Season 6, episode 10    -     The Magnificent Ferengi

DS9     Season 6, episode 11    -     Waltz

VOY     Season 4, episode 12    -     Mortal Coil

VOY     Season 4, episode 14    -     Message in a Bottle

VOY     Season 4, episode 13    -     Waking Moments

DS9     Season 6, episode 12    -     Who Mourns for Morn?

DS9     Season 6, episode 13    -     Far Beyond the Stars

DS9     Season 6, episode 14    -     One Little Ship

VOY     Season 4, episode 15    -     Hunters

DS9     Season 6, episode 15    -     Honor Among Thieves

DS9     Season 6, episode 16    -     Change of Heart

VOY     Season 4, episode 16    -     Prey

VOY     Season 4, episode 17    -     Retrospect

VOY     Season 4, episode 18    -     The Killing Game, Part 1

VOY     Season 4, episode 19    -     The Killing Game, Part 2

DS9     Season 6, episode 17    -     Wrongs Darker than Death or Night

DS9     Season 6, episode 18    -     Inquisition

DS9     Season 6, episode 19    -     In the Pale Moonlight

VOY     Season 4, episode 20    -     Vis a Vis

VOY     Season 4, episode 21    -     The Omega Directive

DS9     Season 6, episode 20    -     His Way

VOY     Season 4, episode 22    -     Unforgettable

DS9     Season 6, episode 21    -     The Reckoning

DS9     Season 6, episode 22    -     Valiant

We are skipping Voyager episode 23 (“Living Witness”) for now, and will be watching it later.

VOY     Season 4, episode 24    -     Demon

DS9     Season 6, episode 23    -     Profit and Lace

VOY     Season 4, episode 25    -     One

DS9     Season 6, episode 24    -     Time's Orphan

VOY     Season 4, episode 26    -     Hope and Fear

DS9     Season 6, episode 25    -     The Sound of her Voice

DS9     Season 6, episode 26    -     Tears of the Prophets

2374: In the Pale Moonlight

VOY     Season 5, episode 1    -     Night

VOY     Season 5, episode 2    -     Drone

VOY     Season 5, episode 3    -     Extreme Risk

VOY     Season 5, episode 4    -     In the Flesh

VOY     Season 5, episode 5    -     Once Upon a Time

VOY     Season 5, episode 8    -     Nothing Human

VOY     Season 5, episode 6    -     Timeless

DS9     Season 7, episode 1    -     Image in the Sand

DS9     Season 7, episode 2    -     Shadows and Symbols

DS9     Season 7, episode 3    -     Afterimage

DS9     Season 7, episode 4    -     Take Me Out to the Holosuite

DS9     Season 7, episode 5    -     Chrysalis

DS9     Season 7, episode 6    -     Treachery, Faith, and the Great River

DS9     Season 7, episode 7    -     Once More Unto the Breach

DS9     Season 7, episode 8    -     The Siege of AR-558

VOY     Season 5, episode 9    -     Thirty Days

DS9     Season 7, episode 9    -     Covenant

VOY     Season 5, episode 7    -     Infinite Regress

VOY     Season 5, episode 10    -     Counterpoint

DS9     Season 7, episode 10    -     It's Only a Paper Moon

There’s no place to put Insurrection so its references to the war and the presence of Worf really make perfect sense, but this is probably the closest to working. I’m not going to go too nuts about it.

MOV      Star Trek: Insurrection

DS9     Season 7, episode 11    -     Prodigal Daughter

VOY     Season 5, episode 11    -     Latent Image

VOY     Season 5, episode 12    -     Bride of Chaotica

DS9     Season 7, episode 12    -     The Emperor's New Cloak

VOY     Season 5, episode 13    -     Gravity

DS9     Season 7, episode 13    -     Field of Fire

VOY     Season 5, episode 14    -     Bliss

DS9     Season 7, episode 14    -     Chimera

VOY     Season 5, episode 17    -     The Disease

DS9     Season 7, episode 15    -     Badda-Bing Badda-Bang

DS9     Season 7, episode 16    -     Inter Arma Silent Leges

VOY     Season 5, episode 18    -     Course: Oblivion

VOY     Season 5, episode 15    -     Dark Frontier, Part 1

VOY     Season 5, episode 16    -     Dark Frontier, Part 2

VOY     Season 5, episode 19    -     The Fight

VOY     Season 5, episode 20    -     Think Tank

DS9     Season 7, episode 17    -     Penumbra

DS9     Season 7, episode 18    -     'Til Death Do Us Part

DS9     Season 7, episode 19    -     Strange Bedfellows

DS9     Season 7, episode 20    -     The Changing Face of Evil

DS9     Season 7, episode 21    -     When it Rains

DS9     Season 7, episode 22    -     Tacking into the Wind

DS9     Season 7, episode 23    -     Extreme Measures

DS9     Season 7, episode 24    -     The Dogs of War

DS9     Season 7, episode 25    -     What You Leave Behind, Part 1

DS9     Season 7, episode 26    -     What You Leave Behind, Part 2

Farewell, DS9. I’ll always love you best.

VOY     Season 5, episode 21    -     Juggernaut

VOY     Season 5, episode 22    -     Someone to Watch Over Me

VOY     Season 5, episode 23    -     11:59

VOY     Season 5, episode 24    -     Relativity

VOY     Season 5, episode 25    -     Warhead

VOY     Season 5, episode 26    -     Equinox, Part 1

2375: Bride of Chaotica

VOY     Season 6, episode 1    -     Equinox, Part 2

VOY     Season 6, episode 2    -     Survival Instinct

VOY     Season 6, episode 3    -     Barge of the Dead

VOY     Season 6, episode 4    -     Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy

VOY     Season 6, episode 7    -     Dragon's Teeth

VOY     Season 6, episode 5    -     Alice

VOY     Season 6, episode 6    -     Riddles

VOY     Season 6, episode 8    -     One Small Step

VOY     Season 6, episode 9    -     The Voyager Conspiracy

VOY     Season 6, episode 10    -     Pathfinder

VOY     Season 6, episode 11    -     Fair Haven

VOY     Season 6, episode 15    -     Tsunkatse

VOY     Season 6, episode 12    -     Blink of an Eye

VOY     Season 6, episode 13    -     Virtuoso

VOY     Season 6, episode 16    -     Collective

VOY     Season 6, episode 14    -     Memorial

VOY     Season 6, episode 17    -     Spirit Folk

VOY     Season 6, episode 18    -     Ashes to Ashes

VOY     Season 6, episode 19    -     Child's Play

VOY     Season 6, episode 20    -     Good Shepherd

VOY     Season 6, episode 23    -     Fury

VOY     Season 6, episode 21    -     Live Fast and Prosper

VOY     Season 6, episode 24    -     Life Line

VOY     Season 6, episode 22    -     Muse

VOY     Season 6, episode 25    -     The Haunting of Deck Twelve

VOY     Season 6, episode 26    -     Unimatrix Zero, Part 1

2376: The Haunting of Deck Twelve

VOY     Season 7, episode 1    -     Unimatrix Zero, Part 2

VOY     Season 7, episode 3    -     Drive

VOY     Season 7, episode 4    -     Repression

VOY     Season 7, episode 2    -     Imperfection

VOY     Season 7, episode 5    -     Critical Care

VOY     Season 7, episode 6    -     Inside Man

VOY     Season 7, episode 7    -     Body and Soul

VOY     Season 7, episode 8    -     Nightingale

VOY     Season 7, episode 9    -     Flesh and Blood, Part 1

VOY     Season 7, episode 10    -     Flesh and Blood, Part 2

VOY     Season 7, episode 11    -     Shattered

VOY     Season 7, episode 12    -     Lineage

VOY     Season 7, episode 13    -     Repentance

VOY     Season 7, episode 14    -     Prophesy

VOY     Season 7, episode 15    -     The Void

VOY     Season 7, episode 16    -     Workforce, Part 1

VOY     Season 7, episode 17    -     Workforce, Part 2

2377: Nightingale

VOY     Season 7, episode 18    -     Human Error

VOY     Season 7, episode 19    -     Q2

VOY     Season 7, episode 20    -     Author, Author

VOY     Season 7, episode 21    -     Friendship One

VOY     Season 7, episode 22    -     Natural Law

VOY     Season 7, episode 23    -     Homestead

VOY     Season 7, episode 24    -     Renaissance Man

VOY     Season 7, episode 25    -     Endgame, Part 1

VOY     Season 7, episode 26    -     Endgame, Part 2

2378: Endgame

MOV     -     Star Trek: Nemesis

2379: Nemesis

Star Trek returns to animation with its ninth series, and first all-out comedy, Star Trek: Lower Decks, aimed towards a more adult audience than The Animated Series or Prodigy.

LDS     Season 1, episode 1    -     Second Contact

LDS     Season 1, episode 2    -     Envoys

LDS     Season 1, episode 3    -     Temporal Edict

LDS     Season 1, episode 4    -     Moist Vessel

LDS     Season 1, episode 5    -     Cupid’s Errant Arrow

LDS     Season 1, episode 6    -     Terminal Provocations

LDS     Season 1, episode 7    -     Much Ado About Boimler

LDS     Season 1, episode 8    -     Veritas

LDS     Season 1, episode 9    -     Crisis Point

LDS     Season 1, episode 10    -     No Small Parts

2380: Cupid's Errant Arrow

LDS     Season 2, episode 1    -     Strange Energies

LDS     Season 2, episode 2    -     Kayshon, His Eyes Open

LDS     Season 2, episode 3    -     We’ll Always Have Tom Paris

LDS     Season 2, episode 4    -     Mugato, Gumato

LDS     Season 2, episode 5    -     An Embarrassment of Dooplers

LDS     Season 2, episode 6    -     The Spy Humongous

LDS     Season 2, episode 7    -     Where Pleasant Fountains Lie

LDS     Season 2, episode 8    -     I, Excretes

LDS     Season 2, episode 9    -     wej Duj

LDS     Season 2, episode 10    -     First First Contact

LDS     Season 3, episode 1     -    Grounded

LDS     Season 3, episode 2     -    The Least Dangerous Game

LDS     Season 3, episode 3     -    Mining The Mind's Mines

LDS     Season 3, episode 4     -    Room for Growth

LDS     Season 3, episode 5     -    Reflections

LDS     Season 3, episode 6     -    Hear All, Trust Nothing

We now travel back for our last Strange New Worlds episode, which is ABSOLUTELY a delight

SNW     Season 2, episode 7    -     Those Old Scientists

LDS     Season 3, episode 7     -    A Mathematically Perfect Redemption

LDS     Season 3, episode 8     -    Crisis Point 2: Paradoxus

LDS     Season 3, episode 9    -    Trusted Sources

LDS     Season 3, episode 10     -    The Stars at Night

2381: We'll Always Have Tom Paris

The first Star Trek since The Animated Series to be geared explicitly for kids, Star Trek: Prodigy takes place on the border of the Delta Quadrant last seen in Voyager, and features the return of several characters from that series. Don’t dismiss this as a “kids show” though, it’s quite complex, quite good, and quite Star Trek.

PRO     Season 1, episode 1    -     Lost & Found, Part 1

PRO     Season 1, episode 2    -     Lost & Found, Part 2

PRO     Season 1, episode 3    -     Starstruck

PRO     Season 1, episode 4    -     Dream Catcher

PRO     Season 1, episode 5    -     Terror Firma

PRO     Season 1, episode 6    -     Kobayashi

PRO     Season 1, episode 7    -     First Con-tact

PRO     Season 1, episode 8    -     Time Amok

PRO     Season 1, episode 9    -     A Moral Star

PRO     Season 1, episode 10    -     A Moral Star, Part Two

PRO     Season 1, episode 11    -     Asylum

PRO     Season 1, episode 12    -     Let Sleeping Borg Lie

PRO     Season 1, episode 13    -     All the World’s a Stage

PRO     Season 1, episode 14    -   Crossroads

PRO     Season 1, episode 15    -     Masquerade

PRO     Season 1, episode 16    -     Preludes

PRO     Season 1, episode 17    -     Ghost in the Machine

PRO     Season 1, episode 18    -     Mindwalk

PRO     Season 1, episode 19    -     Supernova, Part 1

PRO     Season 1, episode 20    -     Supernova, Part 2

Season 2 returns later in 2023

2383: Star Trek Prodigy

The events of this Short Trek set the events of Star Trek - Picard, which we’ll be coming to shortly, in motion.

SHO     Season 2, episode 6    -     Children of Mars

2385: Children of Mars

Okay. Deep breath. In 2387 the Romulan sun goes supernova, devastating the Romulan empire. A failed attempt by Starfleet to help stop this accidentally sends the Romulan mining vessel Narada back to 2233, creating an alternate reality  known as the “Kelvin Universe” or “Kelvinverse.” We'll be watching the three movies set in this universe next. It's essential to note that this new timeline DOES NOT replace the original “Prime” timeline, which still exists as it always has and to which we will be returning shortly.

2387: Romulan Supernova

2233 - (Kelvinverse):

The USS Kelvin is destroyed by the Narada, newly arrived from the Prime Universe 2387. This begins the divergence from the Prime timeline.

2233: USS Kelvin

2258 - (Kelvinverse):

Too action-oriented for some, and plot-holes galore, 2009’s “Star Trek” is not what I would want Star Trek to be all the time, but is a quite fun alternate take on the original series, with some great acting and effects. Don’t overthink the chronology and details of this batch of movies though, or you’ll start seeing all kinds of things that make no sense.

MOV      Star Trek (2009)

2258: Star Trek (2009)

2259 - (Kelvinverse):

MOV      Star Trek Into Darkness

2259: Star Trek Into Darkness

2263 - (Kelvinverse):

MOV      Star Trek Beyond

This film, while a solid improvement on Into Darkness, did not perform to expectations, meaning that the long-promised fourth film has been in-and-out of production for years, and I cannot say if we’ll ever see the Kelvin timeline again.

Therefore, we now return to the Prime timeline, already in progress.

2263: Star Trek Beyond

PIC     Season 1, episode 1    -     Remembrance

PIC     Season 1, episode 2    -     Maps and Legends

PIC     Season 1, episode 3    -     The End is the Beginning

PIC     Season 1, episode 4    -     Absolute Candor

PIC     Season 1, episode 5    -     Stardust City Rag

PIC     Season 1, episode 6    -     The Impossible Box

PIC     Season 1, episode 7    -     Nepenthe

PIC     Season 1, episode 8    -     Broken Pieces

PIC     Season 1, episode 9    -     Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 1

PIC     Season 1, episode 10    -     Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2

2399: Et in Arcadia Ego

PIC     Season 2, episode 1    -     The Star Gazer

PIC     Season 2, episode 2    -     Penance

PIC     Season 2, episode 3    -     Assimilation

PIC     Season 2, episode 4    -     Watcher

PIC     Season 2, episode 5    -     Fly Me to the Moon

PIC     Season 2, episode 6    -     Two of One

PIC     Season 2, episode 7    -     Monsters

PIC     Season 2, episode 8    -     Mercy

PIC     Season 2, episode 9    -     Hide and Seek

PIC     Season 2, episode 10    -     Farewell

I gotta say, I really feel like the Picard seasons all make more sense if you assume A LOT more time takes place between them, but it is what it is.

PIC     Season 3, episode 1    -     The Next Generation

PIC     Season 3, episode 2    -     Disengage

PIC     Season 3, episode 3    -     Seventeen Seconds

PIC     Season 3, episode 4    -     No Win Scenario

PIC     Season 3, episode 5    -     Imposters

PIC     Season 3, episode 6    -     The Bounty

PIC     Season 3, episode 7    -     Dominion

PIC     Season 3, episode 8    -     Surrender

PIC     Season 3, episode 9    -     Vox

PIC     Season 3, episode 10    -     The Last Generation

2401: Disengage

As you watch this you’ll see why the exact placement can be debatable, but 3074ish seemed best. With this episode, we finish Star Trek: Voyager. Keep in mind that this episode takes place entirely in the Delta quadrant, far away from most of the events of the franchise.

VOY     Season 4, episode 23    -     Living Witness

3074: Living Witness

Several hundred years later, we rejoin Star Trek: Discovery, already in progress, to discover what has happened in the interim.

DIS     Season 3, episode 1    -     That Hope is You, Part 1

3188: That Hope is You

DIS     Season 3, episode 2    -     Far From Home

DIS     Season 3, episode 3    -     People of Earth

DIS     Season 3, episode 4    -     Forget Me Not

DIS     Season 3, episode 5    -     Die Trying

DIS     Season 3, episode 6    -     Scavengers

DIS     Season 3, episode 7    -     Unification III

DIS     Season 3, episode 8    -     The Sanctuary

DIS     Season 3, episode 9    -     Terra Firma, Part 1

DIS     Season 3, episode 10    -     Terra Firma, Part 2

DIS     Season 3, episode 11    -     Su’Kal

DIS     Season 3, episode 12    -     There is a Tide…

DIS     Season 3, episode 13    -     That Hope is You, Part 2

3189: That Hope is You

DIS     Season 4, episode 1    -     Kobayashi Maru

DIS     Season 4, episode 2    -     Anomaly

DIS     Season 4, episode 3    -     Choose to Live

DIS     Season 4, episode 4    -     All is Possible

DIS     Season 4, episode 5    -     The Examples

DIS     Season 4, episode 6    -     Stormy Weather

DIS     Season 4, episode 7    -     …But to Connect

DIS     Season 4, episode 8    -     All In

DIS     Season 4, episode 9    -     Rubicon

DIS     Season 4, episode 10    -     The Galactic Barrier

DIS     Season 4, episode 11    -     Rosetta

DIS     Season 4, episode 12    -     Species Ten-C

DIS     Season 4, episode 13    -     Coming Home

3190: Discovery Season Four

Calypso is intentionally somewhat mysterious, and we have yet to learn exactly how it fits into the Star Trek timeline, but for now it seems to be the final part of our Star Trek Viewing Guide. There are still questions here. I expect Disco to answer them in Season 5, which will be the final season.

SHO   Season 1, episode 2    -     Calypso

Unknown: Calypso

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Star Trek Order: How to Watch the Movies and Series

It’s time to boldly go where no one has gone before. This post will tell you how to watch all the Star Trek movies and shows in the best way possible. Whether you’re a hardcore Trek fan who wants to know the chronological order or someone new to this franchise, I’ve got something for you.

What’s in the Star Trek Viewing Order?

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Trek creators only consider the episodes and films to be canonical in the Star Trek universe so we display them here in chronological order according to stardate (though stardate definitions have changed over time, so we work with what we have).

This list attempts to create a viewing order for all Star Trek television and films, but does not attempt to split up any episodes to view congruently. Instead, it focuses on an easy to follow viewing list. In the event that two works cover the exact same timeframe we first list the one published first. Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which will be pointed out in individual reviews. This timeline includes:

  • The Original Series (TOS)
  • The Next Generation (TNG)
  • Deep Space Nine (DS9)
  • Voyager (VOY)
  • Enterprise (ENT)
  • Short Treks
  • Lower Decks

So enjoy this table version of the timeline, and continue reading for a detailed breakdown of all this information.

Believe it or not, the Star Trek movies as they were released, are already in chronological order. So I don’t have to give you two orders here. Even the films in the Kelvin timeline are best watched in this order. I’ll get more into why that is, but the short answer is that for old Spock, the Kelvin timeline is still chronologically later than all of the other films.

Here is the films order:

  • Star Trek I: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn (1982)
  • Star Trek III: Search for Spock (1984)
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
  • Star Trek VII: Generations (1994)
  • Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)
  • Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)
  • Star Trek X: Nemesis (2002)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
  • Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

All of that said, the films are fun, but the heart of Star Trek is really in the television series. So that’s what were going to talk about next.

Giving the order of the TV series is a little trickier, because several of them came out at the same time, and covered the same era. So we’ll be sure to break down those individually by season.

The release order look something like this:

  • The Original Series (1966-1969)
  • The Animated Series (1973-1974)
  • The Next Generation Seasons 1-5 (1987-1992)
  • The Next Generation Season 6-7/Deep Space Nine Seasons 1-2 (1992-1994)
  • Deep Space Nine Seasons 3-7/Voyager Seasons 1-5 (1994-1999)
  • Voyager Seasons 6-7 (1999-2001)
  • Enterprise (2001-2005)
  • Discovery (2017-)
  • Picard (2020-)
  • Lower Decks (2020-)
  • Prodigy (2021-)
  • Strange New Worlds (2022-)

And if you want to watch all of them chronologically, this is what that would look like:

  • Discovery Seasons 1-2
  • Strange New Worlds
  • The Original Series
  • The Animated Series
  • The Next Generation Seasons 1-5
  • The Next Generation Season 6-7/Deep Space Nine Seasons 1-2
  • Deep Space Nine Seasons 3-7/Voyager Seasons 1-5
  • Voyager Seasons 6-7
  • Discovery Season 3 and onward

Before we move on, let’s get into some of the details about how I place the new Star Trek movies in order.

First, let’s get one thing clear, the Kelvin universe is an alternate timeline from everything else, including Star Trek Discovery, and all of the new Star Trek TV shows.

However, there is one character from the main universe that shows up in the Kelvin universe, and that is old Spock. It’s his traveling back in time that creates this new universe.

So while this time period technically takes place before the events of the original series, I actually think a better place to watch them is where they take place chronologically, which would be after all of the main films, and after all of the series except for Picard in the later seasons of Discovery.

As of right now there are only three movies in the Kelvin timeline, and they are:

There is some debate on whether these are “good” Star Trek movies, as some say they are more like Star Wars , leaning heavily on the action. But whatever your opinion, it’s fair to say that these films are responsible for bringing in a whole new generation of Star Trek fans.

While the chronological order can be fun to do, especially for diehard Trek fans, I actually recommend going by release order if you want to watch everything.

Obviously, there is a lot to get through, so you might not want to watch everything, or if you do, you’ll want to pace yourself.

I would start with some of the films, and make your way through some of the most important episodes of The Original Series, as well as all of the shows that aired in the late 80s and 90s. That will get you caught up enough to be well-versed in Star Trek for the new shows that are coming out these days.

And I would definitely watch all of the films, because some of the most important events in Star Trek’s timeline take place in those films.

The best way to watch all of the Star Trek series and order is on Paramount+ which has pretty much everything.

However, if you don’t have Paramount+ and still want to get your Star Trek fix, there are a few other streaming services that have some of the older shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, though some of those streaming services are losing those shows as Paramount+ consolidates all of their Star Trek shows onto their own platform.

The other viable option is to buy them all for yourself, and there are links to do just that in the table above. This is particularly important if you want 4K versions of the films, you’re only interested in one specific type of show, or if you just don’t want to stream your Star Trek.

Personally, I would just go with Paramount+.

All right, now that we’ve outlined the release and chronological orders for Star Trek, let’s get into the full breakdown of everything together.

Enterprise (Year 2151-2161)

First, at least chronologically, we have Enterprise. This was a prequel to the original series, set at a time when humans were first sending out their warp five starships, i.e. the first starships that were able to go into deep space.

It is set during a time of uneasy alliances and contention between humans and other races, including even the Vulcans.

It also lays the groundwork for a number of key events, including the first contact with the Klingons, Romulans, Andorians, and many others.

It was canceled after four seasons, which at the time was the shortest run since the original series. It also marked the end of episodic Star Trek television for 12 years, until Star Trek Discovery appeared in 2017.

While definitely not the strongest of Star Trek shows, it still follows the basic formula, so if you like that, you will likely enjoy Star Trek Enterprise as well.

The Cage (Year 2254)

The Cage was a pilot episode to the original series that technically takes place before Star Trek Discovery. It actually takes place a number of years before the rest of the Original Series, and doesn’t even feature Capt. James T. Kirk as a character.

While some elements will be familiar to later trek fans, such as the USS Enterprise itself and Mr. Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy), this really was a test ground for the series.

Although much of the original pilot would be scrapped in favor of a different Capt., several other different characters, and the shifting premise, overall The Cage would remain an important part of Star Trek canon, with a legacy that has built to the modern day with the introduction of Strange New Worlds, which features the same characters.

Discovery, Seasons 1-2 (Year 2255)

One of the newer entries of the franchise, Star Trek Discovery starts out in the years just before the time of The Original Series.

It focuses on a starship with a unique purpose, to discover the secrets of instant travel.

But doing so has consequences, and not to get too spoilery here, but let’s just say that, starting with season 3, the rest of this show takes place in a completely different time period.

The Original Series (Year 2265-2269)

The Original Series is what started it all when it aired in 1967, right at the height of the space race. It features Captain Kirk and a host of memorable cast as they elect to boldly go where no man has gone before.

It has since become iconic, spawning several films and multiple sequels until Star Trek became the media juggernaut that it is today.

Though a bit low on budget, and a little over the top in places, The Original Series still holds up remarkably well, and is a testament to how innovative and ahead of its time it truly was.

The Animated Series (Year 2269-2270)

Many people do not know that there was actually an animated series that followed the original series by a few years. I like to think of this series as the remaining two years in the supposed five year mission, following the original series cancellation after three years.

The animation looks a lot like the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the time, including the Flintstones and Scooby Doo, but the quality is not the best that Star Trek has seen overall, and this is definitely one that can be skipped unless you are a completionist.

The Original Series Films (Year 2273-2293)

In 1979, the first of the Star Trek films was released. It would be the first in a long line of Star Trek film and TV shows. There would be six films specifically focusing on the original Enterprise crew. Chronologically, these all take place after the original series but before The Next Generation.

The Next Generation, Seasons 1-5 (Year 2364-2469)

Next comes five full seasons of Star Trek: The next generation, which is one of the more uninterrupted periods of the chronological timeline.

This series deals with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (played by Patrick Stewart) and his crew, as they continue the ongoing mission of the Star Trek Enterprise. It includes memorable characters such as Commander data, Commander Riker, Lieutenant Worf (the first Klingon with the Federation), and Chief Engineer Jordi Laforge.

The Next Generation, Season 6-7/Deep Space Nine, Seasons 1-2 (Year 2469-2471)

Following the first five seasons of The Next Generation, we get the final two seasons plus the first two seasons of Deep Space Nine.

The seasons overlap with each other, interweaving their narratives. If you want to know the exact episode order, I recommend referencing the table above.

The Deep Space Nine is a favorite Star Trek show for a lot of people. It involved some of the most memorable characters, including Captain Benjamin Sisko, who for many people, is the best captain. During the show they encounter a series of threats, including the Cardassian Union.

Star Trek: Generations (Year 2371)

I’m one of those few people who actually really love Star Trek Generations, the film that took place just after Star Trek The Next Generation, and involves the same cast. It also marks the final film appearance of William Shatner as Captain Kirk.

While many criticize it as being just an extended episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, I find this to be one of the films that is most true to its Star Trek roots, and feels the most like Star Trek.

Deep Space Nine Seasons 3-4/Voyager Seasons 1-2 (Year 2371-2372)

We get a few seasons of Deep Space Nine and the start of Star Trek Voyager following the events of Star Trek Generations.

Voyager is another Star Trek show that would run for seven seasons, and features a crew led by Captain Janeway as they tried to navigate an unknown region of space so they can return home.

Star Trek: First Contact (Year 2373)

Interrupting the ongoing shows is Star Trek First Contact, the Next Generation film that many people consider to be one of the Star Trek films of all time. It includes a definitive confrontation with the Borg, and some time travel shenanigans that lead to the witness of first contact with Earth.

It’s definitely one of the best films of Star Trek in general, largely due to Patrick Stewart’s brilliant performance, and an emphasis on character development for him in particular.

Deep Space Nine Seasons 5-7/Voyager Seasons 3-5 (Year 2373-2375)

As with many of these films, you will find several seasons of Deep SpaceNine and Star Trek Voyager in between. In this case you get the final two seasons of deep space nine, as well as two more seasons of Voyager.

Star Trek: Insurrection (Year 2375)

Next we get Star Trek Insurrection, which was not as well received as Star Trek First Contact. It’s plot was more mellow, trying to do too much, inject too much humor, and is overall a rather dull film. Nevertheless this film takes place right as Deep Space Nine ends, and should be watched at this point.

Voyager Seasons 6-7 (Year 2376-2378)

Here we finish off the last of the 90s era television shows. Star Trek Voyager ended with a bang, and although Star Trek Enterprise did come to take its place in 2001, by this time the golden age of Star Trek had kind of fizzled out.

In addition to Enterprise being canceled after four seasons, we will see with our next installment that people had rather grown tired of Star Trek.

Star Trek: Nemesis (Year 2379)

According to release date, Star Trek Enterprise would’ve been the next installment after Voyager, but chronologically our next step is Star Trek Nemesis. This Star Trek movie came out in 2002, to a weak box office return and lukewarm critical reception.

Personally, I am not a huge fan of this film, though it did lay the groundwork for a sort of Search for Data type of story, which I was very excited about at the time. And it does introduce us to Tom Hardy as the lead villain Shinzon.

Unfortunately this was the last we saw Star Trek for many years, and certainly the last of the Next Generation crew that we saw until just recently.

Lower Decks (Year 2380-2381)

With a revived interest in Star Trek television came an animated series called Lower Decks, which was a series geared for fans of adult animated series like Rick and Morty.

Though not quite is “adult” as Rick and Morty or similar television shows, it’s definitely not meant for kids. Chronologically, it takes place one year after Star Trek Nemesis, and spends a lot of time throwing Easter eggs and fun bits of Star Trek lore at us.

Overall, it’s a good time.

Prodigy (Year 2383)

Prodigy is another animated series, this time intended for children. It takes place just a few years after Lower Decks, and involves a group of young aliens coming across the USS Voyager.

It features the returning voice of Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway, and is a great entry point for younger fans of the Star Trek franchise.

Picard (Year 2399)

Picard is one of the flagship series in modern-day Star Trek. It shows the fallout of several key events, including the Romulan tragedy that resulted in Spock going back in time to inadvertantly start the Kelvin universe.

It takes place over a decade after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, and a lot has happened at that time. Of note is the fact that the former Captain Picard is no longer satisfied with the way Starfleet works, and he has to take some matters into his own hands.

Chronologically, this takes place several years after the last appearance of the Next Generation crew, but is technically not the end of the Star Trek timeline…

Discovery Season 3 and onward (Year 3188-89)

Finally we get back to Star Trek Discovery. Starting in season three, this show takes place nearly a thousand years after the main part of the timeline, and shows a very different universe than what we would expect.

To say more would be to spoil the show, so I won’t do that, but Star Trek Discovery is one of those shows that started off a little shaky, but has ended up being extremely good. I highly recommend it.

I’ve got a few extra questions that I get asked a lot related to this watch order, so I thought I’d include them in a short list here at the end.

Where does Star Trek Discovery Fit in the Timeline?

The first two seasons of Star Trek Discovery take place in 2255, just 10 years before the events of the original series. Beginning with the third season, Discovery takes place nearly a thousand years further in the future.

What is the Kelvin Timeline in Star Trek?

The Kelvin timeline is an alternate reality in Star Trek, one where Kirk’s parents died, Vulcan is destroyed, and a lot is different in general. It does not have any direct effect on the main timeline for Star Trek’s other shows. Right now it only consists of three films, the first two directed by JJ Abrams, and starring Chris Pine, along with a lot of other amazing actors.

When is the Picard Series in the Star Trek Timeline?

The Star Trek Picard series takes place in the year 2399, 20 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis.

Where does Lower Deck Take Place in the Timeline?

Star Trek Lower Decks takes place in the year 2380, one year after the events of Star Trek Nemesis.

Where does Star Trek Prodigy Take Place in the Timeline?

Star Trek Prodigy takes place in the year 2383, four years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis, and three years after the events of Lower Decks.

Where Does Strange New Worlds Take Place in the Star Trek Timeline?

Strange New Worlds takes place in the year 2255, beginning immediately following the events of season two of Star Trek Discovery.

Do You Need to Watch Star Trek in Order?

No, you do not need to watch Star Trek in order. If you are a completionist, and want to watch everything in order, I recommend release order over chronological order. But most of the shows are designed to stand on their own, and can be watched without prior knowledge of the franchise.

Where is the Best Place to Start Watching Star Trek?

Star Trek began with the Original Series, but that show is hard for some to get through since we’re used to much higher modern standards. Generally, I encourage people to start with the first films (starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture). The new Kelvin timeline can also be a good place to start, but be aware that those films are much different than most of the Star Trek media. As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our  contact page .

22 thoughts on “Star Trek Order: How to Watch the Movies and Series”

Got a guy working on it.

Great, thx for the quick fix. I really appreciate the work you guys do. This site is a fennimonial tool.

Will this be updated when Discovery S03, Picard and Lower Decks come around?

Yep, it will be updated by the end of the year, then probably monthly or every other month after that.

I believe “The Cage” With Captain Pike happened before Star Trek Discovery season 1.

Are you sure First Contact takes place after In Purgatory’s Shadow? Because I am watching that episode right and Sisko mentioned the “recent Borg attack”

Right after season 1, though season 3 will be different.

Thomas Bates, on the Star Trek Fandom website it says, “ This episode mentions a Borg attack. This was intended to refer to the Battle of Sector 001 seen in Star Trek: First Contact. (AOL chat, 1997) However the stardate given in the film (50893.5) is later than the stardate given in this two-parter (50564.2; seen in the next episode, “By Inferno’s Light”). When asked about the inconsistency, Ronald D. Moore commented, tongue-in-cheek, “I am not at liberty to reveal the secret messages contained within the seeming “mistaken” stardates, but rest assured that it is another brilliantly conceived and skilfully executed Star Trek moment brought to you by the people who wrote “Meridian”.” (AOL chat, 1997).” So it was supposed to be about First Contact but in a way it is not.

You are aware that the Animated Series is not considered Canon by THe franchise owners.

Great site. But there seems to be an error in the release order when sorting Star Trek episodes by release dates

Technical problem. We’re working on it.

What happened to DS9 season 1 episode 8? It is missing from you list. Also when filtering out viewed episodes and movies in you r app it switches from Star Trek to Shakespeares… I enjoy Shakespeare and did Captain Jean-Luc Picard. However, I do not think he would appreciate the Enterprise’s computer doing something similar.

Yeah the app is experiencing some technical difficulties, but we’re working on it.

The cage is set between Enterprise and Discovery, not after Discovery. The events of Discovery Season 2 show that the events of the Cage have already occurred.

I think it is stupid to watch this series in any other order than the order of release. Thx for the list.

Star Trek Voyager season 4 episode 23 Living Witness takes place hundreds of years after the rest of the series

It’s the end of 2020 and Discovery S03 and Lower Decks aren’t on the list. When will the site be updated?

I guess you’ll be adding season 3 of Discovery AFTER Picard, but before Calypso. At least that’s where it would make sense.

Thank you for compiling this list! I’ve been watching Deep Space Nine and Voyager for this first time and simultaneously thanks to this timeline. Thank you, too, for including The Animated Series which has been repeatedly reinforced by CBS as canonical.

This is a good list. But you might want to make a small correction. Most of the time it makes sense to watch shows in the order in which they aired. But on rare occasions the show was originally aired out of order. In those cases, it makes more sense to watch them in the order in which they were MADE rather then the order in which they were AIRED. Such was the case with Star Trek TOS. Here is link to an alpha site that shows the list in the order they should be. [[https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Original_Series]]

One more thing about that list. Discover and Strange New Worlds take place after “The Cage” but Before everything else.

Also for some of you with the TNG movies. What I originally did when I was watching the show on dvd, was I looked at the date that they were released in Theaters and then looked at the airdates of the corresponding seasons of the shows airing at the time. I noticed that around that time, there was a gap in the airdates where the shows went on Hiatus for the holidays. That is where I placed the movies.

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  • Watching the entire Star Trek franchise may seem daunting, but it's actually possible to do in a little over a month.
  • The entirety of the franchise totals an astonishing 837.5 hours or 34.9 days with all series and films combined.
  • As the franchise continues to expand, so will the amount of time required to watch Star Trek in its entirety.

Over the five decades since its inception, the Star Trek universe continues to inspire new generations of Trekkies. The original series that began in the mid-1960s has spawned countless spinoffs in television shows, as well as animation and feature films, some of which are still under production.

Someone new to this massive franchise may be wondering just how long it will take to watch all of Star Trek. With so many series and films in the catalog, catching up on everything may seem like a daunting task. Even some diehard fans have no idea just how many episodes of Star Trek there are. This list will divide the franchise into different categories to show just how long it takes to watch them. This way, consuming the entire Star Trek saga won't seem so intimidating after all.

Updated by Sage Ashford on December 31, 2023: This list has been updated to include more information on all of the Star Trek series.

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Star trek: the original series.

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Release Date 1966-09-08

Creator Gene Roddenberry

Cast Nicollette Sheridan, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Deforest Kelley

Main Genre Sci-Fi

Rating TV-PG

Sequel Star Trek: The Next Generation

Number of Episodes 79

Network NBC

Franchise(s) Star Trek

This is the one that started it all. For a series with so much significance in television and pop culture history, it's surprising to find out that Star Trek: The Original Series lasted for just 79 episodes over three seasons.

Each TOS episode lasts around 50 minutes for a total of 3,950 minutes, meaning it will take just under 66 hours to watch them all uninterrupted. In other words, The Original Series can be finished in less than a week with constant binging. Even those who don't have that much time can finish watching the show in under a month.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Release Date 1987-09-26

Cast Majel Barrett, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden

Genres Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Star Trek: The Next Generation was so successful during its seven-season run that it's arguably more popular today than The Original Series . The Next Generation 's episode count topped its predecessor by almost a hundred for a total of 178 episodes, each with an approximately 44-minute runtime.

That adds up to a series total of 7,832 minutes or 130.5 hours — just under five and half days. If the viewer is free from work for about two weeks, The Next Generation series can be completed with ease.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Release Date 1993-01-03

Cast Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Rene Auberjonois, Avery Brooks, Colm Meaney, Alexander Siddig

Genres Science Fiction

Number of Episodes 176

Deep Space Nine's 'Far Beyond the Stars' Is About Star Trek Itself

Near the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation 's run, Paramount created another series that could run alongside it. The new series broke from Star Trek tradition by being set on a space station, Deep Space Nine, that connected the Federation to the Milky Way galaxy.

Another breakout success, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ran for another seven seasons from 1993 to 1999. In those seven seasons, there are 176 episodes, each running 45 minutes. That's a grand total of 7920 minutes or exactly 132 hours. People willing to watch five episodes a night could likely finish it within a month's time.

Star Trek: Voyager

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Release Date 1995-01-16

Creator Rick Berman, Michael Piller and Jeri Taylor

Cast Majel Barrett, Jennifer Lien, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Robert Duncan McNeill, Roxann Dawson, Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Ethan Phillips, Robert Picardo

Main Genre Science Fiction

Genres Action, Science Fiction, Adventure

Number of Episodes 168

Star Trek: Voyager took over after Star Trek: The Next Generation ended, ensuring there were still two Star Trek series on the air. The series went back to setting the series on the starship Voyager. The Voyager is run by Captain Kathryn Janeway, the first female lead, who aims to get her people home after being stranded.

Star Trek Voyager was another success for Paramount and their new network UPN, running for seven seasons. Like the prior show, each episode ran 45 minutes. At 172 episodes, that places the full series runtime at 7,740 minutes or 129 hours. This is another series that would require roughly a month of binging to get through.

Star Trek: Enterprise

A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.

Release Date 2001-09-26

Creator Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

Cast Dominic Keating, Connor Trinneer, Linda Park, John Billingsley, Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Anthony Montgomery

Scott Bakula Saved Star Trek: Enterprise Before the Pilot Filmed

After running multiple Star Trek television series throughout the '90s, the franchise was gradually beginning to cool off. Finally, Paramount launched one more series, Star Trek: Enterprise . Unlike the others, Enterprise was intended as a prequel even to the original series. It followed Earth's first attempt at trying to make First Contact with other alien races.

Star Trek: Enterprise didn't quite have the same popularity that the other series did. Instead, it ran for four seasons and only 98 episodes. At 42 minutes an episode, that adds up to 4116 minutes, or 68.6 hours.

Some stories within the Star Trek universe don't need a full forty or fifty minutes to reach a satisfying conclusion. With that in mind, Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman launched Star Trek: Short Treks . Running alongside Star Trek: Discovery , Short Treks gives viewers a chance for smaller stories to check out.

The project began back in 2018 with a season of four episodes, while a second season launched a year later with six episodes. The shows run from 8 to 18 minutes, and with only ten episodes, there are only 150 minutes so far. Fans can check that out in a single weekend.

Star Trek: Picard

Follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) that centers on Jean-Luc Picard in the next chapter of his life.

Release Date 2020-01-23

Cast Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Genres Sci-Fi

Rating TV-MA

After years of fans watching stories about new characters, the new era of Star Trek finally decided to revisit an older era. In 2020, Star Trek: Picard decided to tell the first new story with Admiral Jean-Luc Picard since the Star Trek: The Next Generation films. Initially, Picard worked with a new cast that wasn't connected to the original series, but across the show, more of the classic characters were gradually added back in.

Star Trek: Picard ran for three seasons from 2020 to 2023, with ten episodes in each season for a total of thirty episodes. Episode lengths varied wildly since the series was on CBS All Access and could go from 39 minutes to 62 minutes. The full minute count, though, is 1350 minutes, or 22.5 hours. That's basically one solid day of marathoning or a week of leisurely watching episodes.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

The support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, have to keep up with their duties, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.

Release Date 2020-08-06

Creator Mike McMahan

Cast Fred Tatasciore, Jerry O'Connell, dawnn lewis, Eugene Cordero, Tawny Newsome, Noel Wells, Gillian Vigman, Jack Quaid

Genres Animation, Comedy, Action, Science Fiction, Adventure

Rating TV-14

Star Trek: Lower Decks Creator Wants to Create Animated, Live-Action Movies

Star Trek: The Animated Series only lasted for two seasons in the early 1970s, releasing 22 episodes that were each 24 minutes long. As such, The Animated Series is only 528 minutes long or just under 9 hours. The whole series can be watched in just a single day.

Star Trek: Lower Decks premiered its first season in 2020 with 10 episodes. Each episode is 25 minutes long, totaling 250 minutes, meaning that the entire first season can be watched in just over four hours. Seasons 2 through 4 of Lower Decks also have 10 episodes each, making the total runtime around 1000 minutes. Very Short Treks is the most recent animated Star Trek series with five episodes, each running about 10-15 minutes long. All three animated series combined would take just under 1600 minutes or just under 27 hours.

At present, there are only three Star Trek series that are still running: Star Trek: Discovery , Star Trek: Prodigy , and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds . The first ten episodes of Prodigy are already out, amounting to a total of 240 minutes or 4 hours.

Finally, Strange New Worlds has two seasons with ten episodes in each. Discovery has 55 episodes in four seasons, with each episode averaging around 45 minutes, meaning it will take just under 41 hours and 15 minutes to catch up.

Ten years following the end of The Original Series , the adventures of Captain Kirk continued on the big screen in the film Star Trek: The Motion Picture , which has a run time of 132 minutes. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , universally considered the best film in the franchise, is 113 minutes long. The Leonard Nimoy-directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is 105 minutes, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is 122 minutes.

Finally, William Shatner's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is 106 minutes, and Nicholas Meyer's The Undiscovered Country has a 110-minute running time. Overall, the original film series clocks in at a total of 688 minutes, which equals 11 hours and 28 minutes.

The Next Generation did not have the same big-screen success as the original series but made four films, including two that were released following the end of the show. The first film, Star Trek Generations , featured both Picard and Kirk and is 118 minutes long.

The best-reviewed of the films, Star Trek: First Contact , clocks in at 111 minutes, Star Trek: Insurrection is shorter at 103 minutes, and the last film, Star Trek: Nemesis , is 116 minutes long. The four Next Generation films combined run at a total of 448 minutes, equaling 7 hours and 28 minutes. Binging all four movies can be done within the span of a single day.

How Star Trek Connected the Kelvin Timeline to the Prime Universe

The most recent movie series, known as The Kelvin Timeline films, takes place in an alternate reality featuring the crew from The Original Series . The Kelvin movie franchise consists of three films, with each film varying in length.

2009's Star Trek runs 127 minutes, the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness is just five minutes longer at 132, and the latest film, Star Trek Beyond , is actually the shortest at 122 minutes. The film trilogy totals 381 minutes, or 6 hours and 21 minutes. New Trekkies can finish this trilogy very quickly.

All 13 Star Trek films have a combined total of 25 hours and 28 minutes, or just over a full day. Every single television series, both currently airing and retired, totals up to around 48,700 minutes, which is approximately 812 hours or 33.8 days. Every series and movie combined totals 837.5 hours, meaning it will take 34.9 days to watch them all uninterrupted.

Obviously, watching them all consecutively is impossible, but realistically, watching everything in the Star Trek franchise could take less than half a year. This doesn't even include upcoming movies like Star Trek 4 and new seasons for existing series. For those who believe this beloved universe is worth investing over 50,200 minutes of their life, it's time to boldly go where only true diehard Trekkies have gone before.

Star Trek Watch Order

All The Star Trek Movies, Ranked

This is my definitive list.

William Shatner screaming as Kirk in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

There are so many Star Trek movies to enjoy -- 13, to be exact, and soon we’ll have 14 when Michelle Yeoh’s Section 31 movie is available for those with a Paramount+ subscription -- but which among them are the best of the best? That’s what I’m tasked with deciding here today, and I can certainly say there are some I like more than others. 

Opinion, by its nature, is subjective. I’m not sure I’ve seen any Star Trek fan with an identical top list of movies online, but I will say I enjoy most every Trek series I’ve watched. Therefore I wouldn’t expect this lineup to be too controversial, but I’ve been surprised before. Let’s dive in, and boldly go and make a definitive ruling on where each Star Trek series belongs. 

13. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

It’s a shame that Star Trek: Generations is near-universally panned as the worst of the Star Trek movies. Seeing Patrick Stewart ’s Jean-Luc Picard and William Shatner ’s James T. Kirk team up should unquestionably be the greatest thing that ever happened to the franchise. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t quite all that, and what should’ve been a great introduction to The Next Generation crew making the transition from television to movies is a sloppy movie that delivered one of the most controversial moments in the sci-fi series’ history.

The movie killed off Captain Kirk by having him fall from a collapsing catwalk. I get that death comes for anyone in unexpected ways but in a scripted movie? They could’ve done better even if William Shatner had his reasons for how it was done. Still, the unique time travel elements and story has given this movie its fair share of fans over the years, so I’d say it’s still worth a watch. It wouldn’t be my first, second, or even 12th choice though, hence its rating on the list. 

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12. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

William Shatner has undoubtedly played a big part in Star Trek ’s early success. While his acting work as Captain Kirk will live on for decades, the same can’t be said for his directing. That may sound harsh to say, but when Shatner himself admitted directing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was a mistake , it’s kind of hard not to agree with him.   

I don’t think it’s unfair to say Star Trek V: The FInal Frontier is the worst of the TOS movies, especially after the streak of movies that came before it. With that said, had it not been for this movie, we wouldn’t have gotten the subplot in Strange New Worlds with Spock running into his half-brother Sybok’s lover Angel , who I do hope we’ll see at a later date. 

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11. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Star Trek: Nemesis was, in many ways, a failure. The movie did not perform at the box office like previous movies and ultimately encouraged Paramount to go in another direction with its franchise. Critics panned the movie, and even the cast of The Next Generation was not a fan of the final project. In fact, it was why actress Marina Sirtis was grateful for Star Trek: Picard Season 3 years later, as she felt the cast was robbed of a proper send-off.  

The Next Generation crew dealing with a clone of Picard in control of the Reman people, played by a young Tom Hardy , sounds awesome. In execution, the whole thing fell flat. Even the memorable parts have aged poorly. Data, for example, was resurrected in Picard , killed, and then resurrected again. In fairness, Star Trek fans were glad to see him back in the mix again, but if they’re thrilled about a retcon to something established in Star Trek: Nemesis , it may speak to their overall enjoyment of the movie as a whole. 

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10. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A lot of the older generation would rank Star Trek: The Motion Picture a lot higher than I have, and I think it's a matter of experience. Those who lived through the cancellation of the original series, only to see it return to the big screen after success in syndication? It was a huge coup for a new fandom, and the beginning of great things to come. 

I’m of the mind that Star Trek: The Motion Picture has gotten a bad rap as it aged, and suffered from being the first movie in the franchise ever made. There’s no way for younger generations to understand just how awesome it was to see the Enterprise from front to back. I still can appreciate it, but even the brutality of the transporter accident can’t stop me from glancing at the time on my phone while watching.  

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9. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

If there was a list of sins a Star Trek movie could commit to gain the ire of the fandom, Star Trek Into Darkness created perhaps the biggest. Trying to recreate a storyline involving Khan, the most notable villain of TOS , was going to set a high bar. 

Of course, these are the feelings of someone who is a true blue Star Trek fan. The mass audience reception to Star Trek Into Darkness was pretty good, and people were all about Benedict Cumberbatch as a villain. Even so, it wasn’t worthy of comparison to Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan , which is hard to ignore. 

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8. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection had the impossible task of following up First Contact , which proved to be a huge challenge. Additionally, Paramount was interested in switching up the tone to something lighter than the previous movie, so the challenge to deliver to producers and audiences was high. 

Insurrection feels like a long episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. That's not a terrible thing, but when it comes to movies, the bar should be a bit higher than what audiences can already view on television. Frankly, Insurrection doesn't prove to be more entertaining than the best of TNG . 

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7. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1984)

Similar to Star Trek: Insurrection , The Search For Spock had the insurmountable challenge of following up the greatest movie to date. Perhaps even worse, the third TOS movie had to reverse the heart-wrenching death of Spock in a way that didn't upset audiences. 

I think it's fair to say the latter goal was a success, but is rescuing Spock's spirit from Bones' mind as thrilling as a face-off with Khan? It is not, but it's still a decent movie, and one worthy of its middling status in this ranking. 

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6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

In hindsight, maybe Nicholas Meyer should've helmed all the Star Trek TOS movies. One can't help but wonder what these movies might've looked like had he kept runnings things post Wrath Of Khan . 

The Undiscovered Country , I think is a look at what could have been, and it's pretty damn promising. Of course, having big stars like Kim Cattrall and Christopher Plummer only bolster the enjoyment of a movie that feels like a return to form for the classic Enterprise crew, right before sending them off into the sunset. 

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5. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Star Trek Beyond is the newest film in the franchise, as Hollywood struggles to try and make a fourth installment in the Kelvin timeline. Fortunately, if there's never another one, the third movie is a delightful send-off to the Kelvin crew and all they accomplished, after Star Trek Into Darkness left a sour taste in my mouth, Beyond is the perfect palette cleanser. 

If there is any part of Star Trek Beyond that isn’t enjoyable, it’s that the entire crew doesn’t spend a ton of time together. Instead, they’re sectioned off with their own respective storylines, which worked well for the actors and their increased fame. Unfortunately, it feels like if they had found time to do more scenes with the entire ensemble, this might’ve been the best movie of the Kelvin timeline. 

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4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

The whale one? Yes, the whale one. It's always fun when a Star Trek project travels back to our present timeline, if only to remind us how strange our world would be to them, and how strange they'd be to us. 

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is funny, wholesome, and a good time all at once. It's not the best TOS film, but it's pretty high up there in comparison to everything else that was released. 

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3. Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams ’ 2009 re-imagining of Star Trek isn’t just a great movie, it could be the most significant film in the history of the franchise. The Next Generation crew’s set of movies didn’t perform quite as well as the TOS movies, and Enterprise was the last Trek series in five years leading up to this film. Had this re-imagining of Star Trek in another timeline flopped, the franchise might’ve died. 

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and the more action-driven narratives of the movie bled into the new generation of Star Trek shows. While there are critics of the modern style of storytelling and increased action, the fact that there are plenty of upcoming Trek shows in the pipeline and people still clamoring for a fourth installment of the Kelvin movies. 

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2. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Star Trek: The Next Generation didn’t have as much success critically or financially as the TOS movies, but it still managed to make one of the best movies the franchise has ever delivered. First Contact is required viewing for any Star Trek fan, especially those who wish to see the origin of how the story of mankind’s massive leap into space exploration came to be. 

The success of the movie solidified Jonathan Frakes status as a reputed director, and he’s gone on to play a big part in directing episodes of Star Trek ’s new era. This is a movie that I would say is so good, it appeals to even the non- Star Trek fans despite being heavily entrenched in the lore of The Next Generation . For that reason, it’s ranked among the very best. 

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1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

I spent far too many years having not seen Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan , but after seeing it for the first time , I can see the hype. I don’t think there’s any real dispute this is the best film in the franchise, as much as I love First Contact . Seeing James T. Kirk in the Captain’s chair in a battle of wits against a former villain from the series is not only captivating, it’s “fascinating,” as Spock would say.

Speaking of Spock, it's his noble sacrifice that lays out the entire theme of the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few. A dark ending, to be sure, though of course, we all know Spock didn't stay dead! This, plus the fantastic showdown between Kirk and Khan make this the definitive best Star Trek movie, hands down. 

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Currently, the Star Trek movies are available to stream either over on Max or Paramount+. It’s really convenient for anyone who wants to make their own ranking list of the movies, though I’d like to think no one can do it better than I just did. 

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How to watch all star trek tv shows in timeline order.

The Star Trek TV franchise has existed for 57 years and consists of 12 shows (and counting). Here's how to watch them all in timeline order.

  • Watching Star Trek in timeline order allows viewers to experience the expansive and enduring universe that has spawned multiple TV series and films for over 57 years.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise serves as a prequel to the original series, showcasing the voyages of the original crew in the 22nd century, a hundred years before Captain Kirk's command.
  • Star Trek: Discovery introduces a new era of Star Trek, set ten years before the original series, and follows Commander Michael Burnham as she navigates through space and prevents a Klingon war.

Watching all of the Star Trek series in timeline order is a great way to experience the final frontier. Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek - now dubbed Star Trek: The Original Series - premiered in 1966. After only lasting 3 seasons on NBC, little could anyone have guessed that Star Trek would endure for over 57 years and spawn a dozen TV series (and counting) as well as 13 feature films (and possibly more).

Watching Star Trek in order was once relatively simple. Star Trek: The Original Series began with the 23rd-century voyages of the Starship Enterprise commanded by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). After Star Trek was revived as a movie franchise in 1979, a spinoff titled Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered in 1987 and depicted the adventures of the new USS Enterprise-D in the 24th century. Two more spinoffs followed before the first prequel series set in the 22nd century, Star Trek: Enterprise , premiered in 2001. Today, Star Trek on Paramount+'s multiple series take place throughout the Star Trek timeline , from the 23rd century to the distant future of the 32nd century. Here's the proper timeline order to watch every Star Trek series.

Every Upcoming Star Trek Movie & TV Show

13 star trek: enterprise (2001-2005), 22nd century: 2151-2161.

The earliest-set Star Trek series is Enterprise , later retitled Star Trek: Enterprise in season 3. Taking place almost a hundred years after Earth's First Contact with the Vulcans seen in Star Trek: First Contact, Enterprise centers on the voyages of the NX-01 Enterprise led by Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) . Enterprise aired for four seasons, and Archer's adventures primarily took place in the 22nd century with a couple of caveats: Enterprise introduced a Temporal Cold War that impacted the 25th century, and the controversial Enterprise series finale , "These Are The Voyages..." depicts events from 2161 but was actually set during the 24th century of Star Trek: The Next Generation season 7. Still, Enterprise remains the recognized beginning of Starfleet's mission of galactic exploration in Star Trek.

Star Trek: Enterprise

12 star trek: discovery seasons 1 & 2 (2017-2019), 23rd century: 2256-2258.

Premiering in 2017, Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1 and 2 were set in 2256 and 2258, about a hundred years after Star Trek: Enterprise . The first two seasons of Discovery also take place about a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series , which makes it a prequel (initially). Discovery brought Star Trek into the modern streaming TV era, but its feature film-quality production values and storytelling risks clashed with established Star Trek canon. At the end of Star Trek: Discovery season 2 , the series time jumps to the other end of the Star Trek timeline so that the rest of Star Trek: Discovery occurs during the 32nd century.

Star Trek: Discovery

In 2018 and 2019, Star Trek released a series called Star Trek: Short Treks that supplemented events from Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1 and 2 and set up Star Trek: Picard season 1.

11 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022 onward)

23rd century: 2259 onward.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds picks up in 2259, months after Star Trek: Discovery season 2, and centers on Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Lt. Spock (Ethan Peck), and Number One (Rebecca Romijn), Star Trek legacy characters reintroduced in Discovery season 2. Strange New Worlds is yet another prequel that takes place approximately 5-7 years before Star Trek: The Original Series , but it has been incredibly well received for bringing the optimistic and episodic voyages of the Starship Enterprise to modern audiences. By the end of Strange New Worlds season 2 , younger versions of James T. Kirk (Paul Wesley) and Scotty (Martin Quinn) have also been successfully introduced.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

10 star trek: the original series (1966-1969), 23rd century: 2266-2269.

Star Trek: The Original Series was the first Star Trek show ever to air, but its mid-23rd century setting (2266-2269) now sets TOS as the fourth series in the Star Trek timeline . The original Star Trek is about the pioneering five-year mission of Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise to seek out new life and new civilizations. After TOS was canceled, it remained popular thanks to syndication, which opened the door to an aborted sequel series, Star Trek: Phase II , which was turned into 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture . TOS continued as a movie franchise for six more films, concluding with 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country .

After Star Trek rereuns became a hit in syndication in the 1970s, a revival series, Star Trek: Phase II , was planned before the success of Star Wars led Paramount to rework Phase II into Star Trek: The Motion Picture , launching the Star Trek movie franchise.

Star Trek: The Original Series

9 star trek: the animated series (1973-1974), 23rd century: 2269-2270.

Star Trek: The Animated Series continued the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek: Original Series. TAS featured most of the Star Trek actors voicing their characters and many of the writers from the live-action series penned scripts. TAS can be regarded as Star Trek: The Original Series season 4 , but its canonical status was considered apocryphal for years. The more recent Star Trek series have included numerous references to TAS , making the animated Star Trek show relevant and canonical once more.

Star Trek: The Animated Series

In 2023, Star Trek released a series of animated shorts called Star Trek: very Short Treks that aren't considered Star Trek canon.

8 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

24th century: 2364-2370.

Star Trek: The Next Generation begins in the mid-24th century, about 70 years after Star Trek: The Original Series. TNG is about the USS Enterprise-D led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). Airing for 7 wildly successful seasons, Star Trek: The Next Generation 's cast inherited the Star Trek movie franchise, delivering four films from 1994-2002. Perhaps the most popular Star Trek series of all, TNG kicked off what is creatively the richest and most complex period of Star Trek , spawning three spinoff shows. Star Trek: The Next Generation' s legacy is concluded in Star Trek: Picard .

Star Trek: The Next Generation

7 star trek: deep space nine (1993-1999), 24th century: 2369-2375.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is the first spinoff of Star Trek: The Next Generation , and it begins around the time of TNG season 6. The first Star Trek series starring a Black lead character, Commander and later Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), DS9 broke the Star Trek formula by being set on a space station guarding the Bajoran Wormhole. DS9 pioneered serialized storytelling in Star Trek , and the popular Klingon Worf (Michael Dorn) from TNG joined Deep Space Nine' s cast in season 4. Arguably DS9 's greatest storyline was the Dominion War, which altered the late 24th-century Star Trek galaxy and continued to impact Star Trek: Picard in the early 25th century.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

6 star trek: voyager (1995-2001), 24th century: 2371-2378.

The second spinoff of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager takes place at the same time as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the TNG movies in the 24th century. Voyager' s eponymous starship, led by Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), was stranded in the Delta Quadrant millions of light years from home. Janeway, the first female Captain to lead a Star Trek series , commanded the USS Voyager throughout its tumultuous 7-season journey back home to Earth. Voyager explored a region of the Star Trek universe never before seen and created a breakout character in the former Borg named Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan).

star trek: voyager

5 star trek: lower decks (2020 onward), 24th century: 2380 onward.

The first Star Trek animated comedy , Star Trek: Lower Decks is set in the late 24th century, beginning in 2380, about two years after the USS Voyager returned to Earth and a year after the final TNG film, Star Trek: Nemesis . Lower Decks is a continuation of Star Trek: The Next Generation' s era , but centering on the "less important" starship, the USS Cerritos, and its junior officers. Lower Decks proved a comedic Star Trek can work wonders, shedding a humorous new light on both the mundane and fantastic events of being a Starfleet Officer.

Star Trek: Lower Decks ' Ensigns Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome) and Bradward Boimler (Jack Quaid) played their characters in live-action in a comedic crossover with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

4 star trek: prodigy (2021 onward), 24th century: 2383 onward.

Star Trek: Prodigy is designed to bring a new young audience to Star Trek and instill the values of Starfleet into new viewers. Star Trek: Prodigy 's cast consists of all-new teenage characters mentored by legacy Star Trek icons like Admiral Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Star Trek: Prodigy begins in 2383 but incorporates time travel into its saga, with the upcoming Star Trek: Prodigy season 2 poised to travel to an alternate 25th-century timeline and possibly beyond while touching upon every other iteration of the Star Trek franchise.

Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy was canceled by Paramount+ but found a new streaming home in Netlfix, thanks in part to a dedicared #SaveStarTrekProdigy fan campaign.

3 Star Trek: Picard (2020-2023)

24th-25th century: 2399-2402.

Star Trek: Picard depicts the sunset years of Admiral Jean-Luc Picard , who is joined by the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation in Picard season 3. Star Trek: Picard season 1 is set in 2399, at the end of the 24th century, although Picard season 2 is a time travel adventure that brings the Starfleet legend and his motley crew to Los Angeles 2024. The 25th century formally begins in Star Trek: Picard season 3, set in 2401, and the popularity of Picard 's final season creates hope that the 25th-century era will continue in a new series dubbed Star Trek: Legacy .

Star Trek: Picard

2 star trek: discovery season 3, 4 & 5 (2020-2024), 32nd century: 3188-onward.

Star Trek: Discovery broke from its prequel chains to have the honor of blazing the 32nd century, the farthest known point of the Star Trek timeline . At the start of Discovery season 3, Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) arrived in 3188, with her starship, the USS Discovery, joining her a year later. After back-to-back missions where the USS Discovery saved the galaxy, Captain Burnham is poised to embark on a hunt for "the greatest treasure in the known galaxy" in Star Trek: Discovery season 5 , the series' final season.

1 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2025)

32nd century ().

The newly announced Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is expected to be set in the 32nd century after Star Trek: Discovery ends . Discovery season 4 reintroduced Starfleet Academy, which was defunct for over a century following the galactic cataclysm called The Burn. The new Starfleet Academy show would logically explore the reborn institution and how it forges the next generation of 32nd-century Starfleet Officers, which would make Starfleet Academy the new farthest point in the Star Trek timeline.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Every Star Trek TV series except Star Trek: Prodigy is available to stream on Paramount+.

Star Trek: Prodigy is available to stream on Netflix.

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New Star Trek movie starts filming as Ted Lasso and Power stars join cast

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Michelle Yeoh's new Star Trek movie has started filming and there's been some major additions to the cast.

Variety reports that Omari Hardwick , Power 's James "Ghost" St. Patrick and Ted Lasso 's Sam Richardson have all joined the cast in undisclosed roles.

Announcing the beginning of production, the film's executive producer Alex Kurtzman said: "And we're off to the races! Thrilled to report principal photography has started on Star Trek: Section 31 . We welcome our incredible cast of new characters as they join our beloved Michelle Yeoh on her next wild adventure across the Trek universe."

Related: Star Trek: Discovery season 5 - everything you need to know

Alongside Hardwick and Richardson, the cast has also added ex- Eastenders actor Robert Kazinsky, Hannibal 's Kacey Rohl, Barry's James Hiroyuki Liao as well as Sven Ruygrok, and Humberly Gonzalez.

The casting news was further confirmed in an official Star Trek Instagram post, in which Yeoh can be seen holding a clapper board for use during filming of the show.

Yeoh is reprising her role as Emperor Philippa Georgiou for Star Trek: Section 31, which was greenlit by Paramount+ last April. Yeoh first played Georgiou in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery . The character has now crossed over from the Mirror Universe and works as an agent for a mysterious Federation spy group known as Section 31.

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Related: Star Trek confirms new Starfleet spinoff show

The film's official description states that: "Tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets, [Georgiou] also must face the sins of her past."

The film is being directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi from a script by Craig Sweeny who worked on Discovery.

Yeoh previously said of the project : "I'm beyond thrilled to return to my Star Trek family and to the role I've loved for so long. Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of Star Trek launched.

"To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that's shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can't wait to share what's in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)."

Star Trek: Section 31 has no official release date yet. Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1-4 are streaming on Paramount+ . A fifth and final season has been confirmed, and is expected to premiere in early 2024.

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Star Trek - Chronological order

All Star Trek movies and TV shows in chronological order. - last update December 2023

  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • Release Year

1. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation.

Stars: Scott Bakula , John Billingsley , Jolene Blalock , Dominic Keating

Votes: 58,286

2. Star Trek: Discovery (2017–2024)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green , Doug Jones , Anthony Rapp , Emily Coutts

Votes: 131,506

Seasons 1 and 2: 2256-2258

3. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022– )

TV-PG | 52 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series, the show follows the crew of the USS Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike.

Stars: Anson Mount , Ethan Peck , Christina Chong , Melissa Navia

Votes: 56,586

4. Star Trek: Short Treks (2018–2020)

TV-PG | 10 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A series of stand-alone short films featuring characters and storylines from Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

Stars: Anson Mount , Rebecca Romijn , Ethan Peck , Jenette Goldstein

Votes: 3,090

5. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 91,581

2265-2269. You can continue with alternative Kelvin timeline Star Trek movie from 2009.

6. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973–1975)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , George Takei

Votes: 8,033

7. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 143 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , James Doohan

Votes: 95,781 | Gross: $82.26M

8. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

PG | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , James Doohan

Votes: 128,300 | Gross: $78.91M

9. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned U.S.S. Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis Planet to recover Spock's body.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , James Doohan

Votes: 85,502 | Gross: $76.47M

10. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

Votes: 90,724 | Gross: $109.71M

2286 and 1986

11. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

PG | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Captain Kirk and his crew must deal with Mr. Spock's long-lost half-brother who hijacks the Enterprise for an obsessive search for God at the center of the galaxy.

Director: William Shatner | Stars: William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy , DeForest Kelley , James Doohan

Votes: 63,693 | Gross: $52.21M

12. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

Votes: 80,290 | Gross: $74.89M

13. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers sets off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on its own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart , Brent Spiner , Jonathan Frakes , LeVar Burton

Votes: 133,708

14. Star Trek: Generations (1994)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

With the help of long presumed dead Captain Kirk, Captain Picard must stop a deranged scientist willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix.

Director: David Carson | Stars: Patrick Stewart , William Shatner , Malcolm McDowell , Jonathan Frakes

Votes: 86,432 | Gross: $75.67M

15. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

Director: Jonathan Frakes | Stars: Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Brent Spiner , LeVar Burton

Votes: 131,224 | Gross: $92.00M

16. Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When the crew of the Enterprise learn of a Federation conspiracy against the inhabitants of a unique planet, Captain Picard begins an open rebellion.

Votes: 78,926 | Gross: $70.12M

17. Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan homeworld Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a peace treaty. Captain Picard and his crew discover a serious threat to the Federation once Praetor Shinzon plans to attack Earth.

Director: Stuart Baird | Stars: Patrick Stewart , Jonathan Frakes , Brent Spiner , LeVar Burton

Votes: 83,345 | Gross: $43.25M

18. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks , Rene Auberjonois , Cirroc Lofton , Alexander Siddig

Votes: 69,713

19. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew , Robert Beltran , Roxann Dawson , Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 76,252

20. Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, have to keep up with their duties, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.

Stars: Tawny Newsome , Jack Quaid , Noël Wells , Eugene Cordero

Votes: 24,238

21. Star Trek: Prodigy (2021–2024)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group of enslaved teenagers steal a derelict Starfleet vessel to escape and explore the galaxy.

Stars: Rylee Alazraqui , Dee Bradley Baker , Brett Gray , Angus Imrie

Votes: 5,270

22. Star Trek: Picard (2020–2023)

TV-MA | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) that centers on Jean-Luc Picard in the next chapter of his life.

Stars: Patrick Stewart , Michelle Hurd , Jeri Ryan , Alison Pill

Votes: 93,401

23. Star Trek: Discovery (2017–2024)

Seasons 3 and 4 (3188-TBD)

24. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , Simon Pegg , Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 617,742 | Gross: $257.73M

First move of alternative Kelvin timeline

25. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , Zoe Saldana , Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 495,174 | Gross: $228.78M

26. Star Trek Beyond (2016)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The crew of the USS Enterprise explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy, who puts them, and everything the Federation stands for, to the test.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , Karl Urban , Zoe Saldana

Votes: 256,799 | Gross: $158.85M

27. Untitled Star Trek: Beyond Sequel

Action, Adventure, Mystery | Pre-production

Plot kept under wraps. The follow-up to Star Trek Beyond (2016).

Stars: Zoe Saldana , Karl Urban , Chris Pine , Simon Pegg

28. Star Trek: USS PAN

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Announced

The USS Pan, the new flagship of the Federation. It is the year 3299, the dawn of a new century is about to begin. The Pan is a Desira class starship. Their enemy are the Chatacrons.

Director: Carl Miller

29. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2024– )

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Pre-production

Centers on students at Starfleet Academy.

30. Star Trek: Section 31 (2025)

Action, Adventure, Drama | Filming

In Star Trek: Section 31, Emperor Philippa Georgiou, joins a secret division of Starfleet tasked with protecting the United Federation of Planets and faces the sins of her past.

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi | Stars: Michelle Yeoh , Sam Richardson , Kacey Rohl , Omari Hardwick

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