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Star Trek

Star Trek

NBC 1966

Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, who is assisted by First Officer Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen led by Khan Noonien Singh. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Star Trek

Star Trek - S2E15

#1 - The Trouble with Tribbles

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Season 2 - Episode 15

Kirk must defuse a Klingon scheme to destroy a grain shipment... and cope with a seemingly benign creature known as a tribble, which reproduces at amazing speed.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Star Trek from 388 votes.

Star Trek - S3E2

#2 - The Enterprise Incident

8.15

Season 3 - Episode 2

An unusually tense and irritable Kirk orders his ship into the Romulan Neutral Zone, where it is promptly surrounded. Beamed to a Romulan ship, Kirk lies about the intrusion, then attacks Spock, who responds with a Vulcan death grip. While the female Romulan commander courts Spock, a secret mission unfolds.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Star Trek from 334 votes.

Star Trek - S1E28

#3 - The City on the Edge of Forever

8.15

Season 1 - Episode 28

Kirk and Spock must travel into the past in order to correct a change that will alter history.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Star Trek from 426 votes.

Star Trek - S2E1

#4 - Amok Time

8.12

Season 2 - Episode 1

Spock must go to Vulcan in order to perform the Vulcan mating ritual.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Star Trek from 447 votes.

Star Trek - S2E6

#5 - The Doomsday Machine

8.10

Season 2 - Episode 6

The Enterprise must stop an ancient doomsday weapon that is capable of destroying entire worlds... and has already totalled one Constellation-class cruiser.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Star Trek from 407 votes.

Star Trek - S1E14

#6 - Balance of Terror

8.05

Season 1 - Episode 14

Kirk pits the Enterprise against an invisible spaceship testing the Federation's defenses.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Star Trek from 440 votes.

Star Trek - S2E10

#7 - Journey to Babel

8.05

Season 2 - Episode 10

Spock meets his estranged father when the Enterprise escorts a group of ambassadors to a conference on the planet Babel.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Star Trek from 352 votes.

Star Trek - S2E4

#8 - Mirror, Mirror

8.02

Season 2 - Episode 4

Kirk and three of his officers are accidentally transported into a parallel "mirror" universe where violence, greed, and evil are commonplace.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Star Trek from 442 votes.

Star Trek - S1E23

#9 - A Taste of Armageddon

7.93

Season 1 - Episode 23

The Enterprise arrives at a planet to establish diplomatic relations and finds itself in the middle of a "peaceful" war that threatens to destroy the ship.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Star Trek from 362 votes.

Star Trek - S2E24

#10 - The Ultimate Computer

7.92

Season 2 - Episode 24

The Enterprise is used to test a new super-sophisticated computer, but it soon develops a mind of its own.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Star Trek from 313 votes.

Star Trek - S1E22
#11 - Space Seed
7.92
Season 1 - Episode 22

The Enterprise picks up a crew of genetic supermen from the 20th century... and their leader, Khan, plans to create a new empire.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Star Trek from 442 votes.

Star Trek - S3E9
#12 - The Tholian Web
7.82
Season 3 - Episode 9

Captain Kirk finds himself trapped between dimensions on a disintegrating starship. The Enterprise crew works against time to rescue him as the Tholians weave a destructive energy web around their ship.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Star Trek from 292 votes.

Star Trek - S1E11
#13 - The Menagerie (1)
7.78
Season 1 - Episode 11

Spock kidnaps his former captain, the crippled Christopher Pike, and heads for a quarantined planet, putting his career and Kirk's life on the line.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Star Trek from 458 votes.

Star Trek - S1E20
#14 - Court Martial
7.74
Season 1 - Episode 20

Captain Kirk's career is at stake when he is put on trial for the loss of a crewman during an ion storm.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Star Trek from 369 votes.

Star Trek - S1E12
#15 - The Menagerie (2)
7.74
Season 1 - Episode 12

Spock's court-martial continues as he attempts to justify his abduction of Pike, the theft of the Enterprise, and his heading for a planet declared forbidden by Starfleet.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Star Trek from 446 votes.

Star Trek - S1E19
#16 - Tomorrow is Yesterday
7.72
Season 1 - Episode 19

The Enterprise collides with a black hole and is thrown back to Earth in the 20th century, where they must find a way back and erase any trace of their presence. Matters become complicated when they rescue an Air Force pilot and cannot return him without changing history... but if he disappears that will change history as well.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Star Trek from 415 votes.

Star Trek - S2E20
#17 - Return to Tomorrow
7.65
Season 2 - Episode 20

The Enterprise discovers three discorporeal intelligences who seek their help in gaining physical bodies... but one of them has plans of his own.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Star Trek from 274 votes.

Star Trek - S2E22
#18 - By Any Other Name
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 22

The Enterprise's command crew must thwart an invasion by aliens from another galaxy who plan to conquer this one.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Star Trek from 289 votes.

Star Trek - S1E25
#19 - The Devil in the Dark
7.59
Season 1 - Episode 25

Kirk investigates a series of grisly murders on a mining planet that are the work of a seemingly hostile alien creature.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Star Trek from 354 votes.

Star Trek - S3E11
#20 - Wink of an Eye
7.58
Season 3 - Episode 11

Invisible to humans due to their time-accelerated state, a group of aliens invade the Enterprise and attempt to abduct members of the crew to serve as breeding stock for their dying planet.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Star Trek from 265 votes.

Last updated: apr 10, 2021

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I'm very torn over the original Star Trek series. I'm too young for it; I grew up in the 1980s with the original cast films - which I _loved_ and still do - but my real adoration for Trek began with _The Next Generation_ and then especially _Deep Space Nine_. The original _Star Trek_ is a very different show from any of that, and I have to look at it with a different mindset to try and appreciate it. I don't have any nostalgia colouring my view. To put it bluntly, it's horribly dated and oftentimes difficult to watch or enjoy. It's campy and looks very cheap. BUT, it's saving grace is how good the actors, writing and characters are. They brought the show to life, and at points made it a complete joy. For the time it was made it did incredible things with progressive storytelling and strong special effects. I'm never going to love the original series, or even really get it. It's not my Star Trek, but it has its place in history and that can't be denied. I feel it got it chance to shine when it moved into the film format (conversely, TNG and the rest of the franchise worked far better on TV than as films).

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This show has almost a religious significance to me and of course countless others. Growing up in the 70's, my first TV crush was on Veena (the Cage/Menagerie). The first girl I kissed was a blue-eyed blonde, and later I married a blue-eyed blonde, well, three of them, to be perfectly honest. I think it's Veena's fault. I never did score with a green Orion slave girl, though, despite what they say about them. While there are many stinker episodes of Star Trek, there are also many masterpieces. "City on the Edge of Forever" is my favorite, for its emotional impact. Who could not fall in love with a young Joan Collins? Another noteworthy episode is "The Doomsday Machine," which is interesting because of its unique musical score, with different instruments/styles for each character. You can find a YouTube video about it, by user shemvonschroeck. I think the most important episode is "Mirror, Mirror", for its (probable) social commentary on American imperialism, the Vietnam War, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's spying on members of Congress, and the CIA's use of torture and assassinations in the 60's. We are living in the "Mirror, Mirror" universe. The Utopian Star Trek universe is not our own. If you like Star Trek, then of course there are the official sequels/spin-offs, but also you should check out Star Trek Continues. And if you like "Mirror, Mirror", then you should check out its Star Trek Continues counterpart, "Fairest of Them All".

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RIP Leonard Nimoy (Spock) Live Long and Prosper. "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP" โ€” Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 https://twitter.com/TheRealNimoy/status/569762773204217857

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Science fiction show with one of the best casts ever put together on TV. It's use of color and sounds make it trapped in it's own bubble and give it a timeless cartoon feeling even fifty years later. Smart stories (for the most part) with great plots and some great inventions. It had one of the most beautiful starships ever designed and the series is full of iconic moments and legendary dialogue. Words that got created here now exist in everyday life. Several episodes have some pretty risky sexist costumes on highly attractive girls that is everything but political correct. Even the worst episodes (most of them during the series' last season) are so hilariously terrible they become Grade Z-fun like a perfect Ed Wood movie. Low budget make the puppets look like something made in kindergarten and there are blank studio-sets of colored background that are terrible to look at and make the series look much cheaper than it deserves to be. The moralizing can sometimes ruin an otherwise highly entertaining episode. Still, it is impossible to take away the importance of this show and most of the episodes are treasures to look at.

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Just watching Spock's brain...Kirk says "Is he dead " Bones comes back with "He's worse than dead" what a line lol

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I love these series, after getting absorbed into Star Trek after watching TNG, I thought it was time to start the Original Series. And that was a perfect decision. It's amazing, of course you have to place it in its time, effects and such are far outdated. But it still is an amazing serie to see.

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I just watched the whole show. It was truly amazing. There were some boring moments, but I guess that is normal when you watch a season in a day. I was impressed with quality - which is amazing for that time.

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Great

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So good!

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