Star Trek Viewing Order

What’s in the Star Trek Viewing Order?

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

Where 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, we 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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

733

Voyager

TV Episode

Robert J. Doherty

2000-11-08

734

Voyager

TV Episode

Eric Morris
Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong

2000-11-15

735

Voyager

TV Episode

André Bormanis

2000-11-22

736

Voyager

TV Episode

Bryan Fuller

2000-11-29

737

Voyager

TV Episode

Kenneth Biller
Raf Green

2000-11-29

738

Voyager

TV Episode

Michael Taylor

2001-01-17

739

Voyager

TV Episode

James Kahn

2001-01-24

740

Voyager

TV Episode

Robert J. Doherty

2001-01-31

741

Voyager

TV Episode

Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong

2001-02-07

742

Voyager

TV Episode

James Kahn
Raf Green

2001-02-14

743

Voyager

TV Episode

Bryan Fuller
Kenneth Biller

2001-02-21

744

Voyager

TV Episode

Kenneth Biller
Michael Taylor

2001-02-28

745

Voyager

TV Episode

André Bormanis
Brannon Braga

2001-03-07

746

Voyager

TV Episode

Robert J. Doherty

2001-04-11

747

Voyager

TV Episode

Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong

2001-04-18

748

Voyager

TV Episode

Bryan Fuller
Michael Taylor

2001-04-25

749

Voyager

TV Episode

James Kahn

2001-05-02

750

Voyager

TV Episode

Raf Green

2001-05-09

751

Voyager

TV Episode

Mike Sussman
Phyllis Strong

2001-05-16

752

Voyager

TV Episode

Kenneth Biller
Robert J. Doherty

2001-05-23

753

Voyager

TV Episode

Kenneth Biller
Robert J. Doherty

2001-05-23

754

Film

Film

John Logan

2002-12-13

755

Kelvin Timeline

Film

Alex Kurtzman
Roberto Orci

2009-05-08

Start of the Kelvin Timeline, Time loops back to an earlier era.

756

Kelvin Timeline

Film

Alex Kurtzman
Damon Lindelof
Roberto Orci

2013-05-17

757

Kelvin Timeline

Film

Doug Jung
Simon Pegg

2016-07-22

758

Short Treks

Short Film

Alex Kurtzman
Jenny Lumet
Kirsten Beyer

2020-01-09

759

Picard

TV Episode

Akiva Goldsman
James Duff

2020-01-23

760

Picard

TV Episode

Akiva Goldsman
Michael Chabon

2020-01-30

761

Picard

TV Episode

James Duff
Michael Chabon

2020-02-06

762

Picard

TV Episode

Michael Chabon

2020-02-13

763

Picard

TV Episode

Kirsten Beyer

2020-02-20

764

Picard

TV Episode

Nick Zayas

2020-02-27

765

Picard

TV Episode

Michael Chabon
Samantha Humphrey

2020-03-05

766

Picard

TV Episode

Michael Chabon

2020-03-12

767

Picard

TV Episode

Ayelet Waldman
Michael Chabon

2020-03-19

768

Picard

TV Episode

Michael Chabon

2020-03-26

1200

Short Treks

Short Film

Michael Chabon

2018-11-08

Comments
  1. Jason Hamilton

    Got a guy working on it.

  2. Yves Lavigne

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

  3. tb86

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

    1. Jason Hamilton

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

  4. Jeffrey Addis

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

  5. Thomas Bates

    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”

  6. Jason Hamilton

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

  7. MB

    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.

  8. Abraham Smith

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

  9. Michel

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

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Technical problem. We’re working on it.

  10. Miss. Sunflower

    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.

    1. Jason Hamilton

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

  11. Gary Twine

    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.

  12. Danio

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

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