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

98.003

Short Treks

Short Film

Michael Chabon

2019-10-05

98.004

Short Treks

Short Film

Graham Wagner

2019-10-10

98.005

Short Treks

Short Film

Kalinda Vazquez

2019-11-14

98.006

The Original Series

TV Episode

Gene Roddenberry

1988-10-04

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

99

Discovery

TV Episode

Akiva Goldsman
Bryan Fuller

2017-09-24

100

Discovery

TV Episode

Aaron Harberts
Gretchen J. Berg

2017-09-24

101

Discovery

TV Episode

Aaron Harberts
Craig Sweeny
Gretchen J. Berg

2017-10-01

102

Discovery

TV Episode

Aron Eli Coleite
Jesse Alexander

2017-10-08

103

Discovery

TV Episode

Kemp Powers

2017-10-15

104

Discovery

TV Episode

2017-10-22

105

Discovery

TV Episode

2017-10-29

106

Discovery

TV Episode

2017-11-05

107

Discovery

TV Episode

2017-11-12

108

Discovery

TV Episode

Sean Cochran

2018-01-07

109

Discovery

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2018-01-14

110

Discovery

TV Episode

Jordon Nardino

2018-01-21

111

Discovery

TV Episode

Ted Sullivan

2018-01-28

112

Discovery

TV Episode

Lisa Randolph

2018-02-04

113

Discovery

TV Episode

Aaron Harberts
Gretchen J. Berg

2018-02-11

114

Short Treks

Short Film

Alex Kurtzman
Jenny Lumet

2018-10-04

117

Short Treks

Short Film

Michael McMahan

2019-01-03

117.001

Discovery

TV Episode

Aaron Harberts
Gretchen J. Berg
Ted Sullivan

2019-01-17

117.002

Discovery

TV Episode

Sean Cochran
Vaun Wilmott

2019-01-24

117.003

Discovery

TV Episode

Andrew Colville

2019-01-31

117.004

Discovery

TV Episode

Alan McElroy
Andrew Colville

2019-02-07

117.005

Discovery

TV Episode

Kirsten Beyer

2019-02-14

117.006

Discovery

TV Episode

Bo Yeon Kim
Erika Lippoldt

2019-02-21

117.007

Discovery

TV Episode

Ted Sullivan

2019-02-28

117.008

Discovery

TV Episode

Dan Dworkin
Jay Beattie

2019-03-07

117.009

Discovery

TV Episode

Michelle Paradise

2019-03-14

117.01

Discovery

TV Episode

Anthony Maranville
Chris Silvestri

2019-03-21

117.011

Discovery

TV Episode

Alan McElroy
Brandon Schultz

2019-03-28

117.012

Discovery

TV Episode

Bo Yeon Kim
Erika Lippoldt

2019-04-04

117.013

Discovery

TV Episode

Alex Kurtzman
Jenny Lumet
Michelle Paradise

2019-04-11

117.014

Discovery

TV Episode

Alex Kurtzman
Jenny Lumet
Michelle Paradise

2019-04-18

119

The Original Series

TV Episode

George Clayton Johnson

1966-09-08

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

120

The Original Series

TV Episode

D. C. Fontana

1966-09-15

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

121

The Original Series

TV Episode

Samuel A. Peeples

1966-09-22

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

122

The Original Series

TV Episode

John D. F. Black

1966-09-29

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

123

The Original Series

TV Episode

Richard Matheson

1966-10-06

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

124

The Original Series

TV Episode

Stephen Kandel

1966-10-13

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

125

The Original Series

TV Episode

Robert Bloch

1966-10-20

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

126

The Original Series

TV Episode

Adrian Spies

1966-10-27

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

127

The Original Series

TV Episode

S. Bar-David

1966-11-03

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

128

The Original Series

TV Episode

Jerry Sohl

1966-11-10

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

129

The Original Series

TV Episode

Gene Roddenberry

1966-11-17

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

130

The Original Series

TV Episode

Gene Roddenberry

1966-11-24

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

131

The Original Series

TV Episode

Barry Trivers

1966-12-08

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

132

The Original Series

TV Episode

Paul Schneider

1966-12-15

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

133

The Original Series

TV Episode

Theodore Sturgeon

1966-12-29

The stardates have no bearing on continuity in TOS. We list them here in order of release.

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.

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