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With the strike in full swing, the Paramount+ 'Star Trek' series will get an airing on broadcast.
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CBS is boldly bringing Star Trek back to broadcast TV.
The Paramount+ hit series Strange New Worlds is getting an airing on CBS in early fall as part of a “Star Trek Day” celebration.
CBS will air the show’s series premiere, “Strange New Worlds,” as well as the show’s second episode, “Children of the Comet,” giving broadcast viewers a chance to sample the streaming series.
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Sept. 8 has been christened Star Trek Day because the original series premiered on that date in 1966.
Paramount+ also announced Star Trek Day special hosted by Jerry O’Connell that’s “a salute to the franchise,” saying, “the special program will include segments that look back at memorable moments over the past 57 years; commemorate 50 years of Star Trek animation; pay tribute to Star Trek: Discovery , ahead of its final season; provide an exclusive sneak-peek clip from the upcoming fourth season of Star Trek Lower Decks ; and commemorate many other moments that highlight Star Trek’s legacy.”
There will also be special Lower Decks screenings in 11 cities, which fans can register to attend here .
Strange New Worlds is a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery that launched last year and follows the voyages of Pike (Anson Mount), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), Science Officer Spock (Ethan Peck), Nurse Christine Chapel (Jess Bush), La’an Noonien-Singh (Christina Chong), Cadet Nyota Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding), Lt. Erica Ortegas (Melissa Navia) and Dr. M’Benga (Babs Olusanmokun).
Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly said that the original Star Trek series premiered in 1996. THR regrets the error.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ First Two Episodes to Air on CBS Next Month
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is beaming up from Paramount+ to the CBS mothership.
The first two episodes of the streaming Trek series will re-air on CBS, TVLine has learned, on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8/7c. The special airing is part of the annual “Star Trek Day” celebration, held each year on Sept. 8 to mark the anniversary of the original Star Trek ‘s TV debut in 1966.
Also included in the “Star Trek Day” festivities: a special program hosted by Jerry O’Connell that will stream online and feature an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Season 4 of Star Trek: Lower Decks , along with new merchandise for sale and theatrical screenings of Lower Decks across the U.S., the UK and Canada. (Head to StarTrek.com/Day for more info.)
Any Trekkies out there who will be watching Strange New Worlds for the first time on CBS? Beam down to the comments and let us know what you think about the special airing.
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Honestly they should just air entire seasons of shows that were Paramount Plus given the current strikes.
The old one or two episode tease.
That’s “Trekkers” and yes.
You’re showing your age. We originals are Trekkies. And of course, I’m showing my age too. — If you went to the original cons in the 70s, you’re a Trekkie. And if you bought excellent replicas of phasers and tricorders from a man named James T. Kirk who drove a van that was painted to look like the shuttlecraft, you’re a super Trekkie. — We super geeknerd Trekkies and those cons kept the show alive.
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He i’m a second generation fan minor since day one major since Voyager. Inhereted my mom’s books one which was signed by the author does that make me a Trekkie?
The only thing that can make you a Trekkie is a desire to be one. You sound eminently qualified for the title.
Robbing broadcasting to pay for streaming and robbing streaming to pay for broadcasting.
Why not just air the whole first season of strange new world?? U did it with Star Trek discovery during the first year of Covid
Plus, they already put that whole first season on YouTube for free to help launch season 2 on P+.
They have to pay or do new contracts depending on previous contracts signed. Streaming and prime time different money paid out. Also discovery even season 2, the pike year didn’t do great so would probably be better to burn thru criminal minds, seal team, and Yellowstone 1st.
Granted discovery was on with little promo on 10p thur a time slot that’s always an issue
They already played the whole first season of SNW on Pluto TV for free. And the first episode of S2 was also available for free on Paramount.
They should’ve been airing ALL the Star Trek Shows on CBS or one of their Networks from the start to show proper honor to Gene Roddenberry’s legacy! Gatekeeping Star Trek behind a paywall like they have been doing is just a show of greed.
First contact day is just something Paramount+/CBS All Access came up with 3 Yrs ago to promote their streaming show and new things you could buy. Don’t remember any Trek fans celebrating this in the past 40 Yrs I’ve been alive. Maybe we might care on the date listed in the shows 4/5/2063.
Love you coming tomorrow broadcast. Some of us flat out refuse to stream but miss our favorite who have abandoned mainstream.
I love it, but after the two episodes, where do I watch any continuations?..im not on paramount+…so it’s a teaser for those of us who don’t have paramount+..why can’t it stay on CBS?
It stinks that we only get 2 episodes. The original series was on FREE TV and now they want us to pay for it. You CBS execs don’t get it do you, you will make way more money in ad revenue on free TV than you will ever make on pay-per-view. I might would watch the commercials if you get more than drug ads.
So in conclusion I hope you overly paid execs choke on your pay services this year as you won’t have any new showes due to the strike. Us as viewers I hope won’t help your bloted salaries by paying for a service that was once ad supported, and I also hope the advertisers won’t continue to pay for ads on reruns.
From a disgruntled viewer!!!
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Coming to CBS All Access
Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn to reprise Star Trek: Discovery roles
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CBS All Access today announced a series order for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds , based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise. The series will feature fan favorites from season two of Star Trek: Discovery , Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock. The series will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise , as they explore new worlds around the galaxy.
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The series premiere was written by Akiva Goldsman with the story by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. Goldsman, Kurtzman and Lumet will serve as executive producers in addition to Henry Alonso Myers, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers, Akela Cooper and Davy Perez will serve as co-executive producers. Akiva Goldsman will remain an executive producer and a key part of the creative team on Star Trek: Picard as well. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
“Fans fell in love with Anson Mount, Rebecca Romijn and Ethan Peck’s portrayals of these iconic characters when they were first introduced on Star Trek: Discovery last season,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, CBS All Access. “This new series will be a perfect complement to the franchise, bringing a whole new perspective and series of adventures to Star Trek .”
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“When we said we heard the fans’ outpouring of love for Pike, Number One and Spock when they boarded Star Trek: Discovery last season, we meant it,” said Alex Kurtzman. “These iconic characters have a deep history in Star Trek canon, yet so much of their stories has yet to be told. With Akiva and Henry at the helm, the Enterprise , its crew and its fans are in for an extraordinary journey to new frontiers in the Star Trek universe.”
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“This is a dream come true, literally,” said Akiva Goldsman. “I have imagined myself on the bridge of the Enterprise since the early 1970s. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing journey along with Alex, Henry and the fine folks at CBS.”
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest addition to the expanding Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access, which includes hit original series Star Trek: Picard ; Star Trek: Discovery , returning with season three later this year; the service’s upcoming first animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks , developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan ( Rick and Morty ); and the development of a Section 31-based series with Michelle Yeoh. A CG-animated Star Trek series aimed at younger audiences is also in the works for Nickelodeon.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Latin America, Brazil, South Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, the series airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave in Canada and on SkyShowtime in the Nordics, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
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From low-budget romps to high-energy blockbuster films, Star Trek has become one of the most influential sci-fi franchises of all time. While Trek has decades worth of TV, film, and animated iterations that might rival Star Wars , it also has its own unique legacy and long-time, passionate cult following.
With the release of Star Trek: Discovery in 2017, the Trek television universe has become one of the highlights of original programming on CBS All Access , the network’s streaming platform. Unlike Kevin Feige ‘s aggressive rollout of new shows for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, CBS All Access has done particularly well with releasing short series over the past few years for this newest wave of Star Trek . Helmed by Alex Kurtzman, series like Star Trek: Lower Decks and Picard have pushed the boundaries of what can be done with the universe’s canon in their first seasons so far.
From the new releases to the old adventures of the Star Trek Enterprise , Deep Space 9 , Voyager , and more, CBS All Access is your hub for all things Trek.
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When you sign up for a CBS All Access subscription , you can actually choose between two plans to watch CBS All Access online: Limited Commercials for $5.99/month or Commercial Free for $9.99/month. But if you’re still not sure, you can always stream CBS All Access for free with a 7-Day Free Trial . Currently enrolled in university? Students can also get 25% off your subscription if you provide an “edu” email address (one of many streaming discounts for students online ).
The service is going through some recent changes — CBS All Access is set to rebrand and officially launch as Paramount+ on March 4, Variety reports. Paramount+ will be the new home for ViacomCBS’s massive existing library of content , as well as continuing to host critically-acclaimed original Trek series like Star Trek: Picard , Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Section 31.
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Premiering on September 8, 1966 on NBC-TV, Star Trek brought in a new era of programming for the science fiction genre. Though it wasn’t a critical success at the time it aired, with all 79 episodes of the original series running in syndication, a devoted fan base grew. Decades later, there are eight TV series with hundreds of episodes, all currently streaming now on CBS All Access.
Here’s an updated list of all the Star Trek shows on CBS All Access. Note that this isn’t the official timeline for when these shows take place in canon— Enterprise is actually the “earliest” Trek series—but we’ll cover that below.
- Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)
- Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-1974)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
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Unfortunately, while CBS All Access may be home to most of the films featuring the cast of the Original Series, many other Trek films are hosted on other streaming services.
Here are the Star Trek movies streaming on CBS All Access, and where to stream the rest of the Star Trek films not available on their platform.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
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NOT CURRENTLY ON CBS ALL ACCESS: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) are available on Hulu . For the Kelvin Timeline movies, you’ll have to hop around a bit— Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) are on fuboTV and Star Trek Beyond (2016) is on Hulu . You can also stream most Star Trek films on Amazon Video.
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Figuring out chronological timeline of Star Trek over can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned of Trekkies. With over 50 years of mirrorverses, time traveling back and forth, alternate timelines and spin-offs, we’ve created a guide for how to watch every Star Trek series and film in order. We’ve organized it by Stardate instead of year of release for optimal accuracy, but note that some series like TNG and DS9 run concurrently.
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- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2255-) (Coming soon to CBS All Access)
- Star Trek: The Original Series (2265-2269)
- Star Trek: The Animated Series (2269-2270)
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture (2273)
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (2285)
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- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2286/1986)
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier ( 2287)
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2293)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (2364-2370)
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (2369-2375)
- Star Trek Generations (2371)
- Star Trek: Voyager (2371-2378)
- Star Trek: First Contact (2373/2063)
- Star Trek: Insurrection (2375)
- Star Trek: Nemesis (2379)
- Star Trek: Lower Decks (2380)
- Star Trek: Picard (2399-)
- Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 (3155?)
- Star Trek: Short Treks (2239-3300 Prime Timeline)
The “Kelvin Timeline” refers to the newest Trek movies directed by J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin. The timeline of these films exist in a parallel universe created in 2233, so we’ve included them separately.
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“Star Trek: Discovery” is being beamed into CBS ‘ fall broadcast lineup. The sci-fi series, which is currently only available on the CBS All Access streaming service, will air its full first season on CBS starting September 24.
CBS, which unveiled a revised fall broadcast lineup Wednesday, billed the impending rollout of “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1 as a promotional run to lead into the show’s third season, which will launch October 15 exclusively on CBS All Access. Network executives followed a similar maneuver when “Star Trek: Discovery” first premiered: airing the pilot episode on CBS as a way to funnel prospective viewers to the company’s new streaming service.
This decision is likely motivated by other needs. The news that “Star Trek: Discovery” will run on broadcast is likely part of CBS’ efforts to fill a broadcast lineup that has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which halted production on numerous shows that were slated to premiere in the fall. Some shows, such as the long-running “The Amazing Race,” will be returning despite production issues earlier in the year, but other original series from the ViacomCBS family of networks, as well as a separate acquisition, will also be airing episodes on CBS this fall.
“One Day at a Time,” which moved from Netflix to Pop TV for its fourth season, will also be making its broadcast debut on CBS in the fall. Only episodes of the fourth season are slated to air at this time, but CBS also acquired the rights to a Spectrum original series, “Manhunt: Deadly Games,” to help fill out its fall slate. The anthology series began airing on the Discovery Channel before moving to Spectrum for its second season (titled “Deadly Games”). Spectrum also sold the rights to “L.A.’s Finest” to Fox for its fall slate.
“This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement. “Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November.”
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It's a rich time for new Star Trek content, with streaming service CBS All Access building much of its content strategy around expanding the sci-fi franchise. If you're outside of the US, too, it's been pretty easy to keep up with it all, since Picard has released internationally on Amazon Prime Video, while Netflix has the rights to Discovery.
In April 2019, overseer Alex Kurtzman told THR that "The idea is to always have something" Star Trek-related on TV. "Two years from now, a show will end, there will be a little breath and then another show will begin."
While that ambitious plan for 2021 might be slowed down by this year's coronavirus-based TV production headaches, there's no doubt that CBS has enough content in the pipeline to back that up. Seven Star Trek shows are publicly known right now, though a couple don't have titles or even a premise yet, and this includes ongoing seasons of Picard and Discovery.
Do Star Trek fans like the shows being made? As with any franchise that has a long and complicated history, it's really hard to figure out what the consensus is on Trek as it stands. But the volume and tonal range of what's in the works surely has to excite an audience that once enjoyed 18 years of unbroken Trek shows.
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Release date: August 6
Getting Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan was quite a win for this first adult animated Star Trek series, which takes place on the lower decks of the Cerritos, a less important Starfleet vessel. It's the first Star Trek animated series in decades, and features a pretty big name voice cast, including The Boys ' Jack Quaid.
McMahan wrote one of the all-time best Rick and Morty episodes, Total Rickall, and co-created the recent Hulu series Solar Opposities, so hopefully the end result here will be good. Two seasons are on the way.
We're not sure where it'll be streaming outside of the US yet, though.
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Expected release date: late 2020
A third season of CBS All Access' flagship show Star Trek: Discovery finished filming a while back, and post-production has been ongoing. We're expecting this one to debut some time after Lower Decks has finished rolling out its 10 weekly episodes.
Star Trek: Discovery season 3 has a killer hook, taking viewers 1,000 years into the future of the Star Trek timeline, which will presumably give the writers a lot of scope to tell big stories without any lore-based restrictions.
Season 2 spent a little too long in the shadow of legacy characters, as well-acted as they were, so hopefully this season will shift focus back to the Discovery's own extremely likeable crew.
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Expected release date: 2021
Star Trek: Picard season 2 is officially happening, but where the story will go is something of a mystery after the series' eventful finale, as Picard survived (sort of) the Romulans' attack on the synthetic world of Coppelius. In season 2, expect the show to deal with the fact that (spoiler alert!) Picard now has a synthetic body, as he found a way to cheat death. We're expecting more TNG cameos in season 2, after season 1 gave fans all-too-brief glimpses of Riker and Troi. We also know Whoopi Goldberg will be reprising her role as Guinan from that series.
Our hope is that the writers will focus on making the crew of newer characters on the La Sirena a little easier to like; Star Trek: Picard doesn't yet have the complete-feeling ensemble that Discovery does, and that's a challenge they need to overcome.
Filming on Picard season 2 was meant to happen this June, but has been delayed for obvious reasons. We still expect to see it next year at some point, though.
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The most intriguing spin-off in this list, and reportedly the next one in line for filming after Discovery season 3. Michelle Yeoh will reprise her memorable role as the Mirror Universe's version of Philippa Georgiou, who joined the titular mysterious Federation organization in Discovery. Section 31 operates autonomously in protection of the Federation, and is commonly known as an extreme group that works for what it perceives as the greater good. This should show a side of the Star Trek universe we haven't seen yet.
Reports suggested Section 31 was supposed to film in May of this year, but naturally that's bound to be impacted by the current global health crisis.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
Expected release date: 2021 (or later)
Star Trek Discovery season 2's versions of Captain Pike, Spock and Number One were evidently popular enough that they're getting their own spin-off. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds features Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn reprising their roles in what's been described as a 'classic' Star Trek series with an angle of optimism, which should sit nicely alongside the more densely serialized likes of Discovery and Picard. As a more direct prequel to the Original Series, it'll be about the crew of the Enterprise in the pre-Kirk days.
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Star Trek has so far lacked a counterpart to Star Wars ' Rebels and The Clone Wars animated series, but that's set to change. A so-far untitled Star Trek CG TV series is coming to Nickelodeon in the US, and as of July 2019, it had a writers' team in place. Dan and Kevin Hageman, who worked on the excellent Netflix series Trollhunters, are the key creatives behind the show, suggesting that something of a high quality that doesn't talk down to its audience is in the works here.
Little is known about the show, but it will have serialized storylines, and Kurtzman has suggested we might not even see it in action until after 2021. Like Lower Decks, two seasons of it have been ordered, which is partly motivated by the long lead times needed on animated series.
Untitled live-action show (possibly Star Trek: Starfleet Academy)
Back in January, series overseer Alex Kurtzman explained (as captured by Trek Core ) that two more live-action Star Trek series were yet to be revealed.
With Strange New Worlds' later announcement, we found out about one, but what about the other? It remains a mystery, but a younger-focused series called Starfleet Academy was reportedly in the works back in 2018, from the Gossip Girl duo of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. An old Variety report about Kurtzman's work on Trek also suggested it was possible a series about the antagonist Khan Noonien Singh was also in the works.
We'll just have to wait and see on this last one. It might even be a different project we haven't heard about yet.
One thing's for sure, though: you'll get all the Star Trek you can handle over the next couple of years.
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Star Trek TV Shows Ranked by Tomatometer
Updated: September 8, 2023
The Star Trek universe kicked off in 1966 with the original series , created by science fiction visionary Gene Roddenberry , and later exploded into a massive film and TV juggernaut.
While the original series, which starred William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, saw only three seasons, it made an indelible impression on the sci-fi genre. Live-action TV follow-up Star Trek: The Next Generation , with Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard leading an ensemble cast, captivated viewers from 1987–1994 and inspired three more series that would air within the next decade: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Star Trek: Voyager , and Star Trek: Enterprise .
Starting with 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture , Paramount Pictures has been regularly cranking out Trek films with the original series and Next Generation casts, as well as a rebooted version in 2009 with Chris Pine as Starfleet Academy cadet James Kirk and Zachary Quinto as young Spock. ( See the Star Trek films ranked here. )
In 2017, Trek returned to small screens with season 1 of CBS All Access streaming title Star Trek: Discovery , set during a tumultuous wartime era about a decade before the original and starring Sonequa Martin-Green . The new series marked a TV franchise reboot by Alex Kurtzman , writer on the 2009 Star Trek film and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness .
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The year 2020 gave fans a celebration of one of its most iconic characters with the premiere of Star Trek: Picard and Stewart reprising his role in the new streaming series that launched its second season in 2022. New live-action series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds was also released in 2022, and its first season was quickly Certified Fresh with a 100% Tomatometer score (it has since dropped to 99% on one review). The show’s second season, released in 2023, was nearly as well received and is Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer.
The TV franchise has since introduced two animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks , about the misfit support crew on one of Starfleet’s least-important ships, and kid-friendly Star Trek: Prodigy , which tells the story of a diverse group of teens who inadvertently become the crew of a prize starship and learn important lessons in their subsequent adventures. The latter series — No. 3 on our list below — has since been canceled by Paramount+, but a petition to save the show has gathered over 33,000 signatures.
Have a look below to find out which series score highest with critics in our Trek TV by Tomatometer list.
Disagree with the results? Tell us in the comments which series you think should have been ranked higher (or lower).
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022) 98%
Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) 94%
Star Trek: Prodigy (2021) 94%
Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020) 92%
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) 92%
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) 91%
Star Trek: Picard (2020) 89%
Star Trek: Discovery (2017) 85%
Star Trek (1966) 80%
Star Trek: Voyager (1995) 76%
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) 56%
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Since September 1966, the Star Trek universe has become one of the biggest entertainment franchises of all time. While others — particularly Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe — are perhaps more popular, it was Star Trek that led the way decades ago. Its legions of fans would not let this low budget three-season series disappear. This has led to 13 feature films, six additional live action TV series, and even an animated series, with more to come.
While there have been lots of Trek feature films, most people associate Star Trek with its many TV series incarnations. While you can find some Star Trek shows on platforms like Hulu and Netflix, Paramount Plus (previously known as CBS All Access) is the place to go if you want access to every Star Trek show.
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The reasons why Star Trek has lasted this long as a major mainstream franchise are varied. Its many popular characters are one reason, along with its main themes of exploring space, cooperation with a variety of races and species, and more. It’s sometimes hard to believe that that it all started on a small Hollywood soundstage in late 1964, when the first of two pilots for the original series started filming.
With that in mind, here are the best Paramount Plus Star Trek shows you can stream right now. We will also take a look at all the announced Paramount Plus Star Trek shows that are planned for the future. You can sign up for the service at the link below, with a seven-day free trial.
Best Paramount Plus Star Trek shows:
Deep space nine.
- The Next Generation
- The Original Series
- Lower Decks
- The Animated Series
Editors note: We will update this post when new Star Trek shows on Paramount Plus are officially launched and completed.
This might be a surprising choice for some people, including some fans. However, in our humble opinion, Deep Space Nine deserves this top spot on our best Star Trek shows list. It was the first Trek series with a black lead actor. Until Star Trek: Picard came along, it was also the only Trek series that wasn’t centered on a single starship. Being set on a remote space station allowed this series to go in different directions compared to other Trek series. It took on a ton of themes that actually make it relevant to watch today, including diversity, the use of misinformation in society, and much more.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Newer Trek fans might remember that when TNG first debuted way back in 1987, it got slammed by fans, mostly because it didn’t star the actors and characters of the original series. It took nearly three years for the show to find its own voice. For the rest of its run, TNG helped expand Star Trek beyond its base of TOS Trekkies. It presented us with great characters like the human-aspiring android Data, the complex Klingon Worf, and especially the level headed, but still determined, Captain Picard. TNG expanded the Trek universe by introducing us to its best alien villains, the Borg, along with making the Klingons more than just a violent warrior race. It still holds up today.
Star Trek: The Original Series
The Original Series will always hold a special place in the hearts of many long time Star Trek fans, if only because it was the first one out of the gate. Back in 1966, serious science fiction on television was found on anthology shows like the original The Twilight Zone (also on Paramount Plus) and The Outer Limits. TOS was the first adult sci-fi series with a recurring cast and setting. The look of the original U.S.S. Enterprise, and the many planets on its travels, definitely has a dated look (even with the remastered visual effects). However, the stories (at least from the first two seasons) still hold up, and Leonard Nimoy’s performance as Spock still stands out above the crowd.
Star Trek: Lower Decks
While there have been comedic episodes in various Star Trek series, Lower Decks is the first full-blown situation comedy set in this universe. Created by major Trek fan Mike McMahan (a former writer for Rick and Morty and the co-creator of Solar OPPOsites for Hulu ), this series examines the characters who are on board the U.S.S. Cerritos during the TNG/DS9/VOY era. The twist is the main characters of this show are not the captain or the bridge crew of this ship, but a group of lower-ranked crewmen who still have to deal with various alien and internal issues. While this series is a little mixed, Trek fans will likely smile, and even laugh out loud, when they watch this show. It’s extremely faithful to the source material but still manages to make fun of the franchise with a wink in its eyes. You can check out its second season on August 12, 2021.
Star Trek: Picard
The latest live action Trek series was something of a mixed bag in its first season. On the plus side, Sir Patrick Stewart is excellent as always, playing an older version of his TNG character. Picard remains a character who always searches for the truth in any situation, no matter how painful that truth might be. His main task is to find out the secret of a woman who apparently is an artificial being but just doesn’t know it yet. Isa Briones plays this character Dahj with both a wide-eyed innocence as well as terror (in fact, she plays multiple characters, but that’s going into spoiler territory). The visual effects of this series are the best ever made for a Trek TV show as well. On the downside, it takes far too long for this series’ story to actually get underway, and quite frankly there are lots of characters to keep up with that we don’t really care about. Hopefully, for Picard’s second season in 2022, we will get a more focused storyline, fewer characters, and more on Picard himself.
The idea behind this series was a good one; push a Federation starship into a region of space that had never before been explored, with no backup from any other Starfleet vessels. It promised us new things to see in the Trek universe, and also a chance to see how Federation values would be tested when the crew didn’t have anyone to answer to. Unfortunately, while there are a number of good Voyager episodes to watch, this series basically turned into “The Next Generation: Phase Two.” It was (mostly) the same old stories and situations we have seen before (indeed, there were more than a few episodes that connected directly with TNG). Despite excellent performances from Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway and Robert Picardo as the ship’s holographic doctor, Voyager was a missed opportunity.
This was the first of the live-action Paramount Plus Star Trek shows. Discovery is supposed to take place roughly a decade before the adventures of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock in The Original Series. However, we have to wonder why the creators and producers of this show decided on this particular timeline for this series. It just feels like they used a dartboard, and the “10 years before TOS” was the section that was hit by the dart. As a result, Discovery feels like a mix of old Trek references and new storylines and formats. It just doesn’t jell well.
That’s not to say the show is all bad. Sonequa Martin-Green does an excellent job playing the rebellious Starfleet officer Michael Burnham. She has to learn some lessons herself even as she has to earn the trust of the crew of the Discovery. Jason Isaacs is excellent as Discovery’s mysterious captain Lorca and Doug Jones does his usual terrific performance, under lots of makeup, as the alien Saru. In the second season, we get treated to Anson Mount, who plays Christopher Pike, the Enterprise’s captain before Kirk, and he makes us believe in heroic Starfleet leaders again. Ethan Peck is also introduced as a young Spock, and he does an admirable job.
At the end of the second season, we saw the Discovery time-warping 900 years into the future. Free from having to meld its storylines into previous Trek continuity, Discovery told a story of a galaxy that no longer is governed by the Federation. That’s because an event in the past destroyed most of the galaxy’s dilithium crystals, which are needed for most ships to travel at warp speed. The season is devoted to figuring out what happened during “The Burn”, how to reverse its effects and restore the Federation. While it’s an improvement, the show still doesn’t have the rawest of the original series or the sense of wonder that TNG has. It will be interesting to see how the show evolves again during its upcoming fourth season.
This show seemed like a bad idea from the start. A show that takes place 100 years before Kirk and Spock, and even before the formation of the Federation? It seemed like something that could have been done in a movie, or at most a mini-series. In the end, Enterprise was an even more watered-down version of TOS and TNG, although it did get somewhat better in the final two seasons of its four-season run. Scott Bakula is always good, and he does the best that he can as Captain Archer, but this show, with the exception of a few episodes, is mostly not worth your time.
Star Trek: The Animated Series
A few years after TOS was canceled, Filmation got the rights to create a Saturday morning animated series based on the original show, with most of the cast returning to voice their roles. It was an admirable effort, with some episodes written by many of the writers of TOS. In the end, this series is more of a curiosity than anything else. It looks and feels even more dated than the live-action series in terms of visuals, and the restrictions of Saturday morning cartoons kept the storylines from being as good as the original show. This is yet another missed opportunity.
New Star Trek series on Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus will be the exclusive home to at least three new Star Trek series.
Strange New Worlds
This is a planned spinoff of Discovery that will take place onboard the original U.S.S. Enterprise, just a few years before Captain James Kirk takes command. Anson Mount will return as Captain Christopher Pike, as well as Ethan Peck as the young Ensign Spock, and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. This show will hopefully learn from the lessons of Enterprise and Voyager, with a mix of cool new encounters combined with some nods to the TOS era. There’s no release date yet for this series.
Originally set to debut on the Nickelodeon cable channel, this will now be a Paramount Plus Star Trek series. It’s also the first Trek show that was created specifically for kids. The 3D animated show will center on a group of children who find an abandoned Starfleet ship, and decide to take it and go on adventures on their own. Kate Mulgrew will return to voice her Voyager role of Captain Janeway in this series, or rather a hologram version of Janeway. There’s no word on when Prodigy will debut.
This is yet another planned Discovery spin-off, this time focusing on the mysterious, and sometimes evil, Federation agency known as Section 31. Michelle Yeoh, who played the Mirror Universe leader Emperor Georgiou, is expected to be the lead for this series. You may remember that Emperor Georgiou, after crossing over to the main universe, joined Section 31. There’s still no launch date for this series.
That’s our look at the current and new Star Trek series on Paramount Plus.
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Streaming: The Final Frontier
The success of the CBS All-Access streaming service and Star Trek are inextricably linked, a mutually beneficial relationship that promises to make CBS’s entertainment portal to rival the biggest names in the online medium and expand the ST universe with multiple series.
Yes, CBS All Access is the place in 2019 and beyond to catch Star Trek: Discovery , Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Section 31; and the CBS:AA platform includes the back catalogue of the series.
Though one could hardly tell today, CBS launched the All Access platform in October 2014, when rebooting the Star Trek TV universe was barely a glimmer in some producer’s eye. The earliest versions of CBS:AA leaned mostly on the live content, particularly sports. This last area garnered CBS the most subscriptions over the first two years of All Access, but NFL games were particularly problematic due to local blackout restrictions, cable TV deals and the like.
CBS’s reworked agreement with the NFL in December 2016 granted more availability of local games on All Access and was a harbinger of things to come for the service.
2017 was All Access’s breakout year. In February, the steaming of the Grammy Awards set a record for subscriptions in a 24-hour period; later that month saw the debut of the Good Fight, a spinoff series which marked the first original program for CBS:AA.
And then came Star Trek: Discovery
As with the Good Fight, CBS released episode 1 of Discovery on the network on the same night episode 2 was released on All Access. The result was an increase of over 30% in subscriptions within 48 hours. Even better for CBS:AA was the release of season 2 in January 2019: Between the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City chiefs and Discovery’s season 2 premiere, the 48-hour All Access record for subscriptions was shattered by an incredible 72%.
By February, the CBS All Access subscriber rolls totaled 4 million, doubling the number from one year previous, and network execs had greenlit at least three new Star Trek shows for straight-to-streaming. But hey, enough about Star Trek: Discovery; CBS:AA has lots more on offer even as the catalog steadily builds. For example, you can start with an all-time classic like…
The Twilight Zone, classic and reboot versions: The other flagship of CBS: All Access
Go ahead, start talking Twilight Zone with anyone who’s seen it – in fact, those of a younger generation can probably play along, having seen the storylines interpreted by The Simpsons, South Park or any satirical or speculative sci-fi series – and crazy stuff happens. Soon, you’re talking about that kid with crazy mental powers; the misanthropic dude who’s finally alone to read when he breaks his glasses; the “horribly disfigured” woman whose surgery fails.
The dimension of thought and mind that Rod Serling told us was called “The Twilight Zone” opened into the collective consciousness long ago, and TZ has become one of American TV’s greatest accomplishments. Perhaps only Seinfeld and Star Trek have left such an indelible mark on American culture as The Twilight Zone. Experience the trippy madness, as they say, again – all the classic episodes of the original from 1959 to ’64 may be watched on CBS All-Access.
CBS All Access also offers the newly-produced Twilight Zone reboot (it’s actually reboot #3 after comebacks in the 1980s and 2000s) with Jordan Peele as the narrator. Since his masterful Get Out, Peele has risen to the rank of psychological horror guru, so his posting to the new TZ was a no-brainer. And damn is he good, developing his lines with a hint of Serling but otherwise all 21st-century Peele.
Speaking of modern times, Peele’s Twilight Zone is as slick as they come; the look is naturally far evolved from the 60s, but the aspects of TZ-style storytelling remain. Essentially every TZ episode is about people forced to live in a psychologically repressive environment; the twist endings for which the original TZ became notorious are actually not requisite, but the surreality is necessary.
In combination with takes on the current social environment, the All Access version of Twilight Zone is a nice update to an all-time classic.
The Top 5 classic series, 4 movies and 1 documentary on CBS All-Access
CBS All Access has plenty of first-run and straight-to-streaming offerings of course, but true tubeophiles will definitely be clicking on the tab marked CLASSIC TV. Plus, who doesn’t love movies? STG has 10 things worth watching on CBS:AA right now.
The Odd Couple . On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that someday he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison's wife had thrown *him* out, requesting that *he* never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?
So goes the voiceover introduction that ran over the opening credits of The Odd Couple, probably the finest American sitcom of the 1970s. The high concept leaned heavily on its stars Tony Randall and Jack Klugman to deliver and whoa, did they. In watching these episodes again, one is naturally awash immediately in 1970s mentality, from the general randiness of folks in the post-free love period to the digitally remastered look-at-me colors – yet the chemistry between the leads gives the sitcom a universal timeless appeal.
And the laugh track has never seemed so useless; Randall and Klugman are too good for the typical sitcome dialogue, and each episode feels like a stage play. This isn’t laugh-a-minute stuff by any means, but when the zingers come, they fairly well crackle with humor. A must-see for classic comedy fans.
Taxi . Another one from the 1970s, Taxi has all the typical hallmarks of the TV sitcom, but includes a couple of key factors that no other show had: Andy Kaufman and Christopher Lloyd. Check out Taxi to see Kaufman trying to restrain his anarchic humor for the mainstream and Lloyd in a breakout role that would parlay into a role as the badass Klingon of Star Trek III and ultimately Doc Brown of Back to the Future himself.
Perry Mason . “Isn’t it true, Mr. Smith…” The querulous opening to many a cross-examination created the genre of superstar attorney flicks and made Raymond Burr into a cottage industry. The original Perry Mason ran on CBS for an incredible eight seasons for 271 total episodes from 1957 to ’66, and CBS All Access has them all. If you’re into courtroom drama, you need no further encouragement.
All Access does not yet host any of the *26* TV movies starring Burr as Perry Mason, but perhaps they’ll have ’em by the time you get done with the ultimate binge-watch.
I Love Lucy . No list like this is complete without the inclusion of Lucille Ball, *the* TV comedienne for decades. The All Access collection of Lucy is great to watch purely for the slapstick hijinks, but it’s also quite a historical document of an incredibly progressive couple in Lucy and her real-life/sitcom husband Desi Arnez. It’s nice to see something from the 1950s that doesn’t have to be excused at every turn.
MacGyver “Classic” . Calling this show “classic” really makes a Generation Xer feel old…
MacGyver was a legend in its time with Richard Dean Anderson playing a one-man A-Team. Invariably captured or simply overlooked by the bad guys of a given episode, the literally unbelievably resourceful MacGyver would build a nuclear device from a cereal box and a pogo stick to save the day.
Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but only slight. Another bit of the legend that made this show so popular in the 1980s was that said devices could literally be made in the way that MacGyver shaped them, having been designed by a team of graduate students. Armed with he instant knowledge of a dozen Ivy Leaguers, how could MacGyver fail? This show is a freakin’ hoot.
Postcards from the Edge . Carrie Fisher’s passing in 2016 produced all the typical reminiscing you’d expect for an actress who co-starred in the biggest movie franchise of all-time. But geez, she was one hell of a writer, too. Postcards from the Edge was first a semi-autobiographical novel before Fisher wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation. The movie shows all the wit and flair for dialogue of Fisher’s prose and Meryl Streep in the starring role is naturally as great as ever.
Legally Blonde . You know who else is a fantastic actress? Reese Witherspoon. Years before she was knocking it out of the park in Wild, Witherspoon twice played the irrepressibly optimistic idealist Elle Woods. (Part 3 is scheduled for a February 2020 release, incidentally…) With charisma to spare and a nice little doggie to assist, Witherspoon enlivens some pretty standard stuff. Incidentally, can we have a mashup of Elle Woods, Esq. vs. Perry Mason? That’d be awesome, thanks.
Midnight in Paris . Owen Wilson has a brush with romance in this bit of cinematic magical realism. Enough time has passed since the release of Midnight in Paris that you may be unaware of the Act I twist which sends this film into a gentler Twilight Zone. STG will spoil nothing and strongly advise you to skip the trailer, don’t research and just load it up through CBS All Access.
The Brady Bunch Movie . Full disclosure: Only a certain cross-section of North Americans will dig on the awesomeness that is The Brady Bunch Movie, but to that swathe STG can guarantee that this is one of the funniest flicks ever. If any of your pre-teen years coincided with any part of the 1970s at all, the Brady Bunch Movie (and to some extent the Brady Bunch reruns) is reason enough to get CBS All Access.
The insane weirdness driving the Brady Bunch Movie is its central conceit, i.e. that the Brady Family of 1970s family sitcom lore is essentially stuck in the era of 8-tracks and bigass meatloaf for dinner, as the Los Angeles suburbia around them trundles on with all the irony and sarcasm of the 1990s. In fact, this only unintentionally adds another level of brilliance to the Brady Movie, as not only do we get the retro 70s TV kick, we may now enjoy this tour de force as 90s nostalgia, too.
Exporting Raymond . Nothing about the peculiar brand of insanity prevalent in Russia ever gets old, does it? Exporting Raymond tells of the trials and tribulations of Philip Rosenthal, producer of Everyone Loves Raymond, in working on an adaptation of the show for Russian audiences. And yeah, it’s everything you’d figure and more.
What else is in the TV catalogue at All Access?
Star Trek Guide doesn’t know how CBS did it, but amongst the All Access “classics” sections are the other mass networks’ hallmark shows. Just to name a few, CBS All Access has the aforementioned Brady Bunch and Happy Days series from ABC, plus Family Ties, Cheers, Fraser, Wings and Caroline in the City from NBC.
On top of this, CBS:AA has 110+ TV series, most with every episode included, in all the usual categories: drama, comedy, reality TV, morning TV, news, sports and specials. At the very bottom of this piece are displayed some of the more popular choices on the service.
Finally, the one series on All Access every Star Trek fan must watch
Star Trek: The Animated Series has always been considered the black sheep of the ST family; a miniscule number of current-day fans have come to the franchise through the 22 episodes of TAS and most fans only learn of the series well after assimilating (so to speak) much of the rest of the other series.
And now CBS All Access gives Star Trek fans the chance to, um, appreciate The Animated Series in high quality. Star Trek Guide wouldn’t exactly call most of TAS “good” per se – though the Slavers’ Weapon is an all-time classic – but wow, this is just fascinating, in Spock’s vernacular. Unhindered by the necessity of real-life set building, special effects or physics, the writers and animated clearly went bananas, routinely bringing pocket universes, walking plants and “colony aliens.” (Don’t ask; just watch “Bem”, quite possibly the most deranged ST episode ever.)
Star Trek: The Animated Series is all about the trips of the starship Enterprise and oddly going where no one had gone before. You’ve got to see it to believe it.
Seeing Fans Praise Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Was Bittersweet For Jonathan Frakes
When Paramount launched CBS All Access in 2017, the service's flagship show was "Star Trek: Discovery," the first new Trek series to air since the cancellation of "Star Trek: Enterprise" in 2005. It was a reason to celebrate, but also a source of skepticism. Some were happy to see "Star Trek" updated for the streaming age and appreciated the franchise's shift to something more violent and incidental. Others bristled at the sloppy writing, the poor characterization, and the showrunner's bend away from the stodgy intellectualism that is Trekkies' bread and butter. "Discovery" has been a sticking point among Trekkies ever since its debut; one needn't look too far to find arguments online over its quality.
In 2020, CBS All Access debuted "Star Trek: Picard," a series that followed up on one of the main characters from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" several decades later. It, too, was a source of fan controversy, likewise for its shoddy writing and increased levels of violence. Both shows also adopted the modern TV-making ethos of season-long story arcs, rather than abiding by the "Star Trek" tradition of one-and-done episodes.
In 2021, CBS All Acces became Paramount+, and further Trek shows debuted, including "Star Trek: Prodigy," "Star Trek: Lower Decks," and "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." The latter two, perhaps wisely, picked up the episodic approach of traditional Trek, and both shows seemed to be instantly more widely embraced than the other neo-Treks. Finally!, some of us stubborn traditionalists thought. Paramount got it right.
Jonathan Frakes, longtime Trek actor and director, saw the positive fan sentiment toward "Strange New Worlds" as a backhanded compliment. In a recent interview with Star Trek Explorer Magazine , Frakes noted that every time someone complimented "Strange New Worlds," they were essentially decrying "Discovery" and "Picard," shows he liked.
'This is the Star Trek we've been waiting for.'
Frakes, it should be noted, has been deeply involved with "Star Trek" ever since he first played Commander Riker on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" back in 1987. He went on to reprise the role for four movies — two of which he directed — and played Riker in 13 episodes of "Star Trek: Picard." He also moved into a prolific TV directing career starting with multiple episodes of "Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," and "Voyager." As of this writing, Frakes has also directed seven episodes of "Discovery" and six episodes of "Picard."
Frakes' most recent Trek directing gig was a special crossover episode between "Strange New Worlds" and "Lower Decks," an experience he cherished, but one that seemed to reveal Trekkies' true colors. He recalled the reactions and understood exactly what each compliment meant, saying:
"What a treat, that show. I was there when they premiered, and all of a sudden, everybody loved it, the fans and the critics. I was able to experience the joy of that cast seeing their work appreciated and loved. Unfortunately, part of what happened during that time was that the fans and the critics took the same opportunity to say, 'This is the Star Trek we've been waiting for.' Either written or unwritten was, 'Not "Discovery" and not "Picard,"' if you recall.
He continued by saying, "There was a 'congratulations' and a slap in the same swing." No one, it seems, gave him similar compliments for his Trek work of the previous four years. He was chuffed, however, to have joined "Strange New Worlds" in its second season when it was already well established, allowing him to ride the wave, as it were.
The action/adventure guy
And, make no mistake, Frakes was grateful for the praise his "Strange New Worlds"/"Lower Decks" episode received. In the same interview, he described the episodes as an all-out comedy, which he appreciated. Frakes' directing style is a lot more robust and active than mere television utility would necessarily dictate, and he clearly sees "Star Trek" as a lively, action/adventure series. This is clear by his direction of the films "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Insurrection" which both lean into the material's action-movie vibe (at least one of those movies features Patrick Stewart in a tank top murdering a cyborg supervillain).
And how can "Strange New Worlds," set in the mid-23rd century, cross over with "Lower Decks," set in the late 24th century? Time portal. It's pretty simple. There's a time portal. And what about the animation? The two shows merely look different. The "Lower Decks" voice actors merely play themselves in live-action.
Frakes' desire to direct "Star Trek: The Next Generation" back in the late 1980s and early 1990s not only entrenched him deep within the franchise but led to a prolific directing TV career that included shows like "Roswell," "The Librarians," "The Orville," and many, many others. Frakes wanting to direct also, it has been reported , led to headaches for the "Star Trek" producers, as, after Frakes, many other cast members across various Trek shows asked to direct episodes themselves. As of this writing, 110 episodes and movies have been helmed by cast members. It's now a tradition.
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'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Cast Is Already Back to Work Recording Season 5
Tawny Newsome revealed that the cast is already in the booth for voice work on Season 5 and teased what fans can expect from Mariner.
The Big Picture
- Tawny Newsome and the cast of Star Trek: Lower Decks are already back in the recording studio for Season 5, following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
- The upcoming season will showcase a more mature side of Mariner, as she navigates her new responsibilities while still maintaining her chaotic nature.
- Season 5 of Lower Decks is promised to be "incredibly Star Trek " with surprises, fun legacy characters, and fresh approaches to the show's beloved elements.
Star Trek: Lower Decks recently capped off its fourth season with an epic finale featuring beloved guest stars , an emotional tribute , and huge character moments for all of our favorite lower deckers. With SAG-AFTRA securing a deal and bringing an end to the strikes, I was able to speak to series star Tawny Newsome about Mariner's amazing Season 4 arc and she was even able to tease a little bit of what we can expect to see in Season 5.
In speaking about Season 5 of Lower Decks , Newsome revealed that she and the rest of the cast are already back in the recording studio doing voice work for the next installment, saying " We just got back into the room and started recording those. " Following the Season 4 finale, I spoke with series creator Mike McMahan who teased that we would be seeing a "more joyful" Mariner now that the weight of her history with Sito has been lifted. When asked about it, Newsome couldn't recall any specific moments of joy, but said, "It's so interesting to hear what Mike has said because I'm like, “I believe you, but I don't remember.” I'm sure there's joy. Yeah, I feel like there's joy. I'm trying to remember anything specific." She went on to explain that for her there's a new maturity to Mariner, but not to worry as she's "still an element of chaos." She said:
"The thing I notice a lot about the Season 5 scripts, which we just got back into the room and started recording those, is that she has to navigate being, you know, she can't just be reckless for recklessness's sake anymore . She can't do the self-destructive thing anymore. She really has to pick her battles, and she has to find the moments where she's accepting the responsibility of her promotion but also still pushing and trying to make Starfleet better. So yeah, there's a much more mature approach to things, but she's still Mariner. She's still an element of chaos in all things. "
What Else Can We Expect From 'Lower Decks' Season 5?
While Newsome couldn't say much more about the upcoming episodes, wanting to keep the surprises fresh when it finally comes to our screens — hopefully sometime next year — McMahan previously promised that " Season 5 is incredibly Star Trek . " Also keeping the best surprises close to his chest, he promised " a couple of fun legacy characters, " "some great Orion stuff" and "everything you like about Lower Decks ...in ways that you haven't seen before."
While there is no release window set for Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 5, there is still plenty to look forward to in the Star Trek universe. Star Trek: Discovery is set to air its fifth and final season sometime in early 2024, and Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 will be arriving on Netflix sometime after the new year. Seasons 1-4 of Lower Decks are available to stream on Paramount+.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds - Can Captain Pike Avoid His Fate?
Posted: November 19, 2023 | Last updated: November 19, 2023
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds brings back the glory days of the series with self-contained episodes exploring new planets and cultures.
- Anson Mount's Captain Pike is a refreshing and unique captain who defers to those with more experience, bonds with his crew, and excels at cooking.
- Captain Pike struggles with the foreknowledge of his fate and attempts to avoid it, but the consequences of changing the future could be significant.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the character of Captain Pike have given fans of Star Trek newfound hope in the franchise. The show takes the series back to its glory days, where each episode explored a new planet, culture, or issue. While the long-running serialized stories of Picard and Discovery are great storytelling, Strange New Worlds feels like a familiar pace for Star Trek . Anson Mount's Captain Christopher Pike is also a breath of fresh air, delivering a new kind of captain to the fans.
Before Christopher Pike took the reins of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Strange New Worlds , he appeared in Discovery's second season , where he commanded the ship and its crew to solve a recurring anomaly found across the galaxy. His adventures aboard Discovery put him face to face with his future. That future didn't look as promising as anyone would like, which led into the opening season of Strange New Worlds. This gave the new series an overarching story to follow through with each self-contained episode.
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Who is Captain Pike?
- From Mojave, California
- Second Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
- Starfleet named a medal after him.
- Lived in Montana at the start of Strange New Worlds
- Considered quitting Starfleet
- Loves to cook
Before Bruce Greenwood ( The Fall of the House of Usher ) appeared as the U.S.S. Enterprise's captain in J.J. Abrams' Kelvin films, few knew about Captain Pike aside from longtime Star Trek fans. Unlike Greenwood's version, Anson Mount's Christopher Pike plays more than a supporting role. Even in his debut on Star Trek: Discovery , Pike was a character getting things done, leading the charge, and putting himself in the line of fire.
Christopher Pike is the second captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 , after Robert April. Pike grew up in the city of Mojave, California, on Earth, before enrolling in Starfleet Academy. The young Pike excelled in his studies except for astrophysics, but he managed. He eventually graduated in Stardate 3201.14 and became a test pilot. He climbed the ranks and bounced from one starship to the next, including the U.S.S. Antares, Chatelet, and Aryabhatta, before finding himself as the First Officer of the Enterprise under Captain April's command.
After Starfleet promoted Captain April, Pike took his seat in the captain's chair and subverted all expectations. Unlike many captains before him, Pike leaves his ego at the door and defers to those with more experience when necessary. He exudes a laissez-faire demeanor while still maintaining a sense of control. He's a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, and excels at the culinary arts. He respects everyone regardless of background or culture, rarely pulling rank or acting superior to others. He frequently breaks bread with his crew, inviting them to his quarters for a large meal and drinks he prepares himself.
What Happens to Captain Pike?
Before fans saw Pike as the Enterprise's captain, CBS introduced him as the interim captain of the U.S.S. Discovery, tasked with investigating seven mysterious signals across the galaxy. Pike's brief time aboard Discovery landed him in a Klingon monastery on the planet Boreth, where the monks protect naturally occurring time crystals. The Captain needed one of these time crystals to complete his mission, but possessing one can give a person glimpses of their future . Unfortunately, Pike bore witness to a devastating accident that would rob him of all his hopes and aspirations.
His vision showed him in command of a training vessel that suffers a ruptured baffle plate. Pike manages to get all the training cadets to safety, but exposes himself to the leaking delta rays and suffers from severe radiation poisoning. Another brief vision shows him his life after the accident, where he's confined to a life-support wheelchair, and his face is badly scarred from the radiation. Viewers familiar with The Original Series will recognize this as the fate that he did eventually meet.
Pike has an opportunity not to take the time crystal, which would save him from the horrific event. But, being the person he is, he takes the crystal and completes his mission. He determines that his life is not worth all the lives that will perish if he doesn't follow his mission through.
Can Captain Pike Avoid his Fate in Strange New Worlds?
Ever since his tenure on Discovery , Captain Pike has struggled with the foreknowledge of his fate. He discovered that at present, the cadets he saves in the future are still children, giving him roughly ten years before he exposes himself to harmful levels of delta radiation. Throughout his time back on the Enterprise, Christopher Pike has contemplated ways to avoid his catastrophe. His Number One even shared her own insight, suggesting that he might have received the vision as a means for the captain to save the cadets and himself. Unfortunately, the big question Una Chin-Riley overlooked was the consequences of Pike avoiding his fate.
A different outcome sees Pike becoming an admiral and living a long, fruitful life might be possible, but at what expense? The show's season one finale, "A Quality of Mercy," shows Pike attempt to change the future when he encounters one of the cadets from his vision. The captain writes a letter in an attempt to discourage the young Maat Al-Salah from ever joining Starfleet. An older version of Pike from an alternate reality visits his younger counterpart to discourage such action and proceeds to show him the outcome. It's a future where Starfleet is in an endless war with the Romulans, and Spock suffers severe injuries that incapacitate him.
Time travel is a common trope in the world of Star Trek , and it's not usually taken lightly. Starfleet goes as far as to create a temporal investigation department to ensure timelines aren't altered. The Original Series dealt with time travel numerous times, most notably in the film Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Most often, the time-traveling crews do their best to stay out of sight to prevent significant changes to the timeline. Deep Space Nine showed Commander Sisko adopt the name Gabriel Bell, an essential figure in Star Trek's history, after he discovers the real Bell died due to his appearance in the past. Sisko keeps the timeline intact by assuming this new identity and using his knowledge of the Bell Riots to allow everything to play out as it should.
However, Star Trek writers also have a habit of using time travel to suit their needs when they need something changed. Writers for Star Trek: Voyager used time travel to end the series, having Admiral Janeway return to a pivotal moment in her time in the Delta Quadrant to save her crew and still return home. Most famously, J.J. Abrams used time travel to create his Kelvin timeline , giving himself a whole new sandbox to play in with familiar characters.
Could Captain Pike avoid his fate and live out his life with a happy ending? Absolutely. However, the writers are adamantly against that, and used the season one finale to give themselves some rules for Pike's situation. While Strange New Worlds might end with Pike in a life-support containment unit and a badly scarred face, he never saw beyond that part. That life-support unit might eventually help him return to the healthy Christopher Pike everyone knows and loves. According to IGN , Strange New Worlds showrunner Alonso Myers says:
My own philosophy as a writer, [...] is that if you say something's going to happen and then you don't make it happen, it's cheap. What makes something feel real is that you reckon with the consequences of it [...] We all love Pike and we all want to see him survive and we all want to see him live through every challenge that he's going to live through.
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Robert Butler Dies: TV Director For ‘Batman,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Hill Street Blues’ & ‘Moonlighting’ Pilots Was 95
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Robert Butler , a television director for the pilot shows for Star Trek , Batman , Hill Street Blues , and Moonlighting , has died. He was 95.
Butler’s family announced that the Emmy award-winning director died on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles.
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Graduating from UCLA where he majored in English, Butler started his career in entertainment as an usher at CBS. His first credit as a director would come in 1959 when he directed an episode for the military comedy-drama Hennesey which starred Jackie Cooper and Abby Dalton.
Butler won two Emmy Awards, the first one for The Blue Knight pilot in 1973 and the second one in 1981 for Hill Street Blues . In 2015 he was honored by the Directors Guild of America with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction.
Other television shows that Butler directed included The Twilight Zone (1964), The Fugitive (1964), Mister Roberts (1965), The Magical World of Disney (1965), I Spy (1966), The Invaders (1967), Judd, for the Defense (1967), N.Y.P.D. (1967), Gunsmoke (1967), Insight (1967), Cimarron Strip (1968), Mission: Impossible (1969), Lancer (1969), The Waltons (1972), Columbo (1973) and The Division (2001), just to name a few.
Butler also directed films and television films like Disney’s Guns in the Heather (1969), The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969) and The Barefoot Executive (1971). Other credits included the television movie for The Blue Knight (1973), Strange New World (1975), James Dean (1976), Out of Time (1988), White Mile (1994), and Turbulence (1997), just to name a few.
The statement continued, “Despite a demanding career, Bob passionately served at the highest levels of Guild leadership for more than 30 years, advocating for the creative rights of members on the Western Directors Council and as a National Board member, including two terms as 5th Vice President. As a trustee for the Directors Guild Foundation for more than 35 years, Bob ensured that DGA members had access to emergency financial support at critical moments in their careers. For all his extraordinary service to the Guild and its membership, in 2001 Bob was honored with the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award. Bob’s legacy will live on in the memories of the many directors he influenced and mentored, and the countless viewers who laughed and cheered along with his exceptional work. Our deepest condolences to his family and the many Directors and Directorial team members who knew and loved him.”
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