My girlfriend and I have been watching (and very much enjoying) Star Trek: The Original Series recently, resulting in us deciding to try to watch the whole lot in the order it was released.

The problem is that we have no idea what that order actually is. As far as I know, none of the films were released until a long time after Star Trek: The Original Series was aired, and some of them were released throughout the lifetime of Star Trek: The Next Generation and afterwards. A quick glance at the later TV shows would seem to indicate that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine overlapped with at least one other show. And what about Star Trek: The Animated Series?

In short, I'm looking for a simple, easy to read list of all the TV series/seasons/movies in the Star Trek franchise in release date order, including special mention of any crossover episodes (if there are any). I am not interested in the films in the new timeline, as I have seen those already.

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    scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/6719/… The second answer lists both the release order and the continuity order
    – Arcane
    Sep 19, 2016 at 8:48
  • @Mithrandir Believe me, I'm not asking for a full episode list - only when it is important that specific episodes from different shows are watched in a particular order, which for all I know may never actually happen in Star Trek. Sep 19, 2016 at 8:50
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  • @BCdotWEB This is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. If you want to put this link as an answer with a very brief summary of when to look out for the overlaps, I'll accept it. Sep 19, 2016 at 8:56
  • This question is quite confusing. It seems you want to stick to release date order on the one hand for some reason, but on the other hand recognize it is precisely not what you want as it disrupts in-universe chronological order ("some of [the films] were released throughout the lifetime of Star Trek: The Next Generation and afterwards"). Aug 18, 2019 at 6:28

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There is a list of all Star Trek episodes ordered by first broadcast date, but in general there isn't that much overlap between the series. There are a few exceptions, for instance

  • characters from one series visiting another or even transferring from one to the other
  • VOY is started by events related to DS9 (e.g. the Maquis)
  • DS9 re-visits an old TOS episode
  • ENT's fourth season has plenty of references to TOS

.... etc.

There is a Wikipedia page which details various crossovers, in case you want to read up on this subject. Beware of spoilers, though.

In general I don't think you're missing much if you simply watch the series one after another — i.e. TOSTASTNGDS9VOYENT — without bothering to exactly follow this "by air date" guide.

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    DS9 starts with Sisko on the Enterprise, also.
    – Mithical
    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:22
  • @Mithrandir True, and Sisko's past is tied to Picard etc. But these links are nowhere close to for instance the Buffy*/*Angel crossovers.
    – BCdotWEB
    Sep 19, 2016 at 9:40
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    The inclusion of the movies in this answer would make it a really great summary of everything I've asked for. Sep 19, 2016 at 10:45
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    @DrRDizzle The six TOS movies, as you said, came many years after TOS was at an end. They can be watched independently of any of the sequel series, but for point of reference, IV came out the year before TNG premiered, V came out in the middle of TNG's second season, and VI came out in the middle of TNGs fifth season. The four TNG movies all came out after TNG ended. Only one crossover that matters - the first of them came prior to DS9's fourth season. The three reboot movies came out after all six series had ended.
    – Paul L
    Sep 21, 2016 at 13:01

Here is a complete timeline of every Star Trek show and movie released to date:

1964-1967: [TOS] Season 1
1967-1968: [TOS] Season 2
1968-1969: [TOS] Season 3
1973-1974: [TAS] Season 1
1974: [TAS] Season 2
1979: [MOVIE] ST I: The Motion Picture
1982: [MOVIE] ST II: The Wrath of Khan
1984: [MOVIE] ST III: The Search for Spock
1986: [MOVIE] ST IV: The Voyage Home
1987-1988: [TNG] Season 1
1988-1989: [TNG] Season 2[MOVIE] ST V: The Final Frontier
1989-1990: [TNG] Season 3
1990-1991: [TNG] Season 4
1991-1992: [TNG] Season 5[MOVIE] ST VI: The Undiscovered Country
1992-1993: [TNG] Season 6[DS9] Season 1
1993-1994: [TNG] Season 7[DS9] Season 2
1994-1995: [VOY] Season 1[DS9] Season 3[MOVIE] ST VII: Generations
1995-1996: [VOY] Season 2[DS9] Season 4
1996-1997: [VOY] Season 3[DS9] Season 5[MOVIE] ST VIII: First Contact
1997-1998: [VOY] Season 4[DS9] Season 6
1998-1999: [VOY] Season 5[DS9] Season 7[MOVIE] ST IX: Insurrection
1999-2000: [VOY] Season 6
2000-2001: [VOY] Season 7
2001-2002: [ENT] Season 1
2002-2003: [ENT] Season 2[MOVIE] ST X: Nemesis
2003-2004: [ENT] Season 3
2004-2005: [ENT] Season 4
2009: [MOVIE] ST XI: Star Trek
2013: [MOVIE] ST XII: Star Trek Into Darkness
2016: [MOVIE] ST XIII: Star Trek Beyond
2017-2018: [DIS] Season 1
2019: [DIS] Season 2
2020: [PIC] Season 1
Source: Kethinov's Star Trek Reviews and Memory Alpha

TOS: The Original Series - TAS: The Animated Series - TNG: The Next Generation - DS9: Deep Space Nine - VOY: Voyager - ENT: Enterprise - DIS: Discovery - PIC: Picard - MOVIE: The Movies

  • Why are the dates for TOS S1 64-67? Memory Alpha says 66-67 memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/… (Unless you're counting The Cage somehow? Which was filmed in 64, but delivered in 65 and not aired) Jun 28, 2021 at 19:45

Between IMDB and/or Wikipedia, it should be relatively easy to work out a release/first broadcast timeline of all Star Trek series episodes and movies.

Bear in mind that TOS episode-by-episode broadcast sequence differs somewhat from its production sequence. If you watch in production sequence, you can see a more logical progression/evolution in sets, costumes, character development and canon, especially with regard to the first half-dozen or so episodes produced for the first season. Later into the first season, things become more consistent, although there are noticeable changes between seasons. If you watch in broadcast sequence, it's a bit idiosyncratic. Wikipedia lists production numbers as well as broadcast dates, so you can reconstruct either order. Note also that the original pilot "The Cage" was never aired during the initial run; much of it was incorporated into the two-part "The Menagerie", so although most, if not all of "The Cage" made it to air in the initial run, it wasn't as its own episode/story.

TNG episodes weren't all broadcast in production order either, but it's far less noticeable, if at all. The same can probably be said of all the other series in the franchise.

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