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 '16 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. – Dr R Dizzle Sep 19 '16 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. – Dr R Dizzle Sep 19 '16 at 8:56
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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. – Mithrandir Sep 19 '16 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 '16 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. – Dr R Dizzle Sep 19 '16 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 '16 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
Source: Kethinov's Star Trek Reviews

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

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