What is the official sequence of the episodes in the original Star Trek series? I'm interested in the sequence of the story rather than when they were produced or when they aired.

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    Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3… Jan 9, 2022 at 19:30
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    Would I be right in thinking that you were after the in-universe chronological order of the TOS episodes? If so, the current wording of the question isn't as clear as it could be in my opinion. Depending on what one considers the 'official order' to be, it may not be consistent with the chronological order. Therefore, I'd suggest removing the word 'official' from your question and replacing it with the word 'chronological.' Also, if that is what you were looking for, then the [chronological-order] tag should be added to this question. Sep 25, 2023 at 7:12

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I would think that the episode ordering on the official DVDs would be correct. Wikipedia seems to differ, however.

I can't seem to find a good "Official DVD Order" list other than on Netflix, so I'll paste their list below.

Season 1:

  1. Pilot: The Cage
  2. The Man Trap
  3. Charlie X
  4. Where No Man Has Gone Before
  5. The Naked Time
  6. The Enemy Within
  7. Mudd's Women
  8. What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  9. Miri
  10. Dagger of the Mind
  11. The Corbomite Maneuver
  12. The Menagerie: Part 1
  13. The Menagerie: Part 2
  14. The Conscience of the King
  15. Balance of Terror
  16. Shore Leave
  17. The Galileo Seven
  18. The Squire of Gothos
  19. Arena
  20. Tomorrow Is Yesterday
  21. Court Martial
  22. The Return of the Archons
  23. Space Seed
  24. A Taste of Armageddon
  25. This Side of Paradise
  26. The Devil in the Dark
  27. Errand of Mercy
  28. The Alternative Factor
  29. The City on the Edge of Forever
  30. Operation: Annihilate!

Season 2:

  1. Amok Time
  2. Who Mourns for Adonais?
  3. The Changeling
  4. Mirror, Mirror
  5. The Apple
  6. The Doomsday Machine
  7. Catspaw
  8. I, Mudd
  9. Metamorphosis
  10. Journey to Babel
  11. Friday's Child
  12. The Deadly Years
  13. Obsession
  14. Wolf in the Fold
  15. The Trouble with Tribbles
  16. The Gamesters of Triskelion
  17. A Piece of the Action
  18. The Immunity Syndrome
  19. A Private Little War
  20. Return to Tomorrow
  21. Patterns of Force
  22. By Any Other Name
  23. The Omega Glory
  24. The Ultimate Computer
  25. Bread and Circuses
  26. Assignment: Earth

Season 3:

  1. Spock's Brain
  2. The Enterprise Incident
  3. The Paradise Syndrome
  4. And the Children Shall Lead
  5. Is There In Truth No Beauty?
  6. Spectre of the Gun
  7. Day of the Dove
  8. For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky
  9. The Tholian Web
  10. Plato's Stepchildren
  11. Wink of an Eye
  12. The Empath
  13. Elaan of Troyius
  14. Whom Gods Destroy
  15. Let That Be Your Last Battlefield
  16. The Mark of Gideon
  17. That Which Survives
  18. The Lights of Zetar
  19. Requiem for Methuselah
  20. The Way to Eden
  21. The Cloud Minders
  22. The Savage Curtain
  23. All Our Yesterdays
  24. Turnabout Intruder
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    That's the airing sequence. They are ordered by stardate in various lists, but there are something like 5 episodes that never included a stardate, so they aren't able to be placed in a timeline.
    – Tango
    Sep 25, 2011 at 14:31
  • @Tango That would explain the Wikipedia/Netflix discrepancy.
    – Cajunluke
    Sep 25, 2011 at 14:49
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    @TangoOversway While looking into the Stardate questions, I found a quote from Roddenberry that Stardates always increased from episode to episode, but they didn't air in production order. That's the only reason they appear to jump around. So production order (which gives those episodes without a Stardate a placement) is probably the closest you'll get in-universe. But that's not the list in this answer.
    – Izkata
    Apr 24, 2012 at 22:47
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    You can see evidence of production order (and to some extent character evolution) in the first few episodes. The uniforms change significantly from the "The Cage" original pilot through "Where No Man Has Gone Before", "Charlie X", "Mudd's Women" (in which Spock is referred to as "Vulcanian" rather than "Vulcan"), and Spock takes at least a couple of episodes to settle into his trademark unemotional style.
    – Anthony X
    Aug 4, 2014 at 16:07
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    The placement of "Where no man has gone before" is highly questionable, given that it has a largely different crew than the rest of the episodes. I always placed that one between "The Cage" and the rest of the series. Aug 17, 2016 at 20:39

There is no "order of the story" for TOS episodes. TOS was not intended to have an 'arc' like DS9 or Enterprise. Hardly any TV series did so at the time. You can pretty much count on one hand the number of times an episode makes reference to a previous episode, and none of them are important to the plot.

Reading the description of the early years of filming it is clear that the order of episodes was changed for all sorts of reasons other than plot. For example the first episode filmed (after the pilots) was The Corbomite Maneuver, chosen because it was almost all shipboard and meant the production staff would be climbing into the shallow end. It aired well into the first season.

Your only options are the airing date order or the stardate order, which generally corresponds to production order.

There is a comment in The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield quoting Gene Roddenberry as saying that the stardate can be different in different parts of the galaxy, and that explains why a stardate of a later episode can be lower than a previous episode. While this was never followed through, I think it indicates that stardate is not a reliable ordering in the minds of the producers.


If you go by star date, here is a link to a good list. The series was not run in order by star date, which is very confusing.

Star Trek (TOS) by Stardate

Eps Air Date PCode Stardate Title
0. - PILOT - 1 Unknown "The Cage"
3. Sep 22 1966 2 1312.4 "Where No Man Has Gone Before"[TOS1]
6. Oct 13 1966 4 1329.1 "Mudd's Women"[TOS1]
10. Nov 10 1966 3 1512.2 "The Corbomite Maneuver"[TOS1]
1. Sep 8 1966 6 1513.1 "The Man Trap"[TOS1]
2. Sep 15 1966 8 1533.6 "Charlie X"[TOS1]
5. Oct 6 1966 5 1672.1 "The Enemy Within"[TOS1]
4. Sep 29 1966 7 1704.2 "The Naked Time"[TOS1]
14. Dec 15 1966 9 1709.1 "Balance of Terror"[TOS1]
17. Jan 12 1967 18 2124.5 "The Squire of Gothos"[TOS1]
7. Oct 20 1966 10 2712.4 "What are Little Girls Made Of?"[TOS1]
8. Oct 27 1966 12 2713.5 "Miri"[TOS1]
9. Nov 3 1966 11 2715.1 "Dagger of the Mind"[TOS1]
13. Dec 8 1966 13 2817.6 "The Conscience of the King"[TOS1]
16. Jan 5 1967 14 2821.5 "The Galileo Seven"[TOS1]
20. Feb 2 1967 15 2947.3 "Court Martial"[TOS1]
11. Nov 17 1966 16 3012.4 "The Menagerie, Pt. I"[TOS1]
12. Nov 24 1966 16 3013.1 "The Menagerie, Pt. II"[TOS1]
36. Oct 27 1967 30 3018.2 "Catspaw"[TOS2]
15. Dec 29 1966 17 3025.3 "Shore Leave"[TOS1]
18. Jan 19 1967 19 3045.6 "Arena"[TOS1]
27. Mar 23 1967 20 3087.6 "The Alternative Factor"[TOS1]
19. Jan 26 1967 21 3113.2 "Tomorrow is Yesterday"[TOS1]
22. Feb 16 1967 24 3141.9 "Space Seed"[TOS1]
21. Feb 9 1967 22 3156.2 "The Return of the Archons"[TOS1]
23. Feb 23 1967 23 3192.1 "A Taste of Armageddon"[TOS1]
25. Mar 9 1967 26 3196.1 "The Devil in the Dark"[TOS1]
26. Mar 16 1967 27 3198.4 "Errand of Mercy"[TOS1]
45. Jan 5 1968 46 3211.7 "The Gamesters of Triskelion"[TOS2]
38. Nov 10 1967 31 3219.4 "Metamorphosis"[TOS2]
28. Apr 6 1967 28 3134.0 "The City on the Edge of Forever"[TOS1]
29. Apr 13 1967 29 3287.2 "Operation - Annihilate!"[TOS1]
33. Oct 6 1967 39 Unknown "Mirror, Mirror"[TOS2]
30. Sep 15 1967 34 3372.7 "Amok Time"[TOS2]
24. Mar 2 1967 25 3417.3 "This Side of Paradise"[TOS1]
32. Sep 29 1967 37 3451.9 "The Changeling"[TOS2]
31. Sep 22 1967 33 3468.1 "Who Mourns for Adonais?"[TOS2]
41. Dec 8 1967 40 3478.2 "The Deadly Years"[TOS2]
40. Dec 1 1967 32 3497.2 "Friday's Child"[TOS2]
43. Dec 22 1967 36 3614.9 "Wolf in the Fold"[TOS2]
42. Dec 15 1967 47 3619.2 "Obsession"[TOS2]
34. Oct 13 1967 38 3715.0 "The Apple"[TOS2]
39. Nov 17 1967 44 3842.3 "Journey to Babel"[TOS2]
54. Mar 15 1968 43 4040.7 "Bread and Circuses"[TOS2]
35. Oct 20 1967 35 4202.9 "The Doomsday Machine"[TOS2]
48. Feb 2 1968 45 4211.4 "A Private Little War"[TOS2]
46. Jan 12 1968 49 4598.0 "A Piece of the Action"[TOS2]
47. Jan 19 1968 48 4307.1 "The Immunity Syndrome"[TOS2]
68. Dec 20 1968 57 4372.5 "Elaan of Troyius"[TOS3]
50. Feb 16 1968 52 Unknown "Patterns of Force"[TOS2]
61. Oct 25 1968 56 4385.3 "Spectre of the Gun"[TOS3]
52. Mar 1 1968 54 Unknown "The Omega Glory"[TOS2]
37. Nov 3 1967 41 4513.3 "I, Mudd"[TOS2]
44. Dec 29 1967 42 4523.3 "The Trouble with Tribbles"[TOS2]
55. Mar 29 1968 55 Unknown "Assignment: Earth"[TOS2]
51. Feb 23 1968 50 4657.5 "By Any Other Name"[TOS2]
53. Mar 6 1968 53 4729.4 "The Ultimate Computer"[TOS2]
49. Feb 9 1968 51 4768.3 "Return to Tomorrow"[TOS2]
58. Oct 4 1968 58 4842.6 "The Paradise Syndrome"[TOS3]
62. Nov 1 1968 66 Unknown "Day of the Dove"[TOS3]
59. Oct 11 1968 60 5027.3 "And The Children Shall Lead"[TOS3]
57. Sep 27 1968 59 5031.3 "The Enterprise Incident"[TOS3]
67. Dec 6 1968 63 5121.0 "The Empath"[TOS3]
71. Jan 17 1969 72 5423.4 "The Mark Of Gideon"[TOS3]
56. Sep 20 1968 61 5431.4 "Spock's Brain"[TOS3]
63. Nov 8 1968 65 5476.3 "For The World Is Hollow, And I Have Touched The Sky"[TOS3]
60. Oct 18 1968 62 5630.7 "Is There In Truth No Beauty?"[TOS3]
64. Nov 15 1968 64 5693.4 "The Tholian Web"[TOS3]
72. Jan 24 1969 69 Unknown "That Which Survives"[TOS3]
66. Nov 29 1968 68 5710.5 "Wink of an Eye"[TOS3]
69. Jan 3 1969 71 5718.3 "Whom Gods Destroy"[TOS3]
73. Jan 31 1969 73 5725.3 "The Lights of Zetar"[TOS3]
70. Jan 10 1969 70 5730.2 "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"[TOS3]
65. Nov 22 1968 67 5784.0 "Plato's Stepchildren"[TOS3]
76. Feb 28 1969 74 5818.4 "The Cloudminders"[TOS3]
75. Feb 21 1969 75 5832.3 "The Way to Eden"[TOS3]
74. Feb 14 1969 76 5843.7 "Requiem for Methuselah"[TOS3]
77. Mar 7 1969 77 5906.4 "The Savage Curtain"[TOS3]
79. Jun 3 1969 79 5928.5 "Turnabout Intruder"[TOS3]
78. Mar 14 1969 78 5943.7 "All Our Yesterdays"[TOS3]
  • The Enterprise's 5-year mission covers 4,631.3 Stardates (5943.7 - 1312.4)? Based on an Earth Day = Star Date (which is, I'm sure, very wrong), that's more than 12-1/2 Earth years. Guess they got a bit carried away.
    – FreeMan
    Jan 13, 2022 at 18:07
  • ...interesting - even in these episodic series, there are some nods to continuity (e.g. referring to something that happened in a previous episode). I wonder does this follow episode order or stardate order? e.g. are there any references to previous episodes that would have been future stardates?
    – komodosp
    Nov 15, 2022 at 12:56

So the assumption that the stardates coincide with the production order is not entirely correct.

Here is the first season in order of stardate. (However, I do prefer to watch in order of production.)

Episode Stardate
Where No Man Has Gone Before 1312.4 - 1313.8
Mudd's Women 1329.8 - 1330.1
The Corbomite Maneuver 1512.2 - 1514.1
The Man Trap 1513.1 - 1513.8
Charlie X 1533.6 - 1535.8
The Enemy Within 1672.1 - 1673.1
The Naked Time 1704.2 - 1704.4
Balance of Terror 1709.2 - 1709.6
The Squire of Gothos 2124.5 - 2126.3
What Are Little Girls Made Of? 2712.4
Miri 2713.5 - 2713.3
Dagger of the Mind 2715.1 - 2715.2
The Conscience of the King 2817.6 - 2819.8
The Galileo Seven 2821.5 - 2823.8
Court Martial 2947.3 - 2950.1
The Menagerie, Part I 3012.4 - 3012.6
The Menagerie, Part II 3013.1 - 3013.2
Shore Leave 3025.3 - 3025.8
Arena 3045.6 - 3046.2
The Alternative Factor 3087.6 - 3088.7
Tomorrow is Yesterday 3113.2 - 3114.1
Space Seed 3141.9 - 3143.3
The Return of the Archons 3156.2 - 3158.7
A Taste of Armageddon 3192.1 - 3193.0
The Devil in the Dark 3196.1
Errand of Mercy 3198.4 - 3201.7
Operation -- Annihilate! 3287.2 - 3289.8
This Side of Paradise 3417.3 - 3417.7
The City on the Edge of Forever Unknown

Production order

For me, it makes more sense to watch them in production order and ignore any stardate discrepancies. Watching the second pilot after two normal episodes just seems wrong.

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    That is precisely what the question was not asking for. It can make sense to watch them in production order, I agree, but the OP was interested in the official chronological order, which is a different thing.
    – bitmask
    Dec 8, 2012 at 17:18
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    I disagree - the user said they weren't asking for production OR airing order, but "story" order. While there aren't any real story arcs in TOS, watching the episodes in production order basically allows you to see the characters (and nerve pinch, mind meld, etc.) develop in the order they did, and there is the occasional mention of something before it happened if you go by air date, though that's mostly minor. For me, production order is MUCH closer to "story order" than airdate order... Jan 17, 2015 at 5:53
  • +1 for last sentence. Airdate order does seem just wrong
    – philsf
    Jan 7, 2017 at 22:22
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    This is really a comment on the question, rather than an attempt to answer it. Sep 25, 2023 at 6:10
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    @galacticninja - Advising the OP the watch the episodes in production order doesn't answer the question unless one also A) includes the production order within the answer and B) makes a case for why the production order should be considered the 'official' order, rather than the airing order, or the in-universe chronological order (if that's different). Sep 25, 2023 at 17:19

Gene wanted the show to appear in the order it was filmed, not the order is was aired. This is why he "invented" the star date story about to explain the shows being out of sequence. I remember I was there. Here it the order Gene Roddenberry wanted them to be seen in, Netflix lists them in the order they appeared on TV which is NOT the correct order.

  1. The Cage (unaired pilot)
  2. Where No Man Has Gone Before
  3. The Corbomite Maneuver
  4. Mudd's Women
  5. The Enemy Within
  6. The Man Trap
  7. The Naked Time
  8. Charlie X
  9. Balance of Terror
  10. What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  11. Dagger of the Mind
  12. Miri
  13. The Conscience of the King
  14. The Galileo Seven
  15. Court Martial
  16. The Menagerie (Parts I and II)
  17. Shore Leave
  18. The Squire of Gothos
  19. Arena
  20. The Alternative Factor
  21. Tomorrow is Yesterday
  22. The Return of the Archons
  23. A Taste of Armageddon
  24. Space Seed
  25. This Side of Paradise
  26. The Devil in the Dark
  27. Errand of Mercy
  28. City on the Edge of Forever
  29. Operation: Annihilate!
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    Do you have a reference for Roddenberry thinking it was important to show episodes in the order they were filed? He was pretty much in charge at the time. Why didn't he do it? Jan 15, 2014 at 19:24
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    You were there when Gene Roddenbery explained the stardate story? I think that's not what you meant to write. Dec 29, 2014 at 0:51
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    The reason the shows were shown out of sequence was largely due to how long it took to do the special effects. Sometimes it was just because the producers hated an episode so much (Alternative Factor) that they put off airing it as long as they can. Reference Cushman's These Are The Voyages books. All things being equal I'm pretty sure they would have wanted the episodes shown in production order, since there was an evolution of characters and background as the series was being made. I feel production order is much closer to what Roddenberry would have wanted vs. airdate. Jan 25, 2015 at 20:56
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    I recall a TV special hosted by Leonard Nimoy in which he stated that the network chose to air "The Man Trap" first because it featured a "real monster" which probably better aligned with the image that network executives of the time had about science fiction.
    – Anthony X
    Jan 1, 2020 at 16:05
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    'This is why he "invented" the star date story about to explain the shows being out of sequence.' - I do not understand this statement. If you want shows to have an obvious ordering, wouldn't using actual dates that viewers and network executives are used to hear and parse be a much more obvious sign than an obscure numbering sequence that is not even explicitly stated (just assumed by common sense) to be strictly chronologically increasing? For what it's worth, I also read somewhere that stardates were introduced at first to avoid placing ST in a specific year, which sounds more fitting. Jan 9, 2022 at 12:19

The original series was produced as episodic stories with no story or character arcs, so they can be viewed in any order.

However, canon evolved somewhat over the series - Starfleet and the Federation were not part of canon for the earliest episodes, nor were many details of Spock's background/ancestry, skills/abilities, or Vulcan characteristics/attributes/society, Federation allies or foes. All these things were incorporated into canon as the series progressed. You'll also notice an evolution in costume and some sets and props as well, again in production order.

Note that for the original series, Stardate is a fairly good proxy for production order and the evolution of canon. As scripts flowed to the studio for production, they were assigned sequential numbers; stardates were derived from these numbers. Script numbers don't completely align with episode production numbers due to various production concerns, but the orderings are very close. Canon revealed through dialog can be observed to evolve almost perfectly with script numbers, but anything visible on-screen would have been introduced or matured in sequence with production number.

As noted in other answers, broadcast order is out-of-sequence with production order for various reasons, none having anything to do with narrative sequence (because there isn't one).

Watch the show in production order to get the feel of how the show evolved, watch in broadcast order to relive the experience of its original audience.

As to narrative arcs, there is really only one episode which contains anything like a callback to earlier episodes - in "Turnabout Intruder", as Kirk (within Lester's body) tries to authenticate himself to Spock.

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    Personally, I would see the evolution/phases of different uniform styles as some sort of a narrative arc of its own, but your mileage may vary. Nov 14, 2022 at 19:39

Production order

Production order is the order I have always found most satisfying, particularly as there were changes to the sets and the costumes in the early episodes, and production order is the only way these are consistent rather than being rolled back and then reinstated.

The first full UK video release was in production order, and it is of great frustration to me that the DVD and Blu-ray releases have been in broadcast order.

  • Quoting from @bitmask's comment on another answer "That is precisely what the question was not asking for. It can make sense to watch them in production order, I agree, but the OP was interested in the official chronological order, which is a different thing."
    – Matt
    Jan 15, 2014 at 19:13
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    OP said "I'm interested in the sequence of the story rather than when they were produced or when they aired." Production date comes much closer to any intended "sequence of the story" than airdate does. Jan 25, 2015 at 21:00
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    This is really a comment on the question, rather than an attempt to answer it. Sep 25, 2023 at 6:13
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    @galacticninja - Advising the OP the watch the episodes in production order doesn't answer the question unless one also A) includes the production order within the answer and B) makes a case for why the production order should be considered the 'official' order, rather than the airing order, or the in-universe chronological order (if that's different). Sep 25, 2023 at 17:22
  • @LogicDictates I believe it's a partial answer if that's the case, so the answer shouldn't be deleted. I also second Fred Hamilton's comment above. Sep 26, 2023 at 3:26

In the 2009 CBS remastered DVD edition - 3 season box set, the episodes appear in the release date sequence with the original un-aired Pilot "The Cage" feathered at the end on the 3rd disk, with commentary by Gene. However, on each DVD main menu episodes are identified with a single number. This is separate from the star date and runs out of sequence with the release dates. These numbers correspond to the production sequence listed above and seem to make the most sense in the evolution of characters and the ST universe.


Michael and Denise Okuda, in the official (but not necessarily canonical or accurate) Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future 1993 give the TOS episodes in production order. so one could say that if you go by the DVD release the airdate order is official for TOS, and if you go by Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future the production order is official for TOS.

If someone has a list of episodes ranked in order of quality they can watch or show them in quality order starting with the best to get someone to like the series, or start with the worst and work up in quality knowing that the episodes will get better and better.

I guess someone could also plan to watch the episodes in alphabetical or reverse alphabetical order.

As a general rule most Star Trek TV shows can be viewed and/or fictionally happen in at least four different logical orders:

  • Airdate order

  • Production order

  • Stardate order (some episodes don't have stardates, including all Enterprise episodes, and thus need to be placed rather arbitrarily)

  • By order of season, and within each season all episodes with stardates ordered in stardate order, and stardateless episodes placed rather arbitrarily. Since there is some overlapping of stardates between seasons, this allows for the first, second, and third seasons of TOS to correspond with the first, second, and third years of the five year mission, for TAS to be the fourth year, and for TOS novels to be the firth year of the five year mission, a popular fanon.

I hope to write a book about Star trek chronology someday, giving three alternate chronologies for readers to choose from.

About stardate order

In one chronology I will put every episode of TOs, TAS, TNG, DS9, and Voyager in stardate order when they have stardates and in the most logical order when they don't. I have a highly original theory about Next Generation era stardates.

As most of us know, during the second or third season and later seasons of TNG the creators managed to produce and air the episodes so that production order, original syndication airdate order, and stardate order are exactly the same for almost all episodes. thus there will be very few problems with putting the majority of all Star Trek episodes and movies in order according to my theory about Next Generation era stardates.

And I intend to extend the Next Generation era stardate system back to the second and first season of TNG, the TOS movies, and TAS and TOS.

But won't there be problems with that, like for example, Tasha Yar being alive in an episode with a later stardate than the one she was killed in?

No, because I believe that highly episodic TV shows should be thought of as being about the adventures that could happen to the characters and thus that do happen to them in various alternate universes. Thus Tasha Yar can be alive in one universe after being killed in a totally different alternate universe. And thus TOS episodes with stardates too close together or even overlapping can and must happen in alternate universes to each other.

TAS episodes can have stardates overlapping with first, second, and third season episodes because they happen in alternate universes where the Enterprise has different equipment and some different officers than in the live action episodes. Animated episodes that seem like sequels to live action episodes are actually sequels to somewhat similar but not identical series of events happening in alternate universes to those live action episodes.

About production order

My second chronology would almost always put the episodes in production order - except in cases like "Unification Part II" being produced before "Unification Part I".

So from the second or third season of TNG on the episodes would be in the same order as in the first chronology. But in the first and possibly second season of TNG and in the TOS movies, TOS, and TAs, the productions will be in production order and a different stardate system will be used to explain how stardates can go up and down and up and down again and to predict and calculate when in Earth time a particular statedate can be found.

About airdate order

My third chronology would be like the second in having the episodes mostly in airdate order which will be mostly identical with production and stardate order for everything after the second or third season of TBG, and will have a different stardate system for everything before, explaining and calculating how they go up and down and up and down again.

What about the way the sets and costumes and characters gradually changed, especially in the first few episodes produced? Since the episodes mostly all happen in alternate universes, they can happen in alternate universes where old style uniforms are replaced by new style uniforms, for example, at different times.

So basically there is no real official order for TOS episodes but production order is probably closest, and I hope to produce three separate chronological systems to make production order, stardate order, and airdate order make equal sense.

  • "But won't there be problems with that, like for example, tasha Yar being alive in an episode ith a later stardate than the one she was killed in?" - if you assume different episodes to take place in different universes, anyway, I do not see a reason to assume the stardates are computed the same way, or count along the same scale. Jan 9, 2022 at 12:14

There are obvious signs of production differing in "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and the others. Even the viewport is more of a cathode ray tube style, as seen in "The Cage. Also, no McCoy, and Sulu is nothing more than a subordinate engineer with math expertise. It makes sense to watch them on the date they were made, not the date they "aired" on TV.

I have no idea why they put the full production ones above the second pilot, nor why anyone would want to watch them in that order. Uhura is also wearing yellow in "later" ones, even if they were made before. Despite stardates, the order to watch them is the order they were made and shot, not the date they were released in syndicate. McCoy was introduced in Corbomite Maneuver, and it shows (in subtle ways) that Rand is also gone over in some of the descriptions. This leaves us to believe it meant Kirk describes his new Yeoman, even if she was long since in the show (if you watch in the official release order).

I would recommend watching "The Cage," "Where No Man Has Gone Before," and "The Corbomite Maneuver" BEFORE watching any of the others, if nothing else! This is purely logical from the perspective of how it was laid out, with the "primitive" enterprise in "Where No Man Has Gone Before (akin to Second Pilot) appearing as if early in Kirk's career. The others are purely personal preferences.

I would probably go with the date of filming for all of them. I wish DVDs did not have the fancy overtures and preludes to the "menu screen," which makes it a hassle to transfer DVDs when you want to watch one on a different DVD.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Two things: this has been mentioned in previous answers and other than the look of the show, is there a story reason to use this order?
    – DavidW
    Jan 9, 2022 at 12:54
  • DavidW main story arc they are all self contained anyway, However subtile things and not just "look" subplot elements yes it is!. More enjoyable in order I mentioned.. not the air date order! you don't act "surprised" to see your new Yomen in a later episode when she was in airdate episodes long before! There are other things you may not pick up. Jan 22, 2022 at 3:38

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