Art for the Star Trek episode timeline, featuring the original Enterprise.

What’s in the Star Trek Viewing Order?

Trek creators only consider the episodes and films to be canonical in the Star Trek universe so we display them here in chronological order according to stardate (though stardate definitions have changed over time, so we work with what we have).

This list attempts to create a viewing order for all Star Trek television and films, but does not attempt to split up any episodes to view congruently. Instead, it focuses on an easy to follow viewing list. In the event that two works cover the exact same timeframe we first list the one published first. Additionally the placement within the timeline is often based on where the work ends rather than where it begins. There may be a few exceptions which will be pointed out in individual reviews. This timeline includes:

  • The Films
  • The Original Series (TOS)
  • The Next Generation (TNG)
  • Deep Space Nine (DS9)
  • Voyager (VOY)
  • Enterprise (ENT)
  • Discovery

Where to start watching Star Trek?

Star Trek began with the Original Series, but that show is hard for some to get through since we’re used to much higher modern standards. Generally, we encourage people to start with the first films (starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture). The new Kelvin timeline can also be a good place to start, but be aware that those films are much different than most of the Star Trek media. As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our contact page.



14 thoughts on “Star Trek Viewing Order

  1. In the DS9 episode “Q-less”, Q states that he is considering paying Picard a visit. This implies that it takes place directly before TNG “Tapestry,” not after. (“Tapestry” isn’t given a stardate.)

  2. I’m about to start Star Trek with my 9 year old. He has no knowledge of ST (he’s been into SW). I will probably skip TOS since he probably won’t sit for it. Should I start with Enterprise or go with TNG? I guess it’s a chrono vs. release date question.

    Also, I do not recall how much cross story there is between TNG, DS9, and VOY? Can I just knock out one series at a time (TNG, DS9, then VOY)?

      1. I would disagree. I did a little looking around before I started my Star Trek Journey back in February. I am really happy that I watched Enterprise first and even happier I didn’t dive too deep into the comments about the show. It really helped prepare me for TOS. If I had watched TNG firs then later TOS or Enterprise I think I would have been disappointed. TNG is it’s own style. Same as DS9 (finishing 2nd season tonight)

    1. Star Trek is a (great) sci-fi show. Despite having a similar name, it’s very different (*coughandmuchbettercough*) from Star Wars. While Star Wars is about action, Star Trek is more about plotline and character development. I’d highly recommend it.

    1. I’d suggest you start with 2009 film, just to get familiar with the universe/characters, then proceed back to TOS and watch as they were released.
      Or just start with “The Cage” and go on.

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