Star Trek: The Original Series - Essential Episodes

by TaskGazer | created - 27 May 2014 | updated - 03 Jun 2014 | Public

A list of the 30 best episodes of the original Star Trek series in order of production.

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1. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Cage (1966)

TV-PG | 63 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Capt. Pike is held prisoner and tested by aliens who have the power to project incredibly lifelike illusions.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Susan Oliver, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett

Votes: 4,566

The first Star Trek pilot.

2. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The flight recorder of the 200-year-old U.S.S. Valiant relays a tale of terror--a magnetic storm at the edge of the galaxy!

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 4,095

The second Star Trek pilot.

3. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Corbomite Maneuver (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the Enterprise is forced to destroy a dangerous marker buoy, a gigantic alien ship arrives to capture and condemn the crew as trespassers.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Anthony D. Call, Clint Howard

Votes: 2,789

The first regular Star Trek episode produced.

4. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Enemy Within (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two halves: one meek and indecisive, the other violent and ill tempered. The remaining crew members stranded on the planet cannot be beamed up to the ship until a problem is fixed.

Director: Leo Penn | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Grace Lee Whitney

Votes: 2,839

5. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Naked Time (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The crew is infected with a mysterious disease that removes people's emotional inhibitions to a dangerous degree.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Stewart Moss, Majel Barrett

Votes: 2,968

6. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Balance of Terror (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise must decide on its response when a Romulan ship makes a destructively hostile armed probe of Federation territory.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Mark Lenard, Paul Comi

Votes: 3,218

7. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Court Martial (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kirk draws a court martial in the negligent death of a crewman.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Percy Rodrigues, Elisha Cook Jr.

Votes: 2,277

8. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Arena (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

For bringing hostility into their solar system, a superior alien race brings Captain Kirk in mortal combat against the reptilian captain of an alien ship he was pursuing.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 2,574

9. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Tomorrow Is Yesterday (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise is thrown back in time to 1960s Earth.

Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Roger Perry, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 2,447

10. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Space Seed (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

While on patrol in deep space, Captain Kirk and his crew find and revive a genetically engineered world conqueror and his compatriots from Earth's 20th century.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 3,166

11. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: This Side of Paradise (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise investigates a planet whose colonists should be dead, but are not.

Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jill Ireland, Frank Overton

Votes: 2,339

12. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Devil in the Dark (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise is sent to a mining colony that is being terrorized by a mysterious monster, only to find that the situation is not that simple.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ken Lynch

Votes: 2,521

13. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Errand of Mercy (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

With a war with Klingons raging, Kirk and Spock attempt to resist an occupation of a planet with incomprehensibly placid natives.

Director: John Newland | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, John Abbott, John Colicos

Votes: 2,297

14. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Collins, DeForest Kelley

Votes: 3,844

15. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Amok Time (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the throes of his Pon Farr mating period, Spock must return to Vulcan to meet his intended future wife, betrothed from childhood.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Celia Lovsky

Votes: 2,742

16. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Doomsday Machine (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The USS Enterprise encounters the wrecked USS Constellation and its distraught commodore who's determined to stop the giant planet-destroying robot ship that killed his crew.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Windom

Votes: 2,597

17. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Changeling (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A powerful artificially intelligent Earth probe, with a murderously twisted imperative, comes aboard the Enterprise and mistakes Capt. Kirk for its creator.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 2,075

18. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Mirror, Mirror (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A transporter accident places Captain Kirk's landing party in an alternate universe, where the Enterprise is in the service of a barbarically brutal empire.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, BarBara Luna

Votes: 2,984

19. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

To protect a space station with a vital grain shipment, Kirk must deal with Federation bureaucrats, a Klingon battle cruiser and a peddler who sells furry, purring, hungry little creatures as pets.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Schallert

Votes: 2,867

20. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Journey to Babel (1967)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise hosts a number of quarrelling diplomats, including Spock's father, but someone on board has murder in mind.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 2,277

21. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Immunity Syndrome (1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The Enterprise encounters a gigantic energy draining space organism that threatens the galaxy.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 1,843

22. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: A Piece of the Action (1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The crew of the Enterprise struggles to cope with a planet of imitative people who have modeled their society on 1920s gangsters.

Director: James Komack | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Anthony Caruso

Votes: 2,166

23. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Patterns of Force (1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Looking for a missing Federation cultural observer, Kirk and Spock find themselves on a planet whose culture has been completely patterned after Nazi Germany.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Richard Evans

Votes: 1,962

24. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Ultimate Computer (1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kirk and a sub-skeleton crew are ordered to test out an advanced artificially intelligent control system - the M-5 Multitronic system, which could potentially render them all redundant.

Director: John Meredyth Lucas | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, William Marshall

Votes: 1,939

25. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Spectre of the Gun (1968)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Ron Soble

Votes: 1,898

26. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Enterprise Incident (1968)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

An apparently insane Capt. Kirk has the Enterprise deliberately enter the Romulan Neutral Zone where the ship is immediately captured by the enemy.

Director: John Meredyth Lucas | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Joanne Linville

Votes: 2,191

27. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Tholian Web (1968)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

With Capt. Kirk and the derelict USS Defiant apparently lost, the Enterprise grapples with an insanity causing plague and an attack by the Tholians.

Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 1,900

28. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Day of the Dove (1968)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Both humans and Klingons have been lured to a planet by a formless entity that feeds on hatred and has set about to fashion them into a permanent food supply for itself.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michael Ansara

Votes: 1,876

29. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: All Our Yesterdays (1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When Kirk, Spock and McCoy investigate the disappearance of a doomed planet's population, they find themselves trapped in different periods of that world's past.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Mariette Hartley

Votes: 1,954

30. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Turnabout Intruder (1969)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Captain Kirk's insane ex-lover Dr. Janice Lester forcibly switches bodies with him in order to take command of the Enterprise.

Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Sandra Smith

Votes: 1,718

The last Star Trek episode produced and aired.



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