The Best Episodes of Star Trek

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, who is assisted by First Officer Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen led by Khan Noonien Singh. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

The Trouble With Tribbles

#1 - The Trouble With Tribbles

Season 2 - Episode 15

Kirk must defuse a Klingon scheme to destroy a grain shipment...and cope with a seemingly benign creature known as a tribble, which reproduces at amazing speed.

star 8.30
331 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: David Gerrold
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The City on the Edge of Forever

#2 - The City on the Edge of Forever

Season 1 - Episode 28

Kirk and Spock must travel into the past in order to correct a change that will alter history.

star 8.24
366 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Harlan Ellison
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The Enterprise Incident

#3 - The Enterprise Incident

Season 3 - Episode 2

An unusually tense and irritable Kirk orders his ship into the Romulan Neutral Zone, where it is promptly surrounded. Beamed to a Romulan ship, Kirk lies about the intrusion, then attacks Spock, who responds with a Vulcan death grip. While the female Romulan commander courts Spock, a secret mission unfolds.

star 8.15
287 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
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Amok Time

#4 - Amok Time

Season 2 - Episode 1

Spock must go to Vulcan in order to perform the Vulcan mating ritual.

star 8.15
384 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Theodore Sturgeon
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Balance of Terror

#5 - Balance of Terror

Season 1 - Episode 14

Kirk pits the Enterprise against an invisible spaceship testing the Federation's defenses.

star 8.13
359 votes
Writers: Paul Schneider
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Journey to Babel

#6 - Journey to Babel

Season 2 - Episode 10

Spock meets his estranged father when the Enterprise escorts a group of ambassadors to a conference on the planet Babel.

star 8.13
286 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: D.C. Fontana
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Mirror, Mirror

#7 - Mirror, Mirror

Season 2 - Episode 4

Kirk and three of his officers are accidentally transported into a parallel "mirror" universe where violence, greed, and evil are commonplace.

star 8.08
381 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Jerome Bixby
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The Doomsday Machine

#8 - The Doomsday Machine

Season 2 - Episode 6

The Enterprise must stop an ancient doomsday weapon that is capable of destroying entire worlds...and has already totalled one Constellation-class cruiser.

star 8.07
359 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Norman Spinrad
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Space Seed

#9 - Space Seed

Season 1 - Episode 22

The Enterprise picks up a crew of genetic supermen from the 20th century...and their leader, Khan, plans to create a new empire.

star 8.05
371 votes
Writers: Carey Wilbur, Gene L. Coon
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The Ultimate Computer

#10 - The Ultimate Computer

Season 2 - Episode 24

The Enterprise is used to test a new super-sophisticated computer, but it soon develops a mind of its own.

star 8.00
264 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
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A Taste of Armageddon

#11 - A Taste of Armageddon

Season 1 - Episode 23

The Enterprise arrives at a planet to establish diplomatic relations and finds itself in the middle of a "peaceful" war that threatens to destroy the ship.

star 7.98
306 votes
Writers: Gene L. Coon, Robert Hamner
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The Tholian Web

#12 - The Tholian Web

Season 3 - Episode 9

Stardate 5693.2: The Enterprise arrives at the last known position of the U.S.S. Defiant (NCC-1764), an area of uncharted space, to search for the missing starship. When the Defiant appears on the viewing screen enshrouded in a strange green glow, Spock is unable to scan the vessel on his sensors. Kirk beams over to the Defiant with a boarding party to investigate and finds the entire crew dead. What's more, the Defiant seems to be trapped in an interphase between two different universes. A power loss partially disables the Enterprise transporter, but the landing party manages to beam back to the Enterprise except Kirk who suddenly disappears along with the Defiant. Spock calculates that the next time to interphase will be approximately two hours, and that the captain can be rescued at that time. As the Enterprise begins to experience the same problems that doomed the Defiant: power loss, weakness and insanity among the crew, an alien vessel appears and demands that they leave Tholian

star 7.87
248 votes
Writers: Judy Burns, Chet Richards
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Court Martial

#13 - Court Martial

Season 1 - Episode 20

Captain Kirk's career is at stake when he is put on trial for the loss of a crewman during an ion storm.

star 7.84
306 votes
Writers: Stephen W. Carabatsos, Don M. Mankiewicz
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The Menagerie (1)

#14 - The Menagerie (1)

Season 1 - Episode 11

Spock kidnaps his former captain, the crippled Christopher Pike, and heads for a quarantined planet, putting his career and Kirk's life on the line.

star 7.80
377 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
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Tomorrow is Yesterday

#15 - Tomorrow is Yesterday

Season 1 - Episode 19

The Enterprise collides with a black hole and is thrown back to Earth in the 20th century, where they must find a way back and erase any trace of their presence. Matters become complicated when they rescue an Air Force pilot and cannot return him without changing history...but if he disappears that will change history as well.

star 7.79
348 votes
Writers: D.C. Fontana
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The Menagerie (2)

#16 - The Menagerie (2)

Season 1 - Episode 12

Spock's court-martial continues as he attempts to justify his abduction of Pike, the theft of the Enterprise, and his heading for a planet declared forbidden by Starfleet.

star 7.76
367 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
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Wink of an Eye

#17 - Wink of an Eye

Season 3 - Episode 11

Stardate 5710.5: When a landing party investigating Scalos begins to vanish one by one, Kirk, Spock and McCoy try to find out what is happening before more of the crew disappears, until Kirk himself is abducted. Kirk finds the cause to be a group of endangered Scalosians who move faster than human sight or hearing can detect. They need to repopulate their species, and find that speeding human males up to Scalosian speed will meet their needs. Kirk must find a way to get a message to Spock and McCoy, who are working on a cure for the mystery "ailment," as well as stirring up fighting among the Scalosians, before they have control of the Enterprise.

star 7.69
225 votes
Writers: Arthur Heinemann
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Errand of Mercy

#18 - Errand of Mercy

Season 1 - Episode 26

The Federation and the Klingon Empire teeter on the brink of war as Kirk investigates Organia, a humble planet inhabited by pacifists that is unwittingly caught in the middle.

star 7.69
299 votes
Directors: John Newland
Writers: Gene L. Coon
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By Any Other Name

#19 - By Any Other Name

Season 2 - Episode 22

The Enterprise's command crew must thwart an invasion by aliens from another galaxy who plan to conquer this one.

star 7.66
240 votes
Writers: Jerome Bixby, D.C. Fontana
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The Devil in the Dark

#20 - The Devil in the Dark

Season 1 - Episode 25

Kirk investigates a series of grisly murders on a mining planet that are the work of a seemingly hostile alien creature.

star 7.65
296 votes
Directors: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Gene L. Coon
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Return to Tomorrow

#21 - Return to Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 20

The Enterprise discovers three discorporeal intelligences who seek their help in gaining physical bodies...but one of them has plans of his own.

star 7.62
234 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
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The Changeling

#22 - The Changeling

Season 2 - Episode 3

The Enterprise encounters an ancient Earth probe bent on the sterilization of all life.

star 7.61
358 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: John Meredyth Lucas
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Operation -- Annihilate!

#23 - Operation -- Annihilate!

Season 1 - Episode 29

Kirk and the Enterprise must combat parasitic aliens.

star 7.61
277 votes
Writers: Stephen W. Carabatsos
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The Corbomite Maneuver

#24 - The Corbomite Maneuver

Season 1 - Episode 10

The Enterprise encounters a vast alien ship that sets out to test them.

star 7.60
416 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Jerry Sohl
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The Naked Time

#25 - The Naked Time

Season 1 - Episode 4

A strange alien substance causes the crew to act out their deepest inhibitions, while the ship plummets out of orbit.

star 7.57
533 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: John D.F. Black
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